March 27, 2008 - Prof. JoDean MorrowEmeritus Professor JoDean Morrow died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, March 25, at his home in Ajo, Arizona. He was 78 years old.The retired TAM professor was known throughout the world for introducing the strain approach to fatigue and was widely recognized for his work in low-cycle fatigue and for his pioneering leadership in the development of useful design criteria for mechanical components subjected to fatigue damage.
March 23, 2008 - Professor James PhillipsProfessor James Phillips, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, has been selected to receive the 2008 Campus Award for Excellence in Advising Undergraduate Students. He has had an enormous impact on students, and especially those in the engineering mechanics degree program, first as Associate Head of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and currently as MechSE's Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs.
March 23, 2008 - Professor Andrew AlleyneCollege of Engineering Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professor Andrew Alleyne has been selected to receive the 2008 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - Faculty. Upon joining the department in 1994, he initiated a long-term strategic effort to revitalize undergraduate education in dynamic systems and industrial controls, which has impacted more than 2000 undergraduate students over the years.
March 20, 2008 - The Engineering Council Outstanding Advisors Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate advising. The awards are determined by student votes, with the top 10 percent of engineering advisors receiving the honor. Among the 29 recognized for 2007-2008 are MechSE professors M. Quinn Brewster, Nicholas Fang, Placid Ferreira, Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, Dimitrios Kyritsis, Prashant Mehta, Ty Newell, James Phillips, Michael Philpott and Mark Shannon. Jonathan Freund was named to the list by students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, with which he holds a joint appointment.
Famous Author and Expert in Failure Analysis and Design Theory Talks about Success and Failure in EngineeringMarch 10, 2008 - Henry Petroski, alumnus, famous author, professor and expert on design success and failure (left), visits his doctoral advisor, Professor Donald Carlson, on the Illinois campus.Henry Petroski, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, shared his vast knowledge about design success and failure with faculty, students and other guests during an invited lecture Monday, March 10 at the Engineering Sciences Building.
February 25, 2008 - Professor Brian ThomasProfessor Brian Thomas has been chosen to receive the 2008 Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award from the Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. The award recognizes an individual who has made a long-lasting contribution to the design, synthesis, processing and performance of engineering materials with significant industrial applications.
February 21, 2008 - Professor Andreas Polycarpou honors Professor Keer with a framed certificat at the Arthur Newell Talbot Distinguished Lecture.Leon M. Keer, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, spoke about the evolution of contact mechanics at the Arthur Newell Talbot Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, February 21.
February 20, 2008 - Kent Schien, president of the MechSE Alumni Board, and vice president Rick Furkert have received the 2008 Constituent Leadership Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association. They were honored for their exemplary leadership during the merger of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. According to the nomination, Schien and Furkert "worked together in a genuine spirit of commitment to the success of the new department and its new alumni board ...
February 18, 2008 - Min-Feng YuAssistant Professor Min-Feng Yu has been named a recipient of a 2008 Xerox Award for Faculty Research. The award recognizes his groundbreaking research in materials behavior at the nanoscale and his very strong publication record during the previous year. This February, Yu's work was also highlighted in the Science & Technology section of The Economist.
February 13, 2008 - Min-Feng YuArticles appearing in February 14 editions of National Geographic News and Technology Reviewquoted MechSE assistant professor Min-Feng Yu.
February 12, 2008 - Professor Andrew AlleyneThe College of Engineering has awarded Professor Andrew Alleyne its 2008 Teaching Excellence Award. Alleyne was recognized for his efforts to strengthen curriculum, facilities and faculty in the area of controls and dynamics.
February 12, 2008 - Professor Dimitri KyritsisProfessor Dimitri Kyritsis has received the 2008 Rose Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Engineering. He has appeared on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students every semester he has taught since joining the department in 2002. In addition to outstanding classroom teaching, he has been an excellent mentor to undergraduate students as a faculty adviser to five Senior Design Project teams.
January 14, 2008 - Two assistant professors will join MechSE in January 2008. David Saintillan comes to MechSE from New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, where he was a research scientist. Matthew West comes from Stanford University, where he was an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics.
December 18, 2007 - Mark ShannonMark Shannon, James W. Bayne Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering and director of the Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS) will be a guest editor for the January 2008 edition of the MRS Bulletin.
December 4, 2007 - Aslan KasimovAslan Kasimov, who graduated with a doctoral degree from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2004, was one of 29 young researchers to receive a three-year Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
December 4, 2007 - Professor Martin Ostoja-StarzewskiProfessor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics for contributions to stochastic mechanics, including hierarchies of scale-dependent bounds on response of elastic/inelastic random materials, and micromechanics-based stochastic finite elements.
December 3, 2007 - Nick DemasNick Demas, a graduate student of Professor Andreas Polycarpou, won a $4,000 scholarship this November from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. Demas received the highly competitive scholarship for his work on the tribology of protective coatings for compressor applications.
December 2, 2007 - Professor Moshe MatalonCollege of Engineering Caterpillar Professor Moshe Matalon has been appointed associate editor of the leading international journal in his field, the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. He will begin his term in January 2008.
November 19, 2007 - Professor Mark ShannonKey international policy makers who attended the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Working Party on Nanotechnology meeting this November in Paris, learned about the global need for clean water during an address by Mark Shannon, James W. Bayne Professor at MechSE and Director of the Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems.
November 8, 2007 - Rohan AbeyaratneRohan Abeyaratne, the Quentin Berg Professor of Mechanics and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, spoke about new approaches in mechanical engineering education at the annual MechSE-sponsored Alwin Schaller Distinguished Lecture on November 8.