Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT 5 CEE alumnus to deliver Engineering Convocation address <p>Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus Wilbur C. Milhouse III will be the 2017 College of Engineering convocation speaker. Milhouse earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (1994) and master’s degree in structural engineering (1995) from CEE at Illinois. In 2001, he founded Milhouse Engineering and Construction Inc. in Chicago, where he serves as President and CEO.</p> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Trala, Autonomic Energy Systems Win Cozad New Venture competition <p new="" roman="" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.625rem; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, " times="">An app to help musicians learn music faster and technology that prevents your phone’s lithium ion battery from catching on fire took home the top prizes at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s 17<span style="box-sizing:inherit; font-size:11px">th </span>annual Cozad New Venture Competition.</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT ISE's Allison receives NSF CAREER Award <p>James Allison, an assistant professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering has been awarded National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program’s (CAREER) Award for his project, “Integrated Design of Intelligent Structures with Tailored Distributed Damping.”</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT POETS Seminar, ENVISION, Seek to Get Grad Students Hooked on Outreach <p>Part of the <a href="">POETS</a> (Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems) Engineering Research Center’s 2-day NSF Site Visit, the seminar, "STEM Outreach: A Supplement to Your Research Skill Set," which served grad students from the four POETS universities, <span class="callouttext">"was originally held because graduate students voiced a desire to be more involved with STEM outreach," </span>explains POETS Associate Director of Education & Inclusivity, Jessica Perez. Helping her lead the seminar were Matt Milner, Malia Kawamura, and James Carpenter, board members of ENVISION,<em> Illinois' </em>Engineering graduate student group, whose main thrust is outreach.</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT CEE engineers shine light on deadly landslide <p>Late in the morning of March 22, 2014, a huge chunk of land cut loose and roared down a hillside in the Stillaguamish River Valley just east of Oso, Washington, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle. In a matter of minutes, 43 people lost their lives as a wall of mud, sand, clay, water and trees cascaded down the hillside into the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, a relatively new housing tract. CEE professor Tim Stark and his team were among the first scientists on the scene after the disaster, and it was immediately apparent to them that something different had occurred here.</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Directed Molecular Transport: Exciting news for chemical detection <p>Dr. Mohammad Amdad Ali, a postdoctoral research associate in the Braun Group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Illinois, says directed molecular transport could be the answer to both finding low-levels of chemical warfare agents and detecting early-stage diseases. “By using traveling ionic waves to drive molecular transport and concentration of hydrophilic, or water-soluble, molecules, we’re finding that we can drive molecules to a specific location,” Ali said. “From this, we could build a device capable of manipulating complex mixtures of chemicals for lab-on-a-chip applications. This is groundbreaking, the first time it has ever been done.”</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Two engineering faculty honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership <p>Engineering professors Jonathan Freund and Rashid Bashir are among four Illinois faculty will be formally honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership. The Office of the Provost sponsors the campus-level awards in recognition of excellence in faculty leadership for those faculty who distinguish themselves with their vision of the future and their effort to enable and promote others in shaping that future.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Skydro tackling water conservation through smarter irrigation system <p>According to the World Water Forum, agriculture accounts for about 70 percent of the earth’s water consumption. That was the motivation for the University of Illinois startup, Skydro, which is developing a solution to help farmers irrigate their crops in a smarter manner. Skydro is developing a drone that would autonomously fly over a field and, through ground penetrating radar (GPR), detect the moisture level at different depths in the soil. Archeologists use the technique to determine if there are objects below the surface to help know where to dig. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Optech creating a virtual assistant through visual feedback <p>Combining the best parts of Google Glass and Alexa, the University of Illinois startup Optech is creating an artificial intelligence device that takes visual and audio cues from your environment and acts as a virtual assistant. The device, called Olivia (which stands for Optech’s live visual assistant) will feature a camera, a microphone, and speaker, for additional features.