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Research Professor Pega Hrnjak, co-director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Refrigeration.

Hrnjak to Address International Conference

November 9, 2006 - Research Professor Pega Hrnjak, co-director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR). The conference, taking place November 15 in London, England, is the leading technical event for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. According to the IOR website, Hrnjak's keynote address, "Optimization and Innovation in Practice," will "seek to bridge the gap between lab-based research and site experiences across a wide range of applications."
Professor Charles Tucker III presented a talk on chaotic laminar flow as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series sponsored by the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute of McMaster University ...

Distinguished Lecturer Series Features Tucker

October 26, 2006 - Professor Charles Tucker IIIThe Distinguished Lecturer Series of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute and Ontario Centres of Excellence, Inc., recently featured MechSE professor Charles Tucker III. Tucker's October 25th presentation on mixing and microstructure development in chaotic laminar flow focused on computational methods for modeling and designing mixing flows.
Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski has joined the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Damage Mechanics.

Starzewski Joins Editorial Board

October 19, 2006 - Professor Martin Ostoja-StarzewskiProfessor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski has joined the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Damage Mechanics. The journalpublishes original papers reporting the results of experimental or theoretical work on any aspect of research in the mecahnics of fracture and damage assessment. For more information on the journal, visit http://ijd.sagepub.com.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler will be part of an interdisciplinary team investigating the effects of self-contained breathing apparatus on gait and balance among first responders, un...

Hsiao-Wecksler Receives IL Homeland Security Grant

October 4, 2006 - Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-WeckslerAssistant Professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler will be part of an interdisciplinary team investigating the effects of self-contained breathing apparatus on gait and balance among first responders, under a seed grant from the Illinois Homeland Security Research Center (IHSRC).
Assistant Professor Ken Christensen has received a 2006 Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Christensen Receives Award

October 3, 2006 - Assistant Professor Ken ChristensenAssistant Professor Ken Christensen has received a 2006 Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This is the first year of the AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program, which is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States. Competition for YIP grants is intense. Of the 145 proposals received in response to the AFOSR announcement, only 21 will receive grants.
Professor Iwona Jasiuk, current president of the Society of Engineering Science, has announced that the organization's 2008 Annual Conference will take place at the University of Illinois.

U of I to Host 2008 SES Conference

October 3, 2006 - Professor Iwona Jasiuk, current president of the Society of Engineering Science, has announced that the organization's 2008 Annual Conference will take place at the University of Illinois. The Society of Engineering Science promotes the development and strengthening of interfaces among various disciplines in engineering, sciences and mathematics. Its conferences attract leading scholars in these disciplines, and are recognized as the leading forums for bringing together diverse interdisciplinary groups of researchers to discuss advances in highly focused symposia.
Scholars and industry representatives from the US, Europe and Asia will gather for the 1st International Conference on Micromanufacturing, September 13 – 15, at the University of Illinois.

1st International Conference on Micromanufacturing

September 30, 2006 - The 1st International Conference on Micromanufacturing will take place September 13 -15 at the University of Illinois. Participants from the United States, Japan, Germany, China, South Korea, Switzerland, Scotland and France will gather to discuss advances in such areas as micromachining and –end milling, small-scale metal forming processes, modeling and simulation of cutting and other machining processes, multi-axis nanopositioning, microassembly and much more.
Recent graduate Matthew Wilhelm, who was hit by an automobile while riding his bike on September 2,died on September 7 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

MechSE Alum Dies in Accident

September 17, 2006 - Matthew WilhelmMatthew Wilhelm, who completed his MSME degree in May, died on September 7 after being hit by an automobile while riding his bike on September 2.
Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski has accepted editorial positions with journals published by ASME and the Kazanskii aviatsionnyi institut in Russia.

Ostoja-Starzewski Joins Editorial Boards

August 16, 2006 - Prof. Martin Ostoja-StarzewskiProfessor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski has become Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has also joined the editorial board of Actual Problems of Aviation and Aerospace Systems, a joint Russian-US aerospace journal published by the Kazanskii aviatsionnyi institut in Russia.
Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski gave a keynote lecture at THERMEC 2006. He has also joined the editorial board of the Modern Mechanics and Mathematics book series.

Prof. Starzewski Delivers Keynote, Joins Editorial Board

July 30, 2006 - Prof. Martin Ostoja-StarzewskiProfessor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski gave a keynote lecture on the size of representative volume element in elastic, plastic, thermoelastic and porous random microstructures at 2006, the International Conference on Processing and Manufacturing of Advanced Materials.
Professor Young Huang has been named the Kan Tong Po Visiting Professor by the Royal Society of London.

