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Engineering in the News 2017

News stories from around the world featuring the College of Engineering faculty and students.
Published originally: Nature (Dec. 20, 2017)

Facebook Billionaire Pours Funds into High-risk Research

Silicon Valley philanthropy project revives some grants rejected by a mainstream US biomedical funder.

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Published originally: Spoke (Nov. 30, 2017)

Industry Leading Experts Discuss Architectural and Material Innovations

Atomera Holds Semiconductor Variability Event at IEEE IEDM Conference in San Francisco

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Published originally: Inside Indiana Business (Nov. 30, 2017)

Report Examines the Business of University Research

Published originally: The Atlantic (Nov. 10, 2017)

Are Face Scans Resurrecting the False Science of Physiognomy?

Many researchers fear the consequences of training computers to identify a person’s sexual orientation and criminality based solely on physical appearance.

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Published originally: Before It's News (Nov. 9, 2017)

Fungal Parasite Leaves Zombie Ant’ Brains Intact

Published originally: Global University Venturing (Nov. 8, 2017)

Anfiro Filters $1.1M Seed Round

Anfiro, which has licensed Purdue and Notre Dame research, aims to complete a prototype of its polymer-based water treatment system by 2018.

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Published originally: Semiconductor Engineering (Nov. 3, 2017)

Introducing the 55th DAC General Chair

Published originally: ABC57 (Oct. 21, 2017)

Fighting Irish Battle on the Robotic Field

Published originally: Scientific American (Sept. 11, 2017)

China's Delayed Moon Mission Sparks Debate over Lunar Samples

Published originally: Nokipedia (Aug. 29, 2017)

Smart Stadiums Give Fans a Taste of the 5G Experience

Published originally: NIST (Aug. 2, 2017)

NIST Funds 12 Projects to Make Communities More Resilient to Disasters

Using biological materials as flame retardants, defining the characteristics of soil liquefaction during earthquakes and collecting disaster data with aerial drones are among the 12 disaster resilience research projects awarded just over $6 million today by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The grants support NIST’s efforts to strengthen the ability of communities to prepare for anticipated hazards, adapt to changing conditions, and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.

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Published originally: South Bend Tribune (July 30, 2017)

Startup Social Venture Luring Talent to South Bend

Startup social venture plans to bring talent to South Bend.

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Published originally: The Global Lead (July 24, 2017)

New Test Created to Identify Peanut Allergies without Exposure

A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, reveals that a team of chemical and biomolecular engineers from the University of Notre Dame, has developed a new test to accurately detect and identify the presence and strength of peanut allergies, without having to expose the patients to the allergen.

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Published originally: Indiana Ag Connection (July 24, 2017)

Kareem to Lead Building Center to Predict Natural Disaster Impact

Damage to infrastructure stemming from natural hazards [i.e., windstorms, storm surge, earthquakes and tsunamis] is a focus of the Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), a new center co-led by the University of Notre Dame's Ahsan Kareem, the Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences.

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Published originally: Nature (July 7, 2017)

Why Planetary Scientists Want Better Fake Space Dirt

Artificial soils that mimic the surfaces of the Moon, Mars and asteroids are hard to make — and often miss the mark.

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Published originally: New Scientist (June 30, 2017)

Our Young Moon's Supersonic Winds Made Waves in Its Magma Ocean