Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heated <p>University of Illinois researchers, led by aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward greatly reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing. They also developed a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand.</p> Liz Ahlberg Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT #GirlsWithToys highlights women in STEM and their tools used everyday <p>Illinois anthropology professor Kate Clancy started #GirlsWithToys, a hashtag that highlights women in STEM and the research tools they use every day. Here are highlights from Engineering at Illinois. </p> Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Collaborative research team solves cancer-cell mutation mystery <p>Approximately 85 percent of cancer cells obtain their limitless replicative potential through the reactivation of a specific protein called telomerase (TERT). A collaborative team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of California, San Francisco has shown that highly recurrent mutations in the promoter of the TERT gene are the most common genetic mutations in many cancers, including adult glioblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma.</p> Susan McKenna, Alex Kreig, and Siv Schwink Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Out of Cold War's end, Hovakimyan has emerged as a leading voice in flight control safety <p>MechSE professor Naira Hovakimyan has a background as a mathematician, which dates back to humble beginnings in Armenia. Over the last 17 years, however, researchers in the United States have tapped Hovakimyan’s calculations to help advance work in the stability of flight control systems. </p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT New mobile app expands the outreach of SAWBO videos <p>Whether the need is to educate people in West Africa about preventing Ebola or to train farmers in Latin America on preventing postharvest loss, Scientific Animations without Borders has an app – and an animated video – for that. SAWBO, an initiative out of the University of Illinois that develops animated educational videos, recently released a mobile app for Android devices. The Deployer app enables users to view, download and freely share SAWBO’s ever-growing video library over Bluetooth connections. CS professor Tarek Abdelzaher and graduate student Shaohan Hu collaborated on building the app, developing many of the critical functions that enable users to deploy animations while offline.</p> Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Study: Gene regulation underlies the evolution of social complexity in bees <p>Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology faculty members Saurabh Sinha, a professor of computer science, and Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and IGB director; and an international consortium of 52 scientists used comparative genomics to discover that the evolution of bee society is associated with increases in the complexity of gene regulation.</p> Diana Yates, UI News Bureau Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT iSEE funds study on impact of extreme natural and human-made events <p>The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) has demonstrated its leadership of interdisciplinary research — and its ability to acquire federal funding — at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a recent announcement of a new project to model the impact that extreme natural and human-made events can have on communities and ecosystems.<br /> The Institute helped secure more than $220,000, including direct pay for student researchers, from the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), which will fund the study titled “System Dynamics Modeling of the Ecosystem-Infrastructure Interface.”</p> <p> </p> Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Shoemaker receives DOE Early Career Research award <p>Daniel Shoemaker, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been chosen to receive a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program grant for his research proposal, “In Situ Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Mixed-Valence Inorganic Crystal Formation.”</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Researchers look to nature for new biomedical technique, gel <p>New research from the University of Illinois holds promise for the treatment of vascular diseases, but it also has drawn some unexpected attention from a community of scientists who may not typically follow the latest developments in biomedicine. Researchers have often suggested that spatial organization of proteins that can stimulate blood vessel formation in a 3D matrix would resolve this challenge, because cells would build the vessels following the protein pattern; however, a tool to pattern the protein-releasing microparticles in a 3D matrix was lacking. However, after reading about moraines, which are accumulations of rock and soil formed by shear tension of advancing or receding glaciers, Kong and his fellow researchers wondered if they would be able to translate the geological phenomena to their work.</p> Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT CS Engineer in Residence Roger Dickey shares startup insights <p>Since graduating from Illinois, Roger Dickey has experienced great success in his career. In 2007, Dickey launched a social gaming startup, building apps and games for the (then) newly launched Facebook. In 2008, Dickey and his company were bought by Zynga. He retooled an earlier game he created into Mafia Wars, which reached 45 million users by 2010. In three years at Zynga, Dickey also launched FishVille and five other titles.</p> Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illini Hackers receive National Collegiate Award <p>Major League Hacking (MLH), a national organization that sanctions and promotes collegiate hacks, presented Illini Hackers with its first-place award for the fall 2014 North American season on May 5, 2015, at the Siebel Center. The Illini Hacker team earned the award by participating in the most MLH-sanctioned events and outperforming other college teams in the fun, weekend-long hacking challenges.</p> Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT High-performance 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration <p>By combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photolithography, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a high-performance 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration with microelectronic devices.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Offic e Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Six engineering researchers selected for NCSA Fellowships <p>Thirteen Illinois faculty members--six from the College of Engineering--have been selected to receive one-year fellowships that will enable their research teams to pursue collaborative projects with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. NCSA's fellowship program aims to catalyze and develop long-term collaborations between the center and campus researchers, particularly in the center's six thematic areas of research: Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Computing and Data Sciences, Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Materials and Manufacturing, and Physics and Astronomy.</p> Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Choudhury receives SIGMOBILE RockStar Award <p>CSL’s Romit Roy Choudhury was recently awarded the 2015 ACM SIGMOBILE RockStar Award in recognition of “significant contributions, early in his career, to mobile sensing and wireless networking, with an emphasis on location and cross-layer protocols.”</p> Fri, 8 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT A wild ride for one Illinois computer science student from high school dropout to graduation <p>Marrissa Hellesen is just a few weeks away from completing her Bachelor of Science degree requirements from one of the most prestigious computer science programs in the world. Earlier this spring the 26-year old was honored as one of 12 Knights of St. Patrick, a distinction given to a select group of top students in the College of Engineering. Hellesen’s journey began 11 years ago, when at the age of 15, the Rockford native decided to drop out of school.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 7 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT After 53-year wait, alumnus will finally walk at graduation <p>George Nelms (BSEE '62) took a less-than-straightforward path throughout his undergraduate education, finally earning a bachelor's degree from ECE ILLINOIS in 1962. That path, though, didn't allow him to participate in Illinois' graduation ceremony, even though it prepared him for a successful, diverse career in engineering. Nelms will return to campus this spring to finally walk in the graduation ceremony he missed 53 years ago.</p> Thu, 7 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Uddin chosen for ASEE Glenn Murphy Award <p>NPRE professor Rizwan Uddin is the 2015 winner of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Glenn Murphy Award for his strong and enduring commitment to advancing the quality and impact of education in nuclear engineering, and for his ability to fully engage students in learning through innovative teaching styles and techniques. </p> Thu, 7 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Researchers developing solution for GPS-denied environments <p>AE assistant professor Soon-Jo Chung and ECE Professor Seth Hutchinson--both researchers at the Coordinated Science Laboratory--are creating algorithms that are able to map an area, even when GPS signals aren't available, such as inside a building or in remote areas.</p> Thu, 7 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Governor Rauner joins University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Teen Innovators from across the State <p>Twenty Illinois high school students will be honored by the University of Illinois and Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday, May 8. They are being recognized for their aspirations to change the world, solve major social problems, create great new products, and push the boundaries of our organizations and communities. The first annual “Celebrating High School Innovators” will give them the chance to meet with other young leaders and highly innovative professionals, discuss their ideas, and learn about resources available to them.</p> Thu, 7 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT Levchin's tech lending start-up Affirm raises $275 million <p>Affirm, a San Francisco-based consumer lending start-up, is adding $275 million in debt and equity to accelerate its growth plans. “We’re building a financial technology company for the next generation,” said Max Levchin, the chief executive of Affirm, and computer science alumnus who was a co-founder of PayPal.</p> Wed, 6 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT