May 11, 2022

U of I Bioengineering alumna among the inaugural class of graduates from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

  • By Beth Hart

Elizabeth Woodburn (BIOE B.S. ‘18) comes from a big Illini family with her parents, grandparents and extended family members having attended UIUC. This May, Woodburn is leaving her own mark on the university by being among the inaugural graduating class of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine – the world’s first engineering-based medical school. Woodburn knew that she wanted to study bioengineering because she loved working with her hands and was interested in exploring health […]

Bioengineering student Benjamin Salzberg demonstrates the prototype of the EYES ultrasonic scanning device.
May 5, 2022

Carle Illinois Student Team Develops Wearable Ultrasonic Scanner for Improved ‘Sight’

  • By Beth Hart

A Carle Illinois College of Medicine student team has designed a new assistive device that uses sound-wave technology to empower sight-impaired people to move safely and independently in their environment. The handheld device uses ultrasound technology to allow people with poor vision to comprehensively scan their environment for obstacles to avoid hazards. The innovation, called EYES, or Enhancing Your Everyday Sight, locates objects as far away as seven feet and then pinpoints the obstacle’s direction […]

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March 14, 2022

Engineering-Based Medical Training: The Catalyst for a Health Care Revolution

  • By Beth Hart
January 26, 2022

U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs

  • By Ryann Monahan

The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is among the nation’s best online master’s degree programs, according to the latest rankings released by U.S. News and World Report. Carle Illinois College of Medicine aligns its engineering-based curriculum with the top-ranked engineering program, with courses designed by teams of basic scientists, clinicians, and engineers.  Carle Illinois’ is the first medical school to integrate engineering and data science into its curriculum. “The Grainger […]

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January 14, 2022

Carle Illinois Machine Learning System for EEG Analysis Wins IEEE Honors

  • By Beth Hart

A new machine learning system developed by a Carle Illinois College of Medicine student could unlock the vast amounts of untapped data found in a common neurological test. Carle Illinois student Sam Rawal (Class of 2024) collaborated with Yogatheesan Varatharajah, bioengineering research assistant professor, to engineer a solution called SCORE-IT. The system takes in an electroencephalogram (EEG) report without any structure and automatically extracts and standardizes the information. The team recently won ‘best paper’ honors […]

Rohit Bhargava named 2022 Optica Fellow
January 14, 2022

Rohit Bhargava named 2022 Optica Fellow

  • By Beth Hart

The Optica (formerly OSA) Board of Directors recently elected 106 members from 24 countries to the Society’s 2022 Fellows Class. Illinois bioengineering Founder Professor Rohit Bhargava — who is also a professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine — was selected for his contributions to the fundamental physics and instrument engineering of mid-IR microscopy and its applications to medical imaging. Fellows are Optica members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and […]

Carle Illinois Capstone Innovations 2022 - Bionic Knee
January 11, 2022

Carle Illinois Students Design Bionic Knee Brace to Empower Cerebral Palsy Patients

  • By Beth Hart

A new bionic knee brace designed by two future physician innovators at Carle Illinois College of Medicine could help cerebral palsy (CP) patients overcome muscle stiffness that limits their mobility. Cerebral palsy patients have decreased muscle strength and flexibility that hinders mobility and prevents even the most mobile cerebral palsy patients from exercising freely for extended periods of time. A new device designed by Carle Illinois College of Medicine students Dylan Mann and Shahnoor Amin […]

August 3, 2021

Study tests microplasma against middle-ear infections

  • By Ryann Monahan

Middle-ear infections are a common affliction in early life, affecting more than 80% of children in the U.S. Antibiotics are often employed as a first line of defense but sometimes fail against the pathogenic bacteria that can develop in the middle ear, just behind the eardrum. In a new study, researchers explore the use of microplasma – a highly focused stream of chemically excited ions and molecules – as a noninvasive method for attacking the […]

May 28, 2021

Four Illinois Professors Named 2021 Fellows of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

  • By Beth Hart

The International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) welcomed and elected 26 Fellows for the Class of 2021, including three faculty members from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The IAMBE, affiliated with the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), is made up of Fellows who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession of medical and biological engineering. Election to the Academy is highly selective, initiated by nominations which are […]

May 5, 2021

Mantis shrimp-inspired camera provides second opinion during cancer surgery

  • By Beth Hart

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Some of the world’s greatest innovations, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine, owe their strength and elegance to natural design. Researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have returned their gaze to the natural world to develop a camera inspired by the mantis shrimp that can visualize cancer cells during surgery. A new study led by electrical and computer engineering professor Viktor Gruev details how the new camera works with tumor-targeted drugs to see cancer […]