Huang Appointed to Professorship, Editorial Boards

July 30, 2006 - Professor Young Huang has been named the Kan Tong Po Visiting Professor by the Royal Society of London. He has also been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Recent Patents in Engineering and to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience.
Professor Narayana Aluru is among the 2006-2007 faculty fellows named by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Aluru Named NCSA Fellow

July 6, 2006 - Professor Narayana AluruThe National Center for Supercomputing Applications has named Professor Narayana Aluru a faculty fellow for the 2006-2007 academic year. Througn the NCSA/UIUC Faculty Fellows program, professors are given financial support to pursue a project in depth, as well as access to NCSA's high-performance computers, visualization and data-analysis tools, and other advanced information technology.
Professors Narayana Aluru, Richard Buckius and Nicholas Fang, and Professor Emeritus A. L. "Tad" Addy have been honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for their accomplishments.

MechSE Profs Win 2006 ASME Awards

June 29, 2006 - The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has honored four MechSE faculty for their achievements in research and teaching. Professor Emeritus A. L. "Tad" Addy has been named an Honorary Member in recognition of "a lifetime of internationally distinguished research in fluid dynamics and national advocacy of quality and innovation in engineering education; and for more than two decades of superb leadership of a nationally recognized academic department."
Professor Emeritus Dale Greffe passed away on May 31 at the age of 97.

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Dale Greffe

June 1, 2006 - Professor Emeritus C. Dale GreffeProfessor Emeritus C. Dale Greffe passed away on May 31 in Champaign, IL. He was 97.
Professor Herman Krier has been selected to receive the 2006 Propellants and Combustion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Krier to Receive AIAA Award

May 30, 2006 - Dr. Herman KrierProfessor Herman Krier has been selected to receive the 2006 Propellants and Combustion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The award honors Krier for outstanding contributions to the study of propellants, energetic materials, solid- and liquid-fuel rockets, shock hydrodynamics, viscous gas dynamics and plasma dynamics.
The University of Illinois is one of seven universities involved in a National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power.

U of I Part of New $21 Million Research Center

May 29, 2006 - Discovering ways to reduce fuel consumption, developing devices for people with mobility impairments and designing state-of-the-art rescue robots are just three of the goals of a new multimillion dollar research center involving the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski is joining the Editorial Board of Modern Mechanics and Mathematics.

Starzewski Joins Editorial Board

May 4, 2006 - Professor Martin Ostoja-StarzewskiProfessor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski is joining the Editorial Board of Modern Mechanics and Mathematics (MMM), a book series published by Chapman & Hall/CRC/Taylor & Francis.
Students working on competitive projects in the capstone Senior Design course made presentations before members of the M&IE Alumni Board.

Alumni Hear Student Design Teams

April 20, 2006 - Seniors working on Formula SAE, Parker-Hannifin Chainless Challenge and ASHRAE competitions for the capstone design course shared pizza and their work with members of M&IE's Alumni Board on Thursday, April 20.
Dr. Clyde Briant, professor and dean of engineering at Brown University, was the first Schaller Seminar speaker on April 12.

New Seminar Series Underway

April 16, 2006 - Dr. Clyde Briant. Photo by Corley Photography.About 50 faculty and graduate students attended the first Schaller Seminar lecture on April 12. Dr. Clyde Briant, professor and dean of engineering at Brown University in Rhode Island, discussed his experimental and modeling study of deformation in aluminum-magnesium alloys at elevated temperatures. Briant worked in the General Electric Company Research and Development Center for 18 years before joining Brown in 1994.
During the recent meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers in Detroit, M&IE co-hosted a lively alumni reception at Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe.

Alumni Gather in Detroit

April 6, 2006 - Fishbone's was the place to be for engineering alumni on April 4. Nearly 50 alumni and University of Illinois faculty and administrators met for lively conversation and reminiscences during a two-hour reception, which was held in connection with the Society of Automotive Engineers meeting in Detroit. Among those in attendance were M&IE Department Head Huseyin Sehitoglu, Materials Science and Engineering Department Head Ian Robertson, and M&IE faculty Dimitrios Kyritsis, Chia-Fon Lee, Norman Miller, Andreas Polycarpou and Daryl Socie.

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