Newsletter | Department of Bioengineering at Illinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign central to new, $320-million Digital Lab for Manufacturing
“Digital Manufacturing Commons” will reduce costs for manufacturing, transform the way work is done, and spur economic growth
The College of Engineering and National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are at the heart of the Digital Labs for Manufacturing, a new Chicago-based applied research institute that will develop new digital technologies for the manufacture of products and equipment.
President Obama made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2014, at the White House, with UI College of Engineering Dean Cangellaris among the attendees. The new project is part of the White House's "Opportunity For All" initiative designed the U.S.' manufacturing prowess.
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Welcome Jenny Ehrnthaller to the department staff
Please join the Department of Bioengineering in welcoming Jenny Ehrnthaller, who joined the department staff as operations manager in January 2014. Ehrnthaller earned a dual bachelor's degree in Molecular and Integrative Physiology and in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the Department of Bioengineering, she served as assistant director for the College of Engineering Career Services office, and prior to that, she spent three years as program coordinator and academic advisor for the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, providing both administrative and advising services to nearly 900 undergraduate students. In recognition of her work to support students, she was selected for the College of Engineering Knights of St. Patrick Golden Shamrock Award in 2013. Ehrnthaller says she is committed to assisting the head of the Department of Bioengineering in implementing the mission of the department, managing operations, and advancing the student experience.
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Bioengineering student Grace Deetjen to bike cross-country for cancer
Riding a bike across the United States to fight cancer sounded like a unique way to spend the summer to biking enthusiast Grace Deetjen, sophomore in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was Quad Day of her freshman year at Illinois when Deetjen first heard about the Illini 4000, a group of UI students who created the non-profit organization and its cancer-related excursion to raise money and increase awareness.
When she initially thought about making the 72-day cross-country trek, the Naperville, Ill., native was one of those rare people whose lives had not been touched by cancer. Numerous students enter the field of bioengineering because a family member suffered from cancer and they are determined to improve on the ways the disease is prevented, diagnosed and treated. But when Deetjen enrolled in the Bioengineering program at Illinois, it was the development of orthotics and prosthetics (braces and artificial limbs) that had captured her attention.
Her outlook changed dramatically during the past year and a quarter.
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Alumni of SWE, please stay in touch
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is expanding its Professional Liaison Alumni/Professional database to keep interested alumni informed. If you would like to periodically receive information about initiatives and events, please sign up. The organization would love to hear from you!
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Applications due during Spring Break for Nadine Smith fellowship
The Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship provides funding to academically excellent female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the field of medical imaging. Preference is given to students in ECE, but BIOE students are encouraged to apply. Deadline for appplications is noon on Monday, March 24, 2014.
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Contest for BIOE students: To win, like us and post, follow us and tweet!
As a "sneak preview" of its soon-to-launch (stay tuned!) online store, the Department of Bioengineering is sponsoring a random drawing for a BIOE-branded fleece blanket (pictured here). The item will go to one lucky student — graduate or undergraduate — who likes our Facebook page and posts there about their Illinois experience AND follows us on Twitter and tweets about BIOE. To be eligible for the drawing, posts and tweets must include the hashtag "#loveIllinoisBIOE" and entries must be made by current Bioengineering at Illinois students. Make sure your posts are positive — include only comments that you would be willing to share with your grandmother! The contest runs Wednesday, February 26, 2014, through Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at midnight. Good luck!
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