January 29, 2009 - Two Illinois professors (MechSE professor William King and Rashid Bashir, Bliss Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as the Department of Bioengineering) are part of an elite team of award-winning biochemists, electrochemists, materials scientists and microsystems experts that will help Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. (ADT) develop miniature diamond-based sensors for the real-time detection of water-based chemical and biological agents.
January 27, 2009 - Professor D. Scott StewartMechSE Professor D. Scott Stewart was invested as the Shao Lee Soo Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering. Professor Stewart has made significant contributions to theoretical and computational combustion science and detonation theory that have provided answers to fundamental questions in stability theory and detonation front dynamics.
January 21, 2009 - Ben Blaiszik, a graduate student in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at MechSE, was selected as one of eight finalists for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize. The prize is an extension of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, which has recognized outstanding student inventors at MIT since 1995.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Pratap VankaProfessor Pratap Vanka gave the Bhatnagar Memorial Lecture at the Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 2008 Annual Conference, which was held at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. The lecture award is named after the distinguished physicist/mathematician, P. L. Bhatnagar, developer of the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook (BGK) model widely used in Lattice Boltzmann Method.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Dimitros KyritsisThe Society of Automotive Engineers has selected Associate Professor Dimitrios Kyritsis to receive the 2009 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. The award recognizes younger educators who are successfully preparing engineers to successfully meet the challenges that face society.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Nicholas FangAssistant Professor Nicholas Fang has received a National Science Foundation Career Program award to integrate research and education in the area of nano ionic manufacturing. The NSF Career Program supports early career development activities of teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education activities.
January 13, 2009 - Professor Ning WangProfessor Ning Wang has been named as a member of the Cell Structure Function Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIH).
January 11, 2009 - The new micro fuel cell is just 3 mm by 3 mmResearchers at Illinois have created the world's smallest fuel cell. The hydrogen-fueled microfuel cell, which measures just 3 millimeters across, generates power without consuming it and could be used in place of batteries in portable gadgets.
January 6, 2009 - Professor Iwona JasiukProfessor Iwona Jasiuk and two professors from the Department of Aerospace Engineering (Eric Loth and Ilker Bayer) were recently selected to receive funding from the Grainger Program in Emerging Technologies, a program created by the Grainger Foundation to promote the translation of new academic engineering developments into commercially viable products and services.
December 15, 2008 - Twenty-five teams of MechSE seniors made final presentations of their fall design projects in mid-December. The wide range of projects included the design of a net zero energy house that produces as much energy as it consumes as well as systems for reducing energy consumption in MechSE's Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (MEL).
December 14, 2008 - Professor Andrew AlleyneProfessor Andrew Alleyne received the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Gustus L. Larson Award during the ASME International Mechanical Congress and Exposition last November in Boston.
December 9, 2008 - Two MechSE alumni, Drs. Edward Caulfield and Donald Gall, have been chosen to receive the University of Illinois College of Engineering's highest honor for alumni in 2009: the Alumni Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering. The award, which will be presented to the two alumni during a special convocation in May, recognizes outstanding leadership in the planning and direction of engineering or contributions to knowledge in the field of engineering.
December 7, 2008 - Huseyin Sehitoglu, Department Head and John, Alice, and Sarah Nyquist Endowed Chair, applauds a speaker during his investiture on November 10.MechSE's Department Head, Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu, was invested as the first John, Alice, and Sarah Nyquist Endowed Chair in Mechanical Science and Engineering during a formal ceremony on November 10.
December 1, 2008 - Professor Martin Ostoja-StarzewskiProfessor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski has joined the Editorial Board of Archive of Applied Mechanics, formerly called Ingenieur-Archiv, one of the oldest mechanics journals worldwide.
November 30, 2008 - On Monday, December 8, Pi Tau Sigma will host a MechSE forum in which students, faculty and staff can ask questions, express opinions and make suggestions about coursework, credit, laboratories, facilities, technology and other topics related to the department. All MechSE faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the forum, which will be held at 5 p.m. in 2005 MEL.
November 25, 2008 - Andrew AlleyneAndrew Alleyne, the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering, has been named the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. The Associate Dean for Research is a 50%-time position that will be replacing the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives position.
November 23, 2008 - ME senior Kirk Strebel was one of seven Illinois students to attend the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Boston. The four day conference, which was held October 30 through November 2, gave students from the Illinois chapter a chance to interact with other society sections and learn what goes on at a national level. During the student section committee meeting, they discussed the national organization of student section activities.
November 20, 2008 - SHPE UIUC at the SHPE National ConferenceThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has received the SHPE National Chapter of the Year Award, the most prestigious form of student recognition awarded by the national SHPE executive board.
November 19, 2008 - Students on the winning team included (from left to right) Chun Y. (Peter) Ho, Samantha G. Knoll, Gwang T. Kim and Stuart Hanmer.This November, a dozen student teams put their knowledge of engineering mechanics to the test by putting the projects they'd worked so hard on during the semester into the jaws of a 3-million-pound Southward Emery testing machine.
November 9, 2008 - Professor Albert P. PisanoProfessor Albert P. Pisano, Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) and Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkley, was the guest speaker at the Alwin Schaller Distinguished Lecture Thursday, October 16.