Engineering at Illinois News http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/recent-news.html News from Engineering at Illinois Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT 5 Changes in nonextreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/556646 <p>Major floods and droughts receive a lot of attention in the context of climate change, but University of Illinois researchers analyzed over five decades of precipitation data from North America to find that changes in nonextreme precipitation are more significant than previously realized and larger than those in extreme precipitation. </p> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT $15.6M Materials Research Center to revolutionize computer memory and wearable medical devices http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/23620 <p>Innovative materials are the foundation of countless breakthrough technologies, and the Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center will develop them. The new center is supported by a six-year, $15.6 million award from the National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers program. It is led by Professor Nadya Mason of Engineering at Illinois’ Department of Physics and its Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. </p> University of Illinois College of Engineering Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers develop spectroscopic "science camera" system for smartphone-enabled mobile health http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/23587 <p>The latest versions of most smartphones contain at least two and sometimes three built-in cameras. Researchers at the University of Illinois would like to sell mobile device manufactures on the idea of adding yet another image sensor as a built-in capability for health diagnostic, environmental monitoring, and general-purpose color sensing applications.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT NPRE researcher teams with Carle Hospital to improve quantitative accuracy in molecular imaging http://npre.illinois.edu/news/npre-researcher-teams-carle-hospital-improve-quantitative-accuracy-molecular-imaging <p>Shiva Abbaszadeh, an assistant professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, has teamed with the Carle Foundation Hospital to use active cancer patient scans to improve the accuracy of molecular imaging technology for disease diagnostics and treatment.</p> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT West Coast tour fruitful in imagining Siebel Center for Design http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/23592 <p>Last month, <a href="http://tec.illinois.edu/what-is-tec/profile/acsinger">Andy Singer</a> and David Weightman embarked on a West Coast tour of a few of the nation’s well-known university design centers prior to construction of the $48 million <a href="http://designcenter.illinois.edu/">Siebel Center for Design</a>, which will open on the University of Illinois campus in a couple of years. The campus’ commitment to the project echoes the value it places on design thinking to the core education of future students.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT Congressional redistricting less contentious when resolved using computer algorithm https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/554033 <p>Concerns that the process of U.S. congressional redistricting may be politically biased have fueled many debates, but a team of University of Illinois computer scientists and engineers has developed a new computer algorithm that may make the task easier for state legislatures and fairer for their constituents.</p> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT ChBE researchers awarded NSF grant to advance the frontiers of 3-D printing http://chbe.illinois.edu/chbe-researchers-awarded-nsf-grant-to-advance-the-frontiers-of-3-d-printing/ <p>The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million, three-year grant to four professors in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for a project that has potential to advance the frontiers of 3-D printing.</p> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT Study: Biomarkers as predictive of sepsis as lengthy patient monitoring https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/552521 <p>A team of researchers from the University of Illinois and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, found that five key biomarkers in blood that characterize sepsis can give physicians as much information as hours of monitoring symptoms.</p> Thu, 7 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT Huff wins ANS Professional Women's Achievement Award http://npre.illinois.edu/news/huff-wins-ans-mary-jane-oestmann-professional-women%E2%80%99s-achievement-award <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(104, 104, 104); font-family: Lora, serif; font-size: 17px;">Katy Huff, Assistant Professor in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois, is the 2017 winner of the American Nuclear Society Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(104, 104, 104); font-family: Lora, serif; font-size: 17px;"> </p> Thu, 7 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT UI researchers to study preterm birth http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/mechse-researchers-study-preterm-birth <p>MechSE associate professors Kimani Toussaint and Amy Wagoner Johnson have been awarded a 4-year, $600K grant by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to study preterm birth using a novel suite of technologies.</p> Bill Bowman Wed, 6 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CDT HIDRA plasma/fusion facility becomes fully operational http://npre.illinois.edu/news/thorough-preparations-lead-fully-operational-hidra <p>Eight months of careful preparations have led to success in now making the HIDRA plasma/fusion facility in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois fully operational.</p> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Andrew Alleyne earns SWE Advocating for Women in Engineering Award http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/23513 <p>Andrew Alleyne, the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE), has been named a recipient of the 2017 Advocating for Women in Engineering Award. The award is presented by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and honors individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in their chosen STEM fields and have proven to be advocates of women in engineering and SWE’s objectives. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT New insights will guide solution-based processing for next-gen functional materials http://chbe.illinois.edu/new-insights-from-schroeder-group-will-guide-solution-based-processing-for-next-gen-functional-materials/ <p>New research from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois offers new insight into the self-assembly of electrically-active biohybrid materials, which consist of natural peptides linked to synthetic conductive polymers. </p> Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois launches first U.S. nanomanufacturing node courtesy NSF grant http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/illinois-launches-first-us-nanomanufacturing-node <p>Illinois researchers have been awarded a 5-year, $4M grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch the country’s first computational node aimed at developing nanomanufacturing simulation tools.</p> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Faculty-staff team develops origami-inspired robot http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/faculty-student-team-develops-origami-inspired-robot# <p>New research from a team of MechSE professors and students, published as an invited paper in Smart Materials and Structures, details how origami structures and bio-inspired design can be used to create a crawling robot.</p> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Class gives CS students a chance to program an actual autonomous vehicle http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/23471 <p>As the world closes in on the possibility of autonomous vehicles becoming a reality, artificial intelligence (AI) will play a big part in the development. In that light, Forsyth, in conjunction with AutonomouStuff, offered students a unique opportunity to program and test elements used in an actual autonomous vehicle.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT "Fizzy" soda water could be key in clean and sustainable manufacture of "flat" wonder material: graphene http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/23460 <p>As graphene’s popularity grows as an advanced “wonder” material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind, the research group of SungWoo Nam, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at Illinois, has developed a cleaner and more environmentally friendly method to isolate graphene using carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>) in the form of carbonic acid as the electrolyte solution. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Bashir named executive associate dean of Carle Illinois College of Medicine https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/544008 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT Handheld spectral analyzer turns smartphone into diagnostic tool http://bioengineering.illinois.edu/news/article/23435 Wed, 9 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT New microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryos https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/541019 <p>University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in humans.</p> Tue, 8 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CDT