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Cymer Conference Center Opens

Building Dedication Celebration
Building Dedication Celebration (L-R) Ed Brown, Cymer President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Sandstrom ('72, '76, '79), Cymer Co-Founder Bob Akins ('74, '77, '83), Cymer Co-Founder Frieder Seible, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering

The Structural and Materials Engineering building is a much better spot for conferences, meetings and workshops thanks to Cymer, a San Diego company co-founded by UC San Diego alumni Bob Akins ('74, '77, '83) and Richard Sandstrom ('72, '76, '79).

Cymer's generous gift was used to outfit the building, including the threestory Cymer Conference Center, which will serve as a venue for industry collaboration and innovation.

"We hope the new Cymer Conference Center will help foster the success of the next generation of talented leaders, while supporting the San Diego-based technology community," said Ed Brown, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cymer.

Enabling the commercialization of today's advanced consumer electronics devices, Cymer is a leading developer of light sources used by chipmakers worldwide.

"With our own history rooted in the local community, and more specifically, UC San Diego, we remain advocates of how the right educational opportunities and resources can springboard careers."

Ed Brown
President and Chief Operating Officer

A Vision of the Future

RobotWhen best-selling science fiction author David Brin tried to imagine the future of the Structural and Materials Engineering building, he saw a malleable and adaptable structure whose cells are leaky – deliberately almost biological. "Problem solvers within these walls will send robots into the bloodstream and mysterious nonlinear realms within the cell," Brin said. "New work in fluidics, materials and battery storage will help us tackle vexing energy problems." He spoke at the building's dedication Sept. 14.

Watch his talk on YouTube:

Composites Expert to Speak at Alumni Event

RobotThe new generation of commercial jets constructed with highstrength carbon fiber composite materials are light-weight and fuel-efficient. But blunt impacts from baggage and cargo loaders and hail stones can result in damage nearly invisible to the naked eye. Prof. Hyonny Kim will describe research to detect, predict and avoid damage to modern composite airframes.

Feb. 28, 2013 at 6 p.m. at The Boeing Company in Seal Beach, Calif. More info:

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