Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths. A study by researchers at Illinois has shown that standard thermal models will lead to the wrong answer in a three-dimensional heat-transfer problem if the dimensions of the heating element are on the order of one micron or smaller. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:00:00 CDT New University of Illinois program to recognize High School Student Innovators Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT New book calls for joy, trust and courage in engineering education In their new book A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering, David E. Goldberg, emeritus professor of Engineering at Illinois, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, contend that engineering education requires a thorough overhaul. In their book, the authors examine successful living models of engineering education at Olin College of Engineering and the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry), an educational incubator at Illinois. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Pearlstein named APS Fellow MechSE professor Arne Pearlstein 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. In his research, Pearlstein conducts computational and analytical studies of incompressible flow, with applications to materials processing—including directional solidification of alloys and electronic materials, electrodeposition, and electrophoresis—and other mass transfer processes. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Video: Meet Tami Bond, Environmental Engineer, 2014 MacArthur Fellow In this video, produced by the MacArthur Foundation, Bond discusses her research on aerosol emissions. A 2014 winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a “genius grant,” Bond studies particles released into the air from burning all sorts of fuels, from biomass burning to kerosene lamps to diesel engines. Tami Bond, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a “genius grant,” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. - See more at: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:07:00 CDT Sullivan wins DARPA Young Faculty Award NPRE Assistant Professor Clair J. Sullivan has been selected for a prestigious Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award for work that combines nuclear engineering with big data analytics. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Engineering at Illinois to Induct Six to Hall of Fame The University of Illinois College of Engineering has announced the 2014 class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The six newest members will be formally inducted on Thursday, Oct. 16 in a ceremony at the Grainger Auditorium of the newly opened Electrical and Computer Engineering Building (306 North Wright Street, Urbana). Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Faculty startup Apropose receives $1.875M in seed funding Apropose, a software startup founded by Assistant Professor Ranjitha Kumar to develop design analytics tools for the web, recently announced that it received $1.875 million in seed financing led by New Enterprise Associates and Andreessen Horowitz, with additional support from Pat Hanrahan (founder, Tableau) and Nick McKeown (founder, Nicira). The financing will be used to scale the company's core infrastructure and engineering team in support of its first product launch this fall. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Sketch-Based Learning Becoming a Reality Thanks to CEE Professors Thanks in part to advances in technology, much has changed and continues to evolve in educational methods during the 21st century. A group of University of Illinois civil and environmental engineering (CEE) professors believe their use of sketch-based learning will be one of those advances that could help revolutionize learning in coming years. Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Self-healing organisms inspire CEE research team Sea urchins, mollusk shells and many other organisms in nature share a useful trait: they are able to regrow and regenerate when damaged. Amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) plays an important role in the self-healing process. Unlike crystalline minerals, ACC's confused microstructure creates many advantages for the mineral: it can mold into any desired shape, is tough due to the lack of smooth breakage planes and can transition between a solid and viscous state in response to application of temperature or stress changes. Two CEE at Illinois researchers believe that introducing an amorphous component into biomimetic composites (synthesized materials with properties that mimic natural ones) will lead to superior engineering materials. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Tribune talks VR with CS professor and Oculus pioneer Steve LaValle has returned to Illinois as a professor of computer science and robotics following a two-year stint as principal scientist at Oculus VR Inc. That’s the California-based startup behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. LaValle led Oculus’ research and development until March when Facebook agreed to buy the company for $2 billion. While recent reports hint at an Oculus product release by next summer, LaValle is setting up research labs for Oculus and the university. He’s also preparing a new course on virtual reality that he’ll teach next spring. He shares his hopes for the technology and what he learned about Silicon Valley. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT CEE alum helps build healthcare industry, literally In the 17 years since earning a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, Dan Labriola has been the project manager of seven major upgrades to healthcare facilities across the state, including the $37.5 million Jump Applied Research for Community Health Through Engineering and Simulation (ARCHES) Center at OSF HealthCare in Peoria.  Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT CEE Professor Tami Bond named a MacArthur Fellow! Tami Bond, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a “genius grant,” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowship carries an unrestricted $625,000 stipend to be used as the researcher sees best. This year's grants went to 21 people, including UI graduate Mark Hersam, professor of materials science at Northwestern University. Hersam, who received his bachelor's degree and doctorate at the UI, investigates the physical, chemical, and biological properties of nanomaterials. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Three-in-a-row: AE at Illinois teams dominate AIAA Space Design Contest Aerospace Engineering teams have taken first and second place in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Contest. This makes the fourth year in a row that AE has come in first in the national competition, and the third in a row AE teams have taken the top two places. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Illinois BioE team wins Coulter College competition A team of six bioengineering undergraduates won First Place in the 2014 Coulter College competition, a nationwide contest to connect young innovators, bioengineering faculty, and clinical collaborators to develop translational solutions to clinical issues. Illinois' winning team developed a device to detangle intravenous tubing and help prevent misconnections. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Frontiers in Bioengineering Symposium attracts bioengineering luminaries and leaders National and international leaders in the field of bioengineering gathered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this month for the Frontiers in Bioengineering Symposium. Held September 8-9, the event presented an opportunity for researchers and educators across numerous disciplines to present their breakthroughs and discuss exciting new ideas. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Illinois alumni to speak on entrepreneurship A distinguished panel of Illinois alumni will discuss these and other questions about Entrepreneurship and Transformative Thinking at 2 pm Sept. 19 in the auditorium of the NCSA Building. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Rolls-Royce dedicates Concorde's engine to AE department The Department of Aerospace Engineering gained a unique part of aeronautics history when representatives from Rolls-Royce visited to dedicate to the department one of the company’s Olympus engines used on the supersonic Concorde airliner. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study finds It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers. Using advanced optical techniques, the researchers measured the stiffness of the membrane surrounding red blood cells over time. They found that, even though the cells retain their shape and hemoglobin content, the membranes get stiffer, which steadily decreases the cells’ functionality. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT New ECE Building uses space as educational component High-tech thinking is ingrained in every inch of the new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, but it’s the cavernous spaces that catch the untrained eye. ECE leaders hope the massive lobby area and wide hallways, the wide-open and window-laden study and lecture rooms, and the ample laboratory space will foster comfortable conversations that will lead to innovation and academic success. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 00:00:00 CDT