2017

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Professor Aggarwal to Receive the AIAA Energy Systems Award
Emeritus Professor Suresh Aggarwal, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UIC, has been selected to receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Energy Systems Award for 2017.“I know that the past recipients were all distinguished researchers in the field of energy,” said Farzad Mashayek, MIE Department Head and Professor. “It’s a great honor to be in such company.”Dr. Tom l-P Shih, of Purdue University, nominated Aggarwal for the award “for outstanding contributions to energy and combustion systems through pioneering work on advanced spray and flame model development for improved engine performance and pollution reduction.”Aggarwal is the first UIC professor to win the award, and he will be formally recognized on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during a…
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Professor Pan Named 2017 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer
As the faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) continues to grow at UIC, so do the accolades for their dedication to research. Recently, Assistant Professor Yayue Pan was named a 2017 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).Pan was recognized for her “exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.” She is one of only 17 people – all age 35 or younger – to receive the award, who were selected based on their work in emerging manufacturing applications, technical publications, patents, and academic or industry leadership. The young professor was nominated by two senior professors outside of UIC who are familiar with her research.“This is my first external award in…
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Professor Mashayek Leads Development of Campus Computing Backbone
MIE Department Head Farzad Mashayek is the principal investigator of two new National Science Foundation grants totaling $1.1 million, which is going toward constructing the foundation of a computing system for big-data mining and high-performance computing.The new equipment is called SABER, which is an acronym for “Shared Analytics and Big-data Enterprise Resource.” It will build upon a legacy of high-performance computing clusters at UIC, which bring together a community of researchers to share resources and know-how. SABER will be shared across all disciplines at UIC, which includes researchers and centers in nine colleges throughout the university. Mashayek uses HPC to study supersonic combustion in the Computational Multiphase Transport Laboratory.The full story from UIC News can be found at East Meets West:…
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IE Students Bring Academia and Industry Together During Annual Conference
UIC’s Industrial Engineering students are getting a jump start on their careers.The student chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) brought together more than 150 participants from 11 regional universities to socialize, network, exchange ideas and compete as it hosted the “2017 IISE North Central Regional Conference” from Feb. 23 to 25.The annual conference featured speakers from the sponsoring companies and professors from UIC’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Industry speakers included Jim D'Angelo, chief operating officer of Lou Malnati's, and Brad Mueller, chief operating officer of Healthsmart International.“This event is important so different students from different universities get to know each other and what others are doing,” said Adriana Garcia, an Industrial Engineering student and…
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NASA funded study from UIC Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Alexander Yarin
The research in UIC Distinguished Professor Alexander Yarin’s Multiscale Mechanics and Nanotechnology Laboratory is flooding the science community. A paper by Yarin and his team members’ about using bubble recoil to cool microelectronics was recently published in the journal Nature Microgravity. The work, titled “Swing-like Pool Boiling on Nano-Textured Surfaces for Microgravity Applications Related to Cooling of High-Power Microelectronics,” originated from the team’s work on a NASA-funded project. Stories about the team’s research have been published in Phys.org, Engineering.com, AZoNano.com, New electronics.co.uk, and UIC News.The original story from UIC News can be found at Bubble Recoil Could be Used to Cool Microchips, Even in Space.
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UIC Opens MIE Engineering Summer Camp Registration
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Hosting Three SessionsRegistration is open for UIC’s annual MIE Engineering Summer Camp hosted by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 842 W. Taylor St.The summer camp is an opportunity for Chicago-area high school and middle school students to explore what they can achieve in life through engineering. The camp is designed to introduce students to the research laboratory environment and provide a variety of hands-on learning experiences where they can design projects that are intended to improve the environment and quality of life. The activities include 3D printing and rapid prototyping, coding, robotics, renewable energy, product design, aerodynamics, structures and safety, and efficiency and productivity.Additionally, students…
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Professor Subramanian is Using Nanotechnology to Improve the Sustainability of Rechargeable Batteries
When people think about renewable energy the first things that come to mind are usually windmills, solar panels, and hydropower. But there is a major component in this process that needs to be addressed, and a new professor in UIC’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering’s is addressing this issue.Professor Arunkumar Subramanian, director of the Laboratory for Integrated Nanosystems (LINS) is investigating ways to make rechargeable batteries more sustainable. He is researching rechargeable batteries that use sodium ions instead of lithium ions for storing charge. The goal of this project is to improve the mechanical stability and electrochemical energy storage capacity of sodium-ion batteries by tuning the pore geometry and ionic content of microporous, sodium-ion intercalation electrodes. The research will…
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Professor Abiade is Taking Teaching to the Neighborhood
Professor Jeremiah Abiade is taking teaching out of the classroom and into the neighborhood. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) professor is part of a team of UIC educators who are planning to start a community center in a low-income neighborhood where they will interact with residents who are not traditionally involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), and work together on problems in their neighborhood.“If they have soil contamination or water problems, we can try to help them from a technical perspective to approach those problems that directly impact them, while at the same time, letting them see the benefit of having a STEM education,” said Abiade. “We are giving them a STEM education without telling them.…
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Professor Abiade’s Research Focuses on Materials with Protective Surfaces
Instead of applying copious amounts of deicing fluids to remove ice buildup from an aircraft before winter takeoffs, airport ground crews may see a lot less ice to clear away.Professor Jeremiah Abiade and his team in the Laboratory for Oxide Research and Education (LORE), developed a composite that has the potential to prevent ice from building up on aircrafts. Under Abiade’s direction, student Sin-Pui Fu developed a ceramic polymer composite that is based on cerium dioxide with polyurethane.“Instead of using a whole lot of chemicals during the winter at O’Hare or Midway [airports] to get rid of the ice on the planes, our idea is to put a coating on the structure before it goes into use,” said Abiade, of…
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Three MIE Students Awarded Chicago Consular Corps Scholarships
Three students from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) have been awarded Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017 from UIC’s Office of International Affairs (OIA).Mechanical engineering students Ramasubramonian Deivanayagam, Poya Yasaei, and industrial engineering student Jose Yanes Vargas were honored at OIA’s award ceremony on Nov. 17 at UIC. The ceremony marked the Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship’s 10th anniversary at UIC.The students are three of only 15 successful applicants university-wide who were “favorably reviewed” and awarded the $1,000 scholarship. They also are among the thirteen UIC international degree seeking students who were awarded the scholarships. Two scholarships were awarded to full-time, degree seeking American students. Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to students who have a…
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2016

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UIC Researchers Awarded More Than 1.5 Million to Establish Industrial Assessment Center
Center to Conduct Engineering Research and Provide Free Energy-Efficiency Assessments to ManufacturersThe College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago is establishing at new Industrial Assessment Center (IAC).Led by Professor Lin Li, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), a team of researchers from three College of Engineering departments and the Energy Resources Center (ERC) were awarded a new five-year grant for $2,087,872 – with $1,575,000 coming directly from the U.S. Department of Energy – to set up the center.The new center is one of only 28 located at higher education institutions from 25 states across the country. Teams from the center will conduct advanced research on energy efficiency and smart manufacturing. Simultaneously, they will provide…
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Engineering Students Get Professional Boost from Gaspardo & Associates, Inc.
It takes more than a driver to win a race. It takes a team! And the UIC Motorsports Formula team recently received a powerful boost from one of its new corporate sponsors.            Several engineering students had the opportunity to visit Gaspardo & Associates, Inc., in Batavia, Ill., where they had a chance to use company’s 3D measurement devices to make computer models of the engine for its formula race car.“We went to Gaspardo and Associates to scan our engine using their product, ComScan,” said Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) student Simona Narubin, of Wheaton. “With the engine scan, we will be able to use in our vehicle model in SolidWorks, this will give us more precise measurements within the model…
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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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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’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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Professor Yarin Hosts International Conference with Korea University
Collaborating on research is important for research engineers. And Distinguished Professor Alexander Yarin knows it. That’s why he and his team from UIC’s Multiscale Mechanics and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MMNL) in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) hosted Dr. Sam Yoon’s group from Korea University’s Solar Cell and Aerosol science Lab for the second UIC-KU International Conference in April at UIC’s Engineering Research Facility. After a warm welcome from MIE Department Head Farzad Mashayek, professors Yarin and Yoon led the conference, which was comprised of lectures and discussions that included research findings from the Postdoc and Ph.D. students from both universities. “Many topics using nanofibers were discussed,” said Dr. Minwook Lee, who is working for the joint project at…
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AIAA Student Chapter Soars to Second Place at National Competition
UIC’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student chapter swooped in to capture second place on April 23rd during the annual Mountaineer Collegiate UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Fly-Off Competition sponsored by the AIAA, Cessna Aircraft, and Raytheon Missile Systems at Louis Bennett Field in Jane Lew, West Virginia. Each year, teams from all across the world design, assemble, and fly a remote controlled aircraft to meet the design requirements for a given year's competition.The UIC’s DBF (Design/Build/Fly) Team built and flew two radio-controlled airplanes as they competed in three technical flight missions throughout the day. The missions included Gatorade transportation, timed flight and aircraft transportation, and delivery and assembly.“We were scored based on flight performance,” said Jameel Darwish, a sophomore…
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Professor Constantine Megaridis Awarded Grant from Kimberly
Industry Partnership Providing Students with Real-World Experience Researching Better Consumer ProductsWhat is the secret to developing a great product? Engineering! Mechanical and industrial engineers are continuously researching how to make items better, and that includes everyday consumer products. One outlet for companies to develop better products is by partnering with universities.At UIC’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), Professor Constantine Megaridis has developed a strong relationship with Kimberly-Clark, which produces products such as facial tissue, paper towels, toilet paper, baby diapers, feminine pads and disposable training pants. The company is a world leader in providing essentials for a better life, and its global brands can be found in more than 175 countries.Recently, Kimberly-Clark awarded Megaridis a grant for the…
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MIE Teams Awarded at 27th Annual Engineering EXPO
Student teams from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) displayed a wide variety of creativity, ingenuity, teamwork and intelligence during the 27th Annual Engineering EXPO on Friday, April 22, at the UIC Forum. The EXPO featured 119 senior design projects in 21 categories that solved real-world challenges with topics representing majors from all six departments in the College of Engineering. Seven of the first-place awards went to MIE teams, who impressed the guest judges from all areas of the engineering industry. All of the first-place teams were awarded $1,000. In the Design and Research Studies category, the team of Renan Braulino, Michael Bravo, Ana Escoto, and Matthew Pruett won for their project “Conveyer Design for Graphic Packaging.” The…
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Professor W.J. Minkowycz Celebrates 50 Years in the MIE Department
"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” - Pearl S. Buck, American writer and novelist Professor W.J. Minkowycz is the epitome of excellence. He doesn’t just enjoy his work; he loves it. And on March 16, the highly-awarded and immensely-respected professor celebrated his 50th year of service in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at UIC. Minkowycz, a resident of Park Ridge, Ill., started working at UIC on March 16, 1966, and during this time he has made significant contributions to the national and international professional community and to the University of Illinois at Chicago, encompassing research of the highest quality,…
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UIC Engineers Take Checkered Flag at Winter Baja 2016 Race
The freezing temperatures of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula couldn’t stop the red hot UIC Baja team from capturing the checkered flag at the annual Winter Baja 2016 hosted by Michigan Tech University on Saturday, Feb. 13. Along with the first place trophy, the UIC team burned up the track with the fastest lap time of the day — 3 minutes and 10 seconds — and dethroned the Iowa team that won the race the previous three years. “The entire field of teams were excited for the dynasty to be unseated. We hope this brings a renewed sense of fun to the competition,” said Justin Czok, president of UIC Motorsports, the College of Engineering’s student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers.…
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Professor Ken Brezinsky Awarded $551,631 AFOSR Grant
New Grant is One of Three as the Sole Principal Investigator in Less Than a Year Professor Kenneth Brezinsky is on a roll! The prolific researcher recently began work on a grant that is one of three received in less than a year for a total of nearly $1.3 million in research funding. The professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) is the sole principal investigator (PI) for all three awards. Each grant is for a different research project, but they all have a common thread - fuels for either aircraft engine or ground transportation. Brezinsky, who is the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the UIC College of Engineering, was awarded a $551,631 grant…
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Grad student honored for his research at Materials Research Society meeting
Graduate student Poya Yasaei recently received a Silver Graduate Student Award at the Materials Research Society (MRS) 2015 Fall Meeting in Boston. He was one of only 29 students in the world to be awarded Gold and Silver Awards and recognized for exceptional ability and promising future in materials research based on oral presentations given on Dec. 1, 2015. Silver Award winners receive a $200 prize and a certificate.Yasaei, who is working on his Ph.D. under the direction of Assistant Professor Amin Salehi-Khojin in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), was honored for his work on "Thermal Transport Across Individual Graphene Grain Boundaries."During the meeting, he had the opportunity to participate in the Special Talk Session and deliver…
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MIE Graduate Joseph Mates Selected as 2015-16 Outstanding UIC Thesis Winner
The UIC Graduate Awards Committee has selected Mechanical and Industrial Engineering student Joseph Mates’ thesis, “Tunable Multifunctional Nanomaterial & Polymer Composites: Nonwoven Applications,” as the Outstanding Thesis for 2015-2016 in the division of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. Mates will be awarded $750 and a plaque during the Graduate College’s Student Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Student Services Building. He is one of only four students college-wide to be selected and beat out seven students in his division for the highly-competitive award. Mates worked on his Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Constantine Megaridis in the Micro/Nanoscale Fluid Transport Laboratory at UIC. He was part of a team funded by federal and industrial…
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Mechanical Engineering Student Christian Gonzalez Helped Streamline Production for Popular Toy
Behind every good toy company is a team of engineers that brings innovative design and quality assurance to products loved by children around the world. For Radio Flyer Incorporated—maker of the original little red wagon, tricycle, and scooter—Christian Gonzalez (BS ’16), a mechanical engineering student at UIC’s College of Engineering, is one of those engineers. Radio Flyer’s products were a big part of Gonzalez’s childhood, so when he got the chance to intern at the company, he couldn’t pass it up. “Plus, when I tell people about it, everyone recognizes the brand. It’s pretty cool,” he says. During his internship at Radio Flyer’s headquarters on Chicago’s northwest side, Gonzalez redesigned the fixture used by the company to assemble its most…
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Professor Reza Shahbazian-Yassar Researching Smart Materials that can be Regulated by Temperature or Strain
Look at Chicago’s skyline and you will see giant towers of glass soaring hundreds of stories high. Imagine if all that glass could regulate the energy consumption in those buildings. From smart windows in skyscrapers to tiny molecular-scale devices that can be switched on and off at speeds of millions of a second, smart materials have high potential to revolutionize the way we live. It may sound too good to be true, but Associate Professor Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is leading a team that are researching the use of nanotechnology in metal-insulator transition materials that can impact the energy efficiency of buildings, development of ultrafast electronic switches,…
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New Program Helping MIE Freshmen Land Internships
Engineers solve problems. And the six departments that make up UIC’s College of Engineering developed a solution to put freshmen on the path to early success. It’s called the Freshman Engineering Success Program (FESP) , and it is designed to motivate and support students with their studies. It also rewards them with a guaranteed paid internship at the end of the year. The program, now in its third year, consists of a series of sessions and group projects encouraging students to learn more about their discipline and how to build an engineering sense by using their existing math and science skills. Throughout the year, the students participate in at least two general sessions, two team-based mini-projects, and are introduced to…
