Amanda has been busy - enjoying rotations between the office and work sites, as well as some much-needed time off.

Life in rotation

March 1, 2016 -   The view from my office when I'm out on the rig.I apologize for dropping off of the face of the earth there for a while; I haven’t been doing a very good job keeping this up. Once I started my rotation in October, my life has pretty much been a whirlwind. I haven’t been back at my apartment in Houston for longer than a week and a half at a time since I first went offshore in October.
Considered a popular teacher even by MechSE students, physics professor Mats Selen was named Professor of the Year.

A glimpse into the life of Professor of the Year Mats Selen

February 29, 2016 -   Physics professor and Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs Mats Selen was named a 2015 Professor of the Year.Last semester, UIUC Physics Professor Mats Selen was named a
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Taylor spent an informative day at the annual weSTEM conference at Illinois, and she shares important advice that applies to all women in the field.

Be Inspired, Stay Motivated, Grow Passionate

February 14, 2016 -   Grad students had a chance to talk before the opening keynote.Saturday, February 6 marked the 4th annual weSTEM conference. The flagship project of gradSWE, Women Empowered in STEM brings students from UIUC and universities all around the country together for a day of discussions and fellowship.
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PhD candidate Ritu Raman is featured on the College of Engineering website for her achievements in helping to develop tiny walking bio-bots.

Building with biology: College features Raman and team's research

February 14, 2016 -   MechSE doctoral candidate Ritu Raman.Miniature biological robots developed at Illinois are flexing their muscles. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function.
Taylor says a new semester calls for new ways to be resourceful with your studies.

New Year, New ...

February 1, 2016 -   Welcome back to school, everyone. What’s new on campus? For one, Everitt Lab is under construction, as I’m sure everyone knows. A little history: Everitt was built in 1949 and named after William Everitt, who had served as the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Parts of the building were actually used in 1947 for classroom space since there was an apparent dearth of available classrooms.
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In this February edition of her blog series, Views of MechSE, Taylor shares original photos she captures from around campus.

Views of MechSE: February gallery

January 31, 2016 - Snow angels on the Beckman Quad.   The Engineer still has his hat from the holidays.
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Ritu makes the case for why all grad students should focus on professional growth outside the lab.

My take on non-technical conferences

January 26, 2016 -   Hello World!   This time last year, I wrote a blog post on the different types of technical conferences I’ve had the opportunity to attend during my years in graduate school.
Students from the GraMS group bond create a platform for encouraging interaction with each other - a soccer team.

Grad students form MechSE United soccer team

January 13, 2016 -  
Video feature on Herschel Pangborn's experience as a MechSE grad student.

Herschel Pangborn reflects on experience as MechSE grad student

January 10, 2016 - Herschel Pangborn, a PhD candidate in Professor Andrew Alleyne's research group, talks about how Engineering at Illinois approaches graduate education with the best interest of grad students in mind, how his research group developed and maintains a commercial software toolbox, and more. 
In a new blog series, Views of MechSE, Taylor shares original photos she captured from around campus.

Views of MechSE: End-of-semester gallery

December 17, 2015 -   Looking west along Boneyard Creek in the early afternoon. First snow of the season, behind Engineering Hall.
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As we say farewell to a successful 2015, Taylor brings you her creative version of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi."

Maybe December

December 14, 2015 -   77 days of class later, we find ourselves again at the end of the semester, in a strangely warm week.  Soon we’ll have a solid month of no school at which point some of us will stay here and the rest will scatter to the four corners of the earth. I wish everyone a happy holiday and a great break. Below, please enjoy this college version of O. Henry’s story The Gift of the Magi, first published Dec. 10, 1905.
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Enjoy this fun story from EM junior Taylor.

Engineering finals: A story in gifs

December 9, 2015 -   You just got back from Thanksgiving Break, and finals are coming soon.  People are telling you to start studying.  “Still got a couple weeks,” you say.  “No big deal. 
Taylor offers some tips for finals prep success this week.

T minus 10...

December 8, 2015 -   It’s the end of the homestretch now and finals are about to begin.  I was wondering how different people prepare for finals, so I took a survey.
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In a new blog series, Views of MechSE, Taylor shares original photos she captured from around campus.

Views of MechSE: December gallery

December 2, 2015 - MEL from across Boneyard Creek. In the lobby of Loomis Lab. Boneyard Creek in the mid-November rain.
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EM undergrad Taylor sums up the big things you need to know as a MechSE sophomore.

Things you should know by sophomore year

November 29, 2015 -   Here’s a list for you of things I’ve found that sophomores in particular should definitely know. Some of this is specific to my major (engineering mechanics).   “The flowsheet is a guideline, not a rule.”  I have heard that many times.  Let me clarify what it actually means.  The flowsheet is basically a list of every class you need to take in order to graduate.
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How not to explode your Thanksgiving turkey, and a story of thanks from Taylor.

Thank you for the blessings

November 19, 2015 - The holiday season is beginning and Thanksgiving is nearly here!  Here’s some interesting science for you: as you’ve probably heard on the news, throwing a frozen turkey into a deep fryer or even the oven can cause it to explode.  This is because frozen meat is full of moisture.  When the meat experiences a sudden spike in temperature from the overload of heat, the moisture inside it is vaporized and turns to gas molecules.
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In a new blog series, Views of MechSE, Taylor shares original photos she captured from around campus.

Views of MechSE: November gallery

November 12, 2015 -   View looking out to the south from within Talbot's crane bay. Next to the west main bridge on the Bardeen Quad.
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Wondering what TAM 335 is all about? Taylor has the scoop.

Overview of TAM 335: Fluid Mechanics

November 11, 2015 - This semester I’m taking fluid mechanics. I really didn’t know anything about it before I signed up.  Hopefully here I can answer some questions other people might have.   TAM 335 is taught by Professor Keane. Some of the concepts covered are based on differential equations, so concurrent or prior registration in a diff equations class can be very helpful.
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The Graduate Research Expo, hosted by GraMS, allowed 35 graduate students to hone their presentation skills while sharing their research with their peers.

First GraMS Graduate Research Expo a success

November 10, 2015 -   On November 9, the Graduate MechSE Students organization (GraMS) hosted the first MechSE Graduate Research Expo. Thirty-five graduate students presented their research posters to their peers while honing their poster-presentation skills.
Ever wondered about the science behind color? Taylor explains it in a way we can all understand.

In living color

October 29, 2015 -   For artists, color theory is a guide to mixing colors and is especially useful for achieving goals such as a special effect or a certain pigment. However, there’s actually a lot of science in colors. For anyone who’s taken physics 214 or any class that works with photons, the electromagnetic spectrum should be familiar.
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Taylor reminisces about the events from the past year.

Summer tapping at my door

May 14, 2015 -  
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Alumnus Alex Meyer talks to students in ME 390 about creating their career path and leveraging the people in their networks.

Planting Your Serendipity Seeds

May 10, 2015 - Illinois mechanicalIllinois mechanical engineering graduate Alex Meyer (1999) finished out the ME 390 seminar course with his presentation, “Things you might not think about… but should.”   Alumnus Alex Meyer gives his presentation on "Things you might not be thinking about...
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Alumnus Nancy Niemerg talks to the ME 390 class about what it's like to work for one of the world's top consumer products companies.

Let’s talk beer, and getting a job too

May 4, 2015 - Nancy Niemerg is a 2008 graduate who works for Anheuser-Busch InBev.Nuclear engineer and 2008 MechSE alumna Nancy Niemerg gave a presentation in ME 390 about Anheuser-Busch InBev, the brewing company where she works in capital projects.
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MechSE undergrad and video creator Kimberly Slaughter makes a great case for doing all we can to encourage engineering as a career path for all.

What Will We Miss if She Misses Out?

May 3, 2015 -
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MechSE alumna Madison Whitt presented the ME 390 class with her advice on getting the job you want.

Bubblin’ crude… oil, that is

April 29, 2015 - Mechanical engineer Madison Whitt spoke about her job at ExxonMobil.Illinois alumna Madison Whitt recently returned to campus to speak about her job at ExxonMobil. Whitt graduated in 2013 with a BS in mechanical engineering and now works as a mechanical engineer at Exxon’s Joliet, Illinois, refinery. 
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Alumna Val Laguna (ME 2013) speaks to the ME 390 class about her on-the-job experiences at Proctor & Gamble.

