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06 Department news Process during Dropwise Condensation on Superhydrophobic Surfaces, was recently published in Nanoscale Advances. Azim Eskandarian, Nicholas and Rebecca Des Champs Professor and the Head of the Mechanical Engi- neering Depart- ment, delivered five invited talks nationally and internationally in Fall 2018 on the subject of Autonomous Vehicles Controls and Safety, including two keynote speeches in international conferences as follows: Cheng also received a National Science Foundation award of more than $300,000 for a three year project on Electrowet- ting-Tuned Liquid Droplets on Lubricated Superhydrophobic Surfaces for Whisper- ing-Gallery-Mode Sensing. Eskandarian invited talks/Editorship Keynote speeches: 37th FISITA World Congress (the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies) and Society of Automotive Engineers – India), Chennai, India, Oct. 2-5, 2018; and Daegu International Future Auto Expo FORUM 2018 (DIFA 18), Korea, Oct. 29, 2018. Invited Talks: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, Oct. 19, 2018; Seoul National University, Korea Oct. 28; and Case Western Reserve Univer- sity, Cleveland, Ohio, ME Department, Nov. 15, 2018 In January 2019, Eskandarian became the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), one of the highest Impact Factor journals in Transportation Engineering and the top- ranked journal in Google ranking in this field. Jiangtao Cheng publications/ funding Jiangtao Cheng's article, Resistant Energy Analysis of Self-Pulling Zheng JMR Award Assistant Profes- sor Xiaoyu 'Rayne' Zheng has been recognized by the Journal of Materi- als Research as au- thoring the JMR Paper of the Year. The award recognizes excellence in advancing materials knowledge through written scholarship. The paper receiving the award was titled, Additive Manufacturing and Size-Dependent Proper- ties of High Temperature Ceramic. The lead student author on the paper was Huachen Cui. The award will be formally presented at the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting April 22. Kochersberger outreach Associate Professor Kevin Kochersberger has initiated an outreach pro- gram designed to motivate middle school students to pursue aviation sciences starting with flight basics found in sailplanes. The course will be offered in tech- nical education classes at the middle-school level and students who complete the course will be eligible for introductory flight lessons at a glider club near their school.