Jacobs School News Archive


2005 News Releases

New Director Takes Over at UC San Diego Center for Networked Systems

New Director Takes Over at UC San Diego Center for Networked Systems

December 22, 2005

Computer Science and Engineering professor Amin Vahdat has taken the reins of UCSD's Center for Networked Systems, and the center has expanded the number of affiliated faculty to 18. Full Story


Researchers Quantify More Noise in Gene Expression

Researchers Quantify More Noise in Gene Expression

December 21, 2005

A team of researchers at UCSD led by bioengineering professor Jeff Hasty report in the Dec. 21 issue of Nature a mathematical description of “extrinsic noise" in gene expression in a technique that  would apply to other types of cells and other species. Full Story


President of India Launches Historic Indo-U.S. University Network

President of India Launches Historic Indo-U.S. University Network

December 20, 2005

Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible and Calit2 Division Director Ramesh Rao were among the UCSD faculty in New Delhi in December to inaugurate a new E-learning and research collaboration between India and U.S. universities. Full Story


Students Engineer a Digital Solution for Senior Care Provider

Students Engineer a Digital Solution for Senior Care Provider

December 16, 2005

A  team of UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering students has designed a system that is enabling nurses at St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services to manage patient information via an easy-to-use computer interface. Full Story


How E. coli Bacterium Generates Simplicity from Complexity

How E. coli Bacterium Generates Simplicity from Complexity

December 15, 2005

Researchers at UCSD report in the Dec. 27 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  that computer simulations show that only a handful of dominant metabolic states are found in E. coli even when it is “grown” in 15,580 different environments. Full Story


Computer Science and Engineering Chair Brings Spirit of Aloha to UCSD Freshmen

Computer Science and Engineering Chair Brings Spirit of Aloha to UCSD Freshmen

December 15, 2005

Computer Science and Engineering chair Keith Marzullo recently finished teaching a unique interdisciplinary course -- how to play the ukulele. Full Story


Engineers Discover Why Toucan Beaks Are Models of Lightweight Strength

Engineers Discover Why Toucan Beaks Are Models of Lightweight Strength

November 30, 2005

Marc A. Meyers, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, reports in Acta Materialia that the secret to the toucan beak's lightweight strength is an unusual bio-composite.  Full Story


UCSD Establishes Graduate Training Program Integrating Biomedical and Physical Sciences with Engineering

UCSD Establishes Graduate Training Program Integrating Biomedical and Physical Sciences with Engineering

November 29, 2005

Nine graduate programs and thirteen departments at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are collaborating in a new graduate educational program at the increasingly crucial interface of biology, medicine, and physical and engineering sciences. Full Story


3rd Annual Invention to Venture Workshop Now Streaming On-Demand

November 29, 2005

UCSD faculty and students participated in a national workshop aimed at grooming university entrepreneurs; most of the talks and panel discussions are now available for on-demand viewing over the Internet. Full Story


Seven-Story Building at UCSD Rattled on Largest Earthquake Shake Table in U.S.

Seven-Story Building at UCSD Rattled on Largest Earthquake Shake Table in U.S.

November 22, 2005

In a first-of-its-kind earthquake test, UCSD engineering researchers on Nov. 22 subjected a 275-ton, seven-story building to mechanical shakes that duplicated ground motions recorded during the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake. Full Story


UCSD Tests Intelligent Triage, Other Technologies in San Diego Disaster Drill

UCSD Tests Intelligent Triage, Other Technologies in San Diego Disaster Drill

November 21, 2005

From a WiFi bullhorn created by ECE seniors this quarter, to CSE graduate students' virtual-reality and Command Center applications, technologies developed by Jacobs School faculty and students were tested during San Diego's largest ever disaster drill. Full Story


Through Calit2, Ericsson Endows UCSD Chair in Wireless Communications

Through Calit2, Ericsson Endows UCSD Chair in Wireless Communications

November 16, 2005

ECE professor Laurence Milstein will be the first holder of the Ericsson Endowed Chair in Wireless Communication Access Techniques, one of two endowed chairs funded by Ericsson under its commitment to the UCSD Division of Calit2. Full Story


Photonics Researcher at UC San Diego Wins Graduate Student Leadership Award

Photonics Researcher at UC San Diego Wins Graduate Student Leadership Award

November 14, 2005

Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. candidate Robert Saperstein received the R.B. Woolley Graduate Fellowship in Engineering Award for the 2005-'06 academic year, in honor of his work in photonics as well as his role in mentoring students at the UCSD Preuss School. Full Story


UCSD Unveils Center for Earth Observations and Applications

UCSD Unveils Center for Earth Observations and Applications

November 8, 2005

Calit2 and Scripps Institution of Oceanography have teamed to create a new UCSD Center for Earth Observations and Applications (CEOA) to "stimulate, support and coordinate sustained research and applications in Earth observations" at the university. Full Story


Researchers Develop New Method To Find Deadly Malaria Parasite's Achilles Heel

Researchers Develop New Method To Find Deadly Malaria Parasite's Achilles Heel

November 2, 2005

A team of  UCSD researchers led by bioengineering professor Trey Ideker has discovered that the single-cell parasite responsible for an estimated 1 million deaths per year worldwide from malaria has protein “wiring” that differs markedly from the cellular circuitry of other higher organisms, a finding which could lead to the development of antimalarial drugs that exploit that difference Full Story


