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Illumin prides itself on its unique combination of engineering articles and engaging media. Over the years we have received a few awards honoring us. Here is our showcase:
Volume XVII Issue II
  • Written by: Gabriel Kardonski
    The wireless transfer of electrical power is a technological concept that has been around since the late 19th century; however, this technology was revived and finally improved upon in the year 2007.
  • Written by: Gabriel Rocha
    This paper investigates the physiological production of sweat, and how humans have developed strategies involving deodorants and antiperspirants to prevent the bacteria in our body producing foul-odor chemicals.
  • Written by: Faraz Abidi
    Although today, they are primarily known as fashion statements, mechanical watches have a long history of being a significant piece of mechanical engineering.
  • Written by: Peter Gilmour
    Hoverboards have been a dream put into people’s imagination by movies and other science fiction works, but now they have become a reality.
  • Written by: Chanel Namigohar
    A store’s layout is carefully constructed to optimize for ease of shopping and increase sales. Everything from product placement to the arrangement of aisles are scrutinized by engineers to increase the productivity of the business.
In This Issue
Human nature often revolves around habit; however, one often forgets what goes into the engineering of the products that make up our daily lives. How does the deodorant one puts on every morning (hopefully) work? How does a cell phone charge? Why are grocery stores laid out they way they are? What makes a wrist watch work? And what are those hoverboards riding around town? All of these questions that lie in everyday life will be explored in Illumin’s Volume XVII Issue II. more...
  • A Wireless World Is a Better World
    A Wireless World Is a Better World Written by: Gabriel Kardonski The wireless transfer of electrical power is a technological concept that has been around since the late 19th century; however, this technology was revived and finally improved upon in the year 2007.
  • Dealing With Our Bacterial Neighbors: Engineering Deodorants and Antiperspirants to Prevent Malodor
    Dealing With Our Bacterial Neighbors: Engineering Deodorants and Antiperspirants to Prevent Malodor Written by: Gabriel Rocha This paper investigates the physiological production of sweat, and how humans have developed strategies involving deodorants and antiperspirants to prevent the bacteria in our body producing foul-odor chemicals.
  • From Ship Navigators to Agent 007: Cultural and Engineering Significance of Mechanical Watches
    From Ship Navigators to Agent 007: Cultural and Engineering Significance of Mechanical Watches Written by: Faraz Abidi Although today, they are primarily known as fashion statements, mechanical watches have a long history of being a significant piece of mechanical engineering.
  • Hoverboards: Gliding to the Future
    Hoverboards: Gliding to the Future Written by: Peter Gilmour Hoverboards have been a dream put into people’s imagination by movies and other science fiction works, but now they have become a reality.
  • Shop Smart
    Shop Smart Written by: Chanel Namigohar A store’s layout is carefully constructed to optimize for ease of shopping and increase sales. Everything from product placement to the arrangement of aisles are scrutinized by engineers to increase the productivity of the business.
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Illumin's mission is to illustrate the many ways engineering benefits and impacts daily life. Articles are written, edited, and published by undergraduate students at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

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