Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT 5 Frontiers in Bioengineering Symposium attracts bioengineering luminaries and leaders <p> National and international leaders in the field of bioengineering will gather at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this week for the Frontiers in Bioengineering Symposium. Held September 8-9, the event presents an opportunity for researchers and educators across numerous disciplines to present their breakthroughs and discuss exciting new ideas.</p> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT New research may help doctors personalize cancer treatments <p> In four recent papers, University of Illinois Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Princess Imoukhuede and co-authors have made significant progress in personalizing angiogenesis inhibition cancer treatments. Imoukhuede’s lab is working to better understand the tumor microenvironment and why the same type of tumor may behave differently in people, like two mulberry trees reacting differently to the same herbicide.</p> Claire Sturgeon, Institute for Genomic Biology Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Ewoldt Films Ice Bucket Challenge with Slow-Mo Camera <p> Over the past two months the entire country has been a buzz taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Randy Ewoldt, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois, has literally broken it down, by using a slow-motion camera.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT White Selected for ASC Outstanding Research Award <p> Aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White has been chosen for the 2014 American Society for Composites (ASC) Outstanding Research Award.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT CEE project will broaden access to geoscience data <p> Data collections and unique models that reflect differences in units, time intervals, locations and a host of other variables are generally so dissimilar that using them is more difficult for researchers than simply starting from scratch. That may soon change, thanks to a project led by Illinois researchers to develop a way to make this data much easier to utilize, promising a significant savings of money and time for researchers wishing to utilize long-tail data and models. The team, led by CEE Professor Praveen Kumar, has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a semantic framework for integrating long-tail data and models.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT New process helps overcome obstacles to produce renewable fuels and chemicals <p> <span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Lignin is an energy-dense polymer present in plants. It is the second most abundant biopolymer on Earth, after cellulose, making it a potentially valuable resource in the manufacture of biofuels. Researchers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Illinois, and the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has demonstrated a concept that provides opportunities for the successful conversion of lignin into a variety of renewable fuels, chemicals and materials.</span></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Symphony of nanoplasmonic and optical resonators leads to magnificent laser-like light emission <p> By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design, paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. The new optical systems at the microscopic scale can amplify light and produce ultra-narrowband spectral output.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Texas Instruments pledges $3.2 million gift for ECE ILLINOIS lab and student meeting space <p> Texas Instruments, the global semiconductor company, has pledged a $3.2 million gift to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to name two spaces in the new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. The Texas Instruments Electronics Design Lab is where every ECE freshman will take ECE 110, Introduction to Electronics. The Texas Instruments Student Center, meanwhile, is where student groups like IEEE and Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering will have offices and collaborative workspace.<br />  </p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoring <p> MatSE professor Paul Braun and graduate student Chunjie Zhang have developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise that doctors and patients may be able to use it for automatic insulin dosing  - something now possible using current point measurements like test strips.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Illinois partners with NTU to develop new generation of Asian academic leaders <div class="grid_9" id="page-content"> <div class="node clear-block" id="node-26942"> <div class="content"> In medicine and other fields, the growing use of evidence-based practices has saved money and improved performance by using data to inform decision-making. But in academic institutions leaders have been slower to adapt to data-driven decision making. With a $2.7 million grant, Illinois is collaborating with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to conduct research, develop curricula, provide guidance and create tools to train current and future executives of major research universities as part of a new NTU academy focusing on leadership, expected to launch next year.</div> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Kim Gudeman, CSL Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT WIE Camp 2014: Creating community for female engineering students <p> Still going strong in its 12th year, the 2014 WIE Camp did all that Larson originally envisioned as 255 female engineering students arrived on campus for freshman orientation. The camp's activities, while fun, were designed to foster community building and to help the girls establish a support system as they built key relationships and learned about campus supports available.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Election Analytics: Predicting election outcomes <p> CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson has been working with polling data for over a decade, trying to find ways to uncover pertinent and telling information. Called Election Analytics, the site presents forecasts for election outcomes—if they were held today—of Senate races across the United States.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus <p> Scientists recently unveiled a new device, a thin and flexible pixellated sheet, that can change colors in response to its environs. The sheet was designed by materials scientists Cunjiang Yu, from the University of Houston, and <a class="tpstyle" href="" title="John Rogers">John Rogers</a>, from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Their work was assisted by marine biologist Roger Hanlon, from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. "Our device sees color and matches it," Rogers said in a released statement. "It reads the environment using thermochromatic material."</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Engineering departments invest $23 million to improve instructional facilities <p> With support from campus and the College of Engineering, six facility projects, totaling $23 million, will provide innovative upgrades to instruction that will impact an estimated 6,000 students across the University of Illinois engineering campus.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Faculty startup develops automated document understanding <p> A startup company—NexLP—co -founded by CS professor Dan Roth, an expert in natural language processing,is developing an automation process for reviewing the vast amounts of documents that can be found in legal proceedings.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT CS team sets course for speed-of-light networking <p> CS Assistant Professor Brighten Godfrey wants to make the Internet faster. In his project “Networking at the Speed of Light,” Godfrey is proposing a mission for the computer networking research community as a whole: to strive to attain an Internet with as close as possible to speed-of-light latency, which is the ultimate physical limit of network speed.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Hilton named ASC Fellow <p> A patriarch of Aerospace Engineering at Illinois, Emeritus Prof. Harry H. Hilton has been made a 2014 Fellow of the American Society for Composites. Hilton is an internationally recognized authority in viscoelasticity and aero-viscoelasticity. Although “officially” retired from AE the past 24 years, Hilton has remained extremely active in research, graduate teaching, and public and professional service.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT Director chosen for new Health Care Engineering Systems Center <p> Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas has been chosen as the first director of the new Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCES Center) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Through the Center, the College of Engineering has partnered with the Jump Simulation and Education Center (Jump) of the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, in an exciting initiative, known as Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES). The aim is to develop new technologies and cyber-physical systems, to enhance medical training and practice, and drive the training of medical practitioners of the future.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT 23 women join Engineering at Illinois faculty; number grows by a third <p> Since December 2013, a record number of women have joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering. When they arrive on campus, Engineering at Illinois’ faculty will include 23 more women.The number of women engineering students has also grown significantly in recent years. More than 355 women plan to enter Engineering at Illinois as undergraduates in the fall—an increase of 27 percent in the last two years alone.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT New material could enhance fast and accurate DNA sequencing <p> Illinois researchers found that the material molybdenum disulfide could be the most efficient yet found for DNA sequencing, making personalized medicine more accessible.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 CDT