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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.
In an investiture ceremony held April 3, Mark Shannon was honored as the third James W. Bayne Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Shannon Named Bayne Professor

April 4, 2006 - Professor Mark ShannonIn an investiture ceremony held April 3, Mark Shannon was honored as the third James W. Bayne Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Shannon has brought his expertise in nanoscale, microscale and mesoscale science to bear on problems related to homeland security, manufacturing, water purity and other areas. He is the director of the Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS).
The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS) held its third annual Industry Advisory Board Meeting on Thursday, March 16th. Representatives from 24 com...

Nano-CEMMS Holds 3rd Annual IAB Meeting

April 2, 2006 - The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS) held its third annual Industry Advisory Board Meeting on Thursday, March 16th. Representatives from 24 companies heard presentations about nanomanufacturing challenges and opportunities from Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Lockheed Martin. Nano-CEMMS researchers gave presentations describing some exciting recent technology developments.
WaterCLEAR, a two-year program for high school science teachers, got underway on March 17 in a meeting that introduced participants to water purification issues.

The WaterCAMPWS Kicks Off New Initiative

March 29, 2006 - Lynn Burdick of the University of Illinois Office of Educational Technology leads a session on webquests during the first WaterCLEAR workshop on March 17.In collaboration with the Illinois Math and Science Academy, The WaterCAMPWS will assist high school science teachers in developing teaching modules related to water purification, including desalination and reuse, decontamination and disinfection.
Kent Schien has been selected as the 2006 Region VII Subcontractor of the Year by the U. S. Small Business Adminstration.

Alumnus Named Subcontractor of the Year

March 15, 2006 - Kent SchienKent Schien (BSME 1981) has been chosen a 2006 Subcontractor of the Year by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in recognition of his "hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to [his] community." Schien will represent Region VII during National Small Business Week events to be held in Washington, DC, April 12 and 13. He is the President and CEO of Innoventor, Inc., an engineering technology solutions company based in Maryland Heights, MO.
Recent graduates Andrew Honegger and Andy Phillip, co-founders of Microlocution, Inc., took top honors in the V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition.

M&IE Alums Win Business Competition

March 8, 2006 - From left to right, Microlution Inc. founders Andrew Honegger and Andy Phillip in their lab.Andrew Honegger and Andy Phillip, who completed master's degrees in mechanical engineering in December 2005, won the open division of the V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition for their plan to market a micromanufacturing machine tool.
The Communication-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center's CO2 Cooling Development Team, which includes Professor Pega Hrnjak, has received the US Army's 2004-05 Environmental Exce...

Prof. Hrnjak Receives Environmental Award from US Army

February 28, 2006 - Prof. Pega Hrnjak
Professor Ning Wang, formerly of the Harvard School of Public Health, and Associate Professor Jon Freund, formerly of the U of I Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, have joined the dep...

M&IE Adds Two to Faculty

February 28, 2006 - Professor Ning Wang was an Associate Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology in the Harvard School of Public Health, where his research explored the mechanisms that control how living cells and tissues respond to mechanical forces, as well as the role of pre-stress in the cytoskeleton on mechanotransduction and other cell functions.

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