November 30, 2008 - On Monday, December 8, Pi Tau Sigma will host a MechSE forum in which students, faculty and staff can ask questions, express opinions and make suggestions about coursework, credit, laboratories, facilities, technology and other topics related to the department. All MechSE faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the forum, which will be held at 5 p.m. in 2005 MEL.
November 25, 2008 - Andrew AlleyneAndrew Alleyne, the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering, has been named the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. The Associate Dean for Research is a 50%-time position that will be replacing the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives position.
November 23, 2008 - ME senior Kirk Strebel was one of seven Illinois students to attend the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Boston. The four day conference, which was held October 30 through November 2, gave students from the Illinois chapter a chance to interact with other society sections and learn what goes on at a national level. During the student section committee meeting, they discussed the national organization of student section activities.
November 20, 2008 - SHPE UIUC at the SHPE National ConferenceThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has received the SHPE National Chapter of the Year Award, the most prestigious form of student recognition awarded by the national SHPE executive board.
November 19, 2008 - Students on the winning team included (from left to right) Chun Y. (Peter) Ho, Samantha G. Knoll, Gwang T. Kim and Stuart Hanmer.This November, a dozen student teams put their knowledge of engineering mechanics to the test by putting the projects they'd worked so hard on during the semester into the jaws of a 3-million-pound Southward Emery testing machine.
November 9, 2008 - Professor Albert P. PisanoProfessor Albert P. Pisano, Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) and Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkley, was the guest speaker at the Alwin Schaller Distinguished Lecture Thursday, October 16.
November 8, 2008 - Professor Jonathan FreundProfessor Jonathan Freund has been selected to receive the 2008 François Frenkiel Award from the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics. The award recognizes significant contributions by investigators under the age of 40 that have been published in the society's journal, Physics of Fluids.
October 30, 2008 - Robert F. SawyerRobert F. Sawyer, Class of 1935 Professor of Energy Emeritus from the University of California at Berkeley, was guest lecturer at the 12th Yunchuan Aisinjioro-Soo Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, November 30, 2008.
October 30, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University to form the Illinois Center for Advanced Tribology (ICAT). The new center will focus on developing solutions to technical issues related to transportation and health, as well as systems that operate in extreme environments.
October 27, 2008 - Jonathan DantzigEmeritus Professor Jonathan Dantzig has been selected to receive the 2009 Educator Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). The award recognizes Dantzig's outstanding contributions to materials processing education through award-winning classroom teaching and industrial short courses, development of innovative undergraduate and graduate classes, and textbook writing.
October 16, 2008 - Researchers at the Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS) have succeeded in making silicon solar cells so thin that they can be placed in arrays on flexible substrates to form larger solar cells that bend. These large, bendable solar cells are extremely light, making them easier to transport and install than exiting solar cells. They also work just as efficiently when bent as when flat, so they can be attached to curved or irregular surfaces.
October 15, 2008 - This October more than 500 scientists and engineers from around the world gathered at the University of Illinois for the 2008 Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES), a leading interdisciplinary forum that fosters the exchange of ideas among various engineering disciplines as well as physics, chemistry, mathematics, and related scientific fields. More than 180 students also attended the conference, which included an annual student presentation competition in which 16 finalists competed for three awards.
October 13, 2008 - Neel KashkariA former University of Illinois mechanical engineering graduate, Neel Kashkari, has been charged with overseeing the nation's $700 billion financial plan.
October 5, 2008 - Professor Ning WangResearchers in Professor Ning Wang's lab recently discovered the underlying molecular mechanism that allows living cells to adjust their response to force based on the speed with which that force is applied.
October 1, 2008 - Miguel GuerraMechSE senior Miguel Guerra has been recognized with the Student Role Model Award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers--one of the 2008 SHPE Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards recognizing the year's highest level of achievement in Hispanic engineering and sciences in several different categories.
October 1, 2008 - William KingMechSE Associate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar William King and collaborators at the University of Illinois and Trinity College, Dublin, have discovered that at very small scales polymers don't play by the rules. They reported their findings in a paper published Thursday, October 2 by Science Express, the online version of the journal Science.
September 28, 2008 - Professor Naira Hovakimyan (center) presented her work during the MechSE Alumni Board meeting.MechSE's incoming Alumni Board President, Rick Furkert, presided over the fall 2008 MechSE Alumni Board meeting last Friday, September 26.
September 28, 2008 - Professor Mark ShannonOn September 23, Professor Mark Shannon shared his vision for "Water Science Technologies for Sustainable Water Supply and Purification in the Coming Decades" at one of the world's leading water research congresses.
September 16, 2008 - Illinois was recently named the "top wired college" in the nation by PC Magazine.The magazine's 2008 rankings were compiled in partnership with the Princeton Review, which included tech-specific questions as part of a survey it conducted earlier in the year for the 2009 edition of its annual publication, The Best 368 Colleges.
September 15, 2008 - Narayana AluruBy discovering the physical mechanism behind the rapid transport of water in carbon nanotubes, scientists at the University of Illinois have moved a step closer to ultra-efficient, next-generation nanofluidic devices for drug delivery, water purification and nano-manufacturing.