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Flex-N-Gate owner and MechSE Distinguished Alumnus Shahid Khan has become a popular man in the Motor City.

Khan to open manufacturing plant in Detroit

April 24, 2017 - Flex-N-Gate owner and businessman Shahid Khan (L), greets Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan before a groundbreaking ceremony for a Flex-N-Gate manufacturing facility in the I-94 Industrial Park in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Brittany Greeson
Sam Tawfick's novel nanotube structure strengthens thin film for flexible electronics.

Tawfick’s “wonder material” 50x stronger for flexible electronics

April 23, 2017 -   Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at Illinois have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles, that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.   “The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the re
ME senior Zaynab Salehpour is featured in our new series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Zaynab Salehpour

April 20, 2017 - Zaynab Salehpour is a recipient of the 2016-2017 Kirkwood Scholarship for Women in Engineering. A senior in mechanical engineering from Houston, Texas, Zaynab plans to pursue a master’s degree in bioinstrumentation after graduating this May. For now, she is concentrating on her research in “coral reef restoration that lies at the intersection of my major in mechanical engineering and my minor in bioengineering.”
Dr. Gavin Horn of AMTEL and the Illinois Fire Service Institute, was one of just seven campus recipients of the CAPE award.

Horn honored with campus CAPE award

April 19, 2017 -   Dr. Gavin Horn, Director of Research at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, is a recipient of the 2017 Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award.     Horn is among seven honorees for this prestigious award.
The Illini Hyperloop team, which claims a large MechSE contingent, will compete in the next round of the SpaceX challenge.

Illini Hyperloop advances to August 2017 competition

April 18, 2017 - The Illini Hyperloop team will be competing in its second SpaceX competition this August after designing their second pod, a new mode of transportation that will potentially revolutionize the way people commute.
The impressive grants awarded to our department's junior faculty is cause for celebration.

MechSE celebrates young faculty achievements

April 17, 2017 -   Department Head Tony Jacobi with Miljkovic, Bahl, Hutchens, Ewoldt, Nam, Hu, and Stephani.   Each year, the MechSE department recognizes the outstanding achievements of its junior faculty.
Kimani Toussaint offered a webinar on his table-top approach to producing flat, ultrathin optics.

Toussaint presents webinar for Photonics online mag

April 16, 2017 -   Associate Professor Kimani Toussaint delivered a webinar on April 6, “Table-Top Fabrication of Plasmonics-Based Ultrathin Optical Components,” for th
MechSE undergraduates enjoy experiences in a wide variety of research, outreach, and social and professional societies.

No limit for MechSE undergrad opportunities

April 12, 2017 -   Last semester, engineering mechanics senior Marco Nunez did research for MechSE Professor and Department Head Anthony Jacobi’s Microchannel Heat Exchanger Research Group, which supplemented the efforts of the Hyperloop team at Illinois.     “I used computational fluid dynamics software to create meshes and analyze the thermal activity of the heat exchanger,” Nunez said.     Kinetic Materials Research Group outside MEL.
MechSE's Abigail Gerth, Kenneth Hoffmann, and Becky Lankford have been named to the Senior 100 Honorary.

Senior 100 includes three from MechSE

April 11, 2017 - Abigail Gerth, Kenneth Hoffmann, and Becky Lankford
Nine of MechSE's faculty and staff received the 2017 Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising.

Nine from MechSE named top engineering advisors

April 10, 2017 -     An impressive nine of MechSE's outstanding faculty and staff were honored this year with the Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising.
The Spring 2017 Talbot Distinguished Lecture featured Professor J.N. Reddy, a prolific researcher and teacher from Texas A&M University.

Reddy discusses applied mechanics at Talbot Lecture

April 5, 2017 -   Professor J.N. ReddyHeld on April 4, the Spring 2017 Arthur Newell Talbot Distinguished Lecture featured Professor J.N. Reddy, the Oscar S.
Assistant Professor Shelby Hutchens is recipient of a prestigious NSF CAREER Award.

With NSF CAREER win, Hutchens inspired by osmosis-driven motion of plants

April 4, 2017 -   Assistant Professor Shelby Hutchens has been awarded a CAREER grant for her proposal, “Measurement and analysis of osmosis-mediated, closed-cell poroelastic dynamics” from the National Science Foundation. 
MechSE's Randy Ewoldt receives a state-of-the-art rheometer from lab equipment company Anton Paar, bringing more capabilities to his lab.

Ewoldt research gets major boost from Anton Paar

April 3, 2017 -   Ewoldt, left, with representatives from Anton Paar.MechSE Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Assistant Professor
A challenge grant from The Grainger Foundation will match all engineering scholarship endowment gifts up to $25 million.

Grainger adds firepower to EVS initiative

April 2, 2017 -   A longtime supporter of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Grainger Foundation, has issued a generous challenge grant in support of Engineering at Illinois.
Skyscraper visionary received an M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Illinois, and today receives one of the modern day’s coolest honors.

TAM alumnus Fazlur Khan "google doodled"

April 2, 2017 - Dr. Fazlur R. Khan, who received a Master of Science degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Illinois, would have been 88 years old today.
With an undergraduate career focused on golf, grad student Ashley Armstrong has now zeroed in on a career in mechanical engineering.

Armstrong combines passions for hole-in-one career

March 30, 2017 -   It’s not easy giving up something you’re passionate about—especially after honing your craft for twelve years. But for MechSE graduate student Ashley Armstrong, moving to another chapter in life didn’t mean sacrificing her love of golf for her studies.
MechSE alumnus Larry Wilson takes principal position at one of nation's largest architecture, engineering, and planning firms.

Wilson to lead design at SmithGroupJJR

March 29, 2017 - SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, and planning firms, has hired MechSE alumnus Larry Wilson, PE, LEED AP at its Chicago office.