Jacobs School News Archive


2018 News Releases

2018 student highlights

2018 student highlights

December 19, 2018

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is home to 9,000 engineering and computer science students, each of whom make an indelible impact on our campus community and beyond. Here are just a handful of ways our students made an impact in 2018. Full Story


Hardware-software co-design approach could make neural networks less power hungry

Hardware-software co-design approach could make neural networks less power hungry

December 19, 2018

A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a neuroinspired hardware-software co-design approach that could make neural network training more energy-efficient and faster. Their work could one day make it possible to train neural networks on low-power devices such as smartphones, laptops and embedded devices. Full Story


2018 Jacobs School highlights

2018 Jacobs School highlights

December 18, 2018

A lot happened at the Jacobs School of Engineering this year. Revisit some of our key research wins from 2018 as we prepare for the challenges we'll solve next year.  Full Story


UCSD Battery Startup Ateios Receives Funding for Placing in November Pitch Competition

UCSD Battery Startup Ateios Receives Funding for Placing in November Pitch Competition

December 13, 2018

UCSD Startup Ateios was among the three finalists chosen to receive a collective amount of $150,000 in Seed Funding from investment firm Vertical Venture Partners (VVP) in the 2018 University of California Fortune 500 Startup Showcase in November. Full Story


Switching to a Home Battery Won't Help Save the World from Climate Change

Switching to a Home Battery Won't Help Save the World from Climate Change

December 11, 2018

Home energy storage systems might save you money, but under current policies, they would also often increase carbon emissions. That is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego in a study published recently in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Full Story


Graduate student's steerable brain catheter wins big at inventors competition

Graduate student's steerable brain catheter wins big at inventors competition

December 10, 2018

Gopesh Tilvawala, a graduate student in the UC San Diego Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, won the People's Choice Award and second place overall at the 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition for his work to develop a first-of-its-kind catheter that can be remotely controlled to navigate the tiny arteries in the brain. Full Story


Undergraduate team wins 2nd place at global synthetic biology competition

Undergraduate team wins 2nd place at global synthetic biology competition

December 10, 2018

A team of 11 undergraduate students from UC San Diego earned second place out of 250 teams from around the world at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem) competition for their approach to creating an accurate liquid biopsy test for cancer. Full Story


Engineers develop 3D-printed metamaterials that change mechanical properties under magnetic fields

Engineers develop 3D-printed metamaterials that change mechanical properties under magnetic fields

December 8, 2018

A team of researchers have developed an entirely new class of metamaterials that can nearly instantly respond and stiffen 3D printed structures when exposed to a magnetic field, a development that could be applied to next-generation helmets, wearable armor and a host of other innovations. Full Story


Scientists cut main heart disease risk locus out of DNA by genome editing

Scientists cut main heart disease risk locus out of DNA by genome editing

December 6, 2018

Over the past decade we’ve learned that billions of people carry a mysterious specter in their DNA that strongly increases their risk for life threatening cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, aneurysms or strokes, no matter what diet, exercise or medical regimen they follow. Now, a team led by Scripps Research scientists and involving UC San Diego bioengineers have made a major breakthrough in unveiling this medical mystery by precisely cutting the DNA culprit from the genome, which prevents blood vessel cell abnormalities related to these devastating diseases. Full Story


Combined economic and technological evaluation of battery energy storage for grid applications

Combined economic and technological evaluation of battery energy storage for grid applications

December 3, 2018

A new study offers a combined chemistry-and-economics approach that should make it easier to identify which kinds of batteries are best suited for integrating into the energy grid and making it financially viable. The approach combines analyses on multiple variables including battery chemistry, the tasks the batteries will be performing most often, energy pricing and market rules. Full Story


To detect new odors, fruit fly brains improve on a well-known computer algorithm

To detect new odors, fruit fly brains improve on a well-known computer algorithm

December 3, 2018

It might seem like fruit flies would have nothing in common with computers, but new research from the Salk Institute and UC San Diego reveals that the two identify novel information in similar ways. The work, which appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Dec. 3, 2018, not only sheds light on an important neurobiological problem--how organisms detect new odors--but could also improve algorithms for novelty detection in computer science.  Full Story


Multifunctional Non-Equiatomic High Entropy Alloys

Multifunctional Non-Equiatomic High Entropy Alloys

December 3, 2018

In a synergistic effort to combine high entropy alloy design with martensite design, Professor Kenneth Vecchio and his research group from the NanoEngineering Department at the University of California-San Diego successfully fabricated multifunctional non-equiatomic high entropy alloys with superelastic, high damping, and excellent cryogenic properties, within a single composition. Full Story


Five Questions with Student Entrepreneur, Andy Bangash

Five Questions with Student Entrepreneur, Andy Bangash

November 29, 2018

Sikandar (Andy) Bangash is Co-Founder of SAPE, a mobile application which connects drivers with homeowners who want to rent their space out.  It also helps reduce the chances of a parking violation as it warns drivers when they are parking illegally.  Full Story


Easy to use 3D bioprinting technique creates lifelike tissues from natural materials

Easy to use 3D bioprinting technique creates lifelike tissues from natural materials

November 28, 2018

Bioengineers have developed a 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural materials and is easy to use, allowing researchers of varying levels of technical expertise to create lifelike tissues, such as blood vessels and a vascularized gut. The goal is to make human organ models that can be studied outside the body or used to test new drugs ex vivo. Full Story


Disordered materials could be hardest, most heat-tolerant carbides

Disordered materials could be hardest, most heat-tolerant carbides

November 27, 2018

Materials scientists at Duke University and UC San Diego have discovered a new class of carbides expected to be among the hardest materials with the highest melting points in existence. Made from inexpensive metals, the new materials may soon find use in a wide range of industries from machinery and hardware to aerospace. Full Story


Four Jacobs School Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Four Jacobs School Professors Named AAAS Fellows

November 26, 2018

Four researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States and publisher of the journal Science. Farhat Beg, Rajesh Gupta, Pavel Pevzner and Liangfang Zhang join a total of 416 AAAS members that have been awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  Full Story


The future of healthcare robotics: from home helpers to hospital and surgery assistants

The future of healthcare robotics: from home helpers to hospital and surgery assistants

November 16, 2018

By 2050, the number of people over age 60 will double worldwide. By 2100, it will triple. This population shift will generate dramatically increased demand for caregiving and healthcare services--demand that can’t be met by humans only. In addition, five billion people worldwide lack access to adequate healthcare, especially surgery. These are some of the problems that experts in the field of healthcare robotics from industry and academia came together to tackle during the 2018 Contextual Robotics Institute Forum held Nov. 8 at the University of California San Diego.  Full Story


New Study Shows NKT Cell Subsets Play a Large Role in the Advancement of NAFLD

New Study Shows NKT Cell Subsets Play a Large Role in the Advancement of NAFLD

November 15, 2018

In the November issue of The Journal of Immunology, released today, a report by Maricic et al. suggests that a genetic deficiency of iNKT cells has a strong impact on the microbial diversity and sheds new light on the role of type I natural killer T (or iNKT) cell subsets in the progression of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a form of NAFLD.  Full Story


UC San Diego Undergrads Design New New Birch Aquarium Exhibit

UC San Diego Undergrads Design New New Birch Aquarium Exhibit

November 15, 2018

Ten undergraduate students built a sound-matching exhibit that translates complicated scientific research into an exhibit that will soon be on display at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. It’s part of the Summer EnVision Experience (SEE), which brings together UC San Diego undergraduate students from multidisciplinary backgrounds to collaborate on a hands-on, real-world project from start to finish.  Full Story


Undergraduate students win Galactic Unite prize

Undergraduate students win Galactic Unite prize

November 6, 2018

Seven UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering students were selected to receive the inaugural Galactic Unite Gavin Jones Prize, which recognizes undergraduate students at UC San Diego studying science, technology, engineering or math with a desire to make an impact on the space industry. The winners each receive a $1,500 cash prize, plus a mentor from either Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit or The Spaceship Company.  Full Story


Bioengineers awarded $14M from NIH to build digital maps of brain, other organs at single-cell level

Bioengineers awarded $14M from NIH to build digital maps of brain, other organs at single-cell level

November 2, 2018

Kun Zhang, professor of bioengineering at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has received $14 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to build 3D, digital single-cell maps of the human brain and organs in the respiratory and urinary systems. The work aims to provide a deeper understanding of the functions and malfunctions of organs in the human body at the level of individual cells. Full Story


Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Recognizes Two Students in Computer Science

Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Recognizes Two Students in Computer Science

November 2, 2018

The recipients of this year’s Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship are Anton Sydorenko, a senior in computer science and Adrian Mendoza a junior in computer engineering). This marks the third consecutive year that UC San Diego’s Center for Networked Systems has recognized students studying networked systems for their academic commitment and involvement in the LGBT community, and the first year that it has awarded the scholarship to more than one student. Full Story


These new techniques expose your browsing history to attackers

These new techniques expose your browsing history to attackers

October 29, 2018

Security researchers at UC San Diego and Stanford have discovered four new ways to expose Internet users’ browsing histories. These techniques could be used by hackers to learn which websites users have visited as they surf the web. Full Story


UC San Diego Signs MOU with Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe

UC San Diego Signs MOU with Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe

October 26, 2018

The University of California San Diego and the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe (FBRI) have entered into a five-year memo of understanding (MOU). The MOU was announced Oct. 19, 2018 in Japan at the 20thanniversary celebration of the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster, of which FBRI is the core research institute.The MOU affirms a shared interest between UC San Diego and FBRI in cooperative biomedical research that will include joint research projects and publications, co-hosting seminars and workshops, and site visits. The primary contacts for the MOU are Dr. Shu Chien for UC San Diego and Dr. Ryuji Hiramatsu for FBRI. Full Story


Machine learning identifies antibiotic resistance genes in tuberculosis-causing bacteria

Machine learning identifies antibiotic resistance genes in tuberculosis-causing bacteria

October 25, 2018

Researchers have trained a machine learning algorithm to identify and predict which genes make infectious bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The approach was tested on strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis—the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) in humans. It identified 33 known and 24 new antibiotic resistance genes in these bacteria. The approach could be used to predict resistance in other infection-causing pathogens. Full Story


$10M grant from NSF Establishes Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning

$10M grant from NSF Establishes Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning

October 24, 2018

A team of U.S. computer scientists is receiving a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to make machine learning more secure. The grant establishes the Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning at a consortium of seven universities, including the University of California San Diego. Researchers will work together toward two goals: understanding the risks inherent to machine learning; and developing the tools, metrics and methods to manage and mitigate these risks. Full Story


UC San Diego and Invention Science Fund Collaborate to Create New Technology Startups

UC San Diego and Invention Science Fund Collaborate to Create New Technology Startups

October 24, 2018

Invention Science Fund, the incubator arm of Intellectual Ventures, and San Diego’s Legler Benbough Foundation will contribute $1 million in combined sponsorship funds to the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at the University of California San Diego to help accelerate new startup companies. Full Story


Super-Efficient Cooling Membrane Can Beat the Heat of 10,000 Suns

Super-Efficient Cooling Membrane Can Beat the Heat of 10,000 Suns

October 23, 2018

Engineers at the University of California San Diego are pushing the limit of how fast they can remove heat from a flat surface. In a recent study published in Nano Letters, researchers invented a nanoporous membrane that can effectively cool a record high heat flux of 1,850 watts per square centimeter—equivalent to the heat from 14,230 suns shining down on a fingernail. This heat flux off a flat surface is more than ten times higher than the previous record. Full Story


This new technology can encode and process video several orders of magnitude faster than the state of the art

October 22, 2018

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a new technology that can encode, transform and edit video faster--several orders of magnitude faster--than the current state of the art. Full Story


Jacobs School alum charges startup to $1 million prize

Jacobs School alum charges startup to $1 million prize

October 15, 2018

A startup with a Jacobs School alumnus as its CTO won the $1 million grand prize at 43North, the startup pitch competition with the largest prize pool in the U.S. Christopher Ellis, a 2017 electrical and computer engineering graduate, is the CTO of SparkCharge, which is developing a portable electric vehicle charging system that can fit in the trunk of a car, to make distance limitations on electric cars a thing of the past.  Full Story


UC San Diego Receives $10.5 Million from National Nuclear Security Administration to Create Center of Excellence

UC San Diego Receives $10.5 Million from National Nuclear Security Administration to Create Center of Excellence

October 15, 2018

The University of California San Diego was awarded $10.5 million over five years from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to create one of four new centers of excellence. The Center for Matters under Extreme Pressure (CMEC) will be the third NNSA center focused on high energy density science. Full Story


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October 15, 2018

The world’s largest outdoor earthquake simulator, operated by structural engineers at the University of California San Diego, has received a $16.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to upgrade the facility to expand its testing capabilities. The funds will enable the simulator, also commonly known as a shake table, to more realistically recreate the motion of the ground during strong earthquakes.  Full Story


Samsung licenses 5G polar coding technology developed by UC San Diego engineers

Samsung licenses 5G polar coding technology developed by UC San Diego engineers

October 11, 2018

Samsung and the University of California San Diego recently signed a major license agreement for the telecommunications industry, for a standard-essential error-correction technology developed by engineers from the Jacobs School of Engineering. This new technology plays a key role in the 5G wireless communications standard, where it is used to encode and decode polar codes. Polar codes have been recently ratified as part of the 5G New Radio enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) standard, with commercial deployments expected in 2019 to eventually penetrate hundreds of millions of wireless devicesFull Story


Undergraduate Engineers Get Hands-on Experience with Autonomous Vehicles

Undergraduate Engineers Get Hands-on Experience with Autonomous Vehicles

October 11, 2018

The Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles course is all about hands-on learning by doing. Over the course of the quarter, students enrolled in the class build a small robotic car, train it to run autonomously, and trick it out with a bonus feature of their choosing. Full Story


Healthcare, Homecare and Robotics: Where to from here?

Healthcare, Homecare and Robotics: Where to from here?

October 10, 2018

World-renowned experts working at the intersection of robotics and healthcare will convene at UC San Diego on November 8, 2018 for the annual Contextual Robotics Institute Forum, this year focused on Healthcare Robotics.  Full Story


Building bridges and batteries

Building bridges and batteries

October 4, 2018

More than 100 high school and college students from both sides of the border spent their summer at UC San Diego in the ENLACE program, building professional and personal connections across the border through science and engineering. Full Story


Using personal data to predict blood pressure

Using personal data to predict blood pressure

October 4, 2018

Engineers at UC San Diego used wearable off-the-shelf technology and machine learning to predict an individual’s blood pressure and provide personalized recommendations to lower it based on this data. Full Story


Flowing salt water over this super-hydrophobic surface can generate electricity

Flowing salt water over this super-hydrophobic surface can generate electricity

October 3, 2018

Engineers have developed a super-hydrophobic surface that can be used to generate electrical voltage. When salt water flows over this specially patterned surface, it can produce at least 50 millivolts. The proof-of-concept work could lead to the development of new power sources for lab-on-a-chip platforms and other microfluidics devices. It could someday be extended to energy harvesting methods in water desalination plants, researchers said. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineering has Hired 90 Faculty over 5 years

UC San Diego Engineering has Hired 90 Faculty over 5 years

October 2, 2018

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering welcomes 15 new faculty in 2018. These talented individuals are among the 90 faculty hired in the last five years. We are attracting people who want to work in our collaborative and energetic culture that welcomes bold ideas with mission-driven impact.  Full Story


From months to minutes: Open-source web tool moves the needle towards instant microbiome meta-analyses

From months to minutes: Open-source web tool moves the needle towards instant microbiome meta-analyses

October 1, 2018

Multiomics, the combination of methods that generate data about “omes,” such as the genome, proteome, microbiome, etc. is an emerging approach to microbiome science providing insights into the composition and function of microbial communities one study at a time. In order for scientists to be able to translate findings across populations, they need to be able to see all of the data in one place (referred to as a meta-analysis). Now, researchers at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have published an open-source web tool that enables meta-analyses in minutes—something that would have typically taken researchers months.  Full Story


Four researchers recognized for innovative and transformative work by NIH

October 1, 2018

Three researchers at the University of California San Diego have been selected to receive 2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards. In addition, David Traver from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, has received an NIH Director’s Transformative award. Full Story


From stair-climbing robots to motion planning algorithms: UC San Diego at IROS 2018

From stair-climbing robots to motion planning algorithms: UC San Diego at IROS 2018

September 28, 2018

From stair-climbing robots to algorithms that help robots navigate the world, researchers at the University of California San Diego are making a strong showing at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, or IROS 2018, which takes place Oct. 1 to 5 in Madrid, Spain. Full Story


Natural Product Discovery Tool Wins UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Grand Challenges Award

Natural Product Discovery Tool Wins UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Grand Challenges Award

September 27, 2018

The 2018 UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Grand Challenges Award has been given to computer science and engineering professor and CMI faculty member Pavel Pevzner who designed a new computational tool to address challenges in natural product discovery. the 2018 UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Grand Challenges Award by the industry panel based on its strengths in terms of feasibility, innovation, collaboration, and potential commercial impact. Full Story


Engineering graduate students selected as Siebel Scholars

Engineering graduate students selected as Siebel Scholars

September 19, 2018

Five Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students working to improve immunology, cardiac health, blood transfusions and our understanding of the genome have been named 2019 Siebel Scholars. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students in the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science. Full Story


Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials

Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials

September 18, 2018

Artificial neural networks—algorithms inspired by connections in the brain—have “learned” to perform a variety of tasks, from pedestrian detection in self-driving cars, to analyzing medical images, to translating languages. Now, researchers at the University of California San Diego are training artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials. Full Story


Computer Scientists Receive $2M NSF Grant to Expand Early Research Program for Underrepresented Groups

Computer Scientists Receive $2M NSF Grant to Expand Early Research Program for Underrepresented Groups

September 18, 2018

A program at the University of California San Diego designed to increase retention of underrepresented groups studying computer science will get a roughly $2 million boost from the National Science Foundation over the next five years. The funds will support expansion of the Early Research Scholars Program (ERSP) at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering to at least seven universities, beginning with UC Santa Barbara, Stanford University and University of Illinois at Chicago in the next two years. The grant will also allow researchers to study the long-term outcomes for students who participate in the program. Full Story


UC San Diego receives award from Energy Department for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies

UC San Diego receives award from Energy Department for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies

September 13, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.5 million to a team led by the University of California San Diego for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies. The project is aimed at developing cobalt-free cathode materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Shirley Meng, a professor of nanoengineering and the director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, is the lead investigator on the project. The team involves Maxwell Technologies, a San Diego-based company that develops and manufactures energy storage and power delivery solutions. Full Story


A Q&A with serial entrepreneur and alumnus Sergey Sundukovskiy

A Q&A with serial entrepreneur and alumnus Sergey Sundukovskiy

September 13, 2018

Sergey Sundukovskiy earned a degree in computer science here at the Jacobs School of Engineering in 2001. He is now the CTO, CPO and co-founder of Carlsbad-based Raken, a start-up that provides an app and software suite for the construction industry. In this Q&A, Sundukovskiy talks about his career, his memories of UC San Diego and gives some career advice for recent computer science graduates. Full Story


UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Sanitarium as new Corporate Member

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Sanitarium as new Corporate Member

September 13, 2018

The UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) is pleased to announce that Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing, one of Australia’s most trusted food companies, has joined CMI's Corporate Member Board. Sanitarium has been producing a variety of healthy breakfast cereals and vegetarian products since 1898. Full Story


Wearable ultrasound patch monitors blood pressure deep inside body

Wearable ultrasound patch monitors blood pressure deep inside body

September 12, 2018

A new wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision. In tests, the patch performed as well as some clinical methods to measure blood pressure. Applications include real-time, continuous monitoring of blood pressure changes in patients with heart or lung disease, as well as patients who are critically ill or undergoing surgery. The patch uses ultrasound, so it could potentially be used to non-invasively track other vital signs and physiological signals from places deep inside the body. Full Story


Materials science graduate student awarded top SHPE honor

Materials science graduate student awarded top SHPE honor

September 12, 2018

Maritza Sanchez, a materials science and engineering Ph.D. student at UC San Diego researching ceramics for use in extreme environments, was awarded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 2018 Graduate Student Mentor Star Award.  Full Story


Remembering Kenneth Bowles, Creator of UCSD Pascal

Remembering Kenneth Bowles, Creator of UCSD Pascal

September 7, 2018

Kenneth (Ken) Bowles, a computer science pioneer and professor emeritus at the University of California San Diego, passed away on Aug. 15, 2018 in Solana Beach, Calif. He was 89.  Bowles gained world renown for initiating and leading a largely student-driven project that culminated in the creation of the UCSD Pascal programming system in the late 1970s, which included a programming language, an operating system and a whole suite of other tools. UCSD Pascal influenced many aspects of computing that are now ubiquitous, including modern PCs and Macs as well as Sun Microsystem’s Java language. Full Story


UC San Diego clinician-engineer teams selected as 2018 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine awardees

UC San Diego clinician-engineer teams selected as 2018 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine awardees

September 6, 2018

Four clinician-engineer teams from UC San Diego have been selected to receive the 2018 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) awards. GEM, an initiative of UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) and UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM), brings engineers and clinicians together to develop innovative technologies that can be applied to solving challenging problems in medical care. This year’s projects address challenges in the areas of urology, telerobotic surgery, oncology, and spinal cord injuries. Full Story


Neutrophil nanosponges soak up proteins that promote rheumatoid arthritis

Neutrophil nanosponges soak up proteins that promote rheumatoid arthritis

September 3, 2018

Engineers have developed neutrophil “nanosponges” that can safely absorb and neutralize a variety of proteins that play a role in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Injections of these nanosponges effectively treated severe rheumatoid arthritis in two mouse models. Administering the nanosponges early on also prevented the disease from developing. The nanosponges are nanoparticles of biodegradable polymer coated with the cell membranes of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell.  Full Story


How unsecured, obsolete medical record systems and medical devices put patient lives at risk

How unsecured, obsolete medical record systems and medical devices put patient lives at risk

August 28, 2018

A team of physicians and computer scientists at the University of California has shown that it is easy to modify medical test results remotely by attacking the connection between hospital laboratory devices and medical record systems. Full Story


San Diego Selected for Major Data Science and Machine Learning Conference in 2020

San Diego Selected for Major Data Science and Machine Learning Conference in 2020

August 24, 2018

The City of San Diego will host the KDD 2020 conference, which is one of the premier global meetings on artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science. Computer science professor Rajesh Gupta, director of the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego, will co-chair the meeting. Full Story


Scientists discover a destructive mechanism that blocks the brain from knowing when to stop eating

Scientists discover a destructive mechanism that blocks the brain from knowing when to stop eating

August 22, 2018

An international team of researchers has uncovered a destructive mechanism at the molecular level that causes a well-known phenomenon associated with obesity, called leptin resistance.They found that mice fed a high-fat diet produce an enzyme named MMP-2 that clips receptors for the hormone leptin from the surface of neuronal cells in the hypothalamus. This blocks leptin from binding to its receptors. This in turn keeps the neurons from signaling that your stomach is full and you should stop eating. This is the first time that a destructive molecular mechanism has been observed and described. Full Story


Bioengineers receive $12M grant from NIH to further research on building blocks of human metabolism

Bioengineers receive $12M grant from NIH to further research on building blocks of human metabolism

August 17, 2018

The University of California San Diego has received a $12 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand the Metabolomics Workbench, a searchable, interactive repository of data for all research in the field of metabolomics—the study of the small molecules called metabolites  that are found within cells and biological systems. The Metabolomics Workbench project, led by bioengineering professor Shankar Subramaniam at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, launched in 2012 with a $6 million grant from the NIH. This new infusion of funds will allow Subramaniam and colleagues to add a wide range of clinical data to the Workbench and take the project into the clinic itself. This in turn will allow researchers and physicians to develop better tools to diagnose diseases through metabolite markers in blood. Full Story


These tags turn everyday objects into smart, connected devices

These tags turn everyday objects into smart, connected devices

August 16, 2018

Engineers have developed printable metal tags that could be attached to plain objects, like water bottles, walls or doors, and turn them into "smart" Internet of Things devices. The tags can also be fashioned into paper-thin control panels that can be used to remotely operate WiFi-connected speakers, smart lights and other smart home appliances. The metal tags are made from patterns of copper foil printed onto paper-like materials and disturb WiFi signals when touched. Full Story


'Building up' stretchable electronics to be as multipurpose as your smartphone

'Building up' stretchable electronics to be as multipurpose as your smartphone

August 13, 2018

By connecting layers of stretchable circuits on top of one another, engineers have developed an approach to build soft “3D stretchable electronics” that can pack more functions while staying thin and small. As a proof of concept, the team built a multifunctional "smart bandage" that can be worn on the skin and used to wirelessly monitor an array of signals, from respiration, to body motion, to brain activity, and even remotely control a robotic arm. Full Story


An Upward Social Mobility Machine: UC San Diego 2nd Best U.S. University, Says Money Magazine

An Upward Social Mobility Machine: UC San Diego 2nd Best U.S. University, Says Money Magazine

August 13, 2018

The University of California San Diego is a national leader in transforming lives of low-income students. One of the best schools for students to get a quality education at an affordable price, Money Magazine has listed the campus in the No. 2 spot in its new 2018 Best Colleges for Your Money ranking.  Full Story


Charles Lee Powell Foundation: Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Charles Lee Powell Foundation: Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

July 31, 2018

 Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Thanks to the support of the Charles Lee Powell Foundation: over the last three decades, UC San Diego engineering research has positively impacted the San Diego region and far beyond. When you drive across a highway bridge in California, for example, there is a good chance that your safety depends on a piece of technology that has been developed and tested at UC San Diego. Full Story


Medical mist could fight hospital-acquired infections

Medical mist could fight hospital-acquired infections

July 31, 2018

A team of engineers and physicians in San Diego have developed a device that diffuses potent disinfectants for airborne delivery. Notably, the device works on a range of disinfectants that have never been atomized before, such as Triethylene glycol, or TEG. In a study published in the August issue of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, the team used the device to atomize disinfectants onto environmental surfaces contaminated with bacteria and showed that it effectively eliminated 100 percent of bacteria that commonly cause hospital-acquired infections. In addition, atomized bleach solution, ethanol and TEG completely eliminated highly multi-drug resistant strains of bacteria including K. pneumoniae. Full Story


Bacterial Communities Use Sophisticated Strategy to Communicate over Long Distances

Bacterial Communities Use Sophisticated Strategy to Communicate over Long Distances

July 27, 2018

It’s the way we end up with a fresh cup of coffee from a clump of beans. It’s how ocean oil rigs extract petroleum from dense rock formations beneath the seafloor. It even helps explain how forest fires spread. Full Story


UC San Diego selected to lead development of open-source tools for hardware design automation

UC San Diego selected to lead development of open-source tools for hardware design automation

July 24, 2018

The University of California San Diego has been awarded $11.3 million over four years from DARPA to lead a multi-institution project which aims to develop electronic design automation tools for 24-hour, no-human-in-the-loop hardware layout generation. Full Story


Nanocrystals emit light by efficiently 'tunneling' electrons

Nanocrystals emit light by efficiently 'tunneling' electrons

July 23, 2018

Using advanced fabrication techniques, engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a nanosized device out of silver crystals that can generate light by efficiently “tunneling” electrons through a tiny barrier. The work brings plasmonics research a step closer to realizing ultra-compact light sources for high-speed, optical data processing and other on-chip applications. Full Story


UC San Diego bioengineers bring functional genomics data into personal websites

UC San Diego bioengineers bring functional genomics data into personal websites

July 23, 2018

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a programming library that can enable researchers to effortlessly visualize and share genomic data on their personal websites. The new open source programming library, named “GIVE” (genomic interaction visualization engine), can be used by non-experts and in many cases even eliminates the need to write any computer codes. Full Story


Depleting microbiome with antibiotics can affect glucose metabolism

Depleting microbiome with antibiotics can affect glucose metabolism

July 23, 2018

A new study from the Salk Institute has found that mice that have their microbiomes depleted with antibiotics have decreased levels of glucose in their blood and better insulin sensitivity. The research has implications for understanding the role of the microbiome in diabetes. It also could lead to better insight into the side effects seen in people who are being treated with high levels of antibiotics. The study appeared in the journal Nature Communications on July 20, 2018. Full Story


Materials processing tricks enable engineers to create new laser material

Materials processing tricks enable engineers to create new laser material

July 18, 2018

By doping alumina crystals with neodymium ions, engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new laser material that is capable of emitting ultra-short, high-power pulses—a combination that could potentially yield smaller, more powerful lasers with superior thermal shock resistance, broad tunability and high-duty cycles. Full Story


Close-ups of grain boundaries reveal how sulfur impurities make nickel brittle

Close-ups of grain boundaries reveal how sulfur impurities make nickel brittle

July 17, 2018

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have shed new light on a scientific mystery regarding the atomic-level mechanism of the sulfur embrittlement of nickel, a classic problem that has puzzled the scientific community for nearly a century. The discovery also enriches fundamental understanding of general grain boundaries that often control the mechanical and physical properties of polycrystalline materials. Full Story


High vinculin levels help keep aging fruit fly hearts young

High vinculin levels help keep aging fruit fly hearts young

July 17, 2018

A new discovery in how heart muscles maintain their shape in fruit flies sheds light on the crucial relationship between cardiac function, metabolism, and longevity. Researchers from the University of California San Diego discovered that maintaining high levels of the protein vinculin—which sticks heart muscle cells to one another—confers health benefits to fruit flies. Their work shows that fruit flies bred to produce 50 percent more vinculin enjoyed better cardiovascular health and lived a third of their average life span longer.  Full Story


What's causing the voltage fade in Lithium-rich NMC cathode materials?

What's causing the voltage fade in Lithium-rich NMC cathode materials?

July 16, 2018

Researchers led by a University of California San Diego team have published work in the journal Nature Energy that explains what’s causing the performance-reducing “voltage fade” that currently plagues a promising class of cathode materials called Lithium-rich NMC (nickel magnesium cobalt) layered oxides. Full Story


Hadi Esmaeilzadeh Named Young Computer Architect for 2018

Hadi Esmaeilzadeh Named Young Computer Architect for 2018

July 16, 2018

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Hadi Esmaeilzadeh has been named the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture’s “Young Computer Architect” for 2018, for his contributions to new computer architectures that underlie the growing success of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications.“Two things have propelled AI and machine learning to the next level. One has been the advances in the algorithms, but the second one has been the advances in the microarchitecture of processors,” Esmaeilzadeh explained. “The amount of computation that is required to actually get something decent done with AI algorithms is so massive that without proper support from the architecture of the processors, that level of performance would not be possible.” Full Story


Why are neuron axons long and spindly? Study shows they're optimizing signaling efficiency

Why are neuron axons long and spindly? Study shows they're optimizing signaling efficiency

July 11, 2018

A team of bioengineers at UC San Diego has answered a question that has long puzzled neuroscientists, and may hold a key to better understanding the complexities of neurological disorders: Why are axons, the spindly arms extending from neurons that transmit information from neuron to neuron in the brain, designed the way they are? Full Story


Biosensor chip detects single nucleotide polymorphism wirelessly and with higher sensitivity

Biosensor chip detects single nucleotide polymorphism wirelessly and with higher sensitivity

July 9, 2018

A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a chip that can detect a type of genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and wirelessly send the results in real time to an electronic device. The chip is at least 1,000 times more sensitive at detecting an SNP than current technology. The advance could lead to cheaper, faster and portable biosensors for early detection of genetic markers for diseases such as cancer. Full Story


New Dean Selected to Lead UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences

New Dean Selected to Lead UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences

July 9, 2018

The University of California San Diego has selected Kit Pogliano, a professor of molecular biology, as the new dean of the Division of Biological Sciences. Currently dean of the university’s Graduate Division, Pogliano was selected after a national search and will begin her new appointment on Sept. 15, 2018. Full Story


UC San Diego nanoengineer named among MIT Technology Review's top innovators under 35

UC San Diego nanoengineer named among MIT Technology Review's top innovators under 35

June 29, 2018

MIT Technology Review has named Sheng Xu, a professor of nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego, as one of this year’s top innovators under 35. Xu is being recognized for inventing a clever way to make off-the-shelf electronics stretchable. Full Story


5G and Beyond: health care and smart transportation

5G and Beyond: health care and smart transportation

June 25, 2018

The 5G and Beyond Forum hosted by the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the Jacobs School of Engineering focused on the new applications this enhanced communication network will enable, particularly in health care and smart transportation. Full Story


First pilot for global expansion of the American Gut Project under The Microsetta Initiative

First pilot for global expansion of the American Gut Project under The Microsetta Initiative

June 25, 2018

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the LifeScience Institute in the Philippines have announced a pilot for the expansion of the American Gut Project under The Microsetta Initiative (TMI). Announced May 15, 2018 at the American Gut Project Mini-Symposium, TMI is focused on bringing microbiome citizen science to all corners of the world. It brings together existing projects, such as the American and British Gut Projects, and provides a framework for engaging citizen scientists across the globe. Full Story


Turning A Phage

Turning A Phage

June 25, 2018

Partnering with multiple institutions, UC San Diego launches North America’s first bacteriophage therapy center to use viruses as new weapon against multidrug-resistant bacteria; clinical trials planned. Full Story


Rocket development gets a 'colossal' boost

Rocket development gets a 'colossal' boost

June 22, 2018

The University of California San Diego’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) conducted a successful live fire test of its static rocket engine test stand, Colossus, in the Mojave Desert on June 16. Full Story


New Product Launch from Bose tied to UC San Diego startup Hush

New Product Launch from Bose tied to UC San Diego startup Hush

June 22, 2018

Bose launched noise-masking sleepbuds this week. In 2016, Bose acquired Hush, a noise-cancelling smart earplug startup launched by undergraduates at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.  Full Story


UC San Diego's EV Charging Program Awarded for Modeling

UC San Diego's EV Charging Program Awarded for Modeling

June 21, 2018

The University of California San Diego has been honored with the 2018 Grid Edge Innovation Award for serving as an epicenter for research, development and commercialization on smart electric vehicle (EV) charging. UC San Diego has collaborations with over 18 companies and organizations in providing 135 EV charging stations on campus. In May alone, more than 700 different EVs were charged by UC San Diego’s world-renowned microgrid.UC San Diego is the first university to receive a Grid Edge Innovation Award from Greentech Media, a leading information services company for technologies, markets and businesses shaping the future of the electricity sector. Representatives from the campus will officially accept the honor on June 21 at a ceremony in San Francisco, Calif. Full Story


Computer Science Student Leader Wins UC San Diego Sustainability Award for His Work to Combat Ocean Pollution

Computer Science Student Leader Wins UC San Diego Sustainability Award for His Work to Combat Ocean Pollution

June 19, 2018

While on a trip with UC San Diego oceanographers to collect aerial imagery of local ecosystems in Baja, California, QI Engineers for Exploration student leader Nikko Dutra Bouck discovered massive amounts of trash covering mangrove ecosystems and contributing to ocean pollution. Dismayed at what he saw, Dutra developed a solution to the problem that could keep 50-80% of the trash out of the ocean. For all his hard work in improving sustainability, he has received the 2018 UC San Diego Sustainability Outstanding Student Award. Full Story


Researchers Uncover Possible Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

Researchers Uncover Possible Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

June 18, 2018

More than 12 percent of the adult population in America suffers from OSA, a condition characterized by airway collapse that leaves them (and their startled bed partners) gasping for breath in their sleep. If they’re lucky enough, they either won’t wake up or they’ll fall back asleep, only to have it happen again a few seconds later. As a result of this intermittent airway collapse, the body is exposed to low oxygen and high carbon dioxide conditions, and people with the condition are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases down the road. Full Story


Graduating students honored with Awards for Excellence

Graduating students honored with Awards for Excellence

June 15, 2018

Here are some highlights from the impressive resumes of the 2018 Jacobs School of Engineering student award winners, recognized by the IDEA Engineering Student Center and Dean Albert P. Pisano at the Ring Ceremony. Full Story


A sprinkle of platinum nanoparticles onto graphene makes brain probes more sensitive

A sprinkle of platinum nanoparticles onto graphene makes brain probes more sensitive

June 14, 2018

Graphene electrodes could enable higher quality imaging of brain cell activity thanks to new research by a team of engineers and neuroscientists at the University of California San Diego. The researchers developed a technique, using platinum nanoparticles, to lower the impedance of graphene electrodes by 100 times while keeping them transparent. In tests on transgenic mice, the electrodes were able to record and image neuronal activity (calcium ion spikes) at both the macroscale and single cell levels. Full Story


Undergrads to Take Human Powered Submarine to International Competition

Undergrads to Take Human Powered Submarine to International Competition

June 14, 2018

Undergraduate engineers designed and built a human powered submarine, and qualified to compete in the European International Submarine Races in July.  Full Story


Celebrating the successes of UC San Diego's most dynamic grads

Celebrating the successes of UC San Diego's most dynamic grads

June 14, 2018

Thousands of UC San Diego’s best and brightest will take the stage this weekend as the Class of 2018 participates in the campus’ various commencement ceremonies June 16-17. Students such as engineering physics major Matt Morris overcame obstacles and gave back while making their mark at UC San Diego.  Full Story


Endless Creativity: Designing Robots at UC San Diego

Endless Creativity: Designing Robots at UC San Diego

June 13, 2018

UC San Diego masters and PhD students designed and built all sorts of different walking robots for the Spring 2018 quarter of MAE 207: Bioinspired mobile roboticsFull Story


Composition of Complex Sugars in Breast Milk May Prevent Future Food Allergies

Composition of Complex Sugars in Breast Milk May Prevent Future Food Allergies

June 12, 2018

The unique composition of a mother’s breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, report researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine with colleagues in Canada. Full Story


UC San Diego engineer receives award from Energy Department to advance concentrating solar power research

UC San Diego engineer receives award from Energy Department to advance concentrating solar power research

June 11, 2018

Renkun Chen, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California San Diego, has received a $1.18 million dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop technology that can advance next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. Full Story


Engineering students and alumni sweep Triton Entrepreneur Night

Engineering students and alumni sweep Triton Entrepreneur Night

June 7, 2018

Two teams led by students and alumni of the Jacobs School of Engineering won big at Triton Entrepreneur Night, the signature event of The Basement—an undergraduate business incubator founded in 2015 with support from alumni. The teams competitively pitched their ideas, Shark Tank style, to a panel of esteemed investors and entrepreneurs.  Full Story


Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

May 30, 2018

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria and the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids. Full Story


Researchers Identify Bacteria and Viruses Ejected from the Ocean

Researchers Identify Bacteria and Viruses Ejected from the Ocean

May 29, 2018

Certain types of bacteria and viruses are readily ejected into the atmosphere when waves break while other taxa are less likely to be transported by sea spray into the air, researchers reported May 22. Full Story


UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Shadi Dayeh honored for compound semiconductor research

UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Shadi Dayeh honored for compound semiconductor research

May 29, 2018

Shadi Dayeh, an electrical and computer engineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has been selected by the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS) to receive the 2018 ISCS Young Scientist Award. Full Story


Out to Change the World

Out to Change the World

May 25, 2018

UC San Diego leaders recently embarked on a “changemaking” mission to Boston, accepting the campus’ official designation as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. The designation ceremony was hosted by Babson College as part of the annual Ashoka U Exchange. Ashoka announced that UC San Diego will host next year’s Ashoka U Exchange, one of the largest international gatherings on social innovation in higher education, from Feb. 21 to 23, 2019. Full Story


Engineering student leaders honored

Engineering student leaders honored

May 24, 2018

Top performing engineering student leaders were honored at the 9th annual Engineering Leadership Awards celebration on May 17. The event, presented by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at UC San Diego, recognizes undergraduate and graduate engineering students who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through their communication skills, teamwork abilities and implementation of technical solutions in competitions or real-world challenges. Full Story


Above all, build trust

Above all, build trust

May 24, 2018

For Greg Papadopoulos, a UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering alumnus and partner at NEA, one of the largest venture capital firms in the world, engineering leadership is all about trust. Papadopoulos was awarded the Professional Gordon Fellow honor at the 9th annual Engineering Leadership Awards event run by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center  Full Story


Department of Defense Awards Ten Grants to UC San Diego Researchers to Develop Instrumentation

Department of Defense Awards Ten Grants to UC San Diego Researchers to Develop Instrumentation

May 21, 2018

The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants support the development of instruments that have a wide range of military applications. In all, 10 grants were awarded to UC San Diego that will help researchers reproduce the extreme conditions of matter that exist in planets, improve ocean weather and climate prediction, and analyze acoustics in the deep ocean. Full Story


New Blood Test Rapidly Detects Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

New Blood Test Rapidly Detects Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

May 17, 2018

UC San Diego researchers have developed a test that can screen for pancreatic cancer in just a drop of blood. The test, which is at the proof-of-concept stage, provides results in under an hour. It's simple: apply a drop of blood on a small electronic chip, turn the current on, wait several minutes, add fluorescent labels and look at the results under a microscope. If a blood sample tests positive for pancreatic cancer, bright fluorescent circles will appear. Full Story


You Can Eat That Fork

You Can Eat That Fork

May 17, 2018

Zhicong “Zack” Kong, a 2017 bioengineering alumnus from UC San Diego, created compostable, durable, edible cutlery that is unique for several reasons:the ingredients, a scalable manufacturing process and an innovative mold technology. Full Story


What's in Your Gut?

What's in Your Gut?

May 17, 2018

When New York Times reporter Michael Pollan meticulously rolled a cotton-tipped swab across a piece of used toilet paper in 2013, his sample was about to become the first of 15,096 that would be included in the first major publication of the American Gut Project—an ongoing citizen science effort to understand the human microbiome. The publication appeared in the open access journal mSystems earlier this week. Full Story


Growing Computer Science Tutor Community Reunites at UC San Diego

Growing Computer Science Tutor Community Reunites at UC San Diego

May 16, 2018

More than 170 current and alumni computer science tutors reunited at UC San Diego in April 2018 to celebrate a program that has become a hallmark of the department and a model for the rest of campus.  Full Story


Global TIES team earns honors for solar lantern project

Global TIES team earns honors for solar lantern project

May 15, 2018

Undergraduate students from UC San Diego designed and built an extremely affordable solar-powered lantern to provide not only light, but a source of income to a partner village in the Philippines. Their engineering and business savvy earned them the top spot in the Energy and Resources category at the Big Ideas social innovation competition at UC Berkeley, a third place finish at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Ideas Festival, and a spot at the Clinton Global Initiative University. Full Story


Artificial muscles, robotic grippers, health care robotics

Artificial muscles, robotic grippers, health care robotics

May 14, 2018

From a gripper equipped with gecko-inspired adhesives, to artificial muscles and robotic joints, to talks on human-robot interaction and health care robotics, the University of California San Diego will have a strong presence at the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 21 to 25 in Brisbane, Australia. Full Story


Study to Explore Whether Cannabis Compound Eases Severe Symptoms of Autism

Study to Explore Whether Cannabis Compound Eases Severe Symptoms of Autism

May 1, 2018

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine are preparing a first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary investigation to determine if and how cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, provides therapeutic benefit to children with severe symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The study, scheduled to launch in approximately one year, is funded by a $4.7 million gift from the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation, in partnership with the Wholistic Research and Education Foundation. It represents the largest known private gift to date for medicinal cannabis research in the United States.  Full Story


Center for Memory and Recording Research Makes Big Contribution to Data Storage Advances Over Past 35 Years

Center for Memory and Recording Research Makes Big Contribution to Data Storage Advances Over Past 35 Years

April 26, 2018

In 1983, the state-of-the-art in data storage was a 1 gigabyte hard drive that cost $100,000 and weighed 50 pounds. Today, there are 10 terabytes of storage on a single drive at a cost of 3 cents per gigabyte. The UC San Diego Center for Memory and Recording Research (CMRR), which is celebrating its 35th year of groundbreaking research, is responsible for many of the technological developments that enabled this transformation. Full Story


Transparent eel-like soft robot can swim silently underwater

Transparent eel-like soft robot can swim silently underwater

April 25, 2018

An innovative, eel-like robot developed by engineers and marine biologists at the University of California can swim silently in salt water without an electric motor. Instead, the robot uses artificial muscles filled with water to propel itself. The foot-long robot, which is connected to an electronics board that remains on the surface, is also virtually transparent.  The team, which includes researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley, details their work in the April 25 issue of Science Robotics.  Full Story


Flames "On Edge" wins big at Research Expo

April 24, 2018

The research presented at Research Expo 2018 was “on fire” thanks to UC San Diego mechanical engineering graduate student Luca Carmignani. He took home the top prize at Research Expo for his work to understand the spread of fire over real-world 3D shapes. Full Story


How are the bacteria in our guts related to each other? New technique provides insight

How are the bacteria in our guts related to each other? New technique provides insight

April 20, 2018

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) have validated a new method for use in microbiome studies that could help detect subtle changes in the composition of a microbial community and provide insight into the evolutionary history of community members. The method is more sensitive than current technologies, and could revolutionize the way microbiome data is analyzed. The findings are published April 17 in mSystems. Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Scientist and Mathematician 'Paints by Numbers'

UC San Diego Computer Scientist and Mathematician 'Paints by Numbers'

April 20, 2018

Some might say mathematicians speak their own language. But walk into at least one computer science and mathematics professor’s office at the University of California San Diego and you’ll see a whiteboard full of mind-numbing equations that look more like art than numeric symbols. Sometimes even colored markers are applied to these multinomial masterpieces spread across the whiteboard canvases.Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Fan Chung Graham, a watercolorist as well as a professor of computer science and engineering, refers to mathematics as the language of science. “I love doing research in mathematics since it is like the pursuit of truth,” she said. “Such a process is often filled with fun and games.”This perspective has yielded Chung Graham, a remarkable career primarily in graph theory, combinatorics and algorithmic analysis, ultimately earning her the recently announced 2017 Euler Medal from the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA). Full Story


UC San Diego Study: Anyone Can Be an Innovator

UC San Diego Study: Anyone Can Be an Innovator

April 20, 2018

Innovators aren’t just born, they can be made, according to recent research from the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. Researchers outlined their conclusions in their National Bureau of Economic Research working paperFull Story


Clinical Trial Tests Tattoo Sensor as Needleless Glucose Monitor for Diabetes Patients

Clinical Trial Tests Tattoo Sensor as Needleless Glucose Monitor for Diabetes Patients

April 19, 2018

A temporary tattoo for glucose monitoring developed by engineers at UC San Diego is being tested in a phase I clinical trial. The study will test the tattoo sensor’s accuracy at detecting glucose levels compared to a traditional glucometer. The clinical trial is enrolling 50 adults, ages 18 to 75, with either type 1 or 2 diabetes or diabetes due to other causes. Full Story


UC San Diego's Engineering and Management Schools Continue to Strengthen Collaborations

UC San Diego's Engineering and Management Schools Continue to Strengthen Collaborations

April 17, 2018

The University of California San Diego has emerged as a leader in how engineering and management schools within one university can collaborate in order to strengthen entrepreneurship education, startup creation, and the commercialization of innovation. The latest move: a pair of unique endowed chair professorships. The Jacobs Family Chairs in Engineering Management Leadership have been awarded to the two professors leading the UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, which is the centerpiece of the collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management. Full Story


Battery startup flexes its muscles at Rice Business Plan Competition

Battery startup flexes its muscles at Rice Business Plan Competition

April 17, 2018

A UC San Diego startup company that makes printable, stretchable and flexible batteries took home $50,000 and placed third in the elevator pitch competition portion of the Rice Business Plan Competition. Full Story


Eight Jacobs School alumni recognized at UC San Diego's first 40 Under 40 awards

Eight Jacobs School alumni recognized at UC San Diego's first 40 Under 40 awards

April 12, 2018

From startup founders to VPs at major technology companies, eight alumni of the Jacobs School of Engineering were recognized in the first 40 Under 40 awards bestowed by the University of California San Diego. Full Story


UC San Diego Team Wins International Routing Contest

UC San Diego Team Wins International Routing Contest

April 11, 2018

Team TritonRoute from the University of California San Diego won the 2018 Initial Detailed Routing Contest at the 22nd ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD), held March 25 to 28, 2018 in Monterey, Calif.  ISPD is the premier forum for exchange of ideas and presentation of research on topics related to the physical design of very large-scale integrated circuits. Full Story


Tiny injectable sensor could provide unobtrusive, long-term alcohol monitoring

Tiny injectable sensor could provide unobtrusive, long-term alcohol monitoring

April 10, 2018

Engineers have developed a tiny, ultra-low power chip that could be injected just under the surface of the skin for continuous, long-term alcohol monitoring. The chip is powered wirelessly by a wearable device such as a smartwatch or patch. The goal of this work is to develop a convenient, routine monitoring device for patients in substance abuse treatment programs.  Full Story


Turning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone components

Turning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone components

April 10, 2018

Imagine if all childhood vaccines could get delivered with an inhaler rather than shots; or wiping away tuberculosis bacteria in a patient’s lungs with an inhaler; or disinfecting a hospital room thoroughly with a diffuser. These are the goals of a research team led by Professor James Friend in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Their efforts were recently boosted when Friend received a prestigious $900,000 research grant from the Keck Foundation, whose mission is to support pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research. Full Story


Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get a better grip

Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get a better grip

April 6, 2018

A team of California researchers has developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a much wider variety of objects than the state of the art. Researchers will present their findings at the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation May 21 to 25 in Brisbane, Australia. Full Story


Graduate Research Advocacy Day Takes Over Sacramento

Graduate Research Advocacy Day Takes Over Sacramento

April 5, 2018

UC San Diego students met with legislators March 21 to share how their research impacts California and advocate for investment to support graduate enrollment. The graduate students took to the state capitol in Sacramento, participating in the ninth annual University of California Graduate Research Advocacy Day.  Full Story


A power player for San Diego

A power player for San Diego

April 5, 2018

UC San Diego’s Center for Energy Research, which helped to develop the innovative power grid that allows the campus to generate most of its own energy while pumping less carbon into the atmosphere, is extending its expertise to the rest of the San Diego region. Full Story


Flash of Light in Research Expo Artwork Comes from a Supercontinuum Laser Source

Flash of Light in Research Expