Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT 5 Lam developing advanced imaging techniques to study brain function and characterize diseases Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Revamped Cozad Competition producing dividends <p>Now in its 18th year, the Cozad New Venture Competition continues as a launching point for University of Illinois students in their quest to commercialize technology they develop on the U of I campus. This year's competition promises to be bigger than ever right up until the last day thanks to significant format changes. </p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Researchers demonstrate existence of new form of electronic matter <p>Researchers have produced a “human scale” demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that was recently predicted using theoretical physics. These are the first experimental findings to validate this theory.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Algorithm could streamline harvesting of hand-picked crops <p>Richard Sowers, a professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering and mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a team of students have developed an algorithm that promises to give valuable information to farmers of crops picked by hand.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Rashid Bashir Named 2018 Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow <p>Rashid Bashir, executive associate dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Grainger Distinguished Chair of Bioengineering has been selected as a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) fellow, in recognition of his research contributions in the broad field of BioMEMS and biomedical nanotechnology.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT ISE professors leap into the world of mind-reading robots <p>Researchers in the University of Illinois Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering are laying the groundwork for cooperative robots—or “cobots”—that might be able to read our minds.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Podcast: Cyber infrastructure systems and security with Klara Nahrstedt <p>Klara Nahrstedt, a professor of computer science and director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, discusses her involvement in several National Science Foundation and Department of Energy cyber infrastructure projects.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers develop heat switch for electronics <p>Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technology for switching heat flows 'on' or 'off'.  The findings were published in the article "Millimeter-scale liquid metal droplet thermal switch," which appeared in Applied Physics Letters. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Thu, 8 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Data provide snapshot of energy and water demands in U.S. urban environment <p>Ashlynn Stillwell and Christopher Chini collected data from over 160 drinking water or wastewater utilities in U.S. cities to find the water demands and their required energy.  Their study was recently published in Water Resources Research. </p> Heather Coit Thu, 8 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Who Makes the NCAA Tournament? Researchers at Illinois can help <p><span style="color:rgb(19, 41, 75); font-family:gotham ssm a,gotham ssm b,helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size:11.52px">[image:25857 class:fright]</span>The field for NCAA Tournament will be announced March 11, and basketball fans want to know which teams will be a part of March Madness. Researchers at the University of Illinois may have discovered the secret to forecasting the field. They also make a case that the much-maligned RPI really is a dependable tool for tournament decision-makers.   </p> David Mercer Mon, 5 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Abbaszadeh's imaging work to assist robotic neurosurgery <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(104, 104, 104); font-family: Lora, serif; font-size: 17px;"> </p> <p>Dr. Shiva Abbaszadeh is collaborating with colleagues at Stanford University and in China to develop imaging, depth sensing, and machine learning techniques to aid physicians performing robotic neurosurgery on mice. Abbaszadeh, an assistant professor in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, has been awarded a one-year seed grant of $75,000 from the partnership of Zhejiang University with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute Research Program. </p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(104, 104, 104); font-family: Lora, serif; font-size: 17px;"> </p> Fri, 2 Mar 2018 00:00:00 CDT Podcast: AE3 Director Laura Hahn, co-author of Women and Ideas in Engineering Education Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 CDT Naira Hovakimyan's groundbreaking flight control system undergoes third round of testing Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 CDT Charles Slichter, NMR pioneer & National Medal of Science winner, dies at 94 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:24:00 CDT Researchers find tweeting in cities lower than expected <p>Studying data from Twitter, University of Illinois researchers found that less people tweet per capita from larger cities than in smaller ones, indicating an unexpected trend that has implications in understanding urban pace of life. They identified that while there are less people tweeting, there are a group of people who tweet prolifically. This suggests there is a concentrated core of more active users that may serve as information broadcasters for larger cities.</p> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 CDT Three Illinois engineering professors named Sloan Fellows <p>Three Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2018 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 very best scientific minds working today.” Winners receive a two-year $65,000 fellowship to further their research. This year’s Illinois recipients are materials science and engineering professors Qian Chen and Pinshane Huang, and chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Ying Diao.</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 CDT Microscopy suite tools assist researchers in skull injury repair <p><span style="color:rgb(75, 75, 75); font-family:open sans,helvetica,arial">On the battlefield, soldiers usually wear protective gear that covers most of their bodies, but in many cases the Kevlar helmets that soldiers wear cannot fully protect the face, head, and neck. With funding from the U.S. Army, researchers at the University of Illinois are looking for ways to repair complicated skull injuries with biomaterials—substances that can interact with or guide the body’s natural healing processes—instead of using artificial materials like titanium plates or grafting bone from other areas onto the head.</span></p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 CDT Tiny drug-delivering capsules could sustain transplanted insulin-producing cells for diabetics <p>A drug-carrying microsphere within a cell-bearing microcapsule could be the key to transplanting insulin-secreting pig pancreas cells into human patients whose own cells have been destroyed by type I diabetes. In a new in vitro study by University of Illinois engineers, the insulin-secreting cells, called islets, showed increased viability and function after spending 21 days inside tiny capsules containing even tinier capsules bearing a drug that makes the cells more resilient to oxygen deprivation.</p> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers incorporating "Internet of Personalized Things" into world of healthcare <p>Even before Amazon boldly announced plans to enter the world of healthcare last week, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have already been working on the technology that will make it all work. Kesh Kesavades, the director of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) at Illinois, calls the technology, the "Internet of Personalized Things," which brings together the triage of natural language processing, sensors and devices which can connect to the Internet or cloud, and artificial intelligence.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Thu, 8 Feb 2018 00:00:00 CDT PODCAST: Praveen Kumar on how changes in non-extreme weather can affect an ecosystem <p>While much of the rhetoric around climate change centers on extreme events such as floods or droughts, today’s guest Praveen Kumar, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, contends frequency and intensity of non-extreme or everyday precipitation events are changing and having a noticeable effect on the ecosystem.</p> Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 CDT