October 2011

Fleet Commander, a homage to the epic battles in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, is more than an entertaining game. It is a real-time interactive application developed by UIC graduate student Arthur Nishimoto to create and test features for the multi-user touch screen overlay that the Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL) had purchased and installed on its large, tiled display wall, named Cyber-Commons. The video has gone viral—and has more than 1,000,000 hits! News articles about the video appear in several online publications. 

Read what Wired.com had to say or Watch it for yourself.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is looking for a few good students who want to change the world -- as engineers. UIC's chemical engineering department has received a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to attract new students, primarily freshmen. The goal of the program is to attract more students to earn science and engineering degrees, where enrollment nationally has been falling in recent years. Read more.

Paul Roots earned a degree in jazz studies, then decided against a career as a professional musician.  His AmeriCorps service doing flood clean-up in Iowa led him to civil engineering. “It really hit home how much trust we put in engineers,” he says. Read more.

UIC doctoral students will soon get their chance to slay viruses, botnets, worms and other pernacious cyber threats through a multi-disciplinary academic attack.  Read More.




ImmersiveTouch™, created at the UIC College of Engineering, is the next generation of augmented virtual reality technology.  A recent study has found that this technology can provide neurosurgeons in training with valuable practice in developing essential surgical skills. 

Watch this technology in action and
Read more
about the study.

Become a Leadership Donor!

Leadership Donors contribute $1,000 or more to UIC College of Engineering.  Your gift to the annual fund will be used in one or more areas of need, including student scholarships and awards, support for student organizations, technology upgrades, facility improvements, or support for faculty and teaching resources. With your gift, you help to build upon our recent successes and ensure the future remains bright for our current students and those who will follow. Please consider becoming a Leadership Donor today. Make your gift online.


Kevin Smith, B.S. ’96, founded Illuminati Motor Works in 2007, intending to develop an entry for the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize competition for a 100-miles-per-gallon car. He'd initially planned to build a hybrid car but instead developed the Seven, the battery-electric four-seater that competed in the competition’s Mainstream class. Except for the gull-wing doors, it could be mistaken for a postmodern homage to Studebaker. Read more.


John Major, M.S. ’82, is the recipient of this year’s William Winters Award for his work as Chairman of the College Advisory Board. Watch this video which introduced John at the reception where he received his award.

Update Your Professional Information

Let the College of Engineering know what you are doing professionally. Please provide us with your most current contact information.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Check out the topics and speakers for the following departments: BioEngineering Computer Science, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.


AIChE's 2011 Midwest Regional Conference

The AIChE Chicago Local Section and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) are holding AIChE's 2011 Midwest Regional Conference on November 10 and 11. Please visit the following website for more information click here.


Career Fair, February 22, 2012

We are pleased to announce our annual career fair. Over 100 recruiters representing many local and international employers come to UIC searching for future engineers. Some companies screen for full-time regular employment positions, while others accept resumes for full or part-time internships and cooperative education positions. Approximately 850 UIC Engineering students with resumes in hand, come prepared to meet company recruiters and apply for positions.  For more information and to register, click here.

Watch Dean Pete Nelson on ABC News explain why Chicagoans are dealing with blackberry outages.


Watch Computer Science department head and professor Bob Sloan on NBC News in a segment discussing how two men used Google Earth to target pricey homes.


Watch Civil & Materials Engineering department head and professor Farhad Ansari on ABC News discussing the massive stage collapse at a concert in Indiana.

Luigi B. Amendola
Director of Advancement

Phone:  (312) 413-1387
E-Mail:  lamend2@uic.edu
Web:  engineering.uic.edu

UIC College of Engineering (MC 159) 
851 South Morgan Street, 819 SEO Chicago, IL 60607-7043