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ComEd has partnered with Illinois Institute of Technology on two Department of Energy grants to develop and test microgrid technology on Illinois Tech's Mies Campus and the Bronzeville neighborhood. A microgrid is a small electrical grid that is able to disconnect from the main grid to secure distribution during extreme weather events and during cyber or physical attacks. ComEd and Illinois Tech will work to connect a planned microgrid in the Bronzeville neighborhood to the existing IIT microgrid, creating one of the first microgrid clusters in the world.

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Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor of Energy and Power Engineering and Management at Armour College of Engineering, Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, was featured in a Midwest Energy News article on his game changing control device that allows for better management of energy from renewable energy sources on the electric grid.

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Grainger Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, John Shen, is the Principal Investigator on two recently awarded federal grants that will continue to energize the power engineering research being conducted at Armour College of Engineering.

The first project, “Wide Bandgap Solid State Circuit Breakers for AC and DC Microgrids,” was awarded over $418,000 over the course of three years by the Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Matthew Spenko, discussed Elon Musk's recent comments on artificial intelligence (AI) being the cause of World War 3 on Fox's Good Day Chicago. In the interview Dr. Spenko shares his expertise on the future of AI and robotics.

Watch the Good Day Chicago Interview here. 

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Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, Sohail Murad, spoke to CBS 2 about how the ingredients in sunscreen begin to break down and become ineffective after their expiration dates have passed.

Watch the complete CBS 2 story.

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, Matthew Spenko, was quoted in New Scientist and NOVA Next about gecko inspired robotic grippers that could be used to collect space junk.

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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Materials and Aerospace Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, Carrie Hall, was featured in a CBS 2 interview about the potential material causes of a fire in a consumer’s newly purchased microwave.

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, Matthew Spenko, was featured in several news outlets about the return of the Robot Revolution Exhibit to the Museum of Science and Industry. Professor Spenko's HyTAQ robot will be on display during the exhibit that runs through February 4th, 2018.

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Philip R. Troyk, Associate Dean of Armour College of Engineering; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and CEO of Sigenics, Inc., was featured in a Solid State Technology article on Sigenics’ award of a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, Matthew Spenko, was featured in the Chicago Tribune for his robotics research at Illinois Tech. Professor Spenko's research into making navigation safer for self driving cars and creating novel adhesives for robots used by NASA was detailed in the article. 

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