Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT 5 CEE Alumna Sharon Wood will be Convocation Speaker <p>Sharon L. Wood, an Engineering at Illinois alumna and dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, will be the featured speaker at the College of Engineering Convocation ceremonies on Sunday, May 15.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT AE Team Takes First Place in NASA BIG Idea Challenge <p>A student team from the Department of Aerospace Engineering took top honors Monday in NASA’s inaugural Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. The Illinois team garnered first place for their Cable-Controlled Aeroshell Deceleration System concept. CCADS utilizes lift for hypersonic trajectory control via a center-of-gravity shift mechanism and a cable system to deform the flexible HIAD.</p> Susan Mumm, Media Specialst Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT MechSE researchers create one-step graphene patterning method <p>Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a one-step, facile method to pattern graphene by using stencil mask and oxygen plasma reactive-ion etching, and subsequent polymer-free direct transfer to flexible substrates. This approach demonstrates a new possibility to overcome limitations imposed by existing post-synthesis processes to achieve graphene micro-patterning and sets forth transformative changes in “do It yourself” graphene-based device development for broad applications including flexible circuits/devices and wearable electronics.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT ECE building named R&D Magazine's Laboratory of the Year <p>Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the $95 million, 230,000-square-foot Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Building is located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. One of the nation's highest performing teaching and research facilities has been named <em>R&D Magazine's</em> "2016 Laboratory of the Year."</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasize <p>Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study. Using engineered tissue environments in various shapes and patterns, the study of skin cancer found that the more curved the cell cultures were, the more cancer cells at the edges displayed markers of stem cell characteristics – the key to spreading to other tissues. This has potential for furthering our understanding of cancer as well as developing personalized treatment plans.</p> Liz Ahlberg, UI News Bureau Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Eco-Concept car team advances to world championship <p>The University of Illinois hydrogen fuel cell car competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas this past weekend in Detroit, impressing judges and advancing to the world championship competition in London.</p> Bill Bowman Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Thanks to ESCiClean, escalator handrails can be cleaned automatically <p>At public places like airports or malls, thousands of people use escalators every day, but have you ever thought about how often the handrails are cleaned? Malek Ibrahim, a graduate student in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois, has. With the number of people that touch them, it becomes a conduit for rapidly spreading germs.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:44:00 CDT Grad student's ties to iconic building deepen at Illinois <p>Graduate Research Assistant Alejandro Alvarez Reyes, who is from Mexico, was surprised to discover upon his arrival at CEE at Illinois that the seismic design for the famous Latino Americana Tower in Mexico City was done by Nathan Newmark. This building, which holds special memories for Alvarez Reyes, is considered one of Newmark’s greatest accomplishments because the tower has twice withstood massive earthquakes that caused major to damage to much of the city around it.</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Winners Announced for 2016 WYSE State Finals <p>Hinsdale Central (unlimited division), Fenwick (1500 division), Normal U-High (700 non-boundaried), Maroa-Forsyth (700 boundaried), Urbana Uni High (300 unboundaried division), and Gallatin County (300 boundaried division) were named team state champions in the 2016 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge hosted by the University of Illinois College of Engineering.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:57:00 CDT Hindered Polyurea literally fills in the gaps in manufacturing some materials <p>Building semiconductors, orthopedic implants and hydrogen fuel cells are just a few of the potential uses of a polymer created in the lab of Jianjun Cheng, a materials science and engineering professor at the University of Illinois. Cheng and Hanze Ying, a fifth-year graduate student in Cheng’s lab, created the Hindered Polyurea material two years ago, but Ying and a team of undergraduates recently discovered that in addition to its self-healing qualities its sacrificial properties give it added commercial appeal. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:02:00 CDT Chicago Tribune: Oculus vet explains how virtual reality came out of the cave <p>Virtual reality is cool again. Steve LaValle, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois and former chief scientist of Oculus is a bit of a VR hipster. Speaking at the second Chicago Venture Summit, he said he first got excited about the technology during graduate school at Illinois in the 1990s. Now, weeks after the first Oculus Rift headsets arrived for Kickstarter backers, virtual reality is all about being immersive, interactive and — ideally — not nauseating. That's where LaValle came in. He worked with Oculus, first as a consultant and later as an executive, to help the company figure out how to use sensors to track head movements.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Crain's Chicago Business: A new alternative to an MRI? <p>What if a simple handheld device could scan the body to detect disease before a patient is in imminent danger? That’s what Dr. Stephen Boppart at Illinois is developing using light imagery. His work may help doctors uncover early signs of deadly maladies like cancer and even enable researchers to track how molecules and cells react to medication in real time.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT NCSA's Advanced Visual Lab contributed to IMAX 3D film "A Beautiful Planet" <p>The Advanced Visualization Laboratory at NCSA recently worked on “A Beautiful Planet,” the latest 3-D space documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers and IMAX Entertainment, made in cooperation with NASA, which premiered in New York City on April 16.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Engineering at Illinois Names Outstanding Faculty Awardees <p><span style="color:rgb(60, 60, 60); font-family:gotham ssm a,gotham ssm b,helvetica,arial,sans-serif; line-height:24px">The University of Illinois College of Engineering will be honoring outstanding educators and researchers at the 52<span style="font-size:10.8333px">nd</span></span><span style="color:rgb(60, 60, 60); font-family:gotham ssm a,gotham ssm b,helvetica,arial,sans-serif; line-height:24px"> Annual College Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 25 at the </span>NCSA<span style="color:rgb(60, 60, 60); font-family:gotham ssm a,gotham ssm b,helvetica,arial,sans-serif; line-height:24px"> auditorium. </span></p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT After graduation: Illini Success! <p>Analysis of a first-ever campuswide survey of recent Illinois graduates provides extensive information on where those students ended up after college. From the College of Engineering 2014-2015 report:</p> <ul> <li>88% of CoE graduates secure their <em>first destination</em> (employed, continuing their education, etc.)</li> <li><span class="tx" style="border-width:0 10pt 2pt 11pt; height:13.2pt; width:534.6pt">Traditional work environments employed the majority of College's bachelor’s </span><span class="tx" style="border-width:0 42pt 2pt 11pt; height:13.2pt; top:14.4pt; width:502.3pt">degree graduates (88%), with approximately 7% identifying transitional environments, and 1% in </span><span class="tx" style="border-width:0 360pt 11pt 11pt; height:13.2pt; top:28.8pt; width:184.4pt">entrepreneurial or start-up efforts. </span></li> </ul> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Lohman delivers Jordan Award address at Engineering Awards Ceremony <p>The Harvey H. Jordan Award recognizes the scholastic achievement and character of an outstanding senior. As this year's Jordan Award recipient, Hannah Lohman delivered the feature address at the Student and Alumni Awards Ceremony on April 16.</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT ECE researchers use ultrasound to transmit data at rates capable of carrying HD video through animal tissues <p>Using animal tissue samples (store-bought pork loin and beef liver), researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the possibility of real-time video-rate data transmission through tissue for in-body ultrasonic communications with implanted medical devices.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Bhargava Lab receives $1.6M for cancer imaging research <p>Researchers in the lab of Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering and member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, have proposed a new imaging method to determine the risk of lethal prostate cancer upon initial diagnosis. The project, “3D Prostate Histochemometry to Predict Disease Recurrence,” has been awarded $1,606,899 over four years by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health. </p> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT Engineering at Illinois and Zhejiang University partner on Joint Institute for Engineering <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its College of Engineering have accepted an invitation from Zhejiang University to form a joint engineering institute. Beginning in the Fall 2016, about 150 undergraduate students will study civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering at the Institute. The degrees these students receive will be built on Engineering at Illinois’ globally recognized curriculum.</p> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT IBM & Illinois collaborate on next-generation cognitive computing systems <p>IBM Research has announced plans for a multi-year collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to create the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) which will be housed within the College of Engineering on the Urbana campus. Opening in the summer of 2016, the C3SR will integrate and advance scientific frontiers in both machine learning and heterogeneous computing systems optimized for new cognitive computing workloads.</p> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 CDT