Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT 5 Ferguson Earns Young Investigator Award <p>Andrew Ferguson, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 Young Investigator Award for Modeling and Simulation, from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Ferguson earned the honor for his advances in vaccine design through computational means.</p> Ben Taylor, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Researchers develop new treatment for reducing inflammation in obesity-related diseases <p>With such an intense group of problems, treating obesity and the conditions that can result from it is a major health and economic imperative. BIOE assistant professor Andrew Smith is leading a team that is examining ways to alleviate these conditions. Their work is published in a recent issue of ACS Nano, and it describes a unique approach the research team developed that could point the way to innovative, highly effective treatments for those who suffer from obesity.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT ISE undergrad combines tech and health care in startup <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Fiona Kalensky always had a tough time deciding whether she wanted to study nursing or engineering. Two years ago, as a biology major at the University of Illinois, she began a design project for a student group, Design for America, where she was given two words to investigate: <em>caregiver fatigue</em>. Those two words launched a project that would later develop into <span class="s2">Therapalz</span>, a startup she co-founded that makes smart therapeutic companion animals to benefit the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Now a junior, Kalensky, said launching a startup that merges technology and health care led her to transfer into the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering.</span></p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT State and national policy leaders assert nuclear energy's benefits <p>Speaking at the University of Illinois-sponsored informational forum, “Nuclear Power: What it means in Illinois,” and in light of a plan to close two generating plants in the state, a host of speakers including Congresswoman Cheri Bustos advocated for nuclear energy. Exelon Corporation has filed intent to close reactors at the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear generating stations in western Illinois and central Illinois, respectively. Warning of job and tax base losses sustained from closures, many of the speakers extolled nuclear energy as a reliable energy source that is environmentally friendly, with zero carbon emissions.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Election Anayltics: David & Goliath of election forecasting Sheldon Jacobson, Dept. of Computer Science Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Crain's Chicago Business: AARP, University Of Illinois Create "Nest" For Tech Research <p>The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is collaborating with the University of Illinois on the new Tech Nest in Research Park. Tech Nest will “allow the organization to collaborate with students on technology-based research and solutions” for issues faced by those over 50. Students working in the Tech Nest will develop prototypes in “artificial intelligence, mobile apps, information security, biometrics, and software engineering” under guidance from an AARP mentor, and the students will be compensated for their work.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT CS team lands $1.8M NSF grant to bring spreadsheets into "Big Data" era <p>In the era of today’s big data, though, spreadsheets are no longer able to satisfy user needs because they are beginning to reach their effective limits when dealing with large amounts of data. To address this issue, computer science professors Kevin Chang, Aditya Parameswaran, and Karrie Karahalios recently landed a prestigious NSF BIGDATA grant—$1.8 million over four years—to develop DataSpread, a system that holistically unifies spreadsheets and database systems.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Health Care Engineering Systems Center announces award winners <p>The Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has selected six new projects for funding through the Jump ARCHES program, which was formed in 2014 through a $50 million endowment. All six projects, which will receive a total of $546,944, will fund research conducted by Illinois faculty. The program aims to develop technology and techniques that advance clinical simulation and patient care.</p> Kim Gudeman, CSL Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Five of 58 AFOSR grants go to Engineering at Illinois researchers <p>Five of the 58 recipients of the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award hail from Engineering at Illinois. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced $20.8 million in grants to scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT CEE Rapid Response grant supports study of 2016 Louisiana flooding <p>In August, 2016, catastrophic flooding inundated southern Louisiana and resulted in damage to at least 60,000 homes, evacuation of more than 20,000 people and 13 deaths near Baton Rouge. This extreme event was the result of prolonged rainfall — exceeding two feet, in some locations — that overwhelmed local flood control systems and poured into residential and commercial areas. CEE professor Tim Stark received a CEE Rapid Response Grant to join a Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) team in Louisiana to survey the damage and assess the performance of public infrastructure.