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Department Welcomes German Fulbright Scholars

Department Welcomes German Fulbright Scholars

Alexander Lacher, Fulbright Scholar and mechanical engineering student.
Alexander Lacher, Fulbright Scholar and mechanical engineering student.

Two students from Germany are spending an academic year with the mechanical engineering department in the A. James Clark School of Engineering as part of The German-American Fulbright Program, designed to foster mutual understanding between the American and German people.

Matthias Irmscher is a visiting graduate student from Berlin, and studies at the Technical University of Ilmenau. He has been working with Associate Professor Elisabeth Smela to learn more about micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), specifically with a new type of actuator based on electro-osmosis. “The practical experience in the cleanroom I am getting is invaluable and will surely help me on future projects,” says Irmscher.

Alexander Lacher is an M.S. student from the Technical University of Berlin advised by Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Miao Yu. Lacher’s research topic is on continuum mechanics, and his research focus is in fiber optic sensor systems. He is currently working on a bio-inspired directional microphone device and on a fiber optic pressure measurement system for aircraft applications.

The German-American Fulbright Program implements Senator J. William Fulbright's vision to promote mutual understanding between our two countries through academic and bicultural exchange.

April 13, 2007

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