February 1, 2000 - Mechanical & Industrial Engineering's MEMS program is featured in the University of Illinois public relations campaign focused on Technology. The "lab worker" holding the microchip in one of the ads is Associate Professor Mark Shannon. New ads tout UI triumphs in technology, The News-Gazette, February 2, 2000.
December 31, 1999 - With a great deal of pride and respect, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awards the first James W. Bayne Professorship in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to James E. Peters posthumously.
December 31, 1999 - The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering announces the following Professorship appointments: M. Quinn Brewster, Hermia G. Soo Professor; Shiv G. Kapoor, James W. Bayne Professor; Huseyin Sehitoglu, Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor; Richard E. DeVor, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Manufacturing.
September 14, 1999 - A $4.5 million award from Ford Motor Co. will benefit many disciplines at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The announcement of the award was made September 15, 1999, at the U of I campus by Bill Powers, vice president-research of Ford, and Michael Aiken, chancellor of the Urbana campus.