Jacobs School News Archive


2006 News Releases

Building Better Phylogenetic Trees

Building Better Phylogenetic Trees

December 19, 2006

Biologists will be able to reconstruct the process of evolution, determine relationships between species and build phylogenetic trees with greater accuracy thanks to a new method for identifying “microinversions,” which are extremely short strings of inverted nucleotides.This new work from researchers at UC San Diego and Brown University will be published online by PNAS the week of December 18, 2006. Full Story


Group Engineering Projects, Learning and Fun -- ECE 191

Group Engineering Projects, Learning and Fun -- ECE 191

December 12, 2006

Have you ever been to a final exam scheduled for a Friday night that is open to the public and includes dinner and sometimes a movie? If not, you haven’t been to the final exam for ECE 191 – Engineering Group Design Project – an upper level electrical and computer engineering (ECE) undergraduate class at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering.   Full Story


Scalable Video Coding and Other Wireless Highlights

December 12, 2006

 During a live video conference, people with wildly different technical constraints are all watching the best possible version of your video even though you’re only providing one video stream. This ability to serve up just one video stream for many different users requires “scalable video coding” – one of the hot topics in wireless communications discussed at a UC San Diego research review on November 9, 2006 at UCSD. Full Story


Fibers Used in Bullet-Proof Vests Quadruple Toughness of Dental Composites

Fibers Used in Bullet-Proof Vests Quadruple Toughness of Dental Composites

December 6, 2006

 In a paper in Dental Materials, UCSD structural engineering professor Vistasp Karbhari and Howard Strassler, a professor and director of Operative Dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School, report results of detailed engineering tests on dental composites containing polyethylene fibers, which are also used in bullet-proof vests. Full Story


UCSD Grad Grabs Venture Funding

UCSD Grad Grabs Venture Funding

December 6, 2006

Quanlight, an emerging LED (light-emitting diode) company whose core technology was developed at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, today announced a recent series A investment of $1 million from Blackbird Ventures Inc., a private venture funding group in San Diego. Quanlight anticipates closing its Series B round in the spring of 2007. Full Story


UCSD Grad Wins Award for Functional Brain Imaging Insights

UCSD Grad Wins Award for Functional Brain Imaging Insights

December 6, 2006

 David Wipf, a recent graduate of the electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. program at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, has won an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2006 NIPS Conference -- Neural Information Processing Systems -- for his work on human functional brain imaging. Full Story


Joint Cartilage Gets Slippery during Flex Time

Joint Cartilage Gets Slippery during Flex Time

December 5, 2006

Bioengineering researchers at UC San Diego have shown that sliding forces applied to cartilage surfaces prompt cells in cartilage to produce molecules that lubricate and protect joints. Full Story


Teams in Engineering Service Program Cited in National Award for Community Service

Teams in Engineering Service Program Cited in National Award for Community Service

December 1, 2006

The Jacobs School's Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) program helped earn UCSD a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  The award recognizes colleges and universities for their outstanding efforts to meet the needs of the communities that surround them and to reach out to the broader global community. Full Story


Calit2 Director and Jacobs School Professor Appointed to New Broadband Task Force by Governor Schwarzenegger

Calit2 Director and Jacobs School Professor Appointed to New Broadband Task Force by Governor Schwarzenegger

November 30, 2006

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Calit2 Director and Computer Science and Engineering professor Larry Smarr to a newly-created Broadband Task Force for the state. Full Story


Dean Frieder Seible Wins Humboldt Research Award

Dean Frieder Seible Wins Humboldt Research Award

November 28, 2006

Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible has received a 2006 Humboldt Research Award.   Through the prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Seible plans to  includes investigate fundamental design concepts that could improve how structures perform under extreme loads caused by natural and manmade disasters.    Full Story


Two Jacobs School Engineering Students Honored for Leadership

November 28, 2006

Sourobh Raychaudhuri and Barath Raghavan, both Ph.D. candidates at UC San Diego’s Jacob’s School of Engineering, have received the R.B. Woolley Graduate Leadership Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. The $5,000 award recognizes continuing graduate students who have a record of notable academic achievements and demonstrate leadership in professional and Jacobs School activities. Full Story


Calit2 Takes Top Honors in San Diego Architectural Foundation Awards

Calit2 Takes Top Honors in San Diego Architectural Foundation Awards

November 20, 2006

Calit2's headquarters in UCSD's new engineering courtyard was selected as San Diego's best architectural work of the past four years, in the Orchids & Onions awards handed out Nov. 17 by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. Full Story


UCSD Engineering Professor Named to Scientific American 50 List

November 15, 2006

MAE professor Prabhakar Bandaru has been named to the 2006 Scientific American 50, a list of top scientists and innovators that is published annually by the popular-science that specializes in communicating to nonscientists. Full Story


UCSD Computer Scientist Wins Young Investigator Award, Research on Snake Venom Proteins Highlighted

UCSD Computer Scientist Wins Young Investigator Award, Research on Snake Venom Proteins Highlighted

November 9, 2006

Nuno Bandeira, a computer science and engineering Ph.D. candidate at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering has won the 2006 Human Proteome Organization’s Young Investigator Award for work on snake venom proteins. Full Story


Novel Experiment Documents Evolution of Genome in Near-Real Time

Novel Experiment Documents Evolution of Genome in Near-Real Time

November 2, 2006

A team led by bioengineering researchers at UC San Diego report in the November issue of Nature Genetics rapid evolutionary changes in a bacterial genome, observed in near-real time over a few days. Scientists have previously published static “snapshots” of the genome sequences of more than 100 bacterial species, from the harmless to those that cause plague, but this new report shows how these genomes are moving targets. Full Story


Optofluidics Researchers and Industry Representatives Meet To Discuss Future Work

Optofluidics Researchers and Industry Representatives Meet To Discuss Future Work

October 26, 2006

The UCSD division of Calit2 and ECE professor Shaya Fainman recently hosted the Optofluidics Translational Research and Commercialization Workshop. The invitation-only meeting brought together academic researchers affiliated with the DARPA Center for Optofluidic Integration and industry representatives. Full Story


Netflix Takes Cues from UCSD Competition

Netflix Takes Cues from UCSD Competition

October 25, 2006

Charles Elkan, a UC San Diego computer science and engineering professor who runs data mining competitions for students, helped set up the Netflix Prize competition. Full Story


Dynamic Systems and Controls Chair Awarded to Robert Skelton

Dynamic Systems and Controls Chair Awarded to Robert Skelton

October 23, 2006

Robert E. Skelton, a Distinguished Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and a leading controls theorist, has been named the Daniel L. Alspach Professor of Dynamic Systems and Controls Full Story


Dr. Rosibel Ochoa: New Commercialization Director at von Liebig Center

Dr. Rosibel Ochoa: New Commercialization Director at von Liebig Center

October 20, 2006

 The William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the University of California, San Diego, today announced the appointment of Dr. Rosibel Ochoa as the Center's new Commercialization Director. Full Story


IEEE Information Theory Society Honors UC San Diego Engineering Researchers

IEEE Information Theory Society Honors UC San Diego Engineering Researchers

October 12, 2006

ECE and CSE professor Alon Orlitsky and two former graduate students have been selected to receive the IEEE Information Theory Society's Best Paper Award -- the second time in three years that Jacobs School researchers have been honored with the award. Full Story


UCSD Bioengineer Receives National Award

UCSD Bioengineer Receives National Award

October 11, 2006

  The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will present its 2006 Founders Award to Shu Chien, a scientist at UC San Diego who forged the field of biomedical engineering, at an Oct. 15 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Chien, an NAE member, is the Y.C. Fung Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine at UCSD and University Professor for the University of California system. He will receive the academy’s highest honor, "for outstanding contributions to elucidating the engineering foundation of cardiovascular dynamics, and integrating engineering and biomedical sciences for the development of the biomedical engineering profession." Full Story


NSF Renews Pacific Rim Grid Engineering Project

NSF Renews Pacific Rim Grid Engineering Project

October 11, 2006

The NSF has renewed PRAGMA, a UCSD-based effort to promote cyberinfrastructure research interactions among U.S. and Pacific Rim engineers and scientists, including many from the Jacobs School. The program is a collaborative effort of SDSC, Calit2 and Center for Research in Biological Systems. Full Story


Four UCSD Students Win Prestigious Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense

Four UCSD Students Win Prestigious Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense

October 10, 2006

 Four UC San Diego students are among the 32 nationwide recipients of the 2006 Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program run by the U.S. Department of Defense. Full Story


UCSD Developing New Genome Sequencing Technology

UCSD Developing New Genome Sequencing Technology

October 9, 2006

The current cost to determine the sequence of nucleotide bases in the 6-billion-base-pair human genome is roughly $10 million, but researchers at UC San Diego and eight other universities and biotech companies hope to use a federal grant to lower the cost to only $1,000 per human genome sequenced Full Story


Jacobs School Welcomes Eleven New Faculty

October 2, 2006

The Jacobs School welcomes 11 new faculty hires, bringing the School’s total faculty membership to 175.  The new faculty help advance the School’s focus on nanotechnology and nanomaterials, and  compliment existing strengths in earthquake engineering, broadband communications, computer architecture, information theory, machine learning, and visualization.  Full Story


Science of Learning Center Comes to UC San Diego

Science of Learning Center Comes to UC San Diego

September 28, 2006

 A better understanding of how humans learn could lead to improved teaching techniques and, along the way, alter the trajectories of countless human lives. Full Story


UCSD Ranks in Top 10 List of Best Value for Public Colleges

September 27, 2006

UC San Diego ranks 8th among the nation's top public colleges for best value ranked, according to a survey published in the September 2006 issue of Kiplinger Personal Finance.   The survey uses a quantitative ranking system to find schools where students  receive a “grade-A education without accumulating significant debt. Full Story


Calit2 Steps Up HD-over-IP Telepresence Partnership with University of Washington

Calit2 Steps Up HD-over-IP Telepresence Partnership with University of Washington

September 25, 2006

Computer Science and Engineering professor and Calit2 director Larry Smarr addressed a research summit at the University of Washington in high-definition video over a dedicated 10 Gbps optical path--the latest in a series of joint cyberinfrastructure projects between UW and UCSD. Full Story


Space-Time Processing for Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Space-Time Processing for Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

September 21, 2006

The UCSD-based, Pentagon-funded Multi-University Research Initiative led by Electrical and Computer Engineering senior lecturer James Zeidler held its second annual meeting and reported substantial progress on developing innovative methods for space-time processing in tactical, mobile ad-hoc networks. Full Story


UCSD Ranks Among World's Top Biotech Hotbeds

September 19, 2006

UC San Diego, long recognized for its pivotal role in seeding what has become one of the largest and most dense biotech sectors in the nation, was ranked among the top universities in the world for its prowess in developing and translating biotechnology into medical treatments, drugs, and other commercial applications.   The 300-page study, Mind to Market: A Global Analysis of University Biotechnology Transfer and Commercialization, released today by The Milken Institute,  examines and ranks universities worldwide on several key factors that measure biotechnology development and transfer success, including published research, patents issued and commercial outcomes. Full Story


Shu Chien named to Y.C. Fung Endowed Chair in Bioengineering

Shu Chien named to Y.C. Fung Endowed Chair in Bioengineering

September 15, 2006

UCSD today announced that Shu Chien has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Y.C. Fung Endowed Chair in Bioengineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Chien, director of the UCSD Whitaker Institute of Biomedical Engineering and former chair of the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering, is a world leader in understanding how blood flow and pressure affect blood vessels. Full Story


Tech Review Taps Sumeet Singh for TR35

Tech Review Taps Sumeet Singh for TR35

September 7, 2006

Sumeet Singh – Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. Student on Leave from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering -- Named to Top 35 Young Scientist List by MIT’S Technology Review Magazine Full Story


Convenience Store as Laboratory

Convenience Store as Laboratory

September 1, 2006

For a group of engineers and computer scientists at UCSD, trips to a campus convenience store are crucial for more than the caffeine and sugar necessary to fuel the next breakthrough. Full Story


