Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 Engineering at Illinois launches program to "fundamentally redefine the role of faculty in innovation." <p> Engineering at Illinois’ new Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows program will fundamentally redefine the role of faculty in innovation. The first fellows are being selected now and will be named this summer. These professors—three to five of them—will rotate out of their classroom teaching and other service to the university for at least a year. Instead they’ll focus on bringing their work to the world by developing a technology and testing its commercial potential. Rather than being in the classroom, these fellows will be working with students out in the world.</p> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Kuhlman & Foley selected Sloan Foundation Fellows <p> Thomas Kuhlman, assistant professor of physics, and Ryan Foley, assistant professor of astronomy with an affiliate appointment in physics, are among the three faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to be selected for 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.</p> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Marinas to head Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering <p> Benito Mariñas, the Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering, has been chosen as the new head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Illinois. An exceptional teacher, Mariñas is a leader in the area of mechanistic aspects of chemical and ultraviolet light disinfection processes, chemistry of nitrogenous disinfection by-product formation and control, and novel membrane technologies for controlling water-borne pathogens and chemical contaminants.</p> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Engineering Open House: The Future Starts Here! March 13-14 <p> “The Future Starts Here” is the theme for the 95th annual Engineering Open House (EOH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to more than 250 exhibits ranging from concrete crushing to Newtonian fluid demonstrations, this year’s EOH offers a few special attractions including an elaborate dorm room fire demonstration by the Champaign Fire Department, a presentation by Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski, robot wars, plus a monster Tesla Coil Concert lighting up the Bardeen Quad on Friday night!</p> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Allain gains Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for Colombian Collaboration <p> NPRE Associate Prof. J.P. Allain has been named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Colombia and has been awarded the 2015-2016 Fulbright-Colciencias Innovation and Technology Award. His project is aimed at boosting collaborations with Colombian scientists while developing functional nanomaterials for biotechnology and energy applications.</p> Susan Mumm, NPRE Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT NIST funds $20 million center on community disaster resilience <p> Paolo Gardoni, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed as associate director of a new center funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST announced that it has awarded a $20 million cooperative agreement to Colorado State University (CSU) to establish the Community Resilience Center of Excellence.</p> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois engineering partners with MGH on radiological sciences, molecular imaging <p> Several units at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) recently partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for research collaboration and joint student training efforts in radiological sciences and molecular imaging. A memorandum of understanding has been established for the MGH Department of Radiology and the Center for Advanced Medical Imaging Sciences (CAMIS) to work with Illinois and as many as 15 Illinois faculty members.</p> Susan Mumm, NPRE Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT New sensor will help predict yield in bioenergy crops <p> A “look-ahead” sensor that converted the bending load of napiergrass to a measure of yield was one of four yield-sensing approaches developed by University of Illinois researchers. The study was conducted in Lorida, Florida and funded by the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI).</p> Leanne Lucas Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Rebuilding HIDRA -- the video <p> A new video shows a quick pictorial of the construction of the HIDRA fusion facility in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) at Illinois. The Hybrid Illinois Device for Research and Applications (HIDRA), a multi-million dollar plasma/fusion advanced physics testing facility that the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) gifted to the University of Illinois, began arriving on the Urbana campus in November. College of Engineering IT professional Mark Hart was able to capture the first 10 days as NPRE faculty, staff and students rebuilt the facility in the headquarters of the Center for Plasma-Material Interactions.</p> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT iSEE's take on new ECE Building: A True Pathfinder Project <p> The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) on the Urbana-Champaign campus takes a close look at the innovative new Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Building on campus. Their verdict: the ECE Building is a true pathfinder project, leading the way toward a sustainable future.