News Archive

AIST named Professor Emeritus Brian Thomas a Distinguished Member and Fellow of the organization.

Thomas recognized by AIST for world-renowned steel research

June 14, 2017 -  Brian Thomas, the C.J. Gauthier Professor Emeritus in MechSE, was recently named a Distinguished Member and Fellow of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST). 
A collaboration between Kyle Smith and a Senior Design team this spring resulted in an exciting design solution for his research project.

Senior Design team builds on Smith’s battery research

June 13, 2017 - Battery research involves electrochemistry, materials science, and transport of ions and electrons – not typical topics of study for mechanical engineers especially at the undergraduate level.
An additional year of funding on her DARPA YFA award means Amy LaViers will continue her exciting choreography-influenced robotic control research.

LaViers steps up research on robotic choreography with extended DARPA award

June 12, 2017 -   Amy LaViersFollowing up on her 2016 Young Faculty Award from DARPA, Assistant Professor Amy LaViers was awarded extended funding for a third year that will continue to build on her research project, “Choreography of Embodied, Platform-invariant Motion Pri
Adam Tilton (BSME '10) received an Outstanding Young Alumni award this spring.

Tilton recognized for entrepreneurship as young alumnus

June 11, 2017 - The department recognized MechSE alumnus Adam Tilton (BSME ’10) this spring as one of its Outstanding Young Alumni for his entrepreneurial accomplishments as a young professional.   
Alumnus Eric Anderson (PhD ME '09) was named one of the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni of the department.

Anderson honored for early-career work on explosives

June 8, 2017 -   This spring, alumnus Eric Anderson (PhD ME ’09) was distinguished as one of MechSE’s Outstanding Young Alumni.    Since 2013, Anderson has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where he is a laboratory scientist. His primary focus is on explosives, and he coordinates experiments on explosives testing.
MechSE alumnus Jeyandran Venugopal (MSME ’00) has been hired by Flipkart-owned fashion e-tailer Myntra as its chief technology officer.

Venugopal named CTO at Myntra

June 7, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Jeyandran Venugopal (MSME ’00) has been hired by Flipkart-owned fashion e-tailer Myntra as its chief technology officer.  
Chenhui Shao was awarded a Best Application Paper Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Shao wins award for methodology to understand surface manufacturing

June 6, 2017 -   Research from Assistant Professor Chenhui Shao recently earned him a Best Application Paper Award from IISE Transactions on Quality and Reliability
Alumnus Rui Qiao (PhDME '04), an associate professor in mechanical engineering, was rewarded for showing exceptional merit in research.

Qiao receives Jones Fellowship at Virginia Tech

June 5, 2017 - Rui Qiao (PhDME ’04) has been awarded the John R. Jones III Faculty Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.  
MechSE alumna Denise Jerrell takes key post for transmission and hybrid propulsion systems corporation.

Jerrell to head Allison's worldwide facilities

June 1, 2017 - MechSE alumna Denise Jerrell (BSME ’94) has been appointed executive director of worldwide facilities for Allison Transmission.   
Teams of MechSE undergrads developed server cooling solutions for the Advanced Computation Building.

Senior Design teams identify cost savings for campus

June 1, 2017 -   During the fall and spring semesters, MechSE students completed their Senior Capstone Design project—one that not only helped further their knowledge in the field, but also benefits the university.    Team members in both semesters worked with Emad Jassim, Director of Undergraduate Programs, to create cooling systems for the server racks in rooms 200 a
MechSE alumnus Michael Hites has been named Chief Information Officer at Southern Methodist University, effective July.

Hites accepts CIO post at SMU

May 31, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Michael H. Hites (MSME ’92), an executive with 17 years of experience leading large-scale computing operations for university-based research and innovation, has been named Chief Information Officer at Southern Methodist University. He will begin his new duties effective July 17, 2017.  
MechSE's Chenhui Shao and Seid Koric collaborate on a project that could transform the manufacturing industry.

Shao, Koric partner for game-changing big data manufacturing research

May 30, 2017 -   Assistant Professor Chenhui Shao is working in collaboration with MechSE Research Associate Professor and Technical Assistant Director at NCSA,
MechSE alumnus Horacio Perez-Blanco will retire at the end of June after 27 years as a mechanical engineering professor.

Perez-Blanco wraps up 27 years at Penn State

May 29, 2017 - MechSE Illinois alumnus Horacio Perez-Blanco (MSME ’76, PhDME ’79) will retire at the end of June, after serving as a mechanical engineering professor for 27 years at Penn State University. A news article on the Penn State website said Perez-Blanco keeps fond memories of his advisers at the University of Illinois, including professors S. L. Soo and B. T. Chao.
Haruka Brown and Stacy Walker received their honors at the MechSE Awards Banquet.

Brown, Walker win 2017 MechSE Staff Awards

May 23, 2017 - Two of MechSE’s outstanding staff have been announced as the 2017 winners of the MechSE Staff Award for Exemplary Service.    Haruka Brown, Grants and Contracts Coordinator, and Stacy Walker, Office Support Associate in the Grad Programs office, were each nominated by several of their MechSE colleagues for the honor.  
Elif Ertekin, Joe Muskin, and others introduced high schoolers to engineering through the Illinois Partnership for Respecting the Identities of Students in Engineering.

MechSE faculty, staff, students lead STEM outreach with IRISE

May 22, 2017 -   The spring 2017 IRISE participants.
Secretary of Defense Bob work toured several Illinois facilities over graduation weekend, including MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan's lab.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense tours Hovakimyan lab

May 18, 2017 - Professor Naira Hovakimyan (left) and her research group host Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work.
Medical device innovator and MechSE alumnus Cass Grandone (BSME '83) joins firm after long career at Abbott Labs.

Grandone to head product development at Theranos

May 17, 2017 -   Theranos has announced that a key role has been filled on the company’s executive team, with the arrival of MechSE alumnus Cass Grandone (BSME ’83) as Senior Vice President of Product Development. Grandone’s career has included R&D roles of increasing responsibility, including leading the delivery of Abbott’s multi-billion dollar ARCHITECT and Accelerator diagnostic platforms.
In this follow-up to our undergraduate engagement article, Taylor talks to all the car teams about the awesome opportunities for involvement they can offer.

Growing SAE teams offer fun and learning

May 17, 2017 -   Illini EcoConcept at the 2016 Shell Eco-Marathon.