Special events & seminars

Routes to STEM seminar series

Recognizing that diversity is critical to maintaining a dynamic, innovative scientific community, AE Professor Kai James created this seminar series. Our lived experiences and the paths we’ve taken on our academic journeys inform the ways in which we approach scientific challenges.  By promoting inclusion and diversity we can leverage the richness of our unique experiences to foster a thriving and productive campus community.

Each seminar features a 30-minute TED-style talk designed to be accessible to a diverse audience with a wide range of scientific and non-scientific backgrounds. Each talk is followed by a question period and open discussion led by the speaker.

Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to attend.

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Kai James
Kai James

 

Joseph Yun
Joseph Yun

 

Social Media Analytics:
My Journey to Understand
My Computational Data
(And Yours)

Social media data is incredibly easy for big tech companies to analyze and research with, but it is quite difficult for us to do the same. The problem starts with the fact that we do not own our data. In this presentation, Joseph Yun from the Gies College of Business will share a bit about his unconventional path to understanding his computational data (and yours), while also sharing what is currently going within certain circles of social media data research.

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Lynford Goddard
Lynford Goddard

 

Tuesday, October 26 at noon:

Creating micron-sized 3D paths for light to follow

Internet data travels seamlessly around the world thanks to optical fiber. A single fiber is about the same thickness as a strand of human hair, yet it transports terabytes of data each second. In recent years, fiber-to-the-home has enabled broadband Internet for many families.

A key challenge to further shrinking fiber communication, such as towards the goal of integrating fiber directly between different chips inside a computer, is that fiber cannot be tightly bent or densely integrated.

Lynford Goddard, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIUC, will describe recent collaborative work toward solving this issue by creating arbitrary 3D light paths within the volume of a porous chip. He will also discuss the Institute for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access.

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