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ECE Illinois Overview. Brad Petersen Assistant Director of Communications July 23, 2009. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Here, my friends, on the prairies of Illinois and of the Middle West, We can see a long way in all directions.

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ece illinois overview

ECE Illinois Overview

Brad Petersen

Assistant Director of Communications

July 23, 2009


“Here, my friends, on the prairies of Illinois and of the Middle West, We can see a long way in all directions.

We look to east, to west, to north and south. Our commerce, our ideas, come and go in all directions.

Here there are no barriers,

No defenses, to ideas or the spirit,

No rigid patterns of thought, and no iron conformity.”

-Adlai E. Stevenson II, Illinois Governor 1949-1953

the university of illinois at urbana champaign4
Land-grant university created by Morrill Act

Founded in 1867

Flagship institution

41,496 students

3,081 faculty

8,595 staff

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alma Mater

Numbers updated 7-09

  • Joseph B. White, President, University of Illinois
  • Richard Herman, Chancellor, Urbana Campus
  • Linda Katehi, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Urbana Campus (an ECE professor)
  • Ilesanmi Adesida, College of Engineering Dean (an ECE professor)
  • Andreas Cangellaris, ECE Illinois Interim Department Head

“This university has many faces:

a superb undergraduate institution

for exceptionally talented students;

a research powerhouse

that produces breathtaking discoveries

and advances in knowledge;

one of the world's leading training grounds

for the next generation of

scientists, professors, and policy makers;

and, a force shaping the possibilities of the future

across the domains of human endeavor.”

-Chancellor Richard Herman

university of illinois research powerhouse
University of Illinois: Research Powerhouse
  • 22 Nobel Prizes and 20 Pulitzer Prizes (faculty/alumni)
  • 359 active US patents
  • Spends nearly $500 million for science and engineering R&D (2007)
  • Received more NSF funding than any other academic institution each year from 1998 to 2003, second most in 2004
  • Nationally, ranked 8th in PhDs awarded (2006) by Inside Higher Ed

Numbers updated 7-09

university of illinois how we size up
University of Illinois: How We Size Up
  • 286 main campus buildings on 2.3 square miles
  • 559 total campus buildings on 7.7 square miles
  • Over 1,000 registered student organizations, coalitions, honorary societies, and teams
  • 401,492 living alumni, one of the largest alumni organizations in the nation

Numbers updated 7-09

world connections
World Connections
  • The Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai

Jiao Tong University ranks us 26th in their “2008 Top 500 World Universities”

  • Ranked 5th nationally in number of students enrolled in study abroad programs (2008)
  • Ranked 4th nationally for total number of international students enrolled (2008)
  • Home to PLATO and the first computer network; ranked first among “top wired colleges” by PC Magazine (2008)
twelve distinguished departments
Twelve Distinguished Departments
  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural and Biological
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular
  • Civil and Environmental
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer
  • Industrial and Enterprise Systems

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Science and Engineering

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological


college of engineering numbers
College of Engineering Numbers
  • Undergraduate students: 5,355
  • Graduate students: 2,426
  • Professors: 212
  • Associate professors: 72
  • Assistant professors: 86
  • BS degrees conferred: 1,042
  • MS degrees conferred: 413
  • PhD degrees conferred: 271

Numbers updated 7-09

major research facilities
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Coordinated Science Laboratory

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Major Research Facilities

Beckman Institute

over 40 interdisciplinary centers and labs
Over 40 InterdisciplinaryCenters and Labs
  • Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory
  • Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems
  • Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems
  • Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics
  • Information Trust Institute
  • Mid-America Earthquake Center
  • Power Systems Engineering Research Center
  • Center for Reliable and High-Performance Computing
  • Technology Entrepreneur Center
  • Center for the Simulation of Advanced Rockets
grainger engineering library information center
Technologically advanced; inspiring learning and discovery environment

Annually serves more than 1.5 million students, faculty, and visitors

Capacity for 350,000 volumes

1,100 journal subscriptions

Conference and series subscriptions

High-end engineering workstations

Grainger Engineering Library Information Center

Grainger Engineering Library

us news rankings
The undergraduate engineering program ranks 4th (2009)

The graduate engineering program ranks 5th (2010)

Most of the college’s 12 departments are consistently top-ranked

US News Rankings

Numbers updated 7-09

undergraduate engineering specialties in 2009 top five
Undergraduate Engineering Specialties in 2009 Top Five
  • Agricultural (1)
  • Civil (1)
  • Computer engineering (5)
  • Electrical/electronic/communications (3)
  • Engineering physics (4)
  • Environmental/environmental health (2)
  • Materials (1)
  • Nuclear (4)*
graduate engineering specialties in 2010 top five
Graduate Engineering Specialties in 2010 Top Five
  • Civil (2)
  • Computer engineering (5)
  • Computer science (5)
  • Electrical/electronic (4)
  • Environmental (3)
  • Materials (2)
  • Physics—condensed matter/low temperature (1)
ece illinois
ECE Illinois
  • Electrical engineering program established in 1891
  • Computer engineering added in 1972
  • Annually ranked a top program:

- Undergraduate electrical engineering is ranked 3rd and graduate electrical engineering is ranked 4th by US News

- Both undergraduate and graduate computer engineering are ranked 5th by US News

  • 20,000 alumni worldwide

Numbers updated 7-09

ece faculty
ECE Faculty
  • 100+ faculty members
  • Over 50% Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) fellows
  • Seven American Physical Society (APS) fellows
  • Seven Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellows
  • 10 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows
  • 10 members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
  • Highly decorated—National Medal of Science, National Medal of Technology, Japan Prize, Russian Energy Prize, IEEE Medal of Honor

Bruce Hajek

Numbers updated 7-09

well placed alumni
Well-Placed Alumni
  • Prith Banerjee, senior VP, HP
  • Todd Beanblossom, chief engineer, Boeing
  • Mark Bohr, senior fellow, Intel
  • Ralph Cicerone, president, National Academy of Science
  • Admiral Archie Clemins, commander in chief, US Pacific Fleet (retired)
  • Martin Eberhard, founder, Tesla Motors
  • Rob Kennedy, co-CEO, C-SPAN
  • Brian Leung, founder, Bay Apparel
  • Dirk Meyer, president and CEO, Advanced Micro Devices
  • Steve Sample, president, USC
  • Jerry Sanders, founder, Advanced Micro Devices
  • Steve Sullivan, senior technology officer, Lucasfilm
  • Jack Sun, director of logic technology division, TSMC
ece staff
ECE Staff
  • ECE staff includes 70 academic professionals and hourly employees
  • The average length of tenure is nine years
ece undergraduate students
ECE Undergraduate Students
  • Total students: 1,150
  • Computer engineering (CompE) majors: 393
  • Electrical engineering (EE) majors: 757
  • CompE and EE incoming freshmen

average ACT score: 31.01

  • CompE incoming freshmen average

high school rank: 90

  • For 2007-08 academic year:

- 89 CompE degrees conferred

- 163 EE degrees conferred

Numbers updated 7-09

ece graduate student
Total students: 509

For 2007-2008:

113 master’s degrees conferred

61 PhD degrees conferred

ECE Graduate Student

Numbers updated 3-09

educating tomorrow s engineers
Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers
  • Students learn from faculty experts in their fields.
  • 30 department undergraduate labs ensure hands-on component.
  • Senior Design or Advanced Digital Projects Laboratory classes allow undergrads to initiate unique projects.
  • Students prepared for leadership roles in increasingly global environment.
ece 110
ECE 110
  • As freshmen, all ECE students take ECE 110: Exploring Digital Information Technology, an introductory course that provides an overview of the discipline.
ece 444
ECE 444
  • Students in ECE 444: Theory and Fabrication -of Integrated Circuit Devices spend time working in the yellow glow of the “Fab Lab.”
ece 498 programming massively parallel processors
ECE 498: Programming Massively Parallel Processors
  • As parallel processors become more prevalent, need for experts will grow.
  • Development of ECE 498 was unique collaboration between:
    • David Kirk, NVIDIA chief scientist
    • Wen-mei Hwu, AMD Jerry Sanders Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE Illinois and NVIDIA will share blueprint of ECE 498 with numerous peer institutions.
why hire ece students
Why Hire ECE Students?
  • Students study and collaborate with faculty who are experts in their areas. They also interact with fellow students who are outstanding and diverse.
  • Students receive a hands-on education, spending a great deal of time in the department’s many laboratories.
  • Most students leave Illinois prepared for life in the real world, having survived at least four years on a large campus offering many distractions, challenges, and opportunities. Students are mature, well-rounded, and ambitious.
student recruitment interviews
Student Recruitment: Interviews
  • Interviews scheduled: 583
  • Companies recruiting ECE students: 851
  • Average interviews for BS students: 7.2
  • Average interviews for MS students: 4.9
  • Average offers for BS students: 2.0
  • Average offers for MS students: 2.7

From ECS, 2008-2009

student recruitment salary
Student Recruitment: Salary

Average starting salary for:

  • Bachelor’s CompE: $66,464
  • Bachelor’s EE: $66,855
  • Master’s: $77,171

Signing bonus:

  • Bachelor’s: 40% receive; average is $7,000
  • Master’s: 52% receive; average is $8,500

From ECS, 2008-2009

research areas
Research Areas
  • Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and Acoustics
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Integrated Circuits and Systems

Physical Electronics

Power and Energy Systems

Quantum Electronics

Remote Sensing and Wave Propagation

Signal Processing

Systems and Control

transistor laser
Transistor laser invented by Nick Holonyak and Milton Feng

Uses a quantum well and a resonator in base to control electron-hole recombination and electrical gain

Can switch between a normal transistor and a transistor laser

Combines functionality of a laser and a transistor

Progressing towards developing transistor lasers that operate at different speeds for a variety of commercial applications

Transistor Laser

Milton Feng and Nick Holonyak

age estimation software
Software developed by Thomas Huang and students

Consists of three modules: face detection, discriminative manifold learning, and multiple linear regression

Software can be used for security control, surveillance, and electronic customer relationship management

Age Estimation Software

Thomas Huang

photonic crystal biosensors
Developed by Brian Cunningham and Paul Hergenrother (associate professor of chemistry)

Sensors detect protein-DNA interactions, which are essential for fundamental cellular processes

Enable screening for compounds that inhibit some protein-DNA binding, which is an important step in drug development

Photonic Crystal Biosensors

Brian Cunningham (right) and Paul Hergenrother

new growth process for copper nanowires
Low-temperature, catalyst-free process developed by Kyekyoon “Kevin” Kim and Hyungsoo Choi

The nanowires could serve as interconnects in electronic device fabrication

Bundled nanowires could enable longer-lasting field-emission displays

New Growth Process for Copper Nanowires

Kyekyoon “Kevin” Kim and Hyungsoo Choi

faculty lead education research and scholarship
Faculty Lead: Education, Research, and Scholarship
  • With over 100 members, the ECE faculty has an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise.
  • ECE faculty are hard-working, innovative, and collegial, yet competitive.
  • Interdisciplinary projects can utilize Illinois’ structure of collaboration and access to faculty from other top-ranked engineering disciplines.
  • ECE faculty are respected by peers, serving as editors for countless publications and receiving frequent awards and honors.
  • Industry leaders like Microsoft, Google, Micron, NVIDIA, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Toyota, Texas Instruments, AMD, and Boeing among research partners.


On June 9, 1922, Professor Joseph T. Tykociner gave the first-ever demonstration of sound on film. Tykociner produced a variable-density sound track along one side of the film that records the picture images, thereby ensuring that pictures and sound would be synchronized.



Professor William Fry founded the Bioacoustics Laboratory in 1946 and began conducting pioneering research in the use of ultrasound as a noninvasive surgical tool and a visualization tool for diagnostics, work which contributed to today’s ultrasound imaging tools.



In December 1947, while working at Bell Labs, John Bardeen and colleagues William Shockley and Walter Brattain ushered in the era of solid state electronics with their invention of the transistor, earning them the 1956 Nobel Prize in physics. Bardeen served on the ECE faculty from 1951 to 1991.



While working at Texas Instruments in 1958, alumnus Jack Kilby figured out how to interconnect huge numbers of discrete components economically and reliably by creating the integrated circuit. He received the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000 for his invention.



While working at General Electric in 1962, alumnus Nick Holonyak developed the first practical, visible spectrum light-emitting diode, changing information display and illumination forever. Holonyak has been an ECE faculty member since 1963.



Professors Donald Bitzer and Gene Slottow (both of whom

are also alumni) along with student Robert Willson invented

the plasma display panel in 1964. They received an Emmy

Award for their work in 2002.