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Innoventor, Inc., which was founded by MechSE alumnus Kent Schien, has been named ‘National Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year’ by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Innoventor, Inc. recognized by U.S. Small Business Administration

June 2, 2011 - Kent Schien, Innoventor FounderInnoventor, Inc., which was founded by MechSE alumnus Kent Schien, has been named ‘National Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year’ by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
University of Illinois researchers have developed a novel way to promote cartilage-to-bone regeneration in damaged long bones.

Researchers develop cartilage-to-bone regeneration

June 2, 2011 - Professors Jo Ann Cameron and Iwona JasiukWhen a long bone such as a femur breaks, it can result in a gap–known as a critical size defect–between the fractured surfaces. Although this gap may be only millimeters wide, it can cause the body to grow fibrous scar tissue instead of regenerating load-bearing bone during the healing process.
Currently, the GREEN-Costa Rica Program (not affiliated with the University of Illinois) has two upcoming programs still available during the Summer 2011 season, for which Illinois engineering stud...

Opportunities in the GREEN-Costa Rica Program!

May 29, 2011 - Students visiting Costa Rica through the GREEN program.Currently, the GREEN-Costa Rica Program (not affiliated with the University of Illinois) has two upcoming programs still available during the Summer 2011 season, for which Illinois engineering students can apply. Each program has 3 open spots that they are trying to fill, and any Illinois students who are interested in attending can do so at a reduced program fee.
Randy Ewoldt will be leaving the University of Minnesota to become a Mechanical Science and Engineering assistant professor at Illinos.

Ewoldt to join MechSE faculty

May 26, 2011 - Randy EwoldtFor the 2011-12 academic year, the MechSE department will increase its number of faculty to 54 with three new assistant professors. One of them is known, by the Society of Rheology, as the snail guy.
MechSE Professor Harry Dankowicz has received a Center of Advanced Study (CAS) research appointment that he will take during the semester of spring 2012.

Harry Dankowicz receives CAS Appointment

May 19, 2011 - Harry DankowiczMechSE Professor Harry Dankowicz has received a Center of Advanced Study (CAS) research appointment. The announcement of the appointments said the CAS award “grants one semester of release time for creative work on self-initiated programs of scholarly research or professional activity.”
MechSE department head Placid Ferreira co-wrote the publication that was the cover feature for the April 15 issue of Nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology features Ferreira's nano-imprinting publication

May 19, 2011 - Researchers from Illinois and MIT had their work featured on the April 15, 2011 issue of Nanotechnology.MechSE department head Placid Ferreira and graduate student Kyle Jacob, as well as former MechSE professor and now MIT professor Nicholas Fang and MIT graduate student Anil Kumar, were featured on the cover of the April 2011 issue of Nanotechnology for their publication titled Direct metal nano-imprinting using an embossed solid electro
MechSE alumni board president Barry Butler was appointed provost of the University of Iowa in May 2011, after serving as interim provost since October 2010.

MechSE alumni board president appointed University of Iowa provost

May 18, 2011 - Barry ButlerMechSE alumni board president Barry Butler was appointed provost of the University of Iowa in May 2011, after serving as interim provost since October 2010. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He continued his education at Illinois and earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1984.
ASME has elected MechSE Professor Taher Saif to the grade of ASME Fellow.

Taher Saif honored as ASME Fellow

May 18, 2011 - Taher SaifASME has elected MechSE Professor Taher Saif to the grade of ASME Fellow. ASME Fellows are highly honored and nominated by peers to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.
Kimani Toussaint, Jr. was recently elevated to the rank of Senior Member in the Optical Society of America (OSA). A Senior Member of OSA is one who is currently an active member of OSA, and has dem...

Toussaint elevated to Senior Member of OSA

May 11, 2011 - Kimani Toussaint, Jr.Kimani Toussaint, Jr. was recently elevated to the rank of Senior Member in the Optical Society of America (OSA). A Senior Member of OSA is one who is currently an active member of OSA, and has demonstrated at least 10 years of significant professional experience in the field of optics and photonics.
MechSE Assistant Professor David Saintillan receives the 2011 Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal. This award is given to a young professor who demonstrates outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering.

