Important dates and things to do

Fall 2015 Arrival Information

June 15, 2015 - We are looking forward to the arrival of our new students this fall!  Here are some important dates and things to do upon your arrival.
A team of researchers led by a professor in the College of Education are looking at MechSE's TAM courses for inspiration in collaborative learning.

Research for improving education looks at TAM students

June 11, 2015 - College of Education Professor Emma Mercier with her multi-touch tables in the lab classroom.College of Education Professor Emma Mercier is studying how TAM students work in groups as part of her research on collaborative learning.
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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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Now accepting applications for the new MEngME Degree Program

April 30, 2015 - I am excited to announce that we are now accepting applications Fall 2015 applications for the new MEngME degree program!  AND, we've made the application process even easier for the inaugural class!     -     No application fee for Illinois graduating seniors - MechSE is paying for the application fee for Illinois graduating seniors.  Email with questions regarding submitting your application and getting the waiver.
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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Be a part of the inaugural class!

Info Session Announced for New MEngME Program

April 22, 2015 - As you may have heard, the new Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree was approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education earlier this month.  This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a world-class graduate program for Fall 2015!  We will be hosting an info session on this program this Monday, April 27th, at 4:00 pm in the Deere Pavilion in MEL.  This is especially a great info session for graduating seniors at Illinois.  See you there, and please contact me if you have any questions!
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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The New MEngME is official!

The NEW MEngME Program is official!

April 13, 2015 - The halls of MEB have been active as the new Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (MEngME) has been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education!  The first class will enroll in Fall 2015.  Interested?  Fill out our early interest form, and I'll notify you when the application system has opened for the new MEngME.  You can find more information about the new program here
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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Nishana Ismail is recognized for her success and entrepreneurism by the Illinois Technology Foundation.

Grad student and entrepreneur honored with Fifty for the Future Award

March 24, 2015 - MechSE grad student Nishana Ismail (MSME ’13) has received a Fifty for the Future Award. Hosted by the Illinois Technology Foundation, the Fifty for the Future event honors University of Illinois students who have shown determination and dedication to the advancement of technology. This year, ITF presented the awards on March 10.
MechSE grad student Jacob Wagner receives IGERT fellowship, which has allowed him to study neuroscience and conduct interdisciplinary research.

IGERT trainee uses Baxter to manipulate flexible objects

March 24, 2015 - In the Bretl Research Group, MechSE graduate student Jacob Wagner will test the group’s theoretical research on flexible object manipulation using the Baxter research robot.
Hermia G. Soo, wife of Professor Shao-Lee Soo and longtime supporter of MechSE, passed away in Urbana at the age of 92.

In Memoriam: Hermia G. Soo

March 22, 2015 - Shao-Lee (Charlie) and Hermia G. SooMrs. Hermia G. Soo passed away on Friday, March 20. Mrs. Soo was the wife of Professor Shao-Lee (Charlie) Soo, a longtime member of the MechSE faculty from 1957 until his death in 1998.
Grad student Gregory Hardy is using his NSF Fellowship to study methods of improving efficient heat transfer.

NSF fellow seeks heat transfer optimization using vortex generators

March 17, 2015 - Gregory HardyTo Gregory Hardy, his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awarded last year, is the product of three years of commitment to the application process.
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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The Eco-Illini are taking Houston by storm this weekend.

2014 Shell Eco-Marathon - update 1

April 25, 2014 -
Two MechSE alumni share their experiences working for the engineering firm Sargent & Lundy.

Alumni generate designs for the power industry

April 15, 2014 - Dave Wright (BSME '82) and Kevin Traeger (BSME '02, MSME '05) present to the ME 390 class.Dave Wright, Senior Vice President at Sargent & Lundy, has worked at the engineering and consulting firm for more than 30 years now. However, the company’s history and milestones trace back far before Wright (BSME ’82) began his journey there.
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Taylor attends a humorous and informative presentation at EOH by Dr. James McLurkin.

Taylor-Made: Changing the world, one swarm at a time

April 13, 2014 - This year’s Engineering Open House keynote speaker was Dr. James McLurkin, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rice University. He researches swarm robotics, which involves many autonomous robots acting in a group and communicating with each other. He lectures around the world and won the Lemelson-MIT student prize as an undergraduate at MIT.
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MechSE alumni now at Caterpillar share their thoughts on how Illinois prepared them for their careers.

Leaders at Caterpillar visit Illinois

April 6, 2014 - When Dana Coldren (MSME ’90), engineering manager at Caterpillar, hired MechSE alumni Sunil Bean (BSEM ’12) and Jess Perschbacher (BSME ’02, MSME ’04), both joined the Leadership and Technical Development Programs (LTDP) at the company.
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Taylor goes all over campus to give us her top spots for studying.

Taylor-Made: Oh great, there isn’t any room

March 30, 2014 - Everyone knows you can study in the Undergrad Library, or Grainger, or the main library. Most dorms have a study area as well. I don’t know about you, but I like finding places that might not be as well known. Here is a list of what I’ve come across so far. I know there are more, but I’ve been here for just over one semester, so cut me some slack.
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Amanda survives an epic exam and transitioning into new courses.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Epic exams, new classes, more adventures

March 27, 2014 - I’ve realized that I’ve spent a lot of my time during the past couple entries talking about my adventures throughout Europe and not much on actual university things in Stockholm, so in honor of the start of the new period on this side, I dedicate this week to exams, classes, and school!
Scott Daigle speaks to students about his startup and his journey to success.

MechSE alumnus aims for entrepreneurial success with IntelliWheels

March 25, 2014 - Scott Daigle demonstrates one of his company's innovative wheelchairs.The IntelliWheels commercial opens with Josh George, a five-time Paralympic medalist, pulling a 3,000 pound car as he glides across the screen on a wheelchair. Scott Daigle (BSME ’09, MSME ’11), IntelliWheels co-founder and CEO walks on screen to challenge George’s strength.
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Alumnus Ann Zuzuly lays out her methods for getting a job after graduation.

A graduate’s guide to securing a career

March 23, 2014 - “People make an impression of you within the first 30 seconds and it’s really hard to get rid of that impression,” Ann Zuzuly (BSME '13) said to a class of ME 390 students. “Think about your personal brand right now and what you want it to be in the future.”
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The first of our new Alumni Advisor Series videos features MechSE alumnus Neel Kashkari (BSME 95, MSME 97).

Alumni Advisor Series: Neel Kashkari

March 20, 2014 -     Video editor: Lyanne Alfaro
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Paula talks about her very active life at Illinois so far.

Spotlight on MechSE freshman Paula Stocco

March 18, 2014 - Name: Paula Stocco Major: Mechanical Engineering Involvement: ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Alternative Winter Break, and Undergraduate Research Hometown: Oak Park, IL How have your engineering classes been so far?
Taylor discovers some intriguing displays of engineering at this year's EOH.

Taylor-Made: An afternoon at EOH

March 17, 2014 - As I’m sure everyone knows, Engineering Open House took place this past weekend.  There’s a good reason for all the hype about it. Let me walk you through what I saw in the span of a few hours. 
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Photos from Engineering Open House, March 14-15, 2014

Engineering Open House 2014

March 16, 2014 - MechSE had an excellent showing at Engineering Open House this year. The awards for outstanding MechSE exhibits are below (determined by the MechSE EOH Awards Committee):1st place: ASME2nd place: SWE3rd place: SEM3rd place: SAEBest New Exhibit: SWE Girls Club We also congratulate the following MechSE or MechSE-affiliated student societies who won college-level awards:
The fair drew about 100 undergraduate MechSE students on March 12.

SEM Undergraduate Research Fair a Big Hit

March 12, 2014 - The SEM Undergraduate Research Fair, hosted by MechSE and the Society for Experimental Mechanics, drew a crowd of about 100 to Mechanical Engineering Lab the evening of March 12. The fair gave undergrads the chance to discuss available research opportunities with faculty. Professor Ken Christensen, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs for MechSE, provided a brief presentation before students walked around to view the research group posters and chat with faculty about their research groups.
Amanda takes a weekend trip to northern Sweden, goes dogsledding, enjoys snow shoeing, and experiences the Northern Lights.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Adventures in Lappland

March 10, 2014 - Well, I survived my trip to Lappland. Barely. While I was up north, I got into a fight with Sweden’s fifth largest lake and the meter-thick layer of ice on top of it. My face lost, the ice won, and I walked away with a minor concussion. But other than that, the trip was absolutely awesome!
Taylor took a very snowy trip to Michigan Tech with the Society of Women Engineers.

Taylor-Made: Journey to the Center of the Snow Globe

March 4, 2014 - As dawn broke over Valentine’s Day, I got on a bus and rode for nine hours up to Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Michigan. Houghton sits on a river in the Upper Peninsula. MTU’s campus is on a hillside, with a ski hill (Mt. Ripley) right across the river.
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Eric Bartsch retraces his journey from MechSE to preparing for an epic flight.

Alumnus takes engineering to new heights

March 3, 2014 - Eric Bartsch, MSME '95If all goes as planned in 2016, Eric Bartsch will retrace American aviator Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight across the Bering Sea. His modern floatplane will run on biofuels.
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Urbana elementary students receive a lesson in engineering, thanks to both current and former MechSE undergraduates.

SHPE mentors students from Leal Elementary School Bilingual Program

February 27, 2014 - Five members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), three of whom are current or former MechSE students, worked with another Illinois student, Irisbel Sanchez, to engage fifth grade bilingual students at Leal Elementary School in Urbana in engineering and manufacturing.
In her first blog post, Taylor sums up the goings-on of MechSE's student socities.

