A few photos from our annual graduate student poster session!

MechSE Grad Annual Poster Session Photos

March 12, 2015 - A few pics of our students in action!
Grad student Alan Gaglio is using his NSF-funded IGERT traineeship to develop adaptive technology for wheelchair use.

IGERT recipient embarks on wheelchair research with IntelliWheels

March 11, 2015 - During school hours, first-year MechSE graduate student Alan Gaglio delves into neuroengineering classes. After hours, he works alongside local startup IntelliWheels to facilitate wheelchair use with adaptive technology.
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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We have provided a few photos from the event.

Corporate visitors impressed during February after-hours

February 12, 2015 - Corporate reps visited MEL on Wednesday, February 11 to meet MechSE students and discuss intership and employment topics. Below are a few photos from their interactions.
Grad students who developed concept in MechSE take next step online.

Servabo launches the Shadow personal security device on Indiegogo

February 2, 2015 - MechSE alumnus Tim Deppen (BSME '09, MSME '09, PhDME '13) and current PhD student Nishana Ismail (MSME '13) have today launched a crowdfunding campaign for the invention, Shadow, which has been developed in the department. Their full release follows:  
MechSE undergraduates complete the Bucket List competition and get to know their community in the process.

Bucket list turns MechSE students into explorers

January 29, 2015 -   The MechSE Bucket List was a two-week event in November 2014 open to all students in the department. Seven teams of four competed to complete 22 fun activities to score the most points. For a team to receive credit, they had to submit a picture or video of at least two of their members performing the bucket list item (bonus points if more members were involved).
The Spring 2015 Seminar Schedule is out!

Seminar Schedule, Spring 2015

January 27, 2015 - MechSE Seminar Series Spring 2015 Tuesday, February 3Professor Derk JoesterNorthwestern University“Interfaces and Interphases in Biomineralization”Host: Professor Sascha Hilgenfeldt Tuesday, February 10Professor Robert PitzVanderbilt University“Cellular Tubular Flames: A Model of Preferential Diffusion and Extinction in H2 Fueled Laminar and Turbulent Flames”Hosts: Professors Moshe Matalon and Nenad Miljikovic
Magazine features Alison Dunn, Shelby Hutchens, Mariana Kersh, and Kelly Stephani

New MechSE faculty featured in College of Engineering magazine

January 27, 2015 - Page 12 of Engineering at Illinois magazine, Spring 2015
Ritu is back "in motion" and reinvigorated after attending three very different conferences.

San Antonio, Boston, Oahu

January 22, 2015 - Hello World!
Applicant pool represents 43 countries around the world.

Another Batch of Applications From Around the World!

January 13, 2015 - It's a new year, and we have a new batch of applicants for 2015.  Our applicant pool has been steady with over 1000 submitted applications annually.  Each year the committee is excited to review potential candidates for our programs.  This year's pool has grown even further and represents 43 countries around the world!   Australia
I took a survey on what people will be doing over break and got answers from engineers and non-engineers alike.

Plans for winter break?

December 17, 2014 - FYI, this is not Illinois.Another one down!
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FAQ for Fall 15 Applicants

Applying FAQ

December 8, 2014 - Hello all! We are excited to be receiving your applications for Fall 2015 admission. Please keep in mind that we receive a high volume of applications and will work to update the status of your documents in the My.MechSE system as quickly as possible. We have been receiving many questions at mechse-gradillinois [dot] edu, and there are 3 items I would like to make sure you are aware of:


MechSE undergraduate Amanda Steelman blogs about her study abroad in Sweden.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Intro to Stockholm

February 6, 2014 - Okay, so, this is my first time blogging and I honestly have no idea where to start. I guess maybe with the basics? Hej! I’m Amanda. I’m technically a senior in mechanical engineering, but I’ll have one more year at Illinois after my semester here in Sweden. I’m studying abroad in Stockholm at The Royal Institute of Technology (also known as KTH or Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Swedish).
MechSE's Pi Tau Sigma students showed area Principal's Scholars the engineering behind rapid prototyping.

PTS demonstrates rapid prototyping to local Principal’s Scholars

January 1, 2014 - A group of Principal's Scholars gather to learn from MechSE's Pi Tau Sigma students.MechSE and Pi Tau Sigma (PTS) hosted 20 area high school students in the Principal’s Scholars Program for two hours on a Saturday as they learned about rapid prototyping and the science behind the technology.
December is graduation time for these highly accomplished students!

