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.
October 14, 2007 - Guest lecturer Professor Steven A. Goldstein receives a warm welcome from Mrs. Soo at the annual lecture named for her mother-in-law.About 150 faculty, students, alumni and other guests heard about the latest research on "the influence of mechanical and biologic stimuli on bone formation, repair and regeneration" during MechSE's annual Yunchuan Aisinjioro-Soo Distinguished Lecture held October 11 at the Materials Science and Engineering Building.
September 23, 2007 - Alumni Board members Jay Althof (right) and Joe Powers (in jacket) get a sneak preview of the solar-powered house before it heads for the Solar Decathlon competition in Washington D.C.Twenty-six MechSE Alumni Board Members traveled to MechSE this fall for the annual Alumni Board meeting on September 20 and 21. The two-day meeting offered the board members a chance to share pizza and conduct practice interviews with undergraduate students.
September 6, 2007 - Practicing engineers, designers, graduate students and teaching faculty can refine their knowledge of fatigue and fracture during a two-day advanced course offered this September by the Fracture Control Program. The course, which will be held September 25 and 26 in conjunction with the Fracture and Control Program's Advisory Committee Meeting, will feature the latest in:
September 3, 2007 - Huseyin Sehitoglu, C.J. Gauthier Professor and Department Head (left), thanks Charles Tucker, Alexander Rankin Professor, for four years of dedicated service as Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs.Faculty, staff and friends toasted Charles Tucker, Alexander Rankin Professor, during a MechSE luncheon held Wednesday, August 29, to recognize Tucker’s four years of service as Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs.
September 3, 2007 - Graduate students, faculty and staff get acquainted at the annual Graduate Student Cookout. MechSE faculty and staff joined 157 graduate students for a barbeque feast of pulled pork sandwiches, corn-on-the-cob and other cookout fare during the department’s annual Graduate Student Cookout held Friday, August 31. The annual welcoming event provides an informal venue for new students to get acquainted with the department’s returning students, faculty and staff.
August 8, 2007 - Assistant Professor Kimani ToussaintDr. Kimani Toussaint, formerly an NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology at the University of Chicago, has joined MechSE as an Assistant Professor. Toussaint earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2004.