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2008 FIRST Robotics Midwest Regional Competition

UIC served as host university for the third year in a row for The FIRST Robotics Competition held at the UIC Pavilion on February 28-March 1, 2008. Some notable event attendees included teams of students, teachers, companies, schools and community leaders such as Senator Dick Durbin. A total of 42 teams participated in the three-day event where they tested their robots in a regional competition against other high schools in the Midwest. More than half of the team participants were from Illinois high schools. Some of the high schools included Deerfield, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Percy L. Julian, Illinois Math and Science Academy, and Roberto Clemente. Teams consisted of students, teachers, and mentors with most teams supported by at least one industry or university sponsor. Sponsors included companies such as Baxter Healthcare Corp, Chrysler Foundation, Delphi Corporation, Motorola, Rolls-Royce Corporation, John Deere, P& G, General Motors, NASA, Caterpillar, Boeing, PEPSI Americas, NTN Bearings, KTS Tooling, and DART Foundation and schools such as Michigan State University, Miami University, ITT Tech, Baker College, and IIT. The winner of the Midwest Regional Chairman’s Award was Team 71 School City of Hammond, Indiana. The next FIRST Robotics event is the championship which will be held in Atlanta from April 17-April 19, 2008 to determine the National Team Champions.

Four-Year Performance Metrics Prove Successful

NACME, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., supports our nation’s colleges and universities through corporate scholarship support. In 2003, UIC’s College of Engineering received a NACME block grant for $300,000 for five years through a grant proposal written and submitted by Dr. Denise R. Hayman for underrepresented ethnic minority students. UIC was one of 13 institutions nationally to receive this award. The scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and academic performance for a total of five years and rang from $1,000 to $5,000 a year. Companies that fund and support NACME’s efforts include 3M, The Boeing Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Dupont, Deloitte & Touche, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Toyota. Recently, NACME noted that the retention rate for UIC graduating scholars was 79% for freshmen and 94% for transfer students. NACME and UIC’s relationship officially began in the mid 1980s with over one million dollars donated to support recruitment and graduation efforts for engineering students. For more information about NACME click here.

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Honor Roll of Donors 2008

With Continuing GratitudeUIC students

The College of Engineering extends its gratitude to each of the alumni, friends, associations, corporations and foundations that support the College.

Each has a stake in the future of the College of Engineering and acts on it through their volunteer activity, donations to the Engineering Annual Fund, endowed and planned gifts to perpetuate programs or educational assistance, grants and contracts that underwrite faculty research, and provision of materials to reinvigorate laboratories and classrooms.

For 41 years, the UIC College of Engineering has awarded degrees and provided a unique, dynamic location where access to excellence in engineering is highly prized. We promise to continue our concern for our students and the academic environment.

We recognize and honor these individual, corporate and foundation partners for their gifts of $100 or more to the Engineering Annual Fund, our endowments and research enterprises.

Our Partners in Engineering

Engineering Loyalty Circle Foundations of Engineering
Dean’s Circle Fundamentals of Engineering
Friends of the College of Engineering Corporate Matching

Engineering Loyalty Circle

$1 Million and Above
Motorola Inc.
Silvaco International
Synopsys, Inc.

$250,000 to $999,999
Estate of James P. Hartnett
Victor W. and Lucy Kan

$50,000 to $99,999
E. Eugene Carter Foundation
JNCL Research Fund
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
Wei-I Company

$25,000 to $49,000
American Air Liquide, Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
Elsevier Science, Ltd.
HNTB Corporation
Illinois Cement Company
Intellegent Instrument System, Inc.
Lawrence A. and Valaree Kennedy
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Smart Structures, LLC.
Peter L. and Deborah K.Wexler

$10,000 to $24,999
Aileen S. Andrew Foundation
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Bridge Wave Electronics
Caterpillar Inc.
Steven J. Hampton
William J. and Karen Hawes
W. J. and Diana E. Minkowycz
National Security Technologies, LLC
Orochem Technologies, Inc.
Philippine Engineers and Scientists Organization
Red Cell Solar, Inc.
University of California
Xerox Corporation

Foundations of Engineering

$5,000 to $9,999
Fred M. and Anna Marie Abdula
Jose and Geri de Leon
Filtration Group, Inc.
Itzel G. Godinez
Google Inc.
Great Lakes Cement Promotion Association
John E. and Susan Major
Rafiq R. and Michelle L. Mohammadi
Kenneth E. Nelson
Algis P. and Violeta K. Strikas

$2,500 to $4,999
American Concrete Pavement Association Illinois Chapter, In.
Austin AECOM, Inc.
Phillip S. and Lynn Cali
Tarun Chandra and Lavanya Lall
Dennis and JoAnn Demoss
Bhupendra M. Desai and Thuy B. LeDesai
Ensphere Solutions, Inc.
John F. and Catherine Hickey Hardin
HBM Engineering Group, LLC
International Truck and Engine Corporation
Benita S. and Robert Kiamco
Joseph I. and Helene Lachman
Richard L. Leung
Market Resource Partners, LLC
Microsoft Corporation
Peter C. and Melissa J. Nelson
Gregory R. Sherwin
Society of Women Engineers
Turner Construction Company
WiLinx Corporation

Dean’s Circle

$1,000 to $2,499
Alfred Benesch & Company
Applied Computer Security Associates
Virgil Bistriceanu
William G. Blakley
Robert H. and Ellen Bryant
Society of Automotive Engineers Chicago Section
Marjorie A. Galban
Geotechnical Division of the Illinois ASCE
David F. and Patricia A. Geraghty
Muthiah and Sivagami S. Kasi
Ali M. Khounsary
Venkata S. and Lakshmi S. Krishnan
Wilson P. and Birgit Mantilla
Christine T. Mindo
James H. Moore
Michael J. and Nancy M. Pasquerelli
Wolfgang and Linda H. Pavlok
Ralph and Santa Pini
Ronald J. and Cynthia Browne Placek
Renato J. and Behnaz Recio
Rigid Building Systems, Ltd.
Richard A. and Sharon Schmidt
Scot Forge
John and Ronna Bianucci Shanks
Kevin and Jo Lynn Stifter
Constante P. Tagamolila
Peter Tan and Li-Chin Chen
Thomas G. and Elisabeth Tinor
Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi
Robert Uyetani
Sandra M. Wichelecki
Raymond F. and Arlene L. Wojcieszak
Your Life Essentials

Fundamentals of Engineering

$500 to $999
Jay E. and Nadiya D. Archie
Prith and Swati Banerjee
Rodica A. Baranescu
Daniel J. and Lorelei Branda
Michael A. and Mari I. Brown
Joseph A. and Colleen A. Charaska
Thomas A. DeFanti and Kathy Tanaka
Ralph L. D’Souza
Jack A. and Linda Goldfarb
Dennis L. Koehler
Yvonne B. Liebelt
John T. and Elizabeth Long
Steven A. and Marcia Matalon May
Frank B. Riordan
Harold R. and Alice L. Sandberg
Ahmed A. and Lynette Shabana
Mark P. and Christine Slivinski
Kenneth L. Wilson and Debra Smith

Friends of the College of Engineering

$250 to $499
Stephen C. Arendt
Kara D. Baskett
William J. and Ann T. Burns
Paul B. Canale
Paul H.S. and Yueh Y. Chou
Frank J. and Nancy R. Cihak
James L. Clark
Viet Q. Do
Thomas M. Dobrino
August W. Domel, Jr.
Gabriel A. Duran
Chad R. Fischer
Brian D. and Sara H. Frickenstein
Thomas G. and Victoria Funk
John M. Girard
GroundWork Open Source, Inc.
Ethan Haslett
John D. and Claudia D. Hauge
David J. Huisman
William S. and Lisa M. Hurst
Raymond and Jeanine M. Jasica
Anton F. Kitz
Karen Daulton Lange
Thomas F. and Dorothy B. Leahey
Johnny M. Leong
Thomas F. and Laurie McCluskey
Michael J. and Ann McLaughlin
Michael J. McNallan
Ronald J. Meyer
Sohail and Penny Murad
Arlene and John Norsym
Gary J. Novak
Open Kernal Labs, Inc.
Thomas and Beth Schickel Papoutsis
Edward T. Paulson
John C. and Norma Ruth Phillips
John C. Pincenti
Ronald E. and Ione A. Reder
Thomas J. Royston
Jennifer N. and Charles J. Schwer III
Leonard E. and Rebecca Lynne Schwer
Manish N. Shah
Nancy M. and Mark Singer
Robert H. and Maureen Sloan
Gregory E. and Joyce Smith
William and Cheryl G. Sonna
Jerry Stamatopoulos
Ronald J. Stepansky
Jack F. and Diane M. Stevens
Brian A. and Joan M. Stinton
Archie L. Thompson
Henk J. Wassenaar
Joan M. Wenaas
John A. Wilkinson and Mary Beth Lavelle
Michael A. Wislek
Daniel A. Wojnowski

$100 to $249
Barbara A. Absher
Glen Ken Adaniya and Jeanne Moran Quigg
Durgaprasad Adusumilli
John W. Ahlen
Rashid A. Ahmad
Kwamena S. Allen-Baffoe
Parthiv R. Amin
Paul F. Aronian
Robert Badalian
J. Timothy Barrett
Robert A. and Pamela K. Becker
Thomas J. Behringer
Robert F. Bendeich
Ed and Nancy Bendis
Corwyn M. Berger
Donald L. and Shirley Bermel
Richard A. Beyak
Bruce H. Blair
Donna D. and William D. Bobco, Jr.
John R. Bolden
Susan K. Brown
Donald W. Bucholz
Diane L. Bugajski
Lakhpat G. Chandnani
Ko-Nan Chang
John C. Cherry
Martin Y.M. Chiang and Ching-Er Sung
Raymond R. Christian, Jr.
Ton M. Chung
Michael P. Clarke
Nancy J. Cohen and Norman F. Christophersen
Donald W. Collins
Edward F. Corwin
Thomas J. and Marie Darcy
Rudolph P. Darken
Sara L. Davis
William and Melpo DeFotis
Juan F. Delgado
Himanshu M. Desai
Michael W. De Yong
William E. and Diane R. Draper
Thomas W. Druetzler
Robert A. Dudek
Shantanu Dutt
Edgardo G. Esguerra
Leslie E. Farrar
Thomas K. Fok
Maryl D. Freestone
Yoshiko Fukui
Mary J. Gelder
George P. and Catherine Gesior
Nirmalya Ghosh
Scott S. Glait
Estela B. Gomez
Joe F. Goodner
Nachappa Gopalsami
John P. Granada
John H. and Marianna D. Grimson
Arsenio T. Gumahad
Albert M. Gurevich
John B. Halla
Steven A. Hamaker
Michael C. Hammond
Karl G. Hanson
John A. Harris
Michael S. Harris
Patrick M. Harris
William M. Hartman
James S. Herzau
Gregory N. Hesse
Harold R. Hirsch
Frank W. Hoehn
George J. Hoff, Jr.
Richard M. Holm
John Hoo
Edwin M. Horak
Mark S. Horbaczewski
Wenhaw Hsu
Suzann Hua
Ming-Chong Huang
Qin Q. Huang
Marinela D. Inguito
Mikio and Vickie Ann Ishimaru
Laura B. Ives
Catherine M. Jablonsky
Andrew P. Jakubowski
Dennis Jodlowski
James A. Johnson
Martin E. Johnson
Fred H. Jue
Brent A. Junge
Mark A. Junge
Joseph S. Kaiser
Kannan Kandallu
Chol-Su Kang
Eugene P. and Susan M. Kania
Artur M. Kaplon
Kevin J. Keating
Lawrence E. Keller
Patti Kennedy
John Yijian King
Marelet and Michael L. Kirda, Jr.
Edward J. Klich
Roger P. Klich
James R. Knight
Herbert P. Koenig
George A. Koron
Ronald H. and Elaine Krasnitz
Charumathi Krishnan
Andrzej M. Kruk
Ronald F. Kulak
Senthil Kumar
Daniel E. Kuntzman
Dan L. and Victoria Kwiatkowski
Peter C. Kwong
John R. Lamberg
Charles W. and Maureen Larsen
Glen C. Laschober
Michael F. Lathrope
Joseph G. Leane
Kathleen Leary
Young J. Lee
E. Li
Xin Li
Stephen K. Liedtke
Jin S. Lim
Jiunn-Chorng Lin
Richard C. Linden
Mildred Linnerud
William E. Liss
David L. and Marge M. Lo
Rachel A. and David Luebbe
George J. Malek and Katherine M. Marzec
Gary S. Malott
Myra L. Martin
Joanna Mason
Robert W. and Lee Mindy Matanky
Peggy K. Matson
Eugene John Maurey
Mahmoud and Susan Mazaheri
Weiyi Meng
Alan R. Meyer
Rongsheng Miao
Thomas J. and Jean Molitor
Robert D. Monkman
William E. and Bernadette L. Mundo
Frank J. and Casimir T. Myslinski
Krishnakumar R. Nair
Glenn E. and Linda S. Neland
Vietson M. and Kim Nguyen
Thomas M. Niec
Richard H. and Patricia Noens
Kevin J. and Charlotte O’Connell
Patrick J. and Patricia O’Donnell
Bruce A. Oltman
Bryon G. Padera
Ranga Palaniswamy
Anna G. Palazzo
Bernard P. Paul, Jr.
Warren J. and Martha B. Paul
Ivan R. Pena
Kenneth A. Peterson
Henry K. and Elizabeth Pikul
George W. Plackmann
Thomas A. Popp
Timothy P. Ralston
Michael Raulinaitis
Ganesan Rengaraju
Laszlo N. and Linda Repay
Jude H. and Linda Restis
Fernando Reyes
James F. Ries
David I. and Eloise O’Connor Roche
Edgar D. Ross
Robert E. Rozak
S.G. Sangameswara
Srikanth Sathyanathan
Richard and Karen S. Scheer
Shane R. and Christy Schuessler
Glenn R. Scott, Jr.
Robert A. Serwy
Suresh M. Sevak
Ejaz A. Shameem
Catherine A. Shanks
Larry F. and Marilyn Shanok
Andrew E. Shillington
David M. Shotola
Harmanjeet Singh
Som P. and Kusum K. Singh
John S. and Wanda G. Sitasz
Michael R. Srebnicki
Phillip S. Steder
Carl M. Stern
Thomas F. and Kathleen G. Stiegart
Wei Su
Robert M. Tashiro
Xin Tian and Zesheng Zhang
Esteban Tobias
Rick T. Tong and Yu-Ying Tang
Rosalie M. Uchanski
Gary D. Uken
Caroline and Theodore Virgilio, Jr.
Edward D. Vojcak
Jane F. Wells
William R. and Margaret A. Welter
Paul A. Wetzel
Anne E. Wharton
Lauren L. and David A. Willming
Richard L. Wilson
Robert A. Wojdelko
Mark A. Woyna
Chien H. Wu
Yamin A. Yamin
Edmond C. Yau
Richard Zanotti
David J. Zawislak
Bing Zhang
Jun Zou and Mingyu Xu
Edward D. and Beverly A. Zyga

Expanding Our Possiblities

The engineering community has a strong interest in the success of our College as we educate the engineers of the future and make the discoveries that will reshape technology.

The College recognizes our corporate matching gift partners and the charitable organizations through which our donors have directed contributions to the College of Engineering and the companies owned or controlled by alumni and friends that contributed to the College in 2008.

3Com Corporation
Abbot Laboratories
AG Communication Systems
Akzo Nobel, Inc.
All Automotive Repair, Inc.
Alliant Techsystems, Inc.
Allied Signal, Inc.
Allstate Insurance Company
Altria Group, Inc.
American International Group, Inc.
Austin (Texas Community Foundation
BAN AMRO/LaSalle Bank
Baxter International Inc.
Bechtel Corporation
Belden Wire & Cable Company
The Boeing Company
BP Inc.
Bulldog Legal Services
Caterpillar Inc.
Centro, LLC
Cisco Systems, Inc.
CITAA of the Midwest
Citgo Petroleum Corporation
Clark Dietz, Inc.
Computer Associates International Inc.
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
ConocoPhillips Corporation
Consumers Energy
Cordant Technologies lnc.
Deluxe Corporation
Dudek Consulting, PC
Dynamic Motion Control, Inc.
Edison International
Eli Lilly and Company
Emerson Electric Company
Engineering Systems Inc.
Ernst & Young
Exelon Corporation
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Fluor Corporation
Ford Motor Company
FPL Group, Inc.
GannettMatch Foundation
General Electric Company
General Mills, Inc.
General Motors Corporation
Global Impact
MWH Global, Inc.
Hazard, Keefe & Leane Engineering
Honeywell Hometown Solutions
HSBC – North America
Hydro-Ergoseal, Inc.
IDEX Corporation
Illinois Tool Works
Intel Corporation
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Kraft Foods Inc.
Lexmark International, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
The Lubrizol Corporation
Lucent Technologies
M/A-COM Inc.
McAndrews, Held & Malley, Ltd.
McCluskey Engineering Corporation
Merck & Co.
Merrill Lynch & Co.
Microsoft Corporation
Millipore Corporation
Monsanto Company
Motorola, Inc.
National Grid
Nicor Inc.
Nortel Networks
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Parker Hannifin Corporation
People’s Energy Corporation
PFL Group Foundation, Inc.
Photon Electrical Systems, Inc.
Praxair, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Raytheon Company
Reuters America, Inc.
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Sara Lee Corporation
Science Applications International Corporation
Scripps Howard Foundation
Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Stellant, Inc.
Tellabs Operations, Inc.
Texas Instruments Incorporated
TRW Automotive
Tyco International Inc.
U.S. Cellular
United Technologies Corporation
Verizon Wireless
Viskase Corporation
Washington Group Foundation, Inc.
Whirlpool Corporation

To our donors and friends, the level at which individuals are recognized includes matching funds. We recognize donors who have made gifts as the principal owner of a company as individuals in the primary listing and list their firms separately.

The College of Engineering has made every effort to include each gift received by the University of Illinois Foundation by June 30, 2008. The 2009 Honor Roll of Donors will recognize gifts or matching gifts received after that date.

If you wish to have the name of your spouse added to future recognition listings or your name listed in a different fashion, please inform us of your preference at

Through matching gift programs, our corporate partners and their foundations have the power to increase the impact of your gift. Learn about your company’s matching program at

March 7, 2001 Contact: Paul Francuch (312) 996-3457;


To help detect everything from enemy missiles to embryonic human tumors, a new generation of infrared light sensors is being tested at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Microphysics Laboratory.

Funded by approximately $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA, researchers at UIC will study the properties of a promising semiconductor material called mercury cadmium telluride, which may be used in a variety of applications ranging from the military to medicine.

Mercury cadmium telluride-a compound semiconductor that exhibits superior abilities over simpler, more commonly used semiconductors-could improve the detection of various wavelengths of heat-producing infrared light. Creating useable crystals of this semiconductor, however, took a bit of laboratory magic.

“We’ve grown almost perfect crystals,” said Inder Batra, professor and head of physics. “It’s technologically complex to grow this material without creating defects, which would destroy any possibility of useful application in infrared detectors.”

Using sophisticated devices called molecular beam epitaxial systems, UIC researchers continue to work on refining the semiconductor crystals to make them both better and cheaper. Their work for the DOD, funded by a five-year, $2.6 million grant, will concentrate on further improving the mercury cadmium telluride-the third most important semiconductor after silicon and gallium arsenide in terms of governmental and industrial research investment dollars.

