Machine Shop

Located in Room 4 Talbot Laboratory, the Aerospace Engineering Research Machine Shop serves faculty, staff, and students throughout the College of Engineering and across the UIUC campus. It is staffed by research laboratory shop supervisor Dustin Taylor Burns and instrument maker Greg Milner.

Student Projects

The rich extracurricular environment at UIUC is assisted by AE Machine Shop personnel.

Hybrid racing

A recent example of a student project is this student-designed planetary gearset for a hybrid racecar. All the pieces shown were fabricated in the AE Machine Shop using a combination of wire EDM and CNC milling.

The aluminum housing for the gearbox was machined using the 3-axis CNC mill in the AE Machine Shop.

Student Aircraft Builders help visitors build toy airplanes.

Engineering Open House (EOH)

Engineering Open House, organized by Engineering Council student societies in the College of Engineering. Several months before the March event, AE Machine Shop personnel cast 18-in.-diameter concrete cylinders in Talbot Lab’s crane bay and store them outside to cure. During the two days of Engineering Open House, the AE Machine Shop assists the Society for Experimental Mechanics in the concrete-crushing exhibit, one of the most popular EOH events.

Contact Us

4 Talbot Lab
104 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
+1 (217) 333-3515

Shop Hours:
8:00am to 4:00pm

Gregory S. Milner
Instrument Maker

Robert Park
Laboratory Mechanic

Dustin Taylor Burns 
AE Shop Supervisor