New Crack-Detection Technology Could Help Prevent Many Train Derailments

New Crack-Detection Technology Could Help Prevent Many Train Derailments

August 21, 2006

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new technique that is better able than currently used technology to find defects in steel railroad tracks, including hard-to-find internal cracks that can break under the weight of passing trains. Track defects account for about one-third of the 2,200 annual train derailments in the U.S., according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the federal agency charged with enforcing rail safety regulations. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineers, ER Physicians and County First Responders Test New Technologies in Disaster Drill

UC San Diego Engineers, ER Physicians and County First Responders Test New Technologies in Disaster Drill

August 21, 2006

More than a dozen technologies to help first responders, developed by Calit2's WIISARD and RESCUE projects, will be tested during a large-scale disaster exercise Aug. 22 centered on the institute's headquarters building at UCSD. Full Story


Researchers Devise New Tools to Help Pinpoint Treatments for Heart Failure

Researchers Devise New Tools to Help Pinpoint Treatments for Heart Failure

August 7, 2006

UCSD scientists studying heart cells have devised a new way to visualize and quantify the rise and fall in the activity of a key enzyme linked to heart failure, offering them a window to the inner workings of heart cells that is expected to help in the development of more effective drugs to treat heart failure. Full Story


Calit2 Staff Researchers Bring Their Expertise into Jacobs School Classrooms

Calit2 Staff Researchers Bring Their Expertise into Jacobs School Classrooms

July 24, 2006

Staff researchers from Calit2 teach and mentor courses in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, giving students a taste of real-world engineering. Full Story


Burnham Institute for Medical Research and UC San Diego Researchers Establish Joint Center for Molecular  Modeling

Burnham Institute for Medical Research and UC San Diego Researchers Establish Joint Center for Molecular Modeling

July 20, 2006

Bioinformatics experts including Jacobs School computer scientist Pavel Pevzner are part of a new Joint Center for Molecular Modeling to be set up by the Burnham Institute and UCSD with $2.1 million in NIH funding over three years. Full Story


Beyond Lipids: Understanding the Mechanics of Atherosclerosis

Beyond Lipids: Understanding the Mechanics of Atherosclerosis

July 12, 2006

A study in the October issue of Cellular Signalling by a team of UCSD scientists reports that the type of mechanical stretching found at branches of blood vessels activates a cellular protein known to damage cells. The report is the first to link mechanical forces with structural and biochemical changes in blood vessel cells that could explain why atherosclerotic lesions form preferentially at branches of coronary arteries. Full Story


Eagle Pass, TX Police and UCSD Engineers Deploy Video Surveillance System on Camino Real Bridge along U.S.-Mexico Border

Eagle Pass, TX Police and UCSD Engineers Deploy Video Surveillance System on Camino Real Bridge along U.S.-Mexico Border

June 28, 2006

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) engineers unveil a novel wide-area, multi camera, computer-vision system for monitoring a key U.S.-Mexico border crossing between Eagle Pass, TX and Piedras Negras, Mexico. The prototype system will be used to deter and detect criminal activity and ensure smooth traffic flow around the Camino Real International Bridge which crosses the Rio Grande River and serves as a commercial thoroughfare between Texas and Mexico. Full Story


New Graduates Take Oath of Honor

New Graduates Take Oath of Honor

June 20, 2006

Jacobs School of Engineering students began their commencement celebration on a serious note with the UCSD’s inaugural Order of the Engineer ring ceremony.   About 115 graduating engineers took an oath to practice engineering with integrity and high standards. Full Story


Short Course on Fundamentals of Wireless Communications Now Available in Streaming Video

Short Course on Fundamentals of Wireless Communications Now Available in Streaming Video

June 16, 2006

The Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Center at Calit2 hosted a short course -- seven sessions during nine hours over two days -- taught by one of the leading experts on wireless communication and information theory: UC Berkeley professor David Tse, co-author of "Fundamentals of Wireless Communications." The course is now available in streaming video over the Internet. Full Story


Cells Use Mix-and-Match Approach to Tailor Regulation of Genes

Cells Use Mix-and-Match Approach to Tailor Regulation of Genes

June 16, 2006

Pharmaceutical companies are hoping to develop drugs that selectively block the binding of transcription factors to upstream sequences of genes as a way to short-circuit the harmful effects of diseases, and researchers at the University of California, San Diego on June 16 reported new findings that could aid that effort. Full Story


Programming Languages Award Recognizes  Impact of Renaming Technique in Compilers

Programming Languages Award Recognizes Impact of Renaming Technique in Compilers

June 12, 2006

Jacobs School computer scientist and associate dean Jeanne Ferrante and former colleagues at IBM accepted ACM's 2006 SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award, for their development of Static Single Assignment (SSA), an efficient algorithm for a data structure commonly used in computers today. Full Story


San Diego Supercomputer Center Breaks Ground on Building Expansion

June 8, 2006

Today University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Director Fran Berman broke ground on the Center’s 80,000-square-foot building expansion.  SDSC’s building extension will double the size of the national science, engineering and technology center, adding needed room for trillions of bytes of data, powerful supercomputers and more than 400 professional multidisciplinary staff.  Full Story


Indian President Promises More Connectivity in Country's Drive to Become a Developed Nation by 2020

Indian President Promises More Connectivity in Country's Drive to Become a Developed Nation by 2020

June 5, 2006

The Calit2-organized U.S.-India Summit on Education, Research & Technology is now history, but the links between the institute and India's science and technology sector are just beginning. The Summit was co-chaired by Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible and QUALCOMM CEO Paul E. Jacobs. Full Story


Indian Science and Technology Minister Visits UC San Diego for High-Tech Talks with Calit2

Indian Science and Technology Minister Visits UC San Diego for High-Tech Talks with Calit2

May 30, 2006

Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible and QUALCOMM CEO Paul E. Jacobs will co-chair the U.S.-India Summit on Education, Science & Technology on May 31 in Atkinson Hall. The summit will be hosted by the UCSD Division of Calit2 and its director, electrical and computer engineering professor Ramesh Rao. Full Story


UC San Diego's Entrepreneurism Center Funds Nine New Faculty Projects for Technology Commercialization

UC San Diego's Entrepreneurism Center Funds Nine New Faculty Projects for Technology Commercialization

May 22, 2006

UCSD's von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement has awarded approximately $430,000 to nine projects led by faculty from the Jacobs School of Engineering. The projects include a bioengineered treatment for anemia; and a miniature camera for certain types of minimally invasive surgery. Full Story


Cell, Heal Thyself: New Systems Biology Model Reveals How Cells Repair DNA Damage

Cell, Heal Thyself: New Systems Biology Model Reveals How Cells Repair DNA Damage

May 18, 2006

Researchers at UCSD and three other institutions have described for the first time a web of inter-related responses that cells use to avoid becoming diseased or cancerous after being exposed to a powerful chemical mutagen.  The group led by UCSD bioengineering professor Trey Ideker describe in the May 19 issue of Science an elaborate system of gene control that is triggered by chemical damage to DNA.   Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Scientists Awarded HP Technology for Teaching Grant

UC San Diego Computer Scientists Awarded HP Technology for Teaching Grant

May 11, 2006

CSE faculty William Griswold and Beth Simon have been selected to receive an HP Technology for Teaching grant for wireless equipment and $69,000 in funding to support an extension to their Ubiquitous Presenter project this summer. Full Story


Shu Chien Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Shu Chien Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 24, 2006

Shu Chien is one of six scholars from the University of California, San Diego named today as Fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Chien directs the Whitaker Institute of Biomedical Engineering and is a university professor of bioengineering and medicine. Full Story


UCSD Joins MentorNet, Connecting Students with Scientists and Engineers Employed in Industry and Academia

UCSD Joins MentorNet, Connecting Students with Scientists and Engineers Employed in Industry and Academia

April 18, 2006

UCSD has become a partner in MentorNet, a program that uses email to facilitate one-on-one mentoring relationships between successful engineers, scientists and mathematicians, and college students who aspire to careers in those fields.  Full Story


UC San Diego Scientists Chart Rapid Advances of Fluorescent Tools for Life-Science Research

UC San Diego Scientists Chart Rapid Advances of Fluorescent Tools for Life-Science Research

April 14, 2006

An interdisciplinary team of biological imaging experts including Bioengineering adjunct professor Mark Ellisman has published a review of fluorescent imaging technologies in the life sciences, featured on the cover of the journal Science. Full Story


Two UCSD Engineers Awarded $1 Million Teaching Grants from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Two UCSD Engineers Awarded $1 Million Teaching Grants from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

April 5, 2006

Two Jacobs School professors -- bioengineer Robert Sah and computer scientist Pavel Pevzner -- will receive $1 million each over four years to develop innovative educational programs to "ignite the scientific spark in a new generation of students." Full Story


UCSD Structural Engineering Students Rock at Regional Design Competition

April 5, 2006

 From designing a dorm model that would withstand a Northridge-sized earthquake to creating a chemical-free water filtration system, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering structural engineering students proved the innovation leaders at the 2006 American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) pacific southwest regional collegiate conference held at UCLA March 30 to April 1.   Full Story


Finding a Better Way To Quiet Noisy Environments

Finding a Better Way To Quiet Noisy Environments

April 4, 2006

 Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) report in the April 4 issue of the Journal of Sound and Vibration a new mathematical algorithm designed to dramatically improve noise-cancellation technologies that are used to quiet everything from airplane cabins to commercial air conditioning systems. The new technique improves the ability to achieve destructive interference, the generation of anti-noise signals that combine with and destroy unwanted sounds. Full Story



Electrical Engineers at UC San Diego Demonstrate Revolutionary Photonic Technology

Electrical Engineers at UC San Diego Demonstrate Revolutionary Photonic Technology

March 28, 2006

ECE photonics faculty have demonstrated a way to "translate" signals in optical fiber between the current infrared standard and a wide range of other bands of light -- technology that could benefit airborne, undersea, sensing and other communications. Full Story


Strings as Structural Elements? Engineers Devise Mathematics for New Age Structures

Strings as Structural Elements? Engineers Devise Mathematics for New Age Structures

March 27, 2006

Scientists at UCSD have devised two mathematical tools considered to be a major contribution to the optimal design of a new generation of deformable bridges, buildings, shape-controllable airplane wings, radio antennas, and other alternatives to current structural technologies. Full Story


Big Broadband Conference Now Available in Streaming Video from Calit2

March 25, 2006

The optical networking advocacy group FirstMile.US held its Spring 2006 conference in Atkinson Hall in late March, and presentations by speakers including San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and CSE professor Larry Smarr are now available for on-demand Internet viewing. Full Story


San Francisco Mayor Receives Broadband Honor at Calit2

San Francisco Mayor Receives Broadband Honor at Calit2

March 24, 2006

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom (center) took a tour of Calit2 at UCSD and received an award from FirstMile.US, a non-profit group that honored his work on behalf of spreading broadband access to all Californians. Full Story


Two Jacobs School Professors Selected for Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards

Two Jacobs School Professors Selected for Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards

March 22, 2006

Bioengineering professor Bernhard Palsson and Computer Science and Engineering professor Geoffrey Voelker have been honored by UCSD with two of the five Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for 2006. Full Story


Two UCSD Bioengineering Professors Recognized as Pioneers in Emerging Field of Comparative Interactomics

Two UCSD Bioengineering Professors Recognized as Pioneers in Emerging Field of Comparative Interactomics

March 20, 2006

 Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of technology, has highlighted two bioengineering professors at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering, as pioneers of one of 10 “emerging technologies” that the magazine predicts will soon transform computing, medicine, telecommunications, and business. Full Story


UCSD Computer Scientist Works with Cancer Researchers to Understand How Cancer Genomes Evolve

UCSD Computer Scientist Works with Cancer Researchers to Understand How Cancer Genomes Evolve

