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MechSE alumni Andrew Phillip and Andrew Honegger and professors Richard DeVor and Shiv Kapoor were highlighted in the March 22 business section of the Chicago Tribune.

Newspaper Article Features MechSE Alums, Professors

March 22, 2007 - An article entitled "Micro models, macro advances" in the March 22 business section of the Chicago Tribune profiled the company MechSE alumni Andrew Phillip and Andrew Honegger started as graduate students working with professors Richard DeVor and Shiv Kapoor. Microlution is part of the growing micromanufacturing industry in Illinois. Click here to see the full article.
Assistant Professor Dimitrios Kyritsis has been named a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Kyritsis Named CAS Fellow

March 22, 2007 - Assistant Professor Kimitros KyritsisAssistant Professor Dimitrios Kyritsis has been named a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study for the 2007-2008 academic year. During his one-semester appointment, he will carry out a study on clean and efficient micro-combustion for power generation.
Associate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar Andreas Polycarpou has been selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Cyprus by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Polycarpou Named Fulbright Scholar

March 22, 2007 - Associate Professor Andreas PolycarpouAssociate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar Andreas Polycarpou has been selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Cyprus by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Polycarpou received the sole research award offered for 2008-2009. During his time at the University of Cyprus, he will study deposition and nanomechanical property measurements of magnetic-mode oxide films for thermal management in magnetic storage hard disk drives.
Charles Tucker III, Alexander Rankin Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Advising Undergraduate Students.

Tucker Receives Campus Award

March 14, 2007 - Charles Tucker IIICharles Tucker III, Alexander Rankin Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Advising Undergraduate Students. In his 29-year career with the department, he has helped hundreds of students make wise decisions about their undergraduate education at the University of Illinois.
Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor Herman Krier received a 2007 Sustained Service Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Krier Gets AIAA Sustained Service Award

March 12, 2007 - Professor Herman KrierRichard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor Herman Krier received a 2007 Sustained Service Award from the American institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The award recognizes continuing dedication and contributions to the AIAA over time.
Kent Schien, MechSE Alumni Board President and President & CEO of Innoventor, has been selected as the 2007 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Advministration.

Alumni Board President Is Named 2007 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year

March 12, 2007 - Kent SchienKent Schien, MechSE Alumni Board President and President & CEO of Innoventor, has been selected as the 2007 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) were honored for their exhibits during Engineering Open House, held March 9 ...

ASME, SEM Win EOH Awards

March 11, 2007 - MechSE junior Matt Savoie, a member of ASME, explains how his group built a functional hovercraft from a fan, leaf blower and wooden platform during Engineering Open House. The display took top honors in the Presentation of Society category.Student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) were honored for their exhibits during Engineering Open House, held March 9 and 10.
Assistant Professor Kenneth Christensen was one of four University of Illinois faculty members to receive a 2007 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Christensen Receives NSF CAREER Award

March 8, 2007 - Assistant Professor Kenneth ChristensenAssistant Professor Kenneth Christensen was one of four University of Illinois faculty members to receive a 2007 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The Award will provide five years of funding for Christensen to study coupled roughness/pressure-gradient effects and reduce the complexity of highly irregular roughness in wall turbulence. The NSF CAREER Award recognizes and supports the activities of scholars early in their careers.
J. W. Bayne Professor Mark Shannon has received the 2006 Research, Development, or Operational Team Award from the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL).

Shannon Receives Army Award

March 7, 2007 - Professor Mark ShannonJ. W. Bayne Professor Mark Shannon has received the 2006 Research, Development, or Operational Team Award from the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL). He is a member of the Basic and Applied Research in Microfluidic Heavy Metal Ion Sensors to Support Environmental Long-Term Monitoring Team.
Professor D. Scott Stewart has been awarded a National Academies Fellowship, Senior Research Award. The National Academies includes the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Enginee...

Stewart Receives Prestigious Fellowship

March 5, 2007 - Professor D. Scott StewartProfessor D. Scott Stewart has been awarded a National Academies Fellowship, Senior Research Award. The National Academies includes the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, which is administering Professor Stewart's fellowship in conjunction with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Three MechSE professors--Dimitri Kyritsis, Michael Philpott and Andreas Polycarpou--have been honored by the College of Engineering for achievements in teaching and research.

MechSE Profs Receive COE Awards

March 1, 2007 - Three MechSE professors--Dimitri Kyritsis, Michael Philpott and Andreas Polycarpou--have been honored by the College of Engineering for achievements in teaching and research.
MechSE researchers have developed a simple and robust electrochemical process for the direct patterning of metallic interconnects and other nanostructures. Their paper describing the process appear...

New Stamping Process Creates High-Resolution Metallic Nanopatterns in a Single Step

February 26, 2007 - A new single-step process was used to print the letters and shapes on a piece of silver film that is only a quarter as wide as a human hair.MechSE researchers have developed a simple and robust electrochemical process for the direct patterning of metallic interconnects and other nanostructures that could be used to create chemical sensors, photonic structures and electrical interconnects.
Associate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar Andreas Polycarpou has received the 2007 Edmond E. Bisson Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.

Polycarpou Receives Bisson Award

February 8, 2007 - Associate Professor Andreas PolycarpouAssociate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar Andreas Polycarpou has received the Edmond E. Bisson Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) for the best paper published by STLE in 2005.
Professor Herman Krier has received the Sustained Service Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Krier Receives AIAA Award

January 21, 2007 - Professor Herman KrierProfessor Herman Krier, Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has received the Sustained Service Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The award is given for sustained and significant service and contributions to AIAA.
Professor Young Huang will receive the International Journal of Plasticity Medal for outstanding contributions in the field of plasticity.

Huang Recognized for Contribution to Plasticity

January 21, 2007 - Professor Young Huang, Shao Lee Soo Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering,will receive the International Journal of Plasticity Medal for outstanding contributions in the field of plasticity. His paper on the theory of mechanism-based strain gradient plasticity (MSG) is the most cited paper among papers published in 1999 in all 110 mechanics journals listed on the ISI Web of Science.
Professor Young Huang received significant media attention for three mechanics lectures in Hong Kong in January.

Professor Huang Gives Distinguished Lectures

January 10, 2007 - Professor Young Huang delivered the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Distinguished Lecture on nano-mechanics, the Hong Kong University Faculty of Engineering Distinguished Lecture and the Royal Society Kan Tong Po Lecture on the mechanics of stretchable electronics this month. His lectures and work were reported by three Hong Kong newspapers: the Hong Kong Economic Times, Oriental Daily and Ming Pao.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is number 6 on PC Magazine's "Top 10 Wired Colleges" list.

UIUC Among Most Wired Campuses

December 13, 2006 - Working with The Princeton Review, PC Magazine has ranked UIUC number 6 on its top 10 list of wired campuses. The list appears in the January 2007 issue of the magazine, which will be on newstands on December 26.
Dr. William King, who was honored by Technology Review as one of the top young innovators of 2006, has joined the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering as an associate professor.

King Joins MechSE

December 4, 2006 - William KingDr. William King, formerly an assistant professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has joined MechSE as an associate professor. His research interests include micro-and nanoscale heat transfer and thermal processing, atomic force microscopy, microelectromechanical systems, micro- and nanofabrication and self-assembly.
Professor D. Scott Stewart is an invited speaker at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics.

Stewart to Give Invited Talk

November 15, 2006 - Professor D. Scott StewartProfessor D. Scott Stewart is an invited speaker at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics. The meeting takes place November 19-21 in Tampa Bay, FL. Stewart, who is an APS Fellow, will discuss the advanced modeling of detonation dynamics in emergetic materials and explosive systems. More information can be found here.
Research Professor Pega Hrnjak, co-director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Refrigeration.

Hrnjak to Address International Conference

November 9, 2006 - Research Professor Pega Hrnjak, co-director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR). The conference, taking place November 15 in London, England, is the leading technical event for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. According to the IOR website, Hrnjak's keynote address, "Optimization and Innovation in Practice," will "seek to bridge the gap between lab-based research and site experiences across a wide range of applications."

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