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A message to admitted students, from Illinois ECE students
A message to admitted students, from Illinois ECE students

This video was produced in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis in an effort to create a digital message to admitted students and alumni to replace the in-person events scheduled for Spring 2020. It was produced by Illinois ECE students and Registered Student Organizations who want to share their passion for Illinois ECE with admitted students, alumni, and the world.

This video was edited with the help of WaggleNet's workflow automation technology. Music credit: Public domain music; Original remix by WaggleNet. Student production crew: Matt Novelli - Photographer Bella Chen - Photographer Jiaming Zhang - Production Manager Jimmy He - Workflow Manager Victoria Jiron - Photographer; President of IRIS Jiaqi Lou - Editor & Graphic Designer Santhosh Bomminani - Photographer & Editor

Project Manager: Ryann Monahan, Illinois ECE Communications Coordinator Contact: ryann@illinois.edu

A message to admitted students, from Distinguished Alumni
A message to admitted students, from Distinguished Alumni

This video is a compilation of messages for Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni assembled and disseminated in an effort to connect Illinois ECE alumni with admitted students through digital content in a COVID-19 world. Created in collaboration by: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Advancement Communications Office. The project was lead by Communications Coordinator Ryann Monahan.

A Magical Lab: Illinois ECE Nanofabrication Lab Tour
A Magical Lab: Illinois ECE Nanofabrication Lab Tour

Illinois ECE includes a first-of-its-kind undergraduate nanofabrication lab to give students hands-on experience with micro- and nanoelectronics. "We’ve got the right environment, the right people, the right expertise, and we’ve got over 50 years of experience doing similar things and the students are coming out of here and they are going to start creating that first generation of mass-produced nanotechnology because that’s the ILLINOIS way," Dane Sievers, Illinois ECE Engineering Lab Coordinator

Produced by Wagglenet. Music credit: Original mixtape by WaggleNet. Track: Foria - Break Away [NCS Release] Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds. Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkUwe... Track: John Kenza - Wicked [NCS Release] Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds. Production managed by: Ryann Monahan, Illinois ECE Communications Coordinator Contact: ryann@illinois.edu

Illinois ECE Robotics Lab
Illinois ECE Robotics Lab

An inside look at a robotics lab at Illinois ECE. Students get hands-on learning, new challenges, and are prepared to take on the industry. Produced by: Ryann Monahan, Illinois ECE Communications Coordinator and Illinois ECE multimedia student worker Nathaniel Stoll (BSEE '20)

Illinois ECE Virtual Reality Lab is changing the way students learn
Illinois ECE Virtual Reality Lab is changing the way students learn

Illinois ECE Professor Raluca Ilie is transforming the way her students learn by using virtual reality to help them better understand complex electrical engineering concepts. With the help of students in Illinois Computer Science, she’s running a new virtual reality laboratory that is offering new, interactive, and immersive learning experiences at ECE ILLINOIS, and could open the door to new learning opportunities for students across many disciplines.

The creation of the Illinois ECE virtual reality lab was an innovative effort to help students build a solid understanding of Professor Ilie’s course material. “We developed the virtual reality lab as an additional tool for the students to actually understand abstract concepts in electromagnetism,” Ilie explains. Physicists and mathematicians have struggled with grasping the theory of electromagnetism since James Clerk Maxwell first published it in 1865. “Physicists had a hard time because it was so mathematical, and mathematicians had a hard time because he explained it in physical terms.”

Now, Ilie’s innovative virtual reality lab is teaching the students the theory in a way Maxwell may never have dreamed of. “VR provides us with this platform – it’s building something that is both interactive and immersive. Every student now has the opportunity to construct their own knowledge, because they get to play, and understand by doing rather than by me telling them what’s important,” Ilie said.

Prof. Ilie created the framework in Wolfram Mathematica and then turned to her colleagues at Illinois Computer Science to develop the software and turn the framework into virtual reality for the Fields and Waves (ECE 329) course. Illinois CS Professor Eric Schaffer was immediately on board and assembled a team of elite students from his virtual reality course. “It’s a project-based course, so students learn about making VR applications and then actually do it,” Shaffer said. As a result, the benefits of the new virtual reality lab have amplified. “We have University of Illinois students in one course building the software that is going to be used to teach other University of Illinois students in a different course,” Shaffer explained. Joseph Kuo (BSEE’19) and Aras Yazgan (CompE ’21) helped develop the software students use in Ilie’s Fields and Waves (ECE 329) course.

“This was probably the best job I could get,” Yazgan said. The transdisciplinary project is also offering new insight to researchers in the College of Education at Illinois. A partner of the project, Illinois Education Psychology Professor Cynthia D’Angelo is evaluating this new learning technology and its effectiveness as a learning tool.

“We will make iterations on it over time to make sure students are learning from this kind of lab experience in the virtual reality, more than they would with the traditional lab experience.”

The virtual reality project led by Professor Ilie is part of a Strategic Instructional Innovations Program grant funded by The Grainger College of Engineering in partnership with Carle Medical School, College of Education, Computer Science Department, Physics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Funding has also been provided through the gift of John Brunning. The team also thanks Alec Shedelbower and Charles Pooh from Wolfram Research.

Media Contact: Ryann Monahan, Communications Coordinator, ECE ILLINOIS ryann@illinois.edu Video Editors: Ryann Monahan, ECE ILLINOIS Aryan Prinjhah, Multimedia Video Intern

Energy Conversion Systems: A special demonstration by Illinois ECE Professor Arijit Banerjee
Energy Conversion Systems: A special demonstration by Illinois ECE Professor Arijit Banerjee

Energy Conversion Systems: A special demonstration by Illinois ECE Professor Arijit Banerjee.

This video was produced in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis in an effort to create a digital message to admitted students and alumni to replace the in-person events scheduled for Spring 2020. It was produced by Illinois ECE students, staff, and faculty who want to share their passion for Illinois ECE with admitted students, alumni, and the world.

Media Contacts

TODD SWEET
Director of Communications
1066 ECE Building
(217) 333-5943
tmsweet@illinois.edu

RYANN MONAHAN
Communications Coordinator
1066 ECE Building
(217) 300-6658
ryann@illinois.edu

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