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Jacobs School alum charges startup to $1 million prize 10/15/18
Jacobs School alum charges startup to $1 million prize
A startup with a Jacobs School alumnus as its CTO won the $1 million grand prize at 43North, the startup pitch competition with the largest prize pool in the U.S. Christopher Ellis, a 2017 electrical and computer engineering graduate, is the CTO of SparkCharge, which is developing a portable electric vehicle charging system that can fit in the trunk of a car, to make distance limitations on electric cars a thing of the past. 
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UC San Diego Receives $10.5 Million from National Nuclear Security Administration to Create Center of Excellence 10/15/18
UC San Diego Receives $10.5 Million from National Nuclear Security Administration to Create Center of Excellence
The University of California San Diego was awarded $10.5 million over five years from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to create one of four new centers of excellence. The Center for Matters under Extreme Pressure (CMEC) will be the third NNSA center focused on high energy density science.
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Samsung licenses 5G polar coding technology developed by UC San Diego engineers 10/11/18
Samsung licenses 5G polar coding technology developed by UC San Diego engineers
Samsung and the University of California San Diego recently signed a major license agreement for the telecommunications industry, for a standard-essential error-correction technology developed by engineers from the Jacobs School of Engineering. This new technology plays a key role in the 5G wireless communications standard, where it is used to encode and decode polar codes. Polar codes have been recently ratified as part of the 5G New Radio enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) standard, with commercial deployments expected in 2019 to eventually penetrate hundreds of millions of wireless devices
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Undergraduate Engineers Get Hands-on Experience with Autonomous Vehicles 10/11/18
Undergraduate Engineers Get Hands-on Experience with Autonomous Vehicles
The Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles course is all about hands-on learning by doing. Over the course of the quarter, students enrolled in the class build a small robotic car, train it to run autonomously, and trick it out with a bonus feature of their choosing.
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Healthcare, Homecare and Robotics: Where to from here? 10/10/18
Healthcare, Homecare and Robotics: Where to from here?
World-renowned experts working at the intersection of robotics and healthcare will convene at UC San Diego on November 8, 2018 for the annual Contextual Robotics Institute Forum, this year focused on Healthcare Robotics. 
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Building bridges and batteries 10/4/18
Building bridges and batteries
More than 100 high school and college students from both sides of the border spent their summer at UC San Diego in the ENLACE program, building professional and personal connections across the border through science and engineering.
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Using personal data to predict blood pressure 10/4/18
Using personal data to predict blood pressure
Engineers at UC San Diego used wearable off-the-shelf technology and machine learning to predict an individual’s blood pressure and provide personalized recommendations to lower it based on this data.
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Flowing salt water over this super-hydrophobic surface can generate electricity 10/3/18
Flowing salt water over this super-hydrophobic surface can generate electricity
Engineers have developed a super-hydrophobic surface that can be used to generate electrical voltage. When salt water flows over this specially patterned surface, it can produce at least 50 millivolts. The proof-of-concept work could lead to the development of new power sources for lab-on-a-chip platforms and other microfluidics devices. It could someday be extended to energy harvesting methods in water desalination plants, researchers said.
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