June 5, 2017 - Rui Qiao (PhDME ’04) has been awarded the John R. Jones III Faculty Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
June 1, 2017 - During the fall and spring semesters, MechSE students completed their Senior Capstone Design project—one that not only helped further their knowledge in the field, but also benefits the university. Team members in both semesters worked with Emad Jassim, Director of Undergraduate Programs, to create cooling systems for the server racks in rooms 200 a
May 31, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Michael H. Hites (MSME ’92), an executive with 17 years of experience leading large-scale computing operations for university-based research and innovation, has been named Chief Information Officer at Southern Methodist University. He will begin his new duties effective July 17, 2017.
May 30, 2017 - Assistant Professor Chenhui Shao is working in collaboration with MechSE Research Associate Professor and Technical Assistant Director at NCSA,
May 29, 2017 - MechSE Illinois alumnus Horacio Perez-Blanco (MSME ’76, PhDME ’79) will retire at the end of June, after serving as a mechanical engineering professor for 27 years at Penn State University. A news article on the Penn State website said Perez-Blanco keeps fond memories of his advisers at the University of Illinois, including professors S. L. Soo and B. T. Chao.
May 23, 2017 - Two of MechSE’s outstanding staff have been announced as the 2017 winners of the MechSE Staff Award for Exemplary Service. Haruka Brown, Grants and Contracts Coordinator, and Stacy Walker, Office Support Associate in the Grad Programs office, were each nominated by several of their MechSE colleagues for the honor.
May 17, 2017 - Theranos has announced that a key role has been filled on the company’s executive team, with the arrival of MechSE alumnus Cass Grandone (BSME ’83) as Senior Vice President of Product Development. Grandone’s career has included R&D roles of increasing responsibility, including leading the delivery of Abbott’s multi-billion dollar ARCHITECT and Accelerator diagnostic platforms.
May 16, 2017 - MechSE alumnus James Adams (BSME ’91) was the featured speaker at the spring graduation brunch on May 13, where he offered sage career advice to MechSE’s graduating seniors. “One of the things I want to stress is: Never stop learning. As soon as you think you’ve figured it out is the most dangerous time, because people are always nipping at your heels,” he said. “Improve every day.
May 15, 2017 - As the academic year comes to a close, MechSE continues to honor the recognition this spring of one of our most celebrated alumni. A.L.
May 14, 2017 - MechSE Professor Emeritus Ron Adrian (center) receives the 2017 Honorary Degree from Illinois President Timothy Killeen (left) and College of Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris.
May 10, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Mark Lawley (PhDME ’95) has been appointed head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. This new appointment for Lawley, who has been serving as interim head of the department, is effective June 1.
May 10, 2017 - Megan Glaeser enjoys problem solving, which is why she chose to go into the engineering profession. “Physics and calculus have been a passion of mine since I was introduced to them,” she shared.