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Winners Announced for 2017 WYSE State Finals <p>The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge concluded its State Finals, and two of the team champions hail from Champaign County. Over 1,500 students from 228 schools across the state of Illinois descended on the I-Hotel for the annual event sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Engineering. Mahomet-Seymour (1500 Division) and University High School (300 Unboundaried Division) joined Gallatin County (300 Boundaried), Byron (700 Boundaried), University of Chicago Lab Schools (700 Unboundaried), and Naperville North (Unlimited) as team state champions.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT "Energy, Environment and Everyday Life" MOOC goes live <p>Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering alumni and many other University of Illinois graduates may well remember Prof. David Ruzic’s NPRE 101 class, and him blowing things up in every lecture. The university has  decided to immortalize that class experience by turning it into a Massively Open On-Line Course through Coursera. The<em> Energy, Environment and Everyday Life </em>MOOC goes live on Monday, April 24.</p> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Carver Trust funds new Microscale Biofabrication Lab at Illinois <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bioengineering Department recently received nearly $500,000 from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to develop an innovative, hands-on laboratory and instructional course to teach fundamental principles in forward-design of microscale biofabrication. An emergent field, biofabrication combines biological and solid-phase materials to create diagnostic, therapeutic, and tissue engineering devices and tools that are profoundly impacting biology and medicine.</p> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Young faculty net numerous federal research awards <p>Engineering at Illinois is proud to recognize a number of junior faculty members who have been recognized with federally funded early career development awards from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force, Office of Naval Research, and others. These prestigious awards reflect the quality of proposals submitted and the promise of young researchers and educators.</p> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Therapalz developing stuffed animals with lifelike heartbeat to help soothe Alzheimer's patients <p>People often think of stuffed animals for children. Kids use stuffed animals to play with or to comfort them as they get tucked into bed. But what if we were able to use stuffed animals to help more than children, like people people who are suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia. A start-up created by two University of Illinois students is trying to do just that with Therapalz, therapeutic companion animals that detect tactile input from the user and respond by generating soothing vibrations, sounds, movement, in addition to having a lifelike heartbeat.</p> Chloe Belczak, Engineering Communications Intern Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT First-ever direct observation of chiral currents in quantum Hall atomic simulation <p>Using an atomic quantum simulator, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have achieved the first-ever direct observation of chiral currents in the model topological insulator, the 2-D integer quantum Hall system.</p> Siv Schwink, Physics Illinois Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Through PhantomCor, doctors will be able to create a 3D model of your heart <p>Researchers at the University of Illinois’ Beckman Institute and the Department of Bioengineering are creating a “phantom” heart that will not only be able to be used in the diagnosis, but to also to prepare the surgeon for an operation or in medical school training for aspiring cardiologists. The technology, championed by professors Wawrzyniec Dobrucki and Brad Sutton, is being further developed by student startup, PhantomCor, a finalist in the Cozad New Venture Challenge. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Parameswaran recognized with the IEEE TCDE Early Career Award <p>CS Assistant Professor Aditya Parameswaran was named this year’s recipient of the IEEE TCDE Early Career Award. Presented at the recent IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), the award honors an individual for their body of work in Data Engineering in the first 5 years after their PhD.<br />  </p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics <p>Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube textiles, that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT The Inverse Faraday Effect, Laser Light and Magnetization of Metals: Addressing Fundamental Limits of Ultrafast Devices <p>Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) have uncovered physical mechanisms that enable laser light to alter the magnetization of a metal. “The significance of our work is that we have measured, for the first time, the inverse of the Faraday effect in metallic ferromagnets,” explained Gyung-Min Choi, who recently completed his PhD degree in materials science and engineering at Illinois.</p> Caitlin McCoy, MatSE Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT Women in Engineering statue to be dedicated on April 28 <p>The Quintessential Engineer,” a new, life-sized statue honoring women in engineering, will be officially unveiled and dedicated on Friday, April 28. The ceremony will take place at 2:15 p.m. on the east side of the Micro + Nanotechnology Laboratory (208 North Wright St., Urbana) on the north Engineering Quad.</p> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 CDT