Option Program Add-Ons

Option programs allow you to develop a breadth of interdisciplinary understanding that compliments the depth of knowledge in your major field. The option is earned in parallel with a disciplinary MS or PhD degree and affords a certificate of completion. The option is added after matriculation into your department.

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE)

CSE is an interdisciplinary graduate option requiring expertise in advanced computing technology as well as in one or more applied disciplines. You must first be admitted to one of the participating departments before enrolling in the CSE Program.

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Energy and Sustainability Engineering (EaSE)

The EaSE option combines an interdisciplinary understanding of the energy and sustainability challenges and a deeper understanding of a chosen sub-topic. The purposeful mixture of core, breadth, and depth will allow you to tackle problems in research, planning, development, and implementation of advanced technologies, as well as the interface between technology and society.

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SocioTechnical Systems Program

This is a joint option from the College of Engineering and the School of Labor and Employment Relations and will teach you how to be effective at the intersection of social and technical systems in the workplace.

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Cancer Scholars for Translational and Applied Research (C*STAR)

Through a collaborative endeavor, Carle Foundation Hospital through its Cancer Center and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have established the Cancer Scholars for Translational and Applied Research (C*STAR) graduate educational program that fosters translational research and near-term benefits to the patients served in the community. Each institution offers expertise and strong programs in cancer that are complementary. The university offers strength in basic science, technology, and engineering. Within this area, there are four distinct, yet interlocking themes of molecular mechanisms, diagnostic technologies and imaging, computational and precision medicine, and social and behavioral sciences. In a complementary manner, Carle has intersecting components that highlight pre-cancer or preventative care, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and survivorship (i.e., organ function, emotional and psychological well-being, and length and quality of life). In alignment with Carle’s strategic plan, five cancer-based sites have been identified for focus and research. These areas include (1) breast (area of emphasis with the greatest potential), (2) prostate, (3) gastrointestinal, (4) gynecological, and (5) lung.

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Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center (M-CNTC)

The M-CNTC is training the next generation of leaders who will define the new frontiers and applications of nanotechnology in cancer research.

Integrating biology and medicine with micro and nanotechnology can be categorized into two broad areas: namely, how micro/nanofabrication can help solve problems in life sciences (such as diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering) and how we can learn more from life science to solve important problems in micro/nano-science and engineering (such as bio-inspired self-assembly).

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