December 31, 2002 - In the photo, Nichols is flanked by Milt Davis (l), a member of the Board of Directors of the Dads Association, and Professor Ty Newell (r).Donna Nichols, Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Students, has received an Outstanding Staff Member Award from the Dads Association of the University of Illinois. Nichols has been advising undergraduate students in the department since 1993. Before joining M&IE, she was an executive recruiter for engineers and physicians.
December 31, 2002 - Six faculty members have received named professorships in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engieering and the College of Engineering. Endowed professorships are given to individuals who are leaders in their field and who have an outstanding record of professional accomplishment.
December 31, 2002 - Seven faculty members have received Faculty Scholar appointments from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the College of Engineering. Faculty Scholar awards recognize outstanding assistant, associate, and recently promoted full professors.
December 31, 2002 - EnergyPlus, a computer program that models expected energy use in commercial and residential buildings, has received an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. The awards, which have been called the "Oscars of Invention," honor the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year.
December 31, 2002 - M&IE professors have received a number of prestigious awards over the past year. Many are listed on page 10 of the M&IE Observer, Spring 2003 issue. Since press time, M&IE has learned that Richard Buckius, professor and head of mechanical and industrial engineering, has received the 2003 Ralph Coats Roe Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. The award recognizes a mechanical engineering educator who is an outstanding teacher and who has made notable professional contributions.
August 14, 2002 - Seichi KonzoThe August 15, 2002, issue of Inside Illinois features an article on late M&IE professor Seichi Konzo's role in the early history of home cooling.
August 13, 2002 - M&IE professors John Georgiadis and Mark Shannon are among the principal investigators mentioned in the article "Funding gushes in for UI center," published in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette on August 14, 2002.
June 21, 2002 - Prof. Emeritus Will StoeckerProf. Emeritus Will Stoecker received the Distinguished Fifty-Year Member Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers at the group's 2002 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 22, 2002.
May 31, 2002 - Professor Sheldon JacobsonProf. Sheldon Jacobson's recent work on the pricing of combination pediatric vaccines was profiled in the June 2002 issue of IIE Solutions, the monthly professional journal of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (see p. 10).
May 3, 2002 - Professor Herman KrierProf. Herman Krier talked about the combustion properties of hydrogen in the article ADM plant back online after blast, published in the Decatur Herald & Review on Saturday, May 4, 2002.
March 31, 2002 - Professor Herman KrierProf. Herman Krier was awarded a Certificate for Outstanding Sustained Contribution to Combustion Technology and Dedicated Service to JANNAF by the Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force Interagency Propulsion Committee. The award was presented in recognition of Prof. Krier's work toward advancing the state of the art of chemical rocket propulsion science and technology, and his efforts to further the goals and objectives of JANNAF.
December 31, 2001 - Professor Andrew AlleyneProf. Andrew Alleyne has been selected as one of the first two Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professors in the College of Engineering. The professorship recognizes outstanding faculty members in the early stages of their careers. Prof. Alleyne was also selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Netherlands for the 2002-03 academic year.
December 31, 2001 - Prof. Armand Beaudoin, Prof. Geir Dullerud and Prof. Sheldon Jacobson have been named Willett Faculty Scholars by the College of Engineering. The award targets faculty members in the early stages of their careers who excel in their contributions to the University of Illinois.
December 31, 2001 - Prof. Emeritus Bei Tse ChaoProf. Emeritus Bei Tse Chao has been named an Honorary Member by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in recognition of his lifetime of service to engineering. Prof. Chao is internationally renowned for his pioneering research contributions in the areas of heat transfer, metal cutting and multiphase flow.
December 31, 2001 - Prof. John WalkerProf. John Walker has been elected to Phi Kappa Phi, a multidisciplinary national honor society whose purpose is to encourage and recognize excellence in scholarship throughout institutions of higher learning.
December 31, 2001 - Prof. Thomas MackinProf. Thomas Mackin has been named a White House Executive Office Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has taken a leave of absence from M&IE to serve for one year in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where his work will support state-federal technology partnership activities aimed at enhancing state-federal cooperation and technology-based economic growth.
December 31, 2001 - Prof. Emeritus Judith LiebmanProf. Emeritus Judith Liebman received the Alumni Recognition Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder for her service to the college. She has been an active member of the CU-Boulder engineering advisory council since 1992, and also serves as vice chair of the CU Foundation board.
December 31, 2001 - Prof. Clark BullardProf. Clark Bullard was elevated to the grade of Fellow at the 2002 Winter Meeting of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in January. Bullard was the founding director of the University of Illinois Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center (ACRC) in 1989, retiring as director in 2001.
November 1, 2001 - Professor Tom MackinA lecture that Prof. Tom Mackin prepared for his Mechanics of Materials Failure class in the aftermath of the September 11 events has generated an international response, as reported in "UI prof's trade center analysis gets attention" in The News-Gazette on November 2, 2001.
September 16, 2001 - Pega HrnjakPega Hrnjak, co-director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center, was featured in an article about ammonia's potential as a refrigerant in "Ammonia may be cheaper way to cool supermarkets" in The News-Gazette on September 17, 2001.