Letter From The Chair
I would like to share with you the Fall 2020 edition of the Mechanical Engineering Newsletter. Even under current circumstances, our students, faculty and staff continue to be engaged in a broad range of activities centered around learning, teaching, research, and outreach. I invite you to read about some of them by browsing the web links or download a printable copy of the newsletter. Thank you for your readership and ongoing support of our distinctive program.
Professor and Chair
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SUPPORT LAB UPGRADES — Pages 1-2
- Elevating the Capstone Experience — Senior Design Suite renovation to drive entrepreneurship and incubate innovative student project development.
TEACHING INNOVATIONS — Page 3
- Lean Manufacturing: Developing Alternative Delivery — Modifications made to safely deliver our three-week summer course online.
- Interdisciplinary Capstone Design Embraces Online Format — Team formation process has been modified due to ongoing social distancing.
INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS — Page 4
- 3D Printer to Revolutionize Biofluids and Biomechanics Research and Education — Supported by a nearly $300,000 NSF grant.
- New Laser Cutter for ME 123/223 Maker Space — New tool perfect for prototyping with cardboard and plywood.
- ME 330 Gains Instrument Upgrades — Provides hands-on experience for junior laboratory course.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT NEWS — Pages 5-7
- Weather Under an Eclipse — Students tracking gravity waves, large-scale disturbances in the atmosphere, that help us predict the weather.
- ASME Updates and Plans for 2020-2021 — By Rachel Stanley, ASME President.
- Crowdfunding Unlocks Clean Snowmobile Competition Innovation — 30 donors (faculty, staff, current students, and alumni) raised over $3000 for chassis and ECU development.
- Congratulations to our ME Advisory Board Scholars! — Students receive $1,250 in scholarship for the fall semester.
- Building the Future Engineering Workforce — Society of Women Engineers (SWE) planned service and professional development activities.
- NEUP Aids Undergraduate Experience — Cody Gibson develops cooling jacket for autoclave assembly.
- Tyler Sand Earns DOE Scholarship — $7,500 earned for coming year.
GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS — Page 8
- Samuel Van Horn, M.S. — Graduate Student Highlight
- Nicolene van Rooyan, Ph.D. — Graduate Student Highlight
- Nick Brubaker Secures LSAMP — Graduate Student Highlight
FACULTY & STAFF NEWS — Page 9
- Building a Shelter-in-Place Scooter — Professor Ralph Budwig's family gift during COVID.
- Aerosol Visualizations and Masks Topic of Virtual FARE Roundtable — Professor Ralph Budwig brings expertise to state discussion.
- Gupta Earns AI Applied & AI Engineering Professional Certificates by IBM
ALUMNI NEWS — Page 10
- Caitlin Owsley: A Privilege to Serve — Outgoing mechanical engineering advisory board chair reflects on two years served.
- Jacobsen Assistantship Boosts Undergraduate Research — Scholar program honors past U of I College of Engineering alumnus, professor, chair and dean.
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR — Pages 11-12
- Professor Gabriel P. Potirniche — Letter from Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department.