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Two-time Nobel Laureate honored 

Former professor of physics and electrical engineering John Bardeen (1908-1991) was the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes in the same field. Bardeen shared the prize in 1956 with the invention of the transistor and he won again in 1972 for his team's complete theoretical explanation of superconductivity. A professor of electrical engineering and physics from 1951-1975, he established major research programs in experimental and theoretical aspects of semiconductors.

John BardeenIn 2004, the Bardeen Quadrangle, located in the heart of the engineering campus north of Green Street, was dedicated in his honor. The Bardeen Quadrangle is an oasis of greenery bounded by the Grainger Engineering Library on the north, the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory on the east, Engineering Hall on the south, and Talbot Laboratory on the west. The quad features courtyards, stone retaining walls along the Boneyard Creek, a fountain, and a landscaped garden outside the north entrance to Engineering Hall.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is highly ranked at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The biggest department in the College of Engineering, it enrolls over 1,200 talented undergraduate students a year and has more than $24 million a year in research expenditures. The Department of Physics — ranked among the top ten in the U.S. by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences — is physics on the cutting edge of research and education. The department has research programs in the major fields of physics, programs that are conducted in state-of-the-art facilities on campus and in national and international laboratories around the world.

Urbana's College of Engineering is among the world's most prestigious and largest engineering institutions, with undergraduate and graduate programs rated among the top five nationally. Research activities span the disciplines. In addition to long-standing leadership in traditional engineering specialties, faculty are pioneering new areas including nanotechnology, bioengineering, and trusted computer systems.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a recognized leader in teaching and scholarship and is known as an institution that creates knowledge and advances understanding.


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