(Fluid) Dynamic Trio

Fluid Dynamic Trio

Stefanie Anderson is a senior in ME from the north side of Chicago. She is the frame project lead and welding lead on the university’s Baja SAE team and is the social chair for Women in MechSE. She also works as an ESPL Coordinator under Bruce Flachsbart, and enjoys listening to music and playing video games in her spare time. Veronica Holloway is a senior in ME from Mount Prospect, IL. She is a Captain on the Baja SAE team, and an undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Emma Mercier in the College of Education. She spends her free time running, playing and watching soccer, and listening to excessive amounts of music and podcasts. Amanda Maher is a senior in ME from Batavia, IL. She founded the RSO Alma’s Talking Dogs, sings Alto II in the University’s Women’s Glee Club and has been composing and producing music during her time off.

Read blog posts for the (Fluid) Dynamic Trio:

SAE Baja

SAE Baja: The project team experience

May 20, 2020 - Recent undergrads Veronica and Stef make a strong case for joining a student team like SAE Baja or one of the other car teams, many of which are led by MechSE students.
Stef Anderson

Virtual reality isn't just for games anymore

April 30, 2020 - While VR seems like the way forward, it may take more time before the technology becomes more widely used in industry. Hopefully, in the next few years industries will be able to use VR to improve efficiency in the engineering workplace.
Amanda Maher

Coronavirus thoughts

March 23, 2020 - The current environment has created a disruption in the college experience – and daily lives – for MechSE Illinois students. MechSE graduating senior Amanda Maher reflects on what all the changes mean for her and several of her classmates.
University of Illinois gymnasts

Momentum and Moment of Inertia: Understanding “The Biles”

February 7, 2020 - Veronica explains the fascinating mechanics behind gymnast Simone Biles' famous move.
Ferripaste spikes

Fun with ferripaste

February 3, 2020 - Amanda has fun with a science experiment at home while brushing up on her fluid dynamic knowledge.
Network Hop image

Who lives in optical fibers under the sea?

January 23, 2020 - What actually is the internet?
mechanics of structural colors

Mechanics of structural color

November 30, 2019 - The Menelaus blue morpho butterfly presents an excellent example of structural colors in nature.
how do microphones work?

Testing, testing, 1-2-3

November 6, 2019 - Amanda's passion for music has led her to understanding the ins and outs of the mechanics of microphones.

Mechanics of human factors

October 16, 2019 - Last semester, in a course called Human Factors (IE 340), Amanda learned the importance of considering within our designs how people use, assemble, and interact with the products that engineers design.
Euler

Euler appreciation

June 12, 2019 - Exploring the man behind the math.
Independent film special effects

Mechanics of film special effects

May 21, 2019 - In Amanda's latest blog, she digs into the mechanics of special effects gore in independent films.
Veronica Holloway

The engineering behind Christopher Nolan films

March 22, 2019 - Veronica is a big fan of films directed by Christopher Nolan, and in her latest blog post, she goes into satisfying detail about the awesome engineering feats behind some of his films' cool moments.
Alma the talking dog

It's a talking dog (collar)!

March 20, 2019 - Amanda writes about the experience of her team, developing an EEG dog collar that "speaks" for the dog.
3D printed animal bone models

To Give a Dog a Bone

February 21, 2019 - Amanda dives into some of the amazing animal bone models being developed here at the College of Vet Med with the help of 3D printing.
2D materials

2D materials, the new frontier

February 11, 2019 - Stef explores the vast field of two-dimensional materials.
Amanda Maher

Titanic material failure

January 28, 2019 - We've all heard about the sinking of the Titanic, but are you familiar with the mechanical reasons why the the ship's design failed?
Stefanie Anderson

Breaking down FEA

December 12, 2018 - Stef breaks down the history of the development of FEA.
Amanda Maher

3D printing animal prosthetics and orthotics

December 11, 2018 - Amanda shows examples of animals - both wild and domesticated - that have benefited from 3D printing technology.
Veronica Holloway

The mechanics of Marvel

December 3, 2018 - In honor of the late Stan Lee, Stef breaks down the amazing mechanics of some of Marvel's most iconic character costumes.
Stefanie Anderson

Unraveling the mystery behind carbon fiber

November 14, 2018 - Stef breaks down the mechanics of carbon fiber reinforced polymers.
Amanda Maher

Lessons from a gecko

November 13, 2018 - Geckos' night vision and sticky feet serve as bioinspiration for engineers.
flute

The flute and harmonics

November 7, 2018 - Amanda shows us the mechanical properties of the flute that work to produce its unique harmonies.
Amanda Maher

Creating a mechanically animated character

October 23, 2018 - Disney researchers have created a software for users to make 3D prototypes of mechanically animated characters using linkage systems as a basis. Recognize any lessons learned in ME 370 (Mechanical Design I)?
Amanda Maher

Animal crackers!

October 19, 2018 - The processes for manufacturing animal crackers and graham crackers include techniques MechSE students learn about in ME 270. Amanda shows how certain techniques we associate with a particular set of materials can have very broad applications.
Bend it like Bernoulli

Bend it like Bernoulli

October 11, 2018 - Ever wondered about the mechanics behind the soccer technique of "bending the ball"?
MechSE interns

Three internships, three experiences

October 2, 2018 - Our three MechSE communications interns reflect and offer advice on finding - and loving - your summer internship.
Amanda Maher

What makes up our everyday symphony

September 27, 2018 - Amanda takes us through the mechanics of sounds and acoustic impedance.
Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge, a brilliant bascule

September 21, 2018 - Amanda highlights the mechanical engineering feats of Tower Bridge in London.
Amanda Maher

How a piano works

September 5, 2018 - Inspired by her passion for the piano, Amanda shows us the mechanics of how a piano actually works.