Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 Swarm satellite research results in AIAA Best Paper Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT AWARE grant to broaden participation in entrepreneurship <p>A National Science Foundation grant will fund a new program to encourage and support the participation of more women and those from underrepresented groups in the science and technology entrepreneurial ecosystem at Illinois. The AWARE (Accelerating Women And underRepresented Entrepreneurs) program is a collaboration among the College of Engineering, the Office of Technology Management, and the EnterpriseWorks incubator. The $100,000 award will support entrepreneurship training, counseling, and networking.</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois physics professor Mats Selen named U.S. Professor of the Year <p>For 22 years, Mats Selen has shared that passion to his students, while leading massive curriculum revision to foundational calculus-based physics courses. On Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) formally recognized this international leader in particle physics as its U.S. Professor the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Email security improving, but far from perfect <p>Email security helps protect some of our most sensitive data: password recovery confirmations, financial data, confidential correspondences, and more. According to a new report, published by ECE/CSL Associate Professor Michael Bailey in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan and Google, email security is significantly better than it was two years ago, but still has widespread issues. </p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Jason's List: ISE student helps his dorm chef beat fear of heights with surprise <p>Jason Yue, a 21-year-old engineering student at Illinois, was talking with his dorm chef, Eric, about super powers. Eric, 44, said if he could have any, he'd like to fly — a rather ironic wish considering he was afraid of heights and had never been on a plane. As part of a project called "Jason's List" where he helps grant people's wishes, Yue, a senior, decided to make flying a reality for Eric, who he'd been friends with since his freshman year at Presby Hall, where Eric works.</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT From nanocrystals to the Earth's crust, solid materials share similar failure characteristics <p align="left">An extensive study by an interdisciplinary research group suggests that the deformation properties of nanocrystals are not much different from those of the Earth’s crust. Researchers representing a broad a range of disciplines contributed to the study, comparing five different experimental systems, on several different scales, with model predictions. The results should be useful for applications in materials testing, failure prediction, and hazard prevention.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Ecological extinction explains how turbulence dies <p>Physicists at the University of Illinois have developed a theoretical understanding of this laminar-turbulent transition that explains the lifetime of turbulent flows, finding an unexpected analogy with the behavior of an ecosystem on the edge of extinction.</p> Siv Schwink, Department of Physics Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT ECE student develops font recognition system for Adobe <p>ECE graduate student Atlas Wang has developed a platform called DeepFont for Adobe products, which can scan pictures and determine the fonts of text inside them. The software works using a deep learning algorithm, which is designed to learn to accomplish tasks like the human brain does, continually learning and refines its own recognition skills.</p> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Researchers develop prosthetic hand with touch feedback <p>Aadeel Akhtar, an MD/PhD candidate in neuroscience, is building a prosthetic hand that will allow for touch feedback and joint location sensing, also known as proprioception. Akhtar works in the lab of Tim Bretl, an associate professor in aerospace engineering and Beckman faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group.</p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT William Jackson to speak at fall convocation <p>Engineering at Illinois alumnus William C. Jackson<strong><em> </em></strong>be the guest speaker for the College of Engineering December Graduation Convocation on Saturday, December 19. An Illinois alumnus, Jackson leads Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business, a $14 billion enterprise with 60,000 employees.</p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Heeren receives ASEE Teacher of the Year Award <p>CS Senior Lecturer <a href="">Cinda Heeren</a> has been named the recipient of the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Illinois-Indiana Section Teacher of the Year Award. Heeren earned the award for her creative teaching methodologies, positive impact on students, development of innovative courses, and work in community outreach.</p> Laura Schmitt, CS @ ILLINOIS Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Xin wins two best paper awards at INFORMS conference <p>ISE Assistant Professor Linwei Xin’s paper, “Asymptotic optimality of Tailored Base-Surge policies in dual-sourcing inventory systems,” recently won two prizes at the recent INFORMS Annual Meeting: the first place prize in the 2015 George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition and the second place prize in the 2015 Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) Paper Competition. The paper, co-authored by Professor David Goldberg, addresses dual-sourcing inventory systems</p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Machine learning could solve riddles of galaxy formation <p>A new machine-learning simulation system developed at the University of Illinois promises cosmologists an expanded suite of galaxy models – a necessary first step to developing more accurate and relevant insights into the formation of the universe. The feasibility of this method has been laid out in two recent papers written by astronomy, physics and statistics professor Robert Brunner, his undergraduate student Harshil Kamdar and National Center for Supercomputing Applications research scientist Matthew Turk.</p> Austin Keating, News Bureau Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Sanders wins IEEE award for trustworthy cyber infrastructures design <p>ECE Department Head William H. Sanders has received the 2016 IEEE Technical Field Award, Innovation in Societal Infrastructure, for his revolutionary work concerning the cybersecurity of the power grid. The award recognizes Sanders' fundamental research in this area and its impact within industry and cites him for his "assessment-driven design of trustworthy cyber infrastructures for societal-scale systems."</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Engineering alumnus picked to lead Minneapolis Federal Reserve bank <p>Neel Kashkari, a former Treasury Department official who was the Republican nominee for California governor in 2014, was named as the next president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.The MechSE alumnus is known nationally for running the $700-billion bank bailout initiative known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. After leaving the Treasury Department, Kashkari was managing director at Southern California bond fund giant Pacific Investment Management Co.</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Stipanović creates robots to assist seniors <p>A growing senior population means a growing need for healthcare and help in the home. To address this need, a group of University researchers, including ISE professor Dušan Stipanović, have developed a project called ASPIRE (Automation Supporting Prolonged Independent Residence for the Elderly) that aims to create personal robots and drones to assist senior citizens in their homes and perform helpful tasks such as retrieving medications.</p> Emily Scott Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Nanopores could take the salt out of seawater <p>University of Illinois engineers have found an energy-efficient material for removing salt from seawater that could provide a rebuttal to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lament, “Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.” The material, a nanometer-thick sheet of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) riddled with tiny holes called nanopores, is specially designed to let high volumes of water through but keep salt and other contaminates out, a process called desalination.</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT $4.3 million awarded for new center focusing on self-healing materials <p>The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has awarded $4.3 million to the University of Illinois to create the national Center of Excellence in Self-healing, Regeneration, and Structural Remodeling. Scott R. White, professor of aerospace engineering at Illinois, heads up the center, which builds upon research into autonomous materials conducted by the Autonomous Materials Systems Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.</p> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT ISE research team awarded the John Deere Supplier Innovation Award <p>ISE professor Harrison Kim and his research team were awarded the John Deere Supplier Innovation Award for their Design for Environment and Sustainability project. The is the first time a university group has been recognized by Deere for this award. Previously, the award had only been given to industry partners.</p> Emily Scott Fri, 6 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT Grainger Engineering Library being transformed into entrepreneurship hub <p>The University of Illinois continues to aggressively grow its entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.  The latest endeavor is the remodeling of approximately 12,000 square feet in the lower level and first floor of the Grainger Engineering Library in support of collaboration and entrepreneurship. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Thu, 5 Nov 2015 00:00:00 CDT