Alumni Blog

Ken Gall

Alumnus balances life in academia with the world of startups

December 11, 2018 - Ken Gall (BSME, MSME, PhDME) has been unstoppable in the worlds of academia and entrepreneurship.
Bob and Susan Salisbury

Alumnus Salisbury shares his success through new scholarship

September 13, 2018 - Alumnus Robert Salisbury (BSME '69) gives back to Illinois with a new Engineering Visionary Scholarship.
Dr. Bradley Allen

Allen applies ME training to career in medicine

August 17, 2018 - Alumnus Dr. Bradley Allen has successfully turned his undergrad degree from MechSE, fluid mechanics training, and biomedical engineering into a dynamic career in medicine.
Luis Martinez

Alumnus constructing first-ever net-zero energy building in El Salvador

August 9, 2018 - With his experience on the Illinois Solar Decathlon as inspiration, Luis Martinez (MSME '07, PhD ME '09) is now constructing El Salvador's first net-zero building.
Jeff Veazie

Alumni harness untapped wind energy in Oklahoma panhandle

July 12, 2018 - MechSE alumni Jeff Veazie and Emily Paice have been working on what is projected to be the largest wind farm in America and the second largest in the world.
Alumna Kendra Sharp humanitarian engineering

Alumna's career driven by passion for humanitarian engineering

June 18, 2018 - MechSE alumna Kendra Sharp (PhD TAM 2001) focuses her efforts on fostering more equality around the world through humanitarian engineering.
Lou Wozniak

MechSE alumnus turns YouTube personality

March 1, 2018 - Alumnus Lou Wozniak (BSIE '89, MSME '91) has turned his love for building and working with his hands into a beloved (and informative!) YouTube channel.
Dan Maloney

Maloney combines varied interests with engineering

February 15, 2018 - Dan Maloney (BSME '85, MSME '87) has created several business opportunities, all sprung from what he learned as a mechanical engineering student.
Amanda Steelman

Amanda Goes to Work: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

December 21, 2017 - Hello my fellow MechSEs! It’s been a while since I’ve checked back in. I think last time I wrote a post, I was camping out on a drill ship in the Gulf of Mexico. I didn’t mean for a year and a half to fly by, but 2016/2017 turned out to be very eventful year in the life of Amanda. To sum it up quickly, in the past year I…
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Amanda has some words of advice for her former classmates, soon-to-be MechSE alumni!

Congratulations, new MechSE alumni!

May 10, 2016 -   Gah, how can this be a year ago already?! Seniors, make sure you get in line early to get a picture with Alma.It’s the final stretch! My newsfeed tells me that the next round of MechSE seniors have officially survived senior design. On that note, CONGRATULATIONS! It’s hard to believe that I was giving my presentation a year ago already.
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Alumni Bill Jackson and Melanie Willi each offered impactful thoughts to MechSE's fall 2015 graduates.

MechSE alumni provide sound advice for graduates

April 5, 2016 -   Over the years, MechSE has seen many successful engineers come through the department.    Two such alumni came back to campus to speak at the December 2015 Commencement Ceremony.
Amanda has been busy - enjoying rotations between the office and work sites, as well as some much-needed time off.

Life in rotation

March 1, 2016 -   The view from my office when I'm out on the rig.I apologize for dropping off of the face of the earth there for a while; I haven’t been doing a very good job keeping this up. Once I started my rotation in October, my life has pretty much been a whirlwind. I haven’t been back at my apartment in Houston for longer than a week and a half at a time since I first went offshore in October.
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One of Amanda's newest revelations: day-to-day life goes way too fast now that she's working in the real world.

Keep on keepin' on

September 13, 2015 -   This weekend another fellow MechSE alum (who you may have/will see in ME 390 one day) came to Houston to visit. Hey Val!Hopefully everyone is surviving the first couple weeks of school!
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Amanda has a busy summer before starting her first week of work at ExxonMobil.

I went to work and I survived

August 3, 2015 - I survived my first week of work! After my first blog post, the rest of the summer went by pretty quickly. I wasn’t as adventurous as some of my classmates. I stayed U.S. bound for my final summer of freedom. After my move-in week in Houston, I headed north to Dallas for the rest of summer.
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Figuring out life after college

July 7, 2015 -  I guess I had too much fun blogging about my study abroad experiences in Sweden, so I’m back. Except now, instead of “Follow Amanda’s Swedish Adventures!” it’s probably going to be more like “Watch Amanda Attempt to Figure Out Life After College!”
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Grad students who developed concept in MechSE take next step online.

Servabo launches the Shadow personal security device on Indiegogo

February 2, 2015 - MechSE alumnus Tim Deppen (BSME '09, MSME '09, PhDME '13) and current PhD student Nishana Ismail (MSME '13) have today launched a crowdfunding campaign for the invention, Shadow, which has been developed in the department. Their full release follows:  
Tom Castino shares his memories of the MechSE student experience and what motivates him to contribute his time, talent, and treasure with the department that so deeply influenced him.

Alumni Feature: Tom Castino BSME '60

March 13, 2014 - Q+A WITH TOM CASTINO
Kat Svoboda shares her memories of the MechSE student experience and what motivates her to contribute her time, talent, and treasure with the department that so deeply influenced her.

Alumni Feature: Kathryn Svoboda BSME '11

March 13, 2014 - Q+A WITH KAT SVOBODA
Eric Bartsch retraces his journey from MechSE to preparing for an epic flight.

Alumnus takes engineering to new heights

March 3, 2014 - Eric Bartsch, MSME '95If all goes as planned in 2016, Eric Bartsch will retrace American aviator Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight across the Bering Sea. His modern floatplane will run on biofuels.
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Kira Barton (MSME '06, PhDME '10), now an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation.

MechSE alumna selected as NSF CAREER awardee

February 23, 2014 - MechSE alumna Kira Barton (MSME '06, PhDME '10), now an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, has been selected by the National Science Foundation as a CAREER Awardee, based on her research proposal "CAREER: Pushing the Boundaries: Advancing the Science of Micro-Additive Manufacturing."