2019 News Releases

    3/25/19
    Bioengineers are inducted into renowned biomedical engineering institute

    Two researchers at Jacobs School of Engineering were inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the organization announced. Professors Pedro Cabrales and Todd Coleman from the Department of Bioengineering were recognized during a ceremony at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, DC, on March 25.

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    3/25/19
    UC San Diego Announces Border Innovation Challenge

    The University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management and Jacobs School of Engineering, in partnership with the Smart Border Coalition, are hosting a Border Innovation Challenge to address difficulties facing the ports of entry in the San Diego- Tijuana binational region. The aim of the challenge is to develop new solutions and technologies that will improve security and efficiency at border crossings. The challenge will award cash prizes totaling $20,000 to competition winners.

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    3/21/19
    Working to Change the Future of Prosthetics

    Taylor Henderson, an electrical and computer engineering master’s student, is working to lower the barriers to entry for fabricating artificial muscle actuators. She’s developing an algorithm that uses supervised learning to model actuator configurations and return the necessary specifications. 

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    3/21/19
    Sink or Swim: Concrete Canoe Team Aims to Reach the Podium at National Race

    The engineering challenge sounds like a nearly impossible task: making a canoe out of concrete that can float—and race—on water. But ask anyone on the UC San Diego Concrete Canoe team, and they’ll tell you it’s not only possible but also a highlight of their engineering experience at UC San Diego. The team is hoping to reach the podium at this year's national race.

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    3/21/19
    Printed sensors provide on the spot fentanyl detection

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed screen-printed sensors that could offer a faster, convenient and low-cost method to detect the drug fentanyl. The sensors can detect micromolar concentrations of fentanyl in just one minute. They are easy to produce, cost only a few cents apiece, and are disposable.

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    3/15/19
    UC San Diego Engineering Rises to #11 in the Nation in US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings

    The Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego has jumped to #11 in the nation in the new US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings. This ranking is up from #12 last year and #17 just three years ago.

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    3/15/19
    UC San Diego Researchers Find Strong Performance, Complexities, and Puzzles in Intel's Optane DIMMs

    University of California San Diego computer scientists have completed the first comprehensive evaluation of Intel’s new Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules (Optane NVDIMMs). They found that Optane DIMMs can make key storage applications 17 times faster, especially if system designers adapt their hardware and software to make the best use of the new technology.  They also found that the DIMMs can significantly expand main memory capacity without sacrificing much performance and that they exhibit complex performance characteristics that designers must accommodate to fully exploit them.

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    3/14/19
    Anticancer vaccines, natural language for computers, and multifunctional materials take center stage at UC San Diego Research Expo

    The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering was just ranked the #11 graduate engineering program in the country by US News. Hear from more than 200 of these talented graduate students as they present their research at the 38th annual Jacobs School Research Expo, a showcase of the top engineering and computer science work underway at UC San Diego.

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    3/13/19
    The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow

    Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea.

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    3/8/19
    International Research Collaboration: Cybersecurity Meets Artificial Intelligence

    Researchers from different areas of expertise are collaborating and joining forces to provide all-embracing solutions for current global cybersecurity threats. Two renowned cybersecurity and machine learning research institutions have come together to form the new CYSMICS center, which is a joint effort between the Cybersecurity Research Centre (CYSEC) at Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and the Center for Machine-Integrated Computing & Security (MICS) at the University of California San Diego.

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    3/8/19
    Gojoya Announces Investment From Intel Capital

    Gojoya, Inc, a startup company built on technology developed by Professor Joseph Ford’s group at the University of California San Diego, is developing next generation imaging systems with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) for multiple markets including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robots, autonomous driving, and mobile phones. Gojoya announced that it has received an investment from Intel Capital.

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    3/5/19
    Computer Scientist Hadi Esmaeilzadeh Named Inaugural Holder of the Halıcıoğlu Chair in Computer Architecture at UC San Diego

    Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, a professor of computer science at the University of California San Diego, is building the computer architecture that will enable the artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies of the future. He is expanding his work by collaborating with colleagues at the Center for Machine-Integrated Computing and Security at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.

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    3/4/19
    Ashoka U Exchange Draws Attendees from 25 Countries to UC San Diego

    Hundreds of delegates from 25 different countries converged on campus last week for the 2019 Ashoka U Exchange to discuss how to more effectively make positive change around the globe. UC San Diego hosted this year’s Exchange, themed “Beyond Borders and Boundaries,” from Feb. 21 through 23. The annual conference is organized by Ashoka, the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs focused on social innovation and changemaking. UC San Diego has been a designated Ashoka Changemaker Campus since 2017.

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    3/4/19
    Engineers developing education kit to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics

    Engineers are developing an educational toolkit to bring integrated photonics into the college engineering and science curriculum. The kit is designed to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics and equip them to meet the growing demand for technicians and engineers in the industry.

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    3/1/19
    Electrical Engineer Pamela Cosman Honored with Inaugural Dr. John and Felia Proakis Chancellor Faculty Fellowship

    A new fellowship from UC San Diego’s Office of the Chancellor ensures research funds to support the studies of a scientist on campus. Pamela Cosman, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the fellowship’s inaugural recipient.

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    2/15/19
    UC San Diego Part of DOE's First Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center

    UC San Diego is a collaborator in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) first lithium-ion battery recycling research and development (R&D) initiative, called the ReCell Center, which was launched today. Zheng Chen, a professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego and faculty member of the university’s Sustainable Power and Energy Center, is working on a recycling process to restore used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries so they can be used to build new batteries.

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    2/12/19
    How breast tissue stiffening promotes breast cancer development

    By examining how mammary cells respond in a stiffness-changing hydrogel, researchers discovered that several pathways work together to signal breast cells to turn cancerous. The work could inspire new approaches to treating patients and inhibiting tumor growth.

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    2/11/19
    A bioengineered factory for T-cells

    Researchers have developed an injectable sponge-like gel that enhances the production of T-cells after a bone marrow transplant, increasing the quantity and diversity of these key components of the immune system. This bioengineered device can be injected under the skin at the same time of the transplant to help revive the immune system after bone marrow transplantation. 

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    2/8/19
    Micromotors deliver oral vaccines

    UC San Diego nanoengineering researchers have developed oral vaccines powered by micromotors that target the mucus layer of the intestine. 

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    2/7/19
    X-rays reveal why adding a bit of salt improves perovskite solar cells

    New findings about perovskites could pave the way to developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using high-intensity X-ray mapping, researchers explain why adding small amounts of cesium and rubidium salt improves the performance of perovskite solar cells. 

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    2/7/19
    Lifesaving App

    Undergraduate students on the Cruz Roja Global Ties team designed and built a mobile app to make ambulance dispatch in Tijuana easier, faster and more efficient. 

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    2/5/19
    Overcoming Delays in Long-Distance Surgery

    An engineering-surgery team at UC San Diego is working to extend the reach of surgeons by allowing them to operate remotely on patients located across a city, country, or even the globe. They are developing predictive augmented reality systems that could help make telesurgery a reality.

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    2/5/19
    UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine

    At the University of California San Diego, engineers, computer scientists, physicians and clinical researchers work together to improve human health. The collaborations span the lab, the clinic and the classroom. The work addresses a broad array of medical innovations, drives the next generation of medical care, and helps people live longer, healthier lives. 

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    2/5/19
    Physician-Engineer Match-Making at UC San Diego

    Matching physicians with engineers and computer scientists, and then providing seed funding for their research collaborations, are two critical tasks that take place through UC San Diego’s Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Initiative. UC San Diego clinicians identify unmet needs in patient care and then work with teams of engineers and computer scientists to solve the problem and move the technology to the clinic. 

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    2/5/19
    Programming White Blood Cells to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

    Pancreatic cancer is the third most lethal cancer in the United States. Patients typically don’t know they have it until it’s too late, making it difficult to treat. Only 9 percent survive five years after diagnosis. But recent discoveries at the UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine are raising hope. Engineers and surgeons are working on a treatment by reprogramming white blood cells to target and eradicate pancreatic cancer tumors.

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    2/4/19
    Training Clinical Engineers

    UC San Diego's Clinical Bioengineering course offers undergraduate engineering students hands-on learning experience to solve clinical problems. The course reflects the Institute of Engineering in Medicine's mission to connect engineers with physicians to produce medical innovations.

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    1/30/19
    See, Think, Predict: Engineers build a soft robotics perception system inspired by humans

    An international team of researchers has developed a perception system for soft robots inspired by the way humans process information about their own bodies in space and in relation to other objects and people. They describe the system, which includes a motion capture system, soft sensors, a neural network, and a soft robotic finger, in the Jan. 30 issue of Science Robotics.

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    1/30/19
    Sticky Science

    Organic compounds from perfume, food, fabrics and soaps coat indoor surfaces. The film commonly found in our homes can impact the air we breathe and our health. Yet the details of how these compounds interact microscopically with indoor surfaces are not fully known. Researchers are learning more.

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    1/28/19
    Study uncovers why heart attack triggers arrhythmia in some, explores potential treatment

    A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has identified a genetic pathway that causes some individuals to develop an abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, after experiencing a heart attack. They have also identified a drug candidate that can block this pathway.

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    1/24/19
    Partnership with Rocket Engine Startup Brings New 3D Metal Printer to UC San Diego

    Additive manufacturing at UC San Diego is about to take off, thanks to a partnership with a local startup that specializes in 3D-printed rocket engines. Now, aspiring inventors and innovators at the university can make their creations real with the startup’s powerful, 3D metal printer.

     

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    1/24/19
    Bioengineer describes the promise of biomaterials for tissue repair in Science

    “Biomaterials that can promote tissue repair and regeneration on their own without the need for delivering cells or other therapeutics have emerged as a potentially powerful paradigm for regenerative medicine.” That’s one of the key statements in a perspective piece written by Karen L. Christman, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California San Diego in the Jan. 24 issue of the journal Science.

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    1/16/19
    Feathers: better than Velcro?

    You may have seen a kid play with a feather, or you may have played with one yourself: Running a hand along a feather’s barbs and watching as the feather unzips and zips, seeming to miraculously pull itself back together. That “magical” zipping mechanism could provide a model for new adhesives and new aerospace materials, according to engineers at the University of California San Diego. They detail their findings in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Advances in a paper titled “Scaling of bird wings and feathers for efficient flight.”

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    1/16/19
    The Top 10 robotics technologies of 2018, according to Science Robotics

    Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at the Jacobs School is one of 10 of the world’s foremost robotics researchers to weigh in on the top 10 robotics technologies of 2018 in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Robotics.

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    1/15/19
    Carlos Coimbra Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

    Carlos F. M. Coimbra, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego has been named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, an online-only interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal covering a wide range of areas of renewable and sustainable energy relevant to the physical science and engineering communities.

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    1/14/19
    3D printed implants promote nerve cell growth to treat spinal cord injury

    3D printed implants could one day help restore neural connections and lost motor function in patients with spinal cord injury. The implants, developed by engineers and neuroscientists at the University of California San Diego, are soft bridges that guide new nerve cells to grow across a tear or break in an injured spinal cord. The work has so far shown promise in rats with severe spinal cord injury.

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    1/9/19
    Art Meets Engineering at UC San Diego

    Indigo, an art exhibit currently showing at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, celebrates a diversity of interdisciplinary artistic practices happening here on campus.

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    1/8/19
    We Make Bold Possible

    At the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, we make bold possible. We take on the tough challenges no lab, discipline, or company can solve alone. At the same time, we are transforming engineering education, at scale.

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    1/4/19
    New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

    Oceanographers and engineers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego collaborated to modify a common physical oceanography instrument to be able to image zooplankton as it glides through the ocean.

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