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Kessler named NDSU Dean of Engineering

July 17, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Michael Kessler (MSTAM ’98, PhDTAM ’02) joined the North Dakota State University College of Engineering as its new dean on July 1. Kessler previously was Berry Family Director and Professor of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.

Tovala launches all-in-one Smart Oven

July 12, 2017 - Americans are constantly on the go. Oftentimes because of a long workday and perhaps activities in the evening, eating right takes a back seat. Answering the quest for healthy food made quickly are the makers of the Tovala Smart Oven.
Debbie Lanter, Emily Lange, and Jaimee Wilson.

Business, HR staff indispensable to MechSE

July 10, 2017 - There are perhaps two groups of staff that everyone in MechSE—faculty, staff, students—interacts with on a regular basis: the department’s Business Office and Human Resources. 
MechSE alumnus Eric N. Brown has been inducted as a Fellow of SEM and received the society's Durelli Award.

Brown honored by SEM

June 28, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Eric N. Brown (BSME ’98, MSTAM ’01, PhDTAM ‘03) won the 2017 A.J. Durelli Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).    He was also inducted as a Fellow of SEM.  
Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski presented two key lectures at a conference on uncertainty quantification.

Ostoja-Starzewski delivers notable lectures

June 27, 2017 -   At the 2nd International Conference on Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Sciences and Engineering (UNCECOMP 2017), Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski delivered a plenary lecture, “Tensor Ran
Award-winning lecturer Steve Downing will continue his consulting work, become involved in research projects, and teach occasional courses for MechSE.

Downing retires from MechSE

June 26, 2017 -   Steve Downing recently retired as a Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.    Downing used his industry experiences in product development, finite element analysis, computational analysis, structural
MechSE alumnus John Marshall joins global provider of agricultural systems.

Marshall named VP and GM at Brock Grain Systems

June 25, 2017 - MechSE alumnus John Marshall (BSME ’95) has been named Vice President and General Manager of Brock Grain Systems.  
MechSE alumna Karen Thole has been chosen as a governor-nominee of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board of Governors.

Thole to take ASME leadership post

June 22, 2017 - MechSE alumna Karen Thole (BSME ’82, MSME ’84), distinguished professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State University, has been chosen as a governor-nominee of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board of Governors (BOG). Her term will begin in July 2018.
Professor Daniel Tortorelli retired from MechSE during the fall 2016 semester.

Tortorelli transitions to Professor Emeritus

June 21, 2017 -   Daniel Tortorelli retired in the fall semester as the George B. Grim Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He will return to the MechSE department as the George B. Grim Professor Emeritus.
Randy Ewoldt is one of just three engineers from UIUC to the NAE's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

Ewoldt selected to participate in NAE symposium

June 20, 2017 -   Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt was one of just 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September.
MBO America appointed MechSE alumnus Lance Martin to the newly created position of vice president of national accounts.

Martin named VP at MBO America

June 19, 2017 - MBO America appointed MechSE alumnus Lance Martin (BSME ’84) to the newly created position of vice president of national accounts. In his new role, Martin will oversee all of MBO America’s national accounts and OEM partnerships.   
This year's camps - Exploring MechSE coed camp and the GBAM camp for girls - are well underway and proving to be a success.

MechSE's 2017 summer camps underway

June 18, 2017 -   At this summer's fifth annual GBAM camp (Girls Building Awesome Machines), part of the GAMES series of camps hosted by the College of Engineering, and the coed camp, Exploring MechSE, high school students are immersing themselves in mechanical engineering.
Kelly Stephani spoke yesterday with NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot and others about her NASA-funded research, at NASA's Technology Day on the Hill.

Stephani showcases work to NASA officials, lawmakers on Capitol Hill

June 15, 2017 -   Stephani talks with NASA chief Robert Lightfoot about her agency-funded research.
AIST named Professor Emeritus Brian Thomas a Distinguished Member and Fellow of the organization.

Thomas recognized by AIST for world-renowned steel research

June 14, 2017 -  Brian Thomas, the C.J. Gauthier Professor Emeritus in MechSE, was recently named a Distinguished Member and Fellow of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST). 
A collaboration between Kyle Smith and a Senior Design team this spring resulted in an exciting design solution for his research project.

Senior Design team builds on Smith’s battery research

June 13, 2017 - Battery research involves electrochemistry, materials science, and transport of ions and electrons – not typical topics of study for mechanical engineers especially at the undergraduate level.
An additional year of funding on her DARPA YFA award means Amy LaViers will continue her exciting choreography-influenced robotic control research.

LaViers steps up research on robotic choreography with extended DARPA award

June 12, 2017 -   Amy LaViersFollowing up on her 2016 Young Faculty Award from DARPA, Assistant Professor Amy LaViers was awarded extended funding for a third year that will continue to build on her research project, “Choreography of Embodied, Platform-invariant Motion Pri
Adam Tilton (BSME '10) received an Outstanding Young Alumni award this spring.

Tilton recognized for entrepreneurship as young alumnus

June 11, 2017 - The department recognized MechSE alumnus Adam Tilton (BSME ’10) this spring as one of its Outstanding Young Alumni for his entrepreneurial accomplishments as a young professional.   
Alumnus Eric Anderson (PhD ME '09) was named one of the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni of the department.

Anderson honored for early-career work on explosives

June 8, 2017 -   This spring, alumnus Eric Anderson (PhD ME ’09) was distinguished as one of MechSE’s Outstanding Young Alumni.    Since 2013, Anderson has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where he is a laboratory scientist. His primary focus is on explosives, and he coordinates experiments on explosives testing.
MechSE alumnus Jeyandran Venugopal (MSME ’00) has been hired by Flipkart-owned fashion e-tailer Myntra as its chief technology officer.

Venugopal named CTO at Myntra

June 7, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Jeyandran Venugopal (MSME ’00) has been hired by Flipkart-owned fashion e-tailer Myntra as its chief technology officer.  
Chenhui Shao was awarded a Best Application Paper Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Shao wins award for methodology to understand surface manufacturing

June 6, 2017 -   Research from Assistant Professor Chenhui Shao recently earned him a Best Application Paper Award from IISE Transactions on Quality and Reliability

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