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Most people rely on WiFi every day. In developed countries, it's not necessary to think about all the steps that allow users to get WiFi in their homes because the structures for WiFi are already in place. This is not the privilege of developing world, getting Wi-Fi is no easy task because it requires connecting to an electrical grid, which can be impossible or extremely expensive. Mesh++, a student startup from the University of Illinois, is hoping to solve these problems. 

Serionix, a startup based on a technology created at the U. of I. and incubated at the EnterpriseWorks accelerator at Illinois, received a $750,000 contract from NASA to fund continued development of filters to remove toxic gases from next-generation spacesuit life-support systems. The same technology is on its way into consumer products expected to launch within the year. 

Over the past decade, Prof. Rizwan Uddin has had many undergraduates work with him in the Virtual Education and Research Laboratory (VERL), where they have helped develop virtual reality learning experiences. Recognizing his dedication to that segment of his group and the exceptional work they have accomplished, Uddin’s colleagues have chosen the Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois professor for the 2017 Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research.

A team of University of Illinois researchers at the Micro + Nanotechnology Lab recently applied new theoretical physics concepts to enhance the performance of a well-established semiconductor laser technology. In a paper published in Optica, ECE Professor Kent Choquette and students in his group reported parity-time (PT) symmetry breaking in an electrically injected, room temperature vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) array for the first time.

Canan Dagdeviren, a MatSE alumna and director of a groundbreaking research group at MIT, helps design lifesaving devices that mold to the individual patient. She was chosen as one of Motherboard's "Humans of the Year."

ECE professor Xiuling Li has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as an IEEE Fellow. Li has been recognized her contributions to semiconductor nanomaterials for electronic and photonic applications. Her research focuses on developing innovative semiconductor structures and device concepts through both bottom-up and top-down approaches.

Using new computational techniques, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have constructed the first exact model for diffusion in magnesium alloys. While magnesium is the lightest structural metal, this new model could mean big things for material engineers, as this new method is used to predict how atoms diffuse in many other materials.

Despite a fall in recent venture capital activity on the national level, Illinois university startups have seen a rise in funding.That's according to the annual Illinois Innovation Index report by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, primarily based on data self-reported by universities in the state. 

Andrew Singer, director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center, has been appointed interim director of the Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A professor of electrical and computer engineering, Singer will guide the development of the center’s signature programs, help foster design thinking and education in the university’s colleges and departments, and lead the ongoing planning of the center’s $48 million home.

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