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This monthly summary includes excerpts from Illinois in the News, a daily service provided by the University of Illinois News Bureau and other media search tools, focusing on engineering topics and faculty contacted for their expertise by print and broadcast reporters around the world.


McGee enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and became a part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen

NBC News (Oct. 14) -- In March 1942, Charles “Charlie” McGee was a sophomore engineering student at Illinois. After enlisting in the U.S. Army later that year, he earned his pilot’s wings and became a part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Three wars and 409 fighter pilot combat missions later, McGee is one of the most decorated pilots in America’s history.

Argonne and University of Illinois Announce Intent to Form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition

University Herald (Oct. 13) -- the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Grainger College of Engineering announced their intent to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition.

Researchers Achieve One-Way Radio Transmission With Synthetic Hall Effect

SciTech Daily (Oct. 9) -- Researchers at Illinois have replicated one of the most well-known electromagnetic effects in physics, the Hall effect, using radio waves instead of electric current. Their technique could be used to create advanced communication systems that boost signal transmission in one direction while simultaneously absorbing signals going in the opposite direction. A research group led by principal investigator Gaurav Bahl, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, is working on several methods to improve radio and optical data transmission.

U of I Lands $50K Grant to Create More Female-Founded Tech Companies

Chicago Inno (Oct. 8) -- A women-focused accelerator at the U. of I. landed a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help strengthen resources and support for female-founded tech companies. EnterpriseWorks Incubator’s AWARE is one of 60 accelerators and incubators awarded the grant, part of a $3 million award given by the SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. 

J. Robert Schiffer Obituary

Nature (October 8) -- Former University of Illinois graduate student and faculty member, studied under John Bardeen and shared the Nobel Prize for theoretical basis of superconductivity, passed away at age 88.

Motorola opens Innovation Center at University of Illinois

Security Info Watch (Oct. 7) -- Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) today announced the opening of its first college campus innovation center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Research Park.

UI's Center for Digital Agriculture to combine engineering, agricultural expertise

News-Gazette (Oct. 8) -- The University of Illinois is launching the Center for Digital Agriculture, a new collaboration aiming to take advantage of the university’s engineering and agricultural expertise.

Your skillet needs TLC

TNN (Oct. 6) -- Just like any metal, iron can rust, and hot iron actually rusts quicker than cold iron, according to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Physics. Your just-cooked-in skillet is at risk for rust when you let it soak. But a brief rinse or few minutes’ soak with warm water is fine.

Juiced Balls? New mindset? Home run records are breaking -- and fans are asking why

San Jose Mercury-News (Oct. 6) -- Two years ago, MLB executives commissioned a study to try to explain the rising home run trend. “When we figured out drag was the culprit, we were quite happy,” says group leader Alan Nathan, a professor emeritus of physics at Illinois. “When we could not find the property of the ball that changed the drag, we were disappointed.” Nathan and two other researchers inspected the baseball factory in Costa Rica that produces 1.8 million baseballs annually, but found no evidence that factory operations contributed to the trend.

NASA selects Illinois professor for satellite mission concept study (Oct. 4) -- Lara Waldrop, assistant professor electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been selected by NASA to lead a multi-institution team to conduct a concept study for a satellite mission.


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