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.
August 10, 2009 - Professor Anthony JacobiProfessor Anthony Jacobi has been elected a Fellow in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The MechSE professor has made numerous technical contributions in air-side heat transfer, condensate and frost management.
August 9, 2009 - Illinois researchers are developing new models that will contribute to the development of the smart grid, which will combine conventional energy sources with alternative energy sources such as wind farms.During the summer of 2007, electricity prices shocked the Southern Hemisphere. In Victoria, Australia, demand for electricity skyrocketed - and so did the price, to $10,000 per unit, many times higher than the average of $50.
August 3, 2009 - Professor Naira HovakimyanProfessor Naira Hovakimyan will give the plenary address at the International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) conference this August in Honolulu, Hawaii.
August 2, 2009 - The Prasse family--Marcia (seated left); Earl (seated right); and (left to right) Jill, Lisa and Kyle--meet with MechSE professors and staff.This July, the family of Mark Prasse (ME 1998) established a scholarship fund in his honor. Supported by a $25,000 endowment, the fund will provide scholarships to undergraduate students in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
July 20, 2009 - Scott Siechen and Taher SaifEvery time a neuron sends a signal - to move a muscle or form a memory, for example - tiny membrane-bound compartments, called vesicles, dump neurotransmitters into the synapse between the cells. This week, researchers at MechSE and the University of Miami report that this process, which is fundamental to the workings of the nervous system, relies on a simple mechanical reality: Tension in the axon of the presynaptic neuron is required.
July 16, 2009 - Amy Wagoner JohnsonAn article by Assistant Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was recently dubbed a hot paper by editors at Wiley InterScience Journals for its importance in the rapidly evolving field of biomechanics.
July 14, 2009 - Professor Brian ThomasProfessor Brian Thomas was elected to ASM International's College of Fellows. Fellows of the society, which serves the materials science and engineering community, are selected for their oustanding contributions to research, education and other advances that improve quality of life.
June 30, 2009 - Martin Ostoja-StarzewskiMartin Ostoja-Starzewski has joined the Editorial Board of Acta Mechanica, a leading journal in theoretical and applied mechanics since 1965.
June 28, 2009 - William KingAssociate Professor William King is one of 88 of the nation's brightest young engineers selected to attend the national Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 15th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disicplines attend the two-and-a-half-day event.
May 26, 2009 - Professor Huseyin SehitogluProfessor Huseyin Sehitoglu was the 2009 Fatigue Lecturer at the May ASTM International conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During his presentation, Sehitoglu summarized advances made during the past century and discussed the challenges that remain with respect to understanding materials behavior in severe environments.
May 19, 2009 - MechSE researchers have developed a novel acoustic superlens that focuses sound waves in much the same way that an optical superlens focuses light waves.