Engineering at Illinois News http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/recent-news.html News from Engineering at Illinois Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT 5 From Air Traffic Controller in the Army to Grad Research in Fiber Optics http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=7896 <p> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px;">Janice Blane recently received the Lieutenant General Thomas M. Rienzi Graduate Award. She</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px;"> transitioned almost immediately from the Army to academic research for her master’s degree at Illinois. Like her military colleagues, Blane found her fellow researchers — from faculty members to lab mates — to be supportive and tight-knit. </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Bugscope turns 15! http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2014/04/bugscope-turns-15 <p> The Microscopy Suite at the Beckman Institute is celebrating 15 years of Bugscope, its outreach program that lets K–12 classrooms around the world remotely operate a high-resolution scanning electron microscope to get up-close-and-personal with bugs.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Engineering faculty recognized with OTM Proof-of-Concept Awards http://otm.illinois.edu/features/2014-04-07/university-illinois-urbana-champaign-office-techno Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Alumnus Sunil Kumar to speak at Engineering Commencement http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/7891 <p> Engineering at Illinois alumnus Sunil Kumar, dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will be the featured speaker for the College of Engineering commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Emerging research suggests a new paradigm for "unconventional superconductors" http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/7885 <p> An international team of scientists has reported the first experimental observation of the quantum critical point (QCP) in the extensively studied “unconventional superconductor” TiSe<sub>2, </sub>finding that it does not reside as predicted within the superconducting dome of the phase diagram, but rather at a full GPa higher in pressure.</p> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Engineering sweeps Goldwater scholarship winners http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/0409goldwater.html <p> Engineering at Illinois juniors Jacob Calvert, Sean McLaughlin and Sheryl Wang have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year for demonstrating leadership and academic promise in science or engineering. Samuel Mo earned honorable mention in the national competition.</p> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Hovakimyan receives Humboldt Research Award http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/hovakimyan-receives-humboldt-research-award <p> Naira Hovakimyan, professor and Schaller Faculty Scholar in MechSE, recently received the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. This highly competitive German award is granted to outstanding international researchers for their scientific achievements with the prospect of more cutting-edge discoveries in their academic career. The award provides Hovakimyan funding for a long-term research project in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich in Germany. The new research cooperation aims at improving state-of-the-art in-flight control system design and related topics.</p> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Eberhard to deliver Dean's Distinguished Leadership Lecture on April 11 http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/7876 <p> Martin Eberhard, a co-founder and the first CEO Tesla Motors, will deliver the College of Engineering’s Dean's Distinguished Leadership Lecture," Learn by Doing," at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in 151 Everitt Laboratory.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Freshman Spotlight: Anisa Nuanes http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/7866 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(60, 60, 60); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"> <em style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Editor's Note: This is one in a series of stories on freshmen making an impact on Engineering at Illinois and who have been identified through the <a href="http://www.iefx.engineering.illinois.edu/" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 52, 109); line-height: inherit;">Illinois Engineering First-year Experience (IEFX)</a> program.</em></p> Stephany Guerrero Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Siebel intends donations to 'make change happen' http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-04-03/siebel-intends-donations-make-change-happen.html Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Scientists say new computer model amounts to a lot more than a hill of beans http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/0403soybean_crops_PraveenKumar_StephenLong.html <p> Praveen Kumar, and Stephen Long developed a computer modeling system to help plant scientists breed soybean crops that produce more and use less water.</p> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Concrete canoe races, bridge-building contests come to Illinois -- April 10-12 http://cee.illinois.edu/ASCEregionals2014 <p> Concrete canoe races and bridge-building competitions will be just part of the fun April 10-12 when the American Society of Civil Engineers Great Lakes Regional Conference competition comes to campus. Hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the event features students from 18 universities competing in eight different contests related to civil and environmental engineering.</p> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/0403microfluidics_JohnRogers.html <p> Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. The new device was developed by John A. Rogers of Illinois and Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University.</p> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Researchers develop biosensor that detects HIV viral load http://bioengineering.illinois.edu/news/researchers-develop-biosensor-detects-hiv-viral-load <p> A team of nine researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Harvard Medical School recently developed a biosensor that can measure the amount of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) present in an infected person's body. The biosensor offers an early and direct way of monitoring how widespread the infection is (the viral load) and how well treatment is working.</p> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT AE alumnus and Astronaut Michael Hopkins to be Commencement speaker http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/0401commencement.html Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Visualization Lab Makes Science Data As Much Fun as the Movies http://www.istem.illinois.edu/news/avl.html Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT CS @ Illinois Celebrates 50th & 10th Anniversaries http://cs.illinois.edu/news/cs-illinois-50-10-anniversary-celebrations Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT Team finds a better way to grow motor neurons from stem cells http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/0331stem_cells_FeiWang.html <p> Researchers report they can generate human motor neurons from stem cells much more quickly and efficiently than previous methods allowed. The finding, described in Nature Communications, will aid efforts to model human motor neuron development, and to understand and treat spinal cord injuries and motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 CDT CS Prof. LaValle central to Oculus' $2 billion success http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/7806 <p> Computer Science professor Steve LaValle, is currently on leave working as Principal Scientist for Oculus VR. The company was recently purchased by Facebook for $2B in cash and stock.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 CDT Campus recognizes White for graduate student mentoring http://aerospace.illinois.edu/news/campus-recognizes-white-graduate-student-mentoring Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 CDT