Researchers Learn How Blood Vessel Cells Cope with their Pressure-Packed Job

Researchers Learn How Blood Vessel Cells Cope with their Pressure-Packed Job

November 1, 2005

UCSD researchers stretched cells in a workout chamber the size of a credit card to gain a better understanding of how repetitive stretching of endothelial cells that line arteries can make them healthy and resistant to vascular diseases. Full Story


UCSD Researchers Report World Record Efficiency for High-Power Amplifiers for Cellular Base Stations

UCSD Researchers Report World Record Efficiency for High-Power Amplifiers for Cellular Base Stations

October 31, 2005

Engineers at UCSD and industry collaborators have achieved greater than 50 percent efficiency in power amplifiers for third-generation cell-phone base stations -- a record which could pave the way for stronger cell phone signals, and cheaper wireless infrastrastructure. Full Story


UC San Diego Dedicates Technology Institute and Honors Former UC President

UC San Diego Dedicates Technology Institute and Honors Former UC President

October 28, 2005

UCSD dedicated its new 215,000 square foot California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology facility, to be named after former UCSD Chancellor Richard C. Atkinson. Calit2 also announced a new gift from QUALCOMM, and new academic chair for ECE's Laurence Milstein with funding from Ericsson. Full Story


California Computer Scientists Double Volume of Data in NIH Biotech Repository

California Computer Scientists Double Volume of Data in NIH Biotech Repository

October 26, 2005

CSE professor Eleazar Eskin led an effort to use a different, very fast and relatively low-cost computational tool to 'crunch' the world's largest repository of genotypes to predict their haplotypes - and they did so in less than 24 hours, approximately 1,000 times faster than the prevailing technology until now. Their findings are featured in a special issue of the journal Genome Research, published Oct. 26. Full Story


Scientists Discover Secret Behind Human Red Blood Cell's Amazing Flexibility

Scientists Discover Secret Behind Human Red Blood Cell's Amazing Flexibility

October 21, 2005

A team of UCSD researchers discovered how a mesh-like protein skeleton gives a healthy human red blood cell both its rubbery ability to stretch without breaking, and a potential mechanism to facilitate diffusion of oxygen across its membrane. Full Story


Coastal bluffs provide more sand to California beaches than previously believed

Coastal bluffs provide more sand to California beaches than previously believed

October 12, 2005

What had been thought to be a minor source of Southern California's beach sand – erosion from coastal bluffs and cliffs – could account for half of the sand on the region's beaches. Full Story


Thinking Big with the Very Small: Focus of New Cancer Nanotechnology Center at UCSD

Thinking Big with the Very Small: Focus of New Cancer Nanotechnology Center at UCSD

October 3, 2005

In a new national effort to fight cancer with “nanoscale” devices that find and destroy tumor cells while leaving healthy tissue unharmed, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) today awarded the University of California, San Diego $3.9 million in the first year of a five-year $20 million initiative to establish a Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE). Full Story


Noise and Delays Explain Why Some Genes Oscillate in Activity

Noise and Delays Explain Why Some Genes Oscillate in Activity

September 30, 2005

UCSD scientists report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the coupling of noise and time delay could also be an important factor in determining the variability in gene expression. Full Story


UC San Diego Opens State-of-the-Art Computer Science and Engineering Building

UC San Diego Opens State-of-the-Art Computer Science and Engineering Building

September 30, 2005

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering dedicates its new Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) building, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that will allow academics to pursue studies ranging from networking and security to bioinformatics, graphics and computer vision. Full Story


First International Real-time Streaming of 4K Digital Cinema over Gigabit IP Optical Fiber Networks

September 26, 2005

For iGrid 2005 at Calit2 on the UCSD campus, partners from Japan and the U.S. demonstrated the first real-time super-high-definition trans-Pacific videoconference -- sending data over optical fiber to a screen with four times the resolution of normal high definition TV. Jacobs School professors Larry Smarr and Ramesh Rao participated in the opening ceremony of iGrid. Full Story


Jacobs School Researchers Work with HPWREN on Allocating Resources in Wireless Sensor Networks

Jacobs School Researchers Work with HPWREN on Allocating Resources in Wireless Sensor Networks

September 12, 2005

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Jacobs School's electrical engineering and computer science departments is teaming with developers of the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network to build better tools for managing resources in heterogeneous wireless sensor networks. Full Story


UCSD Bioengineering Professor Trey Ideker Named Top 35 Young Scientist by MIT's Technology Review Magazine

UCSD Bioengineering Professor Trey Ideker Named Top 35 Young Scientist by MIT's Technology Review Magazine

September 6, 2005

Trey Ideker, an assistant professor of bioengineering at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, has been named one of the nation’s top 35 innovators under age 35 by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. Full Story


Time-Saving Tool: Google Galvanizes Invention by UCSD Student during Summer of Code

Time-Saving Tool: Google Galvanizes Invention by UCSD Student during Summer of Code

August 30, 2005

With funding from Google, CSE grad student James Anderson has written open-source code for a time-saving tool to update multiple computers or other devices automatically whenever a document, email or other file is modified on one of the devices. Full Story


Intel Helps UCSD Teach Students About Wireless, Multimedia Embedded Systems

Intel Helps UCSD Teach Students About Wireless, Multimedia Embedded Systems

August 26, 2005

Intel has donated more than $193,000 worth of advanced developer kits to the Computer Science and Engineering department, to be used by graduate and undergraduate courses in embedded systems. Full Story


NSF Funds Four UCSD Research Projects in Information Theory With Potential Real-World Applications

NSF Funds Four UCSD Research Projects in Information Theory With Potential Real-World Applications

August 19, 2005

The NSF has earmarked over $1.2 million over three years for four projects by Jacobs School faculty experts in information theory, for projects with potential applications in communications, storage and digital circuits. Full Story


Paul Kedrosky Named Executive Director of The von Liebig Center

Paul Kedrosky Named Executive Director of The von Liebig Center

August 16, 2005

Jacobs School dean Frieder Seible and External Relations executive director MaryAnn F. Stewart announced that Paul Kedrosky has been appointed Executive Director of The von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement.  Full Story


UCSD Named 'Hottest for Science' by Newsweek Guide

August 16, 2005

 August 16, 2005--The University of California, San Diego, long regarded as one of the nation’s premier research universities, has been named the “hottest” institution in the country for students to study science by Newsweek and the 2006 Kaplan/Newsweek College Guide. Full Story


Customized Y-shaped Carbon Nanotubes Can Compute

Customized Y-shaped Carbon Nanotubes Can Compute

August 14, 2005

Researchers at UCSD and Clemson University report in the September issue of Nature Materials that specially synthesized carbon nanotube structures exhibit electronic properties that are improved over conventional transistors used in computers. Full Story


Live Demonstration of  21st Century National-Scale Team Science

Live Demonstration of 21st Century National-Scale Team Science

August 12, 2005

Calit2 researchers helped stage the first successful system test of a coast-to-coast, 10-Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Ethernet optical pathway linking the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to UCSD some 3,000 miles away. Full Story


COSMOS Experience Ends on a High Note for High School Students at UCSD

COSMOS Experience Ends on a High Note for High School Students at UCSD

August 9, 2005

The 83 students participating in the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) program left the UCSD campus over the weekend, after showcasing their work for industry and family members at a Student Research Expo. In 2005 UCSD became the fourth UC campus after Irvine, Davis and Santa Cruz to host the COSMOS program. Full Story


Von Liebig Center Funds Five New Projects

Von Liebig Center Funds Five New Projects

August 8, 2005

The von Liebig Center awards more than $200,000 to five projects led by five professors at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


Researchers in Australia Perform Microsurgery in California over the Internet

Researchers in Australia Perform Microsurgery in California over the Internet

August 1, 2005

Scientists from UC Irvine, UC San Diego and the University of Queensland have performed laser surgery and “optical trapping” via the Internet, producing surgical holes in a distinct pattern of less than one micron in diameter in single cells.   Full Story


Fran Berman on Perfect Storms, Competitiveness, and the Gretzky Rule

Fran Berman on Perfect Storms, Competitiveness, and the Gretzky Rule

July 29, 2005

In an Op-Ed piece originally published on the high-performance computing website HPCwire, SDSC director Francine Berman argues that "investment in maintaining and sustaining a competitive U.S. workforce in science, engineering, and technology is a long-term investment." Full Story


SIGGRAPH 2005: Light Clouds, Camera Arrays and Speedier Rendering

SIGGRAPH 2005: Light Clouds, Camera Arrays and Speedier Rendering

July 28, 2005

Four papers by members of CSE professor Henrik Wann Jensen's Computer Graphics Lab will be presented during SIGGRAPH 2005, the premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques that begins July 31. Full Story


FirstMile.US and Calit2 Partner to Catalyze Big Broadband Everywhere

FirstMile.US and Calit2 Partner to Catalyze Big Broadband Everywhere

July 27, 2005

Calit2 and FirstMile.US announced that the institute will become the first partner of FirstMile.US, a non-profit organization set up to promote "big broadband" connectivity to every home, school and business in the nation. Full Story


International Bioinformatics Effort Reveals Evolutionary Hotspots and Link to Cancers

International Bioinformatics Effort Reveals Evolutionary Hotspots and Link to Cancers

July 21, 2005

Jacobs School of Engineering professor Pavel Pevzner and mathematics professor Glenn Tesler are among the team of 25 scientists involved in a new study, reported in the July 22 issue of the journal Science, that confirms their earlier theory that evolutionary breaks happen at random locations along the human genome. Full Story


U.S. Universities, Industry in Win-Win Agreement with India to Improve Engineering Education

U.S. Universities, Industry in Win-Win Agreement with India to Improve Engineering Education

July 20, 2005

Jacobs School dean Frieder Seible and ECE professor Ramesh Rao attended the signing ceremony for an agreement between UC and four other universities and four Indian institutions to improve engineering education over a new satellite service in India. QUALCOMM will fund UCSD and Calit2 participation in the program. Full Story


California Researchers Offer Open-Source Platform to Speed Wireless Development

California Researchers Offer Open-Source Platform to Speed Wireless Development

July 18, 2005

The UCSD division of Calit2 has begun distributing a hardware-and-software platform called CalRadio 1.0 for wireless R&D. The open-source device gives academic and corporate researchers unprecedented freedom to develop new radio frequency solutions. Full Story


NAE Selects UCSD Computer Vision Expert for 2005 Frontiers of Engineering Forum

July 17, 2005

 UCSD computer science and engineering professor Serge Belongie, 30, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering program for "innovative young engineers". Full Story


UCSD Computer Science Students Win Top Graphics Awards

UCSD Computer Science Students Win Top Graphics Awards

July 13, 2005

Two CSE graduate students who won the top prizes in Henrik Wann Jensen's "rendering algorithms" course are headed for SIGGRAPH 2005, the top conference for computer graphics and special effects wizards. Full Story


San Diego Startup Company To Commercialize UCSD Technology to Treat Shock and Inflammatory Diseases

San Diego Startup Company To Commercialize UCSD Technology to Treat Shock and Inflammatory Diseases

July 12, 2005

UCSD has signed an agreement with a San Diego startup company to license technologies developed in the Jacobs School of Engineering that hold promise for the treatment of shock and acute inflammatory diseases Full Story


Intense Math and Science Experience for High School Students Opens at UCSD

Intense Math and Science Experience for High School Students Opens at UCSD

July 8, 2005

Eighty-six of California’s most talented and motivated high school students begin an intensive four-week math and science summer academic experience at UCSD. The students will study everything from earthquakes to molecular biology, and much more while participating in the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS). Full Story


Researchers Devise Improved Controls for Advanced Tokamak Fusion Reactor

Researchers Devise Improved Controls for Advanced Tokamak Fusion Reactor

July 5, 2005

Researchers at UCSD and San Diego-based General Atomics have reported an improved control method for a type of nuclear fusion technology that confines a cloud of ionized hydrogen in a doughnut-shaped machine called a tokamak. In a paper published in the July issue of Automatica, a group that included UCSD professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Miroslav Krstic reported a new mathematical approach designed to be incorporated into existing General Atomics software to more effectively fine tune electrical currents flowing through tokamak control circuits. Full Story


Cisco Systems Acquires Startup Network Security Firm Founded by UC San Diego Computer Scientists

Cisco Systems Acquires Startup Network Security Firm Founded by UC San Diego Computer Scientists

June 28, 2005

NetSift, Inc. -- co-founded by Jacobs School professor George Varghese and graduate student Sumeet Singh based on technology developed at UCSD -- has agreed to be acquired by Cisco Systems for roughly $30 million in cash and options. Full Story


NSF Selects Two UC San Diego Experts in Computer Vision to Receive Five-Year CAREER Grants

NSF Selects Two UC San Diego Experts in Computer Vision to Receive Five-Year CAREER Grants

June 22, 2005

Two Jacobs School faculty experts in computer vision have been selected for CAREER early faculty awards by the National Science Foundation. CSE's Serge Belongie, 30, and ECE's Nuno Vasconcelos, 39, will be funded over five years to the tune of approximately $400,000 each. Full Story


Starting Salaries Offered to UCSD Engineering Graduates Rise to $51,000-to-$55,000 Range

Starting Salaries Offered to UCSD Engineering Graduates Rise to $51,000-to-$55,000 Range

June 21, 2005

UCSD engineering students graduating this spring with baccalaureate degrees are receiving significantly higher starting salaries than their peers garnered last year. An annual survey by the Jacobs School of Engineering of its seniors found that the median starting salary this year for those joining the workforce will be in the $51,000-to-$55,000 range. Full Story


UCSD Undergraduates Selected to Research Cyberinfrastructure at Pacific Rim Universities

UCSD Undergraduates Selected to Research Cyberinfrastructure at Pacific Rim Universities

June 17, 2005

Thirteen students from the Jacobs School will leave next week for research institutions in Japan, Taiwan, China and Australia as part of the PRIME program to give the undergraduates summer-long research experiences in global cyber infrastructure-related fields. Full Story


Pentagon Selects UCSD Computer Engineering Student for Prestigious New Research Award

Pentagon Selects UCSD Computer Engineering Student for Prestigious New Research Award

June 15, 2005

Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student Deborah Goshorn is in the first class of recipients of the new Science, Mathematics and Research for Training (SMART) Scholarship program launched by the U.S. Department of Defense this year. She is one of 36 students selected from among more than 600 applicants nationwide. Full Story


Outgoing Seniors Develop Multiplayer, Online Videogames for Software Design Course

Outgoing Seniors Develop Multiplayer, Online Videogames for Software Design Course

June 9, 2005

Five teams of computer science seniors showcased their final projects on June 3, when the CSE 125 students of professor Geoff Voelker demonstrated their distributed, real-time, 3D, multiplayer online videogames.  Full Story


UCSD Computer Scientists Develop Ubiquitous Video Application for 3D Environments

UCSD Computer Scientists Develop Ubiquitous Video Application for 3D Environments

June 7, 2005

CSE professor Bill Griswold and Ph.D. candidate Neil McCurdy have taken the wraps off RealityFlythrough -- a new technique for mixing images and video feeds from mobile cameras in the field to construct dynamically a 3D virtual environment. It was unveiled June 6 at MobiSys 2005 in Seattle. Full Story


Jacobs School Experts Advise Teens During First Youth Summit for Online Safety

Jacobs School Experts Advise Teens During First Youth Summit for Online Safety

June 6, 2005

Two Jacobs School researchers addressed more than 750 high school students from around San Diego who packed UCSD's RIMAC arena on June 3 for the first Youth Summit for Online Safety. Full Story


Artist and Jacobs School Supporters Christen 370,000-Pound Sculpture for Engineering Courtyard

Artist and Jacobs School Supporters Christen 370,000-Pound Sculpture for Engineering Courtyard

May 29, 2005

The 370,000-pound sculpture "Bear" was christened May 27 during a topping-off ceremony, after engineers and workmen maneuvered a huge rock 'head' on top of the 20-foot-tall teddy bear in the new engineering courtyard on the UCSD campus. Full Story


Six Jacobs School Undergraduates Represent UCSD at Statewide Research Symposium

Six Jacobs School Undergraduates Represent UCSD at Statewide Research Symposium

May 27, 2005

Six Jacobs School of Engineering students were among the nine UCSD undergraduates who presented their research at the annual California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (CAMP) Symposium. Full Story


