Phillips celebrates 50 years at Illinois
On August 29, faculty, staff, and friends gathered to celebrate Professor Emeritus Jim Phillips, who was marking 50 years since he joined the Illinois faculty.
Jim joined the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) in 1969. TAM merged with Mechanical Engineering to form the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) in 2005.
“Jim was the faculty who was taking care of the TAM program. He was the foundation of the TAM program,” said Professor Petros Sofronis, MechSE’s Associate Head for Mechanics Programs. “Jim was the person who was monitoring the progress of every graduate student in the department. Jim was instrumental in maintaining the quality of the TAM program. This is a tradition we’re trying to maintain and continue today. Jim, we thank you for what you’ve done for the TAM program and for me personally.”