News Archive

Taher Saif

U.S. News ranks Illinois No. 5 in mechanical engineering

March 23, 2020 - In the 2021 graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report, the MechSE Department improved to No. 5 in mechanical engineering.
Michael Cai Wang

Recent alumnus Wang awarded CAREER grant

March 12, 2020 - Michael Cai Wang (MSME ‘14, PhD ME ’18) won an NSF CAREER award, which will support his group’s work on scalable advanced manufacturing of atomically thin 2D layered materials.
ME 370 students try their hand at kinetic design

ME 370 students showcase kinetic sculptures

March 11, 2020 - Teams of students in Mechanical Design I presented their mid-semester projects -- kinetic sculptures that mark the passage of time.
Mark Van den Avont

MechSE junior discusses startups and more on Grainger podcast

March 11, 2020 - MechSE undergrad Mark Van den Avont (BSME ’21) joined the Grainger College of Engineering podcast “Engineering Is” to discuss his experiences in founding a startup as a college freshman.
Charles Tucker III

Tucker named first-ever Fellow of Polymer Processing Society

March 9, 2020 - Charles Tucker III was elected as an inaugural Fellow from the Americas of the Polymer Processing Society.
Naira Hovakimyan

New aerial image dataset provides farmers with actionable insights

March 6, 2020 - Illinois researchers including Naira Hovakimyan, along with the University of Oregon, worked with Hovakimyan's Intelinair to develop new computer vision techniques that solve complex pattern recognition problems through deep learning methods.
Melonee Wise

Wise introduces fully autonomous warehouse cart

March 6, 2020 - Forbes profiles MechSE alumna Melonee Wise (BSME '04, MSME '06), whose startup Fetch Robotics is debuting its fully autonomous cart, called CartConnect500, for warehouses. It can lift and transport 1,100 lbs of freight.
Gaurav Bahl

Bahl receives MURI funding for photonic materials research

March 2, 2020 - The Department of Defense will fund “Robust Photonic Materials with High-Order Topological Protection.”
Kush Patel

Video: tour MechSE's Innovation Studio

February 28, 2020 - MechSE undergrad Kush Patel (BSME '22) shows off much of what the Innovation Studio has to offer.
Photo gallery from Winter Baja

Off-Road Illini compete at Winter Baja

February 27, 2020 - The team and its cars hit the snowy banks of Houghton, Michigan over Valentine's Day weekend.
Chenhui Shao

Shao will advance smart ultrasonic metal welding with NSF CAREER award

February 24, 2020 - Assistant Professor Chenhui Shao was awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to work on smart ultrasonic metal welding.
Brian Dardon

ME undergrad named a 2020 Knight of St. Patrick

February 21, 2020 - Senior Brian Dardón is one of this year's 11 recipients of the honor of being named a Knight of St. Patrick.
Seok Kim

New research from Kim combines smart composite materials and digital microfluidics

February 19, 2020 - Associate Professor Seok Kim aims to provide a straightforward pathway to a new digital microfluidic platform without electrowetting-related limitations.
Michael Sutton

Sutton elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 17, 2020 - Professor Michael Sutton (PhDTAM '81) has received one of the highest engineering honors in the U.S.
Formula Electric car from 2019 EOH

Car teams prepping for busy spring and summer

February 14, 2020 - Updates and schedules for the six car teams.
Additive manufacturing image

MechSE researchers demonstrate new capability for electronics cooling using additive manufacturing

February 13, 2020 - MechSE Professors King and Miljkovic have demonstrated a new type of air jet cooler that overcomes previous barriers to jet cooling systems. Using additive manufacturing, they created an air jet cooling system in a single component that can direct high-speed air onto multiple electronics hot spots.
Narayan Aluru

Aluru selected as IACM Fellow

February 9, 2020 - Professor Narayana Aluru has been honored by the International Association of Computational Mechanics for his distinguished record of research and accomplishment.
SungWoo Nam

Nam named an Associate of the Center for Advanced Study

February 5, 2020 - “Our idea is to use strain induced by elastic deformation based on the principles of mechanics that we know well. The question is, how do we do it well, and how do we do it so that it’s scalable? How do we control it to a degree that's pure or better than conventional approaches? That will be my focus during this time," said SungWoo Nam.
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler

Hsiao-Wecksler to lead new Jump ARCHES-funded project

January 31, 2020 - Professor Hsiao-Wecksler's project is "Autonomous Morphing Bed Mattress for ALS patients with Limited Movement Ability."
Jonathan Freund

Freund named AE department head

January 31, 2020 - “I am eager to help the department stay at the forefront, with effort directed toward both aerospace applications and the academic disciplines that support them,” said MechSE and Aerospace Engineering Professor Jonathan Freund.