Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 BTN LiveBIG: At Illinois, more sustainable electronics aren't an impossible mission <p>Conventional wisdom says that the best way to make a product more sustainable is eliminate or reduce the need for it to be replaced. But there isn’t anything conventional about the work engineer Scott White and his team do in this space.</p> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CDT New Faces 2015: BioE professor Sergei Maslov <p>Sergei Maslov is a new professor of bioengineering and the Bliss Faculty Scholar in the College of Engineering. He also holds appointments at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois. He is one of <em>Inside Illinois'</em> "New Faces 2015."</p> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CDT Cangellaris co-chairs search for College of Medicine's first dean <p>The University of Illinois announced today the establishment of a search committee to identify and attract the inaugural dean of the new Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. Andreas Cangellaris, dean of the College of Engineering, and Jon Bailey, associate medical director surgical services, program director OMFS Residency at Carle Health System, have agreed to co-chair the committee.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:00:00 CDT NSF funds international energy project at Illinois <p>A renewable energy project led by Illinois researchers is one of 17 research proposals being funded by the National Science Foundation in its latest round of innovative, international research projects to advance the frontiers of science and engineering and forge robust collaborations with scientific expertise around the world. MechSE professor Narayana Aluru is the principal investigator on the project, entitled, “Integrated computational materials engineering for active materials and interfaces in chemical fuel production.”</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Alums' Avant lands $325 million at valuation over $1 billion <p>Chicago-based online lender Avant-founded by three U of I alumni--has raised a $325 million Series E funding round at a valuation over $1 billion, bringing its total equity financing to more than $650 million. The new round of funding propels Avant into the “unicorn” category — a term referring to startup companies with valuations greater than $1 billion. That category includes high-growth companies like Uber, Snapchat and Instacart. Co-founder and CTO Paul Zhang <span class="major">earned his bachelors degree in computational bioengineering at Illinois.</span></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Is backscatter X-ray a safe tool for airport security? A Minute With...Sheldon Jacobson <p>On Sept. 29, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report on using backscatter X-ray machines to screen airport passengers. Sheldon H. Jacobson, a computer science professor and expert on aviation security, was a member of the panel that assembled the report. In an interview with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg, Jacobson talked about the committee’s findings on the safety of backscatter X-ray and his thoughts on security screening.</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois engineering student wins U.S. competition for prestigious Infiniti internship <p>Alex Allmandinger, a senior in mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois embarksm on a dream 12-month internship with the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy (IPEA), the first nine months of which will be with the Infiniti Red Bull Formula One Team, which claimed four straight world championships from 2010-13. </p> <p>Allmandinger is one of five engineering students from around the world to earn this opportunity, which includes recipients from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Europe, and China. The United States competition started in April with over 1,200 applicants and concluded in early August in Nashville with 12 finalists competing for one spot.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois ranks among top schools globally in producing VC-backed entrepreneurs <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranks among the top 10 schools in the world in producing venture capital backed entrepreneurs, according to the global VC capital firm PitchBook. The survey lists those entrepreneurs by the school they received their undergraduate degree.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Underrepresented students visit campus, feel "At Home" through ASPIRE <p>In late September, underrepresented undergraduate students from all over the U.S. visited the University of Illinois as part of ASPIRE, a campus visit and early application program of the Graduate College’s Educational Equity Program.</p> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT NPRE team receives NSF grant to use big data analytics in new-generation probabilistic risk assessment <p>NPRE Assistant Prof. Zahra Mohaghegh is the Principal Investigator on a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) project that integrates big data analytics into Probabilistic Risk Assessment. Entitled “A Big Data-Theoretic Approach to Quantify Organizational Failure Mechanisms in Probabilistic Risk Assessment,” the $899,000 project is funded by two NSF programs: Science of Organizations (SoO) and Big Data Science and Engineering (BIGDATA).</p> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Detection work takes NPRE grad students to high-security facility <p>The first university group permitted to take measurements at the Nevada National Security Site included two of NPRE Assistant Prof. Clair Sullivan’s graduate students. Mark Kamuda and Jacob Stinnett were invited to the high-security facility because Sullivan’s investigations are pivotal in two U.S. Department of Energy-funded initiatives: the Consortium for Verification Technology and the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities.</p> Susan Mumm, NPRE Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Physicist Shinsei Ryu: Named one of Science News' "Bright Young Minds" <p>On the boundary between the quantum and everyday realms, things don’t always make a whole lot of sense. The bundles of particles that make up materials behave in ways both unexpected and unexplained. This is the weird world that Illinois theoretical physicist Shinsei Ryu hopes to bring into focus. His research into quantum materials such as high-temperature superconductors could one day help quantum computers make error-free calculations.</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Blazing a worldwide path: Campus offers MOOC of Ruzic's energy course <p>For years, students across the University of Illinois Urbana campus have had the opportunity to enjoy Prof. David Ruzic’s popular Introduction to Energy Sources (NPRE 101) class. Now it will be available worldwide, as one of the university’s online Coursera courses. The online offering, ““What You Need to Know; Energy, Environment and Everyday Stuff,” will be available through Coursera’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform at Illinois, and is expected to debut in March. Ruzic, an Abel Bliss Professor in the College of Engineering, competed across campus to have the course chosen among proposals the university administration considered as MOOCs.</p> Susan Mumm Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Lt. Governor visit promotes increasing diversity in STEM pipeline <p>When Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti visited I-STEM on September 16, she met with a number of like-minded University folk regarding increasing the number of underrepresented students in STEM. During the dialogue, administrators, educators, project directors, and students alike shared their passion for STEM education and outreach, conveying this message to the Lt. Governor: the STEM pipeline at Illinois is alive and well.</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Several with Engineering at Illinois ties to speak at 2015 Pygmalion Festival <p>The Pygmalion Festival, which started in 2005 with bands playing local venues in Champaign-Urbana, continues to grow in stature and popularity. In 2015, Pygmalion adds a Tech component, aligning itself alongside several of the top festivals of its ilk, and Engineering at Illinois will be highly featured in the maiden year. The festival runs from Sept. 23-27 with events in both Champaign and Urbana, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Research Park on campus.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Beckman beginnings: Pioneering interdisciplinary research to solve the world's biggest problems <p>Asking for $40 million is never easy, but Theodore Brown knew his pitch would be a particularly tough sell. In 1983, he and his colleagues put together a proposal for an institute that had little chance of being funded through normal channels. It would defy the powerful disciplinary cartography that defines many modern universities, bringing together members of different departments and inducing them to work together on common projects. It was an early example of the push for interdisciplinary research that is now sweeping universities around the globe.</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT University receives $4.7 million to improve cropping systems in Asia and Africa <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been chosen as the lead institution of the ASMC for the Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL). The 4-year, $4.7 million project will be funded by USAID as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Studying how gasoline molecules move could lead to more efficient fuel <p>Understanding the movement of molecules in gasoline could lead to increasing efficiency in the engines of cars and planes, believes NPRE Assistant Professor Yang Zhang. Zhang’s research systematically examines the viscosities of alkanes, the major component in gasoline. “Some of the alkanes have higher viscosities – in layman’s language – are thicker. Others have lower viscosities and are more liquid-like,” Zhang said. “The liquid-like is preferred because it flows more smoothly, and is less likely to jam.”</p> Susan Mumm Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT College Inducts Five Into Hall of Fame <p>The University of Illinois College of Engineering will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame: : Martin F. Eberhard, John A. Georges, Robert D. Kern, David J. Kuck, and Sir Anthony J. Leggett. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 18 at 10 a.m. at the Beckman Institute.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT Industrial designer will help make wearable health-monitoring electronics comfortable, easy to use <p>University of Illinois researchers are taking the skin-mounted electronics developed on campus and making a wearable health-monitoring device that could measure a person’s vital signs and provide information to help his or her doctor better monitor the patient’s health.</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT