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Dr. Karen May-Newman   

Karen May-Newman, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Bioengineering Program

Phone:  (619) 594-5652
Fax:      (619) 594-
M/C:      1323
Office:    E-323E 

Research Interest:

Professor May-Newman received her Ph.D in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego and postdoctoral training in Cardiology from the Johns Hopkins University. She then joined local biotechnology company Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. as a senior research scientist. In 1998, she joined SDSU to initiate a program in bioengineering. Her research is in the area of Cardiovascular Biomechanics with a focus on the mechanical interaction of the cardiovascular system with implanted medical devices, such as heart valves and left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). Prof. May-Newman’s research has received funding from NIH, NSF, the Whitaker Foundation and other organizations. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the SDSU Society of Women Engineers.

Smart Health Institute

SDSU awarded $10M NIH grant

ME Professor, Dr. Kee Moon is one of the PIs on a $10M NIH award entitled "Building Capacity and Infrastructue for Population Health and Health Disparities Research at San Diego State University".

1000 publications

1000+ Scientific Publications by SDSU Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Randall German, ME Professor, for exceeding the milestone of 1,000 scientific publications in powder-based materials and sintering, including 16 books. He is currently the most cited author in his field.


Modeling Sintering Anisotropy

Dr. Eugene Olevsky has received a $630k NSF award to conduct a multi-scale fundamental investigation of sintering anisotropy.

This conceptual schematic shows a small particle solar receiver.

Concentrating Solar Power SunShot Research Award

Dr. Fletcher Miller is the PI on a $3.8M DoE grant for developing a Small-Particle Solar Receiver for High-Temperature Brayton Power Cycles.

Brain Picture

$18M NSF Engineering Research Center

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Dr. Kee Moon leads SDSU's efforts in the NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. Partner Universities include UW and MIT.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering Job Opportunities


  • Part-Time Faculty (Lecturer) 
  • Instructional Student Assistant
  • Graduate Assistant
  • Teaching Associate