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S’mores Solar Oven Demo and ECE Solar Panels

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Annabelle Epplin, the 2020 winner of The Grainger CEME Undergraduate Research and Leadership Award, and Joyce Mast, Coordinator for The Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics, demonstrated making s’mores with a solar oven while discussing the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building (ECEB)’s solar array. ECEB has about 950 solar panels producing about 275 kilowatts […]

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Carle Illinois Welcomes Haran and Oelze

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Eight faculty from The Grainger College of Engineering have joined Carle Illinois College of Medicine with Health Innovation Professor appointments, including Illinois ECE professors Kiruba Haran and Michael Oelze. The new faculty deliver on Carle Illinois’ strategy to leverage the University of Illinois’ exceptional faculty to serve as agents of change in medical education, innovation, […]

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Illinois ECE Graduate Student Wins Prestigious IEEE Awards

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llinois ECE graduate student Megan Culler, advisee of Professor Peter Sauer, recently won the 2019 IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award, recognizing IEEE members who volunteer to share their professional experiences with students and encourage active, lifelong IEEE membership. This award was established in 2011, but this is the first year that a […]

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Huynh Named 2021 Siebel Scholar

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Illinois ECE PhD student Phuc Thanh Huynh, advisee of Professor Arijit Banerjee, has been named a 2021 Siebel Scholar. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented graduate students at top universities in the fields of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science. Each year around 90 students are selected based on academic merit and […]

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InSPIRE Solar Powered Outdoors Table (SPOT)

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The SPOT project is a completely student-designed and -implemented outdoors table retrofitted with solar panels used to charge an off-grid solar energy system. The plan is to provide students a space to sit and study outside while charging their devices (cellphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) using solar energy, and allow them to interact with solar energy […]

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Securing Flight’s Clean Future with Cryogenics and Superconductivity

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Joshua Feldman, a graduate student in Professor Kiruba Haran΄s research group, is currently working to solve a rather lofty problem… literally. They are addressing the uncertain outcome of airline travel in an envirocentric future by developing a superconducting motor with the help of cryogenics. The goal is to produce a fully superconducting motor with an […]

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Banerjee Receives NSF CAREER Award for Work Emulating a Biological Spine in Robots

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Illinois ECE Assistant Professor Arijit Banerjee recently won the NSF CAREER award for his work with bio-inspired design methods for distributed electromechanical actuators to emulate a biological spine. This prestigious award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission […]

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Banerjee and Bose Empower/Recharge Educators During CISTEME365 Session on Power and Energy

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During the CISTEME365 Institute from July 22–August 3, 2019, Assistant Professors Subhonmesh Bose and Arijit Banerjee gave a session on power and energy to 13 educators participating in the institute. Part of the three-year NSF grant, Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experiences All Year Round CISTEME365, their integrated presentation walked through a history of power systems, the […]

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PM-Assisted Synchronous Reluctance Motor as a Compressor Application

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MS student Byung Hoon (BH) Min with advisor K. Haran The Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics at the University of Illinois has been collaborating with Prof. Jian-Xin Shen of Zhejiang University (ZJU) on high-speed compressor motor research. BH Min spent one summer month at ZJU to interact with the ZJU team. During this […]

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ECE 464 – The Delphi Expedition to Kokomo, Indiana

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On November 9, 2018, Professor Banerjee took his ECE 464 class to Delphi Technologies (see above). Students were asked to record their impressions. Following are a few excerpts. “I got to learn a lot of new and amazing things about the applications of power electronics in real life. We got to witness the whole process: […]

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