Jacobs School News Archive


2008 News Releases

A Better View for Surgeons During Minimally Invasive Surgeries

A Better View for Surgeons During Minimally Invasive Surgeries

December 26, 2008

 A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) is nearing completion of their first prototype of “SurgiCam,” a tiny surgical camera that can be inserted through a 1.5 cm incision in the abdomen during minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Full Story


UC San Diego and Genentech Scientists Develop Potentially Disruptive Antibody Sequencing Technology

December 18, 2008

Bioinformatics researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Genentech have developed a new, quicker way to sequence monoclonal antibodies  – a process that is many times faster than the sequencing technology typically used by academic and industry researchers today. Full Story


Technologies Developed by UC San Diego Engineers Take Top Honors at Most Innovative New Product Awards

December 17, 2008

Two successful technology companies launched by UC San Diego engineering faculty garnered top honors during CONNECT’s recent Most Innovative New Product (MIP) awards.  Full Story


ARCS Foundation Gives UC San Diego Science, Engineering and Medical Students $3 MIllion in Scholarships

December 17, 2008

  The United States is a worldwide leader in science and technology, but it is predicted that foreign countries will soon outpace our nation unless we become more competitive in science education.  With Europe and China graduating more university-educated engineers and scientists on a yearly basis than the United States, the ARCS Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to facilitating the graduation rate of as many elite scholars as possible. Full Story


Hands-on Engineering Design Course Presentations: Monitoring Heart Rate Variability and More

Hands-on Engineering Design Course Presentations: Monitoring Heart Rate Variability and More

December 15, 2008

 ECE 191, Engineering Group Design Project, is an upper-division class that provides undergraduate students with hands-on experience working in a team to design, build, demonstrate and document an open-ended engineering project. Full Story


Calit2 Inventor Creates Estimating Calculator to Help Hone Students' Math Skills

Calit2 Inventor Creates Estimating Calculator to Help Hone Students' Math Skills

December 12, 2008

 QAMA, or Quick Approximate Mental Arithmetic, is a new kind of calculator designed and developed by Ilan Samson, an "inventor-in-residence" at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Chemical Engineering Alum Brings NASA Sustainability Workshop to Campus

Chemical Engineering Alum Brings NASA Sustainability Workshop to Campus

December 11, 2008

 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently held an international workshop aimed at “enhancing mission through proactive environmental risk mitigation” on the UC San Diego campus. Full Story


Intro to Computer Programming Gets a Makeover

Intro to Computer Programming Gets a Makeover

December 8, 2008

UC San Diego undergrads taking an intro-to-computer-programming course put on a campus art show recently. The art? Glossy collages that pairs of students created as a week-four homework assignment for Beth Simon’s CSE8A class Full Story


UC San Diego Reports New Record for Wireless Base Station Power Amplifiers

November 26, 2008

Three years after breaking the 50 percent efficiency barrier, researchers at the University of California, San Diego report topping an average 58 percent power added efficiency (PAE) – the best rate reported for a single-stage WCDMA base-station power amplifier – with average output power of 42 watts and a gain of 10.2 decibels. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineers Work to Make Historic Buildings Safer During Strong Earthquakes

UC San Diego Engineers Work to Make Historic Buildings Safer During Strong Earthquakes

November 25, 2008

Recent simulated earthquake tests conducted by UC San Diego engineers are expected to lead to retrofit schemes that make historic buildings safer. The structural engineers tested a structure similar to those that were built in California in the 1920s that have masonry-infilled walls and reinforced concrete frames. Full Story


Jessica Godin, Electrical Engineer, Wins R.B. Woolley Leadership Award

Jessica Godin, Electrical Engineer, Wins R.B. Woolley Leadership Award

November 20, 2008

Jessica Godin came to UC San Diego in 2004 to pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Now on the home-stretch of her Ph.D. at the Jacobs School of Engineering, Godin has won the annual R.B. Woolley Graduate Leadership Award. Full Story


San Diego Science Festival Celebrates The Science Of You In March 2009

San Diego Science Festival Celebrates The Science Of You In March 2009

November 10, 2008

More than 500 free events scheduled for the public at UC San Diego  and other venues throughout San Diego County all  culminating in Balboa Park for Expo Day, April 4, 2009 Full Story


San Diego Universities, Government and Industry Rally Around Local Clean-Tech Cluster

San Diego Universities, Government and Industry Rally Around Local Clean-Tech Cluster

November 5, 2008

San Diego professors who are developing technologies that will fuel the continued growth of the region’s “clean tech cluster” recently received a financial boost through the 2008 Clean Tech Innovation Challenge. Full Story


Chemical Engineering Student Wins Library Research Prize

Chemical Engineering Student Wins Library Research Prize

November 4, 2008

Steven Shimizu, a chemical engineering undergrad is among the four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego who recently received the 2008 Undergraduate Library Research Prize for their outstanding research skills. Full Story


Groundbreaking for 11th Major Engineering and Technology Building at UC San Diego

November 3, 2008

The UC San Diego community broke ground on the Structural and Materials Engineering Building on October 24, a building that will become the home of two Jacobs School of Engineering departments—Structural Engineering and NanoEngineering—and provide studios and additional facilities for UC San Diego’s Department of Visual ArtsFull Story


Keys Can be Copied From Afar, Jacobs School Computer Scientists Show

Keys Can be Copied From Afar, Jacobs School Computer Scientists Show

October 30, 2008

 UC San Diego computer scientists have built a software program that can perform key duplication without having the key. Instead, the computer scientists only need a photograph of the key. Full Story


Genetic Clock Makers at UC San Diego Publish Their Timepiece in Nature

Genetic Clock Makers at UC San Diego Publish Their Timepiece in Nature

October 29, 2008

  UC San Diego bioengineers have created the first stable, fast and programmable genetic clock that reliably keeps time by the blinking of fluorescent proteins inside E. coli cells. The clock’s blink rate changes when the temperature, energy source or other environmental conditions change, a fact that could lead to new kinds of sensors that convey information about the environment through the blinking rate. Full Story


Good Code, Bad Computations: a Computer Security Gray Area

Good Code, Bad Computations: a Computer Security Gray Area

October 27, 2008

If you want to make sure your computer or server is not tricked into undertaking malicious or undesirable behavior, it’s not enough to keep bad code out of the system. Full Story



NanoEngineer Wins Grant to Develop Field-Hospital-on-a-Chip Technology

NanoEngineer Wins Grant to Develop Field-Hospital-on-a-Chip Technology

October 22, 2008

  With a $1.6M grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor Joseph Wang will lead a project to create a field-hospital-on-a-chip technology that soldiers can wear on the battlefield. Full Story


Solar Power: Jacobs School Solar Research Highlighted on KPBS Radio

Solar Power: Jacobs School Solar Research Highlighted on KPBS Radio

October 17, 2008

   As UC San Diego continues its quest to become one of the nation’s greenest universities, researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering are doing their part to create sustainable solutions, from solar technologies to wireless weather stations and energy efficient chips for computing. Full Story


Joseph Wang, Most Cited Engineer, Joins NanoEngineering Department at Jacobs School

Joseph Wang, Most Cited Engineer, Joins NanoEngineering Department at Jacobs School

October 16, 2008

  Joseph Wang, the most cited engineer from 1991 to 2001 and consistently one of the world’s most cited engineers and chemists, joined the faculty of the Department of NanoEngineering. Full Story



Microsoft Leader, Craig Mundie, Connects with UC San Diego

Microsoft Leader, Craig Mundie, Connects with UC San Diego

October 14, 2008

  Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft, visited UC San Diego on Friday to meet with faculty and students and share his vision of where technology is moving. Full Story



NIH Awards $38 Million Grant Renewal to UC San Diego For Lipid Mapping Project

October 13, 2008

  Shankar Subramaniam, professor and chair of the bioengineering department, is part of a $38M NIH renewal grant for “LIPID MAPS,” a national consortium studying the structure and function of lipids. Full Story


Ripple Effect: Water Snails Offer New Propulsion Possibilities

October 8, 2008

A UC San Diego engineer has revealed a new mode of propulsion based on how water snails create ripples of slime to crawl upside down beneath the surface. Full Story


Bioengineers Fill Holes in Science of Cellular Self-Organization

October 7, 2008

  Bioengineers and physicists at UC San Diego provide new insights into how cell populations order themselves biomechanically. Full Story


NSF Awards $12 Million to UC San Diego Science of Learning Center for Three More Years of Innovation

NSF Awards $12 Million to UC San Diego Science of Learning Center for Three More Years of Innovation

October 3, 2008

UCSD's Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, founded in 2006, has just been awarded an additional $12 million for the next three years to expand its important work studying the role of time and timing in learning. Full Story


Structural Engineers and Computer Scientists Hope to Integrate Disciplines to 'Revolutionize Building Construction'

Structural Engineers and Computer Scientists Hope to Integrate Disciplines to 'Revolutionize Building Construction'

October 2, 2008

A  group of UC San Diego engineers and computer scientists, together with their counterparts at Germany's Bauhaus University of Weimar, are hoping to completely reform the way buildings are constructed by integrating the two fields and bringing data visualization and online collaboration to the fore of structural design. Full Story


UC San Diego Contributes $7.2 Billion to California Economy

October 1, 2008

Jacobs School of Engineering faculty and alumni have played an important role in UC San Diego's multibillion-dollar contribution to the California economy. According to an independent economic analysis released this week, UC San Diego contributes more than $7.2 billion in direct and indirect spending and personal income each year to the state economy and generates 39,000 jobs Full Story


Andrew Viterbi, Wireless Pioneer and UC San Diego Professor Emeritus, Wins National Medal of Science

Andrew Viterbi, Wireless Pioneer and UC San Diego Professor Emeritus, Wins National Medal of Science

October 1, 2008

  This week, wireless pioneer and UC San Diego professor emeritus Andrew Viterbi received a National Medal of Science, in part for work that would become known as the Viterbi algorithm. Full Story


Free Software Helps You Track Your Laptop If Stolen or Lost

September 30, 2008

  Researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego have created a laptop theft-protection tool that will help you locate your lost or stolen laptop while at the same time ensuring that no third party can use the system to monitor your whereabouts. Full Story


Generation Innovation: UC San Diego Researchers Win $3M in NIH New Innovator Awards

Generation Innovation: UC San Diego Researchers Win $3M in NIH New Innovator Awards

September 22, 2008

  At 30, Karen Christman, an assistant bioengineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, plans to help fuel the growing field of tissue engineering. With a new $1.5 million New Innovator Award grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Christman will be able to do just that. Full Story


MAE Undergrad Goes Nano and Makes the Cut

September 15, 2008

  Michael Clark, an aerospace engineering major at the Jacobs School, joined Calit2’s Nano3 Cleanroom Facility staff last year and became one of the dozens of undergraduate student engineers and researchers at the UCSD division of Calit2. Full Story


Intel Donates 200 Microprocessors to Promote Calit2's Visualization Research at UC San Diego

Intel Donates 200 Microprocessors to Promote Calit2's Visualization Research at UC San Diego

September 8, 2008

Intel Corp. is donating $128,000 worth of advanced microprocessors to Calit2 and Jacobs School professor Falko Kuester, to be used to provide computational power to UCSD's Project GreenLight and to benefit Calit2's HIPerSpace, StarCAVE and Varrier display systems. Full Story


UC San Diego, USC and UCLA Awarded NSF Grant to Study Fundamentals of Cyber-Physical Systems

UC San Diego, USC and UCLA Awarded NSF Grant to Study Fundamentals of Cyber-Physical Systems

