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Medical device innovator and MechSE alumnus Cass Grandone (BSME '83) joins firm after long career at Abbott Labs.

Grandone to head product development at Theranos

May 17, 2017 -   Theranos has announced that a key role has been filled on the company’s executive team, with the arrival of MechSE alumnus Cass Grandone (BSME ’83) as Senior Vice President of Product Development. Grandone’s career has included R&D roles of increasing responsibility, including leading the delivery of Abbott’s multi-billion dollar ARCHITECT and Accelerator diagnostic platforms.
MechSE alumnus James Adams (BSME '91) offered career advice to this semester's graduating seniors.

Robust experiences fuel Adams’ advice to graduating students

May 16, 2017 -   MechSE alumnus James Adams (BSME ’91) was the featured speaker at the spring graduation brunch on May 13, where he offered sage career advice to MechSE’s graduating seniors.   “One of the things I want to stress is: Never stop learning. As soon as you think you’ve figured it out is the most dangerous time, because people are always nipping at your heels,” he said. “Improve every day.
Professor Emeritus Tad Addy was honored earlier this spring with the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

Addy receives College’s Distinguished Alumni award

May 15, 2017 -   As the academic year comes to a close, MechSE continues to honor the recognition this spring of one of our most celebrated alumni.    A.L.
Alumnus Kewen Han (PhDME '17) squeezed in one more honor before graduating from MechSE.

Han wins Chinese government award

May 15, 2017 - New alumnus Kewen Han (PhdME ’17) has received a Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students studying abroad.  
MechSE Professor Emeritus Ron Adrian was the 2017 Honorary Degree recipient for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Adrian receives 2017 Honorary Degree from Illinois

May 14, 2017 - MechSE Professor Emeritus Ron Adrian (center) receives the 2017 Honorary Degree from Illinois President Timothy Killeen (left) and College of Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris.
The new leader of Industrial and Systems Engineering received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Illinois in 1995.

Lawley named department head at Texas A&M

May 10, 2017 - MechSE alumnus Mark Lawley (PhDME ’95) has been appointed head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. This new appointment for Lawley, who has been serving as interim head of the department, is effective June 1.  
ME sophomore Megan Glaeser is featured in our series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Megan Glaeser

May 10, 2017 -   Megan Glaeser enjoys problem solving, which is why she chose to go into the engineering profession.    “Physics and calculus have been a passion of mine since I was introduced to them,” she shared.
Funding from the award will help further Nam's research into mechanical deformation of atomically-thin materials.

Nam wins Hanwha award to advance his research

May 7, 2017 -   Assistant Professor SungWoo Nam was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Hanwha Advanced Materials Non-Tenure Faculty Award.  
Huseyin Sehitoglu and graduate student Avinesh Ojha received a Best Paper Award from Shape Memory and Superelasticity.

Sehitoglu paper named journal’s best of 2016

May 4, 2017 -   A paper – “Critical Stress for Twinning, Slip, and Transformation in Ti-Based Shape Memory Alloys” – written by Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu and his graduate student Avinesh Ojha received the Best Paper Award from the journal
ME junior Edgar Mejia is featured in our new series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Edgar Mejia

May 3, 2017 -   Edgar Mejia, a junior in mechanical engineering, is committed to making a difference in the world. Edgar studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden, where he learned about engineering’s role in environmental sustainability. He is excited by the opportunities a degree from the College of Engineering will offer.    “I have always been attracted to the development of technology.
The life-size statue celebrates women engineers and their contributions to bettering our world through engineering.

New campus statue honors women in engineering

April 30, 2017 -   Photo by Taylor Tucker.
Research Associate Professor in MechSE, Seid Koric, was named the Technical Assistant Director at NSCA.

Koric takes on new leadership role at NCSA

April 30, 2017 -   Seid Koric, Research Associate Professor in MechSE, was named the Technical Assistant Director at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.    He will deliver strategic directions and manage the technical and professional activities of
Professor Jon Freund won the 2017 Campus Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award.

Freund named top faculty mentor on campus

April 27, 2017 -   MechSE Professor and Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering Jonathan Freund was honored at a university-wide banquet Tuesday night with the Campus Excellence in Faculty Mentoring
Several MechSE undergrads made it to the finalist round of the 2017 Cozad Competition.

MechSE students show entrepreneurial savvy as Cozad finalists

April 25, 2017 - Five MechSE undergraduate students were on four of the 18 final teams that competed in the 2017 Cozad New Venture Competition, a Technology Entrepreneur Center program that encourages students to create new businesses based on a topic of their choice. This year’s team finalists included the following (MechSE students are identified in parentheses).
Flex-N-Gate owner and MechSE Distinguished Alumnus Shahid Khan has become a popular man in the Motor City.

Khan to open manufacturing plant in Detroit

April 24, 2017 - Flex-N-Gate owner and businessman Shahid Khan (L), greets Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan before a groundbreaking ceremony for a Flex-N-Gate manufacturing facility in the I-94 Industrial Park in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Brittany Greeson
Sam Tawfick's novel nanotube structure strengthens thin film for flexible electronics.

Tawfick’s “wonder material” 50x stronger for flexible electronics

April 23, 2017 -   Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at Illinois have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles, that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.   “The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the re
ME senior Zaynab Salehpour is featured in our new series on undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Impact: Zaynab Salehpour

April 20, 2017 - Zaynab Salehpour is a recipient of the 2016-2017 Kirkwood Scholarship for Women in Engineering. A senior in mechanical engineering from Houston, Texas, Zaynab plans to pursue a master’s degree in bioinstrumentation after graduating this May. For now, she is concentrating on her research in “coral reef restoration that lies at the intersection of my major in mechanical engineering and my minor in bioengineering.”

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