Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:40:00 CDT 5 Through 3D drawing and CAD, Young Engineers Initiative exposing East African youth to careers in STEM <p>Professor Brian Lilly, PhD student Ritu Raman and others established the Young Engineers Initative to expose students in East African nations to engineering and start to teach them skills that will make them highly employable as adults.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:40:00 CDT Photonic crystal-enhanced microscope sheds light on wound healing and cancer metastasis <p>University of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering Professor Brian Cunningham’s Nano Sensors group has invented a novel live-cell imaging method that could someday help biologists better understand how stem cells transform into specialized cells and how diseases like cancer spread. Their Photonic Crystal Enhanced Microscope (PCEM) is capable of monitoring and quantitatively measuring cell adhesion, a critical process involved cell migration, cell differentiation, cell division, and cell death.</p> Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT Researchers discover hot hydrogen atoms in Earth's upper atmosphere <p>A team of University of Illinois researchers has discovered the existence of hot atomic hydrogen (H) atoms in an upper layer of Earth’s atmosphere known as the thermosphere. This finding, which the authors report today in <em>Nature Communications</em>, significantly changes current understanding of the H distribution and its interaction with other atmospheric constituents.</p> Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT Nano blood cells could offer convenient, portable alternative to transfusion <p>Researchers at Illinois and Washington Universityin St. Louis have created an artificial red blood cell that effectively picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to tissues throughout the body. The donut-shaped artificial cells are formulated using nanotechnology--in partnership with Dipanjan Pan, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Illinois--and are about one-fiftieth the size of human red blood cells.</p> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT Study: TSA could save money by waiving PreCheck fees for frequent travelers <p>There is an easy way to reduce lines at the airport, increase security and save the Transportation Security Administration money, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers: waive the $85 fee for frequent fliers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program, which allows pre-screened, verified travelers to go through expedited security at airports.</p> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT Alumnus Peng Ong will be featured speaker at fall convocation <p>College of Engineering alumnus Peng T. Ong, managing partner of Monk’s Hill Ventures, will be the featured speaker at the College of Engineering Fall Convocation on Saturday, December 17.</p> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT Tunneling key to high-speed modulation of transistor and laser development <p>In 2004, electrical engineering pioneers Nick Holonyak Jr. and Milton Feng at the University of Illinois invented the transistor laser—a three-port device that incorporated quantum-wells in the base and an optical cavity—increasing its capacity to transmit data one hundred-fold. Two recent studies by the researchers are expected to significantly impact the fundamental modulation bandwidth of the transistor and the laser operation for energy-efficient high speed data transfer in optical and 5G wireless communications.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT Election forecasting: What happened? <p>Many people continue to be shocked by the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. In this age of data analytics, professional pollsters and data scientists did not have their finest moment. While the past several elections have been more favorable to attempts to forecast outcomes ahead of time, that trend failed to hold in 2016. As forecasters attempt to understand exactly what happened, the data itself may hold vital clues (Article co-written by CS professor Sheldon Jacobson).</p> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT Presentation for improving power grid security and reliability through GPS timing recognized <p>Using multiple GPS systems to track power grid activity is a diagnostic tool that has the ability to protect and strengthen the security of our power grid, according to recent research by aerospace engineering graduate student Sriramya Bhamidipati and AE/CSL Assistant Professor Grace Gao.</p> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT Chicago Inno: UIUC seeding a Chicago tech network <p>Although it's 135 miles away, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is responsible for developing the most entrepreneur alumni in the greater Chicago area. LinkedIn data showed as much earlier this year, putting UIUC ahead of DePaul and Northwestern. Meanwhile, a recent report by venture capital database Pitchbook affirmed that the school produces the most undergraduate venture-backed startups out of any Illinois university.</p> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:00:00 CDT NPRE students explore new intellectual platform for radiation detection <p>A group of students in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois have a plan to build a better radiation detector.</p> Susan Mumm, NPRE editor Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT Research may pave way for stronger building materials <p>Members of the Ewoldt Research Group, exploring how air bubbles rise within a complex fluid, like those found while processing wet concrete, wondered if they could actually get them to sink instead by shaking the mixture in the right way. During the recent 69th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics, MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt and MechSE doctoral candidate Jeremy Koch presented their work studying bubbles within complex fluids. This work appeared in <em>Science</em> this week.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT New discovery may lead to the development of super premium gasoline <p>In contradicting a theory that’s been the standard for over eighty years, an Illinois group led by Yang Zhang, assistant professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and Beckman Institute of for Advanced Science and Technology, has made a discovery holding major promise for the petroleum industry. The research has revealed that in the foreseeable future products such as crude oil and gasoline could be transported across country 30 times faster, and the several minutes it takes to fill a tank of gas could be reduced to mere seconds.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3D gradient refractive index micro-optics <p>A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon, with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics. Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent gradient refractive index (GRIN) micro-optics by electrochemically etching preformed Si micro-structures, like square columns, PSi structures with defined refractive index profiles.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT White named SES Fellow <p>Aerospace Engineering professor Scott White has been selected as a Fellow of the international Society of Engineering Science. White, a Willett Professor and director of the recently created Center of Excellence in Self-healing, Regeneration, and Structural Remodeling at Illinois, has gained international recognition for his work in autonomous materials.</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT Physics alumnus George Craford awarded IEEE Edison Medal <p>Physics alumnus M. George Craford has been selected for the IEEE Edison Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The medal is awarded annually in recognition of a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering, or the electrical arts. As one of Nick Holonyak's former students, Craford is best known for his invention of the first yellow light emitting diode (LED). During his career, he developed and commercialized the technologies yielding the highest-brightness yellow, amber, and red LEDs as well as world-class blue LEDs.</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT Four College of Engineering researchers named AAAS Fellows <p>Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members, including four from the College of Engineering, have been elected 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT New research at Illinois could make ethanol production more efficient and economic <p>New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating costs and simplifying the dry grind process.</p> <p> </p> Leanne Lucas, College of ACES Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT Latest awards demonstrate positive energy for startup Touch Light <p>Since being named a finalist for the Cozad New Venture Challenge in April, Swarnav Pujari and his startup, Touch Light Innovations, continues to garner accolades one semester into his sophomore year while pursing a degree in materials science and engineering.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT Startups Sun Buckets, Touch Light Innovations win big at Ocean Exchange Competition <p>Sun Buckets, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign startup that collects, stores and recovers solar thermal energy to use in cooking, space heating, drying, phone charging and lighting, won the 2016 Gulfstream® Navigator Award and $100,000 at the Ocean Exchange Annual Event, November 9-11 in Savannah, Georgia. Touch Light Innovations, an Illinois startup that harvests ambient energy to power our daily use tools and create a green environment, received top honors and $10,000 in the BIG Pitch Competition for collegiate-level solutions.</p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 CDT