Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:53:00 CDT 5 IBHE approves Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship degree <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering has formally launched a new dual-degree program in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship. On Tuesday, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the program, which will open this semester for students in engineering, computer science, and physics.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:53:00 CDT NSF grant to jumpstart "Redshirt Program" <p>Illinois is a part of a six-university consortium awarded a five-year, $5 million dollar grant by the National Science Foundation to implement a bridge year for incoming freshmen. This bridge year will prepare them for the rigors of an engineering curriculum.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:23:00 CDT Carney, Chasiotis named University Scholars <p>P. Scott Carney (ECE) and Ioannis Chasiotis (AE) are among the six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT BIOE team earns top prize in primary healthcare technology competition <p>Anurup Ganguli, PhD student in bioengineering received this year’s First Prize of $150,000 in the Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare competition, administered by Massachusetts General Hospital through its Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF) initiative. The project created by Ganguli and his team, “Personalized Multiplexed Molecular Diagnostics for Point-of-Care Setting,” offers a novel technology for rapid detection of infectious diseases in all primary-care settings</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT BIOE researchers quantify drug delivery from nanoparticles inside a cell <p>For the first time, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated that the success of delivery of drugs from nanoparticles can be quantified inside a cell.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Huang Symposium celebrates illustrious career of longtime faculty member <p>The Huang Symposium on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016, at Beckman Institute honors Thomas S. Huang, a longtime ECE/CSL/Beckman Institute faculty member.</p> August Schiess, Maeve Reilly, Steve McGaughey Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT POETS Center debuts new collaborative space <div>Just a year after its launch as a major NSF Engineering Research Center, the Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems Center introduced a new research collaboration space at Illinois in the Digital Computing Lab. With an open grid of graduate student work space, plus seminar rooms and offices, the setting will encourage true teamwork when it comes to achieving POETS’ goal of addressing the thermal and electrical challenges in mobile electronics and vehicle design. </div> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT NPRE PhD wins 2016 Mark Mills Award <p>Yinbin Miao, a recent PhD of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois, is the 2016 winner of the American Nuclear Society Mark Mills Award. The award recognizes the graduate student author who submits the best original technical paper contributing to the advancement of science and engineering related to the atomic nucleus. Graduating in summer 2015, Miao currently is a postdoctoral researcher in the Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Choquette receives SPIE award for VCSEL research <p>ECE professor Kent D. Choquette has won the 2016 SPIE Technology Achievement Award for his research in the development of high-performance vertical-cavity, surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). He contributed to the invention of the oxide-confined VCSEL, useful for data-communication optical links for data centers, the Internet, and supercomputer applications. This innovation uses an oxide aperture within a semiconductor mirror formed by leveraging the selectivity of AlGaAs alloys to oxidation in a manner that enables exceptional laser reliability.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Pygmalion Festival Demo: Drones that dance the tango <p>As the new season of Dancing with the Stars kicks off this month, Venanzio Cichella and Hyung Jin Yoon have a unique group of dance students. The mechanical science and engineering PhD students are teaching drones how to tango. Cichella will be among about two-dozen exhibitors at a tech demo as part of the Pygmalion Festival. The demo runs from 4:30-9:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Krannert Center of the Performing Arts.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:20:00 CDT Through Pixo, Lori Gold Patterson reforming consulting industry <p>Lori Gold Patterson is proving that a humane IT consulting firm can solidly compete in the cut throat IT consulting world while still delivering quality results. The President and CEO of Pixo, Patterson began the company in 1998. Originally formed as On the Job Consulting (OJC), it began as a social experiment. Patterson’s brother Sigfried was also searching for a new career path after years as a programmer in New York’s financial industry.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Science News: SN 10: "Scientists to Watch" includes MatSE's Qian Chen <p>For the second year in a row, <em>Science News</em> is highlighting 10 early- and mid-career scientists on their way to widespread acclaim. The "SN 10: Scientists to Watch" includes a laser physicist with laserlike focus, a materials scientist challenging what it means to be alive and a computational biologist willing to get personal with his microbiome, among many others who are making important advances in their chosen fields. <a href="">Qian Chen</a>, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Illinois, is coaxing nanomaterials to self-assemble in new and unexpected ways.</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Illinois start-up revolutionizing cast design <p>A University of Illinois startup, Cast21, is helping take part of the sting out of the recovery of a broken bone with a revolutionary cast design. Made of various polymers, its netted structure allows for breathability and gives patients and physicians easy access to the affected area for treatment and comfort. And it is completely waterproof, meaning no need to cover your arm or leg with a garbage bag in the shower. It also doesn’t trap water against the skin like some of the current models on the market</p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:11:00 CDT Nam awarded NASA Early Career Faculty funding <p>MechSE Assistant Professor SungWoo Nam has won a NASA Early Career Faculty Award for his research proposal, “Corrugated Two-dimensional Material Enabled Flexoelectricity for Cryogenic Actuator Technology.”</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Commercializing self-healing battery technology: White shares startup experience with students <p>Starting this fall, Aerospace Engineering Professor Scott White will guide a group of students in the process of commercializing technology he’s developed with self-healing batteries.</p> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Engineering Career Fair fosters networking, helps students land internships and jobs <p>The annual Engineering Career Fair is a big deal, with more than 400 companies on hand to secure some of the nation’s top engineering students. Lots of household names: Amazon, Microsoft, Go Daddy, Samsung, Caterpillar, Apple, Rolls Royce, Pepsico—you name it, they were here. A number of start-ups and companies none of us have ever heard of came too, hoping to attract the attention of some of Illinois’ talented students.</p> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Miley honored with ANS Seaborg Medal <p>Vigorous and prolific in his lifetime pursuit of nuclear science’s far-ranging possibilities, Prof. Emeritus <a href="">George H. Miley</a> has been honored with the American Nuclear Society Seaborg Medal. The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding scientific or engineering research contributions to the development of peaceful uses of energy. Seaborg Medal recipients reflect a high degree of scientific acumen, imagination and unusual talents in scientific research, and have made significant contributions to applications of nuclear technology.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT "Academic redshirt" program gives students a boost <p>The University of Illinois is one of six universities the National Science Foundation has awarded $5 million to create and expand “academic redshirt” programs. This program will allow 800 low-income students who have promising futures in engineering the opportunity to take additional math and science courses before they begin their engineering coursework. The concept of “redshirting” originated from collegiate athletic programs, where student-athletes gained an extra year of studies to mature.</p> Rebecca Nash, ECE ILLINOIS Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT ACORD is newest Corporate Affiliate of The Hoeft Technology & Management Program at Illinois <p>ACORD, the global standards-setting body for the insurance industry, today announced that it has joined The Hoeft Technology & Management (T&M) Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as its newest corporate affiliate. Other corporate affiliates include Abbott, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Boeing, BP, Capital One, John Deere, and Motorola Solutions. Ujjval Patel, ACORD’s Vice President of Strategy, will join the program’s advisory board.</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT Elliott selected for SPaRC Career Achievement Award <p>Celia Elliott, Physics Illinois’ director of external affairs and special projects, has received the 2016 SPaRC Career Achievement Award, for her significant and sustained contributions throughout her career to the field of research administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.</p> Siv Schwink Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 CDT