Taylor learns about engineering design in the "olden days" from Ernie Bacsanyi, a retired engineer at Ford.

The (16) Foot Long

November 20, 2014 - Engineering today involves a lot of technology. Ideas are sketched on the computer in 3D, and testing can be simulated to save material. Well duhhh, you say. But you might like to know what a day on the job was like sixty years ago. I talked to Ernie Bacsanyi, a retired design engineer for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. He retired in 1983 after working for 35 years.
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MechSE Grad visits Georgia Tech

MechSE Grad On the Road

November 20, 2014 - Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking to Pi Tau Sigma students at Georgia Tech.  What a great group of students!  It was great to talk to them about our programs and the projects our students are engaged in.  Couldn't attend?  Check out my presentation here.
Wow - Fall Semester is Flying By!

November already?!

October 30, 2014 - It's been a very busy semester at MechSE Grad!  There have been so many activities including our annual MERGE visit, the MechSE Fellowship banquet, the MechSE open house, and so much more!  We're continuing a busy semester on the road.
Paula wraps up her blog with some final thoughts on Uruguay.

Solo un Sol: Final Reflections

October 20, 2014 - Studying abroad doesn’t last forever. We come home to our families and our languages and our customs and our ideas of personal space and our respective traditional sandwich spreads and our beliefs and our concerns and our pre-occupations and our lives. But, I don’t think that these things feel the same as they did before.
See how many of these campus features you can find.

Hunt for Blue October

October 12, 2014 - If you were to map out where engineering students need to go on campus (especially during class hours), you’d see that the majority of paths are pretty much contained within a boundary encompassing Bardeen quad, North quad, Loomis, Siebel Center, MEB, TB, and a few main quad buildings like Foellinger and Gregory Hall. But campus has a whole world outside the Engineering circle that’s yours for the taking.
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MEB and MEL are buzzing with activity!

Fall 2014 in full swing for grad students

September 28, 2014 - Recently MechSE Grad Women (MGW) and Graduate MechSE Students (GraMS) have held their elections for their new leadership and they have also been busy planning new events for this semester.  Stay tuned for those announcements to be sent out via email.  Want to learn more about MGW and GraMS?  Their websites can be found at our Grad Student Life page.
Welcome to the new MechSE freshmen; and to everyone else, welcome back!

Hit the Ground Running

September 17, 2014 - As I’m sure you’ve all heard a million times by now, welcome (and welcome back) to U of I! A word to our freshman first:
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The Fall 2014 semester is in full motion!

Fall Semester Underway!

September 11, 2014 - We can't believe that we are already through the 3rd week in the semester!  MEB and MEL are buzzing with activity. MechSE has announced its Fall 2014 Internal NSF Competition to assist students in applying for National Science Foundation Fellowships.  Essays must be submitted to me, Katrina Hagler, by 5:00 p.m. on October 14th.  Essays can be turned in either electronically or in hard copy.  The competition is open to MechSE graduate students and MechSE seniors.  Any questions, please contact us!
Fall 2014 Workshops and Presentations for Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities, Fall 2014

September 11, 2014 - Career Fair Success for Graduate StudentsSept. 16th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.210 Illini UnionWe’ll break down the dreaded “elevator speech,” practice talking to employers about skills and experiences, and develop strategies for making connections at career fairs.Presented by the Graduate College  
The new professors bring a wide range of expertise to the department.

Seven faculty members join MechSE for Fall 2014

September 9, 2014 - The MechSE Department is proud to have hired seven outstanding new professors for Fall 2014. This will reap benefits for MechSE students right away and spanning far into the future. Please access the New Faculty - Fall 2014 pdf to read about them.
The September 9 event was well attended, deemed very successful.

Corporate After-Hours brings top companies to MechSE

September 9, 2014 - More than 400 students attended MechSE's Corporate After-Hours event on Tuesday, September 9 in Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. It gave MechSE students a chance to meet with company representatives who are very interested in hiring the department's students for internships and/or permanent positions. Attending companies included Accenture, Alcoa, Armstrong World Industries, Chrysler, Exelon, Ford, Grayhill, Horizon Hobby, Johnson Controls Microsoft, Monsanto, Moog, Norfolk Southern, Panduit, Phillips 66, Power Solutions International, PwC, Shell Oil Company, and Vesuvius.
The fall semester is upon us!

What should I register for this fall?

August 6, 2014 - Here are some FAQ regarding course registration which we thought would be helpful as students get ready for the fall semester.  We look forward to seeing our students return from summer break!  
Bruno Abdelnour and Anne Goering receive both of the post-graduate scholarships given by the Big Ten Conference each year.

U of I winners of Big Ten scholarships both from MechSE

August 6, 2014 - Each year, the Big Ten awards postgraduate scholarships to two student-athletes from each university in the conference. For 2014, both of the University of Illinois scholarship winners are MechSE students.
Paula posts her final blog from Uruguay on the history of the national symbol, the gaucho.

Solo un Sol: Gaucho Uruguayo

August 4, 2014 - The Uruguayan gaucho is a grass land horseman and, not of a single ethnicity, his origin flows from Uruguay’s political, historical, and economic state during the 1800s. The term gaucho was coined from “huachu,” meaning “orphan” in the indigenous Quechua language.
Ritu blogs about her most recent research exchange - this time from MIT in Boston.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Taking my own advice at MIT

August 3, 2014 - Hello World!
Ritu wraps up her six weeks abroad with thoughtful tips for those traveling internationally for research.

Ritu’s Mechanics of Motion: Tips and tricks for success abroad, week 6

July 9, 2014 - Hello World! I have wrapped up my time in Singapore – I can hardly believe that I lived and worked in another country for six whole weeks! I’d grown quite accustomed to the Singaporean environment and will miss many aspects of my life there as I return to Champaign-Urbana. All the same, I miss being “home” and am excited to return to the University of Illinois!
Paula explores the Uruguayan port city of Colonia.

Solo un Sol: Las Calles de Colonia

July 1, 2014 - On the other side of Montevideo to the northwest is Colonia, the port it was meant to rival. Manuel de Lobo, from Portugal, founded Nova Colinia de Sacramento in 1680 in the Portuguese style. Centuries of struggle between Spain and Portugal over the port left a conglomeration of both neat and haphazard cobblestones and peaked and flat roofs.
Ritu discovers her learning style strengths and weaknesses, uses an AFM on her samples, and visits Kuala Lumpur.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Learning about my learning style, week 5

June 24, 2014 - Hello World! The weeks are absolutely flying by, and I feel barely able to process all the thoughts flying through my brain! First and foremost, I was able to do several trial runs of my muscle strip stiffness measurements on an atomic force microscope (AFM) located in one of the research buildings/institutes (“SMART” – Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) in the newest part of campus, University Town.
Ritu compares the ins and outs of the biotechnology industries in Singapore and the U.S.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Thoughts on biotechnology, week 4

June 16, 2014 - This week was off to a great start—our journal paper on engineered skeletal muscle based bio-bots (in which I am co-first author along with a fellow lab mate) was accepted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences! It feels great to have our work recognized by such a prestigious journal and hopefully marks the start to many productive years ahead.
Paula explores the seaside city of Punta Del Este in Uruguay.

Solo un Sol: Las Aguas de Punta Del Este

June 4, 2014 - At the point where Rio de Plata becomes the Atlantic Ocean sits a nondescript anchor. At Punta Del Este, a peninsula southeast of Montevideo, the ocean and estuary fight so that the tides struggle between salt and sweet at that tip, at so notable a difference that the eastern shore is called Playa Brava (Rough Beach) and the western shore Playa Mansa (Calm Beach).