March 11, 2007 - MechSE junior Matt Savoie, a member of ASME, explains how his group built a functional hovercraft from a fan, leaf blower and wooden platform during Engineering Open House. The display took top honors in the Presentation of Society category.Student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) were honored for their exhibits during Engineering Open House, held March 9 and 10.
March 8, 2007 - Assistant Professor Kenneth ChristensenAssistant Professor Kenneth Christensen was one of four University of Illinois faculty members to receive a 2007 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The Award will provide five years of funding for Christensen to study coupled roughness/pressure-gradient effects and reduce the complexity of highly irregular roughness in wall turbulence. The NSF CAREER Award recognizes and supports the activities of scholars early in their careers.
March 7, 2007 - Professor Mark ShannonJ. W. Bayne Professor Mark Shannon has received the 2006 Research, Development, or Operational Team Award from the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL). He is a member of the Basic and Applied Research in Microfluidic Heavy Metal Ion Sensors to Support Environmental Long-Term Monitoring Team.
March 5, 2007 - Professor D. Scott StewartProfessor D. Scott Stewart has been awarded a National Academies Fellowship, Senior Research Award. The National Academies includes the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, which is administering Professor Stewart's fellowship in conjunction with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
March 1, 2007 - Three MechSE professors--Dimitri Kyritsis, Michael Philpott and Andreas Polycarpou--have been honored by the College of Engineering for achievements in teaching and research.
February 26, 2007 - A new single-step process was used to print the letters and shapes on a piece of silver film that is only a quarter as wide as a human hair.MechSE researchers have developed a simple and robust electrochemical process for the direct patterning of metallic interconnects and other nanostructures that could be used to create chemical sensors, photonic structures and electrical interconnects.
February 8, 2007 - Associate Professor Andreas PolycarpouAssociate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar Andreas Polycarpou has received the Edmond E. Bisson Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) for the best paper published by STLE in 2005.
January 21, 2007 - Professor Herman KrierProfessor Herman Krier, Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has received the Sustained Service Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The award is given for sustained and significant service and contributions to AIAA.
January 21, 2007 - Professor Young Huang, Shao Lee Soo Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering,will receive the International Journal of Plasticity Medal for outstanding contributions in the field of plasticity. His paper on the theory of mechanism-based strain gradient plasticity (MSG) is the most cited paper among papers published in 1999 in all 110 mechanics journals listed on the ISI Web of Science.
January 10, 2007 - Professor Young Huang delivered the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Distinguished Lecture on nano-mechanics, the Hong Kong University Faculty of Engineering Distinguished Lecture and the Royal Society Kan Tong Po Lecture on the mechanics of stretchable electronics this month. His lectures and work were reported by three Hong Kong newspapers: the Hong Kong Economic Times, Oriental Daily and Ming Pao.
December 13, 2006 - Working with The Princeton Review, PC Magazine has ranked UIUC number 6 on its top 10 list of wired campuses. The list appears in the January 2007 issue of the magazine, which will be on newstands on December 26.
December 4, 2006 - William KingDr. William King, formerly an assistant professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has joined MechSE as an associate professor. His research interests include micro-and nanoscale heat transfer and thermal processing, atomic force microscopy, microelectromechanical systems, micro- and nanofabrication and self-assembly.
November 15, 2006 - Professor D. Scott StewartProfessor D. Scott Stewart is an invited speaker at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics. The meeting takes place November 19-21 in Tampa Bay, FL. Stewart, who is an APS Fellow, will discuss the advanced modeling of detonation dynamics in emergetic materials and explosive systems. More information can be found here.
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."
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.