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Ping-Ju Chen

MechSE researchers recognized at preeminent manufacturing conference

June 21, 2019 - Last week, faculty and grad students were recognized for their entries in several competitions at the premier manufacturing research conference, NAMRC.
Taher Saif

Saif, researchers receive $400K to explore how exercise may aid cognition

June 20, 2019 - MechSE's Taher Saif, along with Justin Rhodes from the Department of Psychology and Jonathan Sweedler from the Department of Chemistry, will aim to identify the chemicals released from muscles when they contract. The chemicals enhance neuron communication.
Marcus Bowman Crotts

In Memoriam: Distinguished Alumnus Marcus Bowman Crotts

June 20, 2019 - Alumnus Marcus Bowman Crotts (MSME '56) was recognized as one of the MechSE Distinguished Alumni in 1980. He passed away June 8, 2019.
Professor Tonghun Lee

Army focuses on power, propulsion for future unmanned aircraft systems

June 14, 2019 - MechSE professor Tonghun Lee hosted the Center for UAS Propulsion, or CUP program, review on April 30 and Industry-Academia Connection Days May 1-2.
Kimani Toussaint

Toussaint earns Provost’s Distinguished Promotion Award

June 10, 2019 - Kimani Toussaint earned a Provost's Distinguished Promotion Award along with his promotion to professor.
Clark Bullard

Bullard recognized for nature conservation

June 10, 2019 - Professor Emeritus Clark Bullard has been named a recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's National Conservation Special Achievement Award.
Lt. Daniel Meaney

Strong ties endure between Grainger Engineering and ROTC at Illinois

June 7, 2019 - Among those featured are MechSE undergraduate and ROTC cadet Ryan Nixon and MechSE graduate student Lt. Daniel Meaney.
Harley Johnson

Let's do the twist: rotation-tunable 2D electronics

May 31, 2019 - Professor Harley Johnson has discovered for a small flake of crystalline material that is weakly bonded to a crystalline substrate, it is possible to induce rotation of the flake by applying strain to the substrate. This may make it possible to achieve the particular relative rotation between flake and substrate required for the recently discovered 'magic' angle effect in bilayer graphene, at which unconventional superconductivity can be found.
Michael Rutkowski

Alumnus Rutkowski named SVP at GTI

May 24, 2019 - Alumnus Michael Rutkowski (BSME '89) joined Gas Technology Institute as the senior vice president for research and technology development.
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Ostoja-Starzewski gives talk at Los Alamos

May 22, 2019 - Martin Ostoja-Starzewski presented a lecture titled, "Stochastic Partial Differential Equations Why? How? What?" at Los Alamos National Lab.
Leon Liebenberg

Student tours of Abbott Power Plant provide opportunity for self-directed learning

May 17, 2019 - Collaborations between Professor Leon Liebenberg in MechSE and the Abbott Power Plant on campus have resulted in more self-directed learning for undergrads.
Mr. Sidney Lu

Introducing the Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building at Illinois

May 16, 2019 - The building renaming honors Illinois alumnus Sidney Lu, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981.
James Klausner

Two-time alumnus named Fellow of ASTFE

May 16, 2019 - MS and PhD alumnus James Klausner was named a Fellow of the American Society of Thermal and Fluid Engineers.
Dan Caruso

MechSE alum Caruso is Engineering convocation speaker

May 10, 2019 - Zayo Group Holdings CEO Dan Caruso (BSME '86) will present the keynote speech at this weekend's College of Engineering graduation ceremony.
Brian Mercer

Q&A with lecturer Brian Mercer

May 10, 2019 - Get to know lecturer Dr. Brian Mercer, who started his teaching faculty career with MechSE in fall 2018.
Amy LaViers

LaViers introduces novel perspective in robotic capability

May 8, 2019 - Amy LaViers introduces a novel point of view from which to observe robotic capabilities, and the groundbreaking aspect of her work is her particular counting model that has not been used before in robotics.
Valeria Laguna

Laguna honored as outstanding alumna

May 7, 2019 - Valeria Laguna (BSME '13) was named one of this year's MechSE Outstanding Young Alumni.
Jie Feng

From ocean bubbles to life-saving nanomedicines: Feng manipulates soft materials via interfacial dynamics

May 3, 2019 - New MechSE professor Jie Feng's research aims to impact the environment, medicine, manufacturing, and more.
ME 370 finals

ME 370 students launch mini-cubes on the quad

May 2, 2019 - ME 370 students were challenged to build compact devices that could launch for distance and accuracy.
Alison Dunn

Dunn wins STLE Early Career Award

May 2, 2019 - Professor Alison Dunn won the Early Career Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers for her work on hydrogel interface slip.

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