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Richard DeVor, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Manufacturing, has received the 2007 Honorary Member Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

DeVor Named ASME Honorary Member

July 10, 2007 - Professor Richard DeVorProfessor Richard DeVor has received the 2007 Honorary Member Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.The College of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Manufacturing, Professor DeVor was honored for distinguished leadership in and longstanding contributions to the field of manufacturing engineering education and research through technical publications, graduate student mentoring, and the development of programs and activities to promote industry, u
Two projects by MechSE faculty were recently selected by the College of Engineering to receive funding from the Grainger Program in Emerging Technologies.

MechSE Faculty Receive Grainger Funding

July 4, 2007 - Two projects by MechSE faculty were recently selected by the College of Engineering to receive funding from the Grainger Program in Emerging Technologies.
The University of Illinois car finished 8th in competition at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA.

Formula SAE Scores Top 10 Finish

June 20, 2007 - The Formula SAE team in California.A formula-style racing car designed and built by student members of the Society of Automotive Engineers finished in the top ten during a recent competition in California. The University of Illinois Formula SAE team, headed by MechSE professor emeritus Norman Miller, had top four finishes in presentation, acceleration and autocross. Combined with scores in design, skid pad and endurance/economy, the team accumulated enough points to finish 8th.
Professor Richard Buckius has received the Charles Russ Richards Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Buckius Receives ASME Richards Award

May 20, 2007 - Richard BuckiusRichard Buckius, currently serving the National Science Foundation as Assistant Director of the Directorate of Engineering, has received the Charles Russ Richards Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The award recognizes outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within 10 to 20 years following graduation.
C. J.Gauthier Professor and Department Head Huseyin Sehitoglu has received the 2007 Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Sehitoglu Receives Nadai Medal

May 9, 2007 - Huseyin SehitogluHuseyin Sehitoglu, C. J. Gauthier Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has received the 2007 Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Established in 1975, the Nadai Medal recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of engineering materials.
During an energy panel discussion at the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering's spring Alumni Board meeting April 20, Mark Shannon, J. W. Bayne Professor, emphasized the need for a comp...

MechSE Faculty and Alumni Discuss Need for National Energy Policy

April 30, 2007 - As policy makers seek new ways to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil, concerns about global warming are causing many to pin their hopes on "clean" energy sources, such as hydrogen fuel and ethanol from cellulose, that would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. But did you know that:
Doctoral student Nagarajan Kalyanasundaram has been awarded the Materials Research Society Silver Award for his research on the atomistic origins of surface evolution and electronic structure modif...

MechSE Student Receives MRS Award

April 11, 2007 - Nagarajan Kalyanasundaram is among a select group of graduate students from around the world who received a Silver Award from the Materials Research Society at the organization's recent spring meeting. Through its graduate student awards program, the society honors and encourages students who have demonstrated outstanding academic and research achievement, and who show potential for significant future achievement. Kalyanasundaram is pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering under the guidance of MechSE professors Harley Johnson and Jonathan Freund.
Doctoral student Fernando Stump has been selected to receive the ISSMO/Springer Prize 2005 for a Young Scientist.

MechSE Student Wins Young Scientist Award

April 3, 2007 - Fernando Stump, who is pursuing a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics, has been selected to receive the ISSMO/Springer Prize 2005 for a Young Scientist.
MechSE researchers showed, for the first time, that plastic deformation in nanocrystalline metal films can be highly reversible. This surpising finding challenges the widely accepted view that plas...

Researchers Show that Metals Can Recover after Plastic Deformation

March 29, 2007 - This 200-nanometer-thick, freestanding aluminum specimen with an average grain size of 65 nanometers showed substantial strain recovery after unloading. This recovery was time-dependent and thermally activated.MechSE researchers showed, for the first time, that plastic deformation in nanocrystalline metal films can be highly reversible.
The March-April issue of American Scientist featured an article by distinguished alumnus Henry Petroski (M.S. TAM 1964, Ph.D. TAM 1968) that looks back on his experiences as a graduate student in t...

