Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT 5 "Fizzy" soda water could be key in clean and sustainable manufacture of "flat" wonder material: graphene <p>As graphene’s popularity grows as an advanced “wonder” material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind, the research group of SungWoo Nam, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at Illinois, has developed a cleaner and more environmentally friendly method to isolate graphene using carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>) in the form of carbonic acid as the electrolyte solution. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Bashir named executive associate dean of Carle Illinois College of Medicine Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Handheld spectral analyzer turns smartphone into diagnostic tool Wed, 9 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT New microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryos <p>University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in humans.</p> Tue, 8 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Opto-mechanical technique circumvents mechanical losses using the action of light <p>A research collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the University of Maryland has revealed a new technique by which scattering of sound waves from disorder in a material can be suppressed on demand. All of this, can be simply achieved by illuminating with the appropriate color of laser light. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Energy Systems offers 5-year bachelor's-master's degree program <p>Beginning Fall 2017, juniors of several College of Engineering at Illinois departments can be admitted into a 5-year degree program that will culminate in a master’s of engineering in Energy Systems. The combined BS/MEng program will provide a smooth integration of the bachelor and master’s studies, while providing the same breadth and depth of coverage for all the required courses of both existing degree programs.</p> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT NCSA processes big data with breakthrough results for Dark Energy Survey <p>New measurements from data processed by the Dark Energy Survey Data Management (DESDM) project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign verify the theory that 26 percent of the Universe is in the form of mysterious dark matter and that space is filled with an also-unseen dark energy, which is causing the accelerating expansion of the universe and makes up 70 percent of the Universe’s contents. </p> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers investigate neuron coding for advances in prosthetics <p>When we experience a sensory stimulus, such as a baby crying or a bite of pizza, the neurons in our brain fire impulses rapidly to receive and interpret the signal. How these impulses are timed—and how we can replicate it artificially—has been mathematically determined by a team of researchers in the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, and has applications in building advanced prosthetics.</p> Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT CSL and CS student Chen receives SIGMM Outstanding PhD Thesis Award Tue, 1 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Campers learn what it's like to be an engineer <p>Summer camps in different engineering disciplines were offered on campus, and over 400 middle and high school students took advantage of the opprotunity. </p> Miranda Holloway, Media Communications Specialist Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT NSF awards Illinois $3 million for interdisciplinary graduate school training Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois IFP places second in ImageNet Challenge <p>For the second time in three years, a team from the University of Illinois has placed high in the global ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC 2017). Honghui Shi, a PhD student in electrical and computer engineering with affiliation at Beckman Institute and the Coordinated Science Lab, led a team that placed second in all four categories of object detection and tracking from video.  </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT CREDC Sanders reports on electricity resiliency Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT Champaign-Urbana named nation's No. 2 college town <p>Champaign-Urbana is the quintessential Midwestern college town. It ranks very high in diversity for its category. Thanks to city projects such as Bike Champaign! it is the most accessible of our college towns. With such a large share of commuters who either walk, bike, or use public transportation, Champaign-Urbana outranks even major metros in city accessibility, coming in fourth overall. Champaign is economically appealing, with great labor market conditions. The University of Illinois I-STEM initiative brings high levels of innovation to this college town.</p> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT Lyding receives STM control system from Zyvex Labs Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT Mohaghegh awarded DOE NEUP grant to investigate systematic enterprise risk management <p>The Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) has awarded NPRE Assistant Professor Zahra Mohaghegh and her research team, the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Laboratory, a three-year, $800,000 grant to pursue this vision for a future in which nuclear power companies use intelligent decision-making support systems to estimate scenarios of system failure or revenue loss. </p> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT DOE funds major bioenergy research center at Illinois through ISEE, IGB <p>The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is doubling down on energy research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funding a multimillion-dollar Bioenergy Research Center to provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts.</p> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT Researchers develop dynamic templates critical to printable electronics technology <p>Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed bio-inspired dynamic templates used to manufacture organic semiconductor materials that produce printable electronics. It uses a process similar to biomineralization – the way that bones and teeth form. This technique is also eco-friendly compared with how conventional electronics are made, which gives the researchers the chance to return the favor to nature.  </p> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT Rizwan Uddin named NPRE department head <p>Rizwan Uddin, distinguished professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois, has been named the new NPRE Department Head, effective August 16.</p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT Researchers developing EMCO simulator <p>Researchers at the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, have developed an ECMO training simulator. Built to resemble the elasticity of arteries and pumped by an artificial heart, the simulator replicates the femoral artery leading to the heart that doctors need to operate on for the surgery.</p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CDT