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Helping high school students with 3-D models

Helping high school students with 3-D models

By Melissa Niemiec, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Most college students struggle just to remember the contents of their high school anatomy and physiology classes. Four bioengineering students at the University, however, are looking to revolutionize the way those classes are taught by using biology and technology to give teaching tools to underfunded...

Design for America at Illinois composes innovation

Design for America at Illinois composes innovation

By Chinmaya Sharma, Contributing Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

From projects like creating more satisfactory naps to making a 'greener’ Green Street, innovation on campus knows no bounds. Neither does Design for America (DFA). DFA has come a long way from its humble beginnings in Evanston. Today, it boasts a network of over 3,000 students, with a presence in...

What it’s like to be a woman in engineering

What it’s like to be a woman in engineering

By Kyra Kirsh, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph, Uncategorized

Alyssa Licudine, freshman in Engineering, said that it didn’t take long for her to recognize the trials that women in engineering find themselves facing. Licudine said that she faces "the critical eye of the opposite sex, the assumption that I am where I am to help fulfill a 'diversity requirement,'...

Champaign County research to reveal impact of immigration on economy

Champaign County research to reveal impact of immigration on economy

By Molly Zupan, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Some would say the current political climate in the United States is rather cold to waves of immigration from foreign countries. Champaign County on the other hand, is welcoming immigrants with open arms. Throughout the next few years, collective efforts from the University YMCA, Research Park, the...

ASCE T&DI emphasizes the importance of creating better roads

ASCE T&DI emphasizes the importance of creating better roads

By Julie Kang, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

As we walk and drive on roads everyday, we may not give their structure and composition a second thought. In fact, we may even take them for granted. But behind the scenes, transportation engineers put much work and effort into building sturdy, safe roads for citizens. Members of the American Society of Civi...

University team gears up for Midwestern Robotic Design Competition

University team gears up for Midwestern Robotic Design Competition

By Ashley Rayan, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Every year, a team of students from the University creates a robot able to complete mundane tasks, such as navigating through tunnels, unlocking doors and dropping balls into baskets. Though this may sound simple, creating such a robot requires hours of research and assemblage from a dedicated team. In Ma...

Engineering student finds success as a young entrepreneur

Engineering student finds success as a young entrepreneur

By Yifan Gu, Contributing Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Now a 20-year-old junior in industrial engineering, Paul Couston said that he has been infected by the “entrepreneur bug," and setting up his business, Optivolt is only the beginning.   Inspired by early fancy From a young age, Couston liked playing with LEGOs and generally enjoyed the process of co...

University researchers shed light on genetic predisposition

University researchers shed light on genetic predisposition

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

The concept of freedom of choice has been debated for much of human history. A frequently asked question is, "How compromised is free will by the presence of factors beyond its control?" Thanks to ever-increasing amounts of research, genetics may provide a scientific answer to this age-old dilemma. In...

Study revamps organic chemistry class for real-world application

Study revamps organic chemistry class for real-world application

By Kaolin Sewell, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Organic chemistry is one of the most notoriously difficult classes on campus according to many students. On top of being strenuous, the class is considered to have little relevance to real-world application. Dr. Jeffrey Moore, a professor of Chemistry at Illinois has previously taught the course an...

CU Hack Night aims to solve community problems

CU Hack Night aims to solve community problems

By Meral Aycicek, Assistant Special Sections Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

The web has, from its founding, been a source of knowledge. Now, it is more than that — it is a source of data. Open data websites and computerized public records provide free, raw data to any interested party. Additionally, open source software, like Hadoop and WEKA, supplies anyone with an internet...

Q&A: Illinois student by day, satellite engineer by night

Q&A: Illinois student by day, satellite engineer by night

By Mike O’Neill, Staff Writer

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Dawn Haken is a junior studying electrical engineering at the University. While many students spend their time outside of class as leisurely as they can, Haken and a small team of engineering students strategize the best way to power their NASA-funded satellite, which is set to launch in 2018. Haken and h...

InSPIRE aims to make long-term impact with solar energy

InSPIRE aims to make long-term impact with solar energy

By Mike O’Neill, Staff Writer

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

During Welcome Week in August, thousands of students went to Quad Day to find the RSOs that were right for them. Booths ranged from club sports to professional fraternities, religious groups to social clubs. As engineering students pushed through the swarms of people, they may have missed a small booth for...

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