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Fall 2014 Mechanical Engineering Newsletter


Dear Alumni and Friends of Mechanical Engineering,

As faculty members, we are trained in the intricacies of mechanical engineering, each of us doing research in a particular sub-field. We teach engineering courses with a goal of improving student learning and making sure that students understand engineering principles and apply them to solve engineering problems. We communicate experiences that we have had and talk about various case studies where we can figure what went wrong and what went right.

The longer I serve as department chair, the more I realize that we teach much more than engineering. We teach life skills, responsibility, professionalism and ethics. We teach students to work together and to communicate effectively. When students come in as freshmen, we see a broad range of talent, academic excellence and maturity. We teach students to attend class regularly, turn in assignments on time, and encourage them to develop time-management skills. Although difficult for many of our students to realize, these are the skills necessary for them to succeed when they join the workforce.

In 1944, W. J. King published the “Unwritten Laws of Engineering” as three articles in Mechanical Engineering magazine. The article is available on the web, and the book is available from online book sellers. Some wisdom that the articles include: “Demonstrate the ability to get things done,” “Develop a let’s-go-see attitude,” and “Strive for conciseness and clarity in oral or written report.” That advice is as good today as it was in 1944.

The ME faculty is committed to helping our students succeed in all aspects of their engineering studies, and I can report to you that they do so in an outstanding manner. We would love to hear from you how your experiences at the U of I helped develop your life skills.

Warmest Regards,

— John Crepeau,
Department Chair


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