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Winter 2012-2013

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Frieder Seible: Forever Building

Frieder Seible: Forever Building

As Dean of the Jacobs School (2003-12), Frieder Seible built new departments and cross-disciplinary research organizations, focused on industry partnerships, and created an "engineering talent pipeline" that gives Jacobs School students opportunities to develop into engineering leaders.

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Safer Bridges and Buildings

Safer Bridges and Buildings

Frieder Seible is a key member of the teams that envisioned, designed and created a collection of large-scale and full-scale UCSD testing facilities that exist nowhere else in the world. These structural engineering labs give academic teams and their industry partners the opportunity to pursue research that leads to safer and smarter new designs and retrofits for bridges, buildings and other structures – advances that make California and the world safer in the face of earthquakes, blasts and other hazards.

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Structural Engineering. Unique in the Nation.

Structural Engineering.
Unique in the Nation.

It's not just the large-scale and full-scale testing facilities that make the Department of Structural Engineering unique. If you look beyond the Jacobs School, you won't find another structural engineering department in the United States. Most faculty and students pursuing structural engineering research belong to broader civil engineering departments.

Jacobs School structural engineers are leaders in large-scale and full-scale testing research. Facilities include the world's largest outdoor shake table at the Englekirk Structural Engineering enter and the Powell Structural Research Laboratories on the Jacobs School campus.

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NanoEngineering Department Opens Materials Research Center

NanoEngineering Department
Opens Materials Research Center

NanoEngineering graduate student Scott Olson is working on a new iron-based super elastic alloy that can stretch out like a slinky without getting those frustrating twists and kinks that slinkies always get. The solution, like much of the work of developing new materials, involves exploring the material's chemistry and crystalline structure at the nanoscale, a measure thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair. A little bit more or less of a particular metal or compound makes the difference in what the researcher is trying to achieve, whether it's strength, elasticity, holding up under extreme temperatures, or all of the above. For this purpose, Kenneth Vecchio, Professor and Chair of the Department of NanoEngineering, recently built a sprawling suite of new laboratories dedicated to the design, development and testing of new materials.

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Pradeep K. Khosla: UC San Diego Hires First Engineer to Chancellor Post

Pradeep K. Khosla: UC San Diego
Hires First Engineer to Chancellor Post

On Oct. 30, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla spoke at a forum organized by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the Jacobs School. Khosla described his journey from an undergraduate student in India to the eighth UC San Diego Chancellor, and offered insights on leadership, careers and more.

On Career Choices  "I chose to do what I love. And once I made that choice, I absolutely loved what I did," said Khosla. "I think that is something that has been extremely helpful in my own success."

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