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Three MIE Students Awarded Chicago Consular Corps Scholarships
Students Poya Yasaei, Soumyadip Sett, and Panagiotis Bakos have been chosen to receive the Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship for the academic year 2015-2016 from the UIC Office of International Affairs (OIA). The three students will be awarded at OIA’s award ceremony on Nov. 18 at UIC. The ceremony coincides with the International Education Week celebration.The students in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students are three of only 15 successful applicants college-wide who received the award of $1,000, and have a minimum cumulative UIC GPA of 3.5 (on a 4-point scale). Nine scholarships were awarded to foreign students studying at UIC, and one scholarship was awarded to a U.S. national studying at UIC.Poya Yasaei is working on his Ph.D.…
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Professor Shahbazian-Yassar wins The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Young Leader Award
Congratulations to Professor Reza Shahbazian-Yassar on being named a recipient of the “2016 TMS SMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). He will be honored during a formal presentation on Feb. 15, 2016, during the 145th TMS Annual Meeting in Nashville.At the meeting, he will be among Structural Materials Division (SMD) award winners from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Chiao Tung University, Seoul National University, Oregon State University, and Lehigh University. Shahbazian-Yassar joined UIC’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in September as an associate professor, and his research interests include in situ transmission electron microscopy, energy storage and conversion, and nanomaterials for electronics and biomaterials. Before coming to UIC, he was an…
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MIE Student named finalist for prestigious Materials Research Society award
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering student Poya Yasaei is a winner. He has been selected as a finalist for the Graduate Student Award for the 2015 The Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting on Dec. 1 in Boston. He is one of only 29 students in the world to be selected for the award. Yasaei is working on his Ph.D. under the direction of Assistant Professor Amin Salehi-Khojin in the Nanomaterial and Energy System Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UIC. He is part of an interdisciplinary research group with the mission to advance the state of the knowledge at the boundary of science and engineering. The team pursues fundamental research in the field of advanced materials…
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Professor Alexander L. Yarin researching nanotechnology to make the world safer, healthier and more efficient
Dr. Alexander L. Yarin wants to make big changes in the world, and he’s researching nanotechnology to do it. Yarin, a University of Illinois at Chicago distinguished professor, is the director of The Multiscale Mechanics and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. In the lab, he supervises approximately a dozen postdoctoral researchers and graduate students who are each concentrating on unique research focused on fundamental and practical aspects of fluid and solid mechanics, especially at length scales ranging from a few millimeters down to the nanometer level. How small is a nanometer? “Nano” means one-billionth, therefore one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. It’s quite difficult to visualize how small that is, so think about these…
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Professor Michael J. Scott receives NSF grant to study ‘functional reasoning’
Professor Michael J. Scott was recently awarded nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled “Development of a Concept Inventory for Functional Reasoning.” He is heavily involved in the development and implementation of new curriculum, in particular for design related topics, in engineering at UIC. “The objective is to better the teaching and learning of the concept of function in mechanical engineering,” said Professor Scott. “The central learning goal is for students to be able to decompose a simple mechanical system and correctly analyze it in terms of the functions performed by its subsystems, components, and features.” The project takes functional reasoning as a starting point to tackle the issue of how to best prepare and retain…
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Professor Laxman Saggere awarded supplemental NSF-EFRI grant to continue research
Professor Laxman Saggere was recently awarded nearly $400,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation (EFRI) for a project entitled “EFRI-BSBA: Nanoactuation and Sensing of Neural Function for Engineering Future Biomimetic Retinal Implants and Therapies.” The funding is a supplement to his original 2009 EFRI grant and brings the total to approximately $2.4 million. “The research explores the feasibility of developing a novel retinal prosthesis for people who are blind due to photoreceptor degeneration,” said Professor Saggere. “Our goal is to develop a prosthesis that works by mimicking the functionality of normal photoreceptors lost due to retinal degenerative diseases that ultimately lead to blindness. In this biomimetic approach, we are stimulating the retinal neurons…
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Professors Yeow Siow and Jamison Szwalek successfully launch the MIE Department’s first Summer Engineering Camp to introduce students to engineering
Building a wind turbine out of blank CDs, thin cardboard, and Super Glue might not sound like the average summer activity for a ten year old, but professors at UIC’s College of Engineering hope to make it one.As part of a new summer camp hosted by the College’s mechanical and industrial engineering department, forty-three students ages ten to eighteen—split into two age-based tracks—spent a week on campus exploring the engineering world through hands-on activities, field trips, and tours of high-tech labs and design shops on UIC’s campus.More than half the campers had never heard of engineering. But that’s the point, said Yeow Siow, PhD, the camp’s director. “There was no eligibility requirement. We wanted to reach as many kids as…
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Professor Amin Salehi-Khojin continues groundbreaking research with a new National Science Foundation grant
Future energy sustainability and greenhouse gas mitigation would both benefit from man-made processes—especially one that does both at the same time. Following Professor Amin Salehi-Khojin's research at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the National Science Foundation awarded Salehi-Khojin with a grant for $329,793 to build on his previous breakthrough, bringing the entire process closer to commercial viability.Prior to his two-step catalysis process, electrocatalysis relied on expensive metals like gold or silver in the reduction reaction. Not only were these metals expensive, they were also limited in their results. With this new grant, Salehi-Khojin intends to advance knowledge in the design of earth-abundant electrocatalysts by building on his previous discovery of how transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) reduce carbon dioxide.To…
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Professor Ken Brezinsky continues vital research with a new National Science Foundation Grant
Professor Ken Brezinsky was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his research on the "High Pressure Ring Contraction of Cyclic Hydrocarbons." This project studies the behavior of some basic fuels under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions (typical in engines and power plane combustors), such as how fast/slow the fuel molecules will be fragmenting or contracting. The results have the relevance on how soot particulates might form under these conditions, and thus help to develop cleaner combustion technology. Graduate students from under-represented groups will be involved in the research activities. The objective of the proposal is to measure the pressure-dependence of cyclization vs. beta scission branching fraction of midsize alkenyl radicals. Using a shock tube, the…
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Professor Jeremiah Abiade awarded grant from the National Science Foundation to continue research
Professor Jeremiah Abiade was recently awarded a $290,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his research on, "Collaborative Research: Size-effect driven nanoparticle ferromagnetism." The research objective of this proposal is to test the hypothesis that reducing the dimensions of certain normally diamagnetic metals to the nanoscale can result in ferromagnetism. Reports of ferromagnetism in noble metal nanoparticles like gold are considered controversial because the findings contradict well-established physics. Laser-processing techniques are being used to synthesize nanoparticle samples of noble metals like gold, silver and palladium of desired sizes in oxide thin films. Deposition of the nanoparticles in nonmagnetic oxide thin films simultaneously provides synthesis, suppressed agglomeration, and in-situ passivation of the nanoparticles by the oxide thin films (magnesia,…
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MIE undergraduate Martin Weith listed as third author of published study featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry
When Martin Weith, an undergraduate senior in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, was looking for something to fill his ME 392 class (a technical elective course that is required to graduate), he came across the opportunity to do research in Professor Alexander Yarin’s laboratory over the summer (of 2014). Weith, who is considering a career in research when he graduates, thought this would be an excellent way to find out what the job is like. After speaking with Professor Yarin and his team, Weith passed the interview and actively jumped in to the research project, which focused on creating a breathable, biodegradable “band-aid” to prevent vines (like grape vines) from being attacked by fungi after they have been pruned.By…
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Times of India Highlights UIC Engineering Research
"The phenomenon of water droplets accumulating on a lotus leaf, then rolling off is due to its non-wettable surface. The leaf has tiny hair nanostructures that reduce contact between its surface and water, offering very little resistance to the movement of droplets. Gravity or a gentle movement of the leaf can propel the droplets." Aritra Ghosh, a Ph.D. student of Professor Constantine Megaridis, spoke to the Times of India about how a curiosity from his childhood lead to his joining Megaridis' team in developing technology that can potentially revolutionize industries from medical diagnostics to power supply. Most importantly, for people living in extremely arid and water-scarce areas, this technology could change their entire way of living. Read more »
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MIE, New Energy Innovations, Inc. Announce Collaboration
