November 4, 2009 - Professor Debasish DuttaProfessor Debasish Dutta is one of four faculty invested as an Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor at a formal ceremony held October 28, 2009 in the NCSA Auditorium. Professor Dutta, Dean of the Graduate College, also holds an appointment in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.
November 4, 2009 - Professor Taher SaifProfessor Taher Saif is one of four faculty invested as an Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor at a formal ceremony held October 28, 2009 in the NCSA Auditorium.
October 29, 2009 - Professor Sanjiv SinhaProfessor Sanjiv Sinha’s proposal is among 37 projects awarded during the first round of funding under the recently formed DOE agency ARPA-E. (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy). The University of Illinois team led by Professor Sinha includes Professors Xiuling Li (ECE), Nicholas Fang (MechSE), Placid Ferreira (MechSE), David Cahill (MatSE) and John Rogers (MatSE). The University will partner with Boston-based startup MC10, Inc.
October 25, 2009 - TAM Alumnus David Raske shared his experiences as a professional engineering with TAM 195 classFreshmen students in TAM 195, Mechanics in the Modern World, were introduced in early October to the field of forensic engineering by UIUC alumnus David T. Raske.
October 18, 2009 - Two local companies, with ties to MechSE, have emerged as semi-finalists in the 2009 Innovate Illinois competition to be named ‘Most Innovative Illinois Company.’ Cbana Laboratories and SFM Technology, both founded by UIUC faculty, will advance to the final round in Chicago on November 10.
October 6, 2009 - Professor Chia-Fon LeeProfessor Chia-Fon Lee has been elected to the grade of Fellow in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. He is one of 23 newly elected Fellows who will be recognized this April at the SAE 2010 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.
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.