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Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Liz Livingston, and Karla Rivero Valles were honored for 2017.

MechSE undergraduate women named Knights of St. Patrick

February 2, 2017 -   Livingston, Dosunmu-Ogunbi, and Rivero Valles.Three of MechSE’s top-notch undergraduates have been honored as Knights of St.
MechSE professor Jonathan Freund was named the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering.

Freund named Willett Professor

February 1, 2017 -   Kritzer Faculty Scholar Jonathan Freund was honored February 1 at an investiture ceremony as the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering.    Freund is a professor jointly appointed in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and the Department of
Inspired by less than ideal wheelchair racing gloves on the market, two undergrad students developed a state-of-the-art glove for novice and skilled competitors.

Students develop state-of-the-art wheelchair racing glove

January 30, 2017 -   Final prototype of the new glove design.Like the best coaches and athletes, mechanical engineering senior Sid Madhubalan and recent ME graduate Steven Morse spent hours studying practice film. However, the pair was not analyzing plays or game plans.
Professor Ostoja-Starzewski presented the Beckman Director's Seminar on January 26.

Ostoja-Starzewski offers perspective on traumatic brain injury

January 26, 2017 -   Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Beckman Institute’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, presented the Beckman Director’s Seminar on “Traumatic Brain Injury, Waves, Fractals” on
ME freshman Jill Laird is featured in our new series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Jill Laird

January 24, 2017 -   Receiving a scholarship helped Jill Laird make her decision to come to Illinois. She knew after being notified about her scholarship award that Illinois would be able to take care of her and offer her support throughout her academic career.    She was drawn to the field of engineering while she was in middle school. Math and science were her favorite classes.
MechSE alumnus Jason Troutner and his startup Cast21 are surging ahead with pilot patient testing and mechanical testing of their cast design.

Cast21 raises $800K

January 23, 2017 -   Cast21, the startup co-founded by recent University of Illinois engineering alumni, has raised $800k in funds for additional research and continuation of its product.   
Students and hyperloop pod head to California for event.

Illini Hyperloop preps for SpaceX competition

January 22, 2017 - As one of only 30 groups traveling to California for the Space-X competition next week, the Illlini Hyperloop team has been putting in long hours in the lab preparing its pod. 
Professor Naira Hovakimyan joins the society's elite rank of Fellows.

Hovakimyan named AIAA Fellow

January 19, 2017 -   MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan was recently named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA) “for pioneering development of technical knowledge in robust adaptive control and
Professor Moshe Matalon's paper was named a distinguished paper at the Institute's 36th international symposium.

Matalon awarded distinguished paper honor by Combustion Institute

January 17, 2017 - A paper authored by MechSE professor Moshe Matalon, “Stabilization and extinction of diffusion flames in an inert porous medium,” was selected by the Combustion Institute as the
Research Associate Professor Seid Koric is leveraging Blue Waters supercomputer to make "massive" design advances

Koric's research makes waves in high-fidelity modeling

January 16, 2017 - MechSE research associate professor Seid Koric continues to gain accolades through his research enabled by the Blue Waters supercomputer at Illinois.  
Professor Andrew Alleyne talks to an audience at the IEEE conference about his approach to power flow that accommodates multiple power modes.

Alleyne shares research on thermal system power flow

December 21, 2016 -   On December 12, MechSE professor Andrew Alleyne presented one of two opening plenary talks at IEEE’s 55th Conference on Decision and Control.
Professor Naira Hovakimyan's startup IntelinAir uses drones and airplanes with advanced imaging technology to aid farmers in analyzing their field conditions.

Aerial imaging tech provides diagnostic tool for agriculture

December 20, 2016 -   Disease. Weeds. Nutrient deficiency. Weather damage. These are just a few issues that can arise in agricultural fields, but thanks to IntelinAir, a start-up co-founded by W. Grafton and Lillian B.
Professor Carlos Pantano hopes to aid missions to Mars with improved flexible parachutes used for deceleration.

Pantano to improve parachutes for Mars missions

December 19, 2016 -   When a capsule holding a rover is moving through the Mars atmosphere, it must decelerate considerably before making landfall. There are multiple methods to do this—one of which is a parachute that deploys when the capsule is seven miles from the ground.      However, as the capsules and similar devices NASA develops get larger, the chance that these parachutes will break upon deployment increases.
Thanks to a grant from F&S, the MEB cleanroom will see a 50 percent decrease in water and sanitary usage.

Cleanroom to cut water usage and costs by half

December 18, 2016 -   The Micro-Nano-Mechanical Systems Cleanroom is about to get a new chiller thanks to a loan from Facilities and Services.
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.