News Archive

Naira Hovakimyan

Through NSF grant, researchers creating advanced autopilot to mimic the “Sully Factor”

October 2, 2019 - Naira Hovakimyan is part of a team of researchers at Illinois and Georgia Tech who are working on an advanced flight autopilot, which will autonomously evaluate unforeseen circumstances, take the best course of action, and land the plane safely.
Melonee Wise

Wise’s startup raises another $46M in funding

October 2, 2019 - Fetch Robotics, the startup of MechSE alumna Melonee Wise (BSME ’04, MSME ’06) raised $46 million in venture capital in July.
Nenad Miljkovic, Kritzer Faculty Scholar

Miljkovic honored as Kritzer Faculty Scholar

September 27, 2019 - Nenad Miljkovic recently earned tenure as an Associate Professor, and received the named appointment of a Kritzer Faculty Scholar.
Stefan Elbel

Elbel paper named one of best in refrigeration

September 25, 2019 - A 2016 paper from Stefan Elbel and former doctoral student Neal Lawrence was named the top paper of that year. The award was given by the International Congress of Refrigeration this year, in a celebration honoring top papers in each of the previous five years.
Nam and Snapp

Snapp, Nam make advances in optical strain sensors

September 23, 2019 - The research from associate professor Sungwoo Nam and PhD student Peter Snapp was published in Advanced Functional Materials.
Sanjiv Sinha

Sinha named new Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs

September 18, 2019 - Sanjiv Sinha takes over the post after four years of service from Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler.
Elif Ertekin

Ertekin wins competitive SWE award

September 17, 2019 - Elif Ertekin was recognized with a 2019 Emerging Leader Award from the Society of Women Engineers.
Taher Saif

Researchers build microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nerves

September 16, 2019 - MechSE's Taher Saif and Mattia Gazzola are part of a team of Illinois engineers who demonstrated a new generation of two-tailed bots powered by skeletal muscle tissue stimulated by on-board motor neurons.
Gaurav Bahl

Researchers produce synthetic Hall effect to achieve one-way radio transmission

September 16, 2019 - Professor Gaurav Bahl and graduate student Kitt Peterson published new research that promises to halve the bandwidth needed for communications by allowing an antenna to send and receive signals on the same frequency simultaneously through a process called nonreciprocal coupling.
Soumyadip Sett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MechSE, BP scientists identify next-generation condenser surfaces for greater energy efficiency

September 12, 2019 - Postdoc Soumyadip Sett, in Professor Nenad Miljkovic's lab, has led the development of a novel surface to promote higher efficiency of vapor-to-liquid phase change, leading to increased efficiency of the condensation and separation of fluids with low surface tension. This will significantly reduce energy and costs for companies in the crude oil industry like British Petroleum, which was also involved in the study.
Timothy Duitsman

Alumnus Duitsman named new CEO of Westell Technologies

September 11, 2019 - MechSE alum Timothy Duitsman is the new CEO of the company that provides high-performance network infrastructure solutions.

Renewable energy technologies examined at MechSE Distinguished Seminar

September 9, 2019 - Dr. Jill Engel-Cox from the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis presented an overview of the status and potential future of renewable energy technologies.
Anthony Crawley, Jr.

Crawley reflects on impact of scholarship

September 6, 2019 - ME sophomore Anthony Crawley, Jr., credits his interest as a young boy in model cars and planes as a key factor in determining his major at Illinois.
Nenad Miljkovic

Researchers develop technique to de-ice surfaces in seconds

September 4, 2019 - MechSE's Nenad Miljkovic collaborated with researchers at Kyushu University, Japan, developed a system that can de-ice surfaces in seconds.
Dave Smithey

Smithey named VP at Fortress Building Products

September 4, 2019 - As vice president of operations, Dave Smithey (MSME '99) will provide leadership and oversee the warehousing and inventory management, global logistics and order management, as well as global sourcing and manufacturing teams.
Professor Jim Phillips

Phillips celebrates 50 years at Illinois

September 3, 2019 - "He was the foundation of the TAM program,” said Professor Petros Sofronis.
Sanjiv Sinha

Sinha leading research on heat generation inside cells

August 30, 2019 - The researchers recently published their findings in the Nature journal Communications Biology.
Kyle Smith

Illinois engineer continues to make waves in water desalination

August 29, 2019 - Professor Kyle Smith continues to make novel advances in his groundbreaking work in the area of water desalination.
Karen Thole

Thole receives AIAA honor

August 29, 2019 - MechSE alumna Karen Thole (BSME ’82, MSME ’84) has been awarded the 2019 Air Breathing Propulsion Award.
Gaurav Bahl

How scattering light could power a microchip revolution

August 22, 2019 - MechSE's Gaurav Bahl is in the center of a research renaissance into chip-based control of light-sound interactions.

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