SDSC and Calit2 Open Synthesis Center

SDSC and Calit2 Open Synthesis Center

May 23, 2005

The UCSD-based San Diego Supercomputer Center and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology have opened the SDSC/Calit2 Synthesis Center, offering scientists from different disciplines the cyberinfrastructure tools needed to solve multidisciplinary and multi-science problems in a collaborative way.  Full Story


Entrepreurial Engineering Students Stage Sell-Out Biotechnology Conference

Entrepreurial Engineering Students Stage Sell-Out Biotechnology Conference

May 23, 2005

Engineering students played a leading role in a biotech conference staged on May 21 by the UCSD student organization VentureForth, which brought together top academic and industry speakers to talk about biotechnology entrepreneurship. Full Story


UCSD and Los Alamos National Laboratory Establish Engineering Institute

May 19, 2005

 The University of California, San Diego and Los Alamos National Laboratory have forged a partnership for education, research and technology advancement that builds on a research-focused education initiative with the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.   Los Alamos and UCSD today dedicated facilities at the Los Alamos Research Park for the new Engineering Institute. Full Story


Engineering Students and Alumni Speed Through Second Annual Triton Junkyard Derby

Engineering Students and Alumni Speed Through Second Annual Triton Junkyard Derby

May 17, 2005

Jacobs School teams, including one entirely composed of alumni, participated in the second annual Triton Junkyard Derby, with a structural engineering student leading the winning Team Expansion Phantom to victory in the finals. Full Story


UCSD Researchers Test Wireless Technologies in Simulated Medical Disaster Response Drill

UCSD Researchers Test Wireless Technologies in Simulated Medical Disaster Response Drill

May 16, 2005

Jacobs School and Calit2 researchers participated in a disaster drill May 12 and demonstrated several new technologies developed for the first-responder community. Full Story


Jacobs School Steel Bridge Team Wins Spot at National Competition

Jacobs School Steel Bridge Team Wins Spot at National Competition

May 12, 2005

A team of UCSD students took third place in the Student Steel Bridge Competition at the Pacific Southwest Regional Conference March 31 through April 2 at Cal State Fullerton. The strong showing qualified the 25-member UCSD bridge team to enter a national competition to be held May 27 and 28 in Orlando, FL.   Full Story


Mechanical Engineering and von Liebig Center Graduate Student Wins National Business Contest

Mechanical Engineering and von Liebig Center Graduate Student Wins National Business Contest

May 10, 2005

Edward Minkoff, a part-time graduate student in mechanical engineering at UCSD who took a von Liebig Center-designed course last quarter,  has won the Foundation® International Spring 2005 Challenge -- an international competition designed to test how well students make business decisions. Full Story


Researchers Map Circuitry of Yeast Genes Using Technique That Could Be Applied to Humans

Researchers Map Circuitry of Yeast Genes Using Technique That Could Be Applied to Humans

May 6, 2005

Researchers at UCSD have invented a technique that organizes the genetic information contained in the 16 chromosomes of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae into a wiring diagram resembling an electronic circuit board. In a paper published in the May issue of Nature Biotechnology, professor Trey Ideker and graduate student Ryan Kelley reported that their new approach allowed them to predict new functions for 343 yeast proteins based on their positions in the new wiring diagram. Full Story


UCSD Structural Engineers Receive $7.5 Million Contract to Test Bomb Blast Mitigation Technologies

UCSD Structural Engineers Receive $7.5 Million Contract to Test Bomb Blast Mitigation Technologies

May 4, 2005

UCSD structural engineers together with a team of industry and university partners will develop and evaluate blast mitigation technologies to harden buildings and bridges against terrorist bomb attacks through a new $7.5 million federal contract.  More than 40 tests will be performed over the next two years in the new blast simulator laboratory at the Jacobs School's Englekirk Structural Research Center.  Full Story


iGrid  to Push Edge of Networking Frontier by Demonstrating World

iGrid to Push Edge of Networking Frontier by Demonstrating World

May 4, 2005

UCSD and Calit2 will host iGrid 2005 from Sept. 26-29 in the new Calit2 building on the La Jolla campus. The goal of iGrid 2005 is to push research and development of optical networking with data-intensive applications. Full Story


Bioengineering Chair Shu Chien Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 4, 2005

Shu Chien, chair of the department of bioengineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  He is one of only eight scientists in the nation to be elected to all three national academies: NAS, the Institute of Medicine, and National Academy of Engineering. Full Story


Jacobs School Professor Is One of Five at UCSD Named Fellows of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Jacobs School Professor Is One of Five at UCSD Named Fellows of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

April 28, 2005

Jacobs School of Engineering electrical and computer engineering professor Jack Wolf and four other UCSD faculty members have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Wolf will be inducted Oct. 8 at the 225-year-old academy's Cambridge, MA, headquarters. Full Story


UCSD Communications Faculty and Graduate Students Meet with Top Motorola Engineers

UCSD Communications Faculty and Graduate Students Meet with Top Motorola Engineers

April 26, 2005

Motorola has designated the University of California, San Diego as one of its preferred university research partners, and top engineers from the company underscored that distinction when they converged on the UCSD campus for their spring Scientific Advisory Board Associates (SABA) conference to hear from more than half a dozen Jacobs School faculty. Full Story


ECE Undergrads Showcase Research at EUREKA 2005

ECE Undergrads Showcase Research at EUREKA 2005

April 22, 2005

Undergraduate students from Electrical and Computer Engineering took time out on April 18 to deliver short presentations on 15 research projects as part of the annual showcase known as EUREKA -- ECE's Undergraduate Research Konference & Assembly. Full Story


Human Cells Filmed Instantly Messaging for First Time

Human Cells Filmed Instantly Messaging for First Time

April 20, 2005

Researchers at UCSD and UC Irvine have captured on video for the first time chemical signals that traverse human cells in response to tiny mechanical jabs, like waves spreading from pebbles tossed into a pond. Full Story


Faster Handoff Between Wi-Fi Networks Promises Near-Seamless 802.11 Roaming

Faster Handoff Between Wi-Fi Networks Promises Near-Seamless 802.11 Roaming

April 13, 2005

Computer Science and Engineering professor Stefan Savage and graduate student Ishwar Ramani have a patent pending on the basic invention behind SyncScan, a process to achieve practical, fast handoff for 802.11 infrastructure networks. Their study was published in the Proceedings of the IEEE InfoCom 2005. Full Story


Nanotech Advance Makes Carbon Nanotubes More Useful

Nanotech Advance Makes Carbon Nanotubes More Useful

April 11, 2005

Researchers at UCSD have made carbon nanotubes bent in sharp predetermined angles, a technical advance that could lead to use of the long, thin cylinders of carbon as microscopic springs, hooks, vastly smaller electrical connectors in integrated circuits, and in many other nanotechnology applications. In a paper published in the April 7, 2005, issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Sungho Jin, a professor of materials science at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, reported a technique to create bent nanotubes by manipulating the electric field during their growth and adjusting other conditions. Full Story


Jacobs School Celebrates Opening of the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center

Jacobs School Celebrates Opening of the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center

April 11, 2005

Industry supporters, government representatives, family, friends, faculty and students gathered April 7 to celebrate the dedication of the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.  The center is named in honor of Robert and Natalie Englekirk, who recently provided a $1.5 million gift for research and fellowships and scholarships for structural engineering students at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


UCSD Engineering Students Showcase Real-World Group Design Projects

UCSD Engineering Students Showcase Real-World Group Design Projects

March 31, 2005

Eighteen teams of students participating in ECE 191 capped the winter quarter with presentations about their start-to-finish engineering design projects funded and mentored by corporations and research institutions such as Calit2. Full Story


Jacobs School Ranks #11 in Annual U.S. News Survey

March 31, 2005

In the annual survey of graduate programs released April 1 by U.S. News, the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering ranks 11th among 179 engineering schools, 6th in the nation among public universities.  The Jacobs School of Engineering and ranked second in the nation for research expenditures per faculty member, reflecting UCSD’s leadership as a research university.  Full Story


DoD, Calit2 Fund $500,000 Investment in Advanced Chip Technology at UC San Diego

DoD, Calit2 Fund $500,000 Investment in Advanced Chip Technology at UC San Diego

March 28, 2005

Under a grant from the Pentagon's Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), the Army Research Office and Calit2 will split the $500,000 investment in a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system. The reactor will be located in the materials-and-devices wing of Calit2's new headquarters building at UCSD, due for completion this summer. Full Story


Jacobs School Seniors Bring Engineering Talent to a Hands-on Physics Course

Jacobs School Seniors Bring Engineering Talent to a Hands-on Physics Course

March 28, 2005

At the 26th annual Physics 121 Special Projects Showcase, four Jacobs School seniors showcased their final projects, including a system for tracking projectiles with ultrasonics and using an electro-magnetic cannon to intercept at target. Other engineering entries included a model car capable of following a line drawn on the floor, and a laser-based rangefinder. Full Story


UCSD Researchers Present Findings about Progression of Deadly Aneurysms at American Physical Society Meeting

UCSD Researchers Present Findings about Progression of Deadly Aneurysms at American Physical Society Meeting

March 22, 2005

Engineering researchers at the University of California, San Diego explained at the March meeting of the American Physical Society how abnormal patterns of blood flow typical of abdominal aortic aneurysms lead to enlargement of the blood vessel. Full Story


UCSD Installs Supercomputer Dedicated to Bioengineering and Computational Biology

UCSD Installs Supercomputer Dedicated to Bioengineering and Computational Biology

March 10, 2005

The University of California, San Diego, with support from the National Institutes of Health and the Whitaker Foundation, has installed a $350,000 supercomputer dedicated to solving a wide range of challenging biological problems. The 210-node Dell PowerEdge Linux cluster capable of 2.6 trillion mathematical operations per second will be used to analyze everything from the behavior of protein molecules and subcellular structures such as nerve synapses and cardiac muscle cells, to multicellular tissue and the whole heart. Full Story


Researcher Describes New Type of Strong, Lightweight Metallic Material

Researcher Describes New Type of Strong, Lightweight Metallic Material

March 7, 2005

A UCSD professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering has described in the March issue of JOM (the Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) the unique properties of a new type of metallic laminate that can serve as armor and as a replacement for beryllium, a strong but toxic metal commonly used in demanding aerospace applications Full Story


A Last-Mile Solution to Broadband Access

A Last-Mile Solution to Broadband Access

March 6, 2005

Jacobs School electrical and computer engineering professor Anthony Acampora recently presented early findings from a joint research project on the potential for free-space optical mesh networks to solve the "last-mile" problem -- to give more people high-speed access to the Internet. Full Story


Webcast of Irwin Jacobs' von Liebig Forum Talk Now Streaming

Webcast of Irwin Jacobs' von Liebig Forum Talk Now Streaming

March 5, 2005

On March 2, Dr. Irwin Jacobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of wireless leader QUALCOMM Inc., and formerly a Jacobs School of Engineering faculty member, fave a wide-ranging talk on faculty innovation and commercialization at UCSD. Streaming video of his talk is now available for on-demand viewing, and the entire program will air on UCSD-TV starting March 21. Full Story


Professor-Turned-CEO Pitches New Wireless Data Transfer Technology

Professor-Turned-CEO Pitches New Wireless Data Transfer Technology

March 2, 2005

On leave from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, Sujit Dey still visits his UCSD lab every day while juggling the duties of starting up a new company -- Ortiva Wireless -- to provide data-shaping technologies to improve wireless data transfer quality. His research could lead to faster web browsing and improved video quality over the wireless Internet. Full Story


UCSD Bioengineer Shu Chien Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

UCSD Bioengineer Shu Chien Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

February 28, 2005

UCSD bioengineering chair Shu Chien received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) Awards Committee on February 26 during National Engineers Week. Chien was cited for his pioneering work in the field of bioengineering and the role he has played in grooming the next generation of Asian American bioengineers. It's the second year in a row that the prize went to a UCSD faculty member: in 2004, Y.C. 'Bert' Fung -- the founder of the bioengineering program at UCSD -- accepted the award. Full Story


MAE3 Robotics Contest and Outreach to Preuss School

MAE3 Robotics Contest and Outreach to Preuss School

February 24, 2005

The Robot Design Contest, which doubles as the final exam for a course that Nathan Delson teaches twice a year for undergraduates in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, received an infusion of new blood and new funding. The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) funded participation in the robotics competition for four teams of high-school students from the UCSD Preuss School. Full Story


New Course at UCSD Prepares Undergraduates for Success in Bioinformatics Research

New Course at UCSD Prepares Undergraduates for Success in Bioinformatics Research

February 22, 2005

CSE professor Eleazar Eskin's new course, "Research Training in Bioinformatics" is designed for students majoring in bioinformatics as part of the joint degree program offered by CSE, Biology, Chemistry and Bioengineering departments at UCSD.   Full Story


UCSD Bioengineering Professor Coauthors Book on Neuroinformatics

UCSD Bioengineering Professor Coauthors Book on Neuroinformatics

February 18, 2005

Shankar Subramaniam, a professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD and director of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program, has co-authored the first comprehensive book on neuroinformatics. The extensively illustrated book covers everything from relevant computational science and modeling issues to their diverse applications. Full Story


California Researchers Collaborate with Perlegen Sciences on Map of Human Genetic Variation Across Populations

California Researchers Collaborate with Perlegen Sciences on Map of Human Genetic Variation Across Populations

February 17, 2005

Computer Science and Engineering professor Eleazar Eskin co-authored a study that is the cover story of the Feb. 18 edition of the journal Science. Together with biologists at Perlegen Sciences, Inc., and Eran Halperin of the International Computer Science Institute, Eskin analyzed a set of over 100 million genotypes from the over 1.5 million SNPs sequenced in each DNA sample from 71 individuals of European American, African American, and Han Chinese American ancestry. Full Story


Phasebridge Awarded DARPA - AFRL Contract to Jointly Develop Electroabsorption Modulator Technology with UCSD

Phasebridge Awarded DARPA - AFRL Contract to Jointly Develop Electroabsorption Modulator Technology with UCSD

February 17, 2005

Phasebridge, Inc., announced a joint effort with Jacobs School researchers including ECE chair Paul Yu and professor William Chang to develop semiconductor electroabsorption modulator (EAM) technology for rugged, high-performance microwave links.  The agreement will enable the development of low cost and compact semiconductor optical modulators for high-performance fiber optic links in harsh environments. Full Story


$1.5 Million Gift from Robert and Natalie Englekirk To Support UCSD Structural Engineering Research and Education Priorities

$1.5 Million Gift from Robert and Natalie Englekirk To Support UCSD Structural Engineering Research and Education Priorities

February 14, 2005

UCSD announced a gift of $1.5 million from structural engineering industry leader Robert E. Englekirk and his wife Natalie to support research and fellowships and scholarships at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.    The Englekirks’ commitment is primarily directed toward work at UCSD’s new structural research center which includes three new testing facilities: the world’s first outdoor shake table; the country’s largest soil-structure interaction facility; and the world’s first blast simulator for testing technologies to harden structures against terrorist bomb attacks.   The campus has named the center the Robert and Natalie Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. Full Story


Von Liebig Center Joins Storage Networking Initiative

February 11, 2005

The Jacobs School's William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement has joined StorageNetworking.org, an initiative created by the UCSD-based Information Storage Industry Center. Full Story


UCSD Bioengineering Professor Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

UCSD Bioengineering Professor Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 11, 2005

Geert Schmid-Schönbein, a professor of bioengineering and an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Schmid-Schönbein is an expert on experimental and mathematical tools used to identify mechanism of cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and shock. Full Story


Jacobs School to Expand 'Teams in Engineering Service' Program

Jacobs School to Expand 'Teams in Engineering Service' Program

February 10, 2005

The Jacobs School is recruiting new students, community partners and corporate sponsors for its innovative Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) program, the first of its kind in San Diego, with plans to go from just over 40 students this quarter, to roughly 100 by next fall, and 200 eventually. Teams are currently working technologoy projects for two non-profit organizations in the San Diego area. Full Story


Examination of Internal 'Wiring' of Yeast, Worm, and Fly Reveals Conserved Circuits

