College of Engineering

Marc Snir will talk about what supercomputers are used for, how they have evolved over time, how a modern supercomputer looks like, and what are key research problems in the design of future supercomputers. 


We have built an inexpensive battery powered wireless laboratory system that allows students to do hands-on physics activities outside the classroom, guided by their own computer. The system, called IOLab, combines flexible software with a wireless data acquisition platform containing an array of sensors to sample and display real-time measurements of position, velocity, acceleration, force, rotation rate, orientation, magnetic fields, voltages, light intensity, sound intensity, pressure, and temperature.


We present several studies conducted in our lab that shed light on what students attend to when performing cognitive tasks in physics. The studies, drawing from a variety of methodologies from the learning sciences, aim to understand the obstacles to, and factors facilitating, competent performance.  The findings from some of the studies debunk biases/hunches that many physics professors have about what students do, and the audience will very likely find several of the findings surprising.  Pedagogical implications of the findings will be discussed.


Ray Price will be speaking to us about Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry). Ray will describe iFoundry as a curriculum incubator and will explore the activities (both successes and failures).  He will discuss the current areas of emphasis and the potential future opportunities. 


iFoundry is transforming engineering education for the 21st century. Dr. Price will describe the program and answer questions.


Join us for our MSTE Friday Lunch this week with Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy. He will talk about his 2nd and 3rd series of EngineerGuy videos. He'll update the talk he gave at the CITES Brown Bag - looking into the question do YouTube viewers like silly or series videos? He'll talk only a little about production, focusing more on how the videos can be used to support supplemental educational material and also how to monetize the videos so they can be self-funding.


From the Speaker:

World problems and the need for human expertise to solve those problems demand more creativity.  Opportunities abound for the individual who can integrate creative thinking skills with critical thinking skills. The creative imperative and the creative opportunity urge us to improve creativity education for students.  We can help students become more creative, and as a result we can enhance their personal satisfaction and their abilities to solve the pressing problems of our times.


An update of iFoundry and possibly some discussion on iEFX (Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience (pronounced "I-effects")).


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