August 29, 2008

 A coalition of computer scientists from UC San Diego, UCLA and USC have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study software design and run-time techniques for "cyber-physical systems," computer systems that are tightly integrated with the physical world.   Full Story


UC San Diego GreenLight Project to Improve Energy Efficiency of Computing

August 25, 2008

 The information technology industry consumes as much energy and has roughly the same carbon “footprint” as the airline industry. Now scientists and engineers at the University of California, San Diego are building an instrument to test the energy efficiency of computing systems under real-world conditions—with the ultimate goal of getting computer designers and users in the scientific community to re-think the way they do their jobs. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineers Part of Nationwide Effort to Make Buildings Earthquake Safe

UC San Diego Engineers Part of Nationwide Effort to Make Buildings Earthquake Safe

August 20, 2008

Engineering researchers from UC San Diego and the University of Arizona have concluded three months of rigorous earthquake simulation tests on a half-scale three-story structure, and will now begin sifting through their results so they can be used in the future designs of buildings across the nation. Full Story


New Algorithm Significantly Boosts Routing Efficiency of Networks

New Algorithm Significantly Boosts Routing Efficiency of Networks

August 19, 2008

 A new algorithm developed by computer scientists from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering helps answer that question, at least for computer networks; and it promises to significantly boost the efficiency of network routing. Full Story


Computer Scientists Propose New Data Center Architecture Based on Commodity Network Elements

Computer Scientists Propose New Data Center Architecture Based on Commodity Network Elements

August 19, 2008

Computer scientists at the UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have proposed a new way to build data centers that could save companies money and deliver more computing capability to end-users. Full Story


Hollywood Hair is Captured at Last: Details in SIGGRAPH 2008 Paper

Hollywood Hair is Captured at Last: Details in SIGGRAPH 2008 Paper

August 13, 2008

University of California, San Diego today announced a new method for accurately capturing the shape and appearance of a person’s hairstyle. The results closely match the real hairstyles and can be used for animation. Full Story


Bioengineer Shyni Varghese Awarded $2.3M Grant for Stem Cell Research

August 13, 2008

Bioengineering Professor Shyni Varghese is one of five UC San Diego researchers and physicians awarded New Faculty grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The new awards, announced today, add $11.5 million to the more than $20 million in funding that researchers at UC San Diego have received from CIRM. Full Story


UC San Diego-based iBotics Team Competes in Underwater Unmanned Vehicle Competition

UC San Diego-based iBotics Team Competes in Underwater Unmanned Vehicle Competition

August 12, 2008

The San Diego iBotics team, led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. student Gideon Prior and populated primarily by students from the Jacobs School, got "cool points" for its sleek, biomimetic "Stingray" craft at last week's  annual competition of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Full Story


Images for 3D Video Games Without High Price Tags or Stretch Marks

Images for 3D Video Games Without High Price Tags or Stretch Marks

August 11, 2008

The images of rocks, clouds, marble and other textures that serve as background images and details for 3D video games are often hand painted and thus costly to generate. A breakthrough from a UC San Diego computer science undergraduate now offers video game developers the possibility of high quality yet lightweight images for 3D video games that are generated “on the fly” and are free of stretch marks, flickering and other artifacts. Full Story



Von Liebig Center Hosts First Annual Technology Showcase

Von Liebig Center Hosts First Annual Technology Showcase

July 25, 2008

 Technologies developed at UC San Diego landed in the spotlight on July 16, 2008 at an entrepreneurship technology showcase organized by UC San Diego’s von Liebig Center. Full Story


Bioengineering Undergrad Explores Other Side of World

Bioengineering Undergrad Explores Other Side of World

July 22, 2008

 A bioengineering undergraduate documents her experiences as a summer researcher in New Zealand. Full Story


UC San Diego Launches Institute of Engineering in Medicine to Accelerate Innovative Health Care Technologies

