Jacobs School News

News Obituary: Professor Joanna McKittrick 12/12/19
News Obituary: Professor Joanna McKittrick
Joanna McKittrick, a pioneering engineer at the University of California San Diego and a renowned expert in materials science, passed away Nov. 15, 2019. She was 65. McKittrick was one of the first women to join the engineering faculty at UC San Diego in 1988, in what is now the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and was then Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (AMES). She is remembered by her colleagues as a generous collaborator and by students and alumni as an inspiring and caring mentor. McKittrick was a great advocate for under-represented students in science and engineering and served as research advisor for many undergraduate students through the years.
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UC San Diego undergraduates design Birch Aquarium's first virtual reality exhibit 12/5/19
UC San Diego undergraduates design Birch Aquarium's first virtual reality exhibit
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is breaking a barrier this spring. Instead of allowing visitors to just watch local marine life from behind glass, the aquarium is making it possible for visitors to experience life as fish do—thanks to a 360-degree virtual reality exhibit built by UC San Diego undergraduates.
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UC San Diego Engineering Dean Albert P. Pisano inducted into National Academy of Inventors 12/5/19
UC San Diego Engineering Dean Albert P. Pisano inducted into National Academy of Inventors
Albert P. Pisano, professor and dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has been named a 2019 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). UC San Diego bioengineering faculty affiliate Paul Citron and electrical engineering alumna Mihri Ozkan (Ph.D. ECE ‘01) are also among the 168 new fellows inducted into National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows in 2019.
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Machine learning provides new paradigm in understanding microbial gene regulation 12/4/19
Machine learning provides new paradigm in understanding microbial gene regulation
UC San Diego bioengineers developed a method that would enable them to understand how E. coli coordinate their expression of thousands of genes. The method uses a machine learning algorithm to automatically interpret gene expression datasets.
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New record set for cracking encryption keys 12/4/19
New record set for cracking encryption keys
An international team of computer scientists had set a new record for two of the most important computational problems that are the basis for nearly all of the public-key cryptography that is currently used in the real world.    
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Understanding and Combating the Economic Pull of Cybercrime 11/27/19
Understanding and Combating the Economic Pull of Cybercrime
Neha Chachra works as an Engineering Manager at Facebook, where she has been employed since 2016, leading a team that protects Facebook against abusive links, protecting the platform from harmful URLs that expose users to phishing, spamming and malware. The work is a natural progression of her research and interests at UC San Diego, where she received her Ph.D. in 2015.
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How diversity of respiratory quinones affects microbial physiology 11/25/19
How diversity of respiratory quinones affects microbial physiology
A new study provides a fundamental understanding of the diversification of small molecules called respiratory quinones and its adaptive consequences in bacterial species. Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego specifically examined how respiration is affected by different types of quinones present in bacteria growing in aerobic environments.
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UC San Diego Bioengineering Department Makes Strong Showing in List of Highly Cited Researchers Around the World 11/25/19
UC San Diego Bioengineering Department Makes Strong Showing in List of Highly Cited Researchers Around the World
Eleven faculty members and affiliates of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego are among the world’s most influential in their fields, according to a new research citation report from the Web of Science Group. UC San Diego played key roles in launching the discipline of bioengineering over 50 years ago, and the new report is yet another indicator that the Department of Bioengineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering continues to shape the future of bioengineering.   
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