The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UIC announced they have entered into an agreement with New Energy Innovations, Inc., to enhance the traffic-powered sustainable source of clean energy at intersections, municipalities, airport entrances, toll booths, as well as entrance and exit ramps, nationwide. Ralph A. Black, creator and inventor of the patented Traffic Powered Renewable Energy System (TPRES™), along with Chief Technical Officer and co-inventor, Asad Ali, have worked closely together on the design and effectiveness of this renewable energy system. The UIC Senior Mechanical Engineering and Design Team will be working on optimizing the best mechanical system.Learn more about the collaboration in the press announcement: Read more »See the prototype video: View here »
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Professor Alexander Yarin talks about his research on soy nanofibers to the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals
In a recent issue of the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) Review, the journal took on the subject of soy in America. Although this crop is among the most popular to grow, the 82.1 million tons produced last year, according to the American Soybean Association, isn’t just being used in consumables, but it’s being spun into many unique kinds of emerging technology. The bulk of the harvested soybeans are extracted for oil, and leave behind a high-protein soy fiber. Although some of this gets used to feed livestock, there is far more fiber and protein than there are animals to eat it, so what can be done with the leftovers? As it turns out, even the leftovers…
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MIE undergraduate student received the prestigious 2014-2015 Garland Duncan Scholarship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation
MIE undergraduate student Thomas Derrig received the prestigious 2014-2015 Garland Duncan Scholarship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation. This scholarship, which enables students pursuing an educational program in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology, is awarded to a select number of qualified students based on their leadership, scholastic ability, potential contribution to the mechanical engineering profession and financial need. Derrig, who is a senior pursuing the mechanical engineering track, and was the 2013-2014 ASME President at MIE, placed first for this scholarship, and plans to graduate in Spring 2015. "I am honored to win a scholarship that will help me achieve my goal of becoming a professional engineer who uses creative problem solving skills to generate innovative solutions,"…
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Professor Ahmed Shabana receives the 2014 ASME Design Engineering Division’s Robert E. Abbott Award
Professor Ahmed Shabana receives the 2014 ASME Design Engineering Division's Robert E. Abbott Award. This recent award is a Lifetime Service Award that recognizes a Society Member who has served the Design Engineering Division beyond the call of duty. It honors valued services on behalf of the Division, the Society, and the Engineering Profession. Professor Shabana has focused his interests in the areas of computational dynamics, vibration and control of multibody systems that consist of interconnected rigid and deformable bodies. His research also includes the integration of finite element, computational geometry, and multibody system algorithms as well as on the integration of computer aided design and analysis (ICADA)
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MIE Ph.D. student Jia Luo receives the 2014 Link Fellowship for haptics-based cataract surgery simulator
Congratulations to Jia Luo on winning the 2014 Link Foundation Fellowship for Advanced Simulation and Training. "My research focuses on the design and implementation of a haptics-based cataract surgery simulator," said Luo, pictured with his advisers Drs. Prashant Banerjee (right) and Cristian Luciano. Luo is a 4th-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Banerjee's Industrial Virtual Reality Institute Laboratory. Although there are several cataract simulators currently available, none of them currently incorporate tactile feedback, a feature that could provide more realistic operative experience for ophthalmology/surgical residents. Luo's research aims to produce a haptics-based cataract simulator to provide medical schools with an efficient training tool--that improves their residents’ tactile and psychomotor skills. Utilizing this simulator can also potentially reduce the need for expensive pig…
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Supersonic spray delivers high-quality graphene layer
Graphene is a two-dimensional wonder-material that has the potential to change the face of engineering. It is made of a single layer of carbon atoms, is strong, transparent, and conducts electricity excellently. It has potential in a wide range of applications, such as reinforcing and lending electrical properties to plastics; creating denser, faster integrated circuits, and even building better touch screens.Although it seems like a fairytale come true, there is one slight problem that has prevented graphene from world domination—it literally falls apart at large-scale production. “Normally, graphene is produced in small flakes, and even these small flakes have defects,” said Alexander Yarin, researcher and distinguished professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. What is worse is when…
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UIC AIAA Club Flies High at Hamilton Elementary—Brings engineering expertise to CPS students
When Hamilton Elementary School 4th and 5th grade decided to have their first paper airplane contest, they reached out to MIE—to see if any engineers could help their students craft the best paper airplanes. Three MIE students and members of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics club, Kyriakos Anastasopoulos, Collin Brady and Oliver Sanchez, rose to the occasion, heading to Hamilton Elementary on April 22, 2014 to guide Hamilton's students in their preparations. "They [the students] were so excited to learn about how you may use engineering in your careers, and are hooked on making different planes with the suggestions you gave to them," said Kerrie Rovito, 4th-8th Grade Science Teacher at Hamilton. Along with helping the Hamilton Elementary…
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2013

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MIE Professor Stephen Choi passed away on Friday, January 18, 2013
Professor Stephen U. S. Choi passed away on Friday, January 18, 2013, after battling cancer. He was kind and generous colleague, and a gifted scientist. He will be sorely missed.Dr. Choi joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UIC in August of 2006 as a Research Professor. Dr. Choi received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the UC, Berkeley, and was recently named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Prior to coming to UIC, Dr. Choi was at the Energy and Environment Division, at Argonne National Laboratory conducting research, primarily in advanced fluids. He was also Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and a Nuclear Staff at Bechtel Power Corporation in San Francisco.Dr. Choi’s…
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Assistant Professor Matthew Bolton receives new grant
Congratulations to Prof Matthew Bolton on receiving the following NASA grant through University of Virginia. Matthew joined the MIE Department in August 2012.Title: NEXTGENAA: Integrated Model Checking and Simulation of NextGen Authority and AutonomyNASA Ames Research Center - University of Virginia - $77,931Period: 10/1/12-10/31/13NextGen systems are envisioned to be composed of human and automated agents interacting with dynamic flexibility in the allocation of authority and autonomy. The analysis of such concepts of operation requires methods for verifying and validating that the range of roles and responsibilities potentially assignable to the human and automated agents does not lead to unsafe situations. Agent-based simulation has shown promise toward modeling such complexity but requires a tradeoff between fidelity and the number of simulation…
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Professor Alexander Yarin receives two new grants
Title: Spinning Oriented Nanofibers that are Below 50 Nanometers Source: Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center at NC State Amount: $150,000 Period: 1/1/13-12/31/15 The project aims at fundamental study and modification of solution blowing process recently introduced by Yarin's group as a means for the rapid formation of polymer nanofibers from polymer solutions.In the present project, the aim is to produce the nanofibers in the range 20-50 nm on demand. This will be achieved by supersonic blowing based on the de Laval (converging-diverging) nozzles Title: Characterization of Rheological Behavior of Gypsum Slurries, Joint Compounds, and other Material Blends Source: United States Gypsum (USG) Amount: $150,000 Period: 1/1/13-12/31/13 Rheological characterization of joint compounds and foams using the methods introduced by Yarin's group. Study…
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Professor Constantine Megaridis receives two new grants
Title: "PVDF Multifunctional Microfiber Spunbond Nonwovens"Source: Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC), NC StateAmount: $150,000Period: 1/1/13-12/31/15The study combines the ability to manufacture high-surface-area, high-strength, all-PVDF or PVDF-based nonwovens with recently developed methods capable of decorating the surface of PVDF fibers with macromolecules or thin conformal films, each adding a specific functionality. The functionalization approaches will be used to demonstrate high-performance multifunctional filters.Title: "Development and Optimization of Wettability Patterns for Efficient Water Collection from the Atmosphere"Source: NBD NanoAmount: $106,000Period: 12/15/12-12/14/13This research program concentrates on water collection from the atmosphere by means of superhydrophobic/hydrophilic patterns. The patterns will be optimized for maximum water vapor condensation rates. In addition, we will synthesize uniform coatings with varying degree of repellency and self-cleaning ability to examine…
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MIE students win Chicago Consular Corps Scholarships
The Chicago Consular Corps Scholarships 2012 -2013 were awarded to three MIE students, Seongchul Jun, Pahola Thathiana Benavides and Behzad Aghababazadeh. The prestigious scholarships are awarded to nine UIC students each year. Eligibility is limited to students who have a minimum cumulative UIC GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The recipients receive $1,000 scholarships. Behzad is a student of Dr. Ryan in the Master of Energy Engineering program Pahola is a graduate student of Dr. Diwekar Seongchul is a graduate student of Dr. Yarin
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MIE student Sudhanshu Jain wins Aeronautical Award
MIE student Sudhanshu Jain has been selected as the recipient of this year's Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics.This award is for his paper "Ignition and combustion characteristics of renewable fuels blended with conventional fuels" which was judged to be of outstanding quality.AIAA will pay his airfare and other expenses to attend the 2013 Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit where he will be presented with the medallion. This will also be announced in Aerospace America. The award also recognizes the faculty advisor of the winner who is professor Suresh Aggarwal. 
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2012

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Dr. Cristian Luciano and his UIC team win 1st prize at the 12th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare
A clinical validation experiment of the ImmersiveTouch ventriculostomy simulator developed by MIE research assistant professor Cristian Luciano has been awarded the 1st Prize at the 12th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (Jan 2012). Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this study was conducted by the Dr. Allan L. and Mary L. Graham Clinical Performance Center (CPC) at UIC, organized by the Director of CPC, Dr. Rachel Yudkowsdky. Comparing the performance of neurosurgery residents from four institutions (University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Rush and UIC) on both the simulator and live patients, this validation effectively proved that “Ventriculostomy practice on a library of virtual brains using a VR/Haptic simulator improves simulator and surgical outcomes”, as…
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– MIE Professor Rodica Baranescu Establishes Award for Technical and Leadership Excellence in Commercial Vehicle Engineering
MIE Professor, Dr. Rodica Baranescu establishes an award to celebrate the successes of women in the engineering profession and to recognize their leadership and technical contributions in the Commercial Vehicle Engineering sector. The award serves to broaden the awareness of the reach and impact of women working in the mobility engineering profession. Established in 2011, the award was enabled by a gift from Dr. Rodica Baranescu, an SAE Fellow, past president of SAE international, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. The award consists of a framed certificate and a trophy.
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Professor Stephen Choi Elected Fellow of ASME
Dear faculty and staff,I just received the news that Dr. Stephen Choi has been elected a Fellow of ASME. Out of the total of 112,884 ASME members, less than 2.8 percent are able to be recognized at this ultimate rank of Fellows. Please join me to congratulate Steve.Best regards, FarzadThe following information is from the ASME website: "A Fellow is a member who has attained a grade of distinction. At the time of advancement, a Fellow must be a corporate-level member of the Society, shall have been responsible for significant engineering achievements, and shall have no less than 10 years of active practice and 10 years of continuous corporate membership in ASME."
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Professor Constantine Megaridis Selected University Scholar
Dear faculty and staff,I am very pleased to announce that our colleague Dino Megaridis has been selected as a University Scholar for 2012-2013. This is a prestigious award that is given to only a few members of the University annually. Please join me to congratulate Dino on receiving this award.Sincerely,Farzad MashayekPer the Chancellor's congratulatory letter: "The University Scholar program is designed to identify outstanding faculty who are among the very best in their fields."
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UIC AIAA Student Organization Performs Admirably at Design/Build/Fly Competition
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student organization performed well at the Design/Build/Fly competition in Wichita, KS over the weekend of April 13-15, 2012. The purpose of the competition is to give undergraduate students hands on experience with designing an aircraft. The competition consists of three different “missions”. Mission 1, where speed is tested by flying as many laps as possible within a specified period of time (4 minutes), was completed successfully. According to Bryan Whittington, a student in the Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department at UIC and AIAA Build Project Manager, “the plane was making tight turns and managed to complete six full laps”. Mission 2, where payload endurance is tested while fully loaded, was again completed…
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2011

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Pi Tau Sigma Convention a Smashing Success
The Pi Tau Sigma National Convention is an annual event where PTS chapters from across the nation, and occasionally from outside the nation, meet to discuss national agenda items as well as update the national board on the status of their chapter. In addition to the convention, chapters often get to tour the hosting chapter's school as well as hear corporate speakers discuss their experiences.On February 11th-13th our very own UIC Alpha Sigma chapter of PTS hosted the 90th National Convention. The convention was an immense success with sponsorship from ITW, Caterpillar, GE, Schlumberger, Boeing, ITT, and Navistar. Attendance was above 225 with students and advisors attending events. Convention events included corporate presentations, UIC lab tours, a career fair, and…
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Professor Ahmed Shabana Appointed Editor-in-Chief of ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics
Dr. Shabana's appointment started January 1, 2011.The purpose of the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics is to provide a medium for rapid dissemination of original research results in theoretical as well as applied computational and nonlinear dynamics. The journal serves as a forum for the exchange of new ideas and applications in computational, rigid and flexible multi-body system dynamics and all aspects (analytical, numerical, and experimental) of dynamics associated with nonlinear systems. The broad scope of the journal encompasses all computational and nonlinear problems occurring in aeronautical, biological, electrical, mechanical, physical, and structural systems.
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Professor Rodica A. Baranescu Receives 2011 Donald Ableson Visionary Leadership Award
Rodica Baranescu is a mechanical engineer who started her professional and academic career in her native country-Romania, before immigrating to the United States in 1980. Prior to retiring in 2011, Baranescu was Chief Engineer in Engine Performance Analysis at the Technical Center of Engine and Foundry Division of Navistar International Transportation Corp. Her responsibilities included leadership and coordination of research and development activities in diesel engines for truck applications,simulation and modeling of combustion, emissions, processes and systems in diesel engines, evaluation and development of alternative fuels for heavy-duty engines.Baranescu has authored several technical papers in the field of diesel engines: performance and emission optimization of diesel engines, assessment of alternative fuels potential for automotive applications, simulation analysis of engine processes, statistical optimization of enginedesign, etc.…
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Professor Constantine Megaridis Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
October 2011: Dr. Megaridis has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Election to APS Fellowship is limited to no more than 0.5% of the APS membership and reflects recognition by one's peers of outstanding contributions to physics. The citation for Dr. Megaridis's Fellowship reads: “For pioneering the development of thermophoretic sampling, as well as contributions to the fluid dynamics of droplet impact and the behavior of fluids in nanoenclosures.”
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Whitney Young High School Biodiesel Team (UIC Collaboration) Featured on ABC News
This project started when Anna Hernandez, a sophomore from Whitney Young HS, approached her teacher for help with a science fair project. That initial contact spawned a larger scale Whitney Young biodiesel team, who contacted MIE in the Fall of 2010. The UIC MIE department has donated time and space in one of our research labs to encourage the WY project. The project has been featured previously in UIC NEWS, on a local radio station, and also went on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. Brian Sievers, the faculty mentor for WY students, is an MIE alumnus.View the ABC news segment here
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Announcing the 2011 – 2012 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition
The UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) announces the predoctoral fellowship award competition for the 2011-2012 academic year.The mission of IESP is to advance interdisciplinary inquiry on the environment among the sciences and engineering, economics, social thought, and policy among UIC’s faculty and students, transmit workable solutions for environmental problem to the public sectors, and prepare the next generation of environmental decision-makers.Exciting thinking often lies at the borders of academic disciplines, including the many that have contributed to advances in environmental scholarship. For IESP fellowships, the program of study, the theme of the proposed research, and the methodologies to be used should seek to be interdisciplinary in nature. Interdisciplinary study is integrative, seeking to forge new models of…
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Whitney Young High School Biodiesel Project: Going Green with UIC Help
What started as a science fair project for student Ana Hernandez has grown into a biodiesel club as well as a collaborative effort with the UIC Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Ana and classmates Sabrina Kwan, Jacob Morley, Melissa Lin, and Jean Dubose have completed construction of a biodiesel processor that is now producing biodiesel fuel from donated used and new cooking oil. The department has provided a lab and start-up funds for the student project. Says Sievers (1991 BS, UIUC and 1998 MS, UIC), “The UIC faculty and graduate students are eager to help us as they plan to investigate the research possibilities of biodiesel. Whitney Young students and the UIC graduate students will perform tests of our…
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Paper Authored by Professor Laxman Saggere and Graduate Student Chris Pelzmann Wins First Place in ASME Competition
A poster/paper titled "Microassembly via Coordinated Manipulation of Objects Using a Multifingered Micromanipulator" authored by Dr. Saggere and his graduate student, Chris Pelzmann, won first place (out of over 150 posters/papers) in the ASME Society-Wide Micro & Nano Technology Forum competition at the 2011 ASME IMECE held in Denver, CO, earlier this week. This research is also expected to be featured in an upcoming issue of the ASME flagship magazine Mechanical Engineering (earlier publications on this research had previously received a wide media coverage in 2007 and a Best Paper award at another conference in 2009). The work is currently funded by the NSF Nanomanufacturing Program.
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2010

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Professor Constantine Megaridis receives a new NSF grant, “Collaborative Research: A Micropatterned Wettability Approach for Superior Boiling Heat Transfer Performance.”
