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Mechanical Engineering Student Wins ASME Prize
Greg Burton, a Jacobs School mechanical and aerospace engineering senior, won first place in the oral presentations category at the ASME Pacific Region Student Conference at UC Davis in April. He discussed a senior design project that he completed with team members Karly Moore, Matthew Niccolls, and Weixing Zhou as part of the MAE 156 course. The “Robotic Head Project” sponsored by the UCSD Complex System and Cognition Laboratory, culminated in a device to better study human learning and interactions. Their model has improved neck rotation and movement, more facial expressions, and quieter motors. Burton will present again in Washington D.C. at the November conference.

Students Participate inSummer Research
From developing yeast models to understand cancer to building a sensor network array to track southern California weather patterns, eight Jacobs School undergraduate students will participate in summer research projects through the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology scholarship program. Each student will receive $4,000 for 10 weeks of full-time research work, culminating in a formal scholarly poster session and written report. The purpose of this program is to provide talented undergraduates with concrete research experience to help them better define their career goals. The program is fashioned on the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation. Visit www.calit2.net/students/ugrad/index.html

Goldwater Scholarship Winner
Bioengineering senior Murtaza Mogri was recently awarded a $7,500 Goldwater Scholarship. The prestigious scholarship program honors Senator Barry M. Goldwater and was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Mogri plans to obtain a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, research signal pathways in the brain, and teach at a university.