In The News Archive

This monthly summary includes excerpts from Illinois in the News, a daily service provided by the University of Illinois News Bureau and other media search tools. This collection of recent stories focuses on engineering topics and faculty contacted for their expertise by print and broadcast reporters around the world.

Computer Science alumnus Max Levchin weighs in on American citizenship

U.S. News & World Report (Sept. 17) -- On Citizenship Day, alunmus Max Levchin, the founder of PayPal, provides an opinion piece reflecting on his decision to seek asylum from the Soviet Union in 1991 and enroll at Illinois and how the path gave him an opportunity to become an entrepreneur. 

Self-righting robots

Mashable (Sept. 25) -- When a robot falls over, it usually can't get up — at least not without difficulty. To address the trouble of downed robots, scientists are taking a cue from the natural world, examining how click beetles right themselves after taking a tumble. Researchers at The University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign found that the insects often topple over, but have a natural self-righting mechanism that robots could emulate. Also: The New Indian Express (Sept. 26)

Wired In: Matt Caesar

News-Gazette (Sept. 24) --￿Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech entrepreneur. This week, meet MATTHEW CAESAR, co-founder and chief science officer of Veriflow and an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois.

Sugarcane-Based Biofuel Could Create Cheaper, More Environmentally-Friendly Jet Fuel

Futurism (Sept. 14) -- Researchers have engineered a lipid-producing sugarcane that can be used to produce renewable jet fuel. “Oil-to-jet is one of the direct and efficient routes to convert bio-based feedstocks to jet fuel,” says Vijay Singh, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering and the director of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at Illinois. 

Wired In: Deming Chen

News-Gazette (Sept. 17) -- University of Illinois engineering professor Deming Chen talks about the sound detecting device he developed that could help to improve security on college campuses and other places.

Alumnus Divey Gulati from ShipBob talks Amazon in Chicago
University of Illinois Introduces Robot for Plant Breeders, Scientists
Spectroscopic "science camera"
Congressional redistricting

Innovators Magazine (Sept. 12) -- In the US ‘congressional redistricting’ is often viewed as something politicians tinker with to gain advantage. It happens every 10 years in response to census changes and is carried out by each state legislature. To offer an alternative to human decision making, and its shaky claims to impartiality, a team from the University of Illinois is using algorithms to offer a more robust system. Also: Phys.org (Sept. 11)

Power Grid

Midwest Energy News (Sept. 13) -- The state of Illinois is gearing up for the launch of NextGrid, an 18-month consumer-focused study of critical issues facing the state’s electric utility industry in the future. The Illinois Commerce Commission, a regulatory body, is managing the process, and it was announced in August that the power and energy system area of the electrical and computer engineering department at Illinois will be the lead facilitator.

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