Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 Five Illinois engineering projects funded in Siebel Energy Institute's debut Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Google funds CS Innovative Mobile-First, Open Web of Things initiatives <p>Researchers in the Department of Computer Science have been funded by Google on two new initiatives. Through Mobile-First, funded by a $1 million Google Focused Research grant, Illinois will not only advance innovative research, but also a compelling undergraduate curriculum for mobile and cloud computing. Additionally, Illinois is joining a cohort of national research universities funded by Google to enable effective use and broad adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT).</p> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT First class of Engineering Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows announced <p>Engineering at Illinois has chosen its first class of Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows: Jianjun Cheng (MatSE), Mani Golparvar-Fard (CEE), Xiuling Li (ECE), and John Rogers (MatSE). The group is expected to “fundamentally redefine the role of faculty in innovation,” according to Andreas Cangellaris, dean of the College of Engineering.</p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Xu receives prestigious HHMI fellowship <p>ECE graduate student Yang Xu is one of only 45 students selected for the International Student Research Fellowships Program from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. At Illinois, Xu’s research focuses on combining his electrical and biomedical engineering background to create algorithms for biomedical imaging systems. His goal is to be able to lower diagnostic costs and make imaging systems more affordable for less developed regions.</p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois student entrepreneurs invited to Think Chicago: Lollapalooza 2015 <p>This weekend as part of Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza Festival, the University of Illinois is partnering with Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Chicago Ideas, World Business Chicago and 1871 incubator to co-host Think Chicago. The event brings together many of the Midwest’s budding student entrepreneurs and introduces them to the tech scene in Chicago. A total of 21 students were invited from the Urbana Champaign campus, including 14 from the College of Engineering, to attend the invitation-only event. </p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT ICT engineering for performance and sustainability of future paving asphalt materials <p>The transportation infrastructure in general, and roadways in particular, has a significant impact on the environment. Getting the best performance <em>and</em> sustainability of pavements is just one of the many projects at the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT), part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Illinois. The quantity of emissions depends on total fuel combusted in different types of vehicles, whose quantities are in turn affected by the quality of roadway materials, construction, and performance, as well as road conditions.</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT WYSE camps treat HS students to an engineering smorgasbord <p>Like <em>Illinois'</em> cutting-edge GAMES camps, the five summer 2015 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) camps are designed to show high school students how fun and exciting engineering can be...and to encourage them to choose it as a career. What sets WYSE apart from GAMES camps, which are for girls only, is that it exposes guys to engineering too. What also sets these camps apart is that while two focus on specific disciplines, the other three are designed to give students a taste of all of the different types of engineering available—kind of like an engineering smorgasbord.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Jacobi chosen to head MechSE department Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Multi-institutional collaboration yields design for highly permeable artificial water channel <p>A multi-institution research collaboration, including physics associate professor Aleksei Aksimentiev, has yielded a new design for a highly permeable artificial water channel, with potential applications in liquid and gas membrane separations, drug delivery and screening, and DNA recognition and sensors.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Dean Cangellaris: Public universities and the future of engineering education <p>Dean Cangellaris writes in response to a recent $400 gift establishing an engineering school at Harvard University. He notes that Harvard, and other private institutions, have set the standard for the liberal arts and sciences, while public institutions like the Universities of Illinois, California at Berkeley, and Michigan have done the same for world-class engineering education for the masses. That combination is extremely powerful, and it has made America the most innovative and prosperous country in the world.</p> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Young Researchers Catching Waves with Mayo Clinic SURF Program <p>Five undergraduate students from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign are spending the summer at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. Sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, the 10-week program immerses college students from across the nation in the cutting-edge research and unique culture of Mayo Clinic. Each student is matched with a host lab at Mayo, where he or she conducts a research project or contributes to the lab’s ongoing investigations.</p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Crop-roving robots will improve plant phenotyping <p>A better way to help plant geneticists improve crop yield is on the way, thanks to a $3.1 million grant from the Department of Energy and the robotics expertise of CEE Research Assistant Professor Joshua Peschel. As part of a multi-disciplinary project led by researchers from the University of Illinois, Peschel is developing all-terrain automated ground rovers that will travel between crop rows in fields, gathering data for phenotyping, the process of describing growth, appearance and other factors affecting yield.</p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT MoveSense app makes cellphone an oxygen saturation monitor for heart and lung patients <p>CS Professor Bruce Schatz and colleagues developed a smartphone app, MoveSense, which monitors cardiopulmonary patients by analyzing the way they walk then predicts their oxygen saturation level. This new capability will allow medical professionals to monitor patients’ vital signs, predict their clinical stability, and act quickly should their condition decline.</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT GAMES camps draw girls to the STEM pipeline...and engineering <p>Just about everyone who helped run this summer’s eight, week-long <a href="">GAMES</a>  (Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science) camps this summer would unashamedly admit hoping to influence the 199 high school girls who attended to choose engineering as a career—and to come to <em>Illinois</em> to learn all about it. And GAMES appears to have a pretty good track record of doing just that, because several <em>Illinois</em> students who served as lab assistants/counselors this summer attended GAMES themselves and admit that it impacted their decision to go into engineering.</p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Futuristic brain probe allows for wireless control of neurons <p>Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have created a remote controlled, next-generation tissue implant that allows neuroscientists to inject drugs and shine lights on neurons deep inside the brains of mice. The revolutionary device is described online in the journal <em>Cell.</em> "We’ve successfully produced and demonstrated an implantable, cellular-scale microfluidic and micro-optical interface to biology, with application opportunities not only in the brain but in other parts of the nervous system and other organs as well," says the study’s co-author John Rogers, professor of materials science and engineering at Illinois.</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Learning detectors--from the inside out <p>Students in Clair Sullivan’s class got to know radiation detectors from the inside out this past spring. An assistant professor in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois, Sullivan taught NPRE 498 (Advanced Radiation Detector Concepts) to about a dozen students. She challenged them to use a Raspberry Pi – a credit card-sized, single-board computer available for about $35 at most electronics stores – to program and develop their own detectors from scratch.</p> Susan Mumm, NPRE Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Robotic lawn mowing technology delivers freshly cut yards with little set-up <p>Junho Yang, a PhD candidate in mechanical science and engineering, alongside AE Professor Soon-Jo Chung, ECE Professor Seth Hutchinson, and agriculture implement manufacturer John Deere, is working on “an omnidirectional-vision-based system to detect the containment status of a robotic lawn mower.” This project, funded by John Deere, relates closely to Yang's previous work for the Office of Naval Research. He contributed to estimating the location of a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) that operates in a riverine environment and producing a 3D point-feature-based map of the proximate area mostly with a monocular camera.</p> David Robertson, CSL Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Five engineering graduate students earn NDSEG fellowships <p>Five engineering graduate students have been awarded National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Defense: Ahmed El-Kishky, computer science; Anthony Griffin, materials science and engineering; Robyn Macdonald, aerospace engineering; Halie Rando, bioinformatics/animal science; and Curtis Wang, electrical and computer engineering.</p> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Pluto is ready for its close-up: A Minute With Physicist Charles Gammie <p>On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons probe will fly by Pluto on its way to the Kuiper Belt in the outer solar system, giving scientists the first up-close look at the dwarf planet. <span>Charles Gammie</span>, a University of Illinois professor of astronomy and physics, talked with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg about Pluto’s close encounter.</p> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Information fusion: associating information from disparate sources <p>For the past five years, ISE professor Rakesh Nagi has been the principal investigator for a $6¼ million, multi-university project developing innovative ways to fuse information from “soft sources,” such as human contacts, and “hard sources,” such as cameras and physics-based sensors. The team has made crucial advances in basic research on information fusion, and they produced software that is already being put to use in government laboratories.</p> Doug Peterson Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT