News Archive

Alumnus Rui Qiao (PhDME '04), an associate professor in mechanical engineering, was rewarded for showing exceptional merit in research.

Qiao receives Jones Fellowship at Virginia Tech

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.  
MechSE alumna Denise Jerrell takes key post for transmission and hybrid propulsion systems corporation.

Jerrell to head Allison's worldwide facilities

June 1, 2017 - MechSE alumna Denise Jerrell (BSME ’94) has been appointed executive director of worldwide facilities for Allison Transmission.   
Teams of MechSE undergrads developed server cooling solutions for the Advanced Computation Building.

Senior Design teams identify cost savings for campus

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
MechSE alumnus Michael Hites has been named Chief Information Officer at Southern Methodist University, effective July.

Hites accepts CIO post at SMU

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.  
MechSE's Chenhui Shao and Seid Koric collaborate on a project that could transform the manufacturing industry.

Shao, Koric partner for game-changing big data manufacturing research

May 30, 2017 -   Assistant Professor Chenhui Shao is working in collaboration with MechSE Research Associate Professor and Technical Assistant Director at NCSA,
MechSE alumnus Horacio Perez-Blanco will retire at the end of June after 27 years as a mechanical engineering professor.

Perez-Blanco wraps up 27 years at Penn State

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.
Haruka Brown and Stacy Walker received their honors at the MechSE Awards Banquet.

Brown, Walker win 2017 MechSE Staff Awards

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.  
Elif Ertekin, Joe Muskin, and others introduced high schoolers to engineering through the Illinois Partnership for Respecting the Identities of Students in Engineering.

MechSE faculty, staff, students lead STEM outreach with IRISE

May 22, 2017 -   The spring 2017 IRISE participants.
Secretary of Defense Bob work toured several Illinois facilities over graduation weekend, including MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan's lab.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense tours Hovakimyan lab

May 18, 2017 - Professor Naira Hovakimyan (left) and her research group host Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work.
Medical device innovator and MechSE alumnus Cass Grandone (BSME '83) joins firm after long career at Abbott Labs.

Grandone to head product development at Theranos

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.
In this follow-up to our undergraduate engagement article, Taylor talks to all the car teams about the awesome opportunities for involvement they can offer.

Growing SAE teams offer fun and learning

May 17, 2017 -   Illini EcoConcept at the 2016 Shell Eco-Marathon.
MechSE alumnus James Adams (BSME '91) offered career advice to this semester's graduating seniors.

Robust experiences fuel Adams’ advice to graduating students

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.
Alumnus Kewen Han (PhDME '17) squeezed in one more honor before graduating from MechSE.

Han wins Chinese government award

May 15, 2017 - New alumnus Kewen Han (PhdME ’17) has received a Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students studying abroad.  
Professor Emeritus Tad Addy was honored earlier this spring with the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

Addy receives College’s Distinguished Alumni award

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.
MechSE Professor Emeritus Ron Adrian was the 2017 Honorary Degree recipient for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Adrian receives 2017 Honorary Degree from Illinois

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.
The new leader of Industrial and Systems Engineering received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Illinois in 1995.

Lawley named department head at Texas A&M

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.  
ME sophomore Megan Glaeser is featured in our series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Megan Glaeser

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.

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