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December 13, 2016

Dennis Abremski appointed as Executive Director of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at UC San Diego

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Abremski as the Executive Director of The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE). The Institute is a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management, dedicated to training global technology leaders and translating university discoveries to market.

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December 6, 2016

Engineering teams get a boost at Triton Innovation Challenge competition

Three teams with ties to the Jacobs School were recognized at this year’s Triton Innovation Challenge at the University of California, San Diego. LifeCycled Materials, led by two Jacobs School alumni, won the competition and a $10,000 prize. Evolution Solutions, a startup cofounded by students at the Jacobs School and the Rady School of Management, came in third and received $2,500. Finally, One Village Philippines, a team that is part of the Jacobs School’s Global TIES program, won the competition’s social venture track and $2,500. Now in its fifth year, the Triton Innovation Challenge is an annual business competition focused on fostering creativity and developing environmentally focused technologies generated by members of the UC San Diego community. This year’s event boasted a record crowd of more than 250 attendees. The challenge organizers accepted submissions in October which were reviewed by an expert panel. Ten teams were selected to pitch at the final event held on Nov. 29. 

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November 17, 2016

Hacking for Defense: UC San Diego Students Tackle Military Challenges as Part of New Program

A new program at UC San Diego called Hacking for Defense gives students opportunities to leverage the culture of rapid innovation to address national security challenges. 

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September 19, 2016

Engineer, Father, Philanthropist: Bhavin Shah

It was 1994, the Internet revolution was just getting started and California was on the forefront of innovation and technology. Bhavin Shah’s father and many of his friends had gone to UC Berkeley, but Shah chose to study computer science at UC San Diego. “I had friends that went through four years of undergraduate at other schools with very little contact with their professors. Once I saw the intimacy between the students and the engineering professors at UC San Diego, I knew that was the place for me.”

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September 1, 2016

The mystartupXX Accelerator Program Wins National Competition and Receives $50,000 Award from the U.S. Small Business Administratio

For the third year in a row, the mystartupXX accelerator program, a UC San Diego-wide program affiliated with the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur has been chosen as one of the winners of the national Growth Accelerator Fund competition and recipient of a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

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August 11, 2016

UC San Diego Researchers Devise New Method for Detecting Hardware Trojans

To prevent, detect and combat hardware Trojans in a wide range of devices including wearable health-tracking technologies, computer scientists from UC San Diego, together with their collaborators, have devised a new technique that tracks information flow through a circuit’s logic gates. Tortuga Logic – a UC San Diego startup tied to this research – offers a set of related commercial products. 

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August 9, 2016

Interview: North Point Maverick, a Budding Entrepreneur

The Rady School’s Lab to Market program, world class faculty, and focus on entrepreneurship were big factors that brought Sher Ali Butt to UC San Diego. 

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July 26, 2016

The Fast Track to Success after Graduation: From MBA to UAV

Rady School MBA alumnus Dan Bosch’s drones are focused on helping with agriculture, construction, security, search and rescue, and emergency response. His company, SICdrone, grew out of Rady Lab to Market and is currently working on developing high-speed "tiltrotor" drones that fly faster and further than anything currently on the market.

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July 25, 2016

UC San Diego Inventions Gain $6-Million Venture-Capital Backing

“MouthSense” and “SmartFoam” are two inventions by UC San Diego engineers that have attracted funding from NextWave Venture Partners. MouthSense is a salivary diagnostic sensor that can be worn in the mouth or used externally for continuous non-invasive real-time monitoring of saliva biomarkers, such as lactate, cortisol and uric acid – a marker related to diabetes and gout. SmartFoam is an intelligent, ultra-compliant composite foam that could be used in wearable biomedical sensors.

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July 19, 2016

Dreaming Big at the 5G Wireless Forum and Connected Health Workshop

 “To me, 5G is really our first opportunity for a network not defined by numbers, but built for experiences that we have not seen before -- not just good audio or video experiences, but life-changing experiences, similar to what the Internet provided when it first arrived,” says Electrical Engineering Professor Sujit Dey, Director of the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of California San Diego and the organizer of the CWC’s 5G Wireless Forum, which was held recently at UC San Diego.

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July 14, 2016

UC San Diego Received Second Highest Number of U.S. Patents Issued in UC System

The University of California is first in the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents Ranking for 2015. The report, which was released today, is published by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association. The ranking utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation.

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July 12, 2016

Big ideas that solve problems

On June 2, Daniel Kaufman spoke about Google ATAP at the launch event for the UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management.

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July 11, 2016

UC San Diego to open office in life science cluster in Tokyo to promote international collaborations

The University of California San Diego has launched a workspace in the heart of the life sciences hub in downtown Tokyo, Japan. The goal is to promote collaborations between UC San Diego researchers (and the larger San Diego innovation and business ecosystem) and research, education and industry partners in Japan. 

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June 13, 2016

Gordon Center Presents Adventures of an Industrial Physicist

On May 20th, the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center hosted Dr. Jonathan Arenberg for their quarterly forum. Dr. Arenberg presented on his work and life experiences in industrial engineering within the realm of physics.

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June 13, 2016

NSF-Funded Program Helps UC San Diego Startups

The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program (I-Corps) at UC San Diego is helping entrepreneurs determine whether their idea could turn into a viable company.

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June 9, 2016

Startups Take Advantage of Entrepreneurism and Leadership Resources at UC San Diego

From apps to medical devices and electronics, the University of California San Diego is helping students translate their technology to the market. Through entrepreneurism and leadership programs such as NSF I-Corps at the Jacobs School of Engineering and accelerator programs such as the Rady School of Management’s StartR, both undergraduate and graduate students are getting the training they need to launch a successful company. 

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June 8, 2016

From Engineer to Change Maker: Karcher Morris

Originally from Huntington Beach, California, Karcher Morris came to UC San Diego to complete an undergraduate degree, and eventually a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. When he’s not in class or doing research in Professor Frank Talke’s mechanics lab, Morris can be found in the EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio where he TAs a number of experiential learning courses, or learning about business.

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June 8, 2016

From Engineer to Change Maker: Somayeh Imani

Somayeh Imani found her niche in circuit design of wearable sensors – and it opened her eyes to the world of startups. “There is so much opportunity in the field of wearables to commercialize technology,” said Imani, who is a graduate student in the Energy-Efficient Microsystem lab of Patrick Mercier, the Co-Director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at UC San Diego.

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June 8, 2016

From Engineer to Change Maker: Nick Forsch

Drive innovation from concept to commercialization – that’s the goal of one of the first initiatives - a four-course management training program for engineering students - of the new Institute of the Global Entrepreneur at the University of California San Diego. Nick Forsch, a bioengineering Ph.D. student at the Jacobs School of Engineering, is part of the new program that aims to turn engineers into change makers.

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June 8, 2016

Global Change Makers

Nick Forsch relies heavily on clinician feedback for his research. As a bioengineering Ph.D. student at the University of California San Diego, he is developing computational tools to enable doctors to better understand their patients’ diseases. The challenges of translating his research to real-world doctors and patients led Forsch to join a new program at UC San Diego that places Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students and MBA students in the same Rady School of Management classes, including the Rady’s signature Lab to Market program.

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May 31, 2016

In new program, UC San Diego engineering graduate students and MBA students team up to drive innovation

Nick Forsch relies heavily on clinician feedback for his research. As a bioengineering Ph.D. student at the University of California San Diego, he is developing computational tools to enable doctors to better understand their patients’ diseases. His experiences translating research to end users led Forsch to join a new program at UC San Diego that places Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students and MBA students in the same Rady School of Management classes including the Rady School’s signature Lab to Market program. This pilot program is part of the new UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur that will launch June 2, 2016.

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May 31, 2016

UC San Diego to Launch Institute for the Global Entrepreneur

On June 2, 2016, the University of California San Diego will launch the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management. The Institute represents an unprecedented level of collaboration between engineering and management students and faculty at UC San Diego.

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May 10, 2016

Lab to Market: An Intrapreneur's Perspective

Rady MBA student Michelle David is focused on finding opportunities for innovation within existing organizations. She chose the Corporate Track of the Rady Lab to Market (L2M) Series and wound up partering with Jacobs School engineers.

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April 22, 2016

Gordon Center Hosts the 7th Annual Engineering Leadership Awards Celebration Featuring Linden Blue

Gordon Scholar students, alumni and industry professionals, UC San Diego faculty and staff filled the Great Hall on March 9, 2016 to recognize the awardees of the annual Gordon Engineering Leadership Awards.

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April 7, 2016

StartR Demo Day Celebrated Graduating Fall 2015 Teams

On March 30th, four teams from the Fall 2015 StartR class pitched their companies to an audience of Rady School students, alumni and staff, as well as local industry experts and investors at StartR Demo Day.

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March 24, 2016

Roundup: Entrepreneur Track Lab to Market (L2M) MBA Startup Company Profiles

Lab to Market (L2M), the Rady School’s signature capstone series, provides MBA students the unique opportunity to develop a business from idea generation to market launch. Students have the option to choose between entrepreneur and corporate tracks, enabling students to craft a more customized MBA experience and benefit from the L2M series for their personal goals, whether that is along the lines of entrepreneurship or climbing the corporate ladder.

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January 20, 2016

Never Stop Starting Up - Andrew LeBlanc, MBA '15

Andrew LeBlanc (MBA '15), Co-Founder and CEO of Genrix, discusses how the Rady School's Lab to Market capstone course series and StartR Accelerator helped him learn to become the entrepreneur his is today.

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January 11, 2016

From MBS Capstone Porject to Acquisition: A Rady Health-Tech Startup Success Story

After completing medical school, Brad Pruitt (MBA ’11) became involved in the clinical trial world and sought an MBA at the Rady School to advance his career on the business side of medicine. Through the Rady School’s Lab to Market capstone course, Pruitt built the foundation for nPruv, which at the time was called iConsent Medical.

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