Engineering at Illinois News http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/recent-news.html News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 MatSe Grad Named to '50 For the Future' For Self-Healing Polymer Research http://www.matse.illinois.edu/newsfeed/032415Ying-50Future.html <p> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">Hanze Ying, a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, was recently honored as a 2015 Illinois Technology Foundation “Fifty for the Future” Awardee.</span></p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT New technique paints tissue samples with light http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0324stainless_staining_rohitBhargava.html Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT AE3's Collins Scholars Program Provides Foundation for Young Faculty http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10820 <p> The Academy of Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3) is an important vehicle for training and support for the entire faculty, but especially those new to the College. Through the Collins Scholars program, AE3 provides first-year assistant and associate professors important resources to get their teaching careers off to an efficient, productive start. AE3 has been doing faculty development since 1994 and the goal of the Collins Scholar program is to provide new faculty personalized attention with a strong focus on teaching and classroom observations.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Popescu named Optical Society of America Fellow http://www.ece.illinois.edu/newsroom/article/10701 <p> In recognition of his dedication and contributions to the field, Associate Professor Gabriel Popescu was recently elected as a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He received his nomination for his research on “quantitative and nanoscale imaging of cells and tissues.” Popescu’s work has focused on helping turn biology into an engineering-oriented science through microscopic devices that use light scattering and interferometry to turn imaging into a quantitative measurement tool.</p> Daniel Dexter, ECE ILLINOIS Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Texas Instruments funds statue of female engineer on Illinois' campus http://www.ece.illinois.edu/newsroom/article/10809 <p> At a dedication this week for two spaces named for Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Steve Lyle remarked on the company’s next step in supporting engineering students at Illinois: funding for a statue depicting a female engineer, intended to inspire current and future women who aspire to attain a degree and career in engineering.</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Flight control breakthrough could lead to safer air travel http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10817 Julia Cation Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Nano piano's lullaby could mean storage breakthrough http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10782 <p> Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a non-magnetic plasmonic nanostructure, opening the door to multiple uses in informational processing and archival storage.</p> William Bowman Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Scientists find DNA is packaged like a yo-yo http://www.igb.illinois.edu/news/scientists-find-dna-packaged-yoyo <p> To pack two meters of DNA into a microscopic cell, the string of genetic information must be wound extremely carefully into chromosomes. Surprisingly the DNA’s sequence causes it to be coiled and uncoiled much like a yoyo, scientists reported in <em>Cell</em>.</p> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT U. of I., Carle moving forward with the first engineering-based college of medicine http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0312College_of_Medicine.html <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"> <p> The University of Illinois Board of Trustees recently voted unanimously to establish the <a href="http://www.medicine.illinois.edu/">College of Medicine at Illinois</a>, the nation’s first college of medicine focused, from the beginning, on the intersection of engineering and medicine.</p> <p> The college will be a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System that is specifically designed to train a new kind of doctor. This ground-breaking approach will integrate the university’s unparalleled assets in engineering, technology, and supercomputing with Carle’s nationally recognized, comprehensive health care system.</p> - See more at: http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/college-of-medicine.html#sthash.0TDy2hAN.dpuf</div> <p> The University of Illinois Board of Trustees recently voted unanimously to establish the College of Medicine at Illinois, the nation’s first college of medicine focused, from the beginning, on the intersection of engineering and medicine. The college will be a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System that is specifically designed to train a new kind of doctor. This ground-breaking approach will integrate the university’s unparalleled assets in engineering, technology, and supercomputing with Carle’s nationally recognized, comprehensive health care system.</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Cheng chosen as AIMBE Fellow http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10776 <p> The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Jianjun Cheng, associate professor of materials science and engineering and Willett Faculty Scholar, to its College of Fellows<em>, "for outstanding contribution to the development of polymeric biomaterials and translational nanomedicine</em>."</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Stewart named ASME Fellow http://mechse.illinois.edu/news/stewart-named-asme-fellow <p> D. Scott Stewart, the Shao Lee Soo Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT A method to "March Madness": A Minute With Statistics Expert Sheldon Jacobson http://illinois.edu/emailer/newsletter/69699.html <p> The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament attracts millions of viewers each year, many of whom like to “play along” at home or at the office by filling out tournament brackets. The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are astronomical – there are more possible brackets than stars in the galaxy – so how can a March Madness fan be confident in filling out, if not a perfect bracket, a pretty strong one? Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and mathematics who has performed many data analytics studies on tournament bracketology, talked about how seeds advance through the tournament with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg.</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Krishnan receives NSF CAREER Award http://ise.illinois.edu/news/professor-girish-krishnan-receives-nsf-career-award <p> Girish Krishnan, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has received an NSF CAREER Award for pioneering the research and development of soft mechanical systems.</p> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Researchers develop faster, more efficient test for soybean cyst nematode http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10747 <p> The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the most pervasive plant pest in agriculture. University of Illinois researchers have developed a system to test for the nematode that is approximately 20 times faster than current technology and provides more precise data than existing solutions.</p> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Squeezing out new science from material interfaces http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10737 <p> With more than five times the thermal conductivity of copper, diamond is the ultimate heat spreader. But the slow rate of heat flow into diamond from other materials limits its use in practice. In particular, the physical process controlling heat flow between metals and diamond has remained a mystery to scientists for many years. By applying extreme pressure in a diamond anvil cell to metal films on diamond, researchers have now determined the physical process dominating this unexplained heat flow, which has implications for understanding and improving heat flow between any two materials.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Crain's Business features Greenlight Planet http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150305/NEWS07/150309891/a-solar-powered-lamp-for-everyone <p> Greenlight Planet, a company co-founded by Chicagoan T. Patrick Walsh, has a new way of providing affordable electricity to people in developing countries. Already known for its solar-powered lamps, the company introduced Sun King Eco with Easy Buy in January—a pilot program in India and Kenya that lets people buy the lamps on an installment plan.</p> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Ten faculty chosen as Willett Scholars http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10732 <p> The College of Engineering has announced that ten faculty members have been named Donald Biggar Willett Scholars for 2015: Daniel Bodony (AE), Yann Chemla (Physics), Deming Chen (ECE), Sascha Hilgenfeldt (MechSE), Harrison Kim (ISE), Xiuling Li (ECE), Yanfeng Ouyang (CEE), Saurabh Sinha (CS), Dallas Trinkle (MatSE), and Tao Xie (CS). The recognition is targeted for faculty members who, at a relatively early stage in their careers, are excelling in their contributions to the University of Illinois.</p> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Computational Science and Engineering Announces CSE Minor http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10558 <p> The Computational Science and Engineering program is introducing a new 18-credit hour multidisciplinary minor. The program expands upon the existing certification option and provides undergraduate students with a solid base in problem-solving using computation as a major tool for modeling complicated problems in science and engineering.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Chung joins JPL mission to capture and redirect asteroids http://aerospace.illinois.edu/news/chung-joins-jpl-mission-capture-and-redirect-asteroids <p> Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Soon-Jo Chung is collaborating with Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) experts of NASA/CalTech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in developing control strategies to capture and redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable obit around the moon.</p> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:00:00 CDT Engineering at Illinois launches program to "fundamentally redefine the role of faculty in innovation." http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10671 <p> Engineering at Illinois’ new Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows program will fundamentally redefine the role of faculty in innovation. The first fellows are being selected now and will be named this summer. These professors—three to five of them—will rotate out of their classroom teaching and other service to the university for at least a year. Instead they’ll focus on bringing their work to the world by developing a technology and testing its commercial potential. Rather than being in the classroom, these fellows will be working with students out in the world.</p> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT