April 10, 2020 - Toyota believes Aimy Wissa’s work with avian-inspired anti-stall devices could be applied to a project for which they intend to use large tethered kites to harvest energy from the westerly jet stream. The company hopes this can be a solution for future energy and environmental challenges, especially in Japan.
April 3, 2020 - Gaurav Bahl, Elif Ertekin, Randy Ewoldt, Tonghun Lee, SungWoo Nam, Kelly Stephani, and Amy Wagoner Johnson were given Faculty Scholar or Faculty Fellow appointments.
April 3, 2020 - “These are amazingly talented engineers,” Professor William King said. “They have leaned in to really help on this project in a meaningful way.”
April 1, 2020 - MechSE alumnus K.R. Sridhar (PhDME ’90) was praised by California's governor for his innovative work in the COVID-19 battle.
March 30, 2020 - MechSE graduate students Mohammad Heiranian and Amir Taqieddin were two leaders of the research published in Nature Communications.
March 28, 2020 - Led by project leader Bill King, an expansive team is working around the clock to meet the surge in needed respiratory care.
March 26, 2020 - Missy Biehl, Alison Dunn, Bill King, Chia-Fon Lee, and Amy Wagoner Johnson have been named Outstanding Advisors by the Engineering Council.
March 25, 2020 - MechSE alumnus Neel Kashkari (BSME '95, MSME '98), the former Treasury official who was in charge of the $700 billion government response to the 2008 financial crisis, tells 60 Minutes what tools the Federal Reserve can use to combat the economic stress being caused by COVID-19.
March 23, 2020 - This year's recipients of the MechSE Distinguished Alumni Award are Eric Brown, Jeanne Shobert, and Wendy Teare. The MechSE Outstanding Young Alumni winners for 2020 are Lance Hibbeler and Ritu Raman.
March 23, 2020 - In the 2021 graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report, the MechSE Department improved to No. 5 in mechanical engineering.
March 12, 2020 - Michael Cai Wang (MSME ‘14, PhD ME ’18) won an NSF CAREER award, which will support his group’s work on scalable advanced manufacturing of atomically thin 2D layered materials.
March 11, 2020 - MechSE undergrad Mark Van den Avont (BSME ’21) joined the Grainger College of Engineering podcast “Engineering Is” to discuss his experiences in founding a startup as a college freshman.
March 6, 2020 - Illinois researchers including Naira Hovakimyan, along with the University of Oregon, worked with Hovakimyan's Intelinair to develop new computer vision techniques that solve complex pattern recognition problems through deep learning methods.
March 6, 2020 - Forbes profiles MechSE alumna Melonee Wise (BSME '04, MSME '06), whose startup Fetch Robotics is debuting its fully autonomous cart, called CartConnect500, for warehouses. It can lift and transport 1,100 lbs of freight.