News Archive

Dr. Downing talks to MechSE about his many career experiences.

Downing reflects on diverse career

December 4, 2016 -   MechSE senior lecturer and adjunct associate professor Stephen Downing has worked in the mechanical engineering field for 46 years, for numerous companies and in a variety of positions— and there isn’t a single one he hasn’t loved.    Downing grew
MechSE professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski gave talks on continuum mechanics at the University of Seville.

Ostoja-Starzewski lectures in Spain

December 1, 2016 - In late November, Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski gave three inaugural lectures of the 2016-17 graduate program in the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Theory of Structures at the University of Seville, Spain.   
Professors Jasiuk and Wagoner Johnson will get to focus solely on their proposed new research projects, thanks to an award from the Center for Advanced Study.

Two faculty named CAS Associates

December 1, 2016 -   Iwona JasiukProfessor Iwona Jasiuk and Associate Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson have been named 2017-18 Associates in the
Complex-fluid research from MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt and PhD candidate Jeremy Koch appears as a news article in Science.

Ewoldt Group finding may pave way for stronger building materials

November 29, 2016 - Members of the Ewoldt Research Group, exploring how air bubbles rise within a complex fluid, like those found while processing wet concrete, wondered if they could actually get them to sink instead by shaking the mixture in the right way.
We highlight Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi in this first of a new series on several undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi

November 21, 2016 -   A senior in mechanical engineering, Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi is passionate about making a difference in the field of engineering.
Three MechSE alumni (and family!) talk to the ME 390 class about pursuing unexpected careers with mechanical engineering degrees.

Alumni family returns to discuss non-traditional career paths

November 20, 2016 -   Nicole Reifman, Bobby Reifman, and Bryan Lammers.It runs in the family: MechSE alumni Robert (Bobby) Reifman, Nicole Reifman and Bryan Lammers have more than just their alma mater in common. They are family.
Lisa Burdin, Holly Foster, and Ruthie Lubkeman take on a wide range of valuable support responsibilities.

Support staff keeps MechSE functioning smoothly

November 17, 2016 - As with most high-ranking academic departments, the MechSE Department’s faculty are outstanding by almost any measure. They are recognized as such in engineering circles around the world. Behind the scenes, another segment of MechSE personnel are here to ensure the faculty’s impact is leveraged to its full potential. They are the department’s support personnel. 
Patty Weisensee focuses on heat transfer in electronics, working in the Energy Transport Research Lab to further the goals of the POETS Center.

POETS benefits from grad student’s work in heat transfer

November 16, 2016 -   Weisensee, right, in the lab with fellow grad student Tianyu Yang.When Patricia Weisensee was a child growing up in Germany, she used to spend the summer days with her grandfather in his wood workshop.    “We would go down to the basement and just build stuff,” she said.    She credits that experience, at least in part, to her future love of engineering.
Graduate student Ritu Raman's research presentation was judged to be the best on campus.

MechSE's Raman wins Research Live! competition

November 15, 2016 - MechSE graduate student Ritu Raman won first place at this year’s campus-wide Research Live! competition at the Krannert Center on Tuesday.   This year, four of the event’s 14 finalists were from MechSE:  Arif Abdullah, Kamalika Chatterjee, William Davies, and Raman.
MechSE professor Paul Fischer earned one of the "Oscars of Invention" for his NekCEM/Nek5000 open-source simulation-software package.

Professor receives R&D 100 Award for simulation software

November 14, 2016 -   Paul Fischer, a professor of computer science and of mechanical science and engineering, and his research colleague Misun Min at the U.S.
Glennys Mensing and Joe Maduzia have helped make the MNMS Cleanroom successful.

Hard-working team keeps complex cleanroom running

November 13, 2016 -   Mensing and Maduzia.MechSE’s Micro-Nano Mechanical Systems (MNMS) Laboratory is run by a small but mighty crew.
MechSE professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler discussed using technology to improve movement of people with disabilities.

Professor gives ASME keynote speech

November 10, 2016 - Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, MechSE's associate head for undergraduate programs, was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual ASME Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium in Dayton, Ohio. Her talk was titled, "Bio-mechatronics: Using Technology to Improve Movement of People with Disabilities."
Graduate student Lydia Bakalova's childhood playing with math- and science-focused toys influenced her interest in engineering.

Childhood STEM experiences had big impact on MechSE grad student

November 8, 2016 -   MechSE graduate student Lydia Bakalova has had a lifelong interest in math and science. However, she has more than just her schoolwork to thank for that passion.    Bakalova grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. As a child, she enjoyed puzzles and construction sets, rather than dolls and playing dress up.
Eduard Arzt from the Leibniz Institute for New Materials presented the 2016 Soo Distinguished Lecture on November 3.

Bioinspired surfaces topic of 2016 Soo Lecture

November 3, 2016 -   Arzt stands with co-host Professor Petros Sofronis, Department Head Tony Jacobi, co-host Professor Taher Saif, and Shirley A. Soo and Dr. David D. Soo, children of Shao Lee and Hermia Soo. Prof. Dr.
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)