News Archive

Fan Kiat Chan

Water from air? Researchers look to the beetle

December 4, 2019 - MechSE graduate student Fan Kiat Chan discusses this ambitious advance in Science magazine.
Arend van der Zande

van der Zande one of eight Illinois researchers ranked among world’s most influential

November 22, 2019 - For the second year in a row, Arend van der Zande made Clarivate's list of Highly Cited Researchers, a global list of the world's researchers who produced the most influential papers.
Seid Koric

AI could have electricity-level impact

November 21, 2019 - MechSE research associate professor Seid Koric says artificial intelligence will touch "every corner of life."
Kyle Smith

Smith’s theory of pore-scale transport to enable improved flow batteries

November 20, 2019 - Kyle Smith published the sole paper from an Illinois researcher in a focus issue of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society in honor of Illinois' Richard Alkire, professor emeritus of the ChBE Department.
Alison Dunn

Dunn awarded by ASME for contributions to field of tribology

November 15, 2019 - Dunn won the 2019 Burt L. Newkirk Award for “first-of-their-kind contributions to the understanding of soft-soft interface lubrication by interpreting the slip interface through poroelastic mechanics and complex fluid mechanics.”
Elif Ertekin and Arend van der Zande

Graphene: The more you bend it, the softer it gets

November 14, 2019 - New research by engineers at Illinois combines atomic-scale experimentation with computer modeling to determine how much energy it takes to bend multilayer graphene – a question that has eluded scientists since graphene was first isolated. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Materials.
João Ramos

"Wired In" with João Ramos

November 13, 2019 - João Ramos is the latest MechSE researcher to be featured in the News-Gazette's "Wired In" tech and science column.
Katie Matlack

Matlack named sole Illinois recipient of Air Force young investigator award

November 13, 2019 - Katie Matlack was the only winner from Illinois this year of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research's competitive Young Investigator Program award.
ME 598 finals

M.Eng.ME program names faculty director, enhances curriculum

November 10, 2019 - The M.Eng.ME program now has its own dedicated faculty director in Teaching Assistant Professor Jiajun He.
Courtyard infill - future instructional labs

Lu MEB progress photos: Slideshow 3

November 7, 2019 - Take an up-close look as the Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building is transformed.
Leon Liebenberg and Blake Johnson.

MechSE names first four teaching faculty

November 7, 2019 - New appointments for Bruce Flachsbart, Jiajun He, Blake Johnson, and Leon Liebenberg may bring multiple benefits for the department.
Petros Sofronis

Argonne and Illinois to fuel further technology development

November 4, 2019 - MechSE professor Petros Sofronis will head the new coalition.
Joao Ramos

Human reflexes keep two-legged robot upright

October 31, 2019 - MechSE's newest professor, João Ramos, along with MIT researchers, developed a small-scale bipedal robot with quick, humanlike reflexes and which is guided by a person from a remote location who feels the same physical forces the robot is experiencing.
Joseph Bentsman

NSF/NIH Cyber-Physical Systems grants $1M+ to bring about adaptive electrosurgery

October 28, 2019 - Professor Joseph Bentsman will lead a multidisciplinary team with a $1M grant to develop a fundamental scientific basis and novel configurations for autonomous robotic electrosurgery. The team includes MechSE Professors Martin Ostoja-Starzewski and Leonardo Chamorro, among others.
Jangyup Son

Graphene surface tuning could enable wearable, stretchable technologies

October 28, 2019 - Postdoc Jangyup Son and his advisor, Arend van der Zande, have opened a world of possibilities by discovering a method of using chemical functionalization to tune and pattern graphene’s surface properties.
SungWoo Nam

Kirigami inspires new method for wearable sensors

October 28, 2019 - SungWoo Nam and his graduate student, Keong Yong, successfully applied kirigami architectures to graphene, an ultra-thin material, to create sensors suitable for wearable devices.
Karniadakis

Distinguished Seminar explores physics-informed neural networks

October 23, 2019 - Professor George Em Karniadakis from Brown University was the guest speaker.
Petros Sofronis

Sofronis expands Illinois partnership with Kyushu University

October 21, 2019 - With a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, Illinois on for expanding its collaboration with Japan's Kyushu University that began with I2CNER 10 years ago.
João Ramos.

Ramos’ humanoid robots push boundaries of controls

October 18, 2019 - Ramos said he was drawn to Illinois because of its strong history in controls and robotics theory.
Mattia Gazzola

JFM cover features Gazzola’s biobot work

October 17, 2019 - Research from MechSE graduate students Tejaswin Parthasarathy and Fan Kiat Chan, with Assistant Professor Mattia Gazzola, was featured on the cover of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

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