Limitless Magazine Fall 2020
We do the impossible. Every day. Check out some recent highlights of our impact on global research, innovation, and engineering education.
AE3 Collins Scholars Program Continues Network of Support, Resources for New Faculty
On a humid, fall day in 2019, students packed the 303-seat auditorium in Loomis Laboratory as Physics Professor Tim Stelzer brought his energetic style of teaching to his Electricity and Magnetism class. Grouped near the room’s top tier, Theresa Saxton-Fox, an Aerospace Engineering professor, sat with five fellow Collins Scholars and Chris Migotsky, coordinator of faculty teaching programs for the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3).
12 Days 50 People A New Emergency Ventilator Shared Free With the World
How Grainger engineers—and medical professionals, manufacturing experts, animal scientists, and designers from around Champaign-Urbana—brought a COVID-stricken world an emergency ventilator.
Meeting a Critical Demand
A team from throughout the community, led by The Grainger College of Engineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, delivers Personal Protective Equipment.
ASEE 2020 DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award Recipient
Assistant Dean Favila was recognized for his ongoing support of students at The Grainger College of Engineering in his role as director of the Morrill Engineering Program and long-time involvement in the Center for Academic Resources in Engineering and the Academic Redshirt in Science and Engineering program.
Before the rise of PCs and the modern internet, a revolutionary system dove into the novel idea of computer learning. PLATO started as an educational tool. It became so much more.
5 New Quantum Research Programs
Grainger Engineering launched its Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center less than two years ago. World-class IQUIST faculty are already making good on this investment—and cementing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Midwest, through the Chicago Quantum Exchange, as a quantum science powerhouse.
IDEA Institute: On Diversity as a Prerequisite of Excellence
It was snowing hard on the February day of the Institute for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access’s (IDEA) kickoff town hall meeting. The meeting would introduce the concept and mission of the IDEA Institute, but the weather conditions threatened its turnout.
16 NSF CAREER Award Winners in 2020
Sixteen assistant professors in The Grainger College of Engineering earned CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation, bringing the total to 66 over the last five years. Congratulations to:
- Arijit Banerjee, Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Barry Bradlyn, Physics
- Roy Dar, Bioengineering
- Kejie Fang, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Lab
- Rasoul Etesami, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering and Coordinated Science Lab
- Christopher Fletcher, Computer Science and Coordinated Science Lab
- Jugal Garg, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
- Bryce Gadway, Physics
- Karin Jensen, Bioengineering
- Raluca Ilie, Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Fan Lam, Bioengineering and Beckman Institute
- Andrew Miller, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Coordinated Science Lab
- Nicola Perry, Materials Science & Engineering and Materials Research Lab
- Edgar Solomonik, Computer Science and Coordinated Science Lab
- Xiao Su, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
- Chenhui Shao, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Improving Wind Farm Efficiency
Optimizing wind turbine efficiency can save millions and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. University of Illinois doctoral student, Lucas Buccafusca, is helping make it happen.
$367 million C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute Launches
Grainger College of Engineering faculty lead the new, $367 million C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley. C3.ai DTI’s mission is to attract the world’s leading scientists to join in a coordinated and innovative effort to advance the digital transformation of business, government, and society.
At Illinois, we place great pride in our interdisciplinary work ethic. With top-ranked graduate programs across every department and discipline of engineering, we bring together the brightest minds in the world to solve the most pressing global challenges of our time. We share the common goal of providing superior research capabilities in the fundamental engineering sciences in collaboration with industrial and governmental laboratories. We also support undergraduate and graduate student education and enhance rapid technology transfer from the University to industry.