Engineering at Illinois News http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/recent-news.html News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT 5 Through LINC, December Graduate Lives Out Passion for Kids http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10401 <p> Amy Momsen’s passion for helping others is not an aberration; it’s what drives her. It had everything to do with her decision to major in materials science and engineering and study biomaterials at the University Illinois. Once on campus, programs like the university’s Learning in Community (LINC) were vehicles for the Hanover Park, Ill., native to express that passion in tangible ways. </p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Rogers named one of eight scientists changing the world https://uk.news.yahoo.com/8-scientists-who-are-changing-the-world-073052289.html#NZF7sJT <p> Illinois professor John Rogers is named as one of eight scientists (including Stephen Hawking) who are changing the world.<br />  </p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Midwest engineering leaders converge at Illinois-sponsored NEF regional event http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10398 <p> The University of Illinois partnered with the National Engineering Forum (NEF) to host the Chicago regional dialogue at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on Oct. 30. The National Engineering Forum, launched by Lockheed Martin and the Council on Competitiveness, is hosting regional dialogues throughout the country with the goal of bringing together leaders in industry, academia, and government to discuss three challenges facing engineering in the United States – capacity, capability and competitiveness. </p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Study finds Illinois #1 hub in food distribution network http://cee.illinois.edu/foodnetworkhub <p> Illinois is the most critical hub in the network of U.S. domestic food transfers, according to a new study by CEE Assistant Professor Megan Konar, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and colleagues. The study was published in the journal <em>Environmental Science and Technology.</em></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Smaragdis named an IEEE Fellow http://cs.illinois.edu/news/smaragdis-named-ieee-fellow <p> Paris Smaragdis, an assistant professor of computer science, was recently named a Fellow of IEEE “for contributions to audio source separation and audio processing.” In his research Smaragdis focuses on computational foundations for constructing systems that can understand sound (e.g., speech or music) the same way people do. He attacks these problems from both theoretical and a practical sides.</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Vasudevan wins IEEE CEDA Early Career Award http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=9941 <p> The IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) recently presented ECE Assistant Professor Shobha Vasudevan with its Early Career Award “for outstanding contributions to design verification including assertion generation and coverage analysis." The Early Career Award annually recognizes a single individual who has made substantial contributions to the area of EDA. The selection is among nominated assistant and associate professors, as well as industrial researchers within the first eight years of their careers.</p> <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"> The <a href="http://ieee-ceda.org/" target="_blank">IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)</a> recently presented Vasudevan with the Early Career Award “for outstanding contributions to design verification including assertion generation and coverage analysis." The Early Career Award annually recognizes a single individual who has made substantial contributions to the area of EDA. The selection is among nominated assistant and associate professors, as well as industrial researchers within the first eight years of their careers. - See more at: http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=9941#sthash.jbwUoci2.dpuf</div> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Through "Cancer Scholars," Bhargava Pilots Challenge-Inspired Education Model http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10374 <p> <a href="http://bioengineering.illinois.edu/directory/faculty/rxb">Rohit Bhargava</a> has set out to challenge the current model of undergraduate education, which typically includes four years of classroom instruction, a few internships, and a research experience. Along the way students figure out how to apply what they’ve learned and are sent out into the workforce or perhaps first graduate school.</p> <p>  </p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Four University of Illinois graduates among Crain's 40 Under 40 http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10375 <p> Four University of Illinois graduates within the College of Engineering are among those acknowledged as <em>Crain’s Chicago Business’</em> 40 Under 40. For 25 years, <em>Crain</em>’s has recognized 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have made their mark on their respective industries. Those honored include Illinois graduates Gabriel Burt, Nate Laurell, Alexander Meyer and Zach Kaplan.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:42:00 CDT Alum Named to Silicon Valley 40 Under 40 http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/print-edition/2014/12/12/silicon-valley-40-nder-40-marcin-kleczynski.html?page=all <p> Marcin Kleczynski, CS alum and founder and CEO of Malwarebytes, was named a  40 Under 40 from Silicon Valley Business Journal. He launched the company, which provides assistance for disinfecting computers with malware problems, at age 18.</p> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Kapoor honored with SME Gold Medal http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/kapoor-honored-sme-gold-medal <p> Shiv Kapoor, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, was awarded the 2015 Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Gold Medal, honoring Kapoor’s renowned work in the modeling and analysis of machining processes and machine tool systems, as well as his wide recognition as one of the pioneers in the application of mechanistic models for the monitoring and diagnosis of machine tool systems and cutting tool design.</p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT New method helps map species' genetic heritage http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/1211statistical_binning_TandyWarnow.html <p> Tandy Warnow, a Founder professor of computer science and of bioengineering, developed a new statistical method that sorts genetic data to construct better species trees detailing genetic lineage.</p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Schulten's TCB Group helps create molecular learning app http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2014/12/molecules-for-the-masses <p> The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute worked with scientist Theo Gray to create an app that brings molecules to life in a handheld device.</p> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT King named APS Fellow http://mechse.illinois.edu/news/king-named-aps-fellow <p> William P. King, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), an honor bestowed to no more than one half of one percent of the society’s membership. King is also the principal investigator of the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago, and he will serve as its Chief Technology Officer.</p> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT U. of I. and Sandia National Labs create research partnership http://news.illinois.edu/ii/14/1204/sandia-labs_agreement.html <p> Sandia National Laboratories and the U. of I. have signed a five-year agreement to advance collaboration and information sharing between the U.S. Department of Energy’s national security lab and one of the world’s premier research universities. This partnership’s goals include solving the nation’s big problems, sustaining and engaging human capital, and accelerating the adoption of new technology.</p> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Dallesasse elected an IEEE Fellow http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10171 <p> John Michael Dallesasse, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), was selected as a 2015 Fellow by the IEEE for contributions to the oxidation of III-V semiconductors used in photonic device manufacturing. Achieving Fellow status with IEEE, one of the world’s largest professional technology associations, is a prestigious honor and career achievement.</p> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Thomas White to be featured speaker for fall commencement http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10162 <p> Thomas R. White, Chairman, President & CEO of Sargent & Lundy LLC, will be the featured speaker at the College of Engineering fall commencement ceremony. The graduation event will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.</p> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT New website is rich in Great Lakes data http://cee.illinois.edu/node/4492 <p> Environmental data from across the Great Lakes region is now just a click away with a new web application created by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Great Lakes Monitoring makes it easy to view and analyze decades of nutrient, contaminant, and water characteristic data collected by universities and government agencies, including the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office.</p> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT MatSE researchers develop inexpensive hydrolyzable polymer http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/10146 <p> Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have figured out how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material—polyurea—providing an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications, such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, and packaging. Through some inventive chemistry, MatSE associate professor Jianjun Cheng and his colleagues have developed a class of “hindered urea bond-containing polymeric materials” or “poly(hindered urea)s” (PHUs)—cheap polymers that can be designed to degrade over a specified time period, making them potentially useful in biomedical and agricultural applications.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Business Insider profiles some of Illinois' most famous tech rock stars http://www.businessinsider.com/uiuc-amazing-tech-visionaries-who-went-to-school-there-2014-12?op=1#ixzz3KkbFuuV2 <p> Surrounded by corn and soybean fields, Urbana-Champaign doesn’t strike you at first as a place where future tech leaders would emerge.It's why many people fail to realize that Illinois has bred some of the most remarkable tech visionaries in history. <em>Business Insider</em> article includes profiles of Netscape's Marc Andreessen, Oracle's Larry Ellison, Paypal founder Max Levchin, YouTube co-founders Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard, Yelp's Jeremy Stoppelman, Siebel Systems founder Thomas Siebel, Mozilla's Brendan Eich, Lotus Notes author and former Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie, and AMD's Jerry Sanders. </p> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Amazing women tech visionaries...Updated https://storify.com/EngineeringatIL/amazing-tech-visionaries-part-2 <p> This week,<em> Business Insider</em> ran an article highlighting 11 of the "most amazing tech visionaries in history" that came from the University of Illinois. We loved the list, but some of our Twitter followers wanted to hear about amazing women alums as well. We loved that question too. Here's our quick answer.</p> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT