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Engineer Julio Lumbreras to Hold Urban Future Seminar and Meetings

As part of the Urban Future Initiative at Illinois Tech, Associate Professor Julio Lumbreras from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) will present the seminar “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” this Friday, November 22 in IIT Tower Auditorium from 12:45–2:45 p.m. The seminar is free and open to the Illinois Tech community.

Researchers wishing to meet with Lumbreras to discuss collaboration opportunities are welcome to do so either the afternoon of Thursday, November 21 or during the midday of November 22. Please register for a time here.

Lumbreras is a member of the European Union Commission Expert Group: Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities, which is helping the EU plan its research agenda for 2021–27. He is also UPM’s United States liaison based at Harvard University and oversees Illinois Tech's collaboration with UPM. 





Autonomous Vehicle Expert to Speak on Transformative Transportation

Automated and connected vehicle technologies continue to evolve and innovate the transportation industry. As these technologies begin to transform people's lives, a complete overhaul of what mobility enables will take place. Jerry Quandt, executive director of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicle Association, will present a talk on Illinois Tech's Mies Campus on this transportation revolution on Wednesday, October 30 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Crawford Auditorium (Room 104) of the John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center.

A global marketing and business transformation leader, Quandt has also worked within the political arenas of Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Ireland. The focus of the privately funded, nonprofit IAVA is to establish Illinois as the leader in the development, design, and application of the system-of-systems that will transform mobility as we know it. 

Quandt's talk is part of Illinois Tech's Urban Future Initiative project. It is free of charge and open to the public.  


Argonne Experts to Present DOE National Labs Research Careers Seminar

The global community is experiencing disasters of increasing complexity, intensity, and frequency. Urbanization, rapid population growth, a widening wealth gap, climate change, and technology adoption all influence the disaster-risk landscape and survivor outcomes. Adversaries are rapidly changing the nature of conflict by using hybrid warfare methods such as social influence campaigns, sabotage, and other non-kinetic means to destabilize the United States and our allies. These attacks exploit our increasing connectivity and democratic institutions in order to achieve strategic political outcomes or, when carried out by criminal actors, to obtain financial gain. Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy facility located in a western Chicago suburb, supports government decision-makers, private-sector infrastructure owners and operators, nonprofit partners, academic institutions, and other sponsors in addressing these issues through the conduct of applied research spanning the energy security, homeland security, and emergency management landscape.

Argonne staff members David Brannegan, director of the Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division and Kyle Pfeiffer, manager of the National Preparedness Analytics Group, will be discussing the future direction of research in the seminar "Research Careers in Energy Security, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories" for Illinois Institute of Technology faculty and students. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 6 from 12:45–2:30 p.m. in the Pritzker Science Building, Room 152. Lunch will be provided. 

Special meetings are available to faculty and researchers. Brannegan and Pfeiffer are accepting appointments from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in PS 125 to discuss opportunities in applied security research fields. Indicate in the seminar RSVP form which time slot you would prefer. 

Register for the seminar at this link. The event is part of the Urban Future Initiative project.  

Anita Nikolich Co-Directs $20 Million Internet Project

Anita Nikolich, cybersecurity research fellow with Illinois Tech’s Department of Computer Science, has been named co-director of the FABRIC project, which will test new architectures that could enable a faster, more secure internet. Illinois Tech is a partner in the $20 million National Science Foundation-funded project with several other universities. The project’s goal is to enable scientists to explore what a new internet could look like and to determine the internet architecture of the future.

Read more about FABRIC in this article from University News. 

Architecture and Engineering Faculty Named to Elite Researchers List

Assistant Professor Rahman Azari, director of the Ph.D. program in architecture at the College of Architecture; Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Boris Pervan, Armour College of Engineering; and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Matthew Spenko, Armour College of Engineering, have been named to the 2019 Researchers to Know listing by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. 

Read about their areas of expertise here