News Archive

Naira Hovakimyan

Hovakimyan kicks off NSF project to test package delivery via drones, ride-sharing vehicles

February 11, 2019 - Naira Hovakimyan's "SYNergetic DROne delivery network in MEtropolis" study will examine the feasibility of using a combination of drones and ride-sharing vehicles to deliver packages to consumers.
Mattia Gazzola

Gazzola, colleagues develop ag robots in response to labor shortage

February 6, 2019 - A diverse group of Illinois researchers are working together to develop robots capable of reducing the agricultural industry’s reliance on manual labor.
Richard Keane

Keane retirement wraps 20+ years of teaching

February 5, 2019 - After 24 years in the department, Dr. Richard Keane celebrates his retirement.
Chenhui Shao

First course of its kind prepares students for big data in manufacturing

February 1, 2019 - Chenhui Shao has created a new course, Manufacturing Data and Quality Systems, that is one of the first of its kind in the country, aiming to prepare students to tackle the big data analytics that are becoming more prevalent in manufacturing.
Naira Hovakimyan

Hovakimyan: Drones, AI can help farmers grow more food

January 31, 2019 - MechSE Professor Naira Hovakimyan discusses how technology such as drones and artificial intelligence can help farmers grow more food.
james pikul

King, alumnus Pikul, colleagues develop “metallic wood”

January 30, 2019 - MechSE alumnus James Pikul (now at the University of Pennsylvania), MechSE professor Bill King, MatSE faculty, and other colleagues have developed a sheet of nickel with nanoscale pores that make it as strong as titanium but four to five times lighter.
Anna Alvarez

Alvarez receives NBT manufacturing scholarship

January 28, 2019 - Undergrad Anna Alvarez won a scholarship from Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs to support her education.
Gaurav Chaudhary and Randy Ewoldt

MechSE team helping to unravel the mysteries of the hagfish's slimy defense

January 28, 2019 - Research from Gaurav Chaudhary and Randy Ewoldt has gained widespread attention since publication.
Seok Kim

Groundbreaking new reusable adhesive works underwater

January 26, 2019 - Professor Seok Kim has developed a ground-breaking adhesive that's strong, reversible, and works when submerged in water.
Joseph Bentsman

Mold oscillator control research impacts steel industry, transitions to academia

January 22, 2019 - Research and development on a mold oscillator control, from Joseph Bentsman and Brian Thomas, is providing real-time results for Nucor Steel Decator and other companies in the steel industry.
Kevin Wise

Wise presents inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Seminar

January 21, 2019 - Kevin Wise presented the department's first MechSE Distinguished Alumnus Seminar on January 15, 2019.
Naira Hovakimyan

AIAA features Hovakimyan as plenary lecturer

January 18, 2019 - MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan was honored at the AIAA's 2019 Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Conference on January 10.
MechSE Illinois

Alumnus Najjar named ASME Fellow

January 15, 2019 - ME alumnus Fady Najjar was named a 2018 ASME Fellow.
Mohamed Elhebeary

Elhebeary wins MRS graduate student award

January 11, 2019 - PhD candidate Mohamed Elhebeary was one of just 24 students internationally to win the Silver Award from the Materials Research Society in the fall.
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Ostoja-Starzewski features work on mechanics of helically wound cables

January 10, 2019 - "Three-dimensional vibrations of a helically wound cable modeled as a Timoshenko rod" was the work featured on the site Advances in Engineering in November 2018.
Pega Hrnjak

Hrnjak named Stoecker Faculty Fellow

December 21, 2018 - ACRC Director Pega Hrnjak becomes the first Research Professor in MechSE to receive this distinction.
Arend van der Zande

van der Zande wins CAREER Award to explore mechanics of 2D material heterostructures

December 21, 2018 - The driving vision in Assistant Professor Arend van der Zande’s work is to push mechanics to its ultimate limits in size to bring the unique capabilities of soft materials to electronic systems.
Brian Thomas and Joseph Bentsman

Bentsman, Thomas win 2018 AIST award for work on continuous caster control

December 19, 2018 - Professors Joseph Bentsman and Brian Thomas, along with MechSE PhD candidate Zhelin Chen, won the 2018 Best Paper Award from the Association for Iron and Steel Technology.
Katie Matlack

More researchers support outreach with Paper 2 Tree

December 18, 2018 - Professors Katie Matlack and Alison Dunn, donated trees to be planted during this fall's Paper 2 Tree event. Chenhui Shao, Aimy Wissa, and Mattia Gazzola also led outreach activities at area schools.
Gaurav Bahl

Bahl research selected as top development of 2018

December 17, 2018 - Gaurav Bahl's research on "time-reversal symmetry breaking with acoustic pumping of nanophotonic circuits" was named a top 30 development in 2018 in the field of optical science.