Saturday, May 30, 2020
Tyler Susko has received the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award for the fourth time in the past five years. Since joining the Mechanical Engineering Department at UCSB in March 2016, Susko has overseen the department’s capstone program, which focuses on the development of students into professionals by pairing them with industry or academic experts to create an engineered solution for real problems. A motorized drum tuner, a new insulin patch pump, a rocket propelled by liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen, and a cost-efficient Mars rover were among the nearly twenty capstone projects that involved mechanical engineering students this year. The capstone course is among nine engineering design courses taught by Susko. He also oversees Lab D4H (Design for Humans), a space where students develop machines and products that enhance the human experience. Susko created the MIT-Skywalker Gamma prototype, a rehabilitation robot designed to help people who have gait impairment due to a neurological injury, such as a stroke.
Awards and Accolades