Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 Corvae making wireless heart monitoring possible <p><span>A University of Illinois startup, Corvae, is developing a small, lightweight heart-monitoring device.</span></p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Ha elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences <p>Biophysicst Taekjip Ha is one of three University of Illinois professors recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation. Ha is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a professor in the Beckman Institute, and the Cellular Decision Making in Cancer theme leader in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois. He also is co-director of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for the Physics of Living Cells at Illinois.<br />  </p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Super-fast MRI technique demonstrated with a song <p>With a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique developed at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the vocal neuromuscular movements of singing and speaking can now be captured at 100 frames per second. “Typically, MRI is able to acquire maybe 10 frames per second or so, but we are able to scan 100 frames per second, without sacrificing the quality of the images,” said Brad Sutton, technical director of Beckman’s Biomedical Imaging Center and associate professor in bioengineering at Illinois. </p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT $20,000 Illinois Innovation Prize Finalists Chosen <p>The Technology Entrepreneur Center announces the <em>three </em>finalists for the Illinois Innovation Prize, which awards $20,000 to students who stand out as a passionate innovator and entrepreneur, who are working with world changing technology and are seen as a role model for others. Each student was nominated by mentors, professors, or a faculty members on the basis of the nominees’ passion for innovation and work in technology.</p> Stephanie Larson, Technology Entrepreneur Center Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Sehitoglu launches new journal <p>MechSE Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu recently launched a new journal, <em>Shape Memory and Superelasticity. </em>The journal will focus exclusively on shape memory alloys and the fundamental developments, innovative manufacturing, and novel use of these materials, with a goal of advancing new concepts, new experiments, and new theories in the field of shape memory phenomena.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT High school students plunge into CS <p>Making electronic music, developing a website, creating a digital presence—these are just a sampling of the activities that 250 high school students experienced April 11 as part of CS @ ILLINOIS <a href="">Splash</a>, a one-day computer science showcase sponsored by Women in Computer Science (WCS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT WYSE State Final Results Announced <div id="stcpDiv">Last week, around 1,500 high school students from 218 schools across Illinois came to the University of Illinois campus for the state finals of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge on April 13-16.</div> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Electronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing method <p>Electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding and graduate student Jae Won Do led a research team to develop a new method of soldering gaps between carbon nanotubes, a new type of transistor.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Small box, big deal: The Bardeen music box at the Spurlock Museum <p>Inside the University of Illinois’ <a href="" target="_blank">Spurlock Museum</a>, you’ll find a small, rectangular box made of clear plastic, with a row of black buttons on the left and a small round loudspeaker on the right. Although this diminutive device is modest in appearance, it is in fact one of the most important technological artifacts of the 20th century. It is John Bardeen’s music box, the world’s earliest portable transistorized device. Bardeen co-invented the transistor at Bell Labs in late 1947,one of the watershed moments in modern history. </p> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT $12 million gift launches Sidney Lu Center for Learning and Innovation <p>The University of Illinois announced a $12 million commitment from alumnus Sidney Lu to build the Sidney Lu Center for Learning and Innovation within the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Located at the intersection of Green Street and Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, the five-story, 36,000 square-foot addition will feature an open-architecture innovation and design commons. It will include state-of-the-art tools and equipment, active learning classrooms, and expansive areas for student collaboration that will support study groups and project team work. </p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT New lab technique simultaneously reveals structure and function of proteins critical in DNA repair <p>By combining two highly innovative experimental techniques, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time simultaneously observed the structure and the correlated function of specific proteins critical in the repair of DNA, providing definitive answers to some highly debated questions, and opening up new avenues of inquiry and exciting new possibilities for biological engineering.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT ICT Researchers Identify Green-Friendly Practices for IDOT Rest Areas <p>A project titled “Green-Friendly Best Management Practices for Interstate Rest Areas” was undertaken by researchers with the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT). The research team consisted of principal investigators Khaled El-Rayes, professor, and Liang Liu, associate professor, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Computer model adds ease, precision to managing Asian carp <p>The likelihood of Asian carp eggs being kept in suspension and hatching in the St. Joseph River in Michigan has been further evaluated using a model that examines a range of multiple flow and water temperature scenarios. Results illustrate the highest percentage of Asian carp eggs at risk of hatching occurs when the streamflow is low and when the water temperature is high.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Ouyang awarded ASCE's Walter L. Huber Prize <p>CEE Associate Professor Yanfeng Ouyang has been awarded ASCE’s prestigious Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize for 2015. Ouyang received the prize for his “pioneering research on transportation planning and management, particularly as it relates to sustainable, resilient, and safe design of coupled complex transportation networks and infrastructure systems against internal and external risks and uncertainties.”</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT The Engineer Guy on the ingenious design of aluminum cans <p>Why is a soda can shaped the way it is? What's so great about stay-on tabs? Professor Bill Hammack "The Engineering Guy" explores the ingenious design behind the aluminum can, a "modern engineering marvel," in a new video.</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Kozlowski wins ANS Young Member Award <p>NPRE Assistant Professor Tomasz Kozlowski is the 2015 winner of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award. He was recognized for the development of advanced computational tools (for best estimate safety codes) and his expertise in training the next generation of users of these methods and codes at international workshops.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois startup hopes to alert people of pending heart attacks <p>Are you on the verge of having a heart attack? That’s what a University of Illinois student startup is trying to help potential victims answer. The startup, Resdin Technologies, is developing a quick at-home diagnostic test that provides one of the key warning signs of impending myocardial infarction, better known as a heart attack.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Twenty-nine U of I students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships <p><span>Twenty-nine students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Twenty-one of those are Engineering at Illinois students. An additional 38 students received Honorable Mention.</span></p> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Finalists Announced for Cozad New Venture Competition <p>The Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the top 18 finalists in the Cozad New Venture Competition. The Cozad New Venture Competition encourages students to create new businesses in a topic of their choosing and the final event is part of the Entrepreneurship Forum on the University of Illinois’ campus. These students are competing for close to $160,000 in funding and in-kind prizes.</p> Stephanie Larson Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT Phillips to receive 2015 Guggenheim fellowship <p>Philip W. Phillips, a professor of physics, is one of two University of Illinois faculty members awarded 2015 Guggenheim fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Phillips works in theoretical condensed matter physics. He has developed various models of how electrons travel through superconductors containing copper and iron and how electrons interact at temperatures near absolute zero.</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT