Alumni Blog

R Davis Born

Young alum’s work covers land, sea, space

June 11, 2020 - R. Davis Born has worked with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, on board the R/V Robert C. Seamans ship, and at SpaceX.
Jennifer Lin

Alumna enjoys creative challenges found in hardware engineering, product design

June 3, 2020 - As a Hardware Engineer and Product Designer at Samsara, Jennifer Lin (BSME '15) works with the electrical and new product introduction engineers to design enclosures for gateways and sensors.
Neal Boyer

The magic of mechanical engineering

May 11, 2020 - A mechanical engineering degree unlocks a wide variety of career opportunities—even magic!
Chris Nobre

Nobre's road to Amazon

April 15, 2020 - Chris Nobre (BSME '15) is now blazing a path as Program Manager of Emerging Countries for Amazon.
Taylor Boyke

From CU to New Zealand, this alumna took the road less traveled

April 8, 2020 - Taylor Boyke, a 2016 alumna who majored in mechanical engineering and Spanish, has begun building a career in consulting, thanks to her strong foundation in engineering.
Erin Sangsomwong

M.Eng.ME degree gives boost to alumna’s Boeing career

March 11, 2020 - Boeing engineer Erin Sangsomwong knew that an M.Eng.ME degree from Illinois - completed all online - would significantly enhance her career.
Dr. Patricia Weisensee

Weisensee making big strides early in academic career

November 20, 2019 - A new assistant professor at Washington University St. Louis, alumna Patty Weisensee studies the interactions of liquids and solids for energy applications. Focusing on experimental study, most of her research is fundamental and in turn has a vast array of possible applications.
John P. O"Donnell

Alumnus donates two paintings to Beckman

November 12, 2019 - MechSE alum John P. O'Donnell (BSME '92) created several pieces of art that now hangs in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, thanks to a donation from O'Donnell.
John Davis, Lincoln Motor Company

Davis, Lincoln Aviator chief engineer, celebrates 30 years at Ford

November 6, 2019 - Alumnus John Davis (BSME '89) uses his mechanical engineering education as the Global Chief Program Engineer for Ford's new Lincoln Aviator.
Lance Hibbeler

Hibbeler maximizes impact with EVS, Grainger Match

November 1, 2019 - Two-time alumnus Lance Hibbeler (MSME ‘09, MSTAM ‘11, PhDME ‘14) had an incredible education at Illinois - at no cost, thanks to scholarships - and is paying it forward with the Lance C. Hibbeler Mechanical Science and Engineering Visionary Scholarship Fund.
Nathan and Betsy Alderman

First came calc, then came marriage

September 20, 2019 - Alumnus Nathan Alderman (BSEM '12) and his wife Betsy's life together began on the steps of Altgeld Hall.
Bilal Mehdi

Alum built foundation for career in autonomy at Illinois

September 10, 2019 - Bilal Mehdi is helping to keep GM at the forefront of the field by developing technology that will pave the way for the next-generation of self-driving cars.
Curtis Goffinski

Alumnus shares experiences in the manufacturing world

June 4, 2019 - Alum Curtis Goffinski uses his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering in his role as an engineer at Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc.
Diana Betancourt-Roldan

MSME alumna enforces nuclear plant safety at NRC

May 15, 2019 - Diana Betancourt-Roldán (MSME '12) now works as the Senior Resident Inspector at the Byron nuclear power plant in Illinois.
Wendy Crone

MechSE alumna thrives as SEM President

April 9, 2019 - Engineering mechanics alumna Wendy Crone is serving as the 2018-19 President of SEM.
Andrew Lamore

Q&A with Andrew Lamore, M.Eng.ME alumnus

March 28, 2019 - Now an engineer at The Boeing Company, Lamore reflects on how the MEngME program helped him begin a great career.
Chicago Makers to Watch

Two startups from MechSE alumni are Chicago Makers to Watch

March 11, 2019 - Alumni Bryan Wilcox and Roger Ady are founders of companies that have been named "Makers to Watch" in the city of Chicago.
Ishaan Pakrasi

MechSE alumnus breaking barriers in a unique career path

February 21, 2019 - Ishaan Pakrasi (BSME '16, MSME '18) has found his niche in the makings of a career that combine engineering and art.
Michael Wood-Lewis

Wood-Lewis connects neighbors through online community

January 14, 2019 - Alumnus Michael Wood-Lewis (BSME '88, MBA-MSME '91) created the Front Porch Forum in their hometown as an effort to build community. The platform now encompasses the entire state of Vermont.
Ken Gall

Alumnus balances life in academia with the world of startups

December 11, 2018 - Ken Gall (BSME, MSME, PhDME) has been unstoppable in the worlds of academia and entrepreneurship.