</p> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Novel crumpling method takes flat graphene from 2D to 3D <p> Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, led by SungWoo Nam, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, have developed a unique single-step process to achieve three-dimensional (3D) texturing of graphene and graphite. Using a commercially available thermally activated shape-memory polymer substrate, this 3D texturing, or “crumpling,” allows for increased surface area and opens the doors to expanded capabilities for electronics and biomaterials.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Carroll Elected as SPIE Fellow <p> David L. Carroll, a visiting professor of aerospace engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics. SPIE advances an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Carroll was cited for achievements in high-energy lasers and photonics, as well as the education of scientists and engineers.</p> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Bioengineering team takes second place at SLU "Real" Elevator Pitch Competition <p> Last December, a University of Illinois team won second place in the SLU “Real” Elevator Pitch competition--a frenzied day in St. Louis for college students to pitch their ideas to investors. The team successfully pitched its Tube Access Point (TAP) design system that will centralize medical IV lines in order to prevent IV misconnections and disconnections due to tangling, which can lead to fatal consequences for the patient.</p> Stephany Guerrero Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Nahrstedt chosen as Coordinated Science Laboratory director <p> Klara Nahrstedt, the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been chosen as director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at Illinois. The CSL is a premier, multidisciplinary research laboratory that focuses on information technology at the crossroads of computing, control, and communications.</p> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Research aims to ensure privacy of anonymized data <p> The Internet is now a goldmine of personal information about individuals, collected both voluntarily, through methods such as frequent flier/shopper incentives, social media or Amazon reviews, and involuntarily, such as the U.S. Census or medical records. CSL Professor Pramod Viswanath was recently awarded a $500,000, three-year NSF grant to conduct research on statistical data privacy, in hopes of developing a way to still use the vital information in these databases, without it become a privacy concern.</p> Katie Carr, CSL Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Big Ten Network features students' new safety device <p> Growing up in her native India and attending the University of Illinois. Nishana Ismail knew several people who’d been victims assault in both places, which demonstrated the universal nature of this problem. With fellow MechSE graduate student Tim Deppen, Ismail started a personal security company called Servabo. Their main product, the Shadow, is basically a Bluetooth device that can send an alert to police with a location if the user is in trouble.</p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Cunningham chosen to head Micro and Nanotechnology Lab <p> Brian T. Cunningham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been chosen as the director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) at the University of Illinois. The MNTL is a multidisciplinary research facility in the College of Engineering that houses advanced equipment to support research in photonics, microelectronics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.</p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Kilian receives NSF CAREER Award to study somatic cell reprogramming <p> A new technique being developed by MatSE assistant professor Kris Kilian could revolutionize medicine by enabling a patient’s own cells to be reverted back and modified to correct mutations and regenerate injured tissues. Kilian recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for this work and for his initiative in educating students about stem cell engineering.</p> Cindy Brya Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT Nanotubes self-organize and wiggle: evolution of a non-equilibrium system demonstrates maximum entropy production <p> The second law of thermodynamics tells us that all systems evolve toward a state of maximum entropy, wherein all energy is dissipated as heat, and no available energy remains to do work. Since the mid-20<sup>th</sup> century, research has pointed to an extension of the second law for nonequilibrium systems: the Maximum Entropy Production Principle (MEPP) states that a system away from equilibrium evolves in such a way as to maximize entropy production, given present constraints. Now physicists Alexey Bezryadin, Alfred Hubler, and Andrey Belkin have demonstrated the emergence of self-organized structures that drive the evolution of a non-equilibrium system to a state of maximum entropy production. The authors suggest MEPP underlies the evolution of the artificial system’s self-organization, in the same way that it underlies the evolution of ordered systems (biological life) on Earth.</p> Siv Schwink, PHYSICS Illinois Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT FTA grant to develop track components for rail transit systems <p> Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will work to develop better track components for rail transit systems, thanks to a $2.4 million, two-year grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The Rail Transportation and Engineering Center in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will develop new designs for concrete crossties and fastening systems used in light rail, heavy rail and commuter rail infrastructure that take into account their unique loading conditions.</p> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 CDT