Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT 5 Student course assistant brings new power to PrairieLearn <p><span style="font-size:13px">Illinois professor Matthew West had an idea for a new PrairieLearn feature that would autograde student coding assignments and provide immediate feedback. He took that challenge to HackIllinois, and student Nathan Walters and his team built a prototype in less than two days.</span></p> Bill Bell, Executive Director for Marketing and Communications Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT Two engineering professors named Sloan Research Fellows <p><span style="font-size:13px">Two Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields.”</span></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers first to show importance of hinge morphology of click beetle's latch mechanism <p><span style="font-size:13px">Aimy Wissa, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering (MechSE) at Illinois, leads an interdisciplinary research team to study click beetles to inspire more agile robots. The team, which includes MechSE Assistant Professor Alison Dunn and Dr. Marianne Alleyne, a research scientist in the Department of Entomology, recently presented their ongoing and novel work on the quick release mechanism of click beetles at the 2019 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting.</span></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT Developing a flight strategy to land heavier vehicles on Mars <p><span style="font-size:13px">The heaviest vehicle to successfully land on Mars is the Curiosity Rover at 1 metric ton, about 2,200 pounds. Sending more ambitious robotic missions to the surface of Mars, and eventually humans, will require landed payload masses in the 5- to 20-ton range. To do that, we need to figure out how to land more mass. That was the goal of a recent study.</span></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT New model predicts how ground shipping will affect future human health, environment <p><span style="font-size:13px">The trucks and trains that transport goods across the United States emit gases and particles that threaten human health and the environment. A University of Illinois-led project developed a new model that predicts through 2050 the impact of different environmental policies on human mortality rates and short- and long-term climate change caused by particulate and greenhouse gas emissions.</span></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT PODCAST: Quantum Information Science -- The Next "Space Race" <p><span style="font-size:13px">Quantum information science has been called the next technological “space race.” And the University of Illinois is positioning itself to be at the forefront of that race. In November, the U of I pledged $15 million for the formation of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (or IQUIST). Two of the leading experts in the field, Illinois physics professors Brian DeMarco and Paul Kwiat join the show to discuss its vast future applications. Both professors represented the University of Illinois at  the first ever Chicago Quantum Summit in November. DeMarco was invited to the Advancing American Leadership in Quantum Information Science Summit at the White House last fall.</span></p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT NPRE community mourns passing of founder Barclay Jones Tue, 5 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers collaborate to reduce labor shortage, develop ag robots <p><span style="font-size:13px">A diverse group of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are working together to develop robots capable of reducing the agricultural industry’s reliance on manual labor.</span></p> Mon, 4 Feb 2019 00:00:00 CDT Homeschoolers Students Design Infant Incubators Using POETS RET-Developed Curriculum Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT Lower obesity rates linked with public transportation use, study shows <div> <div><span style="font-size:13px">Public transportation systems provide numerous economic benefits for a community.  An added public health bonus provided by such systems may be lower obesity rates. A new study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Georgia Tech compared and analyzed county data from 2001 and 2009.   They found that a single percentage-point increase in mass transit ridership is associated with a 0.473 percentage-point lower obesity rate in counties across the United States. </span></div> </div> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT Groundbreaking new reusable adhesive works underwater <p><span style="font-size:13px">Illinois researchers have introduced a new cutting-edge reusable adhesive that activates in seconds, works underwater, and is strong enough to deadlift 11 pounds: shape memory polymers (SMPs). </span></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT University of Illinois hosts Illinois Tesla Robotics Championships <p><a href="">FIRST Illinois Robotics</a> will be hosting the Illinois Tesla Championships, the state robotics finals, on Saturday, January 26 at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) on the University of Illinois campus. The event is open to the public free of charge.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT Tomasz Kozlowski gains role in Exelon-led DOE project for BWR modeling <p>Thomasz Kozlowski, associate professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering, is playing a role in an Exelon Corp.-led project to model and improve the efficiency of boiling water nuclear reactors.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT ISE alumnus is spreading healthcare through innovation <p>In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dozens of people have died from frequent ebola outbreaks. The disease requires precise intravenous (IV) fluid infusion, but the field hospitals in the affected area aren’t properly equipped to ensure accurate and safe treatment of ebola patients. Starting in 2016, this problem was solved by a device released with the help of an ISE alumnus.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT Illinois team helping to unravel the mysteries of the hagfish's slimy defense <p>The hagfish dates back at least 300 million years. The secret of survival for these eel-like sea creatures can be found in the rate and volume of slime it produces to fend off predators. Interestingly, the oldest fossils of these eel-like sea creatures, were found in Illinois, and today researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are beginning to uncover the mystery of how the hagfish uses this substance to choke its predators.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT Feeling groovy: Neurons integrate better with muscle grown on grooved platforms <p>Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering muscle in the lab that responds and functions like muscle in the body, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT Illinois engineering hosting WYSE summer camps <p>In an effort to foster high school and middle school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the University of Illinois College of Engineering is once again hosting summer camps through its Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Program (WYSE). </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT Philippe Geubelle appointed Executive Associate Dean <p>Philippe Geubelle, Bliss Professor of Engineering and Head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering since 2011, has been named Executive Associate Dean for the College of Engineering. </p> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT Researchers gain control over soft-molecule synthesis <p>By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials. </p> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT PODCAST: Women and Ideas in Engineering series featuring PhD student Sakshi Srivastava <p>A native of India, Sakshi Srivastava came to Illinois to study engineering, earning a bachelor of science degree in 2015 and a master of science in 2017. She has served as a research assistant under associate dean and ECE professor Jennifer Bernhard on investigating the role of antenna parameters in reducing interference. She has also worked as an intern at Microsoft. Most recently, she is featured in a chapter of a book co-authored by Illinois engineering’s Laura Hahn and Angie Wolters titled Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve stories from Illinois. The chapter is titled “Inspiring the Future Generation” and talks about her role in the creation a woman engineer statue on the Illinois campus.</p> Mon, 7 Jan 2019 00:00:00 CDT