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The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge concluded its State Finals. Over 1,500 students from 191 schools across the state of Illinois descended on the I-Hotel for the annual event sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Engineering. Team champions were crowned in six divisions over four days.

Researchers at the University of Illinois, however, have successfully developed a tunable infrared filter made from graphene, which would allow a solider to change the frequency of a filter simply by controlled mechanical deformation of the filter (i.e., graphene origami), and not by replacing the substance on the goggles used to filter a particular spectrum of colors.

Three Illinois Engineering Illinois faculty have received grants from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Olgica Milenkovic, Idoia Ochoa, and Lav Varshney submitted proposals that were among 85 projects selected to support the Human Cell Atlas, a global effort to map every type of cell in the healthy human body as a resource for studies of health and disease. The grants total $15 million over one year.

The culmination of the three-month long Cozad New Venture competition is Wednesday, April 25 when the remaining 47 teams vie for more than $225,000 in cash funding and in-kind prizes to advance their ventures and the prestige of calling themselves Cozad winners. 

The University of Illinois College of Engineering will be honoring educators and researchers at the 54th Annual College Faculty Awards Ceremony at 6 pm on Monday, April 23 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications auditorium

 

Since 2014, a group of faculty and staff in the College of Engineering have been revolutionizing how students take exams and do homework with PrairieLearn, a tool they created for online assessment. This year, through a Strategic Instructional Innovations Program (SIIP) grant, the team is working to grow the number of courses using PrairieLearn, with the goal of increasing its effectiveness and impact.

Illinois and the Midwest at large are shaping up to be major hubs for development in data analytics for healthcare and this summit includes many of the thought leaders shaping research, health care delivery, and leading industries. The Health Care Engineering System Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign-in collaboration with healthcare providers, industry representatives, and academic researchers-is sponsoring this special one-day summit called Convergence 2018 on Monday, April 23

Sending a human into space and doing it efficiently presents a galaxy of challenges. Koki Ho, University of Illinois assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and his graduate students, Hao Chen and Bindu Jagannatha, explored ways to integrate the logistics of space travel by looking at a campaign of lunar missions, spacecraft design, and conducting research, published today in the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, to create a framework to optimize fuel and other resources.

Assistant professor of mechanical science Sameh Tawfick, Beckman postdoctoral fellow Caterina Lamuta, and Simon Messelot recently published a study on how to design super strong artificial muscles in the journal Smart Material and Structures.  

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