Being a process engineer

April 28, 2015 - Process Engineer and 2013 MechSE graduate Valeria Laguna returned to campus to speak to ME 390 students about her job at Procter & Gamble. Laguna’s focus is chemicals and surfactants at the plant in Kansas City, Missouri. 
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Richard Blanco's engineering and creative writing talents span the traditional "left brain/right brain" idea.

Civil engineer speaks about poetry

April 15, 2015 - Civil engineer Richard Blanco came to Illinois recently to give a talk about… poetry. The Florida International University graduate has become an inaugural poet in addition to working as an engineer. 
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Thinking about grad school? Taylor's quick points about applying, etc. might help!

The basics of grad school

April 1, 2015 - MechSE professor and Interim Associate Head of Graduate Programs and Research Tony Jacobi, with Assistant Director of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Katrina Hagler, spoke in ME 390 about graduate school and the basics of applying.  Some quick points about grad school:
Taylor takes us on a tour of the MNMS lab - otherwise known as the cleanroom - in MEB.

Putting on your science gown

March 29, 2015 - On the second floor of MEB, through the doors labeled 200 and down the hall, you can find our very own Micro-Nano-Mechanical Systems lab.
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Taylor walks us through some of the coolest highlights of EOH 2015.

Take a walk through EOH

March 24, 2015 - This year’s Engineering Open House definitely lived up to its standards of being cool, innovative, and jam-packed.  Let me walk you through some of what I saw during the two days.
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MechSE students put their all into their exhibits for another great Engineering Open House in Mechanical Engineering Laboratory.

EOH 2015 - a little rain can't stop MechSE!

March 12, 2015 - (updated 3/24/2015) MechSE had another excellent showing at Engineering Open House! The awards for outstanding MechSE exhibits are below (determined by the MechSE EOH Awards Committee): 1st place: ASME2nd place: PTS3rd place: SWE3rd place: SEMBest New Exhibit: SAE car exhibit/demo We also congratulate the following MechSE or MechSE-affiliated student societies that won college-level awards:
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Alumnus Hugh Abrams explains why mechanical engineers may be more suited for patent law than they realize.

A lesson in patent law

March 8, 2015 - MechSE alumnus (BSME '81) and patent attorney Hugh Abrams speaks to ME 390 students.Patent attorney and alumnus Hugh Abrams (BSME ‘81) recently spoke to ME 390 students.
MechSE sophomore Alessia Serafino talks about her first day trip in her blog: Espana--more than toros and flamenco.

Day trip 1: Aranjuez

March 5, 2015 - Alessia's group arriving at the palace. Alessia Serafino
More than 900 university students, including several from MechSE, and 50 sponsors participated in the 36-hour hackathon from Feb. 27 to March 1.

MechSE undergrad builds a 3D reality modifier at HackIllinois

March 5, 2015 - HackIllinois was bustling with nonstop activity.An attendee of the largest student-run hackathon to this day, MechSE junior Vignesh Vishwanathan said he was captivated by the prospect of developing a product in a set amount of time. Since his first event at MHacks in Fall 2012, Vishwanathan has participated in four additional hackathons.
Taylor thinks YOU should try to unlock the puzzle case before you leave Illinois.

The puzzle case (How well do you know MEL?)

March 4, 2015 - One of MechSE’s secrets is the puzzle case sitting in the Mechanical Engineering Lab. A MechSE professor designed and built it with the goal of creating something challenging for students to solve. (Which professor?  That’s another secret, one you’ll have to find out for yourself.) Time and again alumni have lamented that as a student they walked right by the puzzle case and didn’t realize what it was.
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The MechSE Advancement Student Committee is introducing a new Shadow Program to further develop the connections between older and younger students!

MechSE Shadowing Week

March 4, 2015 - Hey MechSE Community!
The SEM Research Fair on March 3 drew many MechSE undergraduates to explore their research opportunities.

