Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 1 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 Summer Camps Expose Young People to Engineering...and Illinois <p>From June 7th through August 1st (with a break the week of July 4th), Engineering at Illinois is holding 13 camps total: 5 WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) and 8 G.A.M.E.S. (Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science) camps.</p> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 00:00:00 CDT Study: Groundwater from aquifers important factor in food security <p>CEE professors Ximing Cai and Megan Konar, along with graduate student Landon Marston and Lehigh University professor Tara Troy, studied groundwater consumption from three main aquifer systems. Reliance on these aquifers intensified so much from 2000 to 2008 that it accounted for 93 percent of groundwater depletion in the U.S. They published their findings in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>. </p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT $10 million Jump Simulation Center coming to new College of Medicine <p>A $10 million gift will launch the Jump Simulation Center in Urbana and help train a new type of doctor uniquely equipped to transform healthcare. The center will be part of the new College of Medicine, a partnership of Carle Health System and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the first medical school in the nation focused from the beginning at the intersection of engineering and medicine.</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois leads $6.25M initiative to advance multimodal data analysis <p>An Illinois-led research team has received a $6.25 million Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award to develop a new information theory for data collection, analysis, and decision-making. The research, housed in the interdisciplinary Coordinated Science Lab, aims to speed up and improve our ability to collect and analyze data and subsequently adapt our decisions as new information comes in. Applications range from social network analysis to interactive machine learning with humans in the loop, such as brain computer/robot interfaces (BCI/BRI) or crowdsourcing.</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois' students make working model Hyperloop <p> MechSE students at Illinois built a functioning 1:24 scale model of the Hyperloop, a “fifth mode of transportation” that sends pods through a partially pressurized tube at very high speeds, as part of a senior design project. It was designed to test some of the key components of Elon Musk's design, outlined in a much-read, open source white paper published in August of 2013.</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Fahnestock chosen for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium <p>Larry Fahnestock, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Illinois, has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 21st annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Unlocking fermentation secrets opens the door to new biofuels <p>Researchers, led by BioE Assistant Professor Ting Lu, have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Robust new process forms 3D shapes from flat sheets of graphene <p>A team of MechSE researchers, led by SungWoo Nam, have developed a new approach for forming 3D shapes from flat, 2D sheets of graphene, paving the way for future integrated systems of graphene-MEMS hybrid devices and flexible electronics.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT New technology looks into the eye and brings cells into focus <p>Eye doctors soon could use computing power to help them see individual cells in the back of a patient’s eye, thanks to imaging technology developed by engineers at the University of Illinois. Such detailed pictures of the cells, blood vessels and nerves at the back of the eye could enable earlier diagnosis and better treatment for degenerative eye and neurological diseases. An Illinois research team, led by electrical and computer engineering professor Stephen Boppart, does the correction computationally, instead of using complex hardware.</p> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home <p>Researchers, led by BioE professors Dipanjan Pan and Rohit Bhargava, have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues. The new approach generates the particles in a few hours and uses only a handful of ingredients, including store-bought molasses.</p> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Cuttlefish may be the key to next-generation displays <p>Cuttlefish are hard to find. They hide under rocks and in plants using careful camouflage. They are masters of disguise. ECE/BioE professor Stephen Boppart's researchers think these evasive creatures could improve next-generation display technology.</p> Claire Hettinger, ECE ILLINOIS Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT DHS taps Illinois to lead $20 million center in critical infrastructure resiliency <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced that it will lead a new center to improve the resiliency of critical infrastructure, which includes dams, information technology, emergency services, transportation systems and critical manufacturing. The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center of Excellence (CIRCoE) is funded through a grant – anticipated at $20 million over five years – from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.</p> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Lyding wins Foresight Institute Feynman Prize <p>ECE Professor Joseph W. Lyding received the Foresight Institute Feynman Prize, a premier honor for his research and development in the field of nanotechnology from the Foresight Institute, a think tank and public interest organization that focuses on molecular nanotechnology.</p> Claire Hettinger, ECE ILLINOIS Tue, 9 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT VR course brings students to the technology's forefront <p>Putting on the headset, you find yourself suddenly riding a platform that takes you twenty feet in the air as you try to keep your balance, or shooting at angry robots that are a menace to society, or becoming a frog trying to eat bugs before they get past you, or even pay a visit to the ancient Assyrian palace in Nimrud, Iraq. All of this in in an immersive 3D environment—giving the experience a sense of reality not found in standard videos. And all of these virtual reality worlds were created by University of Illinois students in CS 498SL: Virtual Reality. This course was taught in the spring 2015 semester by CS Professor Steven LaValle.</p> Tom Moone, CS@Illinois Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Ultrafast heat conduction can manipulate nanoscale magnets <p>MatSE researchers have uncovered physical mechanisms allowing the manipulation of magnetic information with heat. These new phenomena rely on the transport of thermal energy, in contrast to the conventional application of magnetic fields, providing a new, and highly desirable way to manipulate magnetization at the nanoscale.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Popescu's team develops new screening method for prostate cancer recurrence <p>Researchers used spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM), a label-free method, to perform localized measurements of light scattering in prostatectomy tissue microarrays. The researchers found that the higher value of anisotropy indicated that the tissue is more organized, while a lower value indicated that the various components within the tissue are fragmented and disorganized.</p> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Temp tattoo senses through your skin <p>An article in IEEE Spectrum features John Rogers and his research team at Illinois who have developed a way of building circuits that act like skin, collect power wirelessly, and can be worn just about anywhere on the body.</p> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT "Solar Superstorms" as visualized by NCSA <p>Members of NCSA's Advanced Visualization Laboratory and their collaborators are creating “Solar Superstorms,” an ultra-high-resolution digital film that presents the latest digitally enabled research on solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and other aspects of space weather.</p> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hop <p>Searching a whole genome for one particular sequence is like trying to fish a specific piece from the box of a billion-piece puzzle. Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have observed how one set of genome-editing proteins finds its specific targets, which could help them design better gene therapies to treat disease.</p> Liz Ahlberg, UI News Bureau Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT EscaWheel launches Kickstarter campaign for wheelchair lift technology <p>A Chicago-based startup with a team of University of Illinois alumni has developed a technology, which will make it much easier and cost-effective for wheelchair users to get up and down stairs in their home without needing an attendant. Now that startup, EscaWheel, Inc., is using a <a href="">Kickstarter campaign</a> to commercialize that technology with a goal of raising $25,000 in 30 days.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:00:00 CDT