The number of undergraduate students, 2014-15 school year.
The Bliss Professor of Engineering is the result of a bequest from the late Helen Eva Bliss, in memory of her father, Abel Bliss Jr. Miss Bliss graduated from the University of Illinois in 1911 with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Early in her career, she taught engineering at a Shreveport, Louisiana high school, and later did clerical work with the Bureau of Aircraft Production in Washington, D.C. From 1936, until her retirement in 1962, she worked for the Washington law firm of Ivins, Phillips & Barker as an executive secretary.
Abel Bliss Jr. entered the University in 1872 to study civil engineering, but was forced to leave the University before completing his degree. In June of 1874, the University granted him a partial certificate in civil engineering. His business ventures included agriculture and real estate, and by 1929, he was a partner in the land development and oil production company of Bliss & Wetherbee. Mr. Bliss died in the mid-1930s.
A portion of the Bliss bequest went to support the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center Endowment as well as other projects for “advancing the scholastic activities of the School of Engineering.”
Rashid Bashir completed his PhD from Purdue University in 1992. From 1992 to 1998, he worked at National Semiconductor in the Process Technology Development Group as senior engineering manager. Bashir is director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and holds appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering at Purdue University.
Bashir has authored or co-authored over 100 journal and conference papers and has over 25 patents. His research interests include biomedical microelectromechanical systems, applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, advanced semiconductor fabrication techniques, and nano-biotechnology. In 2000, he received the NSF Career Award for his work in biosensors and bioMEMS. He received the Joel and Spira Outstanding Teaching award from School of ECE at Purdue University, and the Technology Translation Award from the 2001 BioMEMS and Nanobiotechnology World Congress Meeting in Columbus, OH. He was selected by National Academy of Engineering to attend the Frontiers in Engineering Workshop in Fall 2003. He was also a finalist in the Small Times magazine 2005 Innovator of the Year Award.