Graduate Blog

The Graduate Research Expo, hosted by GraMS, allowed 35 graduate students to hone their presentation skills while sharing their research with their peers.

First GraMS Graduate Research Expo a success

November 10, 2015 -   On November 9, the Graduate MechSE Students organization (GraMS) hosted the first MechSE Graduate Research Expo. Thirty-five graduate students presented their research posters to their peers while honing their poster-presentation skills.
Check us out at these recruiting events!

MechSE Grad Recruiting Fall 2015

October 1, 2015 - MechSE Grad will be at the following events this fall - please stop by and say hello!
MechSE grad student Rebecca Corman shares her take on grad life in MechSE at Illinois.

Grad life at MechSE: One student's perspective

September 30, 2015 -
Graduate students in Andrew Alleyne's research group setup an interactive booth at the farmer's market in Urbana to demonstrate control systems and dynamics.

Want to learn about control systems? Go to the farmer's market!

September 7, 2015 -   Over several weekends in August at Urbana’s Market at the Square, members of MechSE Professor Andrew Alleyne’s research group, including Ashley Armstrong, Bryan Keating, and Spencer Kieffer, employed yardsticks and an inverted-pendulum balancing robot to challenge Urbana-Champaign residents' balancing skills and knowledge of sensing, control systems, and dynamics.    Market-goers of all ages were invited to determine whethe
We're in full swing!

Fall semester underway!

August 26, 2015 - What a busy couple of weeks this has been!  We are busy getting students settled and setting everything in place for the Fall semester.  Last week was full of orientation and welcome sessions, and our GraMS students organized a lunch to welcome our new students.  We also had some of our students at the farmer's market for the past couple of weeks for an outreach activity.  Here are a couple photos from the market!  Our students will be there again this Saturday - be sure to check it out!  It's so great to see everyone back from summer!
Master's student took third place at the annual ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference earlier this month.

Grad student wins ASME award for robot design

August 13, 2015 - Xiaotian Zhang (left) demonstrates his team's robot design.
Several of Naira Hovakimyan's grad students are featured on the Autonomy Incubator blog, part of NASA.

MechSE grad students featured on NASA blog

August 12, 2015 - MechSE PhD students Bilal Mehdi and Javier Puig Navarro, both part of Naira Hovakimyan's research group, were featured earlier this summer on the Autonomy Incubator blog, as they work on coordinated flight research and testing for the NASA internship program. 
Important dates and things to do

Fall 2015 Arrival Information

June 15, 2015 - We are looking forward to the arrival of our new students this fall!  Here are some important dates and things to do upon your arrival.
Apply Today!

Now accepting applications for the new MEngME Degree Program

April 30, 2015 - I am excited to announce that we are now accepting applications Fall 2015 applications for the new MEngME degree program!  AND, we've made the application process even easier for the inaugural class!     -     No application fee for Illinois graduating seniors - MechSE is paying for the application fee for Illinois graduating seniors.  Email with questions regarding submitting your application and getting the waiver.
Be a part of the inaugural class!

Info Session Announced for New MEngME Program

April 22, 2015 - As you may have heard, the new Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree was approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education earlier this month.  This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a world-class graduate program for Fall 2015!  We will be hosting an info session on this program this Monday, April 27th, at 4:00 pm in the Deere Pavilion in MEL.  This is especially a great info session for graduating seniors at Illinois.  See you there, and please contact me if you have any questions!
The New MEngME is official!

The NEW MEngME Program is official!

April 13, 2015 - The halls of MEB have been active as the new Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (MEngME) has been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education!  The first class will enroll in Fall 2015.  Interested?  Fill out our early interest form, and I'll notify you when the application system has opened for the new MEngME.  You can find more information about the new program here
MechSE grad student Jacob Wagner receives IGERT fellowship, which has allowed him to study neuroscience and conduct interdisciplinary research.

IGERT trainee uses Baxter to manipulate flexible objects

March 24, 2015 - In the Bretl Research Group, MechSE graduate student Jacob Wagner will test the group’s theoretical research on flexible object manipulation using the Baxter research robot.
Nishana Ismail is recognized for her success and entrepreneurism by the Illinois Technology Foundation.

Grad student and entrepreneur honored with Fifty for the Future Award

March 24, 2015 - MechSE grad student Nishana Ismail (MSME ’13) has received a Fifty for the Future Award. Hosted by the Illinois Technology Foundation, the Fifty for the Future event honors University of Illinois students who have shown determination and dedication to the advancement of technology. This year, ITF presented the awards on March 10.
Grad student Gregory Hardy is using his NSF Fellowship to study methods of improving efficient heat transfer.

NSF fellow seeks heat transfer optimization using vortex generators

March 17, 2015 - Gregory HardyTo Gregory Hardy, his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awarded last year, is the product of three years of commitment to the application process.
A few photos from our annual graduate student poster session!

MechSE Grad Annual Poster Session Photos

March 12, 2015 - A few pics of our students in action!
Grad student Alan Gaglio is using his NSF-funded IGERT traineeship to develop adaptive technology for wheelchair use.

IGERT recipient embarks on wheelchair research with IntelliWheels

March 11, 2015 - During school hours, first-year MechSE graduate student Alan Gaglio delves into neuroengineering classes. After hours, he works alongside local startup IntelliWheels to facilitate wheelchair use with adaptive technology.
The Spring 2015 Seminar Schedule is out!

Seminar Schedule, Spring 2015

January 27, 2015 - MechSE Seminar Series Spring 2015 Tuesday, February 3Professor Derk JoesterNorthwestern University“Interfaces and Interphases in Biomineralization”Host: Professor Sascha Hilgenfeldt Tuesday, February 10Professor Robert PitzVanderbilt University“Cellular Tubular Flames: A Model of Preferential Diffusion and Extinction in H2 Fueled Laminar and Turbulent Flames”Hosts: Professors Moshe Matalon and Nenad Miljikovic
Ritu is back "in motion" and reinvigorated after attending three very different conferences.

San Antonio, Boston, Oahu

January 22, 2015 - Hello World!
Applicant pool represents 43 countries around the world.

Another Batch of Applications From Around the World!

January 13, 2015 - It's a new year, and we have a new batch of applicants for 2015.  Our applicant pool has been steady with over 1000 submitted applications annually.  Each year the committee is excited to review potential candidates for our programs.  This year's pool has grown even further and represents 43 countries around the world!   Australia
FAQ for Fall 15 Applicants

Applying FAQ

December 8, 2014 - Hello all! We are excited to be receiving your applications for Fall 2015 admission. Please keep in mind that we receive a high volume of applications and will work to update the status of your documents in the My.MechSE system as quickly as possible. We have been receiving many questions at mechse-gradillinois [dot] edu, and there are 3 items I would like to make sure you are aware of: