Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT 5 Bodony part of $7.4 million Defense Department MURI project <p>Aerospace Engineering at Illinois Associate Prof. Daniel Bodony will join scientists from four other universities in a $7.4 million U.S. Department of Defense project to predict and control liquid sprays. Through the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), the researchers will develop computational and experimental techniques for controlling the primary breakup process that liquid jets undergo, as well as develop novel metrics and techniques for controlling dispersed sprays.  Electrostatic forces and acoustic waves are to be used for primary breakup and spray dispersion control, while fuel injector design is also a critical component for breakup.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT A global solution: iSEE Stored Solar Stove project <p>The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) was created to lead an interdisciplinary approach to researching solutions for the world’s pressing sustainability, energy and environmental needs today and tomorrow. More than 4 million people die each year from health conditions linked to the inhalation of smoke, ash, and soot from cooking fires, most of which burn solid fuels like wood or dried animal dung directly inside a dwelling, or just outside the door. The iSEE team’s solution is a 12-inch circular metal vessel containing materials that, when placed in a mirrored sun-concentrating dish, will melt to store enough solar-thermal energy to cook a full family meal later that evening. While still perfecting the design and materials, the team also continues to test the stove — and its application and popularity — in various communities.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Peschel Leading Smart Cities on Green Storm Water Infrastructure <p>The streets of Chicago are getting smarter, literally, through a UI LABS City Digital project being led by Civil and Environmental Engineering Research Assistant Professor Joshua Peschel. As part of a unique interdisciplinary effort, including personnel from the University of Illinois, Argonne National Laboratory, and the City of Chicago, along with UI LABS’s corporate partners, Peschel and his team are developing the next generation of sensing and sense-making tools for green storm water infrastructure.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Project aims to improve engineering students' writing <p>Better writing skills among engineering students at Illinois is the goal of a year-long study by a team of University of Illinois researchers led by CEE Research Assistant Professor Julie Zilles. The team is composed of both engineering and writing faculty and is sponsored by a grant from the College of Engineering. They will study the way engineering students are currently taught technical writing across the College, collect best-practice methods and resources, and synthesize their findings into a set of recommendations.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT ANS Illinois chapter recognized as country's top student section <p>The American Nuclear Society Student Chapter at Illinois has been honored with the 2016 Glasstone Award, recognizing the society’s most outstanding student section in the country. The Illinois chapter has finished a particularly active year, culminating in the organization’s results at the ANS Student Convention held in late March and early April. With seven awards, including a Commendation for Service and Leadership for chapter President Kathryn Mummah, the chapter took home more prizes than any other university group attending.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Cozad winner Amber Waves making it easier for farmers to monitor grain in storage <p>One of the biggest factors in the profit margin for farmers is the moisture content of their harvest at the time of sale. A startup from the University of Illinois, Amber Ag, is providing a cost-effective way for farmers to monitor and even help alter the condition of their crops in silos.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers part of collaboration identifying a second gravitational wave event <p>In less than the blink of an eye Einstein's theory of relativity is on its way to becoming just another science fact. Scientists observed gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime for the second time—and researchers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois were part of the LIGO collaboration identifying the event.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Eco-Illini team achieves 1,137 miles per gallon <p>The Eco-Illini team set a new University of Illinois school record this weekend, reaching an incredible 1,137 miles per gallon with its 2016 vehicle. Surpassing the old record of 1,079 mpg, the team was competing at the SAE Supermileage competition at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Michigan. The Eco-Illini finished fourth overall.</p> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Illinois physicists observe 'jumping gene' activity in real-time <p>Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have observed jumping gene activity in real time within living cells. The study is the collaborative effort of physics professors Thomas Kuhlman and Nigel Goldenfeld, at the Center for the Physics of Living Cells, a National Science Foundation Physics Frontiers Center.