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A challenge grant from The Grainger Foundation will match all engineering scholarship endowment gifts up to $25 million.

Grainger adds firepower to EVS initiative

April 2, 2017 -   A longtime supporter of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Grainger Foundation, has issued a generous challenge grant in support of Engineering at Illinois.
Skyscraper visionary received an M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Illinois, and today receives one of the modern day’s coolest honors.

TAM alumnus Fazlur Khan "google doodled"

April 2, 2017 - Dr. Fazlur R. Khan, who received a Master of Science degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Illinois, would have been 88 years old today.
With an undergraduate career focused on golf, grad student Ashley Armstrong has now zeroed in on a career in mechanical engineering.

Armstrong combines passions for hole-in-one career

March 30, 2017 -   It’s not easy giving up something you’re passionate about—especially after honing your craft for twelve years. But for MechSE graduate student Ashley Armstrong, moving to another chapter in life didn’t mean sacrificing her love of golf for her studies.
MechSE alumnus Larry Wilson takes principal position at one of nation's largest architecture, engineering, and planning firms.

Wilson to lead design at SmithGroupJJR

March 29, 2017 - SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, and planning firms, has hired MechSE alumnus Larry Wilson, PE, LEED AP at its Chicago office.
ME senior Becky Lankford is featured in our new series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Becky Lankford

March 28, 2017 -   Becky Lankford, a senior from Moline, Illinois, found her passion for engineering while taking courses in high school. These courses led her to want to pursue a degree in engineering. Receiving the Sargent and Lundy Engineering Scholarship was the icing on the cake for her time at Illinois.   Becky’s award helps offset the extra cost of being an engineering student.
PhD candidate Nick Tobin, in Prof. Leo Chamorro's lab, has found that the use of windbreaks increase the power output of a wind farm.

Tobin makes breakthrough in wind farm efficiency

March 27, 2017 -   Tobin, right, in the wind tunnel in Chamorro's lab.TAM PhD candidate Nick Tobin discovered that the use of windbreaks help increase the amount of power harvested by wind farms.
ME senior Ian Sanders-Schneider won the 2017 College of Engineering's C.S. Larson Transfer Student Award.

Sanders-Schneider recipient of transfer student award

March 23, 2017 -   After starting his collegiate career in kinesiology at Eastern Illinois University, Ian Sanders-Schneider soon discovered his passion for engineering and, after transferring to the University of Illinois, will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as a bachelor’s in physics with a minor in business from EIU. He is the recipient of this year’s College of Engineering C.S.
Graduating ME senior Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi is recognized for her outstanding leadership during her academic career.

Dosunmu-Ogunbi wins college leadership award

March 23, 2017 -   What distinguishes Oluwami Dosunmu-Ogunbi, this year’s winner of the College of Engineering H.L. Wakeland Undergraduate Leadership Award, according to at least one professor, is how connected she is with her fellow students.
Professor Nick Glumac was honored in 2016 with the Shao Lee Soo Professorship.

Glumac career achievements recognized with Soo Professorship

March 22, 2017 -   Years ago, MechSE professor Nick Glumac traded in sunny California weather for the plains of Champaign.
Four undergrads placed first in Shell's Hack-a-Truck Competition, held at Google headquarters.

MechSE students design best food truck in competition

March 21, 2017 -   After competing in Shell’s first Hack-a-Truck Competition at the Google Garage in Mountain View, California, four members of the Illini EcoConcept team returned as first place winners for their food truck design.   MechSE seniors Jason Pard Liew, Jigar Patel, and Alessia Serafino, and sophomore Michael S
Andrew Alleyne and researchers from this Illinois campus and Illinois at Singapore collaborated on technology for Singpore-based air-conditioning company Kaer.

Alleyne, Illinois at Singapore researchers optimize A/C units

March 20, 2017 -   In Singapore, more than 40 percent of a building’s total energy consumption can be attributed to its chiller plant, according to ADSC Senior Research Scientist Zhenjie Zhang.
The mechanical engineering program ascended from No. 6 to No. 4 in the annual U.S. News rankings.

MechSE grad program moves up to No. 4

March 16, 2017 - MechSE’s graduate program in mechanical engineering has been named the No. 4 program in the country (in a tie with the California Institute of Technology) by U.S. News and World Report.  
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