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University of Illinois researchers say they now know how to track and map drug and gene delivery vehicles to evaluate which are most effective at infiltrating cells and getting to their targets, insight that could guide development of new pharmaceutical agents. 

As demand for mobile and wireless data continues to increase, the strain it has caused led the Federal Communications Commission to open up bandwidth in high frequency spectrums. These Millimeter Wave (mmWave) bands are expected to play an important role in next-generation cellular networks and future 802.11 wireless LANs. Haitham Hassanieh, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, was recently awarded a 5-year, $550,000 NSF CAREER Award to address the challenges these mmWave bands bring, in order to take full advantage of these high frequency spectrums.

Recent research at the University of Illinois demonstrated that, although most wing shapes used today create turbulent wake vortices, wing geometrics can be designed to reduce or eliminate wingtip vortices almost entirely. In the study, the vortex and wake characteristics were computed for three classic wing designs: the elliptic wing, and wing designs developed in classic studies by R.T. Jones and Ludwig Prandt.

The Center for Plasma-Material Interactions and local company Starfire Industries have teamed with General Motors Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy to apply plasma processing in producing lightweight automotive materials.

A new technique that uses tiny elastic balls filled with fluorescent nanoparticles aims to expand the understanding of the mechanical forces that exist between cells, researchers report. A University of Illinois-led team has demonstrated the quantification of 3-D forces within cells living in petri dishes as well as live specimens. This research may unlock some of the mysteries related to embryonic development and cancer stem cells, i.e., tumor-repopulating cells.

Revolutions in big data analysis are shaping healthcare delivery worldwide—technologies that can analyze, classify, and manage patient data and outcomes. To foster collaboration and to shape the future of Medical Informatics and Health Data Analytics, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—in collaboration with healthcare providers, industry representatives, and academic researchers held a one-day summit. We caught up with several of the presenters after their talks to get their take on where the field is heading. Those interviewed include Michael Sutter, Chief Innovation Officer and Enterprise Clinical Solutions Architect at Carle Foundation Hospital; Justin Starren, Chief of the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University; Khan Siddiqui, co-founder Chief Technology Officer with Higi; Rich Caruana, Principal Researcher at Microsoft; David Liebovitz, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Chicago; and Jay Duhig, Director of Patient Integration at AbbVie.

Makers of cars, planes, buses – anything that needs strong, lightweight and heat resistant parts – are poised to benefit from a new manufacturing process that requires only a quick touch from a small heat source to send a cascading hardening wave through a polymer. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time and energy needed, compared with the current manufacturing process.

This month the College of Engineering continues to expand the entrepreneurial ecosystem by conferring the first two graduates of its dual-degree program in Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE). The program, which received Illinois Board of Higher Education approval just 20 months ago, allows students completing an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline to concurrently fulfill requirements for an ILEE bachelor’s degree.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering SungWoo Nam was selected for a highly competitive Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

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