Undergraduate Blog

Taylor reminisces about the events from the past year.

Summer tapping at my door

May 14, 2015 -  
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Alumnus Alex Meyer talks to students in ME 390 about creating their career path and leveraging the people in their networks.

Planting Your Serendipity Seeds

May 10, 2015 - Illinois mechanicalIllinois mechanical engineering graduate Alex Meyer (1999) finished out the ME 390 seminar course with his presentation, “Things you might not think about… but should.”   Alumnus Alex Meyer gives his presentation on "Things you might not be thinking about...
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Alumnus Nancy Niemerg talks to the ME 390 class about what it's like to work for one of the world's top consumer products companies.

Let’s talk beer, and getting a job too

May 4, 2015 - Nancy Niemerg is a 2008 graduate who works for Anheuser-Busch InBev.Nuclear engineer and 2008 MechSE alumna Nancy Niemerg gave a presentation in ME 390 about Anheuser-Busch InBev, the brewing company where she works in capital projects.
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MechSE undergrad and video creator Kimberly Slaughter makes a great case for doing all we can to encourage engineering as a career path for all.

What Will We Miss if She Misses Out?

May 3, 2015 -
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MechSE alumna Madison Whitt presented the ME 390 class with her advice on getting the job you want.

Bubblin’ crude… oil, that is

April 29, 2015 - Mechanical engineer Madison Whitt spoke about her job at ExxonMobil.Illinois alumna Madison Whitt recently returned to campus to speak about her job at ExxonMobil. Whitt graduated in 2013 with a BS in mechanical engineering and now works as a mechanical engineer at Exxon’s Joliet, Illinois, refinery. 
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Alumna Val Laguna (ME 2013) speaks to the ME 390 class about her on-the-job experiences at Proctor & Gamble.

Being a process engineer

April 28, 2015 - Process Engineer and 2013 MechSE graduate Valeria Laguna returned to campus to speak to ME 390 students about her job at Procter & Gamble. Laguna’s focus is chemicals and surfactants at the plant in Kansas City, Missouri. 
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Richard Blanco's engineering and creative writing talents span the traditional "left brain/right brain" idea.

Civil engineer speaks about poetry

April 15, 2015 - Civil engineer Richard Blanco came to Illinois recently to give a talk about… poetry. The Florida International University graduate has become an inaugural poet in addition to working as an engineer. 
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Thinking about grad school? Taylor's quick points about applying, etc. might help!

The basics of grad school

April 1, 2015 - MechSE professor and Interim Associate Head of Graduate Programs and Research Tony Jacobi, with Assistant Director of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Katrina Hagler, spoke in ME 390 about graduate school and the basics of applying.  Some quick points about grad school:
Taylor takes us on a tour of the MNMS lab - otherwise known as the cleanroom - in MEB.

Putting on your science gown

March 29, 2015 - On the second floor of MEB, through the doors labeled 200 and down the hall, you can find our very own Micro-Nano-Mechanical Systems lab.
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Taylor walks us through some of the coolest highlights of EOH 2015.

Take a walk through EOH

March 24, 2015 - This year’s Engineering Open House definitely lived up to its standards of being cool, innovative, and jam-packed.  Let me walk you through some of what I saw during the two days.
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MechSE students put their all into their exhibits for another great Engineering Open House in Mechanical Engineering Laboratory.

EOH 2015 - a little rain can't stop MechSE!

March 12, 2015 - (updated 3/24/2015) MechSE had another excellent showing at Engineering Open House! The awards for outstanding MechSE exhibits are below (determined by the MechSE EOH Awards Committee): 1st place: ASME2nd place: PTS3rd place: SWE3rd place: SEMBest New Exhibit: SAE car exhibit/demo We also congratulate the following MechSE or MechSE-affiliated student societies that won college-level awards:
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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

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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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