Limitless Magazine Spring 2020
We do the impossible. Every day. Check out some recent highlights of our impact on global research, innovation, and engineering education.
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We Are All United By Food: Mapping the United States' Food Supply Chain
In late 2019, Megan Konar and her team published the first high-resolution model and map of the United State's food supply chain. Bringing together eight sources of freight and shipping data, it shows a striking level of interconnectedness between regions in the US. It also highlights the counties that are most central to the food supply chain.
Away From The Theorist's Chalkboard
Charles Gammie is “one of the best of my generation of computationalists,” according to fellow black hole researcher Adam Frank at the University of Rochester. He has a “great intuition for physics” and an important role in “defining the next set of questions” for the field to answer, according to another colleague.
"Do we want to get to the moon or not?"
He called himself "a voice in the wilderness." He sat in conference rooms filled with scientists who ridiculed his ideas. But John Houbolt was going to be heard. And we were going to land on the moon.
in total support
THANK YOU to The Grainger Foundation for their continued support—the most ever given to a public university to name an engineering program.
Health Care Engineering for Every Body
The Jump ARCHES Center received a $50 million boost in 2019 and is now backed by a total of $112.5 million in endowment support. Research by the collaboration will have impact throughout the body and throughout the hospital for decades to come.
iBioFAB 2.0: Revolutionizing Synthetic Biology Research Through Automation
Automation is at the center of the Illinois Biological Foundry for Advanced Biomanufacturing, or iBioFAB 2.0, located inside the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Operating since 2014, the one-of-a-kind living foundry accelerates the design, build, test, and learn (DBTL) cycle while taking synthetic biology research to the next level.
6 Illinois Researchers Receive PECASE Award
Six of our faculty at Illinois earned a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) this year, including:
Gaurav Bahl , Mechanical Science and Engineering
Pinshane Huang, Materials Science and Engineering
Prashant Jain, Chemistry and Materials Research Laboratory Affiliate
Daniel Llano , Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Jessie Shelton, Physics
Kelly Stephani , Mechanical Science and Engineering
Illinois Researchers Creating Advanced Autopilot to Mimic the "Sully Factor"
It's called the "Miracle on Hudson." On January 15, 2009, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport in New York City en route to Seattle via Charlotte. Shortly after takeoff, the plane hit birds and lost two engines. Faced with few options, the captain, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, took action and landed the plane in the Hudson River, saving the lives of the 155 people on board.
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.