Dr. Dino Megaridis has just received a new NSF award for the project "Collaborative Research: A Micropatterned Wettability Approach for Superior Boiling Heat Transfer Performance." This is a collaborative grant with Iowa State University and UIC's share (with Dino as the only participant) is $151,826. ABSTRACT CBET-1235867 PIs: Daniel Attinger (Iowa State Univ.) and C. Megaridis (UIC) The high heat transfer rates attained by boiling are necessary in many industrial applications that require high performance. Consequently, innovations in materials and processes for cost-effective and high performance boiling heat transfer are of immense interest. This collaborative project will develop a science base for the fabrication, modeling and optimization of a new class of surfaces for technical heat transfer materials. These surfaces…
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Professor Bill Ryan Wins 2011 E.K. Campbell Award of Merit
The E.K. Campbell Award, sponsored by the Life Members Club, is presented to an educator in recognition of outstanding service and achievement in teaching and/or research in subjects relating to the industry and professions represented by ASHRAE. The national ASHRAE organization gives this award to one person each year. Previous Award winners have included: 2010: Eckhard A. Groll, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University 2009: Judi Steciak, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho 2008: David B. Meredith, P.E Associate Professor Engineering Department - Pennsylvania State University ASHRAE, The American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 51,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing…
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UIC Start-Up ImmersiveTouch™ Gaining New Customers
A UIC start-up company, ImmersiveTouch™, founded by Dr. Pat Banerjee recently sold its SENSIMMER® haptic augmented VR surgical system to Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) in Memphis. The news was featured in the Memphis Daily News.
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Ph.D. Student Suman Sinha Ray Awarded Prestigious Award for Best Poster Presentation at the International Conference “Nanofibers for the 3rd Millenium” in Raleigh, NC.
The name of the conference was "Nanofibers for the 3rd Millennium". It was organised by Elmarco, Inc.and The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University at Raleigh, NC. The topic name was "Meltblowing: linear and nonlinear waves on viscoelastic polymer jets" and the abstract of the poster was: "The work is devoted to meltblown polymer jets. Polymer jets are experiencing strong stretching and flapping being subjected to the pulling action of a high speed surrounding axisymmetric gas jet. We show experimentally that bending perturbations of polymer melt jets are triggered by the surrounding turbulent eddies and enhanced by the distributed lift force acting on the jets. We study experimentally and theoretically/numerically the growth of bending perturbations of polymer jet in…
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Professor David He’s doctoral students, Jinghua Ma and Junda Zhu, Receive Prognostics and Health Management Society Awards
Two of Professor David He's doctoral students, Jinghua Ma and Junda Zhu, have each been awarded $1500 by the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society to make a presentation in the 2010 PHM Society Doctoral Consortium at the 2010 PHM Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 10, 2010. 10 out of 25 applications were awarded.The titles of their presentation are:Jinghua Ma: "Development of Integrated Prognostics: An Application to Hybrid Ceramic Bearing Life Prediction"Junda Zhu: "Full Ceramic Bearing Health Monitoring, Diagnostics and Prognostics with Acoustic Emission and Vibration Sensors"
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Professor Thomas Royston Receives $1,310,440 Grant
Title: The Audible Human ProjectDuration: 8/1/10 - 7/31/14Amount: $1,310,440PI: Royston. Rush University Medical Center Co-I's: Hansen Mansy, PhD, Richard Sandler, MD, Robert Balk, MD.Summary of project: The Visible Human Project (VHP) of the National Library of Medicine has catalyzed the development of advanced visualization software that has aided in anatomy education and has been an invaluable resource to biomedical researchers. It has aided in the development of numerous technologies, with applications spanning from improving imaging technology to simulating surgical procedures.Our long-term goal is to develop a comparable "Audible Human Project" (AHP). This would accurately simulate the production, transmission and noninvasive measurement of naturally-occurring sounds associated with cardiovascular, pulmonary and gastro-intestinal function. It would also model externally introduced sounds, for example…
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Memorial Held for MIE Graduate Student Olubusayo Awomolo
A memorial service was held for MIE graduate student Olubasayo Awomolo on Monday, December 6, from 12pm to 1pm in the Mechanical and Industrial Enginnering atrium. The memorial was attended by members of Olubusayo's family, UIC faculty and students, and representatives from local news media. Olubasayo was a current graduate student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at UIC, and he had previously earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UIC. He was murdered, tragically, on November 29, 2010. For more information about the memorial, click here: 'Slain Grad Student Remembered at Memorial' For the full news story, click here: 'Engineering Faculty, Classmates Stunned by Murder of Graduate Student'
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MIE Honors Professor Faydor L. Litvin’s Contribution
Director of Gear Research CenterOctober 16, 2009A workshop was held to honor Professor Faydor Litvin's contributions in the fields of mechanism and gear mechanics. Professor Litvin has been one the most recognized researchers and educators in this field and has developed new techniques for the study of gear geometry. He has published several highly cited books and research papers that document his pioneering work. He has also received many awards in recognition of his contributions. Many experts from federal laboratories and industry as well as Professor Litvin's former students attended the 2009 UIC Workshop on Gear Mechanics held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on October 16, 2009 to express their appreciation and acknowledge his significant contributions. The participants…
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2008

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Professor Prashant Banerjee Receives $386,865 Grants From NIH
AbstractExtensions to our collocated virtual reality and haptic techniques for simulation of a common form of brain surgery, ventriculostomy, will be explored to research a new simulator for a common step of spinal surgery, pedicle screw placement. We will help "improve health" by evaluating the spine surgery simulator for its realism and its effectiveness in teaching. Within the context of our simulator, the research involves exploring new surface deformation model for the deformability of skin over the spine and apply it to the insertion of pedicle screws through the skin in minimally invasive surgery, volumetric modeling to investigate accurate conversion of MRI data into 3D anatomical models, and simulation of real-time volume removal of bone during cutting or drilling operations.
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2007

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Professor Thomas J. Royston Named Fellow of ASME
Professor Thomas J. Royston, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his "significant research contributions in the area of structural acoustics and vibration, with applications in medical diagnostics, active sound and vibration control, musical instruments, nondestructive testing and high-precision instrument isolation". This brings the total number of Fellows in the MIE department to 15.
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Professor Sabri Cetin Awarded Fifth Patent
Professor Cetin has been awarded his fifth patent.United States Patent US 7,201,096 B2 was granted on April 10, 2007.The title is "Linear Motor Having a Magnetically Based Neutral Position "Abstract:The patent was awarded for a new innovative design of a direct drive linear electric motor with applications in programmable motion control systems and hydraulic valves. This is Professor Cetin's fifth patent.Inventors are Professor Sabri Cetin et al..