March 15, 2006

CSE bioinformatics postdoc Ben Raphael and professor Pavel Pezner co-author Genome Research article with UCSF cancer researchers on rearrangements of a breast cancer tumor genome. Full Story


iGrid 2005 Receives CENIC Networking Innovation Award

iGrid 2005 Receives CENIC Networking Innovation Award

March 14, 2006

CSE professor and Calit2 director Larry Smarr accepts an Innovations in Networking Award to iGrid 2005, an international workshop hosted by Calit2 last September. The award is bestowed by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Full Story


Calit2 Researchers Deploy Communications Network at San Diego Mardi Gras Festivities

Calit2 Researchers Deploy Communications Network at San Diego Mardi Gras Festivities

March 13, 2006

More than two dozen  researchers from Calit2 and the Jacobs School deployed a mobile communications and sensor network infrastructure to support public safety efforts during Mardi Gras 2006 in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Full Story


Summer Science Program for High School Students Expands Enrollment

Summer Science Program for High School Students Expands Enrollment

March 8, 2006

The COSMOS program administered by the Jacobs School will bring nearly 50 percent more talented high school students to the UCSD campus for a month this summer, with a March 16 deadline for applications. Full Story


UCSD Research on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Wins Outstanding Technical Paper Award

March 7, 2006

Tests at the Jacobs School of Engineering's  Department of Structural Engineering verified that the wing structure of the MQ-5B Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle  can endure a higher amount of stress. Full Story


Getting Down to Business: Student-Run Career Fair is a Record-Breaking Success

Getting Down to Business: Student-Run Career Fair is a Record-Breaking Success

March 1, 2006

By any measure, the 2006 Disciplines of Engineering Career Fair (DECaF) was a success for both recruiters and student job seekers.  The student-organized event raised $36,000 in corporate sponsorship fees, making it the largest single fundraiser to benefit engineering student organizations.  In all, 50 companies sent over 150 recruiters to DECaF, more than doubling last year’s participation of 20 companies.   Those employers saw nearly 1,500 engineering students eager for internship or full-time employment opportunities. Full Story


Bridge-Monitoring Poster Wins Grand Prize at 2006 Research Expo

Bridge-Monitoring Poster Wins Grand Prize at 2006 Research Expo

March 1, 2006

Apresentation on bridge-performance monitoring by Hong Guan, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Structural Engineering, was judged the best poster at Research Expo 2006. Full Story


Sloan Foundation Awards Prestigious Fellowships to Young UCSD Faculty in Computer Science and Neuroscience

Sloan Foundation Awards Prestigious Fellowships to Young UCSD Faculty in Computer Science and Neuroscience

February 28, 2006

UCSD database expert Alin Deutsch, an active participant in Calit2, is one of two UCSD faculty awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for young faculty showing "outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge." Full Story


New Scholarship Fund to Help Aspiring Engineers in Region

February 23, 2006

Jacobs School undergraduates of limited means have a new avenue to fund their education, thanks to a QUALCOMM Inc. commitment of $250,000 for a new scholarship fund to help students pursuing engineering degrees at UCSD, SDSU or Cal State San Marcos. Full Story


Study Suggests 'Noise' in Gene Expression Could Aid Bacterial Pathogenicity

Study Suggests 'Noise' in Gene Expression Could Aid Bacterial Pathogenicity

February 15, 2006

An experiment designed to show how a usually innocuous bacterium regulates the expression of an unnecessary gene for green color has turned up a previously unrecognized phenomenon that could partially explain a feature of bacterial pathogenicity. Full Story


Streaming Video from Information Theory and Applications Workshop

Streaming Video from Information Theory and Applications Workshop

February 13, 2006

Faculty from Bioengineering, CSE and ECE were among more than 400 experts from around the world who participated in a weeklong workshop to inaugurate Calit2's new Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Center. Streaming video of key presentations and tutorials is now available for on-demand viewing. Full Story


