News Archive

Aimy Wissa

Wissa’s avian-inspired UAV work aids Toyota energy project

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.
Wayne Chang

Q&A with lecturer Wayne Chang

April 6, 2020 - Get to know MechSE Lecturer Wayne Chang, whose passions include studying air pollution as well as how to improve engineering education.
Chaimongkol Saengow

Saengow named Beckman postdoctoral fellow

April 6, 2020 - MechSE Chaimongkol Saengow studies highly printable fibrin-based bioinks with Professors Ewoldt and Wagoner Johnson.
Elif Ertekin named an Andersen Faculty Scholar

Seven faculty honored with named appointments

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.
Illinois RapidVent ventilators

MechSE faculty, staff, students stepping up in COVID-19 battle

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.”
KR Sridhar

Sridhar’s Bloom Energy steps aggressively into ventilator work

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.
Stanley Weiss

In Memoriam: Stanley Weiss

March 31, 2020 - MechSE Distinguished Alumnus Stanley I. Weiss (PhDTAM ’49) died on March 6 in Tacoma, Washington. He was 94.
crumpled graphene

Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detector

March 30, 2020 - MechSE graduate students Mohammad Heiranian and Amir Taqieddin were two leaders of the research published in Nature Communications.
Illinois RapidVent

Researchers developing emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients

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.
Alison Dunn

Five from MechSE among top 10 percent of engineering advisors

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.
Neel Kashkari

Kashkari tells 60 Minutes about Federal Reserve response to crisis

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.
Ritu Raman

MechSE honors 2020 distinguished and young alumni

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.
Taher Saif

U.S. News ranks Illinois No. 5 in mechanical engineering

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.
Michael Cai Wang

Recent alumnus Wang awarded CAREER grant

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.
ME 370 students try their hand at kinetic design

ME 370 students showcase kinetic sculptures

March 11, 2020 - Teams of students in Mechanical Design I presented their mid-semester projects -- kinetic sculptures that mark the passage of time.
Mark Van den Avont

MechSE junior discusses startups and more on Grainger podcast

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.
Charles Tucker III

Tucker named first-ever Fellow of Polymer Processing Society

March 9, 2020 - Charles Tucker III was elected as an inaugural Fellow from the Americas of the Polymer Processing Society.
Naira Hovakimyan

New aerial image dataset provides farmers with actionable insights

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.
Melonee Wise

Wise introduces fully autonomous warehouse cart

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.
Gaurav Bahl

Bahl receives MURI funding for photonic materials research

March 2, 2020 - The Department of Defense will fund “Robust Photonic Materials with High-Order Topological Protection.”