Jacobs School News Archive


2012 News Releases

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Small, Portable Sensors Allow Users
to Monitor Exposure to Pollution on Their Smart Phones

December 18, 2012

  Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors that allow users to monitor air quality in real time on their smart phones. The sensors could be particularly useful to people suffering from chronic conditions, such as asthma, who need to avoid exposure to pollutants. CitiSense is the only air-quality monitoring system capable of delivering real-time data to users’ cell phones and home computers—at any time. Data from the sensors can also be used to estimate air quality throughout the area where the devices are deployed, providing information to everyone—not just those carrying sensors.   Full Story


Juan C. Lasheras Named Interim Dean of the Jacobs School

Juan C. Lasheras Named Interim Dean of the Jacobs School

December 13, 2012

The University of California, San Diego today announced the appointment of Juan C. Lasheras as Interim Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, effective January 1, 2013. Lasheras will serve in this important role during the international search for the next dean of the Jacobs School.  Dean Frieder Seible has decided to step down as dean after 10 years of exemplary service and 30 years as a professor at UC San Diego, and will retire as distinguished professor emeritus and dean emeritus on April 1, 2013. Full Story


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Pioneer in Physical Design of Integrated Circuits
Named ACM Fellow

December 12, 2012

  Andrew B. Kahng, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, San Diego, has been named one of 52 Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery for 2012. Kahng, who holds the Endowed Chair in High-Performance Computing at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, was recognized for “contributions to physical design automation and to design for manufacturability of microelectronic systems.” He is a pioneer in the physical design of integrated circuits, as well as in the field known today as integrated-circuit design for manufacturability.  Full Story


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In vitro study finds digested formula, but not
breast milk, is toxic to cells

December 10, 2012

Free fatty acids created during the digestion of infant formula cause cellular death that may contribute to necrotizing enterocolitis, a severe intestinal condition that is often fatal and occurs most commonly in premature infants, according to a study by University of California, San Diego bioengineers. Their report, which was based on in vitro tests comparing the digestion of fresh human breast milk and nine different infant formulas, was published online in the journal Pediatric Research. Full Story


New Biomaterial gets 'Sticky' with Stem Cells

New Biomaterial gets 'Sticky' with Stem Cells

December 7, 2012

Just like the bones that hold up your body, your cells have their own scaffolding that holds them up. This scaffolding, known as the extracellular matrix, or ECM, not only props up cells but also provides attachment sites, or “sticky spots,” to which cells can bind, just as bones hold muscles in place. A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom found these sticky spots are distributed randomly throughout the extracellular matrix in the body, an important discovery with implications for researchers trying to figure out how to grow stem cells in the lab in ways that most closely mimic biology. Full Story


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DELPHI Project Foretells Future
of Personalized Population Health

December 5, 2012

Imagine a new type of healthcare app that does it all. It helps you understand your current health status, assists you in making changes in your life to improve your health, and takes into account the perspective of your entire life history, as well as the health of others in your age group – and perhaps even your neighborhood – who share similar characteristics. Full Story


Jacobs School Student Named FAA Outstanding Student of the Year

Jacobs School Student Named FAA Outstanding Student of the Year

November 30, 2012

  A Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego, has been named one of two outstanding students of the year by the Federal Aviation Administration. Gabriela DeFrancisci works in the research group of Hyonny Kim, a professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the Jacobs School. She be recognized Jan. 12, 2013 during an awards ceremony at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, D.C., and receive a $1,000 award.   Full Story


Two Jacobs School Engineers Named AAAS Fellows

Two Jacobs School Engineers Named AAAS Fellows

November 29, 2012

Two faculty members at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, better known as AAAS. Ratnesh Lal, in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Bioengineering, and Victor Vianu, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, join 700 other AAAS members who have been elected fellows—including 10 at UC San Diego—for their efforts to advance science and its applications.  Full Story


California High School Girls Build Experiment for Space Station

California High School Girls Build Experiment for Space Station

November 27, 2012

Fifteen girls from high schools around San Diego County have been meeting once a week since September to conceive, design, engineer and program a micro-experiment set to be deployed on the International Space Station (ISS) in March 2013. They are building a crystal growth experiment for a microgravity environment. A partnership of San Diego County industry, non-governmental organizations, schools and research institutes has provided funding and other support to make the program a reality, and the consortium formally will announce the partnership at a news conference December 4 on the UC San Diego campus at the headquarters of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a supporting sponsor. Full Story


Cultural Heritage Center at UC San Diego Reports Progress in 2012

Cultural Heritage Center at UC San Diego Reports Progress in 2012

November 26, 2012

  The number of Ph.D. students participating in the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology has risen in the past year from six to 19, thanks to support from private donors and from the National Science Foundation through the ramp-up of its Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grant to the UC San Diego center’s for engineering in cultural heritage diagnostics. Full Story


Engineering Graduate Student Wins Collegiate Inventors Competition

Engineering Graduate Student Wins Collegiate Inventors Competition

November 16, 2012

For work toward a safer approach to treating cancer, electrical engineering Ph.D. student Inanc Ortac from the University of California, San Diego has won first prize in the graduate student category at the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Ortac’s winning entry, entitled “Nano-Wiffle-Balls for Cancer Therapy” offers a new approach for delivering cancer drugs just to the areas where the drugs are needed. This kind of targeted drug delivery minimizes collateral damage to non-cancerous cells. Full Story


Jacobs School Shines at Fluid Dynamics Conference

Jacobs School Shines at Fluid Dynamics Conference

November 15, 2012

  Simulations that help doctors perform life-saving surgeries; a better way to model climate in urban areas; and optimized blood flow patterns for heart patients with pacemakers. Fluid dynamics researchers from the University of California, San Diego, will discuss their research on these topics—and many others—at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics here in San Diego Nov. 18 to 20.  With about 2,300 contributed presentations, the APS/DFD annual conference is the largest scientific meeting of researchers in fluid dynamics. Full Story


Crowdsourcing Feature Lets iPhone Users Determine Best Time to Cross U.S. Border

Crowdsourcing Feature Lets iPhone Users Determine Best Time to Cross U.S. Border

November 8, 2012

Next time you drive into the United States from Mexico or Canada, you may want to open a new iPhone app developed by computer science students at the Jacobs School of Engineering. It allows you to provide an eyewitness account of how long you have to wait. That ‘crowdsourced’ information will then be made instantly available to other motorists and help future border crossers to decide the best time to cross the border by car or truck. This iReport data is meshed with the data on wait times at the border from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to improve the accuracy of the wait times. Full Story


Pavements Designed to Fight Climate Change Could Increase Energy Consumption in Surrounding Buildings

Pavements Designed to Fight Climate Change Could Increase Energy Consumption in Surrounding Buildings

November 7, 2012

  A push to replace old, heat-trapping paving materials with new, cooler materials could actually lead to higher electricity bills for surrounding buildings, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. Researchers published their findings Oct. 29 in the new Journal of Urban Climate.   Full Story


Researchers Launch Innovative, Hands-on Online Tool for Science Education

Researchers Launch Innovative, Hands-on Online Tool for Science Education

October 22, 2012

  Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego and at St. Petersburg Academic University in Russia, have developed a one-of-a-kind, hands-on online learning tool that weaves together for the first time science and programming education—and automatically grades homework too.  Full Story


Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible to Retire
from UC San Diego in April 2013

October 17, 2012

Following nearly three decades of extraordinary service to the campus including two terms as Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, Frieder Seible has announced his decision to retire from UC San Diego in April 2013. Full Story


New NIH Center to Map Individual Cells in Human Cortex

New NIH Center to Map Individual Cells in Human Cortex

October 16, 2012

Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have received a $9.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a single-cell genomics center and develop a three-dimensional map of gene activities in individual cells in the human cortex. Researchers believe understanding variations between individual cells within the same tissue may be critical to understanding the origins of diseases, including brain disorders. The cerebral cortex is the outer layer of neural tissue responsible for cognitive functions including memory, attention and decisionmaking. Full Story


UC San Diego Campus on Display as Living Laboratory at Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference

UC San Diego Campus on Display as Living Laboratory at Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference

October 11, 2012

  About a hundred students from across the nation will converge on the UC San Diego campus Oct. 19 to 21 for the eighth annual Engineers for a Sustainable World national conference. The event brings together student leaders from the organization’s 31 chapters, experts and professionals to discuss engineering solutions and strategies to solve pressing environmental and socioeconomic problems.  Full Story


Jay Kunin to Lead Moxie Center for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship

Jay Kunin to Lead Moxie Center for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship

October 11, 2012

The Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego announced that Jay Kunin has joined the Jacobs School as the inaugural director of the new Moxie Center for undergraduate entrepreneurship.  Kunin has had a long career as an entrepreneur, executive, investor and director of technology startups. Full Story


Making Crowdsourcing More Reliable

Making Crowdsourcing More Reliable

October 10, 2012

  From Wikipedia to relief efforts after natural disasters, crowdsourcing has become a powerful tool in today’s connected world. Now an international team of researchers including  a computer scientist at the University of California, San Diego, report they have found a way to make crowdsourcing more reliable. They describe their findings in the Oct. 10 issue of the open access journal PLOS ONE.  Full Story


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Updated With New Positions: Jacobs School
Recruiting for 12 Positions in 2012-13

October 5, 2012

  The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego currently is recruiting for 11open faculty positions in the 2012-13 academic year. The positions fall within three strategic research focus areas identified by the school: energy, sustainability and environment; engineering in medicine; and information technology and applications. Several of the positions are part of a three-year recruitment plan in the area of advanced energy research. Full Story


New Sophisticated Control Algorithms Poised to Revolutionize Electric Battery Technology

New Sophisticated Control Algorithms Poised to Revolutionize Electric Battery Technology

October 3, 2012

  Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed sophisticated estimation algorithms that allow lithium-ion batteries to run more efficiently, potentially reducing their cost by 25 percent and potentially allowing the batteries to charge twice as fast as is currently possible. In one instance, electric batteries could be charged in just 15 minutes. The researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego are sharing a nearly $4 million grant from ARPA-E, a research agency within the Department of Energy, with automotive products supplier Bosch and battery manufacturer Cobasys to further develop the estimation algorithms and the technology they will drive.  Full Story


Health Technologies Top List of New Calit2 Research Grants to UC San Diego Faculty

Health Technologies Top List of New Calit2 Research Grants to UC San Diego Faculty

October 2, 2012

The University of California, San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology has given the green light to 17 new projects funded through the Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities program. Seven of the projects are led by faculty at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. All told, the winning proposals garnered more than $826,000 in support from Calit2 for the year-long projects, effective October 1, 2012. That is an 18 percent increase in funding compared to the inaugural round of CSRO grants awarded in 2010. Full Story


New Way of Fighting High Cholesterol Upends Assumptions

New Way of Fighting High Cholesterol Upends Assumptions

September 27, 2012

Atherosclerosis – the hardening of arteries that is a primary cause of cardiovascular disease and death – has long been presumed to be the fateful consequence of complicated interactions between overabundant cholesterol and resulting inflammation in the heart and blood vessels. However, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at institutions across the country, say the relationship is not exactly what it appears, and that a precursor to cholesterol actually suppresses inflammatory response genes. This precursor molecule could provide a new target for drugs designed to treat atherosclerosis, which kills tens of thousands of Americans annually. Full Story


California Research Institute Launches International Innovation Initiative at UC San Diego

California Research Institute Launches International Innovation Initiative at UC San Diego

September 26, 2012

There is a new home base for visiting researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and it also serves engineering and other faculty members who need international funding to help get new technologies closer to commercialization. The International Innovation Initiative (i3) is part of the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and it will help drive its international agenda. Initial funding for i3 of $1 million annually for three years – which could eventually reach $5 million over five years – was a gift from the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industry Technology (KEIT) via the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI). UC San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Truong Nguyen is the lead faculty member for Calit2's International Innovation Initiative. Full Story


$10 Million NSF Grant to Help Computer Scientists Understand the World of Cybercrime

$10 Million NSF Grant to Help Computer Scientists Understand the World of Cybercrime

September 25, 2012

  Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley and George Mason University have received a $10 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to map out the illicit activities taking place in the cybersecurity underworld and to understand how the mind of a cybercriminal works.   Full Story


New and Improved Solar Variability Model in High Demand

September 24, 2012

  Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have released a new, more accurate version of a software program that allows power grid managers and solar power plant developers to easily model fluctuations in solar power output caused by changes in the cloud cover. The program uses a solar variability law discovered by graduate student Matthew Lave, in the lab of Jan Kleissl, a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. Full Story


Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Work Take Center Stage at Dedication of Structural and Materials Building

Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Work Take Center Stage at Dedication of Structural and Materials Building

September 21, 2012

  The University of California, San Diego dedicated its new Structural and Materials Engineering building Sept. 14 during a standing-room only ceremony. The event brought together the engineers, medical device researchers and visual artists who will work in the building, as well as top campus administrators, supporters and industry representatives.  Full Story


With $6M Grant, UC San Diego Bioengineers Take On Key Role in New NIH Common Funds Metabolomics Program

With $6M Grant, UC San Diego Bioengineers Take On Key Role in New NIH Common Funds Metabolomics Program

September 21, 2012

With a $6 million grant over five years, bioengineers from the University of California, San Diego will play a central role in a new program from theNational Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate “metabolomics”, an emerging field of biomedical research that offers a path to a wealth of information about a person’s nutrition, infection, health, disease status and more.  Full Story


Nanoparticles Detect Biochemistry of Inflammation

Nanoparticles Detect Biochemistry of Inflammation

September 19, 2012

Inflammation is the hallmark of many human diseases, from infection to neurodegeneration.  The chemical balance within a tissue is disturbed, resulting in the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydrogen peroxide, which can cause oxidative stress and associated toxic effects.   Full Story


New Server Cooling Technology Deployed in Pilot Program at Calit2

New Server Cooling Technology Deployed in Pilot Program at Calit2

September 19, 2012

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego has become the inaugural test site for a new approach to cooling computer servers – a technology that could improve energy efficiency and enable higher-performance computing. Full Story


Toyota Adds UC San Diego to Safety Research Partners

Toyota Adds UC San Diego to Safety Research Partners

September 18, 2012

The Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) is expanding its groundbreaking, partner-based automotive safety initiative with the launch of seven new research programs undertaken in partnership with 11 leading research institutions from across North America, including the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Five UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Graduate Students Named 2013 Siebel Scholars

