October 16, 2008 - Researchers at the Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS) have succeeded in making silicon solar cells so thin that they can be placed in arrays on flexible substrates to form larger solar cells that bend. These large, bendable solar cells are extremely light, making them easier to transport and install than exiting solar cells. They also work just as efficiently when bent as when flat, so they can be attached to curved or irregular surfaces.
October 15, 2008 - This October more than 500 scientists and engineers from around the world gathered at the University of Illinois for the 2008 Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES), a leading interdisciplinary forum that fosters the exchange of ideas among various engineering disciplines as well as physics, chemistry, mathematics, and related scientific fields. More than 180 students also attended the conference, which included an annual student presentation competition in which 16 finalists competed for three awards.
October 13, 2008 - Neel KashkariA former University of Illinois mechanical engineering graduate, Neel Kashkari, has been charged with overseeing the nation's $700 billion financial plan.
October 5, 2008 - Professor Ning WangResearchers in Professor Ning Wang's lab recently discovered the underlying molecular mechanism that allows living cells to adjust their response to force based on the speed with which that force is applied.
October 1, 2008 - Miguel GuerraMechSE senior Miguel Guerra has been recognized with the Student Role Model Award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers--one of the 2008 SHPE Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards recognizing the year's highest level of achievement in Hispanic engineering and sciences in several different categories.
October 1, 2008 - William KingMechSE Associate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar William King and collaborators at the University of Illinois and Trinity College, Dublin, have discovered that at very small scales polymers don't play by the rules. They reported their findings in a paper published Thursday, October 2 by Science Express, the online version of the journal Science.
September 28, 2008 - Professor Naira Hovakimyan (center) presented her work during the MechSE Alumni Board meeting.MechSE's incoming Alumni Board President, Rick Furkert, presided over the fall 2008 MechSE Alumni Board meeting last Friday, September 26.
September 28, 2008 - Professor Mark ShannonOn September 23, Professor Mark Shannon shared his vision for "Water Science Technologies for Sustainable Water Supply and Purification in the Coming Decades" at one of the world's leading water research congresses.
September 16, 2008 - Illinois was recently named the "top wired college" in the nation by PC Magazine.The magazine's 2008 rankings were compiled in partnership with the Princeton Review, which included tech-specific questions as part of a survey it conducted earlier in the year for the 2009 edition of its annual publication, The Best 368 Colleges.
September 15, 2008 - Narayana AluruBy discovering the physical mechanism behind the rapid transport of water in carbon nanotubes, scientists at the University of Illinois have moved a step closer to ultra-efficient, next-generation nanofluidic devices for drug delivery, water purification and nano-manufacturing.
September 1, 2008 - William KingAnasys Instruments has won the prestigious R&D 100 award for its new VESTA product, a tool which revolutionizes thermal analysis with its ability to perform "point & click" micro and nano thermal analysis at the push of a button. The award was based in part on heated atomic force microscope cantilevers developed by William King, an associate professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
August 27, 2008 - Researchers at MechSE and the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology have discovered the first evidence that mechanical forces play an important role in the invasion of living cells. A paper describing their finding appeared in the online ahead-of-print version of Current Biologyon August 28, and will appear in the journal's September 9, 2008 print issue.
August 26, 2008 - Professor Ning WangThe August 26th issue of Science Signaling highlighted a new experimental protocol developed by Professor Ning Wang and researchers at the University of Illinois. The group described for the first time how to apply mechanical stress to a cell and measure its effects on intracellular signaling pathways.
August 19, 2008 - Moshe MatalonMoshe Matalon, College of Engineering Caterpillar Professor, was one of five plenary speakers at the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion held August 3-8 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His lecture on Thursday, August 7, addressed multi-dimensional and time-dependent problems associated with the study of flame dynamics.
August 18, 2008 - Nicholas FangAssistant Professor Nicholas Fang was chosen as one of the world's 35 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review. Selected by the editors of that magazine, the TR35 consists of people under age 35 whose innovative work in technology and business has a profound impact on today's world.
August 10, 2008 - Nicholas FangAssistant Professor Nicholas Fang was one of six recipients selected by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to receive a 2009 SME John G. Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. The award recognizes young engineers for significant achievements and leadership in te field of manufacturing engineering
August 4, 2008 - Emeritus Professor Jonathan DantzigEmeritus Professor Jonathan Dantzig has been selected to receive the 2009 TMS Educator Award. The award is presented on an annual basis to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to education, metallurgical engineering and/or materials science and engineering.
July 31, 2008 - Predrag HjrnakPredrag Hrnjak, research professor and co-director of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Center, was one of three individuals to receive a 2008 Rittinger Medal at the May International Energy Agency's Heat Pump Conference in Zurich. The award, named after Peter Ritter von Rittinger, an Austrian engineer who designed and installed the first knonw heat pump in 1855 in Austria, recognizes contributions to international collaboration in advancing heat pump technologies.
July 24, 2008 - Professor Mark ShannonProfessor Mark Shannon's testimony at a recent U.S. House of Representative's Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing was featured in the July 24 issue of Energy & Environmental Daily, an online subscription publication that is widely read by members of government, environmental groups, corporations and the media.
July 22, 2008 - Professor Iwona Jasiuk and Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski delivered keynote presentations at the First American Academy of Mechanics Conference, held in New Orleans in June. Professor Jasiuk's talk was entitled "Bone as a Mechanician's Playground," while Professor Ostoja-Starzewski spoke on "Random Microstructures, Scaling to RVE, and Stochastic Mechanics."