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Professor Hatami-Marbini’s Sets His Sights on Cornea Research
“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a common phrase, but you won’t hear engineers saying it. Engineers are known as problem solvers, and often they make things better by researching and understanding how materials work. Professor Hamed Hatami-Marbini, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is researching the mechanical properties of the cornea to find new solutions for diseases that plague it.The cornea is a unique transparent tissue whose mechanical properties play a vital role in maintaining its stability and optical function. The loss of corneal structural integrity due to diseases such as keratoconus and ectasia leads to significant bulging and may cause severe visual impairment including blindness. In the case of keratoconus, which impacts approximately 1 in…
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Professor Anand Awarded Two Grants
Professor Anand Awarded Two Grants to Develop Environmentally-Friendly Solutions for Severe Climate ProblemsBy David Staudacher, UICWinter is coming! City landscapes will soon transform into winter wonderlands blanketed with snow and shimmering icicles dangling from homes and buildings. “Ice is one of the most beautiful structures in nature,” said Professor Sushant Anand, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UIC. “It’s one of the most symmetric crystals found in nature. We’ve all seen snowflakes and there have been countless number of poems written about snowflakes and how each snowflake is unique. But its beauty aside, ice can cause a lot of problems in many different circumstances.”Ice buildup on the roadways can have a serious impact, including car accidents, traffic congestion,…
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High school students participating in the MIE summer camp
Future Engineers Flock to UIC Engineering Summer Camp
Summers on college campuses are slower than the fall and spring semesters. But for three weeks in July, 125 high school and middle school students took over UIC’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), 842 W. Taylor St., Chicago, for the second annual “UIC Engineering Summer Camp.”MIE professors Yeow Siow and Jamison Szwalek organized the camp, which brought together qualified students from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for a week of lively projects and camaraderie. The program was broken down into three one-week sessions and grouped the students together into different age groups. Session one was for incoming high school juniors and seniors, session two was geared toward incoming high school freshmen and sophomores, and session three was attended…
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Professor Max Berniker with student in lab
Professor Max Berniker’s Research Offers a New Perspective to Motor Learning
What is your phone number?While answering this question, you probably used a method called chunking. You placed the numbers together into different sections – starting with area code, then the next three numbers, and finished with the last four digits. The organization of seemingly random numbers into chunks with slight pauses makes it easier to remember. Phone numbers are typically not seen or remembered as 3124138717. Instead, it is placed into chunks and seen as 312-413-8717.Chunking applies to movement, too. Elemental actions are merged into “chunks” and complex movements are made by combining many chunks together.Dr. Max Berniker, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is part…
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