Graduate Student Profile - Eduardo Torrealba

Graduate student Eduardo Torrealba Testimonial

Why Mechse?

There were a lot of reasons for me to choose Illinois over the other schools I was looking at. Chief among them was the opportunity to work with Dr. King, but I also liked the great reputation that the school had coupled with its location in the Midwest and the slightly more laid back culture that came with this area. Another big factor was the presence of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) and the growing community down in the Research Park, specifically at the EnterpriseWorks incubator. In the end, I knew that if I could make it at Illinois I could make it anywhere, so I was excited about the opportunity to study interesting problems in a world-class environment with great people.

Previous Institutions

BSME, Baylor University, 2011

Research Projects

I’m currently researching the heat transfer applications of omniphobic surfaces.

Faculty Advisors

William King; Anthony Jacobi


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow SURGE Fellow Founding member of the Gradaute MechSE Students (GraMS) leadership council.

Other Activities

I enjoy gardening and grilling. I started a company during my first year of graduate school.