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Naira Hovakimyan's PhD student, Javier Puig Navarro, excels during his third summer at NASA's Autonomy Incubator.

Grad student continues to soar at NASA incubator

July 6, 2016 -   Javier Puig Navarro (right) at NASA's Autonomy Incubator.This is intern Javier Puig Navarro's third summer at the Autonomy Incubator (Ai), and he's wasted no time in churning out his typical extraordinary, innovative avionics research. When he pulled me aside to show me his work after lunch today, I was expecting to be amazed as usual, but something about today seemed different.
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Two MechSE graduate students introduce a new RSO to focus on offering more local outreach opportunities to other grad students.

Grad students ENVISION more accessible STEM outreach

May 25, 2016 -   Matt Milner and Ashley ArmstrongMechSE graduate students Matt Milner and Ashley Armstrong were both student athletes while getting their undergrad degrees in STEM. And they both cut their teeth on athletics outreach— but back then, they did sports camps, not STEM camps.
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MechSE graduate researchers have been named semi-finalists in the campus Image of Research competition.

MechSE grad students compete in Image of Research contest

March 22, 2016 -   Update 4/7/2016: Congratulations to MechSE's Mohamed Elhebeary!
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PhD candidate Ritu Raman is featured on the College of Engineering website for her achievements in helping to develop tiny walking bio-bots.

Building with biology: College features Raman and team's research

February 14, 2016 -   MechSE doctoral candidate Ritu Raman.Miniature biological robots developed at Illinois are flexing their muscles. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function.
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Ritu makes the case for why all grad students should focus on professional growth outside the lab.

My take on non-technical conferences

January 26, 2016 -   Hello World!   This time last year, I wrote a blog post on the different types of technical conferences I’ve had the opportunity to attend during my years in graduate school.
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Students from the GraMS group bond create a platform for encouraging interaction with each other - a soccer team.

Grad students form MechSE United soccer team

January 13, 2016 -  
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Video feature on Herschel Pangborn's experience as a MechSE grad student.

Herschel Pangborn reflects on experience as MechSE grad student

January 10, 2016 - Herschel Pangborn, a PhD candidate in Professor Andrew Alleyne's research group, talks about how Engineering at Illinois approaches graduate education with the best interest of grad students in mind, how his research group developed and maintains a commercial software toolbox, and more. 
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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.
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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!
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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 -
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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
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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!
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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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.
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