News Archive

The annual Knights of St. Patrick staff honor was bestowed on MechSE's undergrad programs coordinator.

Biehl honored with Golden Shamrock award

March 15, 2017 - Missy Biehl.Missy Biehl, an undergraduate programs coordinator in MechSE, has won the 2017 “Golden Shamrock” award from the College of Engineering’s Knights of St. Patrick society.
MechSE Professor Geir E. Dullerud has been invested as a W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor.

Dullerud named Wilkins Professor

March 14, 2017 -   Dean Andreas Cangellaris, left, congratulates Geir Dullerud as the Wilkins Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering.Professor Geir E. Dullerud was honored March 14 at an investiture ceremony as a W. Grafton and Lillian B.
A grab bag of high points from Engineering Open House 2017.

Rock paper scissors and sickle cells: Highlights from EOH

March 12, 2017 -   A student with the Illini Society for Fire Engineers speaks during the smoke detector demonstration held on the quad.The 2017 Engineering Open House continued the standard set by its successful predecessors, showcasing new projects and bringing back old favorites and staples for a total of over 200 exhibits.   One of the projects exhibited in MEL by
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

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