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Houshang Darabi Wins Excellence in Teaching Award
Each year, UIC honors some of its most dedicated and outstanding teachers with the Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winners, who receive a $5,000 salary increase, are selected by past recipients of the award from nominations made by departments and colleges. This year, MIE Professor Houshang Darabi was one of five faculty members throughout the university to be awarded. Many students are undecided as to what career path to take following graduation. But Houshang Darabi knew exactly the road he wanted to travel.“Sitting in class as an undergraduate student, I always wanted to switch places with my instructor,” Darabi said. “I would ask myself, ‘If I was teaching what would I do?’ Now that I’m doing it, I really…
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Registration is Open for Lunch with an Industrial Engineer
Registration is open for UIC’s annual Lunch with an Industrial Designer Engineering open house. Hosted by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the event is a set for Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the in the Engineering Research Facility (ERF), 842 W. Taylor St., Chicago.The free event is for area high school students and their parents/guardians to learn about our department's Industrial Engineering degree program, and the wide-range of careers open to graduates. The lunch will include an interactive information session, lab tours, and hands-on engineering challenges to learn how industrial engineers work in the real world. At the end of this exciting program, we…
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Professor Anand and Collaborators Develop New Way to Create Nanoscale Emulsions
Emulsions or oil-water mixtures are of common occurrence in our daily lives. “In- fact, our life begins with emulsions. When a baby is born the very first thing it drinks is milk, which is an emulsion,” said MIE Assistant Professor Sushant Anand. “So, we have long relationships with emulsions.” Emulsions are used in more items than we may realize, and there are a lot of different applications for emulsions. They are used in drug delivery, material synthesis, cosmetics, oil recovery, food products, and many multi-billion dollar industries.  Uniform microemulsions from the research of UIC Professor Sushant Anand, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.One of the most common examples of emulsions is oil and water. And…
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UIC's SAE team won second place at the 2017 Backwoods Baja race in Wisconsin
Engineers Kickoff the Racing Season with Second Place Win
UIC Motorsports kicked off the racing season with a second-place win during the Backwoods Baja competition hosted by University of Wisconsin – Stout on Oct. 21.The team competed against 20 colleges made up of approximately 200 students during the event, which is consisted of three events. There are two endurance races where the cars compete to get the most laps, and not break in the given time frame, and a third race called the fastest lap. During the third race, the teams drive a single lap backwards on the track to find who has the fastest car and the most skilled driver.The sprint to the finish wasn’t easy for UIC, as they had to overcome some challenges before they got…
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MIW Professor Jie Xu's 2017 Research for NASA
Professor Xu Researching Space Technology with ‘NASA Early Career Faculty’ Award
Astronauts are not alone when they execute amazing experiments in space. There are many people involved, and MIE Professor Jie Xu is one of the expert researchers working with NASA to make space exploration easier.Xu recently received the prestigious NASA Early Career Faculty grant for his project PIPES: Piezoelectric Instrument for Precision Exploration Sampling. He is one of only eight people to receive the award, which has a total amount of $600,000 for three years.“PIPES is a miniaturized liquid sample acquisition and handling system, which looks like a straw and is powered by a hand-held box,” he said. “The “straw” contains multiple flow paths for parallel sampling. Enabled by 3D printing, PIPES integrates acoustic actuation to achieve multiple sampling functions,…
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Finding 2D Materials to Make Batteries Cheaper, Better
The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1.44 million National Science Foundation grant to discover new 2D materials that can be used to manufacture better and cheaper batteries.Two-dimensional materials, of which graphene is the most common, are extremely strong, lightweight, flexible, and excellent conductors of heat and electricity. Graphene is one million times thinner than paper, nearly transparent and believed to be the strongest material in the world.Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, about 700 2D materials are predicted to be stable; many remain to be synthesized. The global market for 2D materials is expected to reach $390 million within a decade.Amin Salehi-Khojin, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and Robert Klie, professor of physics, want…
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