News Archive

Off Road Illini

Competition season revs up for Off-Road Illini

April 27, 2018 - The Baja SAE team, which includes many MechSE students, entered their first competition of the season last weekend in Maryland.
Ashley Armstrong

Armstrong honored for graduate student leadership

April 27, 2018 - PhD candidate Ashley Armstrong was recognized for her outstanding work with ENVISION, the outreach organization she founded.
SungWoo Nam

Nam’s graphene origami improves chemical detection for soldiers

April 25, 2018 - SungWoo Nam continues his discovery of the benefits of graphene - this time by folding it origami-style and mechanically tuning it to allow soldiers to better detect chemicals in the field.
Joseph Bentsman

Faculty team bringing the robotics to robotic surgery

April 24, 2018 - MechSE professors Joseph Bentsman, Leonardo Chamorro, and Martin Ostoja-Starzewski are breaking ground on innovative technology that combines robotics and electrosurgery.
HexNest Mark Van den Avont

Freshman’s innovative mat can improve cost, safety for athletes

April 23, 2018 - MechSE freshman Mark Van den Avont has developed a safer, cheaper mat that aims to dramatically improve the safety of gymnasts and other athletes.
Jonghyun Choi and Michael Cai Wang

Choi, Wang win highly competitive MRS award

April 20, 2018 - Grad students Jonghyun Choi and Michael Cai Wang were two winners of Materials Research Society's GSA award, for which over 5,000 students submit abstracts for consideration.
Justin DeWitte

Alumnus DeWitte named CEO at Graham Healthcare

April 18, 2018 - MechSE alumnus Justin DeWitte (BSME '96, MSME '98) was named CEO of Graham Healthcare Group Hospice.
Judith Liebman

Liebman recognized among 150 women for Illinois sesquicentennial

April 16, 2018 - Judith Liebman, MechSE's first female tenured professor, was named among Illinois' "150 for 150: Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women."
Sameh Tawfick

Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight

April 13, 2018 - MechSE's Sameh Tawfick and postdoctoral fellow Caterina Lamuta have designed super-strong artificial muscles.
MechSE Staff Award for Exemplary Service

Moxley, Muskin named exemplary MechSE staff in 2018

April 12, 2018 - Paula Moxley and Joe Muskin were recognized by their peers for the MechSE Staff Award for Exemplary Service.
Tonghun Lee

Lee, army researchers conduct first-ever combustion experiment with X-rays

April 12, 2018 - Working with U.S. Army researchers, MechSE associate professor Tonghun Lee made an historic first with an experiment in a gas turbine combustor using X-rays.
Naira Hovakimyan

Hovakimyan offers keynote at cyber-physical systems workshop

April 11, 2018 - Professor Naira Hovakimyan was invited to present a keynote lecture at the National Science Foundation's conference to advance research and development in cyber-physical systems.

Schmidt advancing street sweeper engine tech

April 10, 2018 - Alumnus Ron Schmidt (BSME ’82), VP of technology development at Elgin Sweeper, has spearheaded an engineering breakthrough in the street sweeper industry.
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler

Hsiao-Wecksler named among 150 accomplished women in Illinois history

April 9, 2018 - "150 for 150: Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women," part of the campus sesquicentennial celebrations, includes MechSE professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler.
Nagendra Palle

Palle named COO at VaaS

April 6, 2018 - Global leader in image recognition, data, and analytical technology, hires MechSE alumnus Nagendra Palle (PhDME ’93).
Missy Biehl, Gehr Dullerud, Stephanie Ott-Monsivais, Sanjiv Sinha

Four from MechSE named Outstanding Advisors

April 5, 2018 - Missy Biehl, Geir Dullerud, Stephanie Ott-Monsivais, and Sanjiv Sinha were named 2018 Engineering Council Outstanding Advisors.
Harley Johnson

Johnson’s leadership, service has impact across UI system

April 4, 2018 - In the last several years, Professor Harley Johnson has been appointed to serve on college, campus, and university system-level committees that impact faculty research, diversity, and other major topics.
Kevin Wise

Alumnus Wise elected NAE member

April 3, 2018 - Three-time MechSE alumnus Kevin Wise has been named to the National Academy of Engineering.
Thiago Marinho

Graduate student earns coveted internship at X

April 2, 2018 - PhD candidate Thiago Marinho has been selected as an intern at X (the company previously known as Google X).
Leonardo Chamorro

Chamorro team’s advances on passive flow control published in PNAS

March 29, 2018 - MechSE's Leonardo Chamorro's group and collaborators from Purdue are using a bio-inspired coating to control separated flows.