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Gordon Engineering Leadership Center


May 07, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Jacobs Energy Forum

Location: Qualcomm Conference Center, Jacobs Hall
Sponsored By: Jacobs Graduate Student Council and Gordon Engineering Leadership Center

Faculty Speakers: Dr. Carlos F. Coimbra (MAE) and Dr. Shadi Dayeh (ECE)

Graduate Student Speakers: Muhammad Adnan (CSE), Baris Aksanli (CSE), James Cahill (MatSci), Amanpreet Kaur (MAE), Sara Salehyar (SE), Jing Xu (NE), Yong Yu (NE), Dajun Yuan (ECE)

Supplying the world's energy is one of the great challenges that we face today; it requires interdisciplinary collaboration to develop effective solutions. Join UC San Diego Faculty and Graduate students as they present their work on energy materials and management that help address this issue. Learn from leaders in the Jacobs School's energy research fields as they pave the way toward finding solutions.

Contacts for Event

Jacobs Graduate Student Council

Gordon Center
Phone: 858-822-5636

Program for Jacobs Energy Forum (Tentative)


Opening Remark, Ludovic Vincent


Faculty Keynote Speech

Shadi Dayeh, ECE


Energy Materials Session (Chair: Shadi Dayeh)

·        Design and Diagnosis of Novel Electrode Materials for Next-generation Rechargeable Batteries, Jing Xu (Ph.D. student, Nano)

·        Preparation of Hexaboride Nanocubes for Hydrogen Storage Applications, James Cahill (Ph.D. student, MATS, MAE)

·        Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructured MnO2 as Cathode Materials in Li-air Batteries, Yang Yu (Ph.D. student, Nano)

·        Applications of Laser Interference Patterning on GaN-Based Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Photoelectrochemical Cells (PECs), Dajun Yuan (Research Scientist, ECE)




Faculty Keynote Speech

Carlos F. Coimbra, MAE


Energy Management Session (Chair: Carlos F. Coimbra)

·        Aerodynamic Dissipation Effects on the Rotating Blades of Floating Wind Turbines, Sara Salehyar (Ph.D. student, SE)

·        Spatio-Temporal Workload Deferral in Data Centers for Energy Efficiency, Muhammad Abdullah Adnan (Ph.D. student, CSE)

·        Net Load Forecast for Communities with High Solar Penetration, Amanpreet Kaur (Ph.D. student, MAE)

·        Architecting Efficient Battery Usage to Shave Peak Power in Data Centers, Baris Aksanli (Ph.D. student, CSE)




Keynote Address

Lee Krevat, Director Smart GRID at Sempra Energy (not confirmed)


Concluding Remark, Ebonee Williams




Keynote Speakers


Shadi A. Dayeh

Assistant Professor, ECE

Prof. Dayeh’s research is interdisciplinary in nature and addresses both fundamental and applied science challenges. He is deeply interested in the discovery of new physics, materials science and new levels of performance made possible by combining dissimilar materials. His group is creating new approaches for materials integration at the micro to nanoscale with focus on cost effective and power efficient electronic/optoelectronic systems and high performance energy harvesting and storage devices. To enable such hetero-integration a significant portion of his research explores atomic scale processes (solid-state reactions, defect nucleation and propagation, and charge transport processes). In addition he is deeply interested in developing hybrid integration schemes for high fidelity bio-interface devices that can enable greater resolution in probing of dynamic processes in biological tissues, brain activity mapping, and better accuracy in controlling prosthetic limbs.

Prof. Shadi Dayeh received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2008 followed by postdoctoral training at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He joined the faculty of ECE at UCSD in November 2012 where he directs the Integrated Electronics and Bio-interfaces Laboratory.


Carlos F. Coimbra

Associate Professor, MAE

Prof. Coimbra explores the intersection between experimental, theoretical and fieldwork methods to analyze and develop new technologies to harvest solar power in its diverse forms (direct, wind, hydro­potential, etc). He uses a network of solar observatories distributed throughout several University of California campuses to harvest valuable ground data to be used in forecasting simulations with time horizons varying from seconds to multiple days. He  is particularly interested in the development  of highly  nonlinear, evolutionary stochastic models for chaotic processes, and linking this knowledge to the development and active control of receiver-­to-­storage solar and  wind systems.

Prof. Coimbra received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, in 1998. He was an associate professor and founding Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics graduate program at UC Merced from 2006 to 2011. He joined the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego in July 2011, and is now the Co-Director of the UCSD Center for Excellence in Renewable Resource Integration (CERRI) and the Faculty Director of the IDEA Student Center.


Session Speakers


Jing Xu(Ph.D. student, Nano) “Design and Diagnosis of Novel Electrode Materials for Next-generation Rechargeable Batteries”

Jing Xu received an MSc degree in Materials Science from University of Southern California at 2011. She then started her PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Shirley Meng in University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on the direct integration of advanced experimental techniques with first principles calculation to develop novel materials for new electrochemical energy conversion / storage systems.


James Cahill(Ph.D. student, MATS, MAE) “Preparation of Hexaboride Nanocubes for Hydrogen Storage Applications”

While having lived in many parts of the country, James is originally from the east coast and received his B.S. in Materials Engineering from Alfred University in upstate New York. At Alfred, he worked for Dr. Nathan Mellott on nanocomposite transition metal oxide thin films, primarily focusing on combinations of Mn3O4, SnO2 and V2O5. James currently works in Dr. Olivia Graeve’s nanomaterials processing lab on the synthesis of non-oxide ceramics, particularly hexaborides. Outside of school, James passes the time surfing, fishing, cycling and backpacking.


Yang Yu(Ph.D. student, Nano) Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructured MnO2 as Cathode Materials in Li-air Batteries

Yang Yu is attending Prof. Kenneth Vecchio’s group at Department of NanoEngineering as a PhD student. His current work is on the deformation mechanisms of metal alloys. Before joining UCSD, he obtained a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and two Bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University, China. Yang has been working on energy materials since his internship at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and has published a few papers on this subject.


Dajun Yuan(Research Scientist, ECE) “Applications of Laser Interference Patterning on GaN-Based Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Photoelectrochemical Cells (PECs)”

Dr. Dajun Yuan is a research scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSD. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2001 and 2004, respectively, and received a PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008. His PhD research focused on experimental investigation of laser direct-write microfabrication and laser-induced near-field patterning as well as the development of computational models for laser-material interaction. After graduation, he joined the Direct Digital Manufacturing Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral research fellow and later a research engineer. He has published respected studies in the field of direct digital manufacturing of multifunctional structures, machine design, modeling and controlling of laser processing, and large-area laser micro/nanofabrication for applications in nanomaterials, advanced energy systems, micro/nano-optics, and bioengineering.


Sara Salehyar(Ph.D. student, SE) “Aerodynamic Dissipation Effects on the Rotating Blades of Floating Wind Turbines”

Sara Salehyar is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, advised by Professor Qiang Zhu. Her research interests lie in the areas of offshore engineering and fluid-solid interaction. Prior to coming to UCSD, she received a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran.


Muhammad Abdullah Adnan(Ph.D. student, CSE) “Spatio-Temporal Workload Deferral in Data Centers for Energy Efficiency”

Muhammad Abdullah Adnan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at University of California San Diego (UCSD). He works with Professor Rajesh Gupta in the Microelectronic Embedded Systems Laboratory (MESL) at UCSD. His research interest includes scheduling algorithms, cloud computing and green computing. Currently he is working on energy efficient algorithms for large-scale systems. He received Masters and Bachelors degree in CSE from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2008 and 2006 respectively. He was awarded Dr. Rashid Gold Medal for achieving the highest grade in the master’s level at BUET. Before joining the PhD program at UCSD with a fellowship in September 2009, he was an Assistant Professor (currently on leave) in the Department of CSE at BUET. His early research was on Computational Geometry and Combinatorics.


Amanpreet Kaur(Ph.D. student, MAE) “Net Load Forecast for Communities with High Solar Penetration”

Amanpreet Kaur is a PhD candidate in Center of Energy in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Her adviser is Prof. Carlos Coimbra. Her research focus is on net load forecasting and its application for reliable integration of renewable energy technologies especially solar with the smart grid. Her present work includes developing net load-forecasting models for communities with distributed and centralized solar generation.


Baris Aksanli(Ph.D. student, CSE) “Architecting Efficient Battery Usage to Shave Peak Power in Data Centers”

Baris Aksanli is a PhD candidate in Computer Science and Engineering Department at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), working with Prof. Tajana Rosing. He received his MS degree in Computer Science from UCSD and two BS degrees in Computer Engineering and Mathematics from Bogazici University, Turkey. His research interests include energy efficiency and peak power management of large-scale systems, such as data centers and smart grids, cost and energy aware automation of residential houses, learning techniques to enhance user behavior modeling and context extraction. He is participating in TerraSwarm Research Center and Center for Networked Systems. He won Internet2 IDEA Award in 2011 with his work in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Spontaneous Recognition Award from Intel in 2012.

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Gordon Center
Phone: 858-822-5636

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