American Scientist Article Sheds Light on TAM/ME History

March 27, 2007 - Henry PetroskiThe March-April issue of American Scientist featured an article by distinguished alumnus Henry Petroski (M.S. TAM 1964, Ph.D. TAM 1968) that looks back on his experiences as a graduate student in the former Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. The Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and professor of history at Duke University has written a dozen books, most notably: To Engineer is Human.
Dr. Moshe Matalon, formerly a professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics and mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, has joined MechSE as the College of Engineering Caterp...

Matalon Joins MechSE

March 22, 2007 - Dr. Moshe MatalonDr. Moshe Matalon, formerly a professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics and mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, has joined MechSE as the College of Engineering Caterpillar Professor. Matalon is internationally recognized for his fundamental contributions to combustion theory and reacting flows.
Moshe Matalon, College of Engineering Caterpillar Professor, is an invited speaker at the 5th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, March 25-28 in San Diego, California.

Matalon Addresses National Combustion Meeting

March 22, 2007 - Moshe MatalonMoshe Matalon, College of Engineering Caterpillar Professor, is an invited speaker at the 5th U.S. National Combustion Meeting. Sponsored by the Western States Section of The Combustion Institute, the meeting takes place March 25-28 in San Diego, California.
Associate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar William King received a 2007 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.

King Receives ONR Young Investigator Award

March 22, 2007 - Associate Professor William KingAssociate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar William King received a 2007 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.
MechSE alumni Andrew Phillip and Andrew Honegger and professors Richard DeVor and Shiv Kapoor were highlighted in the March 22 business section of the Chicago Tribune.

Newspaper Article Features MechSE Alums, Professors

March 22, 2007 - An article entitled "Micro models, macro advances" in the March 22 business section of the Chicago Tribune profiled the company MechSE alumni Andrew Phillip and Andrew Honegger started as graduate students working with professors Richard DeVor and Shiv Kapoor. Microlution is part of the growing micromanufacturing industry in Illinois. Click here to see the full article.
Assistant Professor Dimitrios Kyritsis has been named a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Kyritsis Named CAS Fellow

March 22, 2007 - Assistant Professor Kimitros KyritsisAssistant Professor Dimitrios Kyritsis has been named a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study for the 2007-2008 academic year. During his one-semester appointment, he will carry out a study on clean and efficient micro-combustion for power generation.
Associate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar Andreas Polycarpou has been selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Cyprus by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Polycarpou Named Fulbright Scholar

March 22, 2007 - Associate Professor Andreas PolycarpouAssociate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar Andreas Polycarpou has been selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Cyprus by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Polycarpou received the sole research award offered for 2008-2009. During his time at the University of Cyprus, he will study deposition and nanomechanical property measurements of magnetic-mode oxide films for thermal management in magnetic storage hard disk drives.
Charles Tucker III, Alexander Rankin Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Advising Undergraduate Students.

Tucker Receives Campus Award

March 14, 2007 - Charles Tucker IIICharles Tucker III, Alexander Rankin Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Advising Undergraduate Students. In his 29-year career with the department, he has helped hundreds of students make wise decisions about their undergraduate education at the University of Illinois.
Kent Schien, MechSE Alumni Board President and President & CEO of Innoventor, has been selected as the 2007 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Advministration.

Alumni Board President Is Named 2007 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year

March 12, 2007 - Kent SchienKent Schien, MechSE Alumni Board President and President & CEO of Innoventor, has been selected as the 2007 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor Herman Krier received a 2007 Sustained Service Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Krier Gets AIAA Sustained Service Award

March 12, 2007 - Professor Herman KrierRichard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor Herman Krier received a 2007 Sustained Service Award from the American institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The award recognizes continuing dedication and contributions to the AIAA over time.
Student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) were honored for their exhibits during Engineering Open House, held March 9 ...

ASME, SEM Win EOH Awards

March 11, 2007 - MechSE junior Matt Savoie, a member of ASME, explains how his group built a functional hovercraft from a fan, leaf blower and wooden platform during Engineering Open House. The display took top honors in the Presentation of Society category.Student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) were honored for their exhibits during Engineering Open House, held March 9 and 10.

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