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Middle and High School Students Have a Blast at MIE’s Engineering Summer Camp
Enrollment shot up for the recent Engineering Summer Camp hosted by UIC’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), 842 W. Taylor St., Chicago. Throughout the summer, MIE hosted 160 high school and middle school students, which is sharp increase compared to last year, which was attended by 120 students. The demand was so high, the department coordinators added a fourth week to accommodate the ambitious youths. The annual camp is designed to introduce students to the various and multi-faceted engineering disciplines, and provide a variety of hands-on learning experiences where they can immerse in projects that are intended to improve the environment and quality of life. The themes include 3D printing and rapid prototyping, coding, robotics, renewable energy, product design,…
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Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Safer, Stronger
Today’s rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are good, but they could be much better in the future.That’s what University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory researchers have concluded, following extensive studies using real-time transmission electron microscopy, or TEM. The technique, they report in Nature Communications, is the most effective way to understand the electrochemical reactions of lithium-ion batteries and to learn how the batteries can be modified to become safer, stronger, longer lasting and cheaper.“Despite widespread use, rechargeable ion batteries face various materials and interfacial challenges that exclude them from high power and high-performance applications,” says Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and one of the co-authors on the paper that includes Khalil Amine and Jun Lu of Argonne.Lithium-ion batteries are…
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Engineers Rocket to First-Place at AIAA Competition
The AIAA at UIC Rocketry Team outshined 24 teams to win first place during the Target Altitude challenge at the annual Battle of the Rockets (BOR) 2017 competition hosted by the Federation of Galaxy Explorers in Westover, Maryland. UIC successfully designed and built a rocket to fly on any commercial certified G-level rocket motor to an altitude of 1,213 feet. UIC came closest to the 1,213 mark for the win. They also safely recovered their rocket to fly again, which is one of the requirements of the competition. “Winning BOR Target Altitude was fantastic for us,” said team captain Matt Valenzeno, a student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE). “We feel like we've made huge strides. That…
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Local Companies Implementing Three UIC MIE Senior Design Projects
MIE students put a tremendous amount of hard work into their Senior Design Expo projects with a goal to win first place. Win or lose, all of the students learn from their projects and take that knowledge to the working world or graduate school. For some students, the payoff is greater. Three of MIE’s projects are being put into action by two companies that sponsored the students.“As a research university, we challenge our students so they are prepared for the next level of their career,” said MIE Department Head Farzad Mashayek. “In this instance, we are connecting students and companies for real-world work that can implemented. The partnerships benefit everyone involved in multiple ways.”The student team of Jon Kopfer, Tyler…
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Engineering Design Team Continues Its Winning Ways
Students Nab Third Place at Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, Second Place at NASA Competition UIC’s Engineering Design Team (EDT) are winners. The team’s hard work and skills paid off as they recently captured third and second place positions at two competitions. In early June, the team earned third place in the Design Competition with its R.E.V.O. robot during the 25th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.For the Design Competition, the team submitted a written report, gave an oral presentation, and performed a vehicle demonstration to the IGVC design judge panel. UIC competed against more than 30 colleges from around the world during the competition and missed second place by two points.The competition challenges students…
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Registration is Open for UIC Robotics Summer Camp
Registration is open for UIC’s Robotics Summer Camp. Hosted by the College of Engineering, the summer camp is set for July 17-28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Engineering Research Facility, 842 W. Taylor St, Chicago IL 60607. It is open to qualified middle and high school students with an interest in robotics technology.The summer camp is an opportunity for students to learn in a research laboratory environment and get hands-on experience with state-of-art robotics technology.During the two-week camp, students will be building a self-driving four-wheeled Mecanum car kit, which has four independently driven wheels via DC motors and gear reducers.Students will install various sensors needed for a self-driving car, ultrasonic range/obstacle sensor, line tracking sensor (like…
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