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Dr. Donald Gall (BSME 1956), founding president and chief executive officer of Phoenix-based Omega Legal Systems, spoke about the role fundamentals, preparation, timing, advice and luck play in per...

Alumnus is Featured Seminar Speaker

April 29, 2009 - Dr. Donald GallDr. Donald Gall (BSME 1956), founding president and chief executive officer of Phoenix-based Omega Legal Systems, spoke about the role fundamentals, preparation, timing, advice and luck play in personal achievement during a special seminar for mechanical engineering students on Wednesday, April 29.
The spring 2009 issue of the National Research Defense Council's Onearth magazine features a cover story about Jigar Shah (BSME 1996), a devoted environmentalist and champion of market economics wh...

Alumnus Is Subject of Onearth Cover Story

April 28, 2009 - Illustration for OnEarth by John WeberThe spring 2009 issue of the National Research Defense Council's Onearth magazine features a cover story about Jigar Shah (BSME 1996), a devoted environmentalist and champion of market economics who built North America's largest and most successful provider of solar energy.
Researchers at MechSE and the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois have developed a membrane-penetrating nanoneedle for the targeted delivery of one or m...

New Nanoneedle Penetrates Cell Membrane

April 27, 2009 - University of Illinois researchers developed a nanoneedle that releases quantum dots directly into the nucleus of a living cell when a small electrical charge is applied. Image courtesy Min-Feng YuResearchers at MechSE and the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois have developed a membrane-penetrating nanoneedle for the targeted delivery of one or more molecules into the cytoplasm or the nucleus of living cells.
Five MechSE alumni received 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards during the department's annual Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the Alumni Board meeting on Friday, April 24th. They include: Jos...

2009 Distinguished Alumni

April 25, 2009 - Josephy P. GallagherJoseph P. Gallagher received his BS in civil engineering from Drexel University in 1964, and MS and PhD degrees in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois in 1965 and 1968, respectively. He retired as a member of the Senior Executive Service as the Technical Advisor for Aircraft Structural Integrity, Engineering Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, having served in the position from October 2002 to July 2007.
MechSE Students who attended the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference this April in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, returned to Illinois with a $200 awa...

ASME Student Chapter Wins Award

April 21, 2009 - MechSE Students who attended the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference this April in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, returned to Illinois with a $200 award. The University of Illinois' ASME student chapter won second place for being one of the most active student sections in the region.
This April, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) elected three MechSE professors to the grade of ASME Fellow: Professor K. Jimmy Hsia, Professor Petros Sofronis and Professor Daniel ...

Three Named ASME Fellows

April 21, 2009 - This April, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) elected three MechSE professors to the grade of ASME Fellow: Professor K. Jimmy Hsia, Professor Petros Sofronis and Professor Daniel Tortorelli. ASME Fellows are elected based on significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.
A novel acoustic superlens developed by Assistant Professor Nicholas Fang was featured this April in MIT Technology Review's physics arXiv. Made of metamaterial, the acoustic superlens focuses soun...

Acoustic Superlens Makes Waves

April 15, 2009 - A novel acoustic superlens developed by Assistant Professor Nicholas Fang was featured this April in MIT Technology Review's physics arXiv. Made of metamaterial, the acoustic superlens focuses sound waves in much the same way that an optical superlens focuses light waves. The technology, if improved, could lead to an acoustic cloaking device that might hide submarines and other objects from sonar.
The inaugural Illinois Marathon this April 11 in Urbana-Champaign, included several MechSE faculty, students and alumni. Among the top 10 finishers was Professor Harley Johnson who crossed the fini...

MechSE Marathoners

April 15, 2009 - The inaugural Illinois Marathon this April 11 in Urbana-Champaign, included several MechSE faculty, students and alumni. Among the top 10 finishers was Professor Harley Johnson, who crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 41 minutes and 28 seconds. Other marathoners from the MechSE community included senior Mickey Mangan and alumni Thomas Korder and Ben Newell. The marathon, half-marathon and 5K running events drew more then 8,000 participants.
ME sophomore Bradley Tran is the first engineering student to serve as president of the student body at the University of Illinois. The former treasurer of the Illinois Student Senate was elected b...

New Student Body President is in ME

April 14, 2009 - Badley TranME sophomore Bradley Tran is the first engineering student to serve as president of the student body at the University of Illinois. The former treasurer of the Illinois Student Senate was elected by fellow senators on Thursday, April 9, and will begin his new term as president on Thursday, April 16.
MechSE Professor Brian G. Thomas was invested as the C. J. Gauthier Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering. His research in the continuous casting of steel has advanced the state of knowle...

