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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 23, 2017 - MechSE researchers have been awarded a 5-year, $4M grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop nanomanufacturing simulation tools.
August 22, 2017 - Professor Moshe Matalon was awarded the Numa Manson Medal from the Institute for the Dynamics of Explosions and Reacting Systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.