News Archive

Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt's research on the fish's spring-loaded vertebral column was recently featured in Nature.

Speed bursts in sharks linked to spine stiffening

December 15, 2016 -   Randy EwoldtAn article on Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt’s research exploring the structural properties and performance of a shark&
MechSE professor Andrew Alleyne shared his advice with December PhD graduates at the campus' December 10 hooding ceremony.

Alleyne: Doctoral graduates have new responsibilities

December 14, 2016 -   MechSE’s Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor Andrew Alleyne gave the keynote remarks at the university’s doctoral hooding ceremon
Professor has Iwona Jasiuk received the American Advanced Materials Award from the International Association of Advanced Materials.

Jasiuk wins 2016 IAAM Award

December 13, 2016 - Professor Iwona Jasiuk has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Advanced Materials Award from the International Association of Advanced Materials.  
Associate Professor Emeritus Mike Philpott helped blaze the trail for MechSE startups when he launched aPriori nearly 15 years ago.

Philpott's aPriori makes Forbes' Best Startups to Work For list

December 8, 2016 - In recent years, startup companies have become common entry on the resumes of MechSE faculty and students. From Cast21 to IntelliWheels, MechSE-based startups have  put their founders’ specialties to the test.   
Recent PhD grad Ritu Raman has helped develop the Young Engineers Initiative into a program that introduces STEM careers to children in Kenya.

Raman and Young Engineers Initiative introduce East African youth to careers in STEM

December 7, 2016 -   Ritu RamanThe daughter of engineers, Ritu Raman moved around a lot, attending 10 schools on three continents. That included a stop in Nairobi, Kenya.
An ongoing project funded by the Jump ARCHES program at Illinois has the potential to revolutionize how med students understand muscle diseases.

Robotic arm will change how medical students learn

December 5, 2016 -   The mechanical arm developed through a Jump ARCHES grant will be used to teach medical students how to diagnose hypertonia.
Dr. Downing talks to MechSE about his many career experiences.

Downing reflects on diverse career

December 4, 2016 -   MechSE senior lecturer and adjunct associate professor Stephen Downing has worked in the mechanical engineering field for 46 years, for numerous companies and in a variety of positions— and there isn’t a single one he hasn’t loved.    Downing grew
Professors Jasiuk and Wagoner Johnson will get to focus solely on their proposed new research projects, thanks to an award from the Center for Advanced Study.

Two faculty named CAS Associates

December 1, 2016 -   Iwona JasiukProfessor Iwona Jasiuk and Associate Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson have been named 2017-18 Associates in the
MechSE professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski gave talks on continuum mechanics at the University of Seville.

Ostoja-Starzewski lectures in Spain

December 1, 2016 - In late November, Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski gave three inaugural lectures of the 2016-17 graduate program in the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Theory of Structures at the University of Seville, Spain.   
Complex-fluid research from MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt and PhD candidate Jeremy Koch appears as a news article in Science.

Ewoldt Group finding may pave way for stronger building materials

November 29, 2016 - Members of the Ewoldt Research Group, exploring how air bubbles rise within a complex fluid, like those found while processing wet concrete, wondered if they could actually get them to sink instead by shaking the mixture in the right way.
We highlight Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi in this first of a new series on several undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi

November 21, 2016 -   A senior in mechanical engineering, Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi is passionate about making a difference in the field of engineering.
Three MechSE alumni (and family!) talk to the ME 390 class about pursuing unexpected careers with mechanical engineering degrees.

Alumni family returns to discuss non-traditional career paths

November 20, 2016 -   Nicole Reifman, Bobby Reifman, and Bryan Lammers.It runs in the family: MechSE alumni Robert (Bobby) Reifman, Nicole Reifman and Bryan Lammers have more than just their alma mater in common. They are family.
Lisa Burdin, Holly Foster, and Ruthie Lubkeman take on a wide range of valuable support responsibilities.

Support staff keeps MechSE functioning smoothly

November 17, 2016 - As with most high-ranking academic departments, the MechSE Department’s faculty are outstanding by almost any measure. They are recognized as such in engineering circles around the world. Behind the scenes, another segment of MechSE personnel are here to ensure the faculty’s impact is leveraged to its full potential. They are the department’s support personnel. 
Patty Weisensee focuses on heat transfer in electronics, working in the Energy Transport Research Lab to further the goals of the POETS Center.

POETS benefits from grad student’s work in heat transfer

November 16, 2016 -   Weisensee, right, in the lab with fellow grad student Tianyu Yang.When Patricia Weisensee was a child growing up in Germany, she used to spend the summer days with her grandfather in his wood workshop.    “We would go down to the basement and just build stuff,” she said.    She credits that experience, at least in part, to her future love of engineering.
Graduate student Ritu Raman's research presentation was judged to be the best on campus.

MechSE's Raman wins Research Live! competition

November 15, 2016 - MechSE graduate student Ritu Raman won first place at this year’s campus-wide Research Live! competition at the Krannert Center on Tuesday.   This year, four of the event’s 14 finalists were from MechSE:  Arif Abdullah, Kamalika Chatterjee, William Davies, and Raman.
MechSE professor Paul Fischer earned one of the "Oscars of Invention" for his NekCEM/Nek5000 open-source simulation-software package.

Professor receives R&D 100 Award for simulation software

November 14, 2016 -   Paul Fischer, a professor of computer science and of mechanical science and engineering, and his research colleague Misun Min at the U.S.
Glennys Mensing and Joe Maduzia have helped make the MNMS Cleanroom successful.

Hard-working team keeps complex cleanroom running

November 13, 2016 -   Mensing and Maduzia.MechSE’s Micro-Nano Mechanical Systems (MNMS) Laboratory is run by a small but mighty crew.
MechSE professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler discussed using technology to improve movement of people with disabilities.

Professor gives ASME keynote speech

November 10, 2016 - Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, MechSE's associate head for undergraduate programs, was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual ASME Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium in Dayton, Ohio. Her talk was titled, "Bio-mechatronics: Using Technology to Improve Movement of People with Disabilities."
Graduate student Lydia Bakalova's childhood playing with math- and science-focused toys influenced her interest in engineering.

Childhood STEM experiences had big impact on MechSE grad student

November 8, 2016 -   MechSE graduate student Lydia Bakalova has had a lifelong interest in math and science. However, she has more than just her schoolwork to thank for that passion.    Bakalova grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. As a child, she enjoyed puzzles and construction sets, rather than dolls and playing dress up.
Eduard Arzt from the Leibniz Institute for New Materials presented the 2016 Soo Distinguished Lecture on November 3.

Bioinspired surfaces topic of 2016 Soo Lecture

November 3, 2016 -   Arzt stands with co-host Professor Petros Sofronis, Department Head Tony Jacobi, co-host Professor Taher Saif, and Shirley A. Soo and Dr. David D. Soo, children of Shao Lee and Hermia Soo. Prof. Dr.