Jacobs School News

UC San Diego receives $1.6 million to better prepare young adults for engineering and technical careers 7/2/20
UC San Diego receives $1.6 million to better prepare young adults for engineering and technical careers
Longtime University of California San Diego supporter Buzz Woolley has pledged $1.6 million over the next three years to fund an innovative new initiative that will significantly expand the region’s engineering and technical workforce. Much of the work to create inclusive problem-solving materials for students and teachers will be based in the EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio.
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Women who mean business 7/2/20
Women who mean business
The University of California San Diego is proud to have been named a top 25 undergraduate university for female-founded startups by Pitchbook, a financial data and software company. Pitchbook tracked companies that raised their first round of funding between January 1, 2006 and August 31, 2019. UC San Diego landed in the No. 22 spot with 45 female founders whose companies raised over $580 million in first-round funding.
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Creating an engineering senior design project...at home 7/2/20
Creating an engineering senior design project...at home
Curbside delivery of 3D-printed parts, the cooperation of roommates, weekend build sessions in Riverside and communication, communication, communication. This is what it took for graduating engineering students, staff and faculty at UC San Diego to transition the hands-on, team-based capstone mechanical engineering design course to remote instruction in the age of COVID-19.
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Jacobs School of Engineering Launches Research Ethics Project 6/25/20
Jacobs School of Engineering Launches Research Ethics Project
Building a sustained culture where students, faculty and staff have the resources and comfort level to engage in ethical conversations on an ongoing basis is the goal of the Research Ethics Project at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. The project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), entered phase two in May.
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Researchers develop low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients 6/23/20
Researchers develop low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients
A team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients that is built around a ventilator bag usually found in ambulances.  The team built an automated system around the bag and brought down the cost of an emergency ventilator to just $500 per unit--state of the art models cost at least $50,000. The device's components can be rapidly fabricated  and the ventilator can be assembled in just 15 minutes. The device’s electronics and sensors rely on a robust supply chain from fields not related to healthcare that are unlikely to be affected by shortages. 
 
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IEEE Spectrum Cover Story 6/22/20
IEEE Spectrum Cover Story
The cover feature of IEEE Spectrum this month is a feature on the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors: Why Sweat will Power your next Wearable.
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NIH grant to bioprint nanoparticles for ovarian cancer immunotherapy 6/19/20
NIH grant to bioprint nanoparticles for ovarian cancer immunotherapy
Nanoengineers at UC San Diego received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer using plant virus nanoparticles. The particles will be produced using 3D-bioprinting, enabling them to be released at specified intervals, instead of a continuous slow release.
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Using LEGO to test children's ability to visualize and rotate 3D shapes in space 6/18/20
Using LEGO to test children's ability to visualize and rotate 3D shapes in space
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a test that uses children’s ability to assemble LEGO pieces to assess their spatial visualization ability. Spatial visualization is the ability to visualize 3D shapes in one’s mind, which is tied to increased GPAs and graduation rates in STEM college students. 
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