September 18, 2012

  Five University of California, San Diego graduate students pursuing research at the intersection of bioengineering, medicine and biology are among the 85 recipients of 2013 Siebel Scholars awards, announced by the Siebel Scholars Foundation on September 10, 2012. Full Story


Nanoengineers can print 3D microstructures in mere seconds

Nanoengineers can print 3D microstructures in mere seconds

September 13, 2012

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a novel technology that can fabricate, in mere seconds, microscale three dimensional (3D) structures out of soft, biocompatible hydrogels. Near term, the technology could lead to better systems for growing and studying cells, including stem cells, in the laboratory. Long-term, the goal is to be able to print biological tissues for regenerative medicine. For example, in the future, doctors may repair the damage caused by heart attack by replacing it with tissue that rolled off of a printer. Full Story


Engineers Want to Design Custom-Built Nanotubes to Reinforce Composite Materials

Engineers Want to Design Custom-Built Nanotubes to Reinforce Composite Materials

September 12, 2012

  Engineers at the University of California at San Diego are investigating how carbon nanotubes could reinforce the resin matrix found in composite materials commonly used in the aerospace, defense, automotive and sporting goods industries.  The ultimate goal is to develop a custom-tailored nanoparticle to reinforce the resin matrix as well as developing a procedure to place these high-performance particles in critical stress regions. Full Story


New Center to Focus on Composite Materials and Aviation Safety

New Center to Focus on Composite Materials and Aviation Safety

September 11, 2012

  The University of California, San Diego, has become the home of a major facility dedicated to studying all aspects of full-scale composite material aircraft structures, located in the new Structural and Materials Engineering building. The Composite Aviation Safety Center will allow engineers to design and manufacture test specimens representing aircraft parts made from composite materials— for example, fuselage sections, landing gear and wings.  Full Story


Computer Simulations Could Lead to Better Cardiac Pump for Children With Heart Defects

Computer Simulations Could Lead to Better Cardiac Pump for Children With Heart Defects

September 10, 2012

  Structural and mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are working together to create blood flow simulations that could lead to improvements in the design of a cardiac pump for children born with heart defects. They hope that the design changes will improve young patients' outcomes.  Full Story


Media Invited to Explore New Laboratories for Structural and NanoEngineering, Medical Devices and Visual Arts

September 10, 2012

The University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is opening its doors Friday, Sept. 14, to media interested in exploring our newest research facility, the Structural and Materials Engineering Building. The mixed use building includes the Composites Aviation Safety Center, medical devices labs and laboratories devoted to engineering on the nanoscale for biomedicine and energy research, and Visual Arts labs, studios and a gallery. Full Story


Engineers, Visual Artists and Medical Device Researchers Work Large and Small in New UC San Diego Building

Engineers, Visual Artists and Medical Device Researchers Work Large and Small in New UC San Diego Building

September 5, 2012

  Making buildings and bridges safer during earthquakes. Printed 3-D blood vessels and capillaries for regenerative medicine. Safer cardiac pumps for children born with heart defects. Giant art collections sorted with a click. Better composite materials for aircraft. In the new Structural and Materials Engineering building at the University of California, San Diego engineers, artists and medical device researchers who work at different scales and in different fields are pursuing these projects, and many more.  Full Story


Science study: 'Promiscuous' enzymes still prevalent in metabolism

Science study: 'Promiscuous' enzymes still prevalent in metabolism

August 30, 2012

Open an undergraduate biochemistry textbook and you will learn that enzymes are highly efficient and specific in catalyzing chemical reactions in living organisms, and that they evolved to this state from their “sloppy” and “promiscuous” ancestors to allow cells to grow more efficiently. This fundamental paradigm is being challenged in a new study by bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego, who reported in the journal Science what a few enzymologists have suspected for years: many enzymes are still pretty sloppy and promiscuous, catalyzing multiple chemical reactions in living cells, for reasons that were previously not well understood. Full Story


Renewable Energy  Program Pushes Novel Concepts Forward

Renewable Energy Program Pushes Novel Concepts Forward

August 22, 2012

The von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has awarded four new graduate von Liebig fellowships to pursue the commercialization of research that will increase energy efficiency and the growth of renewable energy sources. The fellowships are funded through the Southern California Clean Energy Technology Acceleration Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and in partnership with  UC San Diego Rady School of Management and San Diego State University Full Story


UC San Diego Master of Advanced Study Program Uses NI Platforms to Provide Professional Hands-On Embedded and Communications Experience

UC San Diego Master of Advanced Study Program Uses NI Platforms to Provide Professional Hands-On Embedded and Communications Experience

August 21, 2012

TheUniversity of California, San Diego flagship Master of Advanced Study (MAS) program in Wireless and Embedded Systems, a technical executive education program catering to engineering professionals, has adopted National Instruments platforms to provide a unique hands-on experience for participants.  Full Story


Program trains professionals in medical device engineering

August 20, 2012

Dan Braun earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at the University of California, San Diego in 2006.  Five years later he came back to enroll in the inaugural class of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s Master of Advanced Study Program in Medical Device Engineering. The cross-disciplinary program is designed to train working professionals to apply their engineering know-how and workforce experience to a new career in one of the region’s fastest growing technology sectors. Full Story


Company Co-Founded by Computer Science Professor Acquired by Leader in Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Company Co-Founded by Computer Science Professor Acquired by Leader in Virtualization and Cloud Computing

August 10, 2012

  Pattern Insight announced Aug. 8 that it has come to an agreement with VMware Inc. to sell its Log Insight product, together with its team and technology. Yuanyuan(YY) Zhou, a computer scientist at the University of California, San Diego, co-founded Pattern Insight with several members of her research team when she was on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain. She is currently the company’s chief technology officer. She joined the faculty of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego in 2009.   Full Story


U.S.-Russian Collaboration Develops New Method for Sequencing Dark Matter of Life from a Single Cell

U.S.-Russian Collaboration Develops New Method for Sequencing Dark Matter of Life from a Single Cell

August 9, 2012

  An international team of researchers led by computer scientist Pavel Pevzner, from the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new algorithm to sequence organisms’ genomes from a single cell faster and more accurately. The new algorithm, called SPAdes, can be used to sequence bacteria that can’t be submitted to standard cloning techniques—what researchers refer to as the dark matter of life, from pathogens found in hospitals, to bacteria living deep in ocean or in the human gut.  Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Scientists Explore Secure Browser Design

UC San Diego Computer Scientists Explore Secure Browser Design

August 9, 2012

University of California, San Diego computer scientists explored a new approach to secure browser design in a paper presented in August 2012 at the 21st USENIX Security Symposium, the foremost research conference on computer network security.  Full Story


Security Researchers Turn Out in Force at USENIX Security

Security Researchers Turn Out in Force at USENIX Security

August 9, 2012

  Everybody who's anybody in the no-longer-arcane field of computer security is out in force in Bellevue, Wash., this week at the 21st USENIX Security Symposium, the leading computer systems and networking security conference. Before the official kickoff Aug. 8, Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Feng Lu presented a joint paper with fellow graduate student Jiaqi Zhang and CSE professor Stefan Savage at the 7th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security (HotSec '12) on Tuesday. Their paper, "When Good Services Go Wild: Reassembling Web Services for Unintended Purposes," is the subject of a report in MIT Technology Review about 'a menacing Facebook-Google mashup'. Full Story


Mining ' and Minding ' Her Ps and Qs

Mining ' and Minding ' Her Ps and Qs

August 9, 2012

  Each time you connect to a secure website (say a bank’s website), you begin by downloading a certificate published by the site, which asserts that its Web address is legitimate. It also contains a public key that your computer can use to establish a secure connection, and this public key, ostensibly, prevents anyone else from spying on your connection. Nadia Heninger, winner of the Best Paper award at this week's USENIX Security Symposium, scanned the entire Internet and found hundreds of thousands of instances of insecure Internet connections. Full Story


Computer models calculate systems-wide costs of gene expression

Computer models calculate systems-wide costs of gene expression

August 7, 2012

Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a method of modeling, simultaneously, an organism’s metabolism and its underlying gene expression.  In the emerging field of systems biology, scientists model cellular behavior in order to understand how processes such as metabolism and gene expression relate to one another and bring about certain characteristics in the larger organism. Full Story


UC San Diego Professor Wins Top Information Theory Award

UC San Diego Professor Wins Top Information Theory Award

August 2, 2012

Using powerful mathematical techniques from information theory, linear systems theory, convex optimization, and functional analysis, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, San Diego resolved a 40-year-old open problem in the field of communication. Full Story


SDSC, Jacobs School Mourn the Loss of Allan Snavely

SDSC, Jacobs School Mourn the Loss of Allan Snavely

July 16, 2012

Allan Snavely, a widely recognized expert in high-performance computing whose innovative thinking led to the development of the Gordon supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, July 14. He was 49. While at SDSC Snavely also was an adjunct professor in computer science and engineering at UC San Diego, where he earned a PhD from the Jacobs School of Engineering in 2000. Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Scientist Elected Fellow of International Society for Computational Biology

UC San Diego Computer Scientist Elected Fellow of International Society for Computational Biology

July 11, 2012

  Computer scientist Pavel Pevzner from the University of California, San Diego, has been elected as a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology, along with six other researchers from other institutions. The ISCB Fellows program honors members that have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.  Full Story


Engineers for Exploration: Pushing the Boundaries of World-Wide Field Research

Engineers for Exploration: Pushing the Boundaries of World-Wide Field Research

July 2, 2012

“It’s the funniest sight, seeing a massive blimp driving down the street attached to a pickup truck. It looks like the truck will literally lift of the ground because the balloon is so huge. This particular balloon, as described by Albert Yu-Min Lin of the UC San Diego and National Geographic Society’s Engineers for Exploration program, is no party decoration. It carries a camera on a self-stabilizing aerial platform, and is capable of taking high-resolution composite photographs that span a mile or more. The Balloon Camera, along with the OctoCopter, the Terrestrial Vehicle, and the Camera Trap, were conceived, designed and built by UC San Diego undergraduates participating in Engineers for Exploration. Full Story


Calit2 Class of 2012: Undergraduate Scholars Begin Their Summer of Research

Calit2 Class of 2012: Undergraduate Scholars Begin Their Summer of Research

July 2, 2012

The UCSD division of Calit2 this week kicks off a summer of research opportunities for 30 undergraduates representing 17 academic majors. For the 12th summer in a row, Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Scholars are fanning out across campus to work full-time in the labs of Calit2-affiliated faculty members, doing research alongside graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and their advisors. Full Story


Gene Mutations Cause Massive Brain Asymmetry

Gene Mutations Cause Massive Brain Asymmetry

June 29, 2012

Hemimegalencephaly is a rare but dramatic condition in which the brain grows asymmetrically, with one hemisphere becoming massively enlarged. Though frequently diagnosed in children with severe epilepsy, the cause of hemimegalencephaly is unknown and current treatment is radical: surgical removal of some or all of the diseased half of the brain. In a paper published in the June 24, 2012 online issue of Nature Genetics, a team of doctors and scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, say de novo somatic mutations in a trio of genes that help regulate cell size and proliferation are likely culprits for causing hemimegalencephaly, though perhaps not the only ones. Full Story


Mechanical Engineering Professor Miroslav Krstic Named Associate Vice Chancellor of Research

Mechanical Engineering Professor Miroslav Krstic Named Associate Vice Chancellor of Research

June 28, 2012

  Miroslav Krstic, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Jacobs School, has been named Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, effective July 1, 2012. Krstic is joining the leadership team of the Office of Research Affairs; acting as liaison to campus Organized Research Units; managing their fiscal and administrative matters, the annual call for new ORUs, and the ongoing 5-year review process.  Full Story


Flexible Electronics Push Frontier in Neonatal Neuroscience

Flexible Electronics Push Frontier in Neonatal Neuroscience

June 28, 2012

Anyone who has seen a newborn in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) knows the image is shocking. Wires and electrodes designed to monitor vital signals such as heart rate, brain signals and blood oxygen levels are taped over the frail newborn’s head, face and body. Skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby that doctors say all newborns need to develop a sense of security and bonding becomes challenging, if not impossible. Parents seeing their precious baby this way may also feel terrified and helpless. A new study at the University of California, San Diego will test whether all of those bulky electronics could be replaced with a stamp-sized wearable patch of tiny circuits, sensors, and wireless transmitters that sticks to the skin like a temporary tattoo, stretching and flexing with the skin while maintaining high performance. Full Story


Calit2 Launches Second Round of Strategic Research Grants for UCSD Faculty

Calit2 Launches Second Round of Strategic Research Grants for UCSD Faculty

June 26, 2012

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) has announced the second round of its Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities (CSRO) grant program. Faculty and research scientists at the University of California, San Diego are eligible to submit proposals for funding and in-kind support, with all proposals due no later than July 27, 2012. Winning proposals will be announced in August for one-year projects that will begin effective October 1, 2012. Full Story


Report Highlights Partnership to Spur Innovation in Southern California

Report Highlights Partnership to Spur Innovation in Southern California

June 25, 2012

    How do you accelerate innovation in the health care field, and other areas, while keeping costs down? A report released today, and co-authored by the Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, provides some answers. Full Story


Students Ring In End of Academic Year

Students Ring In End of Academic Year

June 20, 2012

  Close to 300 graduating seniors gathered at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego Saturday evening to celebrate the end of the school year—and their induction into the Order of the Engineer. Each student was given a ring to symbolize their new status as full-fledged engineers.  Full Story


Kamalika Chaudhuri: Quantifying the Price of Privacy

Kamalika Chaudhuri: Quantifying the Price of Privacy

June 19, 2012

The data avalanche brought about by the digital revolution has made it possible to harness vast datasets for everything from statistical analysis to teaching machines to recognize patterns and respond in ‘intelligent’ ways. But much of this data comes from humans, and many of those humans expect their data to remain private. Preserving this privacy, however, is not always easy, says University of California, San Diego Computer Science Professor Kamalika Chaudhuri. Full Story


Medical Technologies Dominate UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge

Medical Technologies Dominate UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge

June 18, 2012

The pitches at the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge included technologies to cure cancer, brain-computer interfaces for patients without speech, an automated portfolio management system, sensor assisted orthopedic surgery, garbage compactors, and an enhanced dental implant.  Full Story


Self-assembling Nanocubes for Next Generation Antennas and Lenses

Self-assembling Nanocubes for Next Generation Antennas and Lenses

June 13, 2012

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have developed a technique that enables metallic nanocrystals to self-assemble into larger, complex materials for next-generation antennas and lenses. The metal nanocrystals are cube-shaped and, like bricks or Tetris blocks, spontaneously organize themselves into larger-scale structures with precise orientations relative to one another.  Their findings were published June 10 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Full Story


NanoEngineering to Maintain Calit2 Links While Preparing to Move into New Headquarters Nearby

NanoEngineering to Maintain Calit2 Links While Preparing to Move into New Headquarters Nearby

June 11, 2012

NanoEngineering will begin moving into the new Structural and Materials Engineering Building after the July 4th holiday. Full Story


Students Showcase Eureka Moments at Undergraduate Research Expo

Students Showcase Eureka Moments at Undergraduate Research Expo

June 7, 2012

  A new acne medicine; a better way to simulate the collapse of supernovae; and a better way to visualize chromosomes: these were just some of the research posters on display at EUReKA, an undergraduate research expo that took place Friday at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


Frieder Seible, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, Inducted into Chinese Academy of Engineering

Frieder Seible, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, Inducted into Chinese Academy of Engineering

June 7, 2012

  Frieder Seible, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, has been elected a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The honor recognizes his “outstanding achievements in engineering and technological sciences, as well as remarkable contributions to China’s engineering and technological developments.” Full Story


Bringing Family Fun to the Jacobs School

Bringing Family Fun to the Jacobs School

June 6, 2012

  Undergraduates were setting up fun hands-on experiments. Graduate students were going over their research presentations one last time. Staff members were laying out yummy snacks and generally making sure everything was going to run smoothly. It was early Saturday morning, June 2, and the doors at Jacobs Hall were ready to open for the second annual Family Day.  Full Story


A Vision to Help

A Vision to Help

June 5, 2012

  Students at the Jacobs School of Engineering are working to develop a cheaper, lighter, multi-function microscope that could be used in clinics in developing countries. Their prototype will be flown to Mozambique this summer and field tested at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in the country’s capital, Maputo. Full Story


Best Reported Performance for Fuel Cells Operating Directly on Ethanol

June 4, 2012

  Researchers at the Center for Energy Research at UC San Diego recently demonstrated the best performance for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating directly on ethanol without external reformation. The work was performed by Dr. Nguyen Minh of the Center for Energy Research, postdoctoral scholar Dr. Eric Armstrong (now with Intel) and undergraduate student intern Jae-Woo Park. The technical description that follows was written by Nguyen Minh.  Full Story


Center for Wireless Communications Convenes Innovators in Academia, Industry for Research Review

Center for Wireless Communications Convenes Innovators in Academia, Industry for Research Review

May 30, 2012

A research review held by the University of California, San Diego Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) convened researchers from academia and industry to get a look at what’s right around the corner in terms of cellular and wireless communications, and what’s still a bit farther down the road. Full Story


UC San Diego Receives $7 Million form DOD for Innovative Neural Research

UC San Diego Receives $7 Million form DOD for Innovative Neural Research

May 24, 2012

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at UC San Diego composed of physicists, biologists, chemists, bioengineers and psychologists has received a five-year, $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to investigate the dynamic principles of collective brain activity.  Full Story


Fun at the 2012 Junkyard Derby

Fun at the 2012 Junkyard Derby

May 17, 2012

  One the morning of May 14, the tracks were set, the teams were excited and the crowds were pouring in as UC San Diego’s own version of Junkyard Wars was heading towards its culmination. The ‘Junkyard Derby,’ organized by the Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC), pitted 28 teams, in their home-made boxcars, against one another.  Full Story


Engineers Conduct Seismic Tests on a Five-story Building Equipped with a Wide Range of Nonstructural Components

May 14, 2012

Researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego will put a five-story building, fully equipped with an intensive care unit, a surgery suite, a working elevator, piping and air conditioning and fire barriers through a motion from  the 7.9-magnitude Denali earthquake which occurred in Alaska. These tests are the second of two phases of seismic motion testing. The first phase involved isolating the building with large rubber dampers, while for tests tomorrow the building’s foundation will be anchored directly on the shake table. These tests will likely result in more severe damage to the structure and its contents. Full Story


Cubic and UC San Diego to Collaborate  On Next Generation Intelligent Travel Research

Cubic and UC San Diego to Collaborate On Next Generation Intelligent Travel Research

May 10, 2012

Cubic Transportatin Systems, a leading integrator of intelligent transport systems and services, and the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego have entered into a collaborative partnership to research the next generation of intelligent travel technologies for cities. Full Story


World's Most Prestigious Engineering Prize Opens for Nominations

World's Most Prestigious Engineering Prize Opens for Nominations

May 8, 2012

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a global prize recognizing and celebrating outstanding advances in engineering that have changed the world. Full Story


Grand Challenges Explorations Grant  Funds Groundbreaking Health Research

Grand Challenges Explorations Grant Funds Groundbreaking Health Research

May 8, 2012

The University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineeringannounced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorationswinner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Bioengineering Professor Todd Coleman, in collaboration with Materials Science and Engineering Professor John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Epidermal Electronics for Continuous Pregnancy Monitoring.” Full Story


Computer Scientists Develop an Interactive Field Guide App for Birders

Computer Scientists Develop an Interactive Field Guide App for Birders

May 7, 2012

  A team of researchers led by computer scientist Serge Belongie at the University of California, San Diego, has good news for birders: they have developed an iPad app that will identify most North American birds, with a little help from a human user.  Full Story


 'Game-powered machine learning' opens door to Google for music

'Game-powered machine learning' opens door to Google for music

May 2, 2012

Can a computer be taught to automatically label every song on the Internet using sets of examples provided by unpaid music fans? University of California, San Diego engineers have found that the answer is yes, and the results are as accurate as using paid music experts to provide the examples, saving considerable time and money.  In results published in the April 24 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers report that their solution, called “game-powered machine learning,” would enable music lovers to search every song on the web well beyond popular hits, with a simple text search using key words like “funky” or “spooky electronica.” Full Story


UC San Diego Students to Demonstrate Smart Camera Trap at New Engineering Competition

UC San Diego Students to Demonstrate Smart Camera Trap at New Engineering Competition

May 1, 2012

Forget about building a better mouse trap. University of California, San Diego sophomore Riley Yeakle and his teammates have come up with a better camera trap, and they will be facing off with finalists from around the country when they unveil working prototypes of their visions for embedded systems at a new, national engineering student competition. Full Story


UC San Diego Leads International Team of Researchers to Demonstrate First Heralded Single-Photon Generation from a Silicon Chip

UC San Diego Leads International Team of Researchers to Demonstrate First Heralded Single-Photon Generation from a Silicon Chip

April 30, 2012

For the first time, researchers have generated so-called heralded single photons from a silicon chip. Heralded photons are the second in a pair of spontaneously-generated photons: when the first hits a detector and provides timing information, it ‘heralds’ the companion photon, which is then in a quantum mechanical single photon state. Led by the University of California, San Diego, other collaborators on the project include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland; and the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy). Full Story


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'Blinking microbubbles' for early cancer screening
take grand prize at Research Expo 2012

April 20, 2012

Carolyn Schutt, a Ph.D student in bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego is developing a new imaging technique that would enable highly-sensitive light imaging deeper inside the body, improving the way we diagnose breast cancer. Schutt’s research received the grand prize April 12 at the UC San Diego Jacob School of Engineering Research Expo 2012. Full Story


Workshop Convenes Best Minds in Data Storage to Break Computing Bottlenecks

Workshop Convenes Best Minds in Data Storage to Break Computing Bottlenecks

April 18, 2012

Non-volatile memories (NVM) are crucial components of modern computing systems, components that make it possible to store increasingly large amounts of information in smaller spaces, at faster data transfer speeds and (if the industry has its way) at lower cost to the consumer. Full Story


Media Resources for the Five-story Building Test at Englekirk Center

April 13, 2012

Media Resources for the Five-story Building Test at Englekirk Center Full Story


Engineers Conduct Seismic Tests on a Five-story Building Equipped with a Wide Range of Nonstructural Components

Engineers Conduct Seismic Tests on a Five-story Building Equipped with a Wide Range of Nonstructural Components

April 12, 2012

  What happens when you put a fully equipped five-story building, which includes an intensive care unit, a surgery suite, piping and air conditioning, fire barriers and even a working elevator, through a series of high-intensity earthquakes? Structural engineers at the University of California, San Diego began to get some answers last week, when they launched a two-week series of tests conducted on the world’s largest outdoor shake table at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center.  Full Story


Nanomachine Pioneer from UC San Diego Wins Top Australian Medal in Electrochemisty

Nanomachine Pioneer from UC San Diego Wins Top Australian Medal in Electrochemisty

April 11, 2012

University of California, San Diego nanoengineering professor Joseph Wang will accept the 2012 Breyer Medal in person this Sunday, April 15, in Perth, Australia. The medal is the top Australian award in the field of electrochemistry, and it will be presented at the annual Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI) Electrochemistry Symposium. Full Story


TowerJazz and UCSD Demonstrate First Silicon Wafer-Scale 110 GHz Phased Array Transmitter with Record Performance

TowerJazz and UCSD Demonstrate First Silicon Wafer-Scale 110 GHz Phased Array Transmitter with Record Performance

April 5, 2012

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), provider of a leading program in microwave, millimeter-wave and mixed-signal RFICs, today announced they have collaborated to demonstrate the first wafer-scale phased array with 16 different antenna elements operating at 110 GHz frequency range.  First time success was achieved for the RFIC using TowerJazz’s own proprietary models, kit and the mmWave capabilities of its 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS process, SBC18H3.   The device targets applications for automotive radar, aerospace and defense, passive imaging, security, and mmWave imaging. The collaboration of the phased array chip was partly funded by DARPA. Full Story


This Hospital is Wired for Earthquake Safety

This Hospital is Wired for Earthquake Safety

April 5, 2012

At the UCSD-NEES site, earthquake and post-earthquake fire testing of a five-story building built at full-scale and completely furnished with nonstructural components and systems (NCSs) is underway. Unique to any building testing ever conducted, NCSs in the building include a functioning passenger elevator, partition walls, cladding systems, piping, HVAC, ceiling, sprinklers, building contents, as well as passive and active fire systems. Testing is planned for mid-April through May 2012. Full Story


Global Manhunt Pushes Limits of Social Mobilization

Global Manhunt Pushes Limits of Social Mobilization

April 4, 2012

  An international team of researchers, including computer scientist Manuel Cebrian from the University of California, San Diego, has won a seemingly impossible challenge: tracking down a group of “suspects” in a jewel heist on two continents in five different cities, within just 12 hours. The goal was to find five suspects. Cebrian’s group, named CrowdScanner, found three. That was far better than their nearest competitor, which located just one “suspect” at a much later time. Full Story


From UC San Diego to the Moon

From UC San Diego to the Moon

April 3, 2012

  Children in more than 2,700 schools from 52 countries have started requesting in the past few weeks pictures of specific areas of the moon from two spacecraft orbiting the Earth’s satellite. But little do they know that their requests go to an operations center located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego and manned by undergraduate students, most of them engineering majors.  Full Story


Research Expo: Access Game-Changing Research and Technologies

Research Expo: Access Game-Changing Research and Technologies

April 2, 2012

There are many ways to engage with the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, but the only way to get face time with 230-plus graduate students working on game-changing research in a single afternoon is to attend Research Expo on April 12. Research Expo provides a glimpse into the engineering future – a future that will touch all of San Diego’s technology sectors. With $146.4 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2010-2011, there’s a lot to look at. Full Story


New Online Masters Degrees for Fall 2012 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

April 2, 2012

  The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego is offering two new online master’s degree programs starting in Fall 2012: Structural Health Monitoring and Simulation-Based EngineeringFull Story


Nanoengineer Liangfang Zhang wins American Chemical Society's Unilever Award for 2012

Nanoengineer Liangfang Zhang wins American Chemical Society's Unilever Award for 2012

March 28, 2012

The American Chemical Society has awarded Liangfang Zhang, professor in the Department of NanoEngineering, the ACS Colloid and Surface Division Unilever Award for 2012.  This award was established in 2004 to recognize work in the field of colloid or surfactant science by North American researchers in the early stages of their careers. The award recognizes Zhang’s research on biomimetic nanomaterials that integrate synthetic colloids with natural cellular membrane materials such as his red-blood cell membrane cloaked nanoparticles for targeted cancer treatment. Full Story


Faculty researchers share their experiences turning discoveries into marketable products

Faculty researchers share their experiences turning discoveries into marketable products

March 27, 2012

Four engineering faculty members with technology transfer success stories discussed the challenges of the commercialization process during a March 14 dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. The von Liebig Center offers seed funding and advisory services and is part of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Using Social Media to Catch a Thief on March 31

Using Social Media to Catch a Thief on March 31

March 23, 2012

A group of crowdsourcing experts, including Manuel Cebrian, a computer science researcher at the University of California, San Diego, are building a team to participate in a, perhaps, impossible worldwide gaming challenge: track down five ‘suspects’ of a jewel heist in five different cities on two different continents within 12 hours. You can play, and make money, even if you don't live there. Full Story


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Get Early Access to Emerging Technologies at
Research Expo at UC San Diego

March 22, 2012

  Radio-frequency relays based on electromagnetic actuation, which route electrical signals using current pulses and magnetic fields, are a common feature in modern electronics, from satellites to MRI machines. But they soon could be replaced by high-power, large-force, temperature-stable RF MEMS metal-contact switches, which route electrical signals using electro-statics fields. Chirag Patel, a Jacobs Fellow and currently a Ph.D. student at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, presented the technology at last year’s Research Expo, an annual research, recruiting and networking event. Full Story


President Obama Visits Solar Power Plant Using Technology Developed by UC San Diego Engineers

President Obama Visits Solar Power Plant Using Technology Developed by UC San Diego Engineers

March 21, 2012

  When President Obama visited the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in Nevada Wednesday, he got a first-hand look at the first large-scale solar facility equipped with solar forecasting devices called sky imagers.  The devices are powered by sophisticated algorithms, which were developed by researchers at the University of California San Diego. The technology was funded by Sanyo Electric Corp., now Panasonic, the Department of Energy, California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission.  Full Story


Celebrating Pi Day With the Campus' First-Ever Pi-Mile Run

Celebrating Pi Day With the Campus' First-Ever Pi-Mile Run

March 15, 2012

  What’s more fun than celebrating March 14, Pi Day, by eating pie with an “e”? Getting rid of the guilt by running 3.14 miles and donating money to help science education. And that’s exactly what more than 180 students, faculty and staff members did Wednesday by taking part in the first-ever Pi-Mile Run and Walk at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Some were experienced triathlon runners. Others were taking part in their first long-distance race. Many said they wanted to have fun and contribute to a good cause.  Full Story


See Engineering Advances for Medicine and Life Sciences at Research Expo

See Engineering Advances for Medicine and Life Sciences at Research Expo

March 14, 2012

  See the engineering advances that will power tomorrow’s breakthroughs in medicine and life sciences. Attend Research Expo at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.  Full Story


Data Support Theory on Location of Lost Leonardo Da Vinci Painting

Data Support Theory on Location of Lost Leonardo Da Vinci Painting

March 13, 2012

Evidence uncovered during research conducted in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio late last year appears to support the theory that a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting existed on the east wall of the Hall of the 500, behind Giorgio Vasari’s mural “The Battle of Marciano.” The data supporting the theoretical location of the da Vinci painting “The Battle of Anghiari” was obtained through the use of an endoscopic probe that was inserted through the wall on which the Vasari fresco was painted. The probe was fitted with a camera and allowed a team of researchers, led by scientist Maurizio Seracini, to see what was behind the Vasari and gather samples for further testing. The team included graduate students from the deparments of computer science and materials science, as well as a Jacobs School alumnus.  Full Story


Research Expo Offers Exclusive Peek at Tomorrow's Game-changing Technologies

Research Expo Offers Exclusive Peek at Tomorrow's Game-changing Technologies

March 12, 2012

  New green methods for making hydrogen fuels. Microrockets that can circulate in the human body without external fuel. Improved seismic safety in hospitals and other structures. New approaches to help utilities integrate solar power into the energy grid. Self-healing hydrogels that could ultimately be used for medical sutures, targeted drug delivery and other applications. New approaches that could extend the life span of solid-state and non-volatile memories technology.  This is just a small sample of the leading-edge research projects that graduate students at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego will present to attendees of Research Expo on April 12, 2012. Research Expo offers the opportunity for engineers, scientists, recruiters, companies and potential investors to meet the top engineering talent of the Jacobs School; learn about tomorrow’s innovations before the advances are widely known; and spark collaborations.  Full Story


A lifetime of research may be leading to a
life-saving treatment for shock

March 12, 2012

A 200-patient Phase 2 clinical pilot study will be initiated this month to test the efficacy and safety of a new use, and method of administering, an enzyme inhibitor  for critically ill patients developed by University of California, San Diego Bioengineering Professor Geert Schmid-Schönbein. Conditions expected to qualify for the study include new-onset sepsis and septic shock, post-operative complications, and new-onset gastrointestinal bleeding. Full Story


How the Brain Learns: Researchers study timing, sensory systems, how regions connect

How the Brain Learns: Researchers study timing, sensory systems, how regions connect

March 9, 2012

If a teacher puts out too much new information in the final minutes of a class, students might have trouble “getting” it. If you have a final exam in six weeks, it might be better to study for it now and then again next week, rather than tonight and tomorrow. “It depends, to some extent, on when you have to remember it,” says Gary Cottrell, a professor in the computer science and engineering department at the University of California at San Diego.  “Cramming the night before a test is okay, but if it’s something you need to know a month from now, spacing between study sessions makes a big difference.” In other words, timing is everything. Full Story


Students Use Engineering Know-how to Help People at Home and a World Away

Students Use Engineering Know-how to Help People at Home and a World Away

March 6, 2012

  A small village in the Philippines will soon be safer from typhoons, thanks to the work of a group of undergraduates at the Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California, San Diego.  They are designing a model home for the village that uses new and sustainable technologies and will make the dwelling stronger against both typhoons and earthquakes. But the students won’t stop there. They also want to provide the village with safer drinking water and renewable energy. It’s all part of Global TIES, a program that allows undergraduates to work on ambitious projects with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the world.  Full Story


Nanotrees harvest the sun's energy to turn water into hydrogen fuel

Nanotrees harvest the sun's energy to turn water into hydrogen fuel

March 6, 2012

University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy without using fossil fuels and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation. Reporting in the journal Nanoscale, the team said nanowires, which are made from abundant natural materials like silicon and zinc oxide, also offer a cheap way to deliver hydrogen fuel on a mass scale. Full Story


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Smart, self-healing hydrogels open far-reaching
possibilities in medicine, engineering

March 5, 2012

University of California, San Diego bioengineers have developed a self-healing hydrogel that binds in seconds, as easily as Velcro, and forms a bond strong enough to withstand repeated stretching. The material has numerous potential applications, including medical sutures, targeted drug delivery, industrial sealants and self-healing plastics, a team of UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering researchers reported March 5 in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Full Story


DECaF Career Fair Generates Buzz on Campus

DECaF Career Fair Generates Buzz on Campus

March 1, 2012

  Google, Cisco, Yahoo!, Facebook: the roster of companies featured at this year’s Disciplines of Engineering Career Fair, also known as DECaF, read like a Who’s Who of the hottest tech companies. The event also featured many local powerhouses, including ViaSat and Solar Turbines. In all, more than 80 companies and 1,600 students turned out for the event, packing the Price Center Ballroom. Lines of students decked out in their best business attire and waiting to enter the career fair snaked out onto the Price Center food court.  Full Story


Connect with the Jacobs School at Research Expo

Connect with the Jacobs School at Research Expo

February 29, 2012

Connecting with the people is what Sam Knight (BS Applied Physics '73) values most about Research Expo, the annual research event at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


Potential of New Memory Technologies Explored at UC San Diego Workshop

Potential of New Memory Technologies Explored at UC San Diego Workshop

February 29, 2012

  The impact and future of non-volatile, solid-state memories that help power today’s electronic mobile devices will be the focus of a three-day workshop held March 4 to 6 at the University of California, San Diego.  Full Story


Renowned Physicist and Innovator Eric Fullerton Wins  2012 AIP Industrial Application of Physics Prize

Renowned Physicist and Innovator Eric Fullerton Wins 2012 AIP Industrial Application of Physics Prize

February 27, 2012

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has awarded the 2012 AIP Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics to Professor Eric Fullerton for his pioneering work in advancing magnetic recording media. Fullerton is a professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and NanoEngineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a doctorate in physics in 1991.   Full Story


