Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT 5 Rogers elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences <p> John A. Rogers, a <span class="orangeStrong">Swanlund Chair in the <a href="">Department of Materials Science and Engineering</a> </span>and director of the <a href="" target="_blank">Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory</a>, has been elected to the <a href="">American Academy of Arts and Sciences,</a> one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Ewoldt receives honor from Society of Rheology <p> MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt has been awarded the 2014 Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award by the Society of Rheology.  Ewoldt received this recognition "for his outstanding contributions to the field of Large Amplitude Oscillatory Strain (LAOS) rheometry, as evidenced by his exceptional independent publication record, attainment of a distinguished list of early career awards and grants, and commitment to education and service regarding the rheology community," according to the notification from the Society of Rheology.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Outstanding Faculty To Be Honored April 28 at NCSA <p> The University of Illinois College of Engineering will be honoring educators and researchers at the 50<sup>th</sup> Annual College Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 28 at the <a href="">National Central For Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)</a> auditorium. </p> <div>  </div> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT CEE researchers to study Oso landslide <p> A deadly landslide swept through Oso, Wash., on March 22 leaving lost lives and extensive property damage in its wake. Although the area has a long history of landslides and was known to be vulnerable to a catastrophic slide, residential development continued despite the risks. This has raised important questions about risk-management and land-use policies in existing subdivisions where geotechnical hazards are present. Funded by a Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Rapid Response Grant, five University of Illinois researchers plan to visit the site to observe the impact of the landslide, investigate the environmental and geological causes and assess what role, if any, land-use policy may have played in the disaster.</p> Kristina Shidlauski Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Robotic mouse could help solve cat obesity problem <p> Dave Cohen, a University of Illinois PhD student in the department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), is leading a group that has built the initial prototype for Mousr, a robotic “pet for your cat” that can sense the movements of your cat and react the way a real mouse would.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:03:00 CDT Computer Science students creating "Pandora for Fashion" <p> Its co-founder Tobias Lei calls it the “Pandora for Fashion,” and for those who just can’t figure out what to wear, it may be the ultimate time saver.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Study recalculates cost of combination vaccines <p> Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson led a study that found that the pediatric vaccine market is affected by a physician’s perceptions of cost, more than actual cost.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Science at the Market begins in May <p> Starting on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Market on the Square, Lincoln Square, Urbana, scientists will be on hand weekly with demonstrations, and to answer questions from the public. You may see floating superconductors, solar flares, pants that don't stain, a 3-D printer, a blue tongued lizard, and pollinators!</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Sullivan part of nuclear arms control and nonproliferation enablement project <p> NPRE assistant professor Clair Sullivan, a radiation detection expert, has been awarded $2.25 million in research funding as part of larger efforts by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to verify nuclear arms control, and enable capabilities for nonproliferation. Over the next five years, Sullivan will have available $750,000 from a $25 million grant to the Consortium for Verification Technology (CVT), a University of Michigan-led consortium for research and development in nuclear arms control verification technologies, including nuclear safeguards effectiveness.</p> Susan Mumm, NPRE Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Repeated self-healing now possible in composite materials <p> Internal damage in fiber-reinforced composites, materials used in structures of modern airplanes and automobiles, is difficult to detect and nearly impossible to repair by conventional methods. However, fiber-composite materials can now heal autonomously through a new self-healing system, developed by researchers in the Beckman Institute’s Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, led by professors Nancy Sottos, Scott White, and Jeff Moore.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT From Air Traffic Controller in the Army to Grad Research in Fiber Optics <p> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px;">Janice Blane recently received the Lieutenant General Thomas M. Rienzi Graduate Award. She</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px;"> transitioned almost immediately from the Army to academic research for her master’s degree at Illinois. Like her military colleagues, Blane found her fellow researchers — from faculty members to lab mates — to be supportive and tight-knit. </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Bugscope turns 15! <p> The Microscopy Suite at the Beckman Institute is celebrating 15 years of Bugscope, its outreach program that lets K–12 classrooms around the world remotely operate a high-resolution scanning electron microscope to get up-close-and-personal with bugs.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Engineering faculty recognized with OTM Proof-of-Concept Awards Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Alumnus Sunil Kumar to speak at Engineering Commencement <p> Engineering at Illinois alumnus Sunil Kumar, dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will be the featured speaker for the College of Engineering commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Golparvar-Fard wins CETI award <p> <span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Mani Golparvar-Fard, </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">assistant professor of civil engineering and computer science,</span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> was one of only nine individuals and companies recognized with a CETI award at Fiatech’s recent Technology Conference & Showcase. </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Fiatech, a membership-led international community of global leadership organizations focused on innovation in the capital projects industry, created the CETI awards to honor individuals who have made significant strides in advancing innovation in research and development.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Emerging research suggests a new paradigm for "unconventional superconductors" <p> An international team of scientists has reported the first experimental observation of the quantum critical point (QCP) in the extensively studied “unconventional superconductor” TiSe<sub>2, </sub>finding that it does not reside as predicted within the superconducting dome of the phase diagram, but rather at a full GPa higher in pressure.</p> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Engineering sweeps Goldwater scholarship winners <p> Engineering at Illinois juniors Jacob Calvert, Sean McLaughlin and Sheryl Wang have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year for demonstrating leadership and academic promise in science or engineering. Samuel Mo earned honorable mention in the national competition.</p> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Hovakimyan receives Humboldt Research Award <p> Naira Hovakimyan, professor and Schaller Faculty Scholar in MechSE, recently received the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. This highly competitive German award is granted to outstanding international researchers for their scientific achievements with the prospect of more cutting-edge discoveries in their academic career. The award provides Hovakimyan funding for a long-term research project in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich in Germany. The new research cooperation aims at improving state-of-the-art in-flight control system design and related topics.</p> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Eberhard to deliver Dean's Distinguished Leadership Lecture on April 11 <p> Martin Eberhard, a co-founder and the first CEO Tesla Motors, will deliver the College of Engineering’s Dean's Distinguished Leadership Lecture," Learn by Doing," at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in 151 Everitt Laboratory.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Freshman Spotlight: Anisa Nuanes <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(60, 60, 60); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"> <em style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Editor's Note: This is one in a series of stories on freshmen making an impact on Engineering at Illinois and who have been identified through the <a href="" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 52, 109); line-height: inherit;">Illinois Engineering First-year Experience (IEFX)</a> program.</em></p> Stephany Guerrero Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT