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  News for Alumni and Friends January 2017  
The ThinkChicago Roadshow comes to campus on January 30! 

ThinkChicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel will come to campus on January 30 to showcase career-building opportunities available with Chicago’s leading technology companies.  LEARN MORE




A tool to map a gene’s “social network” developed by CS Professor Jian Peng could help researchers better understand genes' functions and interactions, providing insights into human disease and treatment.


CS Professor Josep Torrellas is one of six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members who were elected 2016 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


The Art of Web Programming course teaches how to architect and build full-featured web apps. “Students with real full-stack knowledge — who understand how to architect and build web applications from end to end — can basically write their own ticket for internships and jobs,” says CS Professor Ranjitha Kumar.


CS Department Head Rob A. Rutenbar is part of a National Academies committee offering actionable advice for universities who create degrees, programs of study, and educational experiences.


There is an easy way to reduce lines at the airport, increase security and save the Transportation Security Administration money, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers: waive the $85 fee for frequent fliers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program, which allows pre-screened, verified travelers to go through expedited security at airports.


Engineering Visionary Scholarships


New Media Coverage


Wired calls Chris Lattner (MS ’02, PhD ’05), creator of LLVM and Swift, “a rock star among software engineers.”  He’s now Tesla’s Vice President of Autopilot Software.

Chicago Inno

This year’s HackIllinois, which will run February 24th to 26th, will challenge participants to create open source projects.  The focus will be to create sustainable projects that students can continue to work on once the hackathon is complete.


In the wake of the Ft. Lauderdale shooting, CS Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson explains that the “soft bellies” of airports will remain targets. "The problem is, the law of unintended consequences has meant perpetrators have shifted away from attacking airplanes in flight in favor of areas like departure and arrival halls."


Former CS student Cory Levy was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Levy is the COO and cofounder One, Inc., the company behind After School, an anonymous social network that allows teens to share news, secrets, and compliments.

The News Gazette

This series of articles running up to the University’s 150th anniversary includes interviews with alumni about their memories of Campus, including CS alumni Mary T. McDowell (BS CS ‘86) and Joel Poloney (attended).



Featured Events

January 30

ThinkChicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel will come to campus to showcase career-building opportunities available with Chicago’s leading technology companies.  Panel discussion with Mayor Emanuel followed by an informal job fair.

February 24-26

This student-run 36-hour team competition showcases student’s programming and creative skills, attracting participants from across the nation. Get involved as an alumni judge, mentor, or corporate sponsor. 
February 28

Over the past 150 years, Illinois faculty, staff, and students have transformed the social and economic landscape of our world. This inaugural kick-off event for the University's Sesquicentennial Celebration includes a special performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Open to the public.

Save the date: March 10-11

The University’s largest student-run event that features more than 250 interactive student and corporate exhibits, design competitions, guest speakers, campus tours, and entertainment.

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