Undergraduate Blog

The Eco-Illini are taking Houston by storm this weekend.

2014 Shell Eco-Marathon - update 1

April 25, 2014 -
Two MechSE alumni share their experiences working for the engineering firm Sargent & Lundy.

Alumni generate designs for the power industry

April 15, 2014 - Dave Wright (BSME '82) and Kevin Traeger (BSME '02, MSME '05) present to the ME 390 class.Dave Wright, Senior Vice President at Sargent & Lundy, has worked at the engineering and consulting firm for more than 30 years now. However, the company’s history and milestones trace back far before Wright (BSME ’82) began his journey there.
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Taylor attends a humorous and informative presentation at EOH by Dr. James McLurkin.

Taylor-Made: Changing the world, one swarm at a time

April 13, 2014 - This year’s Engineering Open House keynote speaker was Dr. James McLurkin, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rice University. He researches swarm robotics, which involves many autonomous robots acting in a group and communicating with each other. He lectures around the world and won the Lemelson-MIT student prize as an undergraduate at MIT.
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MechSE alumni now at Caterpillar share their thoughts on how Illinois prepared them for their careers.

Leaders at Caterpillar visit Illinois

April 6, 2014 - When Dana Coldren (MSME ’90), engineering manager at Caterpillar, hired MechSE alumni Sunil Bean (BSEM ’12) and Jess Perschbacher (BSME ’02, MSME ’04), both joined the Leadership and Technical Development Programs (LTDP) at the company.
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Taylor goes all over campus to give us her top spots for studying.

Taylor-Made: Oh great, there isn’t any room

March 30, 2014 - Everyone knows you can study in the Undergrad Library, or Grainger, or the main library. Most dorms have a study area as well. I don’t know about you, but I like finding places that might not be as well known. Here is a list of what I’ve come across so far. I know there are more, but I’ve been here for just over one semester, so cut me some slack.
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Amanda survives an epic exam and transitioning into new courses.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Epic exams, new classes, more adventures

March 27, 2014 - I’ve realized that I’ve spent a lot of my time during the past couple entries talking about my adventures throughout Europe and not much on actual university things in Stockholm, so in honor of the start of the new period on this side, I dedicate this week to exams, classes, and school!
Scott Daigle speaks to students about his startup and his journey to success.

MechSE alumnus aims for entrepreneurial success with IntelliWheels

March 25, 2014 - Scott Daigle demonstrates one of his company's innovative wheelchairs.The IntelliWheels commercial opens with Josh George, a five-time Paralympic medalist, pulling a 3,000 pound car as he glides across the screen on a wheelchair. Scott Daigle (BSME ’09, MSME ’11), IntelliWheels co-founder and CEO walks on screen to challenge George’s strength.
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Alumnus Ann Zuzuly lays out her methods for getting a job after graduation.

A graduate’s guide to securing a career

March 23, 2014 - “People make an impression of you within the first 30 seconds and it’s really hard to get rid of that impression,” Ann Zuzuly (BSME '13) said to a class of ME 390 students. “Think about your personal brand right now and what you want it to be in the future.”
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The first of our new Alumni Advisor Series videos features MechSE alumnus Neel Kashkari (BSME 95, MSME 97).

Alumni Advisor Series: Neel Kashkari

March 20, 2014 -     Video editor: Lyanne Alfaro
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Paula talks about her very active life at Illinois so far.

Spotlight on MechSE freshman Paula Stocco

March 18, 2014 - Name: Paula Stocco Major: Mechanical Engineering Involvement: ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Alternative Winter Break, and Undergraduate Research Hometown: Oak Park, IL How have your engineering classes been so far?
Taylor discovers some intriguing displays of engineering at this year's EOH.

Taylor-Made: An afternoon at EOH

March 17, 2014 - As I’m sure everyone knows, Engineering Open House took place this past weekend.  There’s a good reason for all the hype about it. Let me walk you through what I saw in the span of a few hours. 
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Photos from Engineering Open House, March 14-15, 2014

Engineering Open House 2014

March 16, 2014 - MechSE had an excellent showing at Engineering Open House this year. The awards for outstanding MechSE exhibits are below (determined by the MechSE EOH Awards Committee):1st place: ASME2nd place: SWE3rd place: SEM3rd place: SAEBest New Exhibit: SWE Girls Club We also congratulate the following MechSE or MechSE-affiliated student societies who won college-level awards:
The fair drew about 100 undergraduate MechSE students on March 12.

SEM Undergraduate Research Fair a Big Hit

March 12, 2014 - The SEM Undergraduate Research Fair, hosted by MechSE and the Society for Experimental Mechanics, drew a crowd of about 100 to Mechanical Engineering Lab the evening of March 12. The fair gave undergrads the chance to discuss available research opportunities with faculty. Professor Ken Christensen, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs for MechSE, provided a brief presentation before students walked around to view the research group posters and chat with faculty about their research groups.
Amanda takes a weekend trip to northern Sweden, goes dogsledding, enjoys snow shoeing, and experiences the Northern Lights.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Adventures in Lappland

March 10, 2014 - Well, I survived my trip to Lappland. Barely. While I was up north, I got into a fight with Sweden’s fifth largest lake and the meter-thick layer of ice on top of it. My face lost, the ice won, and I walked away with a minor concussion. But other than that, the trip was absolutely awesome!
Taylor took a very snowy trip to Michigan Tech with the Society of Women Engineers.

Taylor-Made: Journey to the Center of the Snow Globe

March 4, 2014 - As dawn broke over Valentine’s Day, I got on a bus and rode for nine hours up to Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Michigan. Houghton sits on a river in the Upper Peninsula. MTU’s campus is on a hillside, with a ski hill (Mt. Ripley) right across the river.
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Eric Bartsch retraces his journey from MechSE to preparing for an epic flight.

Alumnus takes engineering to new heights

March 3, 2014 - Eric Bartsch, MSME '95If all goes as planned in 2016, Eric Bartsch will retrace American aviator Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight across the Bering Sea. His modern floatplane will run on biofuels.
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Urbana elementary students receive a lesson in engineering, thanks to both current and former MechSE undergraduates.

SHPE mentors students from Leal Elementary School Bilingual Program

February 27, 2014 - Five members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), three of whom are current or former MechSE students, worked with another Illinois student, Irisbel Sanchez, to engage fifth grade bilingual students at Leal Elementary School in Urbana in engineering and manufacturing.
In her first blog post, Taylor sums up the goings-on of MechSE's student socities.

Taylor-Made: The societies here are busy in a good way

February 26, 2014 - Recently, I got to go to MechSE’s Student Societies Luncheon. Basically the class presidents and heads of student societies get together to talk about what they’re doing and discuss things they want to change or work on.
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Tad Logullo's costume and impersonation as The Joker won him a trip to the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

MechSE sophomore wins big on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

February 25, 2014 - Logullo in his Joker costume after his big win.The excitement began the week before, when Ellen DeGeneres sent out several tweets about planning a big surprise for the University of Illinois on Monday, February 24. Then she told everyone to come to the Quad dressed as their favorite movie character.
MechSE undergraduate Amanda Steelman blogs about her study abroad in Sweden.

Amanda Goes to Sweden: Exploring Amsterdam

February 20, 2014 - Well, I’m back! It’s been a busy past couple weeks. Two weeks ago some MechSE alumni came to visit for a couple days! It was cool to have them around, and it forced me to be a bit more of a tourist. But it was great to have some friends come visit.