News Archive

Joao Ramos

HOPPY brings robot design to life for undergrads

October 27, 2020 - Students in Professor Joao Ramos' course, Robot Dynamics and Control, developed a low-cost hopping robot.
Nenad Miljkovic

Cicada-inspired waterproof surfaces closer to reality

October 23, 2020 - The research team, co-led by MechSE's Nenad Miljkovic, said the breakthrough will help fabricate future high-tech waterproof materials.
Taher Saif

Saif presented Beckman lecture on miniature neuro-machinery

October 23, 2020 - Professor Taher Saif gave the Beckman Institute's Frontiers in Miniature Brain Machinery Lecture.
Tonghun Lee

Lee: Biojet is feasible fuel solution for airline industry

October 22, 2020 - Professor Tonghun Lee provides his perspective on alternative fuels in the airline industry for a Los Angeles Times article.
Alexandra Baumgart

Baumgart wins DoE fellowship

October 21, 2020 - MechSE alumna Alexandra Baumgart (BSME '19), a graduate student at CalTech, will receive a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.
Joao Ramos

Ramos, Hauser paving the way for robotic search-and-rescue capability

October 19, 2020 - MechSE's João Ramos and CS's associate professor Kris Hauser were recently awarded a three-year NSF grant to investigate the teleoperation of wheeled humanoid robots.
Bob Root-Bernstein

Watch Root-Bernstein’s lecture on Transformative Teaching and Learning

October 18, 2020 - On October 15, Professor Bob Root-Bernstein presented “Transformative Teaching and Learning: Arts, Crafts and Design in Engineering, Science and Medical Education” as a Zoom lecture hosted by the MechSE Department and Associate Teaching Professor Leon Liebenberg.
James Pikul

Pikul named Moore Inventor Fellow

October 18, 2020 - MechSE alumnus James Pikul (BSME ’09, MSME ’11, PhDME ’15) was recently honored for his innovative work in robotics.
Placid Ferreira

Illinois, ZJUI to create smart, flexible manufacturing networks

October 15, 2020 - ​MechSE professors Placid Ferreira, Srinivasa Salapaka, William King, Chenhui Shao, and Narayana Aluru are part of a collaborative effort to develop manufacturing systems that can better withstand sudden demand changes.
Jonathan Freund

Illinois launches new Center for Exascale-enabled Scramjet Design

October 11, 2020 - The new center will leverage high-performance computing to advance hypersonic propulsion.
Daniel Hsieh

Hsieh receives Department of Energy honor

October 9, 2020 - MechSE graduate student Daniel Hsieh was among 52 U.S. students to receive the DOE's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program award.
Amy Wagoner Johnson

Art meets science with crochet coral reef

October 7, 2020 - A recent crochet project Professor Wagoner Johnson participated in is related to an NSF grant she has been leading on coral reef recovery and propagation.
Jie Feng

Feng research outlines strategy to improve drug delivery to tissues

October 6, 2020 - To speed up the vesicle transport process for drug and therapeutic delivery, Jie Feng and colleagues devised a system that slightly alters the outside environment to cause spontaneous movement of the vesicle in a given direction. Their technique is called diffusiophoresis. This could improve both the amount of drug delivered and the time over which it is delivered, which are crucial for effectiveness.
Ning Wang

Wang: Gene expression altered by direction of forces acting on cell

October 1, 2020 - MechSE Professor Ning Wang said forces applied across the width of a cell pull at the support fibers like violin stings being plucked.
Ritu Raman

Raman wins MRS postdoc award

October 1, 2020 - MechSE alumna Ritu Raman chosen out of 94 candidates for Materials Research Society honor.
Baja SAE

Car teams rev up for a year of new opportunities

October 1, 2020 - Catch up on all the big things our car teams are accomplishing this year!
Hunter Kollmann

MechSE undergrad first author of breakthrough paper on deep learning in complex materials design

October 1, 2020 - MechSE undergraduate Hunter Kollmann was first author on a paper with MechSE's Seid Koric on a paper outlining how the team at NCSA implemented deep learning to train a convolutional neural network model.
Grainger Engineering Day of Gratitude

Grainger Engineering Day of Gratitude

September 30, 2020 - Our Day of Gratitude honors the lasting legacy of The Grainger Foundation and the impact that philanthropy has on our students, faculty, researchers, and learning spaces.
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler

Illinois team awarded NSF funding for robotic wheelchair

September 27, 2020 - MechSE Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler is leading a team that has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the NSF under the National Robotics Initiative Program.
Bill King

Aequs, Illinois collaborate to support India's fight against COVID-19

September 24, 2020 - India's leading aerospace precision engineering company has collaborated with Illinois researchers to develop AQovent.