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Mechanical structures are only as sound as the materials from which they are made. For decades researchers have studied materials from these structures to see why and how they fail. Before catastrophic failure, there are individual cracks or dislocations that form, which are signals that a structure may be weakening. While researchers have studied individual dislocations in the past, a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Tennessee, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made it possible to understand how dislocations organize and react at nanoscale. 

The Department of Aerospace Engineering has won a $1.2 million grant from the U.S Department of Education as a part of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. This three year grant will provide eight fully funded fellowships for students to concentrate in space engineering.

On the runway to more fuel-efficient aircraft, one alternative propulsion scheme being explored is an array of electrically powered ducted fans. The fans are distributed across the wing span or integrated into the wing. Researchers at the University of Illinois gained new understanding in how the fans and especially their precise placement on the aircraft can affect the cross-conversation between propulsion and the airflow around the wing.

Almost a year ago to the day of this recording, the University of Illinois announced the opening of the $15.6 million NSF-funded Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and Professor Nayda Mason, a professor of condensed matter physics, as the center’s director. The goal of the center is to build highly interdisciplinary teams of researchers and students.

Three physics professors from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have won a grant as a part of the National Science Foundation's Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) program. The grant expands the research being done at the Illinois MRSEC, adding work aligned with NSF's Big Ideas initiative, which defines 10 long-term research ideas for the future of science and engineering.  

ECE Professor Xiuling Li has been elected as a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the world's second largest organization of physicists. 

In this episode of Illinois Innovators, we talk alternative fuels with our guest Deepak Kumar, a research assistant professor in the department of agricultural and biological engineering with a focus on sustainable production of biofuels and biomaterials. He is a part of several projects, one of which is called PETROSS (Plants engineered to replace oil in sugcane and sweet sorgum). He is also leading a project developing fermentation technology for high solid use in the corn ethanol process. 

Illinois is among the nation's top schools for producing quality entrepreneurs according PitchBook's 2018-2019 report for the Top 50 Universities producing VC- back entrepreneurs. 

A $2 million National Institutes of Health grant will support Prof. Ling-Jian Meng and his collaborators in developing X-ray Fluorescence Emission Tomography (XFET) imaging techniques to map metal-based compounds used to enhance radiation therapy in cancer treatment.

NPRE Assistant Prof. Shiva Abbaszadeh’s research to develop a high spatial resolution imaging scanner that will assist doctors treating head and neck cancer patients has gained a $2 million National Institutes of Health award.

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