Alumni

Welcome to the Jacobs School of Engineering alumni page

WELCOME

As a graduate of the UC San Diego Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering, you are a part of our vast network of visionaries, problem solvers, and trailblazers, shaping industries and driving progress worldwide. Our engineering alumni community, now over 45,000 and continuously growing, remains closely knit no matter where life takes you.

If it's been a while since you last connected, this is an ideal place to start. The alumni office at the Jacobs School is here as your gateway to get involved. Whether you are looking to reunite with fellow Tritons, contribute your time and expertise, or access resources, there's a team ready to support you.

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NETWORK AND GROW

Tritons Connect
 

Tritons Connect is an online community of UC San Diego alumni, students, staff and faculty. It's a Triton exclusive network where you can be matched with a mentor, post and apply for job opportunities, join a community group, access a directory of Triton community members, and so much more!

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Career Center Alumni Resources

As you think about what's to come in your professional journey, remember the Career Center can be one part of your strategy. Working with thousands of students and alumni every year, the Career Center understands the trends and has likely experienced or helped with whatever challenge you're facing.

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Jacobs ​​Portal
 

Jacobs School alumni are sought after by industry leaders for their engineering knowledge and abilities. The Corporate Affiliates Program provides you access to career opportunities brought to you by our Corporate Partners. Create a profile on the Jacobs Portal, and explore current job openings and events.

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Master of Advanced Studies

Offering three highly critical engineering master's programs tailored to the needs of working, engineering professionals and industry needs, the Master of Advanced Studies degree program allows for students to continue working while earning their master's in an in-class academic environment.

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GET INVOLVED

All across the globe, our alumni are networking at one of our signature events. You can also stay involved in our vibrant alumni community through a regional alumni club or an affinity group. Check out our current line-up of events below.

  • Chicanx/Latinx Alumni Council: Unidos x Siempre Mentor Program - End of Year Celebration

    June 01, 2024 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PT

    UC San Diego Career Services Center - Patio

    Celebrate the 1st year completion of the Unidos x Siempre Mentoring Program!

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  • San Diego Engineers Networking Event

    June 02, 2024 at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PT

    Bay City Brewing Co. Tasting Room

    Join local engineers in the heart of downtown San Diego at this exclusive networking event. Complimentary event.

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  • Spring Regional: San Diego

    June 02, 2024 at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PT

    UC San Diego Park & Market

    Join us at UC San Diego Park & Market for an evening of connection and inspiration. Held prior to the BIO International Convention, the annual mixer gathers alumni, industry leaders and friends together with colleagues from the School of Biological Sciences and other academic departments. Complimentary event; all alumni are welcome, no matter their major.

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  • Silicon Valley Regional Club: Planning Meeting

    June 05, 2024 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PT

    Join fellow UC San Diego alumni in the Silicon Valley area in planning upcoming events.

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  • Washington, D.C. Regional Club: Triton and GPS Happy Hour

    June 06, 2024 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

    Astro Beer Hall

    Join UC San Diego alumni for a casual evening of socializing and networking.

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  • Alumni Opportunity at Commencement 2024

    June 15, 2024 at 7:45 PM – 9:30 PM PT

    RIMAC Field

    Volunteer to celebrate new graduates and help distribute Sun God pins!

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  • Northrop Grumman Triton Alumni Mixer

    June 20, 2024 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PT

    Franklin Antonio Hall

    Connect with the alumni chapter at Northrop Grumman and learn about the latest innovations and research at the Jacobs School of Engineering.

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  • Charting Career Pathways: Navigating the Impactful Realm of Healthcare and Public Health

    July 24, 2024 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

    Explore the diverse roles within the health landscape. Delve into career trajectories, degree impacts, and get expert advice on choosing your path. Gain valuable insights on how these roles intersect and contribute to the broader healthcare domain.

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  • HireUC Alumni Career Fair

    August 22, 2024 at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PT

    Riverside Convention Center

    This in-person hiring event provides an opportunity for University of California alumni who are looking for early-and mid-level career opportunities to connect with recruiters who are hiring.

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IN THE KNOW

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Keep up with Dean Al P. Pisano and the latest research breakthroughs, recognitions and other great stories at the Jacobs School.

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See what the campus and fellow Tritons are up to. You'll find stories, accomplishments and more in the UC San Diego Magazine.


STAY CONNECTED

Our alumni network is remarkable, and we want to make sure you stay involved. Update your contact information and share the ways you'd like to be connected to the UC San Diego community.

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GET IN TOUCH

Tritons and friends,

Extending warm greetings and heartfelt gratitude to you for visiting the Jacobs School alumni page. It is a privilege to serve UC San Diego and our alumni engineers in my role as the Director of Alumni Relations.

My commitment is to bolster the bond between alumni and UC San Diego long after graduation. I aim to build personal connections with alumni and find relevant ways to connect them to the university, provide them with information and news, recognize their accomplishments, and involve them in our community through events and more. Along with engagement, I also lead development efforts to build and sustain philanthropic opportunities that support the Jacobs School of Engineering in ways that are meaningful for our alumni and their families.

I invite you to connect with me via email at jdelatrinidad@ucsd.edu to share your journey and interests. You can also reach me through LinkedIn or Tritons Connect.

Regards,

Jesse De La Trinidad
Director, Alumni Relations
UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

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SUPPORT A CAUSE

The gifts we receive from our alumni, regardless of size, have an immediate impact on our community. These contributions provide students with access to top-tier education and facilities, accelerate research, and establish scholarships and fellowships. Philanthropy truly makes a difference, and you can be a part of it.

By making a gift to the Jacobs School of Engineering, you can support the department, program or initiative of your choice.

Support scholarships and fellowships for students

Support students, both undergraduate and graduate, by making a donation to the Dean's Scholars of Excellence Fund. Students who have demonstrated excellent academic merit from all backgrounds, including underserved communities, will be empowered to excel in their pursuit of education.


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We are here to help you create a legacy of support. Get in touch with our team to discuss your giving options, including one-time or recurring gifts, estate gifts, and gifts of stock and other assets.


NEWS


Industry: Meet the Jacobs School's Students

Industry: Meet the Jacobs School's Students

December 20, 2013

Intel. Microsoft. Cisco. These were three of the 18 science and tech companies that sent recruiters to meet with Jacobs School students at the fifth annual Professional Evening with Industry Nov. 22 at the Price Center. Put on by three student diversity organizations–the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)–in conjunction with the IDEA Student Center, the event gave Jacobs School students the opportunity to dine with the recruiters as well as industry engineers before a career fair, where they could hand over resumes and talk about job or internship opportunities. Full Story


Class Creates Budding Entrepreneurs

Class Creates Budding Entrepreneurs

December 19, 2013

Kevin Fructuoso didn’t think about being an entrepreneur—until he took the Product Design and Entrepreneurship class taught by mechanical engineering Teaching Professor Nathan Delson.  During the class, he teamed up with three other students to come up with a product that  helps meet the unique sleep needs of students, who often live in noisy dorms. Students had to identify a market need, design the product, conduct marker research, study interfaces and usability and learn how to use a 3D printer, among other requirements. The class culminated in a three-hour pitch fest, where students attempted to sell their products to three entrepreneurs and product designers who served as judges, Dec. 12 at the Qualcomm Conference Center in Jacobs Hall. Three teams won $2000 to pursue their product idea and join the Moxie Center, the campus’ undergraduate entrepreneurship incubator. Full Story


ACM Recognizes Two UC San Diego Computer Scientists

ACM Recognizes Two UC San Diego Computer Scientists

December 12, 2013

Two computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego are among the 50 members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) elected Fellows of the organization in 2013. Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) professors Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou and Mihir Bellare in UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering were among the elite group of researchers hailing from leading universities, corporations and research labs. Full Story


With 'Cool Gizmo,' Research Team Hopes Citizen-Sensors Will Improve World Health

With 'Cool Gizmo,' Research Team Hopes Citizen-Sensors Will Improve World Health

December 12, 2013

Enterprising researchers and students at the University of California, San Diego are looking for funding to complete a “citizen-sensor” project that, they hope, will revolutionize global health and environmental monitoring – especially in remote and undeveloped areas of the planet. They also hope to attract the faith and funding of people around the world through the open, global crowd-funding resource Indiegogo, the first partnership between UC San Diego and a funding platform. Full Story


Bullet Trains, Express Lanes' and Aspen Trees

Bullet Trains, Express Lanes' and Aspen Trees

December 11, 2013

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering didn’t have far to travel to attend the 9th ACM International Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies (CoNEXT) in Santa Barbara, Calif. So why the big focus on “bullet trains” and “express lanes”? For researchers and students in UC San Diego’s Center for Networked Systems (CNS) and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department, those transportation terms do not mean quite the same thing in computer networking as they do for consumers eager to get home by train, bus or car for the holidays. CNS research scientist George Porter co-authored two papers with CSE colleagues, and they were presented on Dec. 11 during a CoNEXT session called, “Trains, Lanes and Autobalancing.” Full Story


Nanosponge Vaccine Fights MRSA Toxins

Nanosponge Vaccine Fights MRSA Toxins

December 2, 2013

Nanosponges that soak up a dangerous pore-forming toxin produced by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) could serve as a safe and effective vaccine against this toxin. This “nanosponge vaccine” enabled the immune systems of mice to block the adverse effects of the alpha-haemolysin toxin from MRSA—both within the bloodstream and on the skin. Nanoengineers from the University of California, San Diego described the safety and efficacy of this nanosponge vaccine in the December 1 issue of Nature Nanotechnology. Full Story


Bioengineering Professor Among Six UC San Diego Faculty Named 2013 AAAS Fellows

Bioengineering Professor Among Six UC San Diego Faculty Named 2013 AAAS Fellows

November 25, 2013

Six professors at the University of California, San Diego have been named 2013 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest general science organization. Full Story


Understanding Information: How We Get It, How We Use It, How to Benefit from It

Understanding Information: How We Get It, How We Use It, How to Benefit from It

November 20, 2013

For most computer users, information is only valuable when it serves a context-specific purpose, such as providing the GPS coordinates for a new restaurant or a list of search results for a query on airline flights to Fiji. But for University of California, San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Tara Javidi, understanding how people acquire and use information in various engineering applications is just as valuable. Her most recent grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) — a $1 million collaborative research award to Javidi, Andrea Goldsmith of Stanford University and Bruno Sinopoli at Carnegie Mellon University — will fund the development of a new theoretical framework for understanding how to best control information flow in large cyber-physical systems such as datacenters or smart energy grids. Full Story


New Models Predict Where E. coli Strains Will Thrive

New Models Predict Where E. coli Strains Will Thrive

November 18, 2013

Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have used the genomic sequences of 55 E. coli strains to reconstruct the metabolic repertoire for each strain. Surprisingly, these reconstructions do an excellent job of predicting the kind of environment where each strain will thrive, the researchers found. Their analysis, published in the Nov. 18, 2013 early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could prove useful in developing ways to control deadly E. coli infections and to learn more about how certain strains of the bacteria become virulent. Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Scientist Wins Prestigious Award

UC San Diego Computer Scientist Wins Prestigious Award

November 6, 2013

He is the first professor from the University of California, San Diego to win the prestigious SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award. On Nov. 5, computer science and engineering professor Stefan Savage received the 2013 award from the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) during the Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) in Farmington, Penn. Full Story


Undergraduates Get to Ignite Fire in Space for Science

Undergraduates Get to Ignite Fire in Space for Science

November 5, 2013

Four UC San Diego undergraduates boarded a special NASA plane and soared in microgravity over the Gulf of Mexico this summer. Their goal: understanding how biofuels behave in space. “The best way to describe the feeling was like being on a roller coaster. In the first second before the microgravity occurs, it feels like you’re at the peak of the roller coaster, and just as the zero gravity takes effect, you’re suddenly free from the floor,” said Sam Avery, a fourth-year aerospace engineering major. “It was a great experience.” Avery and three fellow students were there because the UCSD Microgravity team -- a student organization captained by Avery – won a NASA competition for university students. The eight-student organization proposed an experiment to test the combustion rates of biofuels in zero-gravity. The group was one of seven universities that were awarded a zero-gravity trip -- commercially worth $5,000 per person. Full Story


Are Racks-on-Chip the Future of Data Centers?

Are Racks-on-Chip the Future of Data Centers?

November 5, 2013

Increasing the scale and decreasing the cost and power of data centers requires greatly boosting the density of computing, storage and networking within those centers. That is the hard truth spelled out in the journal Science by faculty from the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Writing in the Oct. 11 edition of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Chair Shaya Fainman and Center for Networked Systems (CNS) Research Scientist George Porter – who is also a member of the Computer Science and Engineering systems and networking group – argue that one promising avenue to deliver increased density involves “racks on a chip.” These devices would contain many individual computer processing cores integrated with sufficient network capability to fully utilize those cores by supporting massive amounts of data transfer into and out of them. Full Story


Rocketing Ahead

Rocketing Ahead

November 1, 2013

On a hot Saturday afternoon in the Mojave Desert, a team of UC San Diego engineering students huddled in a small underground bunker and watched quietly as the rocket engine they had designed over the past eight months flared to life on a test platform. As a jet of rocket fuel sprang out of the engine at supersonic speed, the students cheered loudly.The test by the UC San Diego chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) marked the first time that a university-led group had successfully designed, built and tested a 3-D-printed rocket engine, according to Space.com. Full Story


Nanoengineer Joseph Wang Named one of 100 Most Influential Analytical Scientists

Nanoengineer Joseph Wang Named one of 100 Most Influential Analytical Scientists

November 1, 2013

 UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor Joseph Wang has been named one of the 100 most influential analytical scientists in the world, according to the magazine the Analytical ScientistFull Story


Countering Click Spam

Countering Click Spam

November 1, 2013

When is a click not a click? When an advertising network registers a click on one of their online advertisements, how can it be sure that a single consumer – a “pair of eyeballs” in Madison Avenue jargon – and not a malware computer program, is behind that one click? Or that the viewer’s click was intentional, not induced by deceptive or misleading advertising? Click-spam has become a little-known way of life on the Internet. Little known, compared to other types of spam, because much of the fraud is targeted at the advertising networks, rather than at consumers directly. So what happens when an automated system can “click” on hundreds of ads in less than a second? Full Story


Genomatica Among 100 Companies Highlighted for Economic Boost of Research

Genomatica Among 100 Companies Highlighted for Economic Boost of Research

October 30, 2013

Two innovative UC San Diego spinoffs are among the 100 companies cited by The Science Coalition in a new report touting the positive economic payoff of federally funded university research. Genomatica, a biotechnology company that grew from research conducted in Bernhard Palsson’s laboratory at UC San Diego; and Senomyx, a provider of flavor ingredients for the food and beverage industries that arose from research conducted by Charles Zuker at UC San Diego, help demonstrate how support of basic and applied research at American universities pays strong economic dividends. Full Story


UC San Diego Alumnus Publishes Manifesto on Computing for New Forms of Cultural Expression

UC San Diego Alumnus Publishes Manifesto on Computing for New Forms of Cultural Expression

October 29, 2013

2013 is turning out to be a banner year for University of California, San Diego alumnus D. Fox Harrell (Ph.D. Computer Science and Cognitive Science, ’07). In July he received tenure at MIT, where he is an associate professor of digital media. He juggles an appointment in Comparative Media Studies and in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Now Harrell is coming to a bookstore near you with the publication this week of “Phantasmal Media: An Approach to Imagination, Computation, and Expression” (MIT Press). Carefully grounded in computer science, cognitive linguistics, and media studies, and using illustrative multicultural references ranging from classic cinema to science fiction, from Ralph Ellison to Franz Kafka, Harrell’s work has been called a manifesto on how computing can create powerful new forms of cultural expression. Full Story


NSF Awards $1.2 Million to UCSD/UCLA to Pinpoint Unused Space in Wireless Spectrum

NSF Awards $1.2 Million to UCSD/UCLA to Pinpoint Unused Space in Wireless Spectrum

October 24, 2013

A research collaboration between the University of California campuses in San Diego and Los Angeles has been awarded $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to enable smartphones, sensors and other software-defined radio devices to rapidly and precisely pinpoint bands of unused radio spectrum and eliminate any existing signal interference. The team’s hardware-based approach will “open up the radio spectrum and make high-speed communication more accessible to more people in our society,” explained Prof. James Buckwalter of the UC San Diego Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. Full Story


Meet the Newest Class of Jacobs Scholars at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Meet the Newest Class of Jacobs Scholars at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

October 17, 2013

Each academic year, about ten incoming freshman to the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego are named “Jacobs Scholars.” Recipients are selected for their academic achievement, leadership potential and commitment to community service. The exceptional individuals receive a scholarship that includes full tuition and living expenses, invitations to cultural and other social events, and access to a network of current and former Jacobs Scholars. Irwin and Joan Jacobs created the program in order to enrich the student body of the Jacobs School of Engineering with a special group of world-class students who are highly likely to contribute to engineering innovation — and are also likely to encourage and inspire other students to do the same. Below are profiles of many of the Jacobs Scholars who began their undergraduate careers at UC San Diego in Fall 2013. Full Story


Bioengineers uncover cause, treatment for insulin resistance in shock patients

Bioengineers uncover cause, treatment for insulin resistance in shock patients

October 8, 2013

Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have discovered that insulin resistance in shock patients is caused by the leakage of powerful digestive enzymes from the small intestine that eat away and destroy the insulin receptor in cells. Reporting in the journal Shock, the team has also found a way to stop these enzymes’ destructive path by blocking them in the intestine, where they are normally used to digest food. The research team includes Frank DeLano, lead investigator, and co-investigator Geert Schmid-Schönbein, professor and chair of bioengineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Doctors have long known that trauma patients going into shock are at risk of developing acute insulin resistance, leading to hyperglycemia. The pancreas releases insulin to deliver glucose to cells to convert into energy for the body.  When cells are unable to process insulin properly, a condition known as insulin resistance, blood sugars rise and the pancreas releases more insulin, compounding the problem. Until now, doctors have not known what mechanism causes insulin resistance to develop in shock patients or how to treat it. Full Story


Is Massive Open Online Research the Next Frontier for Education?

Is Massive Open Online Research the Next Frontier for Education?

September 30, 2013

A team from UC San Diego is launching a new course on the Coursera online learning network that breaks ground on several fronts.  In “Bioinformatics Algorithms – Part 1,” UC San Diego computer science and engineering professor Pavel Pevzner and his graduate students are offering a course that incorporates a substantial research component for the first time. Full Story


Improving Lithium-Ion Batteries with Nanoscale Research Between UC San Diego and The National Labs

Improving Lithium-Ion Batteries with Nanoscale Research Between UC San Diego and The National Labs

September 27, 2013

New research led by an electrical engineer at the University of California, San Diego is aimed at improving lithium (Li) ion batteries through possible new electrode architectures with precise nano-scale designs. Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers to Build Cyberinfrastructure to Simulate and Predict Wildfires

UC San Diego Researchers to Build Cyberinfrastructure to Simulate and Predict Wildfires

September 26, 2013

Three research organizations at the University of California, San Diego, have been awarded a multi-year National Science Foundation grant to build an end-to-end cyberinfrastructure that will  assess, simulate, predict and visualize wildfire behavior based on real-time data. The project, called WIFIRE, kicks off Oct. 1 and is funded under a three-year grant worth approximately $2.65 million. Participants include researchers from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego, the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s (Calit2) Qualcomm Institute. Also participating in the project is the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering. Full Story


'Wildly Heterogeneous Genes'

'Wildly Heterogeneous Genes'

September 18, 2013

Cancer tumors almost never share the exact same genetic mutations, a fact that has confounded scientific efforts to better categorize cancer types and develop more targeted, effective treatments. In a paper published in the September 15 advanced online edition of Nature Methods, researchers at the University of California, San Diego propose a new approach called network-based stratification (NBS), which identifies cancer subtypes not by the singular mutations of individual patients, but by how those mutations affect shared genetic networks or systems. Full Story


Calit2 Research Scientist Albert Lin Teams with TopCoder, NASA

Calit2 Research Scientist Albert Lin Teams with TopCoder, NASA

September 13, 2013

A crowdsourcing effort led by University of California, San Diego research scientist Albert Yu-Min Lin is central to a new challenge as programmers worldwide are invited to develop a machine-learning algorithm to match human perception in picking out interesting features in satellite imagery. While the images come from Lin's search for the lost burial site of Genghis Khan, a new algorithm could help NASA scientists decipher images of distant planets. Full Story


After Touch Screens, Researchers Demonstrate Electronic Recording and Replay of Human Touch

September 6, 2013

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego report a breakthrough in technology that could pave the way for digital systems to record, store, edit and replay information in a dimension that goes beyond what we can see or hear: touch. “Touch was largely bypassed by the digital revolution, except for touch-screen displays, because it seemed too difficult to replicate what analog haptic devices – or human touch – can produce,” said Deli Wang, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. “But think about it: being able to reproduce the sense of touch in connection with audio and visual information could create a new communications revolution.” Full Story


Center for Networked Systems: Finding the Silver Lining in a Sometimes Dark 'Cloud'

August 29, 2013

UC San Diego faculty, researchers and students and collaborators from industry recently came together for the twice-yearly Center for Networked Systems research review. Full Story


Computer Science at UC San Diego Jumps in Global Rankings: Reading Between the Ranks

August 27, 2013

The computer science program at the University of California, San Diego is on a roll. It jumped several notches in a widely-reported international ranking of top universities by discipline, and the increase occurred prior to changes now under way in the wake of the largest gift ever in the history of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department. According to the computer science Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in released last week, UC San Diego reached #11 in 2013. That is a substantial jump compared to rankings of #14 in 2012, and #16 in 2011. The ARWU list is produced by a research unit based at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Full Story


Nice Threads! Computer scientists develop new model to simulate cloth on a computer with unprecedented accuracy

Nice Threads! Computer scientists develop new model to simulate cloth on a computer with unprecedented accuracy

August 12, 2013

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new model to simulate with unprecedented accuracy on the computer the way cloth and light interact. The new model can be used in animated movies and in video games to make cloth look more realistic. Existing models are either too simplistic and produce unrealistic results; or too complex and costly for practical use. Researchers presented their findings at the SIGGRAPH 2013 conference held July 21 to 25 in Anaheim, Calif. Full Story


Crowdsourcing the World

Crowdsourcing the World

August 6, 2013

Every day, satellites take high-resolution pictures of the Earth. But it is almost impossible for humans to review these billions of pixels of information.  Enter Tomnod, a start-up co-founded by four alumni of the Jacobs School of Engineering who have harnessed crowdsourcing to sort through all these pixels. Their company was recently acquired by Colorado-based Digital Globe, a leading supplier of commercial satellite imagery.   Full Story


Computer Science Tutors Get Together for a Family Reunion

Computer Science Tutors Get Together for a Family Reunion

August 5, 2013

“To me, it's not a tutor reunion, it's a family reunion.” That's how Anu Mupparthi (BS '08, MS '11) described her experience at the recent computer science tutor reunion June 7 on campus. "I come back to the people who made me who I am," said Mupparthi, who now works in the Google+ photo group. She is one of the 170 alumni of the tutor program who came back to UC San Diego for their second-ever reunion. Full Story


Health Data Exploration Survey Seeks Participants Who Self-Track Health

August 2, 2013

The Health Data Exploration project has announced a call for participants in an online survey that seeks to uncover insights into how individuals, companies and researchers are using the data that are captured through digital devices such as fitness apps. Another goal of the survey is to determine how willing individuals are to share their digitally captured health data with others for research purposes. This initiative – housed at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – will explore how new technologies like smartphones and digital apps are yielding an increasingly large amount of data that can be mined for insights into individual and population health and well-being. Full Story


Technology-Enhanced Learning: From Campus to the World

Technology-Enhanced Learning: From Campus to the World

June 21, 2013

The academic landscape is changing rapidly, due in no small part to recent advances in technologies to enable, enhance and deliver teaching and learning to a worldwide audience. At the University of California, San Diego, administrators and faculty are particularly focused on using technology to transform the undergraduate learning experience (saving money in the process). They’re doing this in the context of the UC San Diego Education Initiative, as well as the Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Initiative jump-started by Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute. Both programs are helping to formulate a way forward for the campus, with the Education Initiative focused on policy, and the TEL Initiative experimenting with various models of online learning. Full Story


Nanoengineering Graduates Ready to Solve Technology's Most Challenging Problems

Nanoengineering Graduates Ready to Solve Technology's Most Challenging Problems

June 18, 2013

The University of California, San Diego conferred its first undergraduate degrees in nanoengineering this June. Although most engineering programs now offer courses about engineering at the nanoscale, very few provide a focused curriculum dedicated to this rapidly growing field. UC San Diego was the first in the nation to create a Department of NanoEngineering in 2007 and began offering it as an undergraduate degree program in fall 2010. Since then, undergraduate enrollment has grown from 51 students to 273, and is expected to reach nearly 400 students this fall with the arrival of a new crop of freshmen. Full Story


Three Jacobs School Scholars Among 10 Distinguished Campus Teachers

Three Jacobs School Scholars Among 10 Distinguished Campus Teachers

June 13, 2013

Hyonny Kim from structural engineering and Richard Ord and Kevin Webb from computer science and engineering are among the 10 UC San Diego scholars recognized with teaching awards. Full Story


