Alumni Blog

Nathan and Betsy Alderman

First came calc, then came marriage

September 20, 2019 - Alumnus Nathan Alderman (BSEM '12) and his wife Betsy's life together began on the steps of Altgeld Hall.
Bilal Mehdi

Alum built foundation for career in autonomy at Illinois

September 10, 2019 - Bilal Mehdi is helping to keep GM at the forefront of the field by developing technology that will pave the way for the next-generation of self-driving cars.
Curtis Goffinski

Alumnus shares experiences in the manufacturing world

June 4, 2019 - Alum Curtis Goffinski uses his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering in his role as an engineer at Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc.
Diana Betancourt-Roldan

MSME alumna enforces nuclear plant safety at NRC

May 15, 2019 - Diana Betancourt-Roldán (MSME '12) now works as the Senior Resident Inspector at the Byron nuclear power plant in Illinois.
Wendy Crone

MechSE alumna thrives as SEM President

April 9, 2019 - Engineering mechanics alumna Wendy Crone is serving as the 2018-19 President of SEM.
Andrew Lamore

Q&A with Andrew Lamore, M.Eng.ME alumnus

March 28, 2019 - Now an engineer at The Boeing Company, Lamore reflects on how the MEngME program helped him begin a great career.
Chicago Makers to Watch

Two startups from MechSE alumni are Chicago Makers to Watch

March 11, 2019 - Alumni Bryan Wilcox and Roger Ady are founders of companies that have been named "Makers to Watch" in the city of Chicago.
Ishaan Pakrasi

MechSE alumnus breaking barriers in a unique career path

February 21, 2019 - Ishaan Pakrasi (BSME '16, MSME '18) has found his niche in the makings of a career that combine engineering and art.
Michael Wood-Lewis

Wood-Lewis connects neighbors through online community

January 14, 2019 - Alumnus Michael Wood-Lewis (BSME '88, MBA-MSME '91) created the Front Porch Forum in their hometown as an effort to build community. The platform now encompasses the entire state of Vermont.
Ken Gall

Alumnus balances life in academia with the world of startups

December 11, 2018 - Ken Gall (BSME, MSME, PhDME) has been unstoppable in the worlds of academia and entrepreneurship.
Bob and Susan Salisbury

Alumnus Salisbury shares his success through new scholarship

September 13, 2018 - Alumnus Robert Salisbury (BSME '69) gives back to Illinois with a new Engineering Visionary Scholarship.
Dr. Bradley Allen

Allen applies ME training to career in medicine

August 17, 2018 - Alumnus Dr. Bradley Allen has successfully turned his undergrad degree from MechSE, fluid mechanics training, and biomedical engineering into a dynamic career in medicine.
Luis Martinez

Alumnus constructing first-ever net-zero energy building in El Salvador

August 9, 2018 - With his experience on the Illinois Solar Decathlon as inspiration, Luis Martinez (MSME '07, PhD ME '09) is now constructing El Salvador's first net-zero building.
Jeff Veazie

Alumni harness untapped wind energy in Oklahoma panhandle

July 12, 2018 - MechSE alumni Jeff Veazie and Emily Paice have been working on what is projected to be the largest wind farm in America and the second largest in the world.
Alumna Kendra Sharp humanitarian engineering

Alumna's career driven by passion for humanitarian engineering

June 18, 2018 - MechSE alumna Kendra Sharp (PhD TAM 2001) focuses her efforts on fostering more equality around the world through humanitarian engineering.
Lou Wozniak

MechSE alumnus turns YouTube personality

March 1, 2018 - Alumnus Lou Wozniak (BSIE '89, MSME '91) has turned his love for building and working with his hands into a beloved (and informative!) YouTube channel.
Dan Maloney

Maloney combines varied interests with engineering

February 15, 2018 - Dan Maloney (BSME '85, MSME '87) has created several business opportunities, all sprung from what he learned as a mechanical engineering student.
Amanda Steelman

Amanda Goes to Work: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

December 21, 2017 - Hello my fellow MechSEs! It’s been a while since I’ve checked back in. I think last time I wrote a post, I was camping out on a drill ship in the Gulf of Mexico. I didn’t mean for a year and a half to fly by, but 2016/2017 turned out to be very eventful year in the life of Amanda. To sum it up quickly, in the past year I…
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Amanda has some words of advice for her former classmates, soon-to-be MechSE alumni!

Congratulations, new MechSE alumni!

May 10, 2016 -   Gah, how can this be a year ago already?! Seniors, make sure you get in line early to get a picture with Alma.It’s the final stretch! My newsfeed tells me that the next round of MechSE seniors have officially survived senior design. On that note, CONGRATULATIONS! It’s hard to believe that I was giving my presentation a year ago already.
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Alumni Bill Jackson and Melanie Willi each offered impactful thoughts to MechSE's fall 2015 graduates.

MechSE alumni provide sound advice for graduates

April 5, 2016 -   Over the years, MechSE has seen many successful engineers come through the department.    Two such alumni came back to campus to speak at the December 2015 Commencement Ceremony.