Jacobs School News

Mechanical engineering student awarded Brooke Owens Fellowship 1/24/20
Mechanical engineering student awarded Brooke Owens Fellowship
Surya Vohra, a mechanical engineering student at UC San Diego, has been selected as a 2020 Brooke Owens Fellow. The Fellowship is awarded to exceptional undergraduate women in aerospace. This marks the fourth year—since the beginning of the Brooke Owens Fellow program—that a UC San Diego engineering student has been awarded a fellowship. 
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Engineer Transforms Personal Experiences into 'Bridges to Education' for Underrepresented Students 1/23/20
Engineer Transforms Personal Experiences into 'Bridges to Education' for Underrepresented Students
When he was 10 years old, Oscar Vazquez-Mena learned that his ancestors, the ancient Mayans, had once been a technologically advanced culture that excelled in mathematics, astronomy, art and architecture. He became inspired to follow in their footsteps. Now, as an assistant professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego, Vazquez-Mena is working to support the educational development of students from marginalized communities in the United States and across the border.
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Engineering professor Graeve inducted into Mexican Academy of Sciences 1/16/20
Engineering professor Graeve inducted into Mexican Academy of Sciences
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Olivia Graeve has been inducted into the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (Mexican Academy of Sciences or AMC). The AMC, established in 1959, is a non-profit non-governmental association of distinguished members of the Mexican scientific community. Graeve, a Tijuana native and UC San Diego alumna, is one of only three corresponding members inducted in 2019. Corresponding members are researchers who reside outside of Mexico but have made significant contributions to the development of science in Mexico. 
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Growing strained crystals could improve performance of perovskite electronics 1/9/20
Growing strained crystals could improve performance of perovskite electronics
A new method could enable researchers to build more efficient, longer lasting perovskite solar cells and LEDs. By growing thin perovskite films on different substrates, UC San Diego engineers invented a way of fabricating perovskite single crystals with precisely deformed, or strained, structures.
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Measuring Mutations in Sperm May Reveal Risk for Autism in Future Children 1/9/20
Measuring Mutations in Sperm May Reveal Risk for Autism in Future Children
In a study published Dec. 23, 2019 in Nature Medicine, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, describe a method to measure disease-causing mutations found only in the sperm of the father, providing a more accurate assessment of ASD risk in future children.
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UC San Diego Researchers Receive $2.6M NSF Grant to Help Train Autistic Adults for Tech Employment 1/8/20
UC San Diego Researchers Receive $2.6M NSF Grant to Help Train Autistic Adults for Tech Employment
A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego has been awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an employment-training program that will tap into the talent and potential of autistic adults for technology work. 
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Preserving Libraries in the Sand 1/7/20
Preserving Libraries in the Sand
Interdisciplinary partners at UC San Diego are using drones and 3D-modeling to save Puerto Rico’s indigenous history from the sea. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in late 2018, Eric Lo, a Jacobs School alumnus who now works at the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, touched down in Puerto Rico with a single goal: find the ancient archaeological site he had helped monitor for more than a year and assess the damage.  
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oSTEM earns Chapter of the Year award 1/6/20
oSTEM earns Chapter of the Year award
Just three years after it was founded, UC San Diego’s chapter of oSTEM — Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — was awarded the Chapter of the Year designation at the oSTEM Annual Conference in Detroit. 
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