News Archive

Michael Martin, who is pursuing a Master in Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering, sees his hard work pay off.

MechSE student put on football scholarship

November 2, 2016 - Former Chicago Bears head coach and new Fighting Illini football coach Lovie Smith made a surprise announcement to his team in late August. He announced he was putting walk-on Michael Martin (BSME ’15), the team’s long snapper and a student in MechSE’s Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering program, on scholarship for his final season.
Dani Harkins enjoys the challenges of grad school and rugby.

Rugby captain part of inaugural M.Eng.ME class

November 1, 2016 -   When graduate student Dani Harkins (BSME ’16) isn’t studying, she’s most likely playing rugby.     Harkins has played on the Illinois Women’s Rugby team for four years.  She is the current team captain and also served as captain and treasurer two years prior. Her current position is 8-man, which is similar to a quarterback.
Nenad Miljkovic develops a single-camera technique capable of providing 3D information through the use of focal plane manipulation.

Miljkovic group develops improved technique to optically image dynamic droplet processes

October 31, 2016 -   Miljkovic with Hyeongyun Cha, who was first author on the paper.Research led by MechSE Assistant Professor Nenad Miljkovic and published in the American Chemical Society’s journal ACS Nano
As the lead on a new NSF grant, Assistant Professor Leo Chamorro addresses the problem of turbulence in wind energy output.

Chamorro aims to improve the power grid, wind energy systems

October 30, 2016 -   Chamorro, front, with his Renewable Energy and Turbulent Environment Group.Assistant Professor Leonardo Chamorro recently received a National Science Foundation grant for a research proposal in collaboration with ECE Professor Hao Zhu and Professor Sven Schmitz at Penn State.
Ever notice the murals in the MEB main entrance? They are kind of a big deal.

PBS features 100-year-old MEB mural artist

October 27, 2016 - At 100 years old, artist and muralist Eric Bransby is far from slowing down.
Alumnus Bill Profilet speaks to the ME 390 class about his career experiences and success.

Alumnus advises undergrads to take on new challenges

October 26, 2016 -   Bill Profilet (BSME '84)
Professor Andrew Alleyne won ASME's Draper Award for his long-time contributions to and international leadership in the analysis, modeling and control of dynamic thermal systems.

Alleyne honored for innovation in dynamic systems and control

October 25, 2016 -   Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor Andrew Alleyne was awarded the 2016
The dedicated staff of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research ensures success for the international collaborative center.

I2CNER team bridges borders for success

October 23, 2016 -   Sofronis, Dalhaus, and Dadfarnia. Administering a research center is a complex task with a number of moving parts that must run smoothly to ensure success.
MechSE's Seid Koric has published an impressive 22 papers based on research collaborations done at NCSA.

Koric most prolific researcher at NCSA

October 19, 2016 -   Every year, many people perform research on Blue Waters, the massive supercomputer hosted by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professors Hu and Stephani were two of just five researchers from Illinois to win Air Force YIP awards in 2016.

Hu, Stephani awarded Air Force Young Investigator grants

October 18, 2016 -   MechSE assistant professors Yuhang Hu and Kelly Stephani were among just five researchers from Illinois to be awarded grants from th
MechSE associate professor Kimani Toussaint, Jr. will serve on the editorial board of Scientific Reports.

Toussaint joins editorial board of Nature’s Scientific Report

October 17, 2016 -   Associate Professor Kimani Toussaint, Jr. was recently invited to join the editorial board of the Electronics, Photonics and Device Physics theme of the journal Scientific Reports
New assistant professor Chenhui Shao develops statistical methods for big data in manufacturing.

Shao to focus on big data in manufacturing

October 16, 2016 -   New MechSE assistant professor Chenhui Shao didn’t always plan on going into mechanical engineering.    Shao grew up in a small town in China where he spent most of his childhood in a rigorous school system.    “There wa
Naira Hovakimyan was featured on CNBC's Nightly Business Report for her development of autonomous drones for the aging population.

Hovakimyan talks drones for elderly on Nightly Business Report

October 13, 2016 - W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor Naira Hovakimyan was featured Wednesday on CNBC's Nightly Business Report. The segment focused on the use of new technologies to benefit seniors and an aging population, which is expected to grow 50 percent over the next 15 years. 
Professor Moshe Matalon lectured on "Intrinsic Combustion Instabilities" at Nordita.

Matalon addresses Nordic Institute

October 10, 2016 -  
Scott Daigle and Ben Newell won the local honor.

MechSE alumni named to Forty Under 40

October 9, 2016 -   Two MechSE alumni received Central Illinois Business magazine’s Forty Under 40 Awards, which recognize young professionals for their achievements, experience, innovation, leadership and community involvement.   
After a 20-year hiatus, the born-again Illini Solar Car team is making a comeback.

Illini Solar Car team growing with help from sponsors

October 5, 2016 -   Several members of the large, multidisciplinary Illini Solar Car team. In a quiet industrial space north of campus off of Lincoln Avenue, the Illini Solar Car team works on their large polyurethane foam molds, which will be used to make their car out of carbon fiber.
New assistant professor Mattia Gazzola to use theory, computing, and experiments for the discovery of rational design principles.

Gazzola uses simulation, experiment to analyze locomotion of swimmers

October 4, 2016 -   Mattia Gazzola, a new assistant professor in MechSE, is used to change.
Illinois engineering faculty will lead a five-year, $5M project to help prepare incoming engineering freshmen for the rigors of an engineering curriculum.

NSF grant to jumpstart "redshirt" program

October 3, 2016 -   It’s been done in athletics for years—using a freshman year as a “redshirt year” to allow a student-athlete to grow without using a year of eligibility. Starting in the fall of 2017, a similar concept will be applied to a select group of students enrolling in Engineering at Illinois.   MechSE associate professor and co-PI on the grant, Kimani Toussaint.
MechSE professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski receives honor from Society of Engineering Science.

Ostoja-Starzewski selected as SES Fellow

September 29, 2016 - MechSE Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski has been named a Fellow in the Society of Engineering Science (SES).   
The team's technology is the first instrumented geared wheelchair wheel to try to quantify the dynamic forces on the user's wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints.

MechSE, IntelliWheels collaboration propels geared wheel technology

September 28, 2016 -   Gaglio, Hsiao-Wecksler, and graduate student Jaihui (Carrie) Liang in the Human Dynamics and Controls Lab.In 2014, IntelliWheels, Inc.