</p> Siv Schwink Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Bernhard elected to ERC Executive Board <p>Jennifer T. Bernhard, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, has been elected to the Engineering Research Council Executive Board of Directors for 2016-2019. As part of the American Society of Engineering Education, the Engineering Research Council is composed of representatives from engineering college, industrial, and government as a forum for discussion of problems and exchange of information pertaining to the research activities of ASEE members.</p> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Inspired to help grandma, ExoWear founders develop wearable to monitor at-home therapy <p>Inspired by the needs of their grandmother, twin brothers William and Stephen Cheng, launched the startup ExoWear to help monitor the progress of in-home physical therapy. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Wed, 8 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT New photonic sensor opens the door to high-speed biodetection <p>Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technique for extremely high speed photonic sensing of the mechanical properties of freely flowing particles using an opto-mechano-fluidic resonator (OMFR). This research potentially opens up completely new mechanical “axes of measurement” on micro/nanoparticles and bioparticles.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Students' rocket reaches 36,000 feet; gains grant for building liquid fueled rocket engine <p>The Student Space Systems organization at the University of Illinois has achieved a milestone in its goal of reaching suborbital spaceflight by launching a rocket 36,000 feet into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, the group has secured a $12,000 grant from the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) on the Urbana campus to build a sustainable liquid-fueled rocket engine with reusable 3D-printed parts.</p> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Faster, Stronger, Better Resolution: BIC Upgrades MRI <p>Not all MRI scans are the same! Thanks to funding from the Beckman Foundation and the University of Illinois, the Biomedical Imaging Center at Beckman can provide higher spatial resolution, reduced scanning time, and improved images. A timelapse video shows how the equipment was upgraded.</p> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Research demonstrates how vibration motors in wearables can be used to "listen" to speech <p>Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Romit Roy Choudhury and ECE PhD Candidate Nirupam Roy knew that vibrating objects generally respond to air vibrations, so it stood to reason that the vibration motor in a smartphone could act as a microphone. They made an unexpected discovery when they came to understand that the output of these vibra-motors needed only basic signal processing to recognize the words and phrases. The implications of their research present new opportunities and threats.</p> Julia Sullivan, ECE ILLINOIS Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Image recognition software supports sushi buffet chain in Singapore <p>Advanced image recognition research from the Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC) has found an unusual testbed: a sushi buffet. As pieces of sushi rush along a conveyor belt in Sushi Express in Singapore, an image recognition system quickly identifies each sushi roll and tallies the number of pieces per category. This system makes the sushi identification process seamless and simple, thanks to complex algorithms that were created by a team of researchers at ADSC, a University of Illinois research center in Singapore. The technology uses object detection and recognition techniques such as machine learning and classification algorithms.</p> Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Crain's: Why Illinois universities are doubling down on computer science <p>Demand for computer science degrees, which nearly guarantees students high-paying jobs after graduation, is soaring. Because data, once the province of bean counters and marketers, is changing all businesses operate, universities are now teaching coding skills to students in other majors, launching degrees called “CS+X.” At U of I, the state's largest engineering school, applications for its CS program soared to more than 4,000 this year from about 1,300 in 2012, said spokesman Bill Bell. He said U of I began offering its own “CS +X” degrees last year, and it has about 100 students majoring in computer science plus liberal studies in anthropology, astronomy, chemistry, linguistics and other fields.”</p> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Bhargava named director of the Cancer Community at Illinois <p>BioE professor Rohit Bhargava has been named director of the Cancer Community at Illinois. An Abel Bliss Scholar in the Department of Bioengineering, Bhargava has served as the faculty coordinator for the Cancer Community at Illinois for the past four years.</p> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:00:00 CDT Braun chosen to lead MRL <p>Paul V. Braun, the Racheff Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected to serve as the next director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL). The appointment is effective June 1, 2016, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.</p> Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT Dutton selected for campus Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award <p>Aerospace Engineering Professor Craig Dutton is the 2016 winner of the University of Illinois Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award. The Office of the Provost award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring by actively assisting pre-tenure and mid-career faculty in developing their careers.</p> Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT