Graduate Programs news and more

Victoria AriasIn the 2021 graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign improved to No. 5 in mechanical engineering.

Learn about MechSE's graduate programs in the articles and blog posts below. The left-hand menu provides links to important information and resources. And make sure to watch the MechSE Graduate Programs video for a great look at our incredible programs.

Grad Student Profile: Meet Victoria Arias
One of two Sloan Scholarship recipients in the MechSE Department this year, Victoria's graduate focus involves computational chemistry as well as micromechanics. She is working on simulating the chemistry and micromechanics of reacting flows for hypersonic applications.  Read more.

Grad Student Profile: Meet Mahshid Mansouri
Mahshid was one of only four recipients of the Roy J. Carver Fellowship awarded by The Grainger College of Engineering for 2019-2020. She is a PhD candidate working in Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler's lab.  Read more.

Grad Student Profile: Meet Sunyu Wang
"Professor Ramos carries my favorite project, in my favorite lab, in my favorite school. It felt like my dream was coming to me.”  Read more.

MechSE sits high in new U.S. News online programs rankings
U.S. News and World Report has ranked MechSE’s online mechanical engineering master’s degree programs as #3 in the nation.  Read more.

Kim wins best paper award at IEEE conference
A recent publication from MechSE PhD student Jin-Won Kim's and his advisor Prashant Mehta won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.  Read more.

Leem receives MRS honors, Stanford fellowship
PhD student Juyoung Leem has won two MRS awards and a Stanford TomKat Postdoctoral Fellowship.  Read more.

Water from air? Researchers look to the beetle
MechSE graduate student Fan Kiat Chan discusses this ambitious advance in Science magazine.  Read more.

M.Eng.ME program names faculty director, enhances curriculum
The M.Eng.ME program now has its own dedicated faculty director in Teaching Assistant Professor Jiajun He.  Read more.

Wise’s startup raises another $46M in funding
Fetch Robotics, the startup of MechSE alumna Melonee Wise (BSME ’04, MSME ’06) raised $46 million in venture capital in July.  Read more.

Snapp, Nam make advances in optical strain sensors
The research from associate professor Sungwoo Nam and PhD student Peter Snapp was published in Advanced Functional Materials.  Read more.

Two MechSE grads win PPG-MRL research assistantships
Graduate students James Carpenter and Dhawal Thakare were two of the five winners of this year's PPG-MRL Graduate Research Assistantships at Illinois.  Read more.

Bahnfleth honored with ASHRAE award
Alumnus William Bahnfleth (BSME ’79, MSME ’80, PhD ME ’89) received ASHRAE's 2019 Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award, named in honor of his late father, also a MechSE alumnus.  Read more.

Ferreira, Azeredo co-publish in PNAS
MechSE professor Placid Ferreira and three-time alumnus Bruno Azeredo introduce electrochemical nanoimprinting.  Read more.