News Archive

Illinois mechanical sciences and engineering professor Ning Wang, left, graduate students Erfan Mohagheghian and Gaurav Chaudhary, and postdoctoral researchers Junwei Chen and Jian Sun are measuring mechanical forces within cells to help unlock some of the mysteries of embryonic development and cancer.  Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Elastic microspheres expand understanding of embryonic development and cancer cells

May 14, 2018 - MechSE professor Ning Wang's team is using tiny elastic balls filled with fluorescent nanoparticles to understand the mechanical forces between cells.
D.J. Podgorny

Podgorny goes deep (into Europe), joins football start-up

May 10, 2018 - In his role as Director of Football Operations, alumnus D.J. Podgorny (BSME '15) helps startup The Growth of a Game create a community for football advocates across Europe.
SungWoo Nam

Nam wins DURIP award to image corrugated 2D materials using nano-infrared technology

May 8, 2018 - SungWoo Nam was awarded a DURIP grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to acquire a dual mode nanoscale infrared spectroscopy/imaging platform. He will use the specialized equipment to image deformed 2D materials such as graphene.
Shell Eco-marathon competition

Shell Eco-marathon pushes teams to design cars for the future

May 7, 2018 - The Illini Eco Supermileage and Electric Vehicle Concept teams competed in the Shell Eco-marathon last month.
IOLab physics courses

IOLab revitalizes physics experience for MechSE undergrads

May 3, 2018 - An overhaul of how a required physics course is taught will impact the experience of learning physics for all MechSE undergraduate students.
Joe Muskin, Arend van der Zande, laser light show machine

Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programming

May 3, 2018 - MechSE's Joe Muskin and Arend van der Zande helped make math concepts exciting through the development of a "homemade" laser light show machine. They have used the machine as an outreach tool at area schools.
Chi Zhang

EM undergraduate wins Beckman fellowship

May 2, 2018 - Chi Zhang was one of just four students from across campus to win an undergraduate fellowship from the Beckman Institute to conduct research under Professor Narayana Aluru.
Professor William King

Bruker acquires King technology in Anasys buy

May 1, 2018 - Anasys Instruments Corp., a company that has collaborated heavily with MechSE professor William King, has been acquired by Bruker Corporation.
Hae-Won Park

Park wins CAREER award to optimize trajectory of dynamic legged robots

April 30, 2018 - Hae-Won Park has won the competitive CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to design and optimize the trajectory of dynamic legged robots.
Off Road Illini

Competition season revs up for Off-Road Illini

April 27, 2018 - The Baja SAE team, which includes many MechSE students, entered their first competition of the season last weekend in Maryland.
Ashley Armstrong

Armstrong honored for graduate student leadership

April 27, 2018 - PhD candidate Ashley Armstrong was recognized for her outstanding work with ENVISION, the outreach organization she founded.
SungWoo Nam

Nam’s graphene origami improves chemical detection for soldiers

April 25, 2018 - SungWoo Nam continues his discovery of the benefits of graphene - this time by folding it origami-style and mechanically tuning it to allow soldiers to better detect chemicals in the field.
Joseph Bentsman

Faculty team bringing the robotics to robotic surgery

April 24, 2018 - MechSE professors Joseph Bentsman, Leonardo Chamorro, and Martin Ostoja-Starzewski are breaking ground on innovative technology that combines robotics and electrosurgery.
HexNest Mark Van den Avont

Freshman’s innovative mat can improve cost, safety for athletes

April 23, 2018 - MechSE freshman Mark Van den Avont has developed a safer, cheaper mat that aims to dramatically improve the safety of gymnasts and other athletes.
Jonghyun Choi and Michael Cai Wang

Choi, Wang win highly competitive MRS award

April 20, 2018 - Grad students Jonghyun Choi and Michael Cai Wang were two winners of Materials Research Society's GSA award, for which over 5,000 students submit abstracts for consideration.
Justin DeWitte

Alumnus DeWitte named CEO at Graham Healthcare

April 18, 2018 - MechSE alumnus Justin DeWitte (BSME '96, MSME '98) was named CEO of Graham Healthcare Group Hospice.
Judith Liebman

Liebman recognized among 150 women for Illinois sesquicentennial

April 16, 2018 - Judith Liebman, MechSE's first female tenured professor, was named among Illinois' "150 for 150: Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women."
Sameh Tawfick

Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight

April 13, 2018 - MechSE's Sameh Tawfick and postdoctoral fellow Caterina Lamuta have designed super-strong artificial muscles.
MechSE Staff Award for Exemplary Service

Moxley, Muskin named exemplary MechSE staff in 2018

April 12, 2018 - Paula Moxley and Joe Muskin were recognized by their peers for the MechSE Staff Award for Exemplary Service.
Tonghun Lee

Lee, army researchers conduct first-ever combustion experiment with X-rays

April 12, 2018 - Working with U.S. Army researchers, MechSE associate professor Tonghun Lee made an historic first with an experiment in a gas turbine combustor using X-rays.