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2006

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Professor Suresh K. Aggarwal Named Fellow of ASME
Professor Suresh K. Aggarwal, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This brings the total number of Fellows in the MIE department to 10.Dr. Aggarwal is a distinguished educator and researcher with an outstanding record of accomplishments in teaching, research, and service during the past 25 years. He has made major contributions in the areas of multiphase flows and combustion, with more than 90 peer-reviewed journal publications and 200 conference papers, and received the University of Illinois Scholar Award and the Faculty Research Award. His educational accomplishments include the mentoring of a large number of graduate students, establishment of an active international student exchange program, development…
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Spring 2006 Meetings of ASME Design Engineering Division at ER
The Spring 2006 meetings of the Executive Committee, General Committee and Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound of the ASME Design Engineering Division were held at ERF on Sunday, March 19, 2006. These meetings are held annually in conjunction with the National Manufacturing Week Conferences and Show, March 20-23, 2006 that moved to Rosemont Convention Center this year fromMcCormick Place.http://www.manufacturingweek.com/ .Many prominent people in the design area from across the country attended these meetings. Several others joined in through teleconferencing.Several MIE faculty members who are active in the Design Engineering Division were in attendance: Krishna Gupta (Division Chairman), Laxman Saggere (Chairman of the Technical Committee on Micro & Nano Systems), Ahmed Shabana (Division Secretary) and Tom Royston (Member of the…
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Professor Farid Amirouche Invited by the National Academies of Science
Prof. Farid Amirouche invited by the National Academies of Science which invited 100 key reserachers in the US by reviewing individual proposals and CVs of a large number of researchers( see link). The 100 people include a combination of engineers, medical doctors, and scientists to address the question of how to make prosthesis smart or simply how to connect the brain to prosthesis. Prof. Amirouche is one of the speakers and will be in the group focusing on smart prostheis. Approximately 100 active researchers in the United States have been invited to attend the conference, with representation from science, social science, engineering and medical disciplines. The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative will pay all travel expenses, including lodging and meals,…
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Professor Ahmed Shabana Receives $3 Million Grants From FRA and ARO
Two federally funded projects from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) of the amount $3,012,059 were received to support research in the area of large scale computations. The titles and brief descriptions of these two projects are as follows:Enhancement and Development of Railroad Vehicle Dynamics Simulation Capabilities Federal Railroad Administration, 2006-2011.This is a second phase of a research project supported by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to develop and enhance comprehensive computational algorithms and capabilities for the nonlinear dynamic simulations of large scale high speed railroad vehicle systems. The goal of this research project is to provide FRA and the railroad industry with new capabilities for accurate prediction of the nonlinear dynamics behavior, vehicle…
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2005

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Professor Laxman Saggere Wins NSF CAREER Award
The Department is pleased to announce that Laxman Saggere, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected to receive the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for 2005. The NSF’s CAREER Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21 st century. CAREER awardees are selected on the basis of creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their university. Professor Saggere will be awarded $400,000 over five years for his proposal entitled: "A Biomimetic Microsystems Technology towards a Novel Retinal Prosthesis," an effort to develop a technology…
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Professor Ahmed Shabana Named Richard and Loan Hill Professor
Ahmed Shabana named the Richard and Loan Hill Professor On April 14th, 2005, the College of Engineering announced the recipients of the first two Richard and Loan Hill Professorships of Engineering in the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department one of the Professorships were given to Professor Ahmed Shabana by Chancellor Sylvia Manning and Richard Hill. Ahmed Shabana, a Professor of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1982 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow there before joining UIC in Fall 1983. He is internationally known for his research contributions in the areas of large scale computations as applied to dynamic and multi-body systems such as…
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Professor Farid Amirouche Named University Scholar
Farid Amirouche Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Professor, Department of BioengineeringCollege of EngineeringProfessor Amirouche joined UIC after completing his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati in 1984. Sine then, he has gained national recognition for research in mechanical systems dynamics. Today, he is widely recognized for his work with flexible multi-body systems. His research concepts and inventions give drivers a solution to fatigue and chronic back pain, and aid doctors and patients in total knee replacement surgery and faster recovery.Amirouche has also used his work to minimize traffic congestion. In 2002, UIC and the University of California at Berkeley were awarded $300,000 to investigate dedicated routes for automated vehicles, a solution for clearing Chicago’s congested roads. Amirouche conducted…
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Dr. Rodica A. Baranescu, National Academy Member Joins MIE Faculty
Dear Colleagues:I am delighted to inform you that Dr. Rodica Baranescu from the International Truck and Engine Corporation, has accepted a position as a Professor in the College of Engineering effective Aug. 16, 2005. Her appointment would be 25% in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She is the second Member of the National Academy of Engineering who has joined our UIC College of Engineering faculty this year. Dr. Baranescu received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1961 and 1970 respectively from Politehnica University in Bucharest Romania, where she also served as Assistant Professor (1964-68), Lecturer (1970-74), and Associate Professor (1974-78).She is currently Manager of the Fuels and Lubricants and Engine Group of the International Truck…
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Professor Cetin Awarded Fourth Patent
Professor Cetin has been awarded his fourth patent.United States Patent 6,917,867 was granted on July 12, 2005.The title is "Operator Input Device with Tactile Feedback using force or torque as resistance to the user"Abstract:The patent is on the subject of providing operator input devices with tactile feedback using force or torque as resistance to the user. The device is applicable in computer controlled mechanical systems, in particular X-by-wire systems used in automotive applications, construction equipment, fly-by-wire systems and virtual robotic surgery. Earlier patents of Professor Cetin are in the field of computer controller electro-hydraulic systems, with primary applications in energy efficient construction equipment.Inventors are Professor Sabri Cetin and his graduate students.The Assignees are Caterpillar Inc. Peoria, IL (US); University of Illinois…
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Professor Ahmed Shabana Named Richard and Loan Hill Professor
Ahmed Shabana named the Richard and Loan Hill Professor On April 14th, 2005, the College of Engineering announced the recipients of the first two Richard and Loan Hill Professorships of Engineering in the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department one of the Professorships were given to Professor Ahmed Shabana by Chancellor Sylvia Manning and Richard Hill. Ahmed Shabana, a Professor of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1982 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow there before joining UIC in Fall 1983. He is internationally known for his research contributions in the areas of large scale computations as applied to dynamic and multi-body systems such as…
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Winners of the 2005 Northrop Grumman MIE Undergraduate Research Scholarship
The two winners are: Mr. Michael Remke and Mr. John Pucek. These two applications were ranked highest by the MIE UG Student Advisory Board and confirmed by the MIE UG Faculty Committee. We thank all the applicants for their efforts. We also thank the UGSAB for carefully reviewing the applications.Mr. Remke's project is entitled: "Computation Fluid Dynamic Analysis of a Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine"Mr. Pucek's project is entitled: "Microphone Emulation"Rules:Through the generosity of Northrop Grumman, we are pleased to announce two undergraduate scholarships to be awarded Spring 2005. Two undergraduate students from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering will be awarded $1500 each. The scholarship will be based on academic standing, extra curricular activity, and a proposed undergraduate research project…
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2004

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Professor Faydor L. Litvin Wins ASME’s Thomas Edison Award.
Dear Colleagues: I am pleased to inform you that College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Emeritus Faydor L. Litvin has won ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Thomas A. Edison award for his patent "Apparatus and Method for Precision Grinding Face Gear". This patent revolutionized the manufacturability and achievable quality of hardened face gears and reduces weight of helicopter transmissions. The Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, which was established in 1997, is given yearly to one individual for a patented device or process with the potential to enhance some aspect of mechanical engineering. Professor Litvin will receive the award on Monday, November 15, 2004 at ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Anaheim, CA. Congratulations to Professor Litvin for receiving the Edison…
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Professor Ahmed Shabana Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science in Technology from Lappeenranta University of Technology
Dear MIE Faculty:I am pleased to inform you the Professor Ahmed Shabana has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science in Technology from Lappeenranta University of Technology. This award, given on May 28th, 2004, was given for "significant scientific work in the field of multibody dynamics and machine simulation as well as for supporting our university (Lappeenranta) in the development of research at the Department of Mechanical Engineering."Congratulations Ahmed!Sincerely,Bill Worek
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Engineering Expo 2004 Winners
Pictured (from left to right): Professor Worek, Jason Wennerberg, Matthew Matuzas, Robert Kleiber, Professor Amirouche Pictured (from left to right): Professor Worek, Irma Romiti, Mike Kabakov, Robert Kleiber, Professor Amirouche Pictured (from left to right): Professor Worek, Shailin Patel, Robert Kleiber, Professor Amirouche
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2003

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ASME Design Division Committee Meetings at ERF
For the second year in a row, the annual Winter/Spring Committee Meetings of the ASME Design Division were held at ERF facilities (ERF 1043, 1047, 3041). The meetings held were those of the Executive Committee, General Committee, International Activity Committee, Vibration and Sound Committee and Design Education Committee. Almost 30 participants from academia and industry from across the country participated in these committee meetings. These committee meetings are always held in March in Chicago in conjunction with the National Manufacturing Week show and conferences, and ASME Design Division plays a major role in the conference portion of NMW activities. Before UIC was tapped for these meetings last year, these meetings were held in McCormick Place for decades. However, the participants…
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Professor Farid Amirouche Speaker at UNESCO World Academy of Biomedical Technologies
Professor Farid M. Amirouche will be an invited speaker at the World Academy of Biomedical Technologies (WABT)during the Bio Nanotechnologies and Drugs meeting on May 27, 2003 in Paris, France. Professor Amirouche will be presenting a paper entitled "Bone Cell Mechanics". He is also serving on the Chairman Coordinators Committee for the Micro and Nanotechnologies for Medicine and Surgery meeting held May 26, 2003. Founded in 1997, the objective of the Academy is to create a forum where scientists, engineers, doctors and industrial leaders etc. can exchange views in a cooperative manner to assist in discoveries and transfer of information in the field of biomedical technologies, for the benefit of mankind. One important purpose of the Academy is to promote…
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Professor Farid Amirouche Keynote Speaker at International Congress on Sports Dynamics – ICSD 2003
Professor Farid M. Amirouche will be a keynote speaker at the International Congress on Sports Dynamics - ICSD 2003, September 1-3, 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. His talk will be entitled "The Fitting of Human Joints During Arthoplasty and Sports".The inaugural International Congress on Sports Dynamics, ICSD 2003 aims to provide an international forum for engineers and scientists from around the world who are involved in Sports Dynamics research. The Congress will enable the participants to present and discuss latest trends and findings and to learn about the state-of-the-art in their particular field(s) of interest. Sports Dynamics focuses on the sports, athletes and technology used thus providing scope for interdisciplinary collaboration between various engineering disciplines and diversified areas of sciences such…
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Arana and Bayer Recipient of Chancellor’s 2003 Student Service Award
Claudya Arana and Ilker Bayer, graduate students in Mechanical Engineering, have been selected recipients of the Chancellor's Student Service Award for 2003. This award is given annually to students who have devoted their time and energy through exceptional volunteer service. Aranda and Bayer will be given an award by Chancellor Sylvia Manning at a ceremony on April 14, 2003. Bayer is a member of the New Life Voluteering Society of UIC and the Integritas Institute.