July 21, 2008

 The world’s top engineers, physicians and scientists are joining forces to conceptualize, develop and bring to reality the future tools and treatments of 21st century health care through UC San Diego’s new Institute of Engineering in Medicine. Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers Could Help U.S. Military Thwart Explosive Threats

UC San Diego Researchers Could Help U.S. Military Thwart Explosive Threats

July 18, 2008

Researchers at UC San Diego are using statistical pattern recognition and image processing to help the U.S. military better detect hidden roadside explosives. Full Story


Calit2 Associate Director Bill Hodgkiss Delves Deep to Research RF and Acoustic Communications

July 16, 2008

 Underwater acoustician Bill Hodgkiss might be a faculty member at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, an but he didn't grow up with an intimate connection to the ocean.  What drew him to the profession was the science behind the sea.  Hodgkiss is also associate director for the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) as well as an adjunct professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering.  “I don’t think I ever even saw the ocean more than a few times before I moved to San Diego.” Full Story


Smart Bomb Nanoparticle Strategy Impacts Metastasis

July 10, 2008

 A new treatment strategy using molecular “smart bombs” to target metastasis with anti-cancer drugs leads to good results using significantly lower doses of toxic chemotherapy, with less collateral damage to surrounding tissue, according to a collaborative team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers Create Enhanced Light Sources For Lithography

UC San Diego Researchers Create Enhanced Light Sources For Lithography

July 9, 2008

As the semiconductor industry continues to squeeze more information onto chips to accelerate the performance of electronic devices, fusion researchers at UC San Diego are doing their part to help create faster, better and cheaper light sources. Full Story


UC San Diego Unveils Highest Resolution Scientific Display System in the World

UC San Diego Unveils Highest Resolution Scientific Display System in the World

July 9, 2008

To help scientists visualize and explore large data sets, Calit2 has unveiled the highest-resolution display system in the world. The 286-million-pixel HIPerSpace wall was constructed by a team led by Falko Kuester, who has appointments in both Structural Engineering as well as Computer Science and Engineering. Full Story



UC San Diego Undergraduates Forge New Area of Bioinformatics

UC San Diego Undergraduates Forge New Area of Bioinformatics

July 2, 2008

Undergraduate students from the University of California San Diego have forged a new area of bioinformatics that may improve genomic and proteomic annotations and unlock a collection of stubborn biological mysteries. Their work will be published in the July 2008 issue of the journal Genome Research. Full Story


Finding a Single Mechanism for Hypertension, Insulin Resistance, and Immune Suppression

Finding a Single Mechanism for Hypertension, Insulin Resistance, and Immune Suppression

June 30, 2008

Many of the 75 million Americans with essential hypertension also develop diabetes and other complications in addition to their high blood pressure, and researchers have discovered a common molecular mechanism in a strain of rat that explains why such metabolic disorders arise together in mammals. Full Story


Computer Scientist Turns his Face into a Remote Control

Computer Scientist Turns his Face into a Remote Control

June 25, 2008

  A computer science Ph.D. student can turn his face into a remote control that speeds and slows video playback. The proof-of-concept demonstration is part of a larger project to use automated facial expression recognition to make robots more effective teachers. Full Story


Jacobs School Ring Ceremony 2008

June 20, 2008

  More than 350 graduating seniors from the Jacobs School participated in the annual Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 14. Full Story


Rise in Student Mental Health Challenges Prompts Campus Initiative to Help

Rise in Student Mental Health Challenges Prompts Campus Initiative to Help

June 18, 2008

About 60 UC San Diego faculty and staff attended a panel discussion on May 27 titled “Helping Students with Emotional Difficulties,” which was sponsored by the Jacobs School of Engineering. Violent incidents involving students at Northern Illinois University, Virginia Tech and other university campuses have prompted UC San Diego to address the issue of how to identify and assist students in emotional distress. Full Story