Photo Gallery: 6th Annual SEM Undergraduate Research Fair

March 3, 2015 - On March 3, the MechSE department and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) hosted the 6th annual SEM Undergraduate Research Fair. The annual event, held in Mechanical Engineering Lab, allows MechSE faculty to present various opportunities within their research groups to interested undergraduates.
MechSE's Baja team got in a friendly competition at Michigan Tech's annual Blizzard Baja.

SAE Baja team kicks up snow at competition

March 2, 2015 - Over a weekend in late February, MechSE’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja team traveled to Houghton, Michigan, for Michigan Tech’s annual Blizzard Baja. This friendly unofficial competition offers teams the chance to get together outside of official competition and have fun driving their vehicles on the snow and ice. About 25 schools participated.
Alison Smith from Vesuvius provided some great advice in an ME 390 seminar this semester.

Advice from a Steel Refractory Engineer

February 26, 2015 - Taylor TuckerMechSE graduate Alison Smith (BSME '00) recently spoke in ME 390 about her job at Vesuvius, a metal flow engineering company that specializes in steel- and iron-making technology. Vesuvius is a worldwide provider, serving customers in over one hundred countries.  Vesuvius’s market is, simply put, “anything that requires steel,” with transportation being the main focus. 
Taylor shares some highlights from Lynnell Lacy's informative talk in ME 390.

For those who don’t know Engineering Career Services

February 19, 2015 - Taylor TuckerLynnell Lacy of Engineering Career Services (ECS) recently spoke in the class ME 390.  She gave a very informative talk that included not just ECS but also interviews, resumes, job fairs, and advice for engineering students looking for internships and full-time jobs.  Here is a summary. About Lynnell and ECS: 
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Welcome to our new enrollees this spring!

Getting started at Illinois-Spring 2014

November 25, 2013 - We're excited that you've chosen Illinois for graduate study, and we know this is a busy time for you as you prepare for the transition.  We're here to help! 
Where should you start?

How does a graduate student look for an advisor?

November 20, 2013 - Hello everyone!  I'm re-posting an old blog entry today on how students can start the process of looking for an advisor.  Remember that you do not need to find a research advisor prior to the start of your program in MechSE.  If you are an applicant, please wait to contact faculty until after you have received an offer of admission. ----------------------------------
The committee offers its congratulations to those who have been offered admission for Spring 2014.

Spring 2014 Admission Decisions

November 13, 2013 - The committee has completed their review of the applications submitted for Spring 2014, and congratulations to those who have been offered admission!
Applications are rolling in!

International Applicants - Frequently Asked Questions

November 11, 2013 - Good afternoon, all!  Applications are rolling in, and we have just a little over a month until our priority deadline (Dec. 15th).  Today I am posting some frequently asked questions that our international applicants may have.  Q:  Is there a different deadline for international applicants?A:  We do not have different deadlines for international applicants.  For all applicants, the deadline for full funding consideration is December 15th.  We will continue to accept applications until January 4th. 
We have what you're looking for!

What do you want in your grad school? Choose MechSE, apply today!

November 5, 2013 -   What are you looking for in your graduate school? Research opportunities? Laboratory facilities? Flexible program requirements?Funding for your degree? Wide variety of courses to choose from? MechSE at Illinois has it all.  
A great professional portrait can add the finishing touch to your online presence.

Update your professional portrait!

November 3, 2013 - Take advantage of this great opportunity! - Professional Portrait Event with GradSWEFriday, November 8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., 3003 MNTL, 208 N. Wright Street
December 15th will be here before we know it!

Back in the office! Key info for prospective students.

October 27, 2013 - What a great week it was last week while attending the Big Ten+ Grad Fair and I-74 Grad Fair at Monmouth, Knox, and Bradley!  For those of you that I was able to speak with, it was a pleasure to answer your questions, and I look forward to receiving your application!  If you have any additional questions, you can contact me at mechse-gradillinois [dot] edu. UPDATE: MechSE Grad will be at the SHPE conference this weekend!  Stop by our booth to learn about MechSE!
See you there!