Gordon Scholars Learn from Experience

Gordon Scholars Learn from Experience

June 11, 2013

Integrity. Honesty. Teamwork. And smartphones. These are a few of the essential leadership tools engineering students and young engineering professionals need to become successful entrepreneurs in the new economy, said Ronald Reedy, co-founder of Peregrine Semiconductor at a recent Gordon Engineering Leadership forum for students, staff and alumni of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.  Organized by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, the forum is one of many opportunities students have to learn from the experience of their predecessors. Full Story


Metabolic Model of E. coli Integrated with Protein Structures Reveals How Bacterial Growth Responds to Temperature Change

June 6, 2013

Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a computational model of 1,366 genes in E. colithat includes 3D protein structures and has enabled them to compute the temperature sensitivity of the bacterium’s proteins.  The study, published June 7 in the journal Science, opens the door for engineers to create heat-tolerant microbial strains for production of commodity chemicals, therapeutic proteins and other industrial applications. Full Story


$18.5 Million Alumni Gift Lifts UC San Diego's Computer Science and Engineering Dept. into New Era

$18.5 Million Alumni Gift Lifts UC San Diego's Computer Science and Engineering Dept. into New Era

June 6, 2013

An $18.5 million gift from a UC San Diego alumnus will set the computer science and engineering department on a new course into the future, funding new faculty endowed chairs, top-of-the-line teaching labs, support for graduate students, and expanded mentoring and tutoring programs for the next generation of undergraduates. The gift marks a milestone in UC San Diego’s history as it is the largest gift ever made to the university by one of its alumni. Full Story


Jacobs School Associate Dean Charles Tu Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Jacobs School Associate Dean Charles Tu Awarded Honorary Doctorate

May 29, 2013

Electrical Engineering Professor Charles W. Tu has been awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering at Linköping University. At the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, Tu serves as Associate Dean and as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Full Story


UC San Diego Creates Center for Brain Activity Mapping

UC San Diego Creates Center for Brain Activity Mapping

May 16, 2013

Responding to President Barack Obama’s “grand challenge” to chart the function of the human brain in unprecedented detail, the University of California, San Diego has established the Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM). The new center, under the aegis of the interdisciplinary Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego, will tackle the technological and biological challenge of developing a new generation of tools to enable recording of neuronal activity throughout the brain. It will also conduct brain-mapping experiments and analyze the collected data. Full Story


Alexander Vardy Named First Jack Keil Wolf Chair in Electrical Engineering

Alexander Vardy Named First Jack Keil Wolf Chair in Electrical Engineering

May 14, 2013

Electrical engineering Professor Alexander Vardy, a renowned researcher in information and coding theory, has been appointed as the first Jack Keil Wolf Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. The endowed chair was established in memory of Jack Keil Wolf, a longtime professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and a pioneer in information theory and its applications. Full Story


Students Connect, Collaborate and Career Search on New Interactive Portfolio Platform

Students Connect, Collaborate and Career Search on New Interactive Portfolio Platform

May 12, 2013

Students at the UC San Diego are known for their innovative ideas that transcend classroom walls, but these achievements can lose their vigor when confined to a single bullet point on a traditional printed resume. In a digital world that prioritizes portability and values visual content, Jacobs School alumnus Adam Markowitz believes he has a solution to help students make a lasting impression: a new interactive portfolio platform called thePortfolium. Designed to dynamically showcase students’ multidisciplinary projects, the website allows users to network, upload their top work and search for jobs all in one place. Full Story


Junkyard Derby Goes on, Rain or Shine

Junkyard Derby Goes on, Rain or Shine

May 10, 2013

  The big storm system that drenched most of San Diego County this week didn't stop 46 teams from taking part in this year's Junkyard Derby May 6 on Peterson Hill. On Monday, 46 teams of students readied themselves for what would be the culmination of a week’s worth of preparation for this year’s derby, organized by UCSD’s Triton Student Engineering Council.  This year’s winner was team Premium Motion.   Full Story


Saura Naderi's Award-Winning Week

Saura Naderi's Award-Winning Week

May 2, 2013

It was shaping up to be just another typical week for the UC San Diego’s Saura Naderi: She’d prepped robotics kits for her engineering classes, given advice to an engineering undergraduate about what servos she should buy for her senior design project and met with members of the Junior National Society of Black Engineers chapter for San Diego to review the chapter’s bylaws. But a text message she received Monday afternoon was the first hint Naderi’s week would be something extra special. The text, from Lovella Cacho, Naderi’s colleague at the UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, read: “You’re one of the top 10 up for UC San Diego Employee of the Year Award.” Full Story


Life and Career Advice from an Alumna  for Aspiring Computer Scientists and Engineers

Life and Career Advice from an Alumna for Aspiring Computer Scientists and Engineers

April 23, 2013

  Always ask a lot of questions. Look for mentors and sponsors. When you teach others, you will learn more. Luck is really opportunity plus preparation. Stereotypes and preconceptions really are dares. Those were the five pieces of advice that computer science alumna Jennifer Arguello  gave a group of prospective Jacobs School of Engineering undergrads April 5 . The studentswere taking part in an overnight program run by the IDEA Student Center at the Jacobs School. The event was part of Triton Day at the University of California, San Diego.  Full Story


