Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 CDT 5 Bashir Named NAI Fellow <p>Rashid Bashir, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Engineering and Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow. The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 CDT PODCAST: MakerGirl CEO Stephanie Hein <p>MakerGirl, a non-profit founded at the University of Illinois in 2014 has a mission to inspire the next generations through educational STEM sessions led by college mentors and instructors. In less than four years, they have impacted 3,000 girls in 18 states. This year they are expanding to Northwestern University and have hire their first CEO in Stephanie Hein, who joins the Illinois Innovators podcast to talk about MakerGirl. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 CDT Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold an inspiration to ChBE Professor; Zhao joins former advisor for celebration <p>On Monday, December 10, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences will award one half of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Dr. Frances H. Arnold, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology for her work in the directed evolution of enzymes. Among those celebrating with Arnold will be Dr. Huimin Zhao, the Steven L. Miller Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois.</p> Fri, 7 Dec 2018 00:00:00 CDT Student Cubesail satellite launch imminent <p><br /> U of I engineering students Dillon Hammond, Rong Zhou Li, Adam Newhouse, Robert Maksimowicz, and Rick Eason inspect the ground station antenna in preparation for CubeSail mission operations. The ground station is located north of Urbana and will be used for sending commands and receiving telemetry from CubeSail.</p> <p>Anticipation mounts as the launch date and time is finally set for CubeSail, a small CubeSat satellite that is designed and built by CU Aerospace and engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Barring any eleventh-hour glitches, the CubeSail launch window opens on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. CST from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. The Illinois satellite will hitch a ride on a Rocket Lab “Electron” vehicle, as a part of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites mission for NASA.</p> Thu, 6 Dec 2018 00:00:00 CDT Gul Agha named ACM Fellow <p>Gul Agha, Willett Faculty Scholar and professor of computer science, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM Fellows are composed of an elite group that represents less than one percent of the Association’s global membership. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Thu, 6 Dec 2018 00:00:00 CDT Center for Autonomy launched to develop research, education in emerging field <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has allocated $2.1 million in funds to create a new Center for Autonomy that will enable high-impact research and develop new educational programs for students and professionals. The Center will play an important role in designing innovative systems that can function autonomously, or without human intervention, in a safe and reliable way. In addition, the College of Engineering is providing a $2.1 million match to recruit new faculty in robotics to continue growing expertise at Illinois.</p> Wed, 5 Dec 2018 00:00:00 CDT Nine Illinois researchers rank among world's most influential <p>Nine faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Putting hybrid-electric aircraft performance to the test <p>Although hybrid-electric cars are becoming commonplace, similar technology applied to airplanes comes with significantly different challenges. University of Illinois aerospace engineers are addressing some of them toward the development of a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels to power airplanes.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Bhat uses bystander bots to target cyberbullying <p>Cyberbullying and the damage it causes to the mental health of Internet users has become a worldwide problem. Unlike traditional bullying, which often involves face-to-face standoffs between a bully and a victim, cyberbullying allows the bully to send or post mean and hateful messages to a victim under the veil of anonymity. Dozens of studies are being conducted to try and curb this behavior, but  Suma Bhat , research assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is taking a different approach by applying traditional bullying research to online behavior.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Bayram awarded young scientist prize in optics <p>Can Bayram, a professor electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded the Young Scientist Prize in Optics by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics for revolutionizing the way graphene has been employed and making major contributions to III-V photonic devices. </p> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Aerospace engineering alumni await Mars Insight landing <p>A seven-month flight to Mars will end today with what aerospace engineers call “seven minutes of terror.” NASA’s InSight lander must slow itself from traveling at 12,300 mph to just 5 mph in seven minutes to land safely. Two University of Illinois, Department of Aerospace Engineering alumni have a personal stake in its success. Mark Wallace, BS ’03 and Evgeniy Sklyanskiy, BS ’01 and MS ’04, have been working on the mission for several years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Illinois receives $3 million NIH funding to develop neural probe for monitoring brain chemistry <p>An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Chemistry have joined forces to develop a highly sensitive neural probe to monitor brain chemistry. The team received $3 million from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) to develop a silicon platform technology for monitoring a broad range of neurochemicals in the brain with high spatiotemporal resolution and minimal tissue damage.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Tawfick learns from hair to develop reconfigurable, self-healing surfaces Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Researchers develop quick and precise method for detecting chemical warfare agents <p>The technology established in a new paper built on previous work from the Braun group, which had developed “chemical black holes” on a small hydrogel surfaces that drew molecules toward a point sensor via a chemical potential gradient.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Professor Diwakar Shukla receives NSF CAREER Award <p>Blue Waters Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Masud Awarded G.I. Taylor Medal <p>Arif Masud, professor of civil and environmental engineering has been awarded the 2019 G. I. Taylor Medal by the Society of Engineering Science in recognition of “sustained and outstanding research contributions to the area of fluid mechanics.”</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Jacobson recognized for research that transformed passenger screening after 2001 attacks <p>As Professor Sheldon Jacobson watched the September 2001 terrorist attacks unfold, he was among the many Americans who realized that life was about to change. What he did not know was that a National Science Foundation-funded research project he began just days before would be part of that change, creating the groundwork for The Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck system. Precheck uses risk profiles to try to focus air security resources on higher-risk passengers.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Saying goodbye to an old measure <p>As of this morning, a kilogram is still defined as the mass of a very special platinum-iridium cylinder made in 1889, called the International Prototype of the Kilogram. If the vote passes, then starting May 20, 2019, 1 kilogram will instead be based on a value of Planck constant, one of the so-called fundamental constants of physics. Like the speed of light, the Planck constant governs how material behaves uniquely in our universe.</p> Amy Young, Department of Physics Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Ostoja-Starzewski awarded ASME Medal For Contribution to Engineering Literature <p>Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, a professor of mechanical and science engineering and a member of the Computational Imaging Group, was awarded the 2018 Worcester Reed Warner Medal from ASME during a ceremony at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition this week in Pittsburgh.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT Ying Diao earns NSF CAREER award <p>Dr. Ying Diao, assistant professor and Dow Chemical Company Faculty Scholar, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her research proposal, “Multiscale Assembly of Conjugated Polymers at Dynamic Reconfigurable Interfaces.”</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 CDT