News Archive

MechSE alumnus Jason Troutner and his startup Cast21 are surging ahead with pilot patient testing and mechanical testing of their cast design.

Cast21 raises $800K

January 23, 2017 -   Cast21, the startup co-founded by recent University of Illinois engineering alumni, has raised $800k in funds for additional research and continuation of its product.   
Students and hyperloop pod head to California for event.

Illini Hyperloop preps for SpaceX competition

January 22, 2017 - As one of only 30 groups traveling to California for the Space-X competition next week, the Illlini Hyperloop team has been putting in long hours in the lab preparing its pod. 
Professor Naira Hovakimyan joins the society's elite rank of Fellows.

Hovakimyan named AIAA Fellow

January 19, 2017 -   MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan was recently named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA) “for pioneering development of technical knowledge in robust adaptive control and
Professor Moshe Matalon's paper was named a distinguished paper at the Institute's 36th international symposium.

Matalon awarded distinguished paper honor by Combustion Institute

January 17, 2017 - A paper authored by MechSE professor Moshe Matalon, “Stabilization and extinction of diffusion flames in an inert porous medium,” was selected by the Combustion Institute as the
Research Associate Professor Seid Koric is leveraging Blue Waters supercomputer to make "massive" design advances

Koric's research makes waves in high-fidelity modeling

January 16, 2017 - MechSE research associate professor Seid Koric continues to gain accolades through his research enabled by the Blue Waters supercomputer at Illinois.  
Professor Andrew Alleyne talks to an audience at the IEEE conference about his approach to power flow that accommodates multiple power modes.

Alleyne shares research on thermal system power flow

December 21, 2016 -   On December 12, MechSE professor Andrew Alleyne presented one of two opening plenary talks at IEEE’s 55th Conference on Decision and Control.
Professor Naira Hovakimyan's startup IntelinAir uses drones and airplanes with advanced imaging technology to aid farmers in analyzing their field conditions.

Aerial imaging tech provides diagnostic tool for agriculture

December 20, 2016 -   Disease. Weeds. Nutrient deficiency. Weather damage. These are just a few issues that can arise in agricultural fields, but thanks to IntelinAir, a start-up co-founded by W. Grafton and Lillian B.
Professor Carlos Pantano hopes to aid missions to Mars with improved flexible parachutes used for deceleration.

Pantano to improve parachutes for Mars missions

December 19, 2016 -   When a capsule holding a rover is moving through the Mars atmosphere, it must decelerate considerably before making landfall. There are multiple methods to do this—one of which is a parachute that deploys when the capsule is seven miles from the ground.      However, as the capsules and similar devices NASA develops get larger, the chance that these parachutes will break upon deployment increases.
Thanks to a grant from F&S, the MEB cleanroom will see a 50 percent decrease in water and sanitary usage.

Cleanroom to cut water usage and costs by half

December 18, 2016 -   The Micro-Nano-Mechanical Systems Cleanroom is about to get a new chiller thanks to a loan from Facilities and Services.
Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt's research on the fish's spring-loaded vertebral column was recently featured in Nature.

Speed bursts in sharks linked to spine stiffening

December 15, 2016 -   Randy EwoldtAn article on Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt’s research exploring the structural properties and performance of a shark&
MechSE professor Andrew Alleyne shared his advice with December PhD graduates at the campus' December 10 hooding ceremony.

Alleyne: Doctoral graduates have new responsibilities

December 14, 2016 -   MechSE’s Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor Andrew Alleyne gave the keynote remarks at the university’s doctoral hooding ceremon
Professor has Iwona Jasiuk received the American Advanced Materials Award from the International Association of Advanced Materials.

Jasiuk wins 2016 IAAM Award

December 13, 2016 - Professor Iwona Jasiuk has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Advanced Materials Award from the International Association of Advanced Materials.  
Associate Professor Emeritus Mike Philpott helped blaze the trail for MechSE startups when he launched aPriori nearly 15 years ago.

Philpott's aPriori makes Forbes' Best Startups to Work For list

December 8, 2016 - In recent years, startup companies have become common entry on the resumes of MechSE faculty and students. From Cast21 to IntelliWheels, MechSE-based startups have  put their founders’ specialties to the test.   
Recent PhD grad Ritu Raman has helped develop the Young Engineers Initiative into a program that introduces STEM careers to children in Kenya.

Raman and Young Engineers Initiative introduce East African youth to careers in STEM

December 7, 2016 -   Ritu RamanThe daughter of engineers, Ritu Raman moved around a lot, attending 10 schools on three continents. That included a stop in Nairobi, Kenya.
An ongoing project funded by the Jump ARCHES program at Illinois has the potential to revolutionize how med students understand muscle diseases.

Robotic arm will change how medical students learn

December 5, 2016 -   The mechanical arm developed through a Jump ARCHES grant will be used to teach medical students how to diagnose hypertonia.
Dr. Downing talks to MechSE about his many career experiences.

Downing reflects on diverse career

December 4, 2016 -   MechSE senior lecturer and adjunct associate professor Stephen Downing has worked in the mechanical engineering field for 46 years, for numerous companies and in a variety of positions— and there isn’t a single one he hasn’t loved.    Downing grew
Professors Jasiuk and Wagoner Johnson will get to focus solely on their proposed new research projects, thanks to an award from the Center for Advanced Study.

Two faculty named CAS Associates

December 1, 2016 -   Iwona JasiukProfessor Iwona Jasiuk and Associate Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson have been named 2017-18 Associates in the
MechSE professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski gave talks on continuum mechanics at the University of Seville.

Ostoja-Starzewski lectures in Spain

December 1, 2016 - In late November, Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski gave three inaugural lectures of the 2016-17 graduate program in the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Theory of Structures at the University of Seville, Spain.   
Complex-fluid research from MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt and PhD candidate Jeremy Koch appears as a news article in Science.

Ewoldt Group finding may pave way for stronger building materials

November 29, 2016 - Members of the Ewoldt Research Group, exploring how air bubbles rise within a complex fluid, like those found while processing wet concrete, wondered if they could actually get them to sink instead by shaking the mixture in the right way.