Student News 2013

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Jaimie Stewart, senior bioengineering major, plans to combine her passions for medicine, teaching, and minority participation in engineering
She’s had to work a lot harder than her nonminority counterparts to get where she’s headed, but that hasn’t stopped Jaimie Stewart from doing what she was made for. “I’ve pretty much loved science since I was in kindergarten,” she said. A recent bioengineering graduate, and current doctoral candidate at University of California Riverside, she is a first-generation college student and the first in her family to pursue engineering.This year the college projects that less than 2 percent of graduating engineers will be African American females. Many have identified this problem, and probably most would wait for someone else to fix it, but Jaimie wants to position herself to do something about it. She took her start at UIC with…
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Commencement video archive and Class of 2013 Photo Montage now available
UIC's College of Engineering is proud to welcome the class of 2013 to the ranks of our more than 22,000 alumni. The college held its 46th annual commencement ceremony on May 11, 2013 in the UIC Pavilion, awarding baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees in six departments to more than 500 students. Dean Peter Nelson presided over the ceremony, with a presentation of awards to faculty members Saeed Manafzadeh and Michael Scott. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lon Kaufman conferred the degrees and Bill Unger (LAS ’71), general partner of the Mayfield Fund, gave the commencement address.On-Demand Commencement VideoBill Unger, Commencement Speaker Segment
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The College of Engineering Scholarships/Awards Program announces the 2013/2014 Scholarship application period for eligible continuing Engineering students
Many scholarships and awards are available through the College of Engineering Scholarship Program. Students can apply to the majority of these engineering scholarships by completing the application below. Student Eligibility: Continuing UIC undergraduate engineering students with 30 or more total semester hours of completed course work at the end of the spring semester, including 12 or more at UIC with a minimum UIC GPA of 3.00/4.00 are eligible to apply. Continuing students for this competition are defined as those continuously enrolled for 12 or more hours per semester during the 2016 - 2017 academic year. Selections will be announced in May 2016, and financial awards will be distributed during the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who expect to complete their degrees…
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Inspired by comic book character Spider-Man, doctoral student Victor Mateevitsi developed and built, a system of wearable ultrasound sensors that can augment human sensory capacity
Victor Mateevitsi, PhD candidate in UIC's Department of Computer Science and a research assistant in UIC's Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), has created "SpiderSense," a prototype wearable suit that enables users to sense (without seeing) obstacles around them.Like the comic book character Spider-Man, whose skin tingles at approaching danger, SpiderSense augments human ability--it can potentially help a pedestrian "see" hidden dangers, assist a fireman entering smoke-filled buildings, or help a visually impaired person navigate his environment. SpiderSense consists of sensor modules strategically placed on the wearer's body. Using ultrasound to scan the environment for obstacles within 60 feet, it then translates the waves into tactile signals that stimulate the wearer's skin.SpiderSense (previously called NinjaVision) is an outgrowth of the UIC Human…
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Senior industrial engineering major, Nadya Fogarty, has taken a nontraditional path to her degree. Read about her journey.
Today, Nadya Fogarty is employed as an insurance marketing analyst for an internet company. A little while ago, she was a twenty-something in Bulgaria with no plans to come to the U.S. But Fogarty is the kind of person who tries surfing on a whim. “Any opportunity I have to see or do something new, I go for it,” she said. This unofficial rule has served as her internal compass, guiding her on her journey from making hotel beds to studying engineering.Despite her adventurous spirit, Fogarty knows that “going for it” can be lonely and intimidating. She first arrived nine years ago, at the urging of friends, to work at a North Carolina resort for the summer. “It was like…
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Junior mechanical engineering major Ante Kovacevic explores renewable energy initiatives in Costa Rica
If you see junior mechanical engineering major Ante Kovacevic, you should ask him how his Winter Break was, and you should prepare to be jealous. Tan, invigorated, and inspired, he’ll probably tell you he had the best experience of his life.Abandoning the chilly Chicago temperatures, Kovacevic spent twelve days in the Costa Rican tropics. Along with eighteen other undergraduates, he participated in The GREEN Program, which he discovered through UIC's Engineering Career Center. It was a dream come true for a renewable energy enthusiast with an adventurous spirit, like him. GREEN participants journey to Costa Rica to explore renewable energy initiatives through a combination of classroom sessions, hands-on field trips, and community service.Kovacevic visited hydro plants, wind farms, geothermal plants,…
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