College News 2013

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Two COE faculty members will be receiving the honorary title of UIC Distinguished Professor
Two COE faculty members will be receiving the honorary title of UIC Distinguished Professor:-Michael Stroscio (Richard and Loan Hill Professor of ECE and BioE)-Philip Yu (Peter and Deborah Wexler Endowed Chair in Information Technology and Professor of CS)They will be formally honored on October 24 at the Faculty Awards Celebration.This title was created to recognize and honor faculty at the rank of professor who have made major impact upon their field through scholarship, creativity and leadership. A panel of current UIC Distinguished Professors and University Scholars carefully reviewed the nominations as did the Campus Research Board and the Vice Chancellor for Research to select this year's recipients.
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Professor Sohail Murad receives from AIChE
Professor and Chemical Engineering Dept. Head,Sohail Murad, received this distinction from AIChE. AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with over 45,000 members from over 90 countries.
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Orthopaedist and engineering doctoral candidate, Mark Gonzalez, MD, started down the road to a PhD with the Master of Engineering online program
Practicing Engineering in Orthopaedics With a father and uncle practicing engineering, it might at first seem unlikely that Mark Gonzalez would want to practice medicine. But in 1980, several years after he completed an undergraduate biochemistry degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he earned his MD from the University of Chicago and started practicing orthopaedic surgery at University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago.But Gonzalez couldn’t stay away from the family vocation forever. In 2004, he completed UIC’s Master of Engineering online program, and is currently working to finish his PhD in mechanical engineering at UIC. Gonzalez casts this progression in the light of fate. He and his father got interested in developing a set of devices to evaluate…
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World War II veteran, Paul Gordon, has completed the Master of Engineering online program at 85 years old
Persevering with an engineer's mindAt 85 years old, Paul Gordon (BS ’52, MS ’12) has completed UIC’s Master of Engineering online program. An accomplished structural engineer, he’s collaborated with architects including Mies van der Rohe and Harry Weese; built sections of the Calumet Skyway and nine bridges on the Northern Illinois toll road; and worked on portions of the Marina Towers, John Hancock building, and the Sears Tower. But perhaps Gordon’s greatest achievement isn’t who he’s met or what high-rise he’s built. It’s that he never quits.Flunking his entrance exams and facing anti-Semitic discrimination were only some of the setbacks Gordon faced on his return from a stint as an Army sergeant (349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division) in Italy…
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UIC researchers led by Bob Sloan found that a particular AI system from MIT obtained the score of an average 4-year-old child on a Verbal IQ Scale of Intelligence
HAS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE REACHED THE VERBAL LEVEL OF 4-YEAR-OLDS?The short paper, "Verbal IQ of a Four-Year Old Achieved by an AI System" by Stellan Ohlsson (Psychology professor), Robert Sloan (CS professor and department head), György Turán (Mathematics Statistics and Computer Science professor) and Aaron Urasky (Mathematical Computer Science undergraduate) presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) has been the subject of numerous press articles. The UIC team found that a particular AI system from MIT obtained the score of an average 4-year-old child on the the Verbal IQ portion of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, Third Edition (WPPSI-III) IQ test. The AAAI paper is available from Professor Sloan's home page; to…
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PREP-ME helps group of incoming freshmen students to polish their math and science skills
PREP-ME helps freshman students get aheadThanks to PREP-ME (Preparation for Majoring in Engineering), a group of incoming freshmen students have the chance to polish their math and science skills before starting fall classes. The program is just one of many offered by Summer College, a collection of free workshops aiming to ease the transition from high school to college through enrichment programs in key subjects and introductions to campus life and university resources.PREP-ME, now in its fourth year, is offered under the auspices of the College of Engineering's Minority Recruitment and Retention Program (MERRP). Students meet for five weeks and attend two or three classes every day. "The students we target have the talent and potential to do well," said…
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New NSF Career Award
ChE Assistant Professor Ying Liu's award is entitled, "CAREER: Understanding Nanoprecipitation - Scalable Production of Polymeric Nanoparticles Encapsulating Hydrophobic Compounds".
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Elsa Soto receives the Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award
Elsa Soto, Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center in the College of Engineering, has been awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award.Elsa Soto, Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center in the College of Engineering, has been awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award through the Provost’s Office. The award acknowledges excellence, commitment, and dedication in professional advisors of UIC undergraduates. No more than two awards are given annually. Ms. Soto graduated from UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and has worked in the College of Engineering since 2006.
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UIC Faculty Awards
Three faculty receive the 2013 Teaching Recognition Award.Dear Colleagues,I am pleased to announce a few important faculty awards that have recently been received by our colleagues.2013 Teaching Recognition Program Recipients: The Teaching Recognition Program (TRP) recognizes the documented excellence of UIC faculty in their teaching activities. The program offers a $1500 increment to base salary (or a percentage thereof for part-time appointments) to faculty who document outstanding performance in their teaching activities over a three year period. The TRP is a self-nominated award program. There were a total of 14 campus awards; we have three COE faculty members receiving awards:Danilo Erricolo (ECE), Jason Leigh (CS), Dale Reed (CS)OVCR 2012 Researchers of the Year: These awards recognize the efforts and commitment…
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Three faculty receive the 2013 Teaching Recognition Award.Dear Colleagues,I am pleased to announce a few important faculty awards that have recently been received by our colleagues.2013 Teaching Recognition Program Recipients: The Teaching Recognition Program (TRP) recognizes the documented excellence of UIC faculty in their teaching activities. The program offers a $1500 increment to base salary (or a percentage thereof for part-time appointments) to faculty who document outstanding performance in their teaching activities over a three year period. The TRP is a self-nominated award program. There were a total of 14 campus awards; we have three COE faculty members receiving awards:Danilo Erricolo (ECE), Jason Leigh (CS), Dale Reed (CS) OVCR 2012 Researchers of the Year: These awards recognize the efforts and…
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