July 20, 2008 - MechSE's Director of Engineering and Technical Services Manager Bob Coverdill (left) shows visiting students equipment from the Ford Rapid Prototyping Laboratory. This July MechSE treated seven students from the Illinois Connections in Engineering (ICE) program to lunch and tours. The students visited the Ford Rapid Prototyping Laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory and two instructional labs in Talbot Laboratory.
July 16, 2008 - Stephen PlattResearch Associate Professor Stephen Platt joined MechSE in July 2008. He comes to the department from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was also a research associate professor. His work focuses on the development of robots for surgery, biomedical sensing and cooperative unmanned air and ground maneuvers.
July 2, 2008 - Professor Mark ShannonProfessor Mark Shannon addressed the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2008 Water Sciences Forum, "Cutting-Edge Technologies for Water Services: Applications in Africa," during an invitation-only event held June 27 at the Department of State Building in Washington, D.C.
June 24, 2008 - The Illinois Formula SAE car competes at the Virginia International Raceway.The University of Illinois' Formula SAE Team car finished 10th in the endurance race and placed 13th overall at the International Formula SAE event at Michigan International Speedway.
June 19, 2008 - Professor Clark BullardThe American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) awarded research professor Clark Bullard its 2008 ASHRAE-Alco Medal for Distinguished Public Service, which recognizes outstanding public service that helps to improve the public image of the engineer.
May 29, 2008 - Professor Ning WangA groundbreaking paper by Professor Ning Wang was highlighted in the Editor's Choice section of Science Signaling,the weekly journal by the publishers of Science magazine.
May 27, 2008 - Charles TuckerCharles Tucker, Alexander Rankin Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering. He replaces Umberto Ravaioli, who served in the position as Interim Dean.Tucker joined the University of Illinois in 1978. He received two- and five-year effective teaching awards from MechSE and the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Engineering.
May 13, 2008 - The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has selected Research Professor Richard DeVor and co-authors Professor Shiv Kapoor and Andrew Honegger, an Illinois MSME alumnus to receive the 2008 Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award. The best paper award was established in 1954 to recognize the best paper or papers related to the design or application of machine tools, gages or dimensional instruments.
May 7, 2008 - Professor Andrew AlleyneThe American Society of Mechanical Engineers selected Professor Andrew Alleyne to receive the 2008 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award. The award honors engineering graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in mechanical engineering within 10 to 20 years following graduation.
April 29, 2008 - Formula SAE team members take a pit stop.University of Illinois Formula SAE team members are celebrating a job well done after taking third place in the inaugural SAE VIR event. Fifty-three teams competed at the event, which took place April 23-26at the Virginia International Raceway.
April 22, 2008 - On May 1, 23 MechSE student teams will make final senior design project presentations to their corporate sponsors. The schedule for the ME 470 presentations can be found on the MechSE Web site.
April 21, 2008 - Drs. Fourney and Van Der Sluys take a break during the Alumni Board meeting.The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering honored six alumni with the Distinguished Alumnus Award during the Alumni Board awards dinner on April 18. The award recipients include:
April 9, 2008 - MechSE doctoral students Farhan Chowdhury and Majid Minary-Jolandan were among 20 graduate students selected by the College of Engineering to receive 2009 Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship Awards of $5,000. The awards are given each year to promising students who are working toward their doctoral degrees in the College of Engineering.
April 1, 2008 - Sascha HilgenfeldtSascha Hilgenfeldt joined MechSE this April as an associate professor. He comes to MechSE from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he was an associate professor with joint appointments in the Department of Engineering Sciences & Applied Mathematics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
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 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 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 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.