Undergraduate Programs news and more

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Learn about MechSE's undergraduate programs in the articles and blog posts below. The left-hand menu provides links to important information and resources. Additional information is available in the Student Experience and Women in MechSE sections.

MechSE junior discusses startups and more on Grainger podcast
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. Read more.

Video: tour MechSE's Innovation Studio
MechSE undergrad Kush Patel (BSME '22) shows off much of what the Innovation Studio has to offer. Watch the video.

Off-Road Illini compete at Winter Baja
The team and its cars hit the snowy banks of Houghton, Michigan over Valentine's Day weekend. See the photos.

ME undergrad named a 2020 Knight of St. Patrick
Senior Brian Dardón is one of this year's 11 recipients of the honor of being named a Knight of St. Patrick.  Read more.

Scholarship Impact: Moises Reyes
"With the proper support and inspiration, I hope to help underprivileged students become world class engineers.”  Read more.

Alumnus Jackson to head Discovery Partners Institute
William Jackson (BSME '82, MSME '83) to assume leadership position of the world-class center for research and innovation led by the U of I System. Read more.

ME 370: Chopped!
The Fall 2019 semester's assignment for Mechanical Design I? Build a fruit and vegetable chopper!  Read more.

ME 371: Building a transmission
ME senior Stef Anderson talks about her team's design project for ME 371 (Mechanical Design II) that culminated at the end of the fall semester. Read more.

Wise’s startup raises another $46M in funding
Fetch Robotics, the startup of MechSE alumna Melonee Wise (BSME ’04, MSME ’06) raised $46 million in venture capital in July.  Read more.

Lu MEB progress photos: Slideshow 4
Take an up-close look as the Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building is transformed. See the photos.

Troutner makes Forbes list
MechSE alumnus Jason Troutner (BSME ’16) has made the Forbes "30 Under 30" list for 2020. Read more.

Read blog posts from MechSE students

  • Three MechSE undergraduate students—who refer to themselves as the “(Fluid) Dynamic Trio”—share their thoughts on engineering and more. Read more.  
  • In the “Oh, the People You’ll Know!” blog, MechSE undergraduate students are profiled in depth. Read more.
  • MechSE student Taylor Tucker wrote her “Taylor Made” blog throughout her undergraduate years—and then continued after graduation, covering all sorts of topics. Read more.