News Archive

The impressive grants awarded to our department's junior faculty is cause for celebration.

MechSE celebrates young faculty achievements

April 17, 2017 -  Each year, the MechSE department recognizes the outstanding achievements of its junior faculty.
Kimani Toussaint offered a webinar on his table-top approach to producing flat, ultrathin optics.

Toussaint presents webinar for Photonics online mag

April 16, 2017 -   Associate Professor Kimani Toussaint delivered a webinar on April 6, “Table-Top Fabrication of Plasmonics-Based Ultrathin Optical Components,” for th
MechSE undergraduates enjoy experiences in a wide variety of research, outreach, and social and professional societies.

No limit for MechSE undergrad opportunities

April 12, 2017 -   Last semester, engineering mechanics senior Marco Nunez did research for MechSE Professor and Department Head Anthony Jacobi’s Microchannel Heat Exchanger Research Group, which supplemented the efforts of the Hyperloop team at Illinois.     “I used computational fluid dynamics software to create meshes and analyze the thermal activity of the heat exchanger,” Nunez said.     Kinetic Materials Research Group outside MEL.
MechSE's Abigail Gerth, Kenneth Hoffmann, and Becky Lankford have been named to the Senior 100 Honorary.

Senior 100 includes three from MechSE

April 11, 2017 - Abigail Gerth, Kenneth Hoffmann, and Becky Lankford
Nine of MechSE's faculty and staff received the 2017 Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising.

Nine from MechSE named top engineering advisors

April 10, 2017 -     An impressive nine of MechSE's outstanding faculty and staff were honored this year with the Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising.
The Spring 2017 Talbot Distinguished Lecture featured Professor J.N. Reddy, a prolific researcher and teacher from Texas A&M University.

Reddy discusses applied mechanics at Talbot Lecture

April 5, 2017 -   Professor J.N. ReddyHeld on April 4, the Spring 2017 Arthur Newell Talbot Distinguished Lecture featured Professor J.N. Reddy, the Oscar S.
Assistant Professor Shelby Hutchens is recipient of a prestigious NSF CAREER Award.

With NSF CAREER win, Hutchens inspired by osmosis-driven motion of plants

April 4, 2017 -   Assistant Professor Shelby Hutchens has been awarded a CAREER grant for her proposal, “Measurement and analysis of osmosis-mediated, closed-cell poroelastic dynamics” from the National Science Foundation. 
MechSE's Randy Ewoldt receives a state-of-the-art rheometer from lab equipment company Anton Paar, bringing more capabilities to his lab.

Ewoldt research gets major boost from Anton Paar

April 3, 2017 -   Ewoldt, left, with representatives from Anton Paar.MechSE Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Assistant Professor
A challenge grant from The Grainger Foundation will match all engineering scholarship endowment gifts up to $25 million.

Grainger adds firepower to EVS initiative

April 2, 2017 -   A longtime supporter of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Grainger Foundation, has issued a generous challenge grant in support of Engineering at Illinois.
Skyscraper visionary received an M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Illinois, and today receives one of the modern day’s coolest honors.

TAM alumnus Fazlur Khan "google doodled"

April 2, 2017 - Dr. Fazlur R. Khan, who received a Master of Science degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Illinois, would have been 88 years old today.
With an undergraduate career focused on golf, grad student Ashley Armstrong has now zeroed in on a career in mechanical engineering.

Armstrong combines passions for hole-in-one career

March 30, 2017 -   It’s not easy giving up something you’re passionate about—especially after honing your craft for twelve years. But for MechSE graduate student Ashley Armstrong, moving to another chapter in life didn’t mean sacrificing her love of golf for her studies.
MechSE alumnus Larry Wilson takes principal position at one of nation's largest architecture, engineering, and planning firms.

Wilson to lead design at SmithGroupJJR

March 29, 2017 - SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, and planning firms, has hired MechSE alumnus Larry Wilson, PE, LEED AP at its Chicago office.
ME senior Becky Lankford is featured in our new series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Becky Lankford

March 28, 2017 -   Becky Lankford, a senior from Moline, Illinois, found her passion for engineering while taking courses in high school. These courses led her to want to pursue a degree in engineering. Receiving the Sargent and Lundy Engineering Scholarship was the icing on the cake for her time at Illinois.   Becky’s award helps offset the extra cost of being an engineering student.
PhD candidate Nick Tobin, in Prof. Leo Chamorro's lab, has found that the use of windbreaks increase the power output of a wind farm.

Tobin makes breakthrough in wind farm efficiency

March 27, 2017 -   Tobin, right, in the wind tunnel in Chamorro's lab.TAM PhD candidate Nick Tobin discovered that the use of windbreaks help increase the amount of power harvested by wind farms.
Graduating ME senior Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi is recognized for her outstanding leadership during her academic career.

Dosunmu-Ogunbi wins college leadership award

March 23, 2017 -   What distinguishes Oluwami Dosunmu-Ogunbi, this year’s winner of the College of Engineering H.L. Wakeland Undergraduate Leadership Award, according to at least one professor, is how connected she is with her fellow students.
ME senior Ian Sanders-Schneider won the 2017 College of Engineering's C.S. Larson Transfer Student Award.

Sanders-Schneider recipient of transfer student award

March 23, 2017 -   After starting his collegiate career in kinesiology at Eastern Illinois University, Ian Sanders-Schneider soon discovered his passion for engineering and, after transferring to the University of Illinois, will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as a bachelor’s in physics with a minor in business from EIU. He is the recipient of this year’s College of Engineering C.S.
Professor Nick Glumac was honored in 2016 with the Shao Lee Soo Professorship.

Glumac career achievements recognized with Soo Professorship

March 22, 2017 -   Years ago, MechSE professor Nick Glumac traded in sunny California weather for the plains of Champaign.