News Archive

Chenhui Shao

Shao paper on spatiotemporal processes in manufacturing named best by ASME

August 8, 2017 - Chenhui Shao's award-winning paper focuses on development of a novel dynamic sampling design algorithm to cost-effectively characterize spatiotemporal processes in manufacturing.
Gaurav Bahl

Bahl’s new technique prevents mechanical losses using action of light

August 8, 2017 - Gaurav Bahl and colleagues have revealed an opto-mechanical technique that can suppress on demand the scattering of sound waves from disorder in a material. The technique is achieved by illuminating with the appropriate color of laser light, and the results could have wide-ranging impact on sensors and communication systems.
Inbar Grinberg.

MechSE postdoc wins Israeli research award

August 7, 2017 - Inbar Grinberg was one of only 30 postdocs in the U.S. to win an award from the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program.
Photo of Liebenberg

Liebenberg named senior lecturer

August 3, 2017 - Leon Liebenberg, who has served as a senior research scientist in MechSE since January, will assume the role of senior lecturer beginning in Fall 2017. After teaching ME 300 (Thermodynamics) this summer, he will instruct ME 310 (Introductory Fluid Mechanics) in the fall semester. He also will assist with teaching ME 270 (Design for Manufacturability) and TAM 210 (Introductory Statics).

Miljkovic research shows cicada wings may inspire new surface technologies

August 2, 2017 - Researchers are looking to insects – specifically cicadas – for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging abilities.  Their wings allow cicadas to fly, of course, but they also are good at repelling water – a condition that humans can appreciate, too.  

Walters joins TraceGains as VP of Customer Success

July 31, 2017 - TraceGains, the leading compliance software solution, revolutionizing information exchange across the supply chain for Food, Beverage, and CPG companies has hired MechSE alumnus Gary Walters (BSME ’84) as Vice President of Customer Success. 

Workshop to feature experts in data science, multiscale modeling

July 31, 2017 - A Computational Materials Workshop will be held August 14-15 at NCSA. The themes of the workshop will be data science and multiscale modeling, from electronic structure to the continuum.

Tawfick wins top young manufacturing engineer award

July 25, 2017 - Assistant Professor Sam Tawfick received ASME's Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award--the second time in three years that a MechSE at Illinois faculty has won this award.

ASEE honors Dankowicz for engineering education

July 19, 2017 - Professor Harry Dankowicz was recently honored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mechanics Division with the 2017 Archie Higdon Distinguished Mechanics Educator Award, for his distinguished and outstanding contribut

Matalon delivers combustion theory course at Princeton

July 18, 2017 - Caterpillar Distinguished Professor Moshe Matalon was invited for the third time to deliver the combustion theory course at the 2017 Summer School on Combustion held at Princeton University, June 25-30.   

Kessler named NDSU Dean of Engineering

July 17, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Michael Kessler (MSTAM ’98, PhDTAM ’02) joined the North Dakota State University College of Engineering as its new dean on July 1. Kessler previously was Berry Family Director and Professor of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.

Tovala launches all-in-one Smart Oven

July 12, 2017 - Americans are constantly on the go. Oftentimes because of a long workday and perhaps activities in the evening, eating right takes a back seat. Answering the quest for healthy food made quickly are the makers of the Tovala Smart Oven.
Debbie Lanter, Emily Lange, and Jaimee Wilson.

Business, HR staff indispensable to MechSE

July 10, 2017 - There are perhaps two groups of staff that everyone in MechSE—faculty, staff, students—interacts with on a regular basis: the department’s Business Office and Human Resources. 
MechSE alumnus Eric N. Brown has been inducted as a Fellow of SEM and received the society's Durelli Award.

Brown honored by SEM

June 28, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Eric N. Brown (BSME ’98, MSTAM ’01, PhDTAM ‘03) won the 2017 A.J. Durelli Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).    He was also inducted as a Fellow of SEM.  
Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski presented two key lectures at a conference on uncertainty quantification.

Ostoja-Starzewski delivers notable lectures

June 27, 2017 -   At the 2nd International Conference on Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Sciences and Engineering (UNCECOMP 2017), Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski delivered a plenary lecture, “Tensor Ran
Award-winning lecturer Steve Downing will continue his consulting work, become involved in research projects, and teach occasional courses for MechSE.

Downing retires from MechSE

June 26, 2017 -   Steve Downing recently retired as a Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.    Downing used his industry experiences in product development, finite element analysis, computational analysis, structural
MechSE alumnus John Marshall joins global provider of agricultural systems.

Marshall named VP and GM at Brock Grain Systems

June 25, 2017 - MechSE alumnus John Marshall (BSME ’95) has been named Vice President and General Manager of Brock Grain Systems.  
MechSE alumna Karen Thole has been chosen as a governor-nominee of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board of Governors.

Thole to take ASME leadership post

June 22, 2017 - MechSE alumna Karen Thole (BSME ’82, MSME ’84), distinguished professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State University, has been chosen as a governor-nominee of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board of Governors (BOG). Her term will begin in July 2018.
Professor Daniel Tortorelli retired from MechSE during the fall 2016 semester.

Tortorelli transitions to Professor Emeritus

June 21, 2017 -   Daniel Tortorelli retired in the fall semester as the George B. Grim Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He will return to the MechSE department as the George B. Grim Professor Emeritus.