October 1, 2009 - Metal nanostructures have unique optical properties that, if better understood, could lead to an entire new generation of artificial materials that improve solar energy harvesting, and chemical and biological sensing. Unfortunately, observing and imaging optical properties at such small scales is next to impossible due to the diffraction limit of visible light. So, researchers at MechSE used electrons--instead of visible light--to create high-resolution images of metal nanostructures and particles.
September 30, 2009 - Martin Ostoja-StarzewskiProfessor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski recently published a book, Thermoelasticity with Finite Wave Speeds, which focuses on dynamic thermoelasticity theories free of the classical paradox of infinite propagation speeds of thermal signals in Fourier-type heat conduction.
September 24, 2009 - William Fortino II (BS TAM 1996) talked with Engineering Mechanics students this September about opportunities in the microelectronics industry. A member of MechSE’s Alumni Board since 2005, Fortino works for Cabot Microelectronics Corporation in Aurora, Illinois
September 24, 2009 - MechSE Endowed Scholarships James W. Ashbrook Scholarship Recipient: Lodovico E. Oldani James and Loretta Bayne Scholarship Recipients: William T. Charvat
September 23, 2009 - A materials sciences professor affiliated with MechSE and a former postdoctoral research associate were recently selected to receive MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants worth $500,000 apiece. John Rogers, the Lee J.
September 20, 2009 - Professor Narayana AluruProfessor Narayana Aluru was invested as the Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor on October 17. Since joining Illinois as an assistant professor in 1998, he has significantly advanced the understanding of physics at the micro- and nanoscale--particularly with respect to micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) and nanofluidics.
September 20, 2009 - Professor Alexander VakakisProfessor Alexander Vakakis was invested as the W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor on October 17. Vakakis co-directs the University of Illinois’ Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations Laboratory (LNDVL) with Professor Lawrence Bergman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
September 20, 2009 - Professor Mark ShannonProfessor Mark Shannon was quoted in an article titled, "11 Great Things to Do with Sewage," that appeared in the September 21st issue of the weekly online newsletter, Greentech Media.
September 17, 2009 - Left to right: Professor James Phillips, Robert Coverdill, Kathryn Svoboda, Elizabeth Buzzard, Maria Quinones, Adam Booher, Carol Regabuto, Damian Kucbor, Chip JorstadSix student society representatives atttended MechSE’s first Student Leadership Council meeting to discuss upcoming activities for 2009-2010.
September 10, 2009 - Students instralling a solar panelEvery two years, the U.S. Department of Energy holds the Solar Decathlon competition. Universities from around the world enter and compete by building a house that runs solely on energy drawn from the sun. The University of Illinois will compete for the second time in October 2009. Hundreds of students on campus have been involved in designing and constructing the Gable Home for the competition in Washington, D.C.
September 9, 2009 - MechSE researchers in the Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) have signed a three-year collaborative research agreement with the newly established King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Under the agreement, KAUST will provide $5 million in funds to be shared by researchers at both U of I and KAUST for research of mutual interest in the areas of environmental sciences and engineering and water desalination and reuse.
August 27, 2009 - Drew Coverdill and Ken Heinz stand outside the refurbished Montgomery home. This August, a van full of donated robots landed graduate students Ken Heinz and Drew Coverdill a role in ABC’s TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. The show had come to Philo, Illinois, to film thousands of volunteers as they transformed a local family’s home into the home of their dreams. When a generous company donated about a dozen robots to the project, no one knew what to do with them.
August 26, 2009 - Large arrays of ultrathin, ultasmall inorganic LEDs are printed and interconnected using thin-film processing.A new process for creating ultrathin, ultrasmall inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and assembling them into large arrays offers new classes of lighting and display systems with interesting properties, such as see-through construction and mechanical flexibility, that would be impossible to achieve with existing technologies.
August 23, 2009 - Henry PetroskiHenry Petroski (MSTAM 1964, PhDTAM 1968) was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
August 20, 2009 - The team created this gravity-powered pendulum testing apparatus, which allowed them to simulate the impacts of falling objects realistically and predict how each fabric would respond when used in a protective awning.A retractable safety awning designed last spring by four MechSE seniors won second place in the 2009 Safety Products Student Design Challenge sponsored by the Safety and Protective Products Division of Industrial Fabrics Association International and the Narrow Fabrics I
August 18, 2009 - The WIE luncheon was attended by 26 MechSE freshmen.Twenty-six incoming MechSE freshmen women learned about coop experiences, research opportunities, senior design projects, postgraduate training and future job prospects during a welcome luncheon for female Engineering Mechanics (EM) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) freshmen held Tuesday, August 18.
August 13, 2009 - There's a new student chapter on campus. The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is now a Registered Student Organization at Illinois, making it the 18th student chapter nationally. It will start recruiting members in Fall 2009. ASEE furthers engineering education by promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service and practice.
August 11, 2009 - Chao Zhu (PhDME 1991) has been named a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). A professor of mechanical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Zhu has made experimental discoveries and advances in theoretical modeling of gas-solid multiphase flows. He is the co-author of 'Principles of Gas-Solid Flows,' one of the most influential text books on the subject. He received his undergraduate education at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1991.
August 11, 2009 - A groundbreaking finding that tension is required for neurotransmission (the signaling of nerve cells needed for learning and memory) was the Editor's Choice in the August 11 issue of Science Signaling. Details of the study by MechSE professor Taher Saif and University of Miami biologist Akira Chiba appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last month.