June 21, 2017 - Daniel Tortorelli retired in the fall semester as the George B. Grim Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He will return to the MechSE department as the George B. Grim Professor Emeritus.
June 20, 2017 - Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt was one of just 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September.
June 19, 2017 - MBO America appointed MechSE alumnus Lance Martin (BSME ’84) to the newly created position of vice president of national accounts. In his new role, Martin will oversee all of MBO America’s national accounts and OEM partnerships.
June 18, 2017 - At this summer's fifth annual GBAM camp (Girls Building Awesome Machines), part of the GAMES series of camps hosted by the College of Engineering, and the coed camp, Exploring MechSE, high school students are immersing themselves in mechanical engineering.
June 14, 2017 - Brian Thomas, the C.J. Gauthier Professor Emeritus in MechSE, was recently named a Distinguished Member and Fellow of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).
June 13, 2017 - Battery research involves electrochemistry, materials science, and transport of ions and electrons – not typical topics of study for mechanical engineers especially at the undergraduate level.
June 12, 2017 - Amy LaViersFollowing up on her 2016 Young Faculty Award from DARPA, Assistant Professor Amy LaViers was awarded extended funding for a third year that will continue to build on her research project, “Choreography of Embodied, Platform-invariant Motion Pri
June 11, 2017 - The department recognized MechSE alumnus Adam Tilton (BSME ’10) this spring as one of its Outstanding Young Alumni for his entrepreneurial accomplishments as a young professional.
June 8, 2017 - This spring, alumnus Eric Anderson (PhD ME ’09) was distinguished as one of MechSE’s Outstanding Young Alumni. Since 2013, Anderson has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where he is a laboratory scientist. His primary focus is on explosives, and he coordinates experiments on explosives testing.
June 6, 2017 - Research from Assistant Professor Chenhui Shao recently earned him a Best Application Paper Award from IISE Transactions on Quality and Reliability
June 5, 2017 - Rui Qiao (PhDME ’04) has been awarded the John R. Jones III Faculty Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
June 1, 2017 - During the fall and spring semesters, MechSE students completed their Senior Capstone Design project—one that not only helped further their knowledge in the field, but also benefits the university. Team members in both semesters worked with Emad Jassim, Director of Undergraduate Programs, to create cooling systems for the server racks in rooms 200 a
May 31, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Michael H. Hites (MSME ’92), an executive with 17 years of experience leading large-scale computing operations for university-based research and innovation, has been named Chief Information Officer at Southern Methodist University. He will begin his new duties effective July 17, 2017.
May 30, 2017 - Assistant Professor Chenhui Shao is working in collaboration with MechSE Research Associate Professor and Technical Assistant Director at NCSA,
May 29, 2017 - MechSE Illinois alumnus Horacio Perez-Blanco (MSME ’76, PhDME ’79) will retire at the end of June, after serving as a mechanical engineering professor for 27 years at Penn State University. A news article on the Penn State website said Perez-Blanco keeps fond memories of his advisers at the University of Illinois, including professors S. L. Soo and B. T. Chao.