David Saintillan receives 2011 Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal

May 5, 2011 - David SaintillanLess than ten years after receiving his baccalaureate degree, MechSE Assistant Professor David Saintillan has received the 2011 Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal. This award is given to a young professor who demonstrates outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering.
Bruno Azeredo, Elizabeth Jones and Eduardo Torrealba are awarded 2011 fellows in the National Science Foundations’ Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

Three MechSE students awarded NSF fellowships

April 27, 2011 - Bruno Azeredo and Elizabeth Jones stand in front of Talbot Laboratory. Bruno Pavanelli de Azeredo and Elizabeth Moine Cler Jones both graduated from UIUC in Engineering Mechanics. Now, as MechSE graduate students in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, they were awarded fellows in the National Science Foundations’ Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
Keeping a modern stealth aircraft cool has been a growing challenge for the U.S. Air Force. Currently, to eliminate heat emanating from inlets and exhausts, stealth aircraft dump heat into the onbo...

Alleyne awarded NRC research fellowship

April 26, 2011 - Andrew AlleyneKeeping a modern stealth aircraft cool has been a growing challenge for the U.S. Air Force. Currently, to eliminate heat emanating from inlets and exhausts, stealth aircraft dump heat into the onboard fuel, becoming “flying Thermos bottles.” Andrew Alleyne, the Ralph M. and Catherine V.
A study on the effect of turbulence on premixed flames, which was done by Professor M. Matalon, his postdoc F. Creta and graduate student N. Fogla, is featured in a recent cover article of Combusti...

Effect of turbulence on premixed flames

April 21, 2011 - Polyhedral-cellular structure that develops on surface of flameA study on the effect of turbulence on premixed flames, which was done by Professor M. Matalon, his postdoc F. Creta and graduate student N. Fogla, is featured in a recent cover article of Combustion Theory and Modelling.
MechSE professor K. Jimmy Hsia will join the University of Illinois Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for New Initiatives.

Jimmy Hsia appointed UIUC Associate Vice Chancellor

April 18, 2011 - K. Jimmy HsiaInterim Vice Chancellor for Research, Ravi K. Iyer, has announced that mechanical science and engineering professor K. Jimmy Hsia will join the University of Illinois Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for New Initiatives (50%).
Amy Wagoner Johnson and her fellow research collaborators recently received Campus Research Board funding for their proposal, ‘'Indentation as a measure of cervical remodeling for preterm labor ris...

Amy Wagoner Johnson receives 2011 Arnold O. Beckman Award

April 7, 2011 - MechSE Professor Amy Wagoner JohnsonMechSE Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson is the recipient of the 2011 Arnold O. Beckman Award. Dr. and Mrs. Arnold O. Beckman created the award in 1980. The Campus Research Board selects projects of special distinction, or unusual promise for designation as Arnold O. Beckman Awards.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada awarded MechSE student Arash Tajik with a NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship in honor of his academic excellence, research potent...

Arash Tajik recieves NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship

April 6, 2011 - Arash TajikThe Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada awarded MechSE student Arash Tajik with a NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship in honor of his academic excellence, research potential, and communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities.
MechSE student Mark Figge received $1,000 after winning the Salt Creek Chapter Award from the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers.

Mark Figge wins Salt Creek Chapter Award

April 5, 2011 - Mark Figge competes in the ASME Dremel Derby. Mark Figge received $1,000 after winning the Salt Creek Chapter Award from the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. The award honors an Illinois resident in their sophomore, junior or senior year at an ABET accredited University with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.
The current issue of the journal Nature features a research highlight of a paper by Gustavo Gioia and colleagues, which was published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

Nature highlights Gustavo Gioia's study of 'drowning machines.'

April 5, 2011 - Sign posted near Bow River, Calgary, CanadaHydraulic jumps are a common feature of rivers and waterways, where they can be found close to spillways, weirs, rocky ledges,and boulders. People adrift upstream of a hydraulic jump are liable to become trapped in the turbulent roller of the hydraulic jump. For this reason, hydraulic jumps have been termed “drowning machines” and are recognized as a public hazard.
Professor Shiv Kapoor receives a $2,000 cash prize and $10,000 in fellowship funds for the next year in honor of his outstanding mentorship for graduate students.

Shiv Kapoor wins Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring

April 5, 2011 - Professor Shiv Kapoor Professor Shiv Kapoor receives a $2,000 cash prize and $10,000 in fellowship funds for the next year in honor of his outstanding mentorship with graduate students. He won the 2011 Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. The award goes to tenured faculty that has taught on the Urbana-Champaign campus for at least 5 years.
Eric Gobst is the first MechSE student to win the William Schowalter Award.

Eric Gobst wins William Schowalter Award 2010-2011

April 4, 2011 - MechSE student Eric GobstEric Gobst is the first MechSE student to win the William Schowalter Award. The winner is chosen by his or her reflection of leadership, creativity, encouragement, and dedication to other students and the College of Engineering.

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