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ECE Mojtaba Soltanalian Receives Prestigious EURASIP Award
Professor Soltanalian Receives Prestigious EURASIP Award
ECE Assistant Professor Mojtaba Soltanalian is a rising star in the electrical and computer engineering community. His PhD Thesis entitled "Signal Design for Active Sensing and Communications" has been selected for the 2018 European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) Best PhD Award. It is one of only two selected for the award by the board of directors (BoD). Every year a panel of experts nominated by the EURASIP BoD select theses related to different areas of signal processing to be awarded. The selection process is based on the evaluation of the impact of the thesis, its subsequent journal and conference publications, related citations received, and the review reports of three independent reviewers as well as on the download statistics. In…
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ECE Alumnus and kNeebu founder Tomar
Alumnus Brings Neighbors Together with ‘On Demand’ Services App
How well do you know your neighbors? Would you hire them for a job if you needed help? To help people get to know their neighbors and the skills they may be able to offer, Crystal Lake resident Nishant Tomar launched an app called kNEEBU (pronounced knee-boo). The app is an online community that connects people who are looking for on-demand household services with skilled individuals from their neighborhood or community. There are two versions of the app. There is kNEEBU for consumers seeking services and kNEEBU Provider for service providers who want to earn extra money in their spare time. There are more than 40 different service categories available and more categories can be added based on demand. “It’s…
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ECE Megan
Early Internships are a Bridge to Employment
Megan Dague doesn’t graduate until spring 2019, but she already knows where she will be working after graduation. The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) senior is set to work as a hardware engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American global aerospace and defense technology company based in Virginia. Landing a job during the fall semester is quite an accomplishment for any student. Getting hired requires experience, and Dague took advantage of the opportunities UIC offers to gain the experience employers are seeking. During her tenure as a UIC student she earned three internships, helped faculty as a teaching assistant, and served as a leader – and current president – of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). “I got my first…
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ECE students in IPD
Engineering Students Take on Real-World Challenges from Corporate Sponsors
Every year, graduating students participate in the Engineering Senior Design Expo to show off their talents and engineering knowledge. For more ambitious students who want to take on a bigger challenge, the college offers the Interdisciplinary Product Design (IPD) program. IPD is a two-semester curriculum that groups engineering students with UIC design and marketing students to work together in teams to research and develop new product concepts for sponsoring companies. The course is taught by a team of faculty from the three colleges. It focuses on the early stages of the product development process, from identifying market opportunities through prototyping and building a business case. “The beauty of the IPD program is that students are working on providing a complete…
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ECE Hackathon winners
Engineering Students Win $10K Prize at Hackathon
A team of UIC engineering students from ECE and CS – along with a BioEngineering alumna – won the recent BuiltWorlds 2018 Hackathon, which included a $10,000 prize, at the Salt Flats’ West Loop innovation house. The two-day event kicked off on Friday evening as participants heard from both industry professionals and fellow hackers who described potential problems teams could tackle throughout the weekend. The UIC team, who went by the name “PoliThinkers,” was made up of ECE students Michele Calvi and Andrea Ciccardi; CS students Giovanni Agugini Bassi, Iacopo Olivo, Francesco Pinci, and BioEngineering alumna Chiara Gatti. The team are all part of UIC’s master’s degree contract programs between the College of Engineering and Politecnico di Torino and Politecnico…
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Edge Computing graphic for ECE
Taking Research to the ‘Edge’
Professor Seferoglu Awarded Five Grants Totaling More Than $1.3M ECE Professor Hulya Seferoglu is on a roll! The prolific researcher was awarded five grants in the recent months for a total of more than $1.3 million in research funding. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) professor has received awards from the National Science Foundation, Army Research Lab, Army Research Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology and an industry grant. She is UIC’s principal investigator (PI) for four of these five awards. Each grant is for a different research project, but they all have a common thread – Edge computing. Edge computing is about extending the frontier of computing applications, data, and services away from centralized nodes to the logical…
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UIC engineering VESE race car
New Engineering Organization Building Electric Car and Opportunities
Tesla has the Model S, Nissan offers the Leaf, and Chevy makes the Bolt. Soon, UIC will have an electric car, too. A new student organization in the College of Engineering called Vehicle Electronics and System Engineering (VESE) is engineering’s newest organization offering students an opportunity to be pioneers as they start designing and building a formula one electric race car to compete in an SAE sanctioned competition next semester in Lincoln, Nebraska, in May. “The beauty of our car is that it is based on electrical systems, but there are mechanical components that have to be built like any other race car,” said Amru Qutub, a student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the president…
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The New York Times References Professor Lin’s Research
This week, The New York Times referenced ECE Professor James C. Lin's research in its story about how U.S. Embassy workers in Cuba may have been affected by microwave weapons. "But in a scientific paper that same month, James C. Lin of the University of Illinois, a leading investigator of the Frey effect, described the diplomatic ills as plausibly arising from microwave beams. Dr. Lin is the editor-in-chief of Bio Electro Magnetics, a peer-reviewed journal that explores the effects of radio waves and electromagnetic fields on living things." "In his paper, he said high-intensity beams of microwaves could have caused the diplomats to experience not just loud noises but nausea, headaches and vertigo, as well as possible brain-tissue injury. The…
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