MechSE Grad at Big Ten+ Grad Fair and I-74 Grad Fair

October 17, 2013 - Just a reminder that I'll be at the Big Ten+ Grad Fair at Purdue University Monday, October 21st, and the I-74 Grad Fair on Wednesday, October 23rd, and Thursday, October 24th.  Stop by my booth for an Illinois souvenir, and I can answer any questions you have about MechSE Grad! Key points for Fall 2014 applicants:
Another great MERGE event, Fall 2013

MERGE, 2013

October 14, 2013 - Last week we had the pleasure of hosting 19 students for the MERGE event.  It was such a pleasure to meet these students and learn about their research interests!  I know the students had busy itineraries meeting with faculty and current MechSE students.  It was especially cool to open up our new graduate student lounge and see our current students sharing advice with our prospective students!  Over the weekend I had the added pleasure of assisting with
Many events happening at MechSE this weekend!

Welcome, MechSE Visitors!

October 10, 2013 - MechSE is bustling with activity today!  Our annual open house is today, the College of Engineering MERGE event kicks off today, and tonight is the annual scholarship/fellowship banquet!  What a day we have to look forward to!  Welcome to all the current students, prospective students, and parents!
Stop by our booth at these graduate school fairs!

MechSE Grad is hitting the road!

September 25, 2013 - It's that time of year again, and MechSE Grad and the College of Engineering are hitting the road for graduate school fairs.  Be sure to stop by our booth if you're at one of these fairs! Big 10+ Expo at PurdueOctober 21, 2013 at Purdue University I-74 Graduate School FairOctober 23, 2013 at Monmouth College and Knox CollegeOctober 24, 2013 at Bradley University
Career Fairs, Grad Fairs, Workshops, and more!

Busy month at MechSE Grad!

September 22, 2013 - It sure has been a busy month here at MechSE!  September kicked off with the Engineering Career Fair, MechSE Corporate After-Hours, Graduate College ASPIRE Event, and great workshops such as Grainger Library Tools workshop. 
GraMS News!

GraMS BBQ and Grad Lounge Opening

September 17, 2013 - On behalf of the GraMS Council, I would like to announce that GraMS will be hosting a BBQ this Friday, September 20th, in the MEB courtyard from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to celebrate the new semester and to welcome the new graduate students to the department.  Students can access the courtyard by going to the basement of MEB and walking up the wamp between MEB 45 and 49 (the door to the courtyard is on the left).  Family members are also welcome; the more t
Applying for an external fellowship? Be sure to attend one or both of these helpful workshops.

Upcoming Fellowship Workshops

September 10, 2013 - We're proud to say that many of our students are external fellowship winners.  In fact, we have an article at this page and this page about some of our students who have been awarded such fellowships.  Interested in applying for an external fellowship?  Attend these helpful workshops (details below).
Hundreds of MechSE undergraduate and graduate students met with representatives from 16 companies on the evening of September 9.

MechSE's Fall 2013 Corporate After Hours

September 9, 2013 -
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Another year off to a great start!

Semester in full swing

September 8, 2013 - The fall 2013 semester is in full swing, and it's off to a great start.  We started off the semester by welcoming our incoming graduate students at our orientation workshops hosted by myself and Dr.
Intel wants to talk to both undergrad and grad students September 9 and 10

Join Intel for a Tech Talk and Info Session

September 5, 2013 - See Intel's flier on the September 9 Info Session.
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Apply for an all-expense-paid trip to visit campus!

Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE)

September 4, 2013 - Today I attended the College of Engineering planning meeting for the Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) event.  The MERGE program invites students to visit campus for an all-expense-paid, in-depth view of the programs and facilities in engineering at the University of Illinois.  This is an annual event and one that we look forward to every year.  This year they have made some adjustments and additions to the schedule of events, and it looks to be more exciting than ever!
Series of professional development opportunities and workshops on campus this semester.

Professional Development Opportunities, Fall 2013

September 2, 2013 - CVs and Cover LettersMonday, September 9th, 2:30-3:30 p.m.405 Illini UnionCV's are used for the academic job search and fellowship applications.  This workshop will provide guidelines for writing CVs and cover letters.
Opening soon!

Sneak peek at the grad lounge!

August 27, 2013 - Amidst our busy first week of orientation workshops and classes, I managed to grad a few pictures of the new GraMS lounge for MechSE Graduate Students.  We're excited that the lounge will be ready soon!  GraMS also posted an update on their website - be sure to check it out!