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Franklin Institute honors Holonyak with coveted award <p>The Franklin Institute announced John Bardeen Endowed Chair Emeritus  Nick Holonyak, Jr (BSEE '50, MS '51, PhD '54) as one of eight awardees of the coveted Benjamin Franklin Award for Electrical Engineering on Monday, October 17. The institute recognized him for the development of the first visible red laser and LED and the use of various alloys in colored light sources. These discoveries reduced energy consumption worldwide and contributed to the realization of optical data communications as the backbone of the Internet.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Movement analysis app detects level of lung disease <p>Nearly 16 million Americans are afflicted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive disease where the lung gradually loses its ability to pump enough oxygen to the rest of the body. A team of University of Illinois researchers, under the direction of CS and Medical Information Science Professor Bruce Schatz, is developing mobile technology that can accurately monitor COPD patients’ symptoms through a smartphone that they carry in their pocket.</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT New laser system helps determine cancer aggressiveness for better treatments <p>A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working with Carle Health System physicians in Urbana, Ill., has developed a new way of imaging and analyzing cancerous tumors from breast cancer patients that can help determine the aggressiveness of the cancer, which could aid in designing targeted individualized treatment for the greatest possible efficacy. BIOE/ECE professor Stephen Boppart is leading the research team that developed a groundbreaking new portable, programmable, pulsating laser system recently tested on cancerous tumor tissue in the operating room during breast cancer surgery.</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT NIH awards Meng $2.4M to develop combined nuclear/MR imaging system <p>The National Institutes of Health has awarded $2.4 million to support NPRE Associate Prof. Ling-Jian Meng in developing the MRC-SPECT-II system, an advanced nuclear/MR multi-modality imaging system for <em>in</em> <em>vivo</em> imaging of therapeutically-engineered neural stem cells (NSC) in mouse brain.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT MatSE student takes 2nd at TECHCON <p>Students from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign joined the nation’s top semiconductor scholars and industry leaders to share their research at the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s (SRC) 17<sup>th</sup> annual TECHCON conference. The conference, held Sept. 11-13 in Austin, Texas, showcased the forefront of semiconductor research and recognized professional and university participants for their contributions to the industry.</p> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT MERGE program gives a glimpse of grad school <p>“What’s it like to be a graduate student at <em>Illinois</em>?” “What kind of funding is available?” “How cold does it get here?” These are some of the questions that the 48 students who participated in the College of Engineering’s MERGE program hoped to get answered during their recent campus visit. The goal of MERGE (Multicultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education) and the engineering departments who invited these African-American, Latino/a, Native American, and female students for the weekend was that they might experience <em>Illinois</em>—its research, resources, and students—get their questions answered, and ultimately come to graduate school here.</p> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Gropp to receive Ken Kennedy Award <p>Computer Science Professor William "Bill" D. Gropp has been named the recipient of the 2016 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for "highly influential contributions to the programmability of high performance parallel and distributed computers, and extraordinary service to the profession."</p> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT CSL team receives $500,000 grant to improve wind turbine efficiency <p>Changing, unpredictable behavior challenges computer-based systems, especially in large, interconnected networks. Volatile behavior—such as wind variances that affect the performance of a network of wind turbines—inspired a team of researchers from the Coordinated Science Lab to investigate the ways systems communicate and collaborate with one other in the face of adversarial conditions. The team, led by Carolyn Beck, Angelia Nedich, and Alex Olshevsky, received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, titled “Design of Network Dynamics for Strategic Team-Competition.” </p> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Illinois ranked #4 in "50 Best Engineering, Technology & Computer Sciences Programs in the World" <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked fourth in “The 50 Best Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences Programs in the World” by</p> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT Leal Earns NIH New Innovator Award <p>Cecilia Leal, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, is a recipient of the 2016 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. The award recognizes bold ideas from some of the nation’s most promising early-career scientists.</p> Ben Taylor, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 4 Oct 2016 00:00:00 CDT