News Archive

The department honored the top ten most highly published graduate students.

Jacobi honors Distinguished Graduate Students

March 9, 2017 -   Department Head Tony Jacobi has announced ten Distinguished Graduate Students for 2016.
Harvard Business Review has taken a look at the NSF’s I-Corps program and its impact on Rithmio’s early days.

Tilton, Mehta leveraged NSF guidance to launch Rithmio

March 8, 2017 - Adam Tilton and Prashant Mehta
"He often went to great lengths to help students and faculty with their projects, coming in on weekends or staying late if needed. And he did so without a complaint, ever."

Pete Hetman, a retired MechSE staff member, has passed away

March 7, 2017 - Retired MechSE staff member Pete Hetman passed away on Friday, March 3.      
MechSE freshman Matt Steinlauf is one of two engineers behind a "galactic greenhouse" that could actually go to the moon.

Steinlauf headed to Lab2Moon Challenge

March 6, 2017 - Alex Darragh, left, and MechSE's Matt Steinlauf
A new course from Aimy Wissa, along with Marianne Alleyne in the Department of Entomology, aims to bridge the gap between biology and engineering.

Wissa, Alleyne inspire design through nature

March 5, 2017 -   Assistant Professor Aimy Wissa.The partnership between MechSE assistant professor Aimy Wissa and Marianne Alleyne, a research scientist in the Department of Entomology, has proven to be an inspiring one for students from many disciplines.    Alleyne designed modules and taught an online course on bio-inspiration, and Wissa dreamed of teaching a course that would include students
Nonprofit taps MechSE alumnus Bayne Beecher (BSME '98) to help strengthen state's manufacturing sector.

Beecher joins FloridaMakes board

March 2, 2017 - Bayne Beecher
Blue Waters supercomputer is designed to run programs and computations at speeds 3 million times faster than the average speed of a computer.

Blue Waters powerful resource for MechSE research

March 1, 2017 - The University of Illinois boasts a variety of resources and facilities available for its vast community of engineers, scientists and other researchers, with the Blue Waters supercomputer one of its largest and most advanced.   
Alumnus Xiangli Chen (MSME ’88, PhDME ’94) is among the prestigious National Academy of Engineering's 2017 election class.

Chen elected to NAE

February 28, 2017 - Xiangli Chen
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.