Nanosponges that Remove Toxins from Blood Take Top Prize at Research Expo 2013

Nanosponges that Remove Toxins from Blood Take Top Prize at Research Expo 2013

April 23, 2013

More than 100 judges representing industry and engineering faculty circled around 200 engineering research posters at the University of California, San Diego April 18, asking the graduate students about their research. The students, representing the six academic departments of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, explained the content of their research to the judges as well as Research Expo attendees from industry, academia, the government and nonprofits.  Judges ranked the students on their research and on how well they articulated their work to judges who may or may not work in their particular engineering sub-field. Students were called to explain the essential findings and why they matter to other researchers, to industry and to society. Full Story


Symposium at UC San Diego Marks 70th Birthday of Former Engineering Dean

Symposium at UC San Diego Marks 70th Birthday of Former Engineering Dean

April 19, 2013

Within days of each other, Robert W. Conn recently made two trips to Washington, D.C. to meet President Barack Obama at the White House. The Dean Emeritus of the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, Dr. Conn is President of The Kavli Foundation. As the Foundation’s President, on March 28, Conn visited the Oval Office with the 2012 U.S. winners of the Kavli Prizes. The visit was an opportunity for the President to acknowledge the newest laureates and to express how greatly the country depends on basic science. The meeting was also attended by the President’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S. Wegger Chr. Strommen, and Mr. Rock Hankin, Vice Chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors. Full Story


Nanosponges Soak Up Toxins  Released by Bacterial Infections and Venom

Nanosponges Soak Up Toxins Released by Bacterial Infections and Venom

April 14, 2013

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a “nanosponge” capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream – including toxins produced by MRSA, E. coli, poisonous snakes and bees. Full Story


1,100 Alumni Strong

1,100 Alumni Strong

April 8, 2013

Since 2000, more than 1,100 students have given back by serving as tutors in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Jacobs School. The program helps instill in students the department's philosophy, which encourages them to work together rather than compete against one another. Full Story


Want to Connect with the Future? Attend Research Expo at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Want to Connect with the Future? Attend Research Expo at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

April 4, 2013

  Advances in tattoo sensors for health monitoring, on-chip optical networking, low-cost cancer diagnostics, video games designed to teach computer programming, new materials for protecting soldiers from blasts, and energy-efficient high-wire robots. These are just a few of the 200+ projects from Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students that will be on display at Research Expo on April 18 at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


UC San Diego Team Achieves Petaflop-Level Earthquake Simulations on GPU-Powered Supercomputers

UC San Diego Team Achieves Petaflop-Level Earthquake Simulations on GPU-Powered Supercomputers

April 2, 2013

A team of researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a highly scalable computer code that promises to dramatically cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards throughout California and elsewhere. Full Story


Multidisciplinary Research Institute at UC San Diego Named in Honor of Qualcomm

Multidisciplinary Research Institute at UC San Diego Named in Honor of Qualcomm

April 2, 2013

The University of California, San Diego is renaming its division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) in honor of the philanthropy of the San Diego-based wireless technology leader, Qualcomm Incorporated. The multidisciplinary research center will now be known as the Qualcomm Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the UC San Diego Division of Calit2, or Qualcomm Institute for short. Full Story


Better, Cheaper, Faster Ways  for Making (and Destroying) Memories

Better, Cheaper, Faster Ways for Making (and Destroying) Memories

March 25, 2013

For literary types, memory is often linked with Marcel Proust’s madeleine cookie, which, in a single bite, launches a nostalgic reverie that lasts through seven volumes. But for scientists and engineers at the University of California, San Diego, ‘memory’ in the computing sense is all about a different kind of sweet: layer cake.  By following a so-called “layer-cake approach” to data storage and retrieval, all components of such systems evolve in tandem, so that advances in hardware don’t rapidly eclipse advances in software, or vice versa. UC San Diego’s annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW), now in its fourth year, is an opportunity for the many academic researchers working in the field of non-volatile memories to partner with industry representatives “and bring all the layers together to nudge academics in the right direction,” said Steven Swanson, associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering in UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


Research Shows How Earthquake Damage  Can Impact Building Fire Safety Performance

Research Shows How Earthquake Damage Can Impact Building Fire Safety Performance

March 13, 2013

Damage to building structural elements, elevators, stairs and fire protection systems caused by the shaking from a major earthquake can play a critical role in the spread of fire and hamper the ability of occupants to evacuate, and impede fire departments in their emergency response operations. These are among the conclusions of a groundbreaking study of post-earthquake building fire performance conducted in 2012 by researchers in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Full Story


Feed Your Entrepreneurial Spirit with Know-How

Feed Your Entrepreneurial Spirit with Know-How

March 12, 2013

Aspire to be an entrepreneurial scientist but lack the know-how? The von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center is excited to announce that it has partnered with the American Chemical Society to provide entrepreneurial training online from the perspective of accomplished entrepreneurs Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry. The 2013 ACS Chemical Entreprenurial Series of webinars, features subject matter experts exploring how to start and grow a science and technology focused company. Full Story


Alumnus Mike Chi is Developing Better EEG Recording Equipment at Cognionics

Alumnus Mike Chi is Developing Better EEG Recording Equipment at Cognionics

March 11, 2013

When Mike Chi finished his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at UC San Diego in 2011, he co-founded Cognionics. One of his big goals is to put better sensor technologies into the labs of researchers and physicians who study the electrical signals produced by the brain (EEG) and heart (ECG) for a variety of basic research and medical applications such as diagnosing cardiac disorders or conducting high-resolution brain imaging on freely moving subjects. Full Story


What is the Story Behind the Research Expo Gold Squares?

