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Illinois researchers have been awarded a 5-year, $4M grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch the country’s first computational node aimed at developing nanomanufacturing simulation tools.

New research from a team of MechSE professors and students, published as an invited paper in Smart Materials and Structures, details how origami structures and bio-inspired design can be used to create a crawling robot.

As the world closes in on the possibility of autonomous vehicles becoming a reality, artificial intelligence (AI) will play a big part in the development. In that light, Forsyth, in conjunction with AutonomouStuff, offered students a unique opportunity to program and test elements used in an actual autonomous vehicle.

As graphene’s popularity grows as an advanced “wonder” material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind, the research group of SungWoo Nam, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at Illinois, has developed a cleaner and more environmentally friendly method to isolate graphene using carbon dioxide (CO2) in the form of carbonic acid as the electrolyte solution. 

University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in humans.

A research collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the University of Maryland has revealed a new technique by which scattering of sound waves from disorder in a material can be suppressed on demand. All of this, can be simply achieved by illuminating with the appropriate color of laser light. 

Beginning Fall 2017, juniors of several College of Engineering at Illinois departments can be admitted into a 5-year degree program that will culminate in a master’s of engineering in Energy Systems. The combined BS/MEng program will provide a smooth integration of the bachelor and master’s studies, while providing the same breadth and depth of coverage for all the required courses of both existing degree programs.

New measurements from data processed by the Dark Energy Survey Data Management (DESDM) project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign verify the theory that 26 percent of the Universe is in the form of mysterious dark matter and that space is filled with an also-unseen dark energy, which is causing the accelerating expansion of the universe and makes up 70 percent of the Universe’s contents. 

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