Graduate Blog

Kellie Halloran

Halloran awarded NSF fellowship

June 3, 2020 - Incoming graduate student and recent MechSE alumna Kellie Halloran will see her work for the next three years funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Victoria Arias

Grad Student Profile: Meet Victoria Arias

February 27, 2020 - One of two Sloan Scholarship recipients in the MechSE Department this year, Victoria's graduate focus involves computational chemistry as well as micromechanics. She is working on simulating the chemistry and micromechanics of reacting flows for hypersonic applications.
Mahshid Mansouri

Grad Student Profile: Meet Mahshid Mansouri

February 19, 2020 - Mahshid was one of only four recipients of the Roy J. Carver Fellowship awarded by The Grainger College of Engineering for 2019-2020. She is a PhD candidate working in Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler's lab.
Sunyu Wang

Grad Student Profile: Meet Sunyu Wang

February 5, 2020 - "Professor Ramos carries my favorite project, in my favorite lab, in my favorite school. It felt like my dream was coming to me.”
Connor Pierce

Pierce earns NDSEG Fellowship for work in metamaterials

June 5, 2019 - Doctoral candidate Connor Pierce won a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship for his work in designing metamaterials that use coupled physics to achieve active control of wave propagation.
Kim Gustafson

Gustafson wins two best paper awards at SPIE conference

April 25, 2019 - Kimberly Gustafson, a member of Professor Aimy Wissa's BAM Lab, won best paper prizes at the international society for optics and photonics.
Jiu Xu

Xu earns award at SAE World Congress

January 23, 2019 - Jiu Xu won the Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from SAE in 2018.
Ophelia Bolmin

Grad Student Profile: Meet Ophelia Bolmin

January 18, 2019 - PhD candidate Ophelia Bolmin studies bio-inspired engineering in the BAM Lab.
Anna Oldani

Oldani named DOT Student of the Year

December 13, 2018 - ME PhD candidate Anna Oldani earned honors as the top student in her field - being named the Department of Transportation Student of the Year.
Hans Sunaryanto

M.Eng.ME student profile: Hans Sunaryanto

October 17, 2018 - M.Eng.ME student Hans Sunaryanto talks to the College of Engineering about his excellent experiences in the Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering program.
Arun Lakshmanan

PhD student interns at Oculus VR

September 10, 2018 - Grad student Arun Lakshmanan just completed a prestigious summer internship at Oculus VR.
Gabriel Haberfeld

Grad Student Profile: Meet Gabriel Haberfeld

June 1, 2018 - PhD candidate Gabriel Haberfeld's research is in the area of UAVs, in Professor Naira Hovakimyan's research group.

Fall 2017 Industry Career Prep Opportunities

September 26, 2017 - Hi everyone! As we approach October, I wanted to post the rest of the professional development opportunities happening this semester.  There are a lot of great offerings to take advantage of. September 25-26 / Employment Expo 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., ARC Internship and full time opportunities targeting engineering students. 27-28 / Civil and Environmental Engineering Career Fair 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Crane Bay of Newmark Lab

Fall 2017 Academic Job Market Workshops

September 7, 2017 - These workshops are offered by the Graduate College Career Development Office.  We encourage students to take advantage of these great opportunities. Faculty Job Application Materials Friday, September 8, 12-1:30pm, Illini Union, Room 210 Preparing for Faculty Interviews Tuesday, October 10, 3:30-5:00pm, Illini Union, Room 210 Convincing People Your Research Matters Wednesday, October 11, 3:30-5pm, Lincoln Hall, Room 1090

New Graduate Student Orientation Events

August 15, 2017 - The start of the fall semester is always bustling with activity.  We have a number of orientation programs happening for new graduate students, and we look forward to seeing you there.
How does the process work?

Finding an advisor for your MS/PhD program

May 16, 2017 - Hello everyone!  I'm re-posting an old blog entry today on how students can start the process of looking for an advisor.  Current students should find a permanent advisor by the end of the first semester on campus.  When you've found a permanent advisor, contact Kathy Smith, smith15illinois [dot] edu, to update your status in our database.  If you are an applicant, please wait to contact faculty until after you have received an offer of admission. ----------------------------------
There's a lot going on in the grad office!

Spring 2017 Semester Wrapping Up...Looking forward to our new students for Fall!

April 18, 2017 - Sorry we have been a little MIA on the blog, we've been so busy wrapping up the semester and getting ready for our incoming fall class.  Today I share with you some photos from our Graduate Student Appreciation Breakfast.  Enjoy!
Recent PhD grad Ritu shares her final blog from MechSE Illinois.

Urbana-Champaign to Cambridge

February 14, 2017 -   Hello World!   This is my final Mechanics of Motion post and I’m so grateful to have had the chance to blog my way through my PhD at MechSE Illinois. Over the years, I’ve tried to document various forms of professional and personal advancement, as well as outreach activities, that I’ve had the opportunity to participate in at UIUC.
If you're pursuing a career in academia, check out these opportunities.

Spring 2017 Academic Career Prep Opportunities for Graduate Students

January 24, 2017 - January 26 / Preparing for Academic Interviews3:30-5:00 p.m., 407 Illini Union Get ready for interviews during the faculty job search process. Presented by: Graduate College  February 2 / Negotiation Strategies4 – 5:30 p.m., 210 Illini Union How can you negotiate for the strongest start in a new job? Presented by: Graduate College