Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT 5 Engineering at Illinois to launch degree program in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship <p>Engineering at Illinois plans to offer a new dual-degree program in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship for students in engineering, computer science, and physics. The ILEE degree will give engineers the world-class technical expertise that they have always received from Illinois’ Top 5 engineering program, along with a deeper set of innovation and leadership skills.</p> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Park receives DARPA funding for design of robotic flying squirrels <p>MechSE researcher Hae-Won Park has been awarded a Robotics Fast Track grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design a hybrid robot that can glide, land, and walk. His ground-breaking design connects two widely researched robot forms – UAVs and quadruped robots – and is inspired by the flying squirrel, or Glaucomys volans. This animal can glide between trees and walk on branches to harvest food and escape from predators. </p> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Uddin to direct Energy Systems MEng degree, EaSE Council <p>Rizwan Uddin, professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois, will serve as Director of the Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Program and of the Energy and Sustainability Engineering (EaSE) Council. Uddin will lead the successful programs that NPRE Emeritus Prof. Cliff Singer and Materials Science and Engineering Prof. John Abelson had initially established within the College of Engineering.</p> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Zhao wins Charles Thom Award <p>ChBE professor Huimin Zhao is the recipient of the Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. Named for Charles Thom, a pioneer in industrial microbiology and mycology, the award is given to individuals who have made outstanding research contributions in industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology.</p> Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Self-charging, stretchable battery pack wraps around anything <p>There’s one big obstacle holding back flexible electronics and conformable wearables, and that’s stiff and bulky li-ion batteries. Now, a team of scientists has developed a stretchable mesh of power cells that sticks to surfaces like a Band-Aid to skin—and it can even charge itself. The device has been built by a team of international scientists led by John Rogers at Illinois. It uses a series of very thin tiles of lithium-ion battery, bonded together with a soft, rubbery, material. Their interconnecting wires are excessively long, which allows the whole thing to stretch in all directions.</p> Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT With ozone, EP Purification providing cost-effective solution to clean water <p>As the world searches for avenues to clean drinking water, particularly in developing countries, a company based in Champaign and founded by two University of Illinois professors is making a difference. EP Purification uses microplasma technology to generate ozone (O<sub>3</sub>) to aggressively remove bacterial and viral pathogens, as well as environmentally-harmful chemicals, in water. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT What should be done about long delays for security checks at airports? <p>Extensive delays at security checkpoints in airports across the country have caused missed flights and heightened tempers. O’Hare International Airport in Chicago is advising passengers to arrive three hours early for flights. Passengers waiting in line for two to three hours spawned the hashtag #iHateTheWait to vent their frustrations to the Transportation Security Administration. Aviation security expert Sheldon H. Jacobson, a University of Illinois professor of computer sciences and mathematics, talked with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg about the factors that have contributed to the security delays and how the PreCheck process could be more efficient.</p> Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT SWE's "Save the World With Engineering" outreach targets middle school girls <p>Up to date on current research about STEM outreach, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at <em>Illinois</em> is aware that middle school is the crucial age to expose youngsters to STEM, and also that today’s young people want careers in which they can make a difference. So on April 16th, 2016, SWE held it’s first-ever SWE (Save the World with Engineering) event, an outreach that both targeted middle school girls and showed them that through careers in engineering, they can change the world.</p> Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Reclaimed water could help power plants run more efficiently <p>The water going down the drain could help keep the lights on, according to a new study showing that reclaimed water – municipal wastewater that has been treated or cleaned – could be more efficient for cooling power plants than water taken from the local environment.</p> Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Gonugondla wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Conference <p>Researchers at the Coordinated Science Lab are working to develop a technique that can make integrated circuits operate faster, consume less energy, and maintain a high level of correctness at the system level, even when there are errors at the circuit level. These findings are detailed in the paper, “Perfect Error Compensation via Algorithmic Error Cancellation,” which won the Best Student Paper Award at the 41st IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, in Shanghai, China. </p> Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Illinois wins NASA awards for three CubeSat missions <p>Illinois undergraduates from engineering, business and journalism disciplines will work together on three CubeSat missions following recent awards from the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. The project teams successfully gained shares in $500,000 worth of proposals submitted to NASA’s $8 million Undergraduate Student Instrument Project initiative, designed for undergraduates to conduct hands-on flight research.</p> Susan Mumm, Media Specialist Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Illinois leads national alternative jet fuel database <p>The University of Illinois is the lead institution in creating a national archive database for alternative jet fuels. Mechanical Science and Engineering Associate Professor Tonghun Lee and his graduate student, Anna Oldani, are the lead researchers on the project.</p> Miranda Holloway, MechSE Communications Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Bahl wins grant to explore cooling of solids using light <p>MechSE Assistant Professor Gaurav Bahl was recently awarded a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The DURIP award will support his work on Raman spectroscopy and the laser cooling of silicon. </p> Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Jin receives ACES award <p>During its annual conference in March, the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) honored ECE Professor Jianming Jin with its highest award, recognizing his career-long contributions to the field of computational electromagnetics.</p> Mon, 9 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Illinois' researchers shaping multiple MURI projects <p>The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced its initial selection of 21 advanced science and engineering research projects for its FY16 DoD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are included as principal investigators (PIs) or co-PIs in one third of the projects proposed by the nation’s top research institutions.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT For Thode and Rogers, FEF program paying early dividends <p>It began as an idea to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem on the University of Illinois campus and beyond, but for two of the key players in the Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows (FEF) program, it is paying off more than previously imagined in the program’s first year with one of the alumni supporters becoming the CEO of a company developed by one of the first faculty recipients.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Fri, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Uddin wins ANS Arthur Holly Compton Award <p>The American Nuclear Society has recognized Rizwan Uddin, professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering, with the 2016 Arthur Holly Compton Award for his excellence and innovation in teaching.</p> Fri, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT CS students are sweet on 3D printing <p>The Oreo may be milk’s favorite cookie, but judging by the long lines inside Siebel Center, a CS @ ILLINOIS senior design project was a favorite exhibit at Engineering Open House (EOH) in March. Known as SugarCUB3D, the popular project mixed introductory programming concepts and 3D printing with America’s best-loved cookie.</p> Laura Schmitt, CS@ILLINOIS Fri, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Illinois team advances to ICPC World Finals <p>Every year the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) brings outstanding computer science student s from around the world together for several days of symposia talks, networking, and intensive computing competition at the ICPC World Finals. This year CS @ ILLINOIS will be sending three students to the world finals, held this year in Phuket, Thailand, May 15-20. One thing that stands out about this year’s Illinois team is that two of the three team members are freshmen.</p> Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Former TRIGA becomes national ANS Nuclear Historic Landmark <p>The American Nuclear Society (ANS) honored the University of Illinois Advanced Teaching Research Isotope General Atomic reactor (TRIGA Mark II) with the ANS Nuclear Historic Landmark Award. The TRIGA Mark II stood on campus from 1960-1998, educating students on reactor operations, as they were required to take a laboratory class in which they operated the reactor to enhance their understanding of reactor physics concepts.</p> Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT