Jacobs School News

Engineering graduate students selected as Siebel Scholars 9/19/18
Engineering graduate students selected as Siebel Scholars
Five Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students working to improve immunology, cardiac health, blood transfusions and our understanding of the genome have been named 2019 Siebel Scholars. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students in the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science.
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Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials 9/18/18
Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials
Artificial neural networks—algorithms inspired by connections in the brain—have “learned” to perform a variety of tasks, from pedestrian detection in self-driving cars, to analyzing medical images, to translating languages. Now, researchers at the University of California San Diego are training artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials.
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Computer Scientists Receive $2M NSF Grant to Expand Early Research Program for Underrepresented Groups 9/18/18
Computer Scientists Receive $2M NSF Grant to Expand Early Research Program for Underrepresented Groups
A program at the University of California San Diego designed to increase retention of underrepresented groups studying computer science will get a roughly $2 million boost from the National Science Foundation over the next five years. The funds will support expansion of the Early Research Scholars Program (ERSP) at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering to at least seven universities, beginning with UC Santa Barbara, Stanford University and University of Illinois at Chicago in the next two years. The grant will also allow researchers to study the long-term outcomes for students who participate in the program.
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UC San Diego receives award from Energy Department for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies 9/13/18
UC San Diego receives award from Energy Department for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.5 million to a team led by the University of California San Diego for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies. The project is aimed at developing cobalt-free cathode materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Shirley Meng, a professor of nanoengineering and the director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, is the lead investigator on the project. The team involves Maxwell Technologies, a San Diego-based company that develops and manufactures energy storage and power delivery solutions.
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A Q&A with serial entrepreneur and alumnus Sergey Sundukovskiy 9/13/18
A Q&A with serial entrepreneur and alumnus Sergey Sundukovskiy
Sergey Sundukovskiy earned a degree in computer science here at the Jacobs School of Engineering in 2001. He is now the CTO, CPO and co-founder of Carlsbad-based Raken, a start-up that provides an app and software suite for the construction industry. In this Q&A, Sundukovskiy talks about his career, his memories of UC San Diego and gives some career advice for recent computer science graduates.
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Wearable ultrasound patch monitors blood pressure deep inside body 9/12/18
Wearable ultrasound patch monitors blood pressure deep inside body
A new wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision. In tests, the patch performed as well as some clinical methods to measure blood pressure. Applications include real-time, continuous monitoring of blood pressure changes in patients with heart or lung disease, as well as patients who are critically ill or undergoing surgery. The patch uses ultrasound, so it could potentially be used to non-invasively track other vital signs and physiological signals from places deep inside the body.
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Materials science graduate student awarded top SHPE honor 9/12/18
Materials science graduate student awarded top SHPE honor
Maritza Sanchez, a materials science and engineering Ph.D. student at UC San Diego researching ceramics for use in extreme environments, was awarded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 2018 Graduate Student Mentor Star Award. 
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Remembering Kenneth Bowles, Creator of UCSD Pascal 9/7/18
Remembering Kenneth Bowles, Creator of UCSD Pascal
Kenneth (Ken) Bowles, a computer science pioneer and professor emeritus at the University of California San Diego, passed away on Aug. 15, 2018 in Solana Beach, Calif. He was 89.  Bowles gained world renown for initiating and leading a largely student-driven project that culminated in the creation of the UCSD Pascal programming system in the late 1970s, which included a programming language, an operating system and a whole suite of other tools. UCSD Pascal influenced many aspects of computing that are now ubiquitous, including modern PCs and Macs as well as Sun Microsystem’s Java language.
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