Undergraduate Blog

We have provided a few photos from the event.

Corporate visitors impressed during February after-hours

February 12, 2015 - Corporate reps visited MEL on Wednesday, February 11 to meet MechSE students and discuss intership and employment topics. Below are a few photos from their interactions.
MechSE undergraduates complete the Bucket List competition and get to know their community in the process.

Bucket list turns MechSE students into explorers

January 29, 2015 -   The MechSE Bucket List was a two-week event in November 2014 open to all students in the department. Seven teams of four competed to complete 22 fun activities to score the most points. For a team to receive credit, they had to submit a picture or video of at least two of their members performing the bucket list item (bonus points if more members were involved).
I took a survey on what people will be doing over break and got answers from engineers and non-engineers alike.

Plans for winter break?

December 17, 2014 - FYI, this is not Illinois.Another one down!
Undergraduate, Taylor
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.
Undergraduate, Taylor
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.
Undergraduate, Taylor
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:
Undergraduate, Taylor
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.
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.
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.
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).
Paula introduces us to her university "home" away from home in Uruguay.

Universidad ORT de Uruguay

June 2, 2014 - In Uruguay, public education is required and free. Starting at age 6, children attend 6 years of primary school followed by 2 years of secondary, receiving un bachillerato upon completion. The country boasts a 98% literacy rate and has been applauded as consistently ranking highest in South America. Higher education is free for the over 80,000 who choose to attend the public university, La Universidad de la Republica.
Paula experiences music of all kinds on the streets of Montevideo.

Solo un Sol: Sounds of Montevideo

May 27, 2014 - Music is part of life in Montevideo. From the youth playing guitar on the steps of Municipal and the Milonga being taught on the streets of the Saturday Mercado de Puerta, to the Candombe African-rooted drum music featured during Carnival, and a 40-night drum parade starting down seaside Barrio De Sur and stretching to neighboring Palermo, the city remembers its history and discusses its current events through music.
MechSE undergrad Paula Stocco begins her blog from Uruguay with an account of the country's history.

Solo un Sol: Sunrise in Montevideo

May 26, 2014 - Last night, the Sandman came to visit. He dusted the city with purple, and from our balcony to la plaza (public square), all looks soft and still. Haze shades the stucco building walls and sneaks in between the terra terracotta tiled roofs of the inland distract. From the highest point to the lowest, Montevideo sleeps under a layer of silence.
As Amanda's semester in Sweden comes to a close, she aims to experience as much as possible.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Winding down but not slowing down

May 15, 2014 - Well, my taste of Stockholm summer was short-lived. After about a week of absolutely amazing weather over the Easter break, May made its arrival with heaps of rain and threats of snow (seriously, it snowed on May 1; no accumulation though, luckily). It’s getting warmer slowly, but it’s still not quite time yet to leave your jacket at home.
In her final blog post of the semester, Taylor reflects on the funny, dramatic, and memorable highlights from the year.

Taylor-Made: At year's end

May 8, 2014 - As summer calls us home, or wherever we may go, I take a moment to think back on the year. I remember sitting in class back in high school listening to teachers try to get us ready for college. I can still hear them plain as day:  
Undergraduate, Taylor
Alumnus Ken Frankel speaks to the ME 390 class about problem-solving to find the whole "engineering truth."

How to find the engineering truth

May 6, 2014 - For Ken Frankel (BSME ’77), the best way to solve a problem is to know what the question is before attempting to answer it. “I would offer that most people don’t spend enough time properly framing the problem,” Frankel said. “Often, people spend a lot of energy trying to solve something that wasn’t really asked to start with.”
Undergraduate, Alumni
Amanda muses on her classes, her roommates, a weekend trip, and weather in Sweden.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Thoughts on Estonia, plasma physics, and glorious sunshine

April 28, 2014 - This semester is going so incredibly fast. For once I don’t have a lot of terribly exciting things to talk about, and it’s just really weird to think about the fact that in a month most of my classes will be over and in two months I will be back in the U.S.
"Both Gasoline and Ethanol EcoIllini prototype cars got out onto the track several times throughout the day and EcoConcepts car got through all tech inspections and will race tomorrow," faculty adviso

2014 Shell Eco-Marathon - update 2

April 26, 2014 - "Both Gasoline and Ethanol EcoIllini prototype cars got out onto the track several times throughout the day and EcoConcepts car got through all tech inspections and will race tomorrow," faculty advisor Michael Philpott said Saturday night. "Usual slew of technical challenges that go with this event…but our teams worked really well to fix them quickly and get back on the road. Looking forward to, and hoping for some trouble free runs tomorrow, now that the cars have run in."