News Archive

Assistant Professor SungWoo Nam won the award from the College of Engineering for his work during the previous academic year.

Nam recognized with Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

February 27, 2017 -   Assistant Professor SungWoo Nam has won a 2017 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.
Gaurav Bahl won a Director of Research Early Career Grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Bahl research could impact ultrasound imaging, more

February 26, 2017 -   Assistant Professor Gaurav Bahl was awarded a 2017 Director of Research Early Career Grant from the Office of Naval Research.
ME senior Daniel Kofman develops technology for first responders and soldiers, through his startup company.

Defense technology dreams grow in MechSE

February 23, 2017 -   Daniel Kofman. Photo courtesy of the News-Gazette.Engineering is in Daniel Kofman’s blood. He grew up hearing stories about his great-grandfather, a colonel in the Russian engineering corps during World War II.
MechSE alumnus Dr. Barry Butler leaves post as University of Iowa provost to helm the Florida aeronautical university.

Butler named president of Embry-Riddle

February 22, 2017 - Barry Butler (PhDME ’84) has been named the new president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His most recent position was executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa.   Butler has been active on the MechSE Alumni Board in recent years, including serving a term as president.  
For the second year in a row, a MechSE professor has won Engineering Council's top engineering teaching award.

Toussaint wins Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence

February 21, 2017 -   MechSE Associate Professor Kimani C.
New professor Katie Matlack uses her expertise in acoustics to understand wave propagation for improved material design.

Matlack uses acoustics to design better materials

February 20, 2017 -   New MechSE assistant professor Kathryn Matlack is expanding her fascination with acoustics and sound waves to further research and understand how waves propagate through various materials.    Matlack arrived at Illinois after completing a postdoc at ETH in Zurich
Nenad Miljkovic and SungWoo Nam were the only faculty from Illinois to be selected for the competitive award.

Miljkovic, Nam win ONR Young Investigator Awards

February 19, 2017 -   SungWoo Nam and Nenad Miljkovic.MechSE assistant professors Nenad Miljkovic and SungWoo Nam were granted Young
PhD candidate Jiu (Joe) Xu was awarded the Grant-in-Aid Fellowship from ASHRAE for his work in the ACRC.

Grad student in ACRC awarded ASHRAE fellowship

February 16, 2017 -   MechSE PhD candidate Jiu Xu recently received the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Grant-In-Aid Fellowship for 2016-2017 for his research in oil separation in compressors.    The ASHRAE Grant-in-Aid Fellowship awards up to $10,000 to a full-time graduate student of ASHRAE
Faculty research labs from MEB have moved to a temporary location, called MechSE West, in preparation for the Transform MEB project.

MechSE labs on the move ahead of MEB renovation

February 15, 2017 -   MechSE West opened officially February 2, 2017.Facilities and Operations Director Damon McFall had to do his best HGTV impression, flipping the new MechSE West facility into student instructional labs and graduate student offices.
Stephen Gold (BSME '82) leaves IBM to bolster Honeywell's software enterprises.

MechSE alumnus named Honeywell VP

February 14, 2017 - Stephen Gold (BSME '82) has been named Vice President and General Manager, Connected Enterprises at Honeywell.  
Recent PhD graduate Ritu Raman and Bioengineering professor Rashid Bashir published the steps for scientists everywhere to create their own bio-bots.

Now you can "build your own" bio-bot

February 13, 2017 -   Schematic of a bio-bot: Engineering skeletal muscle tissue is coupled to a 3D printed flexible skeleton.
Latest research from MechSE assistant professor SungWoo Nam published in Nano Letters.

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings

February 12, 2017 - Image shows how controlled and dynamic surface architecturing/roughening of atomically thin MoS2 affects wettability.
ME freshman Samantha Moran is featured in our new series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Samantha Moran

February 7, 2017 -   As a little girl, Samantha Moran grew up playing doctor by treating her stuffed animal patients with make-believe machines to cure their various ailments. Later in life, she decided that going into medicine was not for her, but her fascination with medical devices and technology remained. This interest led her to pursue an education in mechanical engineering with a biomechanics focus.   The William T.
Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Liz Livingston, and Karla Rivero Valles were honored for 2017.

MechSE undergraduate women named Knights of St. Patrick

February 2, 2017 -   Livingston, Dosunmu-Ogunbi, and Rivero Valles.Three of MechSE’s top-notch undergraduates have been honored as Knights of St.
MechSE professor Jonathan Freund was named the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering.

Freund named Willett Professor

February 1, 2017 -   Kritzer Faculty Scholar Jonathan Freund was honored February 1 at an investiture ceremony as the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering.    Freund is a professor jointly appointed in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and the Department of
Inspired by less than ideal wheelchair racing gloves on the market, two undergrad students developed a state-of-the-art glove for novice and skilled competitors.

Students develop state-of-the-art wheelchair racing glove

January 30, 2017 -   Final prototype of the new glove design.Like the best coaches and athletes, mechanical engineering senior Sid Madhubalan and recent ME graduate Steven Morse spent hours studying practice film. However, the pair was not analyzing plays or game plans.
Professor Ostoja-Starzewski presented the Beckman Director's Seminar on January 26.

Ostoja-Starzewski offers perspective on traumatic brain injury

January 26, 2017 -   Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Beckman Institute’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, presented the Beckman Director’s Seminar on “Traumatic Brain Injury, Waves, Fractals” on
ME freshman Jill Laird is featured in our new series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Jill Laird

January 24, 2017 -   Receiving a scholarship helped Jill Laird make her decision to come to Illinois. She knew after being notified about her scholarship award that Illinois would be able to take care of her and offer her support throughout her academic career.    She was drawn to the field of engineering while she was in middle school. Math and science were her favorite classes.