Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT 5 Researchers develop microbubble scrubber to destroy dangerous biofilms <p>Researchers have developed a system that harnesses the power of bubbles to propel tiny particles through the surfaces of these tough films and deliver an antiseptic deathblow to the microbes living inside.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT College of Engineering ARISE Program receives up to $1 million from Amazon <p>Amazon has announced a $1 million commitment over five years to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering to support the Academic Redshirt in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT "Sandwiched" copper nanosprings mediate between materials that respond differently to heat <p>University of Illinois researchers in the Department of Aerospace Engineering in collaboration with General Electric (GE) Research developed and tested a type of thin film made of copper nanosprings, sandwiched between two different materials, to conduct the heat and at the same time accommodate the relative expansion or contraction of the two materials.</p> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Kamalabadi receives award to help NASA improve telescope resolution <p>Farzad Kamalabadi, who is the Kung Chie and Margaret Yeh Endowed Professor in CSL and ECE, is leading a team that is collaborating with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to develop imaging systems to improve telescope resolution. The project, which under the Smallsat Technology Partnerships initiative and managed by the Small Spacecraft Technology program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), began in February. </p> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Illinois team looks to robots, not chemicals, for weed-free crops in the future <p>Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are working on research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would remove farmer reliance on chemicals to destroy weeds. The Illinois scientists’ goal is to create collaborative and autonomous robots that would weed fields using mechanical implements in lieu of chemical formulas that have lost efficacy due to repetition. Specifically, weeds have developed resistance to the herbicide glyphosate, used to treat commodity crops for nearly two decades.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Illinois Engineering Welcomes 39 New Faculty Miranda Holloway Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:53:00 CDT Goddard, DeMarco named University Scholars <p>Brian DeMarco, a professor of physics, and Lynford Goddard, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, are among five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus who have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Drones, ride sharers could team up for package delivery <p>In the future, when you hail an Uber or take the bus, you might not only be sharing the ride with another traveler, but perhaps with a drone out on delivery as well. That is the vision of Naira Hovakimyan, professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who is leading a six-person, three institution (Illinois, Stanford, South Carolina) National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to see if drones and existing ride-sharing vehicles (RSVs) can provide synergetic delivery service in urban areas. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Podcast: Alison Dunn discusses designing hydrogels that interact with biological tissues <p>Alison Dunn discusses her NSF Faculty Early Career award to study how hydrogels interact with biological tissues. Her work also has the potential to further develop general rules for designing hydrogels with specified surface requirements.The assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois specializes in "non-traditional" tribology.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Illinois engineers protect artifacts by graphene gilding <p>Gilding is the process of coating intricate artifacts with precious metals. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese coated their sculptures with thin metal films using gilding—and these golden sculptures have resisted corrosion, wear, and environmental degradation for thousands of years. In a new study, Illinois’ Sameh Tawfick, from the Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering (MechSE) and the Beckman Institute, inspired by this ancient process, has added a single layer of carbon atoms, known as graphene, on top of metal leaves—doubling the protective quality of gilding against wear and tear.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Illinois Awarded a DMLM Additive Manufacturing System from GE Thu, 6 Sep 2018 12:03:00 CDT Champaign-Urbana Public Health District teaming with HCESC for VR training <p>The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is considering an ordinance to require certification for temporary food service managers, like those at fairs or concession stands. In the process, they are working with the University of Illinois Healthcare Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) to create a unique VR training module.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Thu, 6 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Meng honored with ANS Radiation Science and Technology Award <p>Ling-Jian Meng, Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, has been selected as the 2018 winner of the American Nuclear Society Radiation Science and Technology Award.</p> Wed, 5 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT High precision microbial population dynamics under cycles of feast and famine <p>Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have produced the most precise picture to date of population dynamics in fluctuating feast-or-famine conditions. Professor Seppe Kuehn, a biological physicist, and his graduate student Jason Merritt found that bacterial population density is a function of both the frequency and the amplitude of nutrient fluctuations. </p> Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT University of Illinois part of $25 million software institute to enable discoveries in high-energy physics <p>Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its launch of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High-Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP). The $25 million software-focused institute will tackle the unprecedented torrent of data that will come from the high-luminosity running of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful particle accelerator located at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. </p> Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:00:00 CDT Color-changing sensor detects signs of eye damage in tears <p>A new point-of-care rapid-sensing device can detect a key marker of eye injury in minutes – a time frame crucial to treating eye trauma.  University of Illinois researchers developed a gel laden with gold nanoparticles that changes color when it reacts with a teardrop containing ascorbic acid, released from a wound to the eye. In a new study published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the researchers used the sensor, called OjoGel, to measure ascorbic acid levels in artificial tears and in clinical samples of fluid from patients’ eyes. </p> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 CDT UI wins Alexa Innovation Fellowship <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received an Alexa Innovation Fellowship.</p> Miranda Holloway Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 CDT MRL researchers win Major Instrumentation Award <p><br /> Professors from the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant.</p> Miranda Holloway Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 CDT Stubbins chosen for 2018 ANS Landis Public Communication and Education Award <p>James F. Stubbins, a vigorous proponent for nuclear technology who has devoted his career to  instructing students, policy makers, and the public in the responsible use of nuclear energy, has been chosen as the 2018 winner of the American Nuclear Society Landis Public Communication & Education Award.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 CDT Student solar startup revamped, from phones to drones Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 CDT