March 3, 2009 - Professor Armand Beaudoin has been named the recipient of the 2009 BP Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction. The award recognizes innovative approaches to undergraduate engineering and science education-particularly innovative teaching methods and instructional programs that motivate students to learn and appreciate engineering.
March 3, 2009 - On March 13 and 14, MechSE students will help host the University of Illinois' annual Engineering Open House. The two-day event, which features exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on experiments for all age groups, has been a part of the College of Engineering for more than a century and typically draws approximately 20,000 visitors.
February 28, 2009 - William KingWilliam King was one of four associate professors selected by the College of Engineering to receive a 2009 Xerox Award for Faculty Research.
February 16, 2009 - Professors Jimmy Hsia and Jonathan FreundProfessors Jonathan Freund and Jimmy Hsia were elected to the Academic Senate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
February 10, 2009 - Debasish DuttaDebasish (Deba) Dutta joined Illinois in 2009 as dean of the Graduate College and associate provost. He also holds an appointment in MechSE as the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsell Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. A scholar-in-residence at the National Academy of Engineering, Dutta leads a national study on the lifelong learning needs of working professionals in the engineering and science fields.
February 8, 2009 - Professor William KingProfessor William King, an associate professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar at MechSE, and collaborators at the University of Rhode Island have developed a simple batch fabrication process for making 100 nanometer scale heater/thermometers at reasonably low cost.They described their novel fabrication process, which uses contact photolithography and controlled anneal conditio
February 1, 2009 - ME seniors Laura Fierce and Miguel Guerra were selected to be 2009 Knights of St. Patrick, the highest honor an engineering student can receive at Illinois. Selection is based on leadership, excellence in character, and exceptional contributions to the College of Engineering and its students. Nine individuals were chosen as members of the 2009 class. More information on the Knights' honor can be found at http://ksp.ec.uiuc.edu
January 29, 2009 - Two Illinois professors (MechSE professor William King and Rashid Bashir, Bliss Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as the Department of Bioengineering) are part of an elite team of award-winning biochemists, electrochemists, materials scientists and microsystems experts that will help Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. (ADT) develop miniature diamond-based sensors for the real-time detection of water-based chemical and biological agents.
January 27, 2009 - Professor D. Scott StewartMechSE Professor D. Scott Stewart was invested as the Shao Lee Soo Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering. Professor Stewart has made significant contributions to theoretical and computational combustion science and detonation theory that have provided answers to fundamental questions in stability theory and detonation front dynamics.
January 21, 2009 - Ben Blaiszik, a graduate student in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at MechSE, was selected as one of eight finalists for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize. The prize is an extension of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, which has recognized outstanding student inventors at MIT since 1995.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Nicholas FangAssistant Professor Nicholas Fang has received a National Science Foundation Career Program award to integrate research and education in the area of nano ionic manufacturing. The NSF Career Program supports early career development activities of teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education activities.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Pratap VankaProfessor Pratap Vanka gave the Bhatnagar Memorial Lecture at the Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 2008 Annual Conference, which was held at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. The lecture award is named after the distinguished physicist/mathematician, P. L. Bhatnagar, developer of the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook (BGK) model widely used in Lattice Boltzmann Method.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Dimitros KyritsisThe Society of Automotive Engineers has selected Associate Professor Dimitrios Kyritsis to receive the 2009 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. The award recognizes younger educators who are successfully preparing engineers to successfully meet the challenges that face society.
January 13, 2009 - Professor Ning WangProfessor Ning Wang has been named as a member of the Cell Structure Function Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH).
January 11, 2009 - The new micro fuel cell is just 3 mm by 3 mmResearchers at Illinois have created the world's smallest fuel cell. The hydrogen-fueled microfuel cell, which measures just 3 millimeters across, generates power without consuming it and could be used in place of batteries in portable gadgets.
January 6, 2009 - Professor Iwona JasiukProfessor Iwona Jasiuk and two professors from the Department of Aerospace Engineering (Eric Loth and Ilker Bayer) were recently selected to receive funding from the Grainger Program in Emerging Technologies, a program created by the Grainger Foundation to promote the translation of new academic engineering developments into commercially viable products and services.
December 15, 2008 - Twenty-five teams of MechSE seniors made final presentations of their fall design projects in mid-December. The wide range of projects included the design of a net zero energy house that produces as much energy as it consumes as well as systems for reducing energy consumption in MechSE's Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (MEL).
December 14, 2008 - Professor Andrew AlleyneProfessor Andrew Alleyne received the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Gustus L. Larson Award during the ASME International Mechanical Congress and Exposition last November in Boston.
December 9, 2008 - Two MechSE alumni, Drs. Edward Caulfield and Donald Gall, have been chosen to receive the University of Illinois College of Engineering's highest honor for alumni in 2009: the Alumni Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering. The award, which will be presented to the two alumni during a special convocation in May, recognizes outstanding leadership in the planning and direction of engineering or contributions to knowledge in the field of engineering.
December 7, 2008 - Huseyin Sehitoglu, Department Head and John, Alice, and Sarah Nyquist Endowed Chair, applauds a speaker during his investiture on November 10.MechSE's Department Head, Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu, was invested as the first John, Alice, and Sarah Nyquist Endowed Chair in Mechanical Science and Engineering during a formal ceremony on November 10.