ViaSat-Sponsored ECE 191 Project Takes Engineering Design Course Honor

ViaSat-Sponsored ECE 191 Project Takes Engineering Design Course Honor

June 18, 2008

A team of electrical engineering students in ECE 191, sponsored by ViaSat, was singled out as the spring quarter's best project for developing a mobile broadcast system for the chase-vehicles that accompany bicyclists iin the Race Across America. Full Story


Physics of Surfing Class Introduces Students to Research

Physics of Surfing Class Introduces Students to Research

June 16, 2008

A class titled “The Physics of Surfing” is co-taught by Professor David Sandwell at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Professor Stefan Llewellyn Smith at the Jacobs School of Engineering's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Full Story


UCSD Computer Science Undergraduates Showcase Multiplayer Online Games at Calit2

UCSD Computer Science Undergraduates Showcase Multiplayer Online Games at Calit2

June 10, 2008

An SRO crowd of more than 250 students packed into the Calit2 Auditorium at UCSD to watch and play networked, multiplayer 3-D video games designed from scratch by four teams of computer-science students. Full Story


Helping Navy Transport Critical Cargo to U.S. Troops

Helping Navy Transport Critical Cargo to U.S. Troops

June 4, 2008

Researchers at UC San Diego are helping the U.S. Navy improve ship-to-ship cargo transfer even during bad weather when waves can make ships sway unpredictably. In doing so, the researchers, led by mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Miroslav Krstic, are developing real-time optimization and active control techniques for a 3D model with hydrodynamics effects. Full Story


University of California San Diego Students Take First, Second and Fourth Place at Prestigious Business Plan Competition

University of California San Diego Students Take First, Second and Fourth Place at Prestigious Business Plan Competition

June 4, 2008

Jacobs School students took first and second place in a prestigious business plan competition organized at the University of Southern California. Full Story


UC San Diego Entrepreneurship, May Madness and the Final Five

UC San Diego Entrepreneurship, May Madness and the Final Five

May 30, 2008

On Saturday May 31, 2008, five UC San Diego teams – including two from the Jacobs School of Engineering – will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes in a completely-student-run business plan competition called the UCSD $50K Entrepreneurship Competition. Full Story


UC San Diego Unveils Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics

UC San Diego Unveils Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics

May 29, 2008

Cymer Inc. has provided major sponsorship of a novel educational and research program at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering designed to train engineers to improve the performance of wide variety of industrial products and processes. The new Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (CCSD), which will educate many of the finest students in the country in the field of controls, is designed to put UC San Diego’s Jacobs School on the fast track to industry partnerships in numerous high tech arenas. Full Story


Mad Dash for Trash, Then Junkyard Derby Bash

Mad Dash for Trash, Then Junkyard Derby Bash

May 20, 2008

 It's Junkyard Derby week at UC San Diego. The junkyard opens on Wednesday night, May 21 at 7:30 pm, and the races start on Friday at 11:30 AM. Full Story


Thinking Inside the Box: UC San Diego Opts for Eco-Friendly Datacenters

Thinking Inside the Box: UC San Diego Opts for Eco-Friendly Datacenters

May 16, 2008

 UCSD installed two large shipping containers May 15 that are modular datacenters for Calit2 and the School of Medicine -- offering up to a 40 percent cut in cooling costs over traditional server rooms. The Sun Modular Datacenters were tested last year by the Jacobs School to ensure their performance in the event of an earthquake. Full Story


Nanowires May Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

May 13, 2008

  Experimental solar cells spiked with nanowires show promise for efficient thin-film solar cells of future. Full Story


Three-Story Structure Slammed in Magnitude 8 Earthquake on Shake Table

Three-Story Structure Slammed in Magnitude 8 Earthquake on Shake Table

May 7, 2008

Engineering researchers are subjecting a three-story structure resembling a parking garage to a sequence of earthquake "shake test" jolts as powerful as magnitude 8.0 as part of a series of seismic tests to help improve building codes across the nation. Full Story