In other testing for NASA, a $1.3 million contract will allow the researchers to closely examine how to develop infrared sensors to detect longer, and hence colder, wavelengths of infrared light. Expected to serve as the centerpiece of the testing is nanotechnology-the building of functional structures about the size of atoms.

One of the many challenges the researchers face is finding a way to make sensors that operate in so-called room-temperature environments, “and still meet the more stringent wavelength measurement requirements,” said Christoph Grein, associate director of the laboratory. Such sensors, Grein said, may be used in future Mars probes, new infrared cameras, and on a new airborne-reflecting telescope to be mounted in a modified Boeing 747 aircraft.

While the Pentagon hopes better infrared detectors on surveillance satellites will improve the accuracy and speed of detecting enemy weapons and weapon-delivery systems, Siva Sivananthan, professor and director of the laboratory, also sees commercial benefits.

It’s quite conceivable that sophisticated infrared night displays on car windshields will become commonplace as this technology improves and the price of the semiconductor drops, Sivananthan said. For example, sensors, mounted in automobile exhaust pipes, may be used to shoot and detect beams of infrared light through the outflowing gases. By analyzing the emission content, a message could be immediately sent back to the engine if a new fuel mix was needed for the car to run cleaner.

There are potential health benefits to infrared sensor research as well, Sivananthan said. “Using a combination of X-ray and infrared detection, at least one study suggests if we can put these technologies together, early detection of breast cancer could advance by about two years.”

– UIC –

August 9, 2001 Contact: Paul Francuch (312) 996-3457; francuch@uic.edul


Highland Park resident Alexander Chudnovsky, a professor of mechanics and materials in the department of civil and materials engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been named a UIC Distinguished Professor for his internationally recognized work in the field of reliability and fracture mechanics of engineering materials.

“Professor Chudnovsky’s notable contributions to fracture mechanics of engineering materials laid the foundation to improve their reliability,” said Lawrence Kennedy, College of Engineering dean. “He is an international authority who is well deserving of this honor.”

Chudnovsky joined the UIC faculty in 1986 as professor of mechanics and materials and was appointed director of UIC’s Fracture Mechanics and Materials Durability Laboratory.

He is credited with major contributions to the fundamental understanding, theoretical development and experimental advances in strength of materials, fracture mechanics, lifetime prediction of materials and reliability assessments of structures and structural components.

Chudnovsky’s work has led to improvements in the durability of engineering structures in service conditions characterized by extreme temperatures, high load rates, X-ray radiation and chemically aggressive environments.

His pioneering research on what he calls “crack layer theory” resulted in improved hydraulic rock fracture techniques used to enhance gas and oil production, more accurate risk assessment of catastrophic gas pipeline failure and more reliable lifetime prediction for polymers and polymer composites used in aerospace applications ranging from F-16 jet fighter canopies to Boeing 767 disc brakes.

Chudnovsky received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Odessa Civil Engineering Institute. He earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Leningrad Civil Engineering Institute. Prior to his appointment at UIC, Chudnovsky held faculty positions at the Leningrad Military Engineering Academy, the Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

A prolific writer, Chudnovsky has published more than 220 articles in his area of expertise. Many of his former students, now in careers around the world, continue to collaborate with him on projects and publications.

– UIC –

Research Collaborations
The Microphysics Laboratory (MPL) serves as a focal point for developing semiconductor materials growth by molecular beam epitaxy. MPL, in collaboration with the UIC Interface Physics Group, conducts basic and applied research for technological advances in the area of semiconductor materials and devices. The joint effort with the interface group creates a seamless, synergistic cooperative work environment for our students, research fellows and faculty members to study and identify a problem and find specific solutions.

The Microphysics Lab is very serious in establishing research programs with institutions outside of UIC. MPL is dedicated to serve the scientific community, and in particular provide quality research and development to the various government agencies and laboratories. The MPL’s external collaborators include a wide variety of universities, corporations and military laboratories.


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