Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT 5 NPRE Distinguished Alumnus John Koteck to present Leadership Speaker Series talk <p>John F. Kotek, recent head of the country’s top nuclear energy office, will present the 2017 <a href="">NPRE Leadership Speaker Series</a> talk on Thursday, April 13. Kotek, current Vice President for Policy Development and Public Affairs at the Nuclear Energy Institute, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Office, Office of Nuclear Energy during the Obama Administration, will discuss his views on the outlook for nuclear energy in the United States.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Agricultural robot may be "game changer" for crop growers, breeders <p>A robot under development at the University of Illinois automates the labor-intensive process of crop phenotyping, enabling scientists to scan crops and match genetic data with the highest-yielding plants. Agricultural and biological engineering professor Girish Chowdhary, right, is working on the $3.1 million project, along with postdoctoral researcher Erkan Kayacan.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Study: Changing the environment within bone marrow alters blood cell development <p>Researchers at the University of Illinois report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone marrow. The findings, reported in the journal <em>Science Advances</em>, are a first step toward developing more effective bone marrow treatments for diseases like leukemia and lymphoma.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Rapid imaging of polymers could lead to better bioimaging <p>A recent study by researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology identifies a method of Quantum Cascade Laser-based (QCL) infrared spectroscopic imaging that provides a more rapid method than conventional Fourier transform infrared imaging (FT-IR) to examine spherulites, large semicrystalline polymer samples, in order to identify chemical and structural properties.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Imoukhuede receives NSF CAREER Award <p>Princess U II Imoukhuede, an assistant professor of bioengineering, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her proposal, “qBio+cBio=sBio; Identifying the role of cross-family signaling in angiogenesis.”</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT As sacrificial templates, 3D-printed objects mimick physiological structures <p>The lacy freeform 3D printed heart is more than something pretty to look at. “The principal application of these freeform printed objects is as sacrificial templates,” said Matthew Gelber, a PhD candidate in bioengineering and a member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at Beckman Institute.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Miljkovic, Nam win ONR Young Investigator Awards <p>MechSE assistant professors Nenad Miljkovic and SungWoo Nam were granted Young Investigator Awards from the Office of Naval Research. They were two of just 34 scientists chosen from around the country and the <em>only</em> faculty from the University of Illinois to be selected this year. The ONR Young Investigator Program identifies and supports young academic scientists and engineers in tenure-track appointments and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Start-up aims to bring high-speed wireless communications to the subsea industry <p>CSL alumnus Thomas Riedl and ECE/CSL Professor Andrew Singer, founders of OceanComm, use ultrasound to bring the equivalent of Wi-Fi to the depths of our ocean.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Brainhack coming to Illinois, March 2-4 <p>Faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have joined together to bring a mega-brainhack event to campus, March 2-4, 2017 at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Billed as a “community-organized hackathon and unconference” the event will bring together researchers from a variety of fields to connect, collaborate, and solve neuroimaging problems involving large datasets.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT New method of genetic engineering indispensable tool in biotechnological applications <p>Research by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Huimin Zhao and graduate student Behnam Enghiad is pioneering a new method of genetic engineering for basic and applied biological research and medicine. Their work, reported in <em>ACS Synthetic Biology</em>, has the potential to open new doors in genomic research by improving the precision and adherence of sliced DNA.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT A chance to join Illini basketball rounds out college experience for NPRE freshman <p>Meagan McNicholas was a star athlete from a school full of star athletes. In high school, McNicholas also had a passion for chemistry and physics, so although she had offers to continue her athletic career at a major university, McNicholas says none of the schools she considered for that pursuit matched the level of academics the aspiring pre-med major was looking for.  So upon being accepted into the highly competitive Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) program at the University of Illinois, she gave up hopes of playing sports at the next level. But she has fulfilled that dream by walking on to the Illini women's basketball team.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT AE alumnus named president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University <p>Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees has named Dr. P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Iowa, as the sixth president of the world’s leading institution of higher education focusing on aviation, aerospace and research. Butler earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 and 1981, respectively.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Tumor-targeting system uses cancer's own mechanisms to betray its location <p>By hijacking a cancer cell’s own metabolism, researchers have found a way to tag and target elusive cancers with small-molecule sugars. This opens treatment pathways for cancers that are not responsive to conventional targeted antibodies, such as triple-negative breast cancer.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Through visual analytics, Reconstruct saving building contractors time, money <p>While there are certainly many factors why construction projects aren’t completed on time and under budget, efficiency is a major component. Golparvar-Fard has been at the heart of the solution. A civil engineer by trade with a background in computer science, he has used an NSF grant, a partnership with fellow faculty members Derek Hoiem (computer science) and Tim Bretl (aerospace engineering), and most recently a Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow (FEF) appointment to develop solutions under the auspices of a startup called Reconstruct. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Warnow elected Fellow of International Society for Computational Biology <p>Tandy Warnow, a University of Illinois Founder Professor of Engineering, was among the eight scientists recently elected as 2017 Fellows of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) for outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.</p> Laura Schmitt, CS @ Illinois Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Luminescence switchable carbon nanodots follow intracellular trafficking and drug delivery <p>Tiny carbon dots have, for the first time, been applied to intracellular imaging and tracking of drug delivery involving various optical and vibrational spectroscopic-based techniques such as fluorescence, Raman, and hyperspectral imaging. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated, for the first time, that photo luminescent carbon nanoparticles can exhibit reversible switching of their optical properties in cancer cells.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT ECE's Gao receives NSF CAREER Award <p>Liang Gao, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received an NSF CAREER Award for his proposal on compressed fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy. His research could revolutionize the microscopy field because it will allow biologists to quantitatively image dynamic fluorescence events at an unprecedented speed.</p> Daniel Dexter, ECE ILLINOIS Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT As CAS Beckman Fellow, Gao gains time for optimizing GPS for UAVs <p>AE Assistant Professor Grace Gao’s fundamental work in honing reliable and robust positioning, navigation, and timing for the Global Positioning System contributes significantly to the ever-growing technologies of unmanned aerial vehicles, power systems, and robotics. Recognizing her groundbreaking research, the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study (CAS) has chosen Gao as a 2017-18 Beckman Fellow, an honor granting her a release from teaching to pursue research for a semester.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Kong named AIMBE Fellow <p>The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Hyunjoon Kong, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering to its College of Fellows. Kong was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to the fields of biomaterials, bioimaging contrast agents and tissue engineering.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT Now you can "build your own" bio-bot <p>For the past several years, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been developing a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical and optical pulses. Now, Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir’s research group is sharing the recipe for the current generation of bio-bots.</p> Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CDT