Graduate Blog

Nishana Ismail is recognized for her success and entrepreneurism by the Illinois Technology Foundation.

Grad student and entrepreneur honored with Fifty for the Future Award

March 24, 2015 - MechSE grad student Nishana Ismail (MSME ’13) has received a Fifty for the Future Award. Hosted by the Illinois Technology Foundation, the Fifty for the Future event honors University of Illinois students who have shown determination and dedication to the advancement of technology. This year, ITF presented the awards on March 10.
MechSE grad student Jacob Wagner receives IGERT fellowship, which has allowed him to study neuroscience and conduct interdisciplinary research.

IGERT trainee uses Baxter to manipulate flexible objects

March 24, 2015 - In the Bretl Research Group, MechSE graduate student Jacob Wagner will test the group’s theoretical research on flexible object manipulation using the Baxter research robot.
Grad student Gregory Hardy is using his NSF Fellowship to study methods of improving efficient heat transfer.

NSF fellow seeks heat transfer optimization using vortex generators

March 17, 2015 - Gregory HardyTo Gregory Hardy, his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awarded last year, is the product of three years of commitment to the application process.
A few photos from our annual graduate student poster session!

MechSE Grad Annual Poster Session Photos

March 12, 2015 - A few pics of our students in action!
Grad student Alan Gaglio is using his NSF-funded IGERT traineeship to develop adaptive technology for wheelchair use.

IGERT recipient embarks on wheelchair research with IntelliWheels

March 11, 2015 - During school hours, first-year MechSE graduate student Alan Gaglio delves into neuroengineering classes. After hours, he works alongside local startup IntelliWheels to facilitate wheelchair use with adaptive technology.
The Spring 2015 Seminar Schedule is out!

Seminar Schedule, Spring 2015

January 27, 2015 - MechSE Seminar Series Spring 2015 Tuesday, February 3Professor Derk JoesterNorthwestern University“Interfaces and Interphases in Biomineralization”Host: Professor Sascha Hilgenfeldt Tuesday, February 10Professor Robert PitzVanderbilt University“Cellular Tubular Flames: A Model of Preferential Diffusion and Extinction in H2 Fueled Laminar and Turbulent Flames”Hosts: Professors Moshe Matalon and Nenad Miljikovic
Ritu is back "in motion" and reinvigorated after attending three very different conferences.

San Antonio, Boston, Oahu

January 22, 2015 - Hello World!
Applicant pool represents 43 countries around the world.

Another Batch of Applications From Around the World!

January 13, 2015 - It's a new year, and we have a new batch of applicants for 2015.  Our applicant pool has been steady with over 1000 submitted applications annually.  Each year the committee is excited to review potential candidates for our programs.  This year's pool has grown even further and represents 43 countries around the world!   Australia
FAQ for Fall 15 Applicants

Applying FAQ

December 8, 2014 - Hello all! We are excited to be receiving your applications for Fall 2015 admission. Please keep in mind that we receive a high volume of applications and will work to update the status of your documents in the My.MechSE system as quickly as possible. We have been receiving many questions at mechse-gradillinois [dot] edu, and there are 3 items I would like to make sure you are aware of:
MechSE Grad visits Georgia Tech

MechSE Grad On the Road

November 20, 2014 - Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking to Pi Tau Sigma students at Georgia Tech.  What a great group of students!  It was great to talk to them about our programs and the projects our students are engaged in.  Couldn't attend?  Check out my presentation here.
Wow - Fall Semester is Flying By!

November already?!

October 30, 2014 - It's been a very busy semester at MechSE Grad!  There have been so many activities including our annual MERGE visit, the MechSE Fellowship banquet, the MechSE open house, and so much more!  We're continuing a busy semester on the road.
MEB and MEL are buzzing with activity!

Fall 2014 in full swing for grad students

September 28, 2014 - Recently MechSE Grad Women (MGW) and Graduate MechSE Students (GraMS) have held their elections for their new leadership and they have also been busy planning new events for this semester.  Stay tuned for those announcements to be sent out via email.  Want to learn more about MGW and GraMS?  Their websites can be found at our Grad Student Life page.
The Fall 2014 semester is in full motion!

Fall Semester Underway!

September 11, 2014 - We can't believe that we are already through the 3rd week in the semester!  MEB and MEL are buzzing with activity. MechSE has announced its Fall 2014 Internal NSF Competition to assist students in applying for National Science Foundation Fellowships.  Essays must be submitted to me, Katrina Hagler, by 5:00 p.m. on October 14th.  Essays can be turned in either electronically or in hard copy.  The competition is open to MechSE graduate students and MechSE seniors.  Any questions, please contact us!
Fall 2014 Workshops and Presentations for Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities, Fall 2014

September 11, 2014 - Career Fair Success for Graduate StudentsSept. 16th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.210 Illini UnionWe’ll break down the dreaded “elevator speech,” practice talking to employers about skills and experiences, and develop strategies for making connections at career fairs.Presented by the Graduate College  
The fall semester is upon us!

What should I register for this fall?

August 6, 2014 - Here are some FAQ regarding course registration which we thought would be helpful as students get ready for the fall semester.  We look forward to seeing our students return from summer break!  
Ritu blogs about her most recent research exchange - this time from MIT in Boston.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Taking my own advice at MIT

August 3, 2014 - Hello World!
Ritu wraps up her six weeks abroad with thoughtful tips for those traveling internationally for research.

Ritu’s Mechanics of Motion: Tips and tricks for success abroad, week 6

July 9, 2014 - Hello World! I have wrapped up my time in Singapore – I can hardly believe that I lived and worked in another country for six whole weeks! I’d grown quite accustomed to the Singaporean environment and will miss many aspects of my life there as I return to Champaign-Urbana. All the same, I miss being “home” and am excited to return to the University of Illinois!
Ritu discovers her learning style strengths and weaknesses, uses an AFM on her samples, and visits Kuala Lumpur.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Learning about my learning style, week 5

June 24, 2014 - Hello World! The weeks are absolutely flying by, and I feel barely able to process all the thoughts flying through my brain! First and foremost, I was able to do several trial runs of my muscle strip stiffness measurements on an atomic force microscope (AFM) located in one of the research buildings/institutes (“SMART” – Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) in the newest part of campus, University Town.
Ritu compares the ins and outs of the biotechnology industries in Singapore and the U.S.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Thoughts on biotechnology, week 4

June 16, 2014 - This week was off to a great start—our journal paper on engineered skeletal muscle based bio-bots (in which I am co-first author along with a fellow lab mate) was accepted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences! It feels great to have our work recognized by such a prestigious journal and hopefully marks the start to many productive years ahead.
In her third week in Singapore, Ritu can finally get down to the real business in the lab.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Getting down to business, week 3

June 4, 2014 - Hello World! Things are finally coming together in Singapore! My trainings are complete, I have all the required access cards, all my required reagents have arrived, and it’s time to get down to real work.