Taylor-Made: The societies here are busy in a good way

February 26, 2014 - Recently, I got to go to MechSE’s Student Societies Luncheon. Basically the class presidents and heads of student societies get together to talk about what they’re doing and discuss things they want to change or work on.
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Tad Logullo's costume and impersonation as The Joker won him a trip to the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

MechSE sophomore wins big on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

February 25, 2014 - Logullo in his Joker costume after his big win.The excitement began the week before, when Ellen DeGeneres sent out several tweets about planning a big surprise for the University of Illinois on Monday, February 24. Then she told everyone to come to the Quad dressed as their favorite movie character.
MechSE undergraduate Amanda Steelman blogs about her study abroad in Sweden.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Exploring Amsterdam

February 20, 2014 - Well, I’m back! It’s been a busy past couple weeks. Two weeks ago some MechSE alumni came to visit for a couple days! It was cool to have them around, and it forced me to be a bit more of a tourist. But it was great to have some friends come visit.


Read on to see why students choose MechSE.

What are you looking for in your graduate school?

March 12, 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.  
The committee offers its congratulations to those who have been offered admission.

Graduate Admissions Decisions

March 6, 2013 - Our Graduate Admissions Committee is working through our large pool of applications. The batch of applications for Fall 2013 was very competitive. In fact, the pool was one of the most, if not the most, competitive pool we’ve ever had. The committee offers its congratulations to those who have been offered admission. If you have not received a decision yet, your decision will be sent out very soon. The committee ensures that each application receives a complete review before the decision is released.
MechSE Grad Students Enjoy Dinner in Downtown Champaign

MechSE Grad Events in Downtown Champaign

March 4, 2013 - Today I'm sharing some snapshots of our MechSE Grad dinner which was held in downtown Champaign.  We had a great turnout for the dinner at the City View Banquet Center at the Illini Terminal.  Current students, Marios and Natalie, started out the night with a welcome, and I was able to snap a picture even though I was in the back of the room!  Prior to dinner MechSE Grad Women (MGW) hosted a coffee hour at Cafe Kopi, also in downtown Champaign. 
Numerous research groups represented at our annual poster session.

Grad Poster Session Recap - 2013

February 27, 2013 - MechSE is home to numerous labs and research centers (for a full list, see this page).  Our graduate students are an integral part of faculty laboratories, so they are the perfect resource for learning about research taking place in MechSE!  The Graduate Office has hosted its annual poster session since 2011, and it's proved to be a useful event not only for those outside of MechSE but also for our students to learn about projects taking place in other research groups.  The John Deere
Pizza, Bowling, and Billiards!

Graduate Students Enjoy Annual Pizza and Game Night

February 24, 2013 - Today I'm sharing some photos from our annual pizza and game night for grad students.  But first, I'm excited to announce that you can now subscribe to our blog via RSS!  To subscribe, please go to this URL using Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. 
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GraMS Luncheon

February 18, 2013 - Today I had the honor of having lunch with GraMS, one of our graduate student organizations.  GraMS had requested that I talk to their members about the upcoming graduate events and discuss ways in which students can volunteer for the events.  We talked about the schedule of events, details for setting up, registration, and frequently asked questions.  We also talked about our social events which include our pizza party, game night, and dinner downtown. 
Numerous research groups plan to participate!

MechSE Grad's Annual Poster Session

February 13, 2013 - Entries for this year's poster session are rolling into the graduate office.  Currently we have approximately 25 research groups participating and approximately 50 students who plan to present!  Groups from a variety of disciplines plan to participate - including Biomechanics, Controls & Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Sciences, Nanomechanics & Nanomanufacturing, and Solid Mechanics & Materials. 
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Spring 2013 Grad Events

February 11, 2013 - The RSVP and volunteer signup for next week's MechSE Grad events are up!  Students should check their email for all the details.  We look forward to these events every year; they are a lot of fun!  I especially look forward to working with our student organizations---MechSE Grad Women (MGW) and Graduate MechSE Students
How can I check my application?

How can I check on my application?

February 3, 2013 - This is such an exciting time of year for our prospective students as they are making preparations for graduate study.  A few questions resurface this time of year, and they may be on your mind as well.
Get out your calendar for these great events!

Professional Development Opportunities for Graduate Students, Spring 2013

January 31, 2013 - Savvy Job SearcherTues., Feb. 5, 10-11:00 am, 162 NoyesKatherine Eriksen, Cate KompareEffective job search strategies, organization research, and other helpful resources. This workshop is in partnership with the Savvy Researcher Workshop Series.
Ties largest gift to any public university in 2012-2013

$100-Million Pledge to College of Engineering at Illinois

January 28, 2013 - Yesterday was a big day at the University of Illinois as Chancellor Phyllis Wise announced that the Grainger Foundation has pledged $100 million to support the College of Engineering through establishment of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative.  You can read more about the pledge here.
One campus, many voices.

Diversity at Illinois

January 24, 2013 - Earlier this week I attended our spring SURGE/MERGE meeting at the College of Engineering.  MechSE, together with the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, is committed to the principle that a diverse community enhances our living, learning, and working environment.  The Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) and Support for Under-Represented Groups in Engineering (SURGE) programs are just a couple ways in which we enhance our department.
Welcome to the new MechSE Grad blog!


January 22, 2013 - We’ll be using this blog to update you on events in the Graduate Programs Office. Check back often to see what’s new!