IDEA Student Center Wins Campus Diversity Award

IDEA Student Center Wins Campus Diversity Award

February 27, 2012

The IDEA Student Center, which promotes inclusion and diversity at the Jacobs School of Engineering, received a 2011 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award from UC San Diego. The center, which opened in the Fall of 2011, is already making a positive impact on the campus. It was among the 25 recipients of the 2011 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards at UC San Diego. The awardees were recognized for everything from chairing the Black Staff Association Scholarship fund, to heading a campaign to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income African American families, to staging film festivals showcasing prominent African American artists as part of the campus celebration of Black History Month. The goals of the center are summed up by the four words that form the IDEA acronym: inclusion, diversity, excellence and advancement. The center aims to improve retention and graduation rates; attract more underrepresented students; encourage undergraduates to pursue research; and get students in elementary, middle and high school, as well as community college, excited about a career in engineering. Full Story


Middle School Students Find Engineering Inspiration at Jacobs School Event

Middle School Students Find Engineering Inspiration at Jacobs School Event

February 23, 2012

  About 400 middle school students  built and decorated their own robots and toured engineering labs Wednesday at the University of California, San Diego. They were taking part in the biggest outreach event organized by the Triton Engineering Student Council, Enspire, which is part of E-Week.  Full Story


Will Run for Pi(e)

Will Run for Pi(e)

February 23, 2012

    TESC and the Jacobs Graduate Student Council are organizing a Pi-Mile Run and Walk, where participants will complete 3.14 miles on March 14. After all, Pi is 3.14—not counting the infinite number of digits that follow. The race’s route starts at the Bear Courtyard. Runners and walkers will also get pie, that’s right, with an “e,” at the end of the race.  Full Story


Injectable Gel Could Repair Tissue Damaged by Heart Attack

Injectable Gel Could Repair Tissue Damaged by Heart Attack

February 21, 2012

University of California, San Diego researchers have developed a new injectable hydrogel that could be an effective and safe treatment for tissue damage caused by heart attacks. Full Story


Invisible System Could Cut Energy Waste across UC San Diego

Invisible System Could Cut Energy Waste across UC San Diego

February 17, 2012

Computer Science and Engineering Professor Yuvraj Agarwal has an ambitious plan that could one day cut energy waste across the University of California, San Diego campus and beyond. Full Story


New Method Makes Culture of Complex Tissue Possible in any Lab

New Method Makes Culture of Complex Tissue Possible in any Lab

February 13, 2012

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new method for making scaffolds for culturing tissue in three-dimensional arrangements that mimic those in the body. This advance, published online in the journal Advanced Materials, allows the production of tissue culture scaffolds containing multiple structurally and chemically distinct layers using common laboratory reagents and material Full Story


UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Faculty Elected to National Academy of Engineering

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Faculty Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 9, 2012

Three faculty members in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Peter C. Farrell, founder, chairman and CEO of ResMed, and a member of the Council of Advisors of the Dean of the Jacobs School, also was elected to the academy. Full Story


Engineers Find Inspiration for New Materials in Piranha-proof Armor

Engineers Find Inspiration for New Materials in Piranha-proof Armor

February 8, 2012

  It’s a matchup worthy of a late-night cable movie: put a school of starving piranha and a 300-pound fish together, and who comes out the winner? The surprising answer—given the notorious guillotine-like bite of the piranha—is Brazil’s massive Arapaima fish. The secret to Arapaima’s success lie in its intricately designed scales, which could provide “bioinspiration” for engineers looking to develop flexible ceramics.  Full Story


Electrical Engineers Build 'No-Waste' Laser

Electrical Engineers Build 'No-Waste' Laser

February 8, 2012

A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, “thresholdless” laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste. Full Story


How Do You Fight Fire in Space? Experiments Provide Some Answers

How Do You Fight Fire in Space? Experiments Provide Some Answers

January 31, 2012

    Improving fire-fighting techniques in space and getting a better understanding of fuel combustion here on Earth are the focus of a series of experiments on the International Space Station, led by a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. A first round of experiments ran from March 2009 to December 2011. A second round kicked off in January and is set to last a year or more.  Full Story


International Crowdsourcing Experts Team Up to Help Save Lives

International Crowdsourcing Experts Team Up to Help Save Lives

January 31, 2012

Two international scientists who took home the top prize in a worldwide networking competition hope to once again harness the power of social media to improve emergency health preparedness – and in turn pay ‘the crowd’ their potential prize winnings.   Full Story


New Faculty Director for the IDEA Student Center Talks About Outreach, Diversity and the Importance of Undergraduate Research

New Faculty Director for the IDEA Student Center Talks About Outreach, Diversity and the Importance of Undergraduate Research

January 31, 2012

  Carlos Coimbra, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named the new Faculty Director of the IDEA Student Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering. He joined the Jacobs School in fall 2011. He is originally from Brazil, got his Ph.D. from UC Irvine, and has been on faculty at the University of Hawaii and UC Merced, where he was involved in many outreach and academic research programs for undergraduate students. Coimbra’s professional goal is to develop the smart solar power farms of the future. He uses a network of solar observatories throughout the University of California system to harvest data for forecasting solar power output. He analyzes this data using artificial intelligence methods and a new, sophisticated type of variable order differential equations he developed. He answered some of our questions about his new role, the programs he has been involved with and the importance of diversity. Full Story


Research Expo is an Incredible Intellectual Experience

Research Expo is an Incredible Intellectual Experience

January 30, 2012

  Register to attend Research Expo on Thursday April 12, 2012. Get a broad, early look at leading-edge engineering research. Meet tomorrow's technology leaders.  Full Story


Need Muscle for a Tough Spot? Turn to Fat Stem Cells, UC San Diego Researchers Say

Need Muscle for a Tough Spot? Turn to Fat Stem Cells, UC San Diego Researchers Say

January 26, 2012

Stem cells derived from fat have a surprising trick up their sleeves: Encouraged to develop on a stiff surface, they undergo a remarkable transformation toward becoming mature muscle cells. The new research appears in the journal Biomaterials.  Full Story


Event Helps Girls Envision Career in Science and Engineering

Event Helps Girls Envision Career in Science and Engineering

January 25, 2012

  They built their own robots. They learned about augmented reality and cardiovascular engineering, among many other things. They got to play a real-life version of the popular game “Angry Birds.” More than 100 girls from 33 middle and high schools around San Diego County and as far as Southwest Riverside County and Imperial County, took part in Envision, a student outreach event organized every year by  the chapter of the Society of Women Engineers at the Jacobs school of Engineering at UC San Diego. The event took place Jan. 21. Full Story


Jacobs School of Engineering Receives Three Diversity Awards

Jacobs School of Engineering Receives Three Diversity Awards

January 19, 2012

  One individual, a center and a committee at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego have each received a Diversity Award for their efforts to promote diversity and equity here on campus. The award winners will be recognized during the annual Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Diversity Awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Price Center. The three Jacobs School winners are the IDEA Student Center; Associate Dean Jeanne Ferrante, who also is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity in Academic Affairs; and the 2010-11 school-wide ‘Excellence Search Committee’. Full Story


RF MEMS and Phased Array Pioneer Gabriel Rebeiz Appointed to UC San Diego Endowed Chair

RF MEMS and Phased Array Pioneer Gabriel Rebeiz Appointed to UC San Diego Endowed Chair

January 18, 2012

  Gabriel Rebeiz, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, who is considered one of the fathers of RF MEMS technology and advanced SiGe/CMOS phased array integrated circuits, has been appointed to the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at the school.  Full Story