Philip R. Troyk, associate dean of Armour College of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering, recently accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision and Low Vision Technologies Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.
Matthew Copple (CE 4th year), Haris Latic (CE ’17), and Nicholas Wozniak (CE Ph.D. student) from Armour College of Engineering conducted research into countermeasures that can minimize the threat of vehicles to crowds and met with officer Kevin Hacker and the Chicago Police Department’s Threat and Vulnerability Assessment Group this spring to present the results of their work.
College of Architecture doctoral candidate Ahmed Ali Hassan was awarded the 2016–17 Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research for his doctoral research titled “The BioEnclos© Façade Panel: From selection to design, assessment, and beyond.” Hassan aims to develop a revolutionary lightweight façade panel made from bio-polymeric agri-based materials to replace the conventional curtain wall glass and aluminum panel in office buildings and assess its impact on the environment, the building overall energy consumption, thermal performance, and structural stability.
The award is named in honor of the late Jonathan King, ARCC co-founder and first president.
Three female engineering undergraduate students were honored at the 2017 Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) for poster presentations detailing the results of their research. Mary Hawgood (MSE ‘17) was awarded the Outstanding Poster Presentation honor in Chemistry; Sarah Hamilton (ME 3rd year), was given the Outstanding Poster Presentation honor for Physics, Environmental & Geophysical Sciences, and Merjem Mededovic (BME 4th year) was selected to receive the Honorable Mention Poster Presentation in Engineering, Math & Computer Science.
In recognition of the exemplary accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activity by faculty members and graduate students at Illinois Institute of Technology, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Illinois Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi sponsor the annual Sigma Xi/IIT Awards for Excellence in University Research. Sigma Xi is a scientific research society of nearly 75,000 scientists and engineers who have been elected to the society because of their research achievements or potential. Honors went to:
- Electrical engineering student Zhiyi Li, who has been involved with state-of-the-art research on optimization techniques applied to the modeling of large-scale infrastructure systems including electric power systems, transportation systems, and cyber-physical systems.
- Assistant Professor Kenneth M. Tichauer, head of a lab whose primary focus is the development of quantitative approaches of collecting and analyzing molecular imaging data for cancer applications. His team is also the finalist team in the Nayar Prize I for the ADEPT Cancer Imager project.
- Professor Philip R. Troyk, whose research work focuses on the design and deployment of neural prostheses—implantable electronic devices that interface with the nervous system and are intended to compensate for neural deficit or disease. He is currently the principal investigator on the funded project “The Intra-Cortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP).”