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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING


RESEARCH REPORT


2009 – 20010


Credits

Copy Editors: Sol Shatz, Johnette Foster, Dan Bailey

Graphics Support: Ron Fernandez, Ray Matthes, Engineering Media Services

Printing: UIC Office of Publications Services

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING


RESEARCH REPORT


2009 - 20010





Preface


The UIC College of Engineering (www.eng.uic.edu) is recognized for its academic excellence with undergraduate and graduate programs in six academic departments: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Materials Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The College has 2098 undergraduate students and 1011 graduate students. The graduate student population breaks down as follows: 541 M.S., 431 Ph.D., 64 MEng (Master of Engineering), and 50 MEE (Master of Energy Engineering). During 2009 – 2010 we produced 318 B.S. graduates, 178 M.S. graduates, 62 Ph.D. graduates, 36 MEng graduates, and 15 MEE graduates.


The College of Engineering has 114 outstanding faculty including 18 women. 47 of our faculty are Fellows of societies such as IEEE, ACM, ASME, AAAS, and ASCE; and 24 are recipients of National Science Foundation CAREER awards or other Young Investigator awards.


The research programs in the UIC College of Engineering continue to grow rapidly and are conducted in all academic departments and in specific interdisciplinary centers. Our college is actively involved in interdisciplinary research in the areas of bio-technology, nano-technology, information technology, and infrastructure and environmental technology. We are committed to performing and disseminating first-rate research that includes both fundamental engineering scholarship and applied technologies.


During the 2009 – 2010 term of this report, our faculty members have been extremely productive in research. This activity can be summarized by the following general statistics:


  • More than $22 million dollars in research expenditures

  • 63 book and chapter publications

  • 340 journal publications and 337 conference publications

  • 62 PhDs awarded


This report provides a snap-shot view of our dynamic research, including specific information on multidisciplinary research thrust areas and projects, research grants, scientific publications, PhD production, and research awards and honors.


I invite you to visit our college and department websites to meet our fine faculty, learn about our academic and support programs and explore the range of cutting-edge engineering research at the UIC College of Engineering. Please feel free to direct any questions or comments about the college to my staff or me.


Warm regards and thank you for your interest.


Peter Nelson, Dean of Engineering


(Fall 2010)



UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING



Administration


Peter Nelson, Dean

Phone: (312) 996-2400; Fax: (312) 996-8664

E-Mail: nelson@uic.edu


Sol M. Shatz

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Phone: (312) 355-3317; Fax: (312) 996-8664

E-Mail: shatz@uic.edu


Mike McNallan

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Administration

Phone: (312) 996-3463; Fax: (312) 413-3365

E-Mail: mcnallan@uic.edu


Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi

Associate Dean for International and Internet Programs

Phone: (312) 996-6059; Fax: (312) 996-8664

E-Mail: uslenghi@uic.edu


Sue Fullman

Visiting Associate Dean for Corporate Relations and Career Center

Phone: (312) 996-5843: Fax: (312) 413-8664

E-Mail: sfullman@uic.edu


Nick Gambardella

Associate Dean for Administration

Phone: (312) 413-9125; Fax: (312) 413-8664

E-Mail: gambard@uic.edu


Arnaud Buttin

Director for Advancement

Phone: (312) 413-1387; Fax: (312) 413-8664

E-Mail: abuttin@uic.edu


Departments


Bioengineering

Tom Royston, Interim Head

851 S. Morgan (MC 063)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-2331

Fax: (312) 996-5921

Email: troyston@uic.edu


Chemical Engineering

Sohail Murad, Head

810 S. Clinton (MC 110)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-5993

Fax: (312) 996-0808

Email: murad@uic.edu


Civil and Materials Engineering

Farhad Ansari, Head

842 W. Taylor (MC 246)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-3428

Fax: (312) 996-2426

Email: fansari@uic.edu


Computer Science

Robert Sloan, Head

851 S. Morgan (MC 152)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-3422

Fax: (312) 413-0024

Email: sloan@cs.uic.edu


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mitra Dutta, Head

851 S. Morgan (MC 154)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-3423

Fax: (312) 996-6465

Email: mdutta@ece.uic.edu


Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Farzad Mashayek, Head

842 W. Taylor (MC 251)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-1154

Fax: (312) 413-0447

Email: mashayek@uic.edu


UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING


Research Centers and Laboratories



Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL)

Jason Leigh, Co-Director

842 W. Taylor, 2032 ERF (MC 152)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-3002

Email: spiff@uic.edu

Website: www.evl.uic.edu


Energy Resources Center (ERC)

John Cuttica, Director

1309 S. Halsted, Suite 205

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-4382

Email: cuttica@uic.edu

Website: www.erc.uic.edu


Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF)

Vitali Metlushko, Director

842 W. Taylor, 3064 ERF (MC 251)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 413-7574

Email: vmetlush@ece.uic.edu

Website: www.ncf.uic.edu


Mobile Information Systems Center (MOBIS)

Ouri Wolfson, Director

851 S. Morgan, 1137 SEO (MC 152)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-6770

Email: wolfson@cs.uic.edu


Center for Smart Infrastructure

Farhad Ansari, Director

842 W. Taylor, 2095 ERF (M/C 246)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-3428

Email: fansari@uic.edu


Center for Research and Instruction in Technologies for Electronic Security (RITES)

Jon Solworth, Director

851 S. Morgan, 1120 SEO (MC 152)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-0955

Email: solworth@cs.uic.edu

Website: www.rites.uic.edu

Center for Integrated Networks of Nanoscale Sensors for Biomedical Applications
Michael A. Stroscio, Director

851 S. Morgan, 808 SEO (MC 154)

Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 413-5968
Email: stroscio@uic.edu
Website: nanotechcenter.uic.edu


Center for Medical Simulation
Pat Banerjee, Director

842 W. Taylor, 3029 ERF (MC 251)

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 996-5599
Email: banerjee@uic.edu
Website: www.mie.uic.edu/faculty/banerjee.htm

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING


Advisory Board



CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

JOHN E. MAJOR, Mr. (John)

President, Founder

MTSG

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067


PRAKASH C. AGARWAL, Mr. (Prakash)

CEO, President, Co-Founder

iKoa Corporation

Menlo Park, CA 94025

PRITH BANERJEE, Dr. (Prith)

Senior Vice President of Research and Director, HP Labs Worldwide

Hewlett Packard Company

Palo Alto, CA 94301


JOHN E. BANTA, Mr. (John)

CEO and Managing Director

IllinoisVentures, LLC

Chicago, IL 60606-2901


JOSEPH B. BARRETT, Mr. (Joe)

Senior Director Business Development

Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Round Lake, IL 60073-9610


HARDIK BHATT, Mr. (Hardik)

Chief Information Officer

Innovation and Technology (DoIT)

City of Chicago

Chicago, IL 60602


CHRISTOPHER B. BURKE, Mr. (Chris)

President and CEO

Christopher Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Rosemont, IL 60018


MIHAI CARATAS, Mr. (Mihai)

Technical Consultant

Global Engineering Services

Technical Center of Excellence

Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Park, IL 60064-6212


DENNIS DEMOSS, Mr. (Dennis)

Senior Vice President

Sargent & Lundy

Chicago, IL 60603


PHILIP GILCHRIST, Mr. (Phil)

Vice President of Converged Computing

Motorola, Inc.

Libertyville, IL 60048


ROBERT HAMILTON, JR, Mr. (Bob)

President

ITW Automotive Components

Safety and Motion Products

Barrington, IL 60010


PHIL HANEGRAAF, Mr.

Vice President

HNTB Corporation

Chicago, IL 60606


JOHN HARDIN, Mr. (John)

President & Chief Operating Officer

LA-CO Industries, Inc.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


ROBERT HAUCK, Mr. (Bob)

Global General Manager,

Office of the Chief Engineer

GE Healthcare

Waukesha, WI 53188


RICHARD S. HILL, Mr. (Rick)

Chairman and CEO

Novellus Systems, Inc.

San Jose, CA 95134-1568


AUDRONE KARALIUS, Mrs. (Audra)

Vice President,

Sustainability, Environment and Safety

Sara Lee Corporation

Downers Grove, IL 60515-5424


MUTHIAH KASI, Mr. (Kasi)

COO and Executive Vice President

Alfred Benesch & Company

Chicago, IL 60601


Advisory Board Continued



TONY KOBRINETZ

Vice President, Technology and Operations

PCTEL

Bloomingdale, IL 60108

E-Mail: tony.kobrinetz@pctel.com


RICHARD LASKO (Rick), Mr.

Cost Manager,

Lower Powertrain Business Unit

Advanced Systems Division

Caterpillar Inc.

Aurora, IL 60507


AMREESH MODI, Mr.

Executive Vice President and

Chief Technology Officer

NAVTEQ Corporaton

Chicago, IL 60606


RAFIQ MOHAMMADI, Mr. (Rafiq)

Chief Technology Officer

Autonomy iManage (formerly Interwoven)

Chicago, IL 60601

E-Mail: rafiq.mohammadi@autonomy.com


GLENN NELAND, Mr. (Glenn)

Former Sr VP, Dell, Worldwide Procurement & Global Customer Experience

Austin, TX 78735-1613


KENNETH E. NELSON, Mr. (Ken)

CEO/Chairman of the Board

Clark Dietz, Inc.

Chicago, IL 60661-5767


DIANE O’KEEFE, Ms. (Diane)

District One Regional Engineer, IDOT

Illinois Department of Transportation

Schaumburg, IL 60196


RAFAELE PINI, Mr. (Ralph)

President and CEO

Paratek Microwaves, Inc.

22 Technology Way, 5th Floor


LEI ZHANG SCHLITZ, Dr. (Lei)

Vice President, Research & Development

Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

ITW Tech Center

Glenview, IL 60025


MARK P. SLIVINSKI, Mr. (Mark)

Strategy Lead, Advanced Security Systems

Raytheon Missile Systems

Tucson, AZ 85706


DAVID TAYLOR, Mr. (Dave)

Mgr., Global Engineering Assurance, Global Engineering Division, GES Training

Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Park, IL 60064


WILLIAM D. UNGER, Mr. (Bill)

Partner Emeritus

Mayfield

Menlo Park, CA 94025-5206


DENNIS D. VACCARO, Dr. (Dennis)

Senior Technical Advisor

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-1098


PETER L. WEXLER, Mr. (Peter)

Vice President of Engineering

Spidercloud Wireless, Inc.

(Formerly, Copivia)

Santa Clara, CA 95054


WILLIAM O. WHITE, Mr. (Bill)

Vice President, Advanced Technology

USG Building Systems

Chicago, IL 60661-3676


BRUCE SCOTT WIDMANN, Mr. (Bruce)

Consulting Engineer

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Electronic Systems Sector

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008


DAVID ZAVATTERO, Mr. (David)

Deputy Director,

IT & Planning and Traffic Engineering

Chicago Department of Transportation

Chicago, IL 60602

Table of Contents


MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH THRUST AREAS 2

BIOTECHNOLOGY 3

MATERIALS AND NANO-TECHNOLOGY 24

COMPUTING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 43

INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY/ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY 81


RESEARCH GRANTS

BIOENGINEERING 106

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 108

CIVIL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING 110

COMPUTER SCIENCE 112

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING 115

MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING 118


RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS


Book and Chapter Publications

BIOENGINEERING 122

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 123

CIVIL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING 123

COMPUTER SCIENCE 124

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING 126

MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING 128


Journal Publications

BIOENGINEERING 129

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 134

CIVIL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING 136

COMPUTER SCIENCE 140

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING 144

MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING 151


Conference Publications

BIOENGINEERING 157

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 159

CIVIL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING 159

COMPUTER SCIENCE 162

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING 170

MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING 181


PhD GRADUATES

BIOENGINEERING 186

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 187

CIVIL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING 187

COMPUTER SCIENCE 188

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING 189

MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING 191


FACULTY AWARDS AND HONORS

BIOENGINEERING 192

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 192

CIVIL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING 192

COMPUTER SCIENCE 192

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING 193

MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING 194


MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH THRUST AREAS


Research in the College of Engineering is undertaken in 6 departments. While each of the departments has its own research strengths, there is a college-wide focus on the following four research thrust areas:


  • BioTechnology

  • Materials and Nano-Technology

  • Computing and Information Technology

  • Infrastructure and Energy/Environmental Technology


The following pages provide a quick view of some of the key research projects associated with these thrust areas. Each project is presented in the form of a “quad-chart” that highlights the project’s motivation, technical approach, and key achievements. For a full, interactive view of current quad-charts organized by thrust area and by academic department, visit the College of Engineering’s research web page at the following URL:


www.engr.uic.edu/research/research.htm


and click on the “Research Thrust Areas” link.


BIOTECHNOLOGY


Research projects in BioTechnology include activities such as neural engineering, tissue engineering, and bioinformatics. This research thrust area is populated by faculty from many departments, including bioengineering, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and industrial engineering.


For an on-line view of the quad-charts in the BioTechnology area, visit the College of Engineering’s research web page at the following URL:


www.engr.uic.edu/research/slides/ThrustAreas/BioTech_show/


[INSERT HERE QUAD CHARTS FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY]


MATERIALS AND NANO-TECHNOLOGY


Research projects in Materials and Nano-Technology include activities such as integration of nanostructures with biological structures, nanofluidics, and nanoelectronics. This research thrust area is populated by faculty from many departments, including bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil and materials engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and industrial engineering.


For an on-line view of the quad-charts in the Materials and Nano-Technology area, visit the College of Engineering’s research web page at the following URL:


www.engr.uic.edu/research/slides/ThrustAreas/MatNanoTech_show/


[INSERT HERE QUAD CHARTS FOR MATERIALS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY]


COMPUTING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY


Research projects in Computing and Information Technology include activities such as computer simulation of engineering techniques, real-time multimedia processing, computer security, computer networking and high-resolution display. This research thrust area is populated by faculty from many departments, including bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil and materials engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and industrial engineering.


For an on-line view of the quad-charts in the Computing and Information Technology area, visit the College of Engineering’s research web page at the following URL:


www.engr.uic.edu/research/slides/ThrustAreas/CompInfoTech_show/


[INSERT HERE QUAD CHARTS FOR COMPUTING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY]


INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY/ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY


Research projects in Infrastructure and Energy/Environmental Technology include activities such as power electronics, energy efficient networks, carbon nanostructures, combustion and emissions, and environmental contamination. This research thrust area is populated by faculty from many departments, including chemical engineering, civil and materials engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and industrial engineering.


For an on-line view of the quad-charts in the Infrastructure and Energy/Environmental Technology area, visit the College of Engineering’s research web page at the following URL:


www.engr.uic.edu/research/slides/ThrustAreas/InfraEnerEnvTech_show/


INSERT QUAD CHARTS: INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY/ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY


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