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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…
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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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Professor Lin Li Wins Two Teaching Excellence Awards, Promoted to Associate Professor
“If the students can feel the teachers are really enthusiastic and devoted themselves in teaching, they will be willing to engage in teaching activities in the classroom,” said Professor Lin Li, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at UIC. Li clearly knows what he is talking about. Before the spring 2016 semester ended the professor received two teaching awards and was promoted to associate professor. He kicked off the year by receiving the 2015-2016 Teaching Recognition Program Award, which is the UIC’s only campus-wide faculty-administered teaching award. He was one of only 14 people throughout the university selected by his peers to receive the award. The dedicated group of colleagues determined his “teaching is an excellent example…
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