Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 CS professor selected for NASA Advisory Council <p>CS Professor Lui Sha has been appointed to the Aeronautics Committee of the NASA Advisory Council by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. As a NASA Advisory Council member, he will advise the Bolden on NASA’s research programs through 2017.</p> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Sullivan wins ANS Oestmann Achievement Award <p>NPRE Assistant Prof. Clair J. Sullivan is the 2015 winner of the national American Nuclear Society (ANS) Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award. The ANS award cites Sullivan “for contributions in the areas of radiation detection, homeland security, nuclear nonproliferation, new course development; and for being an excellent teacher in the classroom.”</p> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT REU undergrads experience research, graduate school <p>Twenty-six undergrads helped with cutting-edge research at Illinois<em> </em> this past summer as part of three NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs: the nano@illinois, EBICS, and Bioimaging REUs. In addition to the research experience itself, as a side benefit, participants got to find out what being a graduate student is like and possibly decide if research—particularly the area they were studying this summer—might be the career for them.</p> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Bill Hammack--the Engineer Guy--on the Film Projector <p>Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Bill Hammack, a.k.a. "The Engineer Guy," celebrates "the stunning engineering that gave life to movies" in his latest video. Hammack, the Donald and Dolores Morris Faculty Scholar, explains for viewers the technology that tricked minds into seeing a moving image. Using a Bell and Howell 1580 projector from 1979, he breaks down the science behind the machine and its parts, such as the shuttle, photo sensor, and more.</p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT University of Illinois' program recognizes high school student innovators <p>To recognize and celebrate those students whose contributions are innovative, creative, or inspirational, the University of Illinois announces the second year of their new award program, <em>Celebrating High School Innovators</em>. High school students in Illinois (grades 9-12) who have implemented innovative ideas are encouraged to apply now through November 30, 2015 by completing the online application. Finalists will receive $500 and will be invited to campus to meet other innovators, and present their ideas in spring 2016.</p> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realistic <p>Chemistry professor Jeffrey Moore, graduate student Joshua Grolman and materials science and engineering professor Kristopher Kilian led a research team to create a new synthetic tissue environment for more realistic cell biology research.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Bioengineering researchers build a genomic platform to further understand E. coli <p>BioE professor Sergei Maslov and his colleagues have recently analyzed O157:H7 and 31 other <em>E. coli</em> strains to gain insights into the evolution of bacteria and the development of benign and pathogenic strains. The strains they chose have some of the most complete genetic sequences and contain representatives from each of <em>E. coli</em>’s six evolutionary groups.</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT AE alumni share in New Horizons' success <p>On July 14, 2015, the Earth was gifted with beautiful photos and plenty of data from the dwarf planet, Pluto, billions of miles away. That day – culminating over a decade of scientific work into great achievement – New Horizons became the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto, gaining detailed measurements and observations of the planet and its moons. Aerospace Engineering alumni Gabe Rogers, Stewart Bushman, and Coralie Jackman all played key roles in the mission and its success.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Researchers combine disciplines, computational programs to determine atomic structure <p>Researchers, led by a team from the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, combined the power of two computational programs to determine the atomic structure of the abiological molecule cyanostar. This breakthrough will allow researchers to investigate the structure of more abiological molecules, which are relatively unknown.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Air Force funding $2 million to develop secure cloud computing <p>The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a new $2 million grant to the Assured Cloud Computing University Center of Excellence (ACC-UCoE) at Illinois. The Center, which began in 2011 with $4 million from AFRL and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, focuses on advancing secure cloud computing science and technologies.</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT MechSE student to represent U.S. in prestigious Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy <p>Infiniti has announced that an engineering student from the University of Illinois is one of five global winners of the 2015 Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy (IPEA). For one year, Infiniti will provide 22-year-old Alex Allmandinger with the opportunity to work in Formula One with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team.</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Two Engineering at Illinois alums named to MIT Technology Review's 'Innovators Under 35' List <p>Two Engineering at Illinois alumni, Canan Dagdeviren (PhD, 2014, materials science and engineering) and Melonee Wise (BS, 2004, physics and mechanical engineering; MS, 2006, mechanical engineering; PhD, 2007, mechanical engineering) have been named to MIT Technology Review's annual list of '35 Innovators Under 35.' </p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT MechSE researcher explores 2D materials and devices <p>Working at the intersection of mechanical engineering, electronics, and materials science, Assistant Professor Arend van der Zande is investigating the properties of 2-dimensional (2D) materials and building novel devices from them. Naturally stable at only one or two atoms thick, 2D materials are a new, exciting class of nanomaterial that are exceptionally strong, lightweight, flexible, and conduct heat and electricity well.</p> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois' new Research & Innovation Lab to play central role in North American rail safety <p>On Wednesday, August 19, dignitaries from government and industry will converge at RAIL to see first-hand the capabilities of the laboratory, as well as celebrate the grand opening of the facility.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois #4 worldwide in ARWU in Engineering, Technology & Computer Sciences <p>Engineering at Illinois was ranked No. 4 worldwide in 2015 in the "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences." Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and third-party data. It has been recognized as the precursor--and most trustworthy--of global university rankings.</p> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Bibbidi Bobbidi Bots: ASPIRE to improve lives of senior citizens <p>Coordinated Science Lab researcher Naira Hovakimyan, a professor in mechanical science and engineering, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a project called “ASPIRE,” short for Automation Supporting Prolonged Independent Residence for the Elderly. The goal of ASPIRE is to develop co-robots that can assist the elderly with activities of daily living and other chores, allowing this population to live independently for longer and improve their quality of life.</p> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Deflecting asteroids; AE professor proposes plan for Earthly invaders <p>Scientists have explored ideas for diverting asteroids by sending nuclear weapons to explode on the invader’s surface, the dramatic plots preferred by some popular movies. However, technology needed to make such explosions happen at just the right time could prove challenging. “The one I always liked is deflection by impact,” said AE professor emeritus Bruce Conway. “You could send up a spacecraft (about the size of a car, and traveling about the same speed as the asteroid) and simply hit the asteroid to give it a slight push. That would change the asteroid’s speed by a few centimeters per second from what it was before and would put it on a course that would cause it to veer away.</p> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT By the numbers: The power of data to transform individualized medicine <p>Fifty thousand. That’s how many people have enrolled in the Mayo Clinic Biobank, a collection of samples and health information donated by Mayo Clinic patients for use in ongoing biomedical research. Multiply that number by 180,000, or the number of exons — regions of DNA that direct the human body to make essential proteins—contained in a single human genome, and you get 9 billion. Through statistical analysis, researchers and physicians at the Mayo Clinic for Individualized Medicine and the University of Illinois are using those 9 billion data points to translate genomic medicine into clinical practice.</p> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Beckman researchers construct atomic model of an immature retrovirus <p><br /> Using molecular modeling and large-scale molecular dynamic simulation, Beckman researchers have constructed an atomic model of an immature retrovirus. The researchers from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute published their work in the journal <a href=""><em>Structure.</em></a></p> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT Engineering at Illinois to lead $18.5 million center for power optimization in mobile electronics <p>Heat is the enemy for people designing cars, construction machinery, aircraft, and mobile electronics. A new, $18.5 million center--Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS), led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign--will attack the thermal and electrical challenges surrounding mobile electronics and vehicle design as a single system. The center is funded by the National Science Foundation.</p> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT