Mechanical Engineering

The department of Mechanical Engineering welcomes in-person and virtual visits. Please contact Beatrice Kooken at or 815-753-9979 to schedule a visit. For meeting with the department chair, please contact Tariq Shamim at

Mechanical engineering requires both creativity and analytical skills. Our program will give you an understanding of the systems and components used in manufacturing, energy conversion and solid/fluid mechanics. You'll learn how to design and manufacture devices and products that improve people's lives. The hands-on experience you gain will prepare you for a career in fields such as robotics, automotive technology and computer-aided design/manufacturing.

You'll benefit from:

  • Internship opportunities with regional industries.
  • Ability to participate in Robotics Club and other student organizations.
  • Research experience with the latest technologies.
  • Dedicated faculty with expertise in areas like swarm technology, biomechanics and robotics.

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Jifu Tan

Jifu Tan

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


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Faculty and Staff

Name Title Phone Email Office
Sachit Butail, Ph.D. Associate Professor 815-753-9987 EB 148
Kyu Taek Cho, Ph.D. Associate Professor 815-753-3346 EB 202
Brianno D. Coller, Ph.D. Professor and Undergraduate Director 815-753-9944 EB 214
Jenn-Terng Gau, Ph.D. Professor and Graduate Director 815-753-1261 EB 218
Beatrice Kooken Office Manager 815-753-9979 EB 226
Eric M. Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-1288  EB 104
Yueh-Jaw (YJ) Lin, Ph.D. Professor and Director of Mechatronics Engineering 815-753-9970 EB 318
Donald R. Peterson, Ph.D. Professor 815-753-2256 EB 
Nicholas A. Pohlman, Ph.D. Professor 815-753-9913 EB 216
Ji-Chul Ryu, Ph.D. Associate Professor 815-753-9035 EB 210
Iman Salehinia, Ph.D. Associate Professor 815-753-9965 EB 212
Tariq Shamim, Ph.D. Professor and Department Chair 815-753-9964 EB 226A
John Shelton, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-9963 EB 204
Bobby Sinko, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-9975 EB 208
Jifu Tan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-7250 EB 116
Sahar Vahabzadeh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-9379 EB 120
Ting Xia, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 815-753-1298 EB 314
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