UC San Diego Inaugurates Information Theory and Applications Center in Calit2

UC San Diego Inaugurates Information Theory and Applications Center in Calit2

February 11, 2006

Calit2 at UCSD inaugurates an Information Theory and Applications Center (ITA) to explore the basic theory that underpins the digital revolution and develop related applications in communications, computer science, bioinformatics, statistics, finance and other disciplines. Full Story


UCSD Bioengineering Professor Elected to National Academy of Engineering

UCSD Bioengineering Professor Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 10, 2006

Bernhard O. Palsson, a professor of bioengineering and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Full Story


Decoding Da Vinci, UCSD Alumnus Shows Stunning Discoveries

Decoding Da Vinci, UCSD Alumnus Shows Stunning Discoveries

February 5, 2006

To a packed audience at Calit2, UCSD bioengineering alumnus Maurizio Seracini unveiled drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci that went unseen for 500 years, until Seracini used high-tech imaging techniques to look below the surface of Da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi. Full Story


Leading Scientists Help Guide New Nationwide Networking Infrastructure

Leading Scientists Help Guide New Nationwide Networking Infrastructure

February 1, 2006

Two of the eight experts appointed to a new Science Research Council for optical networking have appointments in the Jacobs School: Calit2 director Larry Smarr in Computer Science and Engineering; and UCSD neuroscientist Mark Ellisman, adjunct professor of Bioengineering. Full Story


Lights, Cameras, Engineering: Jacobs School Students Dive into Reality TV

Lights, Cameras, Engineering: Jacobs School Students Dive into Reality TV

February 1, 2006

Rita Finones and six other UCSD engineering students and one alumnus are appearing in a 13-part reality series on the Animal Planet Network called Chasing Nature. Full Story


CNS Research Review Talks Now Available for On-Demand Viewing

CNS Research Review Talks Now Available for On-Demand Viewing

January 28, 2006

UCSD's Center for Networked Systems, in collaboration with Calit2, held its half-yearly Research Review in Atkinson Hall this week, with presentations from CNS faculty as well as the center's corporate members. The talks are now available for on-demand viewing. Full Story


UCSD, Calit2 Researchers Develop Better Power Amplifiers, RF Circuits for Wireless

UCSD, Calit2 Researchers Develop Better Power Amplifiers, RF Circuits for Wireless

January 25, 2006

Three staff researchers of Calit2 at UCSD and five affiliated engineering faculty, along with more than a dozen graduate students, co-authored papers or talks at MTT Wireless 2006, covering topics ranging from power amplifiers to RF MEMS. Full Story


Patterns in Genome Organization May Partially Explain How Microbial Cells Work

Patterns in Genome Organization May Partially Explain How Microbial Cells Work

January 24, 2006

The location of a piece of real estate may be its most important feature to many Realtors, and bioengineering researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Virginia have reported that the location of genes and other features distributed along the chromosomes of bacteria and simpler organisms also is fundamentally important to how microbial cells operate. Full Story


Engineers Announce Results of Second Northridge Shake of 7-Story Building

Engineers Announce Results of Second Northridge Shake of 7-Story Building

January 20, 2006

UCSD structural engineers announced that the most violent earthquake shake of a seven-story structure at the Jacobs School of Engineering's Englekirk Structural Engineering Center resulted in only minor cosmetic damage to the building. Full Story


UCSD Partners with Venter Institute to Build Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis

UCSD Partners with Venter Institute to Build Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis

January 17, 2006

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $24.5 million over seven years to a consortium led by Calit2 director and Jacobs School professor Larry Smarr to build a computational resource and software tools to decipher the genetic code of communities of microbial life in the world's oceans. Full Story


Cymer Pledges $175,000 in Scholarships for Jacobs School

Cymer Pledges $175,000 in Scholarships for Jacobs School

January 10, 2006

Cymer, Inc., awards $175,000 to the Jacobs School of Engineering Scholars Program. Full Story


ECE Adjunct Professor Opens Neuroscience Lab in Calit2

ECE Adjunct Professor Opens Neuroscience Lab in Calit2

January 4, 2006

Professor Robert Hecht-Nielsen has established a neuroscience lab in Calit2 to explore and expand on a radical new theory about the way humans think. Full Story