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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award Recipients
Two MIE graduate students have recently been awarded NSF Fellowships. Claudya Arana (BS ME, 02) has received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award, and Andrew Lock (BS ME, 02) has received an Honorable Mention. Both are currently working in Prof. Ishwar Puri's laboratory on problems related to pollutant mitigation from chemically reacting flows and nanoparticle formation in these flows.NSF Graduate Fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study including a stipend for a 12-month tenure and an annual cost-of-education allowance paid to the Fellow's institution in lieu of tuition and fees. There are 900 total awards across various social science, science and engineering disciplines each year. NSF made 284 Fellowship Awards in engineering out of a pool…
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2002

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Professor Sabri Cetin Awarded Third Patent
Professor Cetin has been awarded his third patent.United States Patent 6,459,976 was granted on October 1, 2002.The title is "Method and System for Controlling Steady-state Speed of Hydraulic Cylinders in an Electrohydraulic System."Abstract:A method and system for controlling the steady-state speed of a cylinder in an electrohydraulic system having multiple cylinders includes a plurality of levers for controlling each of the cylinders. A controller, in communication with the levers and the hydraulic cylinders, has a limited number of parameters defining at least one desired relationship between steady-state speed and lever position for each of the cylinders stored therein. The controller further determines a current desired relationship for each of the cylinders from the associated at least one desired relationships. Upon…
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Professor Constantine Megaridis’ Team’s Research Published in IEEE Journal
The paper "Fine-Line Conductor Manufacturing Using Advanced Drop-On-Demand PZT Printing Technology," written by J. B. Szczech, C. M. Megaridis, D. R. Gamota and J. Zhang, has been published in the January 2002 issue of IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing.The cover of this issue (left) shows an illustration of the selective metallization process developed by Ph.D. student John Szczech, in collaboration with Drs. D. Gamota and J. Zhang of Motorola. The process utilizes drop-on-demand ink jet printing and recent developments in non-particle fluid suspensions to fabricate file-line circuit interconnects. On the left of the shown image is an optimized jetting condition and an example (bottom left) of a trace it is capable of fabricating. The condition on the right depicts…
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Professor Farid Amirouche Initiates Vehicle Highway Automation Systems Project
The University of Illinois at Chicago has participated in a significant number of intelligent transportation systems initiatives in the last decade. Beginning with ADVANCE, a vehicle navigation project led by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and continuing with ongoing initiatives to provide systems engineering support for the development of Traffic Management Centers in Northeastern Illinois, the University has played an active role in intelligent transportation systems research and design.Recently Professor Farid M. Amirouche of the College of Engineering initiated a joint effort with the University of California at Berkeley to perform an analysis and estimate system benefits for two vehicle highway automation systems projects dealing with the specific needs of the Chicago area. Working with the Chicago Area Transportation Study,…
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Professor Thomas Royston Named Recipient of the 2002 UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award
Professor Thomas J. Royston, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is recipient of the 2002 UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award. Royston will be honored at an awards dinner on April 26, 2002. Professor Royston's research interests include structural acoustics and vibration, nonlinear dynamics, smart material systems & structures, medical diagnostics based on vibration and acoustics, musical instrument acoustics, nondestructive evaluation based on vibration and acoustics, and vibration isolation. Professor Royston is director of the Acoustics and Vibrations Laboratory, a state of the art research and educational facility involved in theoretical, computational and experimental analysis and design. Team members work on both basic and applied research projects for government, private and industrial sponsors…
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Professor Farid Amirouche Nominated UIC Inventor of the Year
Professor Farid M. Amirouche was nominated to receive the UIC Inventor of the Year 2002 Award. He was honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 as part of the TECHDAY2002 Conference organized by the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Candidates for this prestigious award must meet the following criteria: The nominee must be a full-time UIC faculty or staff member; The nominee must be a primary inventor or creator of a University of Illinois at Chicago technology which is patented or copyrighted and for which significant research effort conducted at UIC contributed to the advancement of knowledge in the field; and The technology has been developed into a product or process that has had…
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Professor Sabri Cetin Awarded Two Patents in 2002
Professor Sabri Cetin has been awarded two new patents in 2001-2002.United States Patent 6,330,502 was granted on December 11, 2001. The title is "Method and system for selecting desired response of an electronic-controlled sub-system."Abstract: A method and system for altering operating behavior of a sub-system component of a machine to suit a user's preference includes a database for storing a plurality of parameters associated with the operating behavior of the sub-system component. The parameters have sets of values associated therewith wherein each set of values define one of a plurality of acceptable operating behaviors for the sub-system component. A sub-system controller receives a selection signal from the operator via a user interface selecting one of the set of values of the…
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Professor Constantine Megaridis Co-PI of New Nanotechnology Grant
Title: Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Teams: Carbon Nanopipes for Nanofluidic Devices and In-situ Fluid Studies Principal Investigator: Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University and Adjunct Professor, UIC) Co-PI(s): Constantine Megaridis (UIC) Haim Bau (University of Pennsylvania) Jean-Claude Bradley (Drexel University) Submitting Institution: Drexel University NSF Division of Chemical and Thermal Systems Period: 08/1/02-7-31/06 Abstract: Carbon nanotubes (nanopipes) offer a unique opportunity for fundamental studies of fluid transport in the spatial regime between molecular and continuum behavior. This research includes: (a) fabrication, characterization, and modification of carbon nanopipes, (b) performance of chemical and fluidic experiments, and (c) fabrication of experimental setups that would allow transport and measurements of various liquid flows in a controlled fashion. Both actuation and imaging of the fluid are done…
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Innovative New Course in Integrated Product Development
Prof. Michael J. Scott, working together with Prof. Stephen Melamed of the Department of Industrial Design in the College of Architecture & the Arts and Prof. Albert Page from the Marketing Faculty in the College of Business Administration, is piloting an innovative new course on Integrated Product Development IPD). Taught concurrently as AD420, ME494, and MKTG594, this year-long course focuses on the early stages of the product development process, from identifying market opportunities through initial prototyping. Teams consisting of 6-7 students from industrial design, engineering, and the MBA program work together to identify, research, and develop new product opportunities together with an industrial client sponsor. Eschewing the old sequential model of product development, in which a design idea originates in…
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MIE Undergraduate Andrew J. Lock Receives NASA Graduate Student Program Fellowship
Andrew J. Lock has been selected to receive the U of I Alumni Association 2002 Student Leadership Award. This is given to exceptional graduating seniors and this year only 50 of our nearly 3,000 graduates will receive this award. Chancellor Sylvia Manning will present the honor at the Student and Constituent Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 2.Lock is a Mechanical Engineering major planning to graduate with a BSME in May 2002. His undergraduate advisor is Professor Brianno Coller. Lock has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at UIC to work under Professor Ishwar K. Puri in his combustion laboratory. In conjunction with his acceptance into the Ph.D. progam at UIC, Lock was awarded a university fellowship as well. Previously he…
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