Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT 5 AE Students' startup idea: Controlled drones for filmmaking <p> Three Aerospace Engineering at Illinois seniors have applied their penchant for entrepreneurship to develop FreeSkies, a startup company aimed at using drones in filmmaking. Working in AE Associate Prof. Tim Bretl’s laboratory, Jay Mulakala, Ankur Mehta, and Andrew Putch believe FreeSkies will provide directors an ease of control in filming difficult shots, while reducing the costs associated with the work.</p> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT New research will help improve grain storage in India <p> A small research study could yield big results for the agriculture industry in India. Kent Rausch, an associate professor in the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) worked with Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) on a limited study to determine quality changes in wheat stored in hermetic silo bags.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Seeing equals learning: Student's startup features visual mathematics <p> Visualizing mathematics can be a big step toward understanding it, Aerospace engineering student Jake Dluhy knows. That concept is the basis for his start-up company, <a href="">HigherEd</a>, geared as a learning aid for mathematics and calculus.</p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Multi-institution team advances semiconducting graphene <p> A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley has demonstrated a new way to change the amount of electrons that reside in a given region within a piece of graphene, they have a proof-of-principle in making the fundamental building blocks of semiconductor devices using the 2D material. </p> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Smartphone matches lab instrument for quality of diagnostic tests <p> According to BioE/ECE professor Brian Cunningham, the internal camera of a smartphone can function as a high-resolution laboratory spectrometer to provide measurements that match the sensitivity performance of large and expensive laboratory instruments for popular analytic tests used in medical diagnostics, food safety and other applications. Results of his group's study were published in <em>Biomedical Optics Express.</em></p> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Azer to head ARI's Advanced Manufacturing Initiative <p> The Illinois Applied Research Institute is proud to announce that Magdi Azer, an industry veteran with decades of technical and business management experience, will be joining its team as associate director for manufacturing science.</p> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Researchers use sound to slow down, speed up, and block light <p> Researchers, led by MechSE assistant professor Gaurav Bah, have experimentally demonstrated, for the first time, the phenomenon of Brillouin Scattering Induced Transparency (BSIT), which can be used to slow down, speed up, and block light in an optical waveguide.This non-reciprocal behavior is essential for building isolators and circulators that are indispensible tools in an optical designer’s toolkit.</p> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Khandelwal receives CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award <p> CS senior Urvashi Khandelwal received a pretty good birthday present this year—she learned she was one of four recipients of the 2015 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award. This award recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research.</p> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Chancellor Wise speaks: How Big Data and Engineering will Change Global Healthcare <p class="p1"> <span class="s2">Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise is featured in a video interview by The Science Coalition series, "Science 2034." Under Chancellor Wise's leadership, work at the intersection of engineering and medicine has grown tremendously at Illinois. Thanks to a $100-million gift, Illinois is adding about a dozen new bioengineering faculty and renovating a building to give its Department of <span class="s1">Bioengineering</span> a new home. Illinois has also proposed the nation’s first engineering-based medical school in collaboration with Carle Health System.</span></p> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Autonomous aerial robots to monitor construction <p> Imagine a construction site in which small, computer-controlled aerial robots autonomously navigate the job site indoors and outdoors, conduct visual inspection with onboard cameras and more. This futuristic scene is probably a lot closer than you think, thanks to research by CEE assistant professor Mani Golparvar-Fard and collaborators Timothy Bretl, associate professor of aerospace engineering, and Derek Hoiem, assistant professor of computer science.</p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Software teaches computers to translate words to math <p> Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education. Computer sciences professor Dan Roth and graduate student Subhro Roy published their work in the journal <em>Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics.</em></p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers receive Air Force Young Investigator Awards <p> Engineering at Illinois was well-represented with several successful proposals to be funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This year, AFOSR will award approximately $16.6 million in grants to 57 scientists and engineers from 42 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program.</p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illini Hackers dominate in 2014 <p> This fall tens of thousands of hackers attended 36 Major League Hacking Events throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Recently, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was named the winner the Major League Hacking Fall 2014 North America Season. Illini Hackers frequently send dozens of hackers to events around the continent. This alone put them in the top five schools for participation. In addition, Illinois (as those in the know refer to it), also wins, <em>a lot</em>, collecting the most merit points of any school in the season.</p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT After Oculus Rift: Lavalle returns to campus <p> In spring 2014, Facebook acquired Oculus VR, the maker of a virtual reality gaming headset called Oculus Rift, for $2 billion. Since taking leave from the University in September 2012, CS professor and engineering alumnus Steve LaValle helped lead Oculus’ R&D efforts as its head scientist. Last fall, LaValle returned to campus, bringing with him a unique insight into the development of this new technology, the incredible experience working with a very successful start-up, and the task of building a future VR “ecosystem” of programmers and designers.</p> Rick Kubetz Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Jump and University announce first engineering projects <p> A robotic forearm designed to teach young physicians how to evaluate movement disorders, and a 3D computer-generated avatar that would deliver medical information to patients are the first projects awarded funding under a new partnership between doctors and engineers.</p> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT NPRE collaboration with Jordan University nets first PhD <p> An international collaboration NPRE began eight years ago with Jordan has gone full circle with the awarding of the first PhD to a student from the program.</p> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Adve Named ACM Fellow <p> CS Professor Vikram Adve has been named a 2014 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In his citation he was recognized “[f]or developing the LLVM compiler and for contributions to parallel computing and software security.” He is one of 49 ACM members being recognized this year for their contributions to computing.</p> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT C-U among America's Best Startup Cities <p> Because of the presence of the University of Illinois and a well-groomed "ecosystem" for entrepreneurial endeavors, Urbana is listed as #11 on the Popular Mechanics list of the "14 Best Startup Cities in America."</p> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Illinois Boasts Nine in National Field of 64 for Student Startup Madness <p> It may be a couple of months away from determining the brackets for the March Madness basketball tournaments, but the field of 64 is now set for the 2015 Student Startup Madness and of those, nine hail from the University of Illinois, the most of any school. Syracuse and Michigan State have six entries each while Arizona State had five teams selected from the more than 150 original applications.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT Rutherford wins NSF CAREER Award <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"> <p> CEE Assistant Professor Cassandra J. Rutherford has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to study foundation systems for undersea tidal current turbines. The turbines generate energy when they rotate in response to tidal flows, similar to the way windmills generate electricity from wind.</p> Cassandra J. Rutherford, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to study foundation systems for undersea tidal current turbines. The turbines generate energy when they rotate in response to tidal flows, similar to the way windmills generate electricity from wind. - See more at:</div> <p> CEE Assistant Professor Cassandra J. Rutherford has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to study foundation systems for undersea tidal current turbines. The turbines generate energy when they rotate in response to tidal flows, similar to the way windmills generate electricity from wind.</p> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 00:00:00 CDT