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Kenneth Ting has led Hong Kong-based Kader Manufacturing for more than 30 years.

Alumnus heads prominent, historic toy maker

September 27, 2016 - From Formula to Baja to Eco-Marathon, small-model cars have become symbolic of many students’ experiences during their time in the MechSE Department.   Kader Industrial Company, the Hong Kong-based corporation led by MechSE alumnus Kenneth Ting (BSME ’68), is also well known for creating small cars. Very small.  
MechSE alumna Lori Gold Patterson has created a one-of-a-kind company in Pixo, located in Urbana.

Through Pixo, alumna reforming consulting industry

September 26, 2016 -   Lori Gold Patterson (B.S., 1990, Mechanical Science and Engineering) is proving that a humane IT consulting firm can solidly compete in the cut throat IT consulting world while still delivering quality results.   The President and CEO of Pixo, Patterson began the company in 1998.
Dean Andreas Cangellaris and MechSE Professor Andrew Alleyne helped showcase new collaborative space for the POETS Center.

POETS Center debuts new collaborative space

September 22, 2016 -   Just a year after its launch as a major NSF Engineering Research Center, the Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems Center introduced a new research collaboration space
SungWoo Nam was one of only eight researchers nationwide to be awarded a research opportunity from NASA.

Nam awarded NASA Early Career Faculty funding

September 19, 2016 -   Assistant Professor SungWoo Nam has won a NASA Early Career Faculty Award for
Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt provided expert insight on avoiding bad data.

Ewoldt hosts TA Instruments rheology webinar

September 18, 2016 - MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt hosted a webinar for industry leader TA Instruments on September 15.  Titled "Experimental Challenges of Shear Rheology: How to Avoid Bad Data," the webinar had more than 430 live attendees. 
MechSE lecturer Richard Keane left Australian farmland for Illinois classrooms and never looked back.

Keane takes unexpected but rewarding path

September 15, 2016 - Dr. Richard Keane on his family's farm in Australia.
Roboticist and alumna Melonee Wise is interviewed at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

Alumna Melonee Wise talks robotics at TechCrunch Disrupt

September 12, 2016 - Humans and Robots, Working Together: Melonee Wise of Fetch Robotics (full panel) #TCDisrupt — TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) September 13, 2016
First there were gymnastics examples in TAM 212 and TAM 251. Now there's archery.

MechSE faculty energize TAM courses with archery

September 11, 2016 -   Professors Randy Ewoldt and Matt West are once again bringing non-traditional examples
MechSE assistant professor SungWoo Nam will head to fourth annual event in November 2016

Nam honored as Arab-American Frontiers participant

September 8, 2016 - MechSE assistant professor SungWoo Nam will participate in the U.S.
Sponsored by I2CNER, Toyota, and ASME, the conference is held in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Sofronis, Illinois host 2016 International Hydrogen Conference

September 7, 2016 - Sofronis hosts 2016 International Hydrogen Conference   The 2016 International Hydrogen Conference, presented by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will take place September 11-14 at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the
Matt West will participate in a symposium to learn and share innovative educational approaches in engineering curricula.

West selected for NAE's Frontiers of Engineering Education

September 6, 2016 -   MechSE Associate Professor Matt West was among the nation’s most innovative engineering educators selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s eighth
The robust staff of four play a big role in leading the POETS Center to success.

Talent abundant in new POETS staff

August 31, 2016 -   Joe Muskin, Jodi Gritten, Karen Bender, and Sonya Chambers of the POETS Center. When launching the new Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS), center director and MechSE’s Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor
Professor Naira Hovakimyan aims to make history again with her L1 adaptive control system, currently being tested on a manned F-16.

Hovakimyan’s groundbreaking L1 testing on F-16 underway

August 31, 2016 -   Hovakimyan's students, Javier Puig Navarro (far left) and Kasey Ackerman (next to Javier), joined the test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base.
MIT Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Gang Chen, presented the Schaller Lecture on August 30 to a packed house.

Distinguished scholar discusses thermal, solar energy at 2016 Schaller Lecture

August 30, 2016 -   MechSE Department Head Tony Jacobi, Assistant Professor Gaurav Bahl (co-host), Professor Gang Chen, and Assistant Professor Nenad Miljkovic (co-host)The fall 2016 Alwin Schaller Distinguished Lecture featured a scientist and scholar renowned for his work in the field of thermal energy.    Professor Gang Che
WGN calls MechSE-born company "arguably the most important sports startup in the country."

Rithmio's tech a game changer for sports, fitness

August 30, 2016 - Adam Tilton, shown the day Rithmio won the Cozad New Venture Competition in 2014.
Paula Moxley and Mona Nordbrock are the support system for a very productive MechSE Department Head office.

Department Head's office supported by true dynamic duo

August 24, 2016 -   Mona Nordbrock and Paula Moxley in MechSE's Office of the Department Head.In MechSE’s Office of the Department Head, Paula Moxley and Mona Nordbrock enjoy positions that require tracking an incredible number of details about a wide variety of projects and people.
Associate Professor Srinivasa Salapaka and ISE professor Carolyn Beck have developed a graph aggregation technique that simultaneously incorporates dynamics, communication, and other constraints.

Salapaka, Beck simplify dynamic graphs for more meaningful data analysis

August 23, 2016 -   MechSE Associate Professor Srinivasa Salapaka.Scientific, engineering, and healthcare-related problems are frequently illustrated using graph-based models, which are often extremely large, complex and difficult to interpret.    Through a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation,
A study by MechSE professor Ning Wang, published in Nature Materials, identifies mechanical impact at the cellular level.

Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin

August 22, 2016 - How genes in our DNA are expressed into traits within a cell is a complicated mystery with many players, the main suspects being chemical. However, a new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression.