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Volume XIX Issue V

Note From The Editors

At Illumin, we strive to showcase engineering in everyday life. In this issue, we demonstrate two ways in which this mission can manifest itself: the elucidation of engineering concepts in familiar aspects of our lives and the presentation of innovative engineering solutions to everyday problems…

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Rising Above Agricultural Challenges with Vertical Farming

August 27th, 2019|

Written by: Tina (Hyunsu) Ryu About the Author: Tina is a senior majoring in computer science games. Before moving to California, she lived in Ohio and South Korea. After graduation, she hopes to go abroad [...]

Are Your Headphones 3D Enough?

August 27th, 2019|

Written by: Lauren Lawson About the Author: Lauren is a junior at USC, studying biomedical engineering. In her free time she volunteers for the Make-A-Wish USC chapter, participates in the executive boards of multiple on-campus [...]

A Stroke of Genius: Neurorehabilitation through Virtual Reality

August 27th, 2019|

Written by: Annie Lee About the Author: Annie Lee is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California pursuing a progressive Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Abstract The aim of physical stroke [...]

From The Archives

Ion Propulsion: Exploring Space in the 21st Century

October 18th, 2004|0 Comments

Electric or ion propulsion is the newest propulsion system that NASA has put into successful operation. The Deep Space 1 mission used the ion engine as its primary propulsion system and tested its capabilities for [...]

Curves of Steel: CATIA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall

January 1st, 2004|0 Comments

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by architect Frank Gehry, makes extensive use of computer technology. Without the use of CATIA (Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application), construction of the concert hall would have been impossible. After [...]

The Changing Face of Paintball

December 7th, 2003|0 Comments

At its essence, paintball is about marking other players with gelatin capsules filled with colored dye shot from a gun powered by compressed gas. While the fundamentals of the game have not changed since its [...]

Editors’ Picks

Encrypt the Future – Quantum Cryptography

April 30th, 2014|0 Comments

The inherent weakness of traditional cryptography has exposed its unreliability to modern computing technology. To overcome this issue, scientists used the laws of quantum mechanics to create quantum cryptography, which [...]

3D Printed Organs

March 1st, 2014|0 Comments

The field of tissue engineering has allowed developments in 3D printing organic parts and materials. 3D printing has become a widely popular means of manufacturing over the past decade, combining [...]

Asteroid Deflection

April 30th, 2013|0 Comments

The threat of an Earth-asteroid collision is very real. Historically, asteroids and comets have proven to be sources of incredible destruction, and they are thought to have caused at least [...]

Cotton Candy: Carnival Snack to Medical Wonder

May 5th, 2012|0 Comments

Many people know that cotton candy is made from sugar. They may not know, however, this fun carnival treat's colorful history. Cotton candy has been used in many different ways [...]