News Archive

Charles Taylor

In memoriam: Charles Taylor, professor emeritus and renowned photomechanics researcher

January 2, 2018 - MechSE professor emeritus and alumnus Charles Edwin Taylor, an illustrious former TAM faculty member, has passed away.
Amy LaViers and Hae-Won Park

LaViers, Park aim to make bipedal robot movement more expressive

December 20, 2017 - Through a new NSF grant, Amy LaViers and Hae-Won Park, along with researchers from the University of Tulsa, will work to enable expressive movement, inspired by athletes and dancers, in humanoid robots.
Kimani Toussaint and Harry Dankowicz

Illinois faculty attend final National Academies interdisciplinary conference

December 19, 2017 - Kimani Toussaint and Harry Dankowicz were selected to attend the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, the last conference of its kind.
Seok Kim

New adaptable adhesive could be consumer product game-changer

December 15, 2017 - Seok Kim has developed a reusable, removable, non-tacky dry adhesive that can be both highly adhesive or non-adhesive when you want it to be.
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Ostoja-Starzewski named journal editor

December 13, 2017 - MechSE professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski has become editor of Acta Mechanica. Since 1965, this journal has been among the leading journals in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics.
Yanran Ding

Grad student recognized with top paper at major robotics conference

December 12, 2017 - Yanran Ding, a researcher in Hae-Won Park's lab, was a finalist at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
Ravi Bhadauria

Publication by grad student named top article

December 11, 2017 - Recent PhD graduate Ravi Bhadauria earned accolades for a paper named a "top article" by the Journal of Chemical Physics.
Amy Wagoner Johnson

Wagoner Johnson aims to improve scaffold design for bone regeneration

December 8, 2017 - A new NSF grant awarded to Amy Wagoner Johnson will allow her to formulate and validate the first computational framework for the design of scaffolds with spatially varying architecture.
Hyeongyun Cha

Grad student wins PPG-MRL assistantship

December 7, 2017 - PhD candidate Hyeongyun Cha, a researcher in Professor Nenad Miljkovic's lab, won an assistantship to continue his studies on hydrophobic polymers.
Naira Hovakimyan

Hovakimyan named IEEE Fellow

December 5, 2017 - ​Professor Naira Hovakimyan was named a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) “for contributions to control with applications to aerospace and robotic systems.”
Pat Basu (photo from Crain's Chicago Business)

Basu makes Crain's 40 Under 40

December 4, 2017 - ​MechSE alumnus Pat Basu (BSME ’00) has been named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” for 2017.
K. R. Sridhar

Sridhar plans Bloom Energy expansion

December 1, 2017 - The New York Times reports that MechSE alumnus K.R. Sridhar’s company, Bloom Energy, plans to greatly expand after the announcement of a deal with Equinix.
Manjunath Rajagopal

Rajagopal places first at MRL Fall Conference

November 30, 2017 - MechSE PhD candidate Manjunath Rajagopal earned first place in the presentation competition at the 2017 MRL Fall Conference, an annual two-day event held in November.

Kersh recognized for musculoskeletal engineering work

November 29, 2017 - MechSE assistant professor Mariana Kersh was one of eight identified as a spotlight “young investigator” by the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering for her work in pioneering future study within biomechanics.
Sarah Garrow SWE

Grad student Garrow finalist in SWE competition

November 28, 2017 - Sarah Garrow presented her research to win third place at the SWE WE17 conference in October.
Ritu Raman Forbes 30 Under 30

Alumna named to Forbes 30 Under 30

November 20, 2017 - MechSE's notable young alumna Ritu Raman (MSME '13, PhDME '16) was named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30."
Mattia Gazzola

Gazzola’s Paper 2 Tree program connects university, community, environment

November 17, 2017 - Mattia Gazzola has launched a new program aimed at connecting the research at the university to the planting of trees in the Champaign-Urbana community.
Eric Brown

Alumnus Brown honored for contributions to materials science

November 15, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Eric Brown was honored by TMS with the Brimacombe Medal.
Seid Koric

Koric research named Top Supercomputing Achievement

November 14, 2017 - MechSE research associate professor Seid Koric has won Top Supercomputing Achievement in the annual HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards.
Naira Hovakimyan

Hovakimyan works to improve cyber-physical security

November 13, 2017 - Professor Naira Hovakimyan and colleagues won a grant from NSF to address the problem of coordinated cyber-physical attacks.