News Archive

Matt Robertson

Robertson wins competitive DoD fellowship

September 12, 2017 - Matt Robertson, PhD candidate in Prof. Sam Tawfick's research group, was awarded a SMART fellowship from the Department of Defense.
John W. Sanders

Sanders joins Cal State Fullerton faculty

September 11, 2017 - John W. Sanders, who received his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) from Illinois this year, has  joined Cal State Fullerton this fall semester as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
Kimani Toussaint and Amy Wagoner Johnson

MechSE researchers to study preterm birth

September 6, 2017 - MechSE associate professors Kimani Toussaint and Amy Wagoner Johnson have been awarded a 4-year, $600K grant by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
MechSE Professor Jonathan Freund

XPACC funding extended into sixth year

August 31, 2017 - The Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-coupled Combustion at Illinois was funded for an additional $4M for its work on plasma technology for combustion.
Karen Thole

Thole receives ABET diversity award

August 31, 2017 - MechSE alumna Karen Thole (BSME ’82, MSME ’84) has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity.
Chulhee Chase Cho

Cho named NASA Space Technology Research Fellow

August 28, 2017 - Thanks to a NASA fellowship, PhD candidate Chulhee Cho will continue his research in SungWoo Nam's lab on a new type of energy harvester based on crumpled structures of 2D materials, meant to extend the limit of power production in space.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has recognized MechSE Professor Andrew Alleyne for his impact on the engineering community with Advocating Women in Engineering Award.

Alleyne honored for advocating for women engineers

August 24, 2017 - Andrew Alleyne was the only recipient from academia to receive SWE's Advocating Women in Engineering Award. He was honored for his unprecedented work to recruit top women faculty and students to MechSE.
Nenad Miljkovic

Miljkovic to collaborate with UK researchers on nanoengineered coatings

August 23, 2017 - Thanks to a visiting fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering, Nenad Miljkovic will work on durable nanostructured surfaces to potentially benefit power generation, thermally driven water desalination, building energy, and electronics cooling.
MechSE researchers have been awarded a 5-year, $4M grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop nanomanufacturing simulation tools.

Illinois launches first U.S. nanomanufacturing node

August 23, 2017 - MechSE researchers have been awarded a 5-year, $4M grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop nanomanufacturing simulation tools.

Matalon honored for lifetime achievements in combustion physics

August 22, 2017 - Professor Moshe Matalon was awarded the Numa Manson Medal from the Institute for the Dynamics of Explosions and Reacting Systems.

McIntyre leading the tech behind the Cubs

August 22, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Andrew McIntyre (BSME '96) has excelled as the VP of technology for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
Bill Anderson

Anderson named engineering VP at Ameda

August 21, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Bill Anderson (BSME ’86) has joined Ameda as vice president of engineering.

Faculty-student team develops origami-inspired robot

August 17, 2017 - Sam Tawfick and Aimy Wissa used origami paper folding principles to construct and actuate mechanisms and machines for possible integration with small, scalable, and cheap robots as deployable adaptive structures.
Carbonated water could be key in clean, sustainable manufacture of graphene

Fizzy water could be key in clean, sustainable manufacture of graphene

August 16, 2017 - Using only soda water (carbonic acid) as the electrolyte, chemical vapor deposition synthesized graphene is easily transferred via under-etching delamination, allowing for multiple reuse of the metal catalyst substrate, SungWoo Nam and his group has found.
Taylor Made: Origins

Taylor Made: Origins

August 8, 2017 - The interesting thing about seemingly ambiguous words is that they often have obvious, clear origins of meaning.
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.