Graduating students are ready to celebrate!

December 19, 2013 -  
High school students in Rantoul experience the exciting technology of 3D printing.

3D prototyping shows high school students the engineering behind chemistry

December 17, 2013 - Students at Rantoul High School create prototypes using 3D printing. For the fourth year in a row, chemistry students at Rantoul High School were exposed to rapid prototyping and nano-manufacturing, thanks to MechSE’s very popular 3D classroom printing laboratory. Joe Muskin, MechSE’s outreach coordinator, was on hand to demonstrate the technology to the engaged audience.
Join MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt and Arts and Design professor Cliff Shin for an out-of-the-ordinary presentation.

When Rheology meets Industrial Design...

December 8, 2013 - Join MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt and Arts and Design professor Cliff Shin for an out-of-the-ordinary presentation at 1 p.m. this Thursday, December 12 at the Krannert Art Museum (500 E. Peabody, Champaign).
Engineering students from all departments teamed up for the annual event to showcase their inspiring and innovative ideas.

First-year engineering students get creative at IEFX Explorations

December 5, 2013 - The College of Engineering's Explorations celebration attracted many spectators, including corporate representatives, other Illinois students, and families from the community. The event took place December 5 at the Illini Union, and gave first-year engineering students a chance to display their innovative products from their first semester. Highlights included presentations and projects from the Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience (IEFX) electives.
MechSE students set up many exhibits for visiting high school seniors as well as MechSE freshmen and their parents.

MechSE Open House exhibits - September 2013

October 10, 2013 - MechSE students set up many exhibits for visiting high school seniors as well as MechSE freshmen and their parents.
Pi Tau Sigma held their kick-off cookout on Tuesday, September 3.

Pi Tau Sigma cookout

September 2, 2013 -              
View three minutes of racing excitement from the University of Illinois Formula SAE car team.

Formula SAE unveils 2013 promo video

August 4, 2013 - View three minutes of racing excitement from the University of Illinois Formula SAE car team. Each year, a new car is built from scratch by the students on the team. The 2013 car is one of the team's best yet!
Anyone, anywhere can watch the College of Engineering graduation this year!

Graduation live-streaming this Sunday!

May 8, 2013 - CHECK IT OUT: Live-streaming of the Engineering Convocation Ceremony for family members who cannot travel to the ceremony! (And later the College of Engineering will provide the video on its web page for graduates who want to download the ceremony as a keepsake. Just go to
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student society leaders 2012-13

Thank you to our student society leaders!

April 30, 2013 - 2012-13 was a great year in MechSE. Thanks to all of our student society leaders that did so much throughout the year!
Daniel Borup, Timothy Ewan, William ("Caleb") Gray, Ruobing Ma, Ian McNamara, and Madison Whitt made the 2013 Bronze Tablet.

Six undergrads make 2013 Bronze Tablet

April 30, 2013 - Daniel Borup, Timothy Ewan, William ("Caleb") Gray, Ruobing Ma, Ian McNamara, and Madison Whitt have made the 2013 Bronze Tablet. The University of Illinois began the tradition of inscribing the Bronze Tablets with the names of students receiving University Honors in 1925. A new tablet is hung in the Main Library each year. Inscription on the Bronze Tablets recognizes sustained academic achievement by undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
EOH 2013

MechSE' EOH 2013 exhibits re-capped in video

April 24, 2013 - Check out this 90-second video for a quick tour through some of MechSE's exhibits at Engineering Open House 2013.
Department gives out EOH awards at luncheon

MechSE names EOH award winners

April 22, 2013 - At the 2013 Engineering Open House, the MechSE Department again had great exhibits on display in Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Talbot Laboratory, and out on the Bardeen Quad. At the departmental EOH awards luncheon on April 22, the 1st-place award for best exhibit went to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2nd place went to Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honors Society (PTS), and tied for 3rd place were the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
On the eve of the April 2013 Alumni Board Meeting, some early arriving alums got a sneak peak at some ME 470 projects.

Senior Design teams show off projects for Alumni Board members

April 21, 2013 - See the full Facebook album.
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Welcome to the new Mechse Undergraduate Programs Blog!

Welcome to the new Mechse Undergraduate Programs Blog!

April 18, 2013 - Welcome to the new Mechse Undergraduate Programs Blog!