The Midwest Numerical Analysis Day 2019 will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Illinois Institute of Technology. This event offers an excellent forum for researchers at all stages of their careers, and mainly from the Midwest, to exchange ideas in numerical analysis, scientific computing, and related application areas. Chairs of the event include Illinois Tech mathematics professors Shuwang Li, Chun Liu, and XiaoFan Li, who is also the interim dean of Illinois Tech’s College of Science. Learn more about the event online here. Register for the event here. Registration ends March 31, and there is no registration fee.
The Institute for Food Safety and Health—a one-of-a-kind applied food science research consortium composed of Illinois Tech, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the food industry—was honored with the 2018 Midwest Food Matters Leadership Award from the Global Midwest Alliance. The Flying Food Group, an airline catering company, shared in the award.
What began as Alex Damarjian’s thesis project has now evolved into a testing system called PDI Check, which allows pediatric ophthalmologists to test for visual acuity, stereo vision or depth perception, and color blindness in their young patients. Damarjian, a technology and humanities Ph.D. candidate, connected with an eye doctor in Alaska to further develop the “revolutionary,” low-cost tool.
Zheng John Shen—the inventor of the megahertz-frequency, sub-milliohm power MOSFET technology that has been widely adopted in supercomputers and high-performance servers—has been named to the National Academy of Inventors. The Grainger Endowed Chair Professor in Electrical and Power Engineering joins three other Illinois Tech faculty as NAI members including President Alan W. Cramb.
Two Armour College of Engineering faculty members were recently awarded a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to explore a new class of automatic, programmable machines: soft robots. Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Associate Professors Matthew Spenko and Ankit Srivastava are working in conjunction with two physics colleagues at the University of Chicago to develop the framework to understand the modeling, sensing, control, design, and fabrication of the robots.