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.
May 10, 2009 - Alexander Vakakis and Daniel TortorelliA collaborative effort between MechSE professors Daniel Tortorelli and Alexander Vakakis and researchers at the California Institute of Technology was recently awarded almost $1.5 million per year in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) via its Multidisciplinary University Research Inititiative (MURI) program.
May 10, 2009 - A proposal by researchers at the University of Illinois was recently selected as one of 71 university research projects to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). All told, the 71 projects selected will receive approximately $44 million over three years to advance new nuclear technologies in support of the nation's energy goals.
May 5, 2009 - William KingAssociate Professor William King was selected to receive the 2009 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award honors engineers under the age of 36 who have demonstrated the potential to make significant contributions to the field of heat transfer.
May 5, 2009 - A stone-rejecting device for combines was just one of 28 senior design projects presented by teams of ME seniors on May 5 at Levis Faculty Center. Other presentations featured systems to reduce energy consumption in three buildings on campus, a chainless bicycle that works via hydraulics, a safety awning to protect people from falling objects, an ultra fuel-efficient vehicle, a weed seed killing device for the USDA, an improved cycle ergometer for a local dialysis center and many others.
May 3, 2009 - James PikulME senior James Pikul (right) received the College of Engineering's Lisle Abbot Rose Memorial Award during the May 1st 2009 MechSE Awards Banquet and Honorary Society Initiation.
May 3, 2009 - Senior Alexander Millar was one of eight MechSE students to receive a Broze Tablet award from the University of Illinois during the 2009 MechSE Awards Banquet this May. Other 2009 recipients of the award for sustained academic achievement include Matthew Goelz, Nicholas Musser, James Pikul, Zhan Fan Quek, Gregory Schebler, Jonathan Smith and Hui Wei Yeo.Their names will be inscribed on a bronze tablet that will be hung in the Main Library.
May 3, 2009 - Professor Jonathan FreundAssociate Professor Jonathan Freund has been elected to the Society of Engineering Science (SES) Board of Directors. SES promotes interactions between various disciplines in engineering, sciences, and mathematics. Members of its board serve three-year terms. Freund's research in fluid mechanics is highly interdisciplinary.