What is the Story Behind the Research Expo Gold Squares?

March 11, 2013

The gold squares on the Research Expo 2013 postcards…what are they? The gold squares are ceramic packages that house experimental circuits developed in the lab of bioengineering professor Gert Cauwenberghs at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. The research is aimed at developing new circuits that increase the speed and decrease the energy required to wirelessly transfer biological data—such as ECG signals from the heart and EEG signals from the brain—from sensors worn on the body to nearby data collectors.  Full Story


International Consortium Builds 'Google Map' of Human Metabolism

International Consortium Builds 'Google Map' of Human Metabolism

March 4, 2013

Building on earlier pioneering work by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, an international consortium of university researchers has produced the most comprehensive virtual reconstruction of human metabolism to date. Scientists could use the model, known as Recon 2, to identify causes of and new treatments for diseases like cancer, diabetes and even psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Full Story


Peer Mentoring Program, Dean Emeritus  Receive Diversity Awards

Peer Mentoring Program, Dean Emeritus Receive Diversity Awards

March 4, 2013

  The Jacobs School of Engineering was in the spotlight at this year’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action awards ceremony Feb. 13 here on campus. A pair of graduate students from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering , Laura Connelly and Margie Mathewson, who created a peer-mentoring program, as well as Frieder Seible, now Dean Emeritus of the Jacobs School of Engineering, received three of  eight campus-wide awards.  Full Story


It May be Called DECaF,  But It's Got Recruiters and Students Buzzing

It May be Called DECaF, But It's Got Recruiters and Students Buzzing

February 28, 2013

Why would more than 2,300 students dress up in their best business attire and line up in front of the Price Center ballrooms at 9 a.m. on a Friday? That would be the Disciplines of Engineering Career Fair, also known as DECaF, which this year gave undergraduate and graduate students alike the opportunity to talk to recruiters from 95 companies. Full Story


'Robot Combat League' Stars  Jacobs School Alumna in 'Fight to the Death'

'Robot Combat League' Stars Jacobs School Alumna in 'Fight to the Death'

February 25, 2013

A new television series featuring 12 giant robots who ‘fight to the death’ casts University of California, San Diego engineering physics alumna Saura Naderi (B.S., '07) as one of a dozen ‘robo-techs’ who partner with a human fighter (‘robo-jockey’) and a super-sized robot to compete for a $100,000 prize. The premiere episode, dubbed “Rise of the Machines,” begins airing Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Syfy network. The series bills itself as the “next generation of arena combat” and is hosted by World Wrestling Entertainment’s Chris Jericho. Each episode features tournament-style battles between eight-foot-tall humanoid robots, which the robo-techs and robo-jockeys control using a high-tech exoskeleton suit that translates their exact movements to the robots. Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Scientist Among Young Faculty Recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships

UC San Diego Computer Scientist Among Young Faculty Recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships

February 21, 2013

An expert in bioinformatics and computational mass spectrometry at the University of California, San Diego is among the 2013 crop of young faculty members identified by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Full Story


Engineer, Alumna and Olympic Runner

Engineer, Alumna and Olympic Runner

February 20, 2013

Meet Sonali Merrill, a Jacobs School alumna, who also is a member of Sri Lanka’s Olympic track and field team. The San Diego Union-Tribune has called her “the accidental Olympian.” Here she talks to us about her passion for engineering and her experiences as a student athlete and engineering student at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Student Develop App to Help Protect  Marine Conservation Areas

Student Develop App to Help Protect Marine Conservation Areas

February 19, 2013

A team of engineering students at UC San Diego have been working hard to help protect the beaches and waters off the La Jolla coastline. Their contribution to the environment is a web app that will allow volunteers to monitor the health of marine conservation areas off the coast of Southern California. Volunteers will input information about human activity, pollution, and even poaching into the app via an interactive form. The information will then be stored in a database. Full Story


In Hot Computer Science Course, Students Build 3D, Multiplayer Networked Games

In Hot Computer Science Course, Students Build 3D, Multiplayer Networked Games

February 13, 2013

An early March deadline is fast approaching for University of California, San Diego students who want to take one of the hottest courses on campus – and one of the most competitive, with only 30 slots each spring. The course, Computer Science and Engineering 125, will also dazzle high-school students who descend on the UC San Diego campus on April 6 for Triton Day, with their admission letters in hand. The CSE department will showcase what sets the UCSD program apart from computer science at other top-notch universities, and that will include showing a freshly-minted video about last spring’s course. Full Story


Alumnus' Passion for Design Leads to   Award at International Consumer Electronics Show

Alumnus' Passion for Design Leads to Award at International Consumer Electronics Show

January 29, 2013

Last month, one of the products developed by Jacobs School alum Andre Berracasa for MaxLinear was recognized at the 2013 International CES show with a Design and Engineering Award in the embedded technologies category. He attributes his success to his education at UC San Diego.   Full Story


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