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Graduating class of 2017
2017 Commencement
Congratulations to the class of 2017!Engineering graduates received their degrees May 6 from Peter Nelson, PhD, dean of the college, and Karen Colley, PhD, dean of the Graduate College. Trina Roy (MS ’95), Senior Software Developer at Pixar Animation Studios, gave the commencement address. Kevin Lynch, Vice President of Technology at Apple, received an honorary doctorate of engineering, the second in the College’s history, for his contributions to society as one of the world’s preeminent software developers and technology innovators, including leading the software development team for the Apple Watch. Two faculty members were honored for their excellence in teaching: Jamison Szwalek, PhD, clinical assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, recipient of UIC’s Silver Circle Award, and Wenjing Rao,…
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28th Annual Engineering EXPO 
Our Engineering Expo will be on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will take place at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road.
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Students Take First Place at Cyber Defense Competition
L-R Chase Lee, Shawn Kim, Michael Baccia, Daniel Stempniewicz, Daniel Moreno, and Oliver Hui. Photo courtesy of Wes Agresta, Argonne National Laboratory.A team of UIC computer science students won first place at the 2017 Cyber Defense Competition, a contest organized by Argonne National Laboratory that challenged teams to design a secure network and defend it against attackers. The UIC team beat out 15 college teams including the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, and Iowa State University at the event on April 1.
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UIC Engineering student Sarita Deshpande
UIC Engineering Student Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Bioengineering senior Sarita Deshpande is one of 36 American students to win the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. She is the fourth UIC student to win one of the scholarships since the program was established through a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Read more about her post-graduation plans here.
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App Developed by UIC Engineering Researchers Wins $200k
A new iPhone keyboard prototype called BiAffect that can track and predict bipolar mood episodes developed by UIC Engineering researchers won the Mood Challenge, a New Venture Program initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study mood using mobile devices. The UIC team won semi-final and final rounds to develop their prototype through Apple's open-source platform called ResearchKit and test it among users through Apple's TestFlight app. As winner of the contest, BiAffect will receive $200,000 to launch publicly in the App Store.BiAffect is led by Pete Nelson, PhD, dean of the College and professor of computer science, and Alex Leow, PhD, professor of psychiatry and bioengineering.Read more in UIC News and on WTTW's Chicago Tonight site. 
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College Featured in Crain’s Chicago Business
Photo courtesy of Manual Martinez, Crain's Chicago Business.Over the past ten years, undergraduate enrollment in computer science at UIC's College of Engineering has grown more than the national average. Read Making Room for a Boom at UIC in Crain's Chicago Business.
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Clinical Associate Professor Miiri Kotche
Clinical Associate Professor Miiri Kotche Receives Fulbright Award
Miiri Kotche, PhD, clinical associate professor of bioengineering, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to study medical-device design in Finland at the Helsinki-based VTT Technical Research Center, the largest multidisciplinary research organization in Northern Europe.Kotche is the director of the Medical Accelerator for Devices Laboratory and the Clinical Immersion Program for engineering and design students. She also leads the the Innovation in Medicine Program and the Freshman Engineering Success Program.Read more about her upcoming research here.
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Collaborators on the SABER computing project
$1.1M Brings New Computing Resource to UIC
A new computing resource called SABER (Shared Analytics and Big-data Enterprise Resource) funded by $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation will support interdisciplinary high-performance computing (HPC) and big-data mining research at UIC.Researchers in nine colleges across campus will utilize the equipment, including Farzad Mashayek (pictured above; right), professor and head of mechanical and industrial engineering and SABER's principal investigator, who uses HPC to study supersonic combustion in the Computational Multiphase Transport Laboratory; Philip S. Yu, professor of computer science and Wexler Chair in Information Technology, who studies big-data mining in e-commerce, health care, social networks, and more in the Big Data and Social Computing Laboratory; and Thomas Royston, professor and head of the Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering, who…
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