Thomas Invested as C. J. Gauthier Professor

April 12, 2009 - Brian G. ThomasMechSE Professor Brian G. Thomas was invested as the C. J. Gauthier Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering. His research in the continuous casting of steel has advanced the state of knowledge about the way product defects form, how processing can minimize such defects, how quality can be monitored and diagnosed, and how the continuous steel casting process can be controlled.
Mark Shannon, MechSE professor and director of the Center of Advanced Materials for the Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS), presented his vision for the future of water purification d...

NAE Symposium Focuses on Clean Water

April 2, 2009 - Mark ShannonMark Shannon, MechSE professor and director of the Center of Advanced Materials for the Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS), presented his vision for the future of water purification during the National Academy of Engineering's regional meeting April 2 at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
Norman R. Miller, a retired Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, will be one of 10 university faculty members in the nation to receive ...

Miller Receives SAE Faculty Adviser Award

March 30, 2009 - Norman R. MillerNorman R. Miller, a retired Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, will be one of 10 university faculty members in the nation to receive the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Faculty Adviser Award during the SAE 2008 World Congress, April 20-23.
A team of University of Illinois students organized by ME senior Mickey Mangan (holding microphone in photo) captured second place at this year's national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, held at Pur...

Illinois Wins Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

March 29, 2009 - The winning Rube Goldberg machineA team of University of Illinois students organized by ME senior Mickey Mangan captured second place at this year's national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, held at Purdue University on March 28.
Researchers from MechSE and the Department of Geology have shown that cyclonically rotating columnar vortexes, or "volcanic mesocyclones," spontaneously arise from strong volcanic plumes in much th...

Rotation is Key Factor in Volcanic Plumes

March 25, 2009 - Gustavo Gioia, left, professor of mechanical science and engineering; Pinaki Chakraborty, a postdoctoral researcher; and Susan Kieffer, a professor of geology, have found the origins of "volcanic mesocyclones." | Photo by L.
Approximately 20,000 visitors attended the University of Illinois' annual Engineering Open House in mid-March. The two-day event featured exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on experiments for all a...

Engineering Open House Drew Crowds

March 25, 2009 - Concrete crushing at the Engineering Open HouseApproximately 20,000 visitors attended the University of Illinois' annual Engineering Open House in mid-March. The two-day event featured exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on experiments for all age groups.
On March 16, several ME seniors visited Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The company, which manufactures portable heavy duty electric drills, grinders, hammers, ...

Seniors Visit Milwaukee Electrical Tool Corp.

March 19, 2009 - On March 16, several ME seniors visited Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The company, which manufactures portable heavy duty electric drills, grinders, hammers, saws, routers, wrenches and other tools, is currently sponsoring two senior design team projects in MechSE.
A research paper by Associate Professor William King and collaborators at the University of Rhode Island was featured this March on the cover of the journal Nanotechnology. In their article, the re...

Research Paper by King Featured on Cover of Major Nanotechnology Journal

March 12, 2009 - William KingA research paper by Associate Professor William King and collaborators at the University of Rhode Island was featured this March on the cover of the journal Nanotechnology.
Don Robins (BSME 1960) is this year's recipient of SAE International's Bill Agnew Award for Outstanding AWIM® Volunteers. The award recognizes volunteers in SAE International's A World in Motion® (...

Alumnus Honored for Volunteer Efforts at Phoenix-Area Schools

March 8, 2009 - Don Robins (BSME 1960) is this year's recipient of SAE International's Bill Agnew Award for Outstanding AWIM® Volunteers. The award recognizes volunteers in SAE International's A World in Motion® (AWIM) program who motivate the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math by bringing their experiences into an AWIM classroom.
Petros Sofronis, professor and associate head for engineering mechanics programs at MechSE, was selected to receive the University of Illinois' Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professio...

Sofronis Selected to Receive Graduate-Level Teaching Award

March 5, 2009 - Peter SofronisPetros Sofronis, professor and associate head for engineering mechanics programs at MechSE, was selected to receive the University of Illinois' Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching. The award recognizes sustained excellence, positive impacts on learning, innovative approaches and other contributions to improve graduate or professional instruction.
Professor Armand Beaudoin has been named the recipient of the 2009 BP Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction. The award recognizes innovative approaches to undergraduate engineering and ...

Beaudoin to Receive BP Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction

March 3, 2009 - Professor Armand Beaudoin has been named the recipient of the 2009 BP Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction. The award recognizes innovative approaches to undergraduate engineering and science education-particularly innovative teaching methods and instructional programs that motivate students to learn and appreciate engineering.

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