Space Is the Current Frontier for First Recipient of Ericsson Endowed Chair in Wireless Access Networks

Space Is the Current Frontier for First Recipient of Ericsson Endowed Chair in Wireless Access Networks

May 6, 2008

  For his leadership in cutting edge areas of digital signal processing, Bhaskar Rao has been named the inaugural holder of the Ericsson Endowed Chair in Wireless Access Networks in the Jacobs School. This chair is part of Ericsson’s ongoing support of the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Full Story


Hypersaline Hyperviscous Fluids Better Treatment for Severe Blood Loss

April 29, 2008

UC San Diego bioengineering researchers report in the journal Resuscitation that treatment of severe blood loss, which for decades has included large volumes of isotonic fluids that thin the blood, may be improved significantly with smaller volumes of highly salty water and viscosity enhancers that thicken blood. Full Story


Creating Faster Integrated Circuits by Slowing Light

Creating Faster Integrated Circuits by Slowing Light

April 22, 2008

Two UCSD research groups have merged two previously unrelated areas of cutting-edge research in optics – slow light and Anderson localization – and have shown in a paper published in the journal Nature Photonics that structures being considered as prime building blocks for nanophotonic integrated circuits are very susceptible to the effects of disorder, including Anderson localization. Full Story


Computer Science Fog Machine Improves Computer Graphics

Computer Science Fog Machine Improves Computer Graphics

April 14, 2008

UC San Diego computer scientists have cut the computational cost required to make 3-D images of fog pierced by realistic beams of light and other sophisticated computer generated graphics. The researchers presented their findings this week at Europe’s premier computer graphics conference, Eurographics 2008 in Crete, Greece. Full Story


ECE 191 Design Teams Report Progress on Projects Funded by Calit2 and Other Sponsors

ECE 191 Design Teams Report Progress on Projects Funded by Calit2 and Other Sponsors

April 6, 2008

 A project adding two-way wireless audio capability to a remote-controlled vehicle called Gizmo -- designed for disaster response communication -- was awarded best project of the winter quarter ECE 191 team engineering design course when the students made their final presentations. Full Story


Joint Symposium: UC San Diego and National Yang Ming University

April 2, 2008

The Second Joint Symposium between the National Yang Ming University (NYMU) of Taiwan and UC San Diego will be held at UCSD on April 9-11 at UCSD’s Department of Bioengineering. Full Story


Alumni Association Recognizes Engineering Student

Alumni Association Recognizes Engineering Student

April 2, 2008

The UCS San Diego Alumni Association gave its Outstanding Senior Award to Jeffrey Mounzer, president of the Triton Engineering Student Council and a Warren College student graduating with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Economics. Full Story


Researchers Eliminate Drug Discovery Bottleneck

Researchers Eliminate Drug Discovery Bottleneck

March 31, 2008

 Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development – but this may now change thanks to a new combination of experimental and computational protocols developed at the University of California, San Diego and presented at RECOMB 2008 (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) on March 31 in Singapore. Full Story


US News Ups Ranking of Jacobs School

US News Ups Ranking of Jacobs School

March 27, 2008

UC San Diego again was one of only a handful of universities to have both an engineering school and a medical school both ranked in the top 15 by US News annual ranking of graduate programs at colleges and universities. Full Story


Need New Look? Online Makeover is fan-taaz-tic

Need New Look? Online Makeover is fan-taaz-tic

March 18, 2008

 Thanks to a Jacobs School startup company whose site, Taaz.com went live today, the cosmetics counter isn't the only place to try out the latest makeup trends. The new way is easier, faster, and much more private. Anyone with a digital photograph can now apply more than 4,000 makeup products with the click of a mouse. It's all at www.taaz.com - the creation of two Jacobs School computer scientists turned entrepreneurs. The site went live on March 18. Full Story


City and UC San Diego Cultivate Cleantech

City and UC San Diego Cultivate Cleantech

March 18, 2008

The regional momentum for supporting sustainability and clean/green technology received a boost from a new partnership of the City’s Cleantech Initiative and UC San Diego’s William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement.   The City is collaborating with the nationally recognized Center to accelerate the commercialization of environmentally friendly technologies from academia to the private sector. Full Story


Shaya Fainman Awarded Cymer Chair

Shaya Fainman Awarded Cymer Chair

March 7, 2008

Shaya Fainman, an electrical engineering professor at the Jacobs School, is the first holder of the Cymer Inc. Endowed Chair in Advanced Optical Technologies. Full Story


From Pictures to Three Dimensions

From Pictures to Three Dimensions

February 29, 2008

 Your pictures of the Grand Canyon, Times Square or other destinations may be pretty good, but wouldn’t it be nice to show them off in three dimensions?  An award-winning 3D reconstruction algorithm designed by a team of computer science researchers from UC San Diego brings this dream within the grasp of reality. Full Story


Hopping Robot Captures Top Research Expo Honor

Hopping Robot Captures Top Research Expo Honor

February 22, 2008

The two-wheeled robot called “iHop” developed by Christopher M. Schmidt-Wetekam, a Ph.D. candidate in the Jacobs School’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  won top honors at the Jacobs School of Engineering’s annual Research Expo on Feb. 21. Full Story


Medical Device Pioneer Named to Endowed Chair at UCSD

Medical Device Pioneer Named to Endowed Chair at UCSD

February 12, 2008

 Juan C. Lasheras, a distinguished professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Jacobs School, has been appointed the first holder of the Stanford S. and Beverly P. Penner Endowed Chair in Engineering and Applied Science. Full Story


National Engineers Week at UCSD

February 12, 2008

They say that everyday should be Mothers Day. Considering how crucial technology is for everything we do from communication and banking, to environmental sustainability and health care, everyday should also be Engineers Day. Nevertheless, Feb 18-22 is the one week out of the year that is carved out as National Engineers Week – and the students at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering took part in a big way. Full Story


Jacobs School Hard Disk Pioneer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Jacobs School Hard Disk Pioneer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 8, 2008

 UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering electrical engineering professor Paul Siegel – a leading authority on coding for hard disk magnetic recording systems – has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for the invention and development of advanced coding techniques for digital recording systems." Full Story


UCSD Undergraduates Apply for Hands-on Summer Research Jobs

UCSD Undergraduates Apply for Hands-on Summer Research Jobs

February 6, 2008

 More than two dozen UCSD undergraduate students, many from the Jacobs School, will get the chance next summer to work in labs affiliated with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). And they'll get paid in the process. Full Story


At DEMO 2008, UC San Diego Web Application Startup Opens Beta to Public

At DEMO 2008, UC San Diego Web Application Startup Opens Beta to Public

January 29, 2008

 At app2you.com -- a UCSD spinout company chosen by the DEMO 2008 conference as one of the biggest innovations coming out of the academic community -- you can whip up customized interactive Web applications that support business processes such as customer service request processing, sales tracking, internal operations, online catalogs, recruiting, ratings, fundraising drives and event planning. Full Story


Kauffman Foundation Says von Liebig Center Fills Seed-Stage Funding Gap

Kauffman Foundation Says von Liebig Center Fills Seed-Stage Funding Gap

January 23, 2008

 A Kauffman Foundaiton study has highlighted two university "proof of concept" centers, the von Liebig Center at UCSD and the Deshpande Center at MIT, which since the two centers’ creation in 2002, have collectively awarded nearly $10 million in seed grants and launched 26 seed-stage companies that have accumulated more than $159 million in private capital. Both centers are funded from philanthropic donations. Full Story


Anna Lang: On the Road to Ph.D. and Olympic Medal

Anna Lang: On the Road to Ph.D. and Olympic Medal

January 7, 2008

Anna Lang is not your typical Ph.D. student; she is also one of the fastest female cyclists in the country. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. at the Jacobs School. Full Story