Examination of Internal 'Wiring' of Yeast, Worm, and Fly Reveals Conserved Circuits

February 8, 2005

Researchers in California, Israel, and Germany have compared three distantly related species – baker’s yeast, a worm, and the fruit fly – and reported that protein “wiring” connections in one species are often conserved in all three. This first-of-its-kind analysis of three higher level organisms published in the February 8 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences supports both the concept of a basic wiring diagram for all eukaryotic cells, and the idea that more selective pharmaceuticals could be designed to tweak the wiring plan of human cells to more effectively treat diseases while also generating fewer side-effects. Full Story


Calit2 Launches Prize Program to Encourage Bioinformatics Research by UCSD Undergraduates

Calit2 Launches Prize Program to Encourage Bioinformatics Research by UCSD Undergraduates

February 3, 2005

The UCSD division of Calit2 is funding two new multidisciplinary programs  to encourage more undergraduates to do research in the field of bioinformatics. The first two Calit2 Undergraduate Bioinformatics Scholar Awards were announced at a Feb. 2 research symposium organized by UCSD computer science and engineering professor Eleazar Eskin, who hopes to make the symposium a quarterly event, thanks to funding from the institute. Full Story


Faculty Members Brief Industry Partners at CNS Research Review

Faculty Members Brief Industry Partners at CNS Research Review

January 26, 2005

On Jan. 19 and 20, UCSD's Center for Networked Systems (CNS) held its first Research Review since the center's creation last summer, with representatives from CNS's five member companies hearing presentations on the seven projects now underway in areas ranging from cybersecurity to grid architecture. Full Story


UC San Diego Expands Overseas Research Program for Undergrads to China, Thailand

UC San Diego Expands Overseas Research Program for Undergrads to China, Thailand

January 24, 2005

Engineering and other UCSD undergraduates attended an orientation session for the NSF-funded Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program in summer 2005, when they will get the chance to do cyber infrastructure research at leading institutions in Japan, Taiwan, Australia, China or Thailand. Up to 18 internships will be awarded, double the number in the inaugural program last summer. Full Story


Priming Embryonic Stem Cells to Fulfill Their Promise

Priming Embryonic Stem Cells to Fulfill Their Promise

January 21, 2005

Bioengineering researchers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a process to help turn embryonic stem cells into the types of specialized cells being sought as possible treatments for dozens of human diseases and health conditions. Sangeeta Bhatia, a UCSD bioengineering professor, Shu Chien and Christopher J. Flaim, a bioengineering graduate student, described the cell-culture technique in a paper published by Nature Methods in its Jan. 21 online edition. Full Story


Real-Time HDTV Broadcast from USA to Japan Enabled by Advanced Networks

Real-Time HDTV Broadcast from USA to Japan Enabled by Advanced Networks

January 19, 2005

Dignitaries and researchers attending the Japanese Gigabit Network 2 (JGN2) Symposium in Osaka, Japan listened and watched as CSE professor and Cal-(IT)2 director Larry Smarr gave the keynote presentation on a large screen above the podium. Unlike traditional keynote talks, however, Smarr was 5,000 miles away in Seattle, Washington. Full Story


Uncovering the Secrets of Abalone Body Armor

Uncovering the Secrets of Abalone Body Armor

January 14, 2005

Engineering researchers at the University of California, San Diego are using the shell of a seaweed-eating snail as a guide in the development of a new generation of bullet-stopping armor. The colorful oval shell of the red abalone is highly prized as a source of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, jewelry, but the UCSD researchers are most impressed by the shell’s ability to absorb heavy blows without breaking. Full Story


UCSD, CENIC Partner on First U.S. Campus Production 10 Gigabit Ethernet Broadband Connection for Research,  Education

UCSD, CENIC Partner on First U.S. Campus Production 10 Gigabit Ethernet Broadband Connection for Research, Education

January 13, 2005

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) announced today that the first production 10 gigabit Ethernet connection in the United States was installed from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to CENIC's high-performance backbone network, CalREN.  Upgrading from their one gigabit connection, this new link provides unprecedented wide area network capacity to UCSD's students, faculty and staff. Full Story


Entrepreneurism Center Funds New Projects from All Five UCSD Engineering Departments

Entrepreneurism Center Funds New Projects from All Five UCSD Engineering Departments

January 10, 2005

The William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement has awarded more than $300,000 to eight projects led by faculty members of the Jacobs School of Engineering, to help commercialize innovations developed in their labs. It is the Center's sixth round of funding, and for the first time, all five Jacobs School departments were represented among the researchers leading the winning projects. Full Story


One Course, Many Classrooms: West Coast Universities Team with Microsoft to Test Peer-to-Peer Remote Learning Technology

One Course, Many Classrooms: West Coast Universities Team with Microsoft to Test Peer-to-Peer Remote Learning Technology

January 6, 2005

Graduate students from UCSD's Jacobs School, University of Washington, Microsoft and UC Berkeley participated in a course on Information Technology & Public Policy in the fall. Same course, same instructors -- but not in the same classroom. Instead, they were scattered among the four separate locations, using Internet2 and technology developed  with Microsoft Research and UW. Full Story


UCSD Students Benefit from Remote Learning Experiment

UCSD Students Benefit from Remote Learning Experiment

January 6, 2005

Jacobs School students summed up the Information Technology & Public Policy course they took jointly with students at the University of Washington, UC Berkeley and Microsoft Research. "The class was quite refreshing," said one. "It gave us a chance to look at computer science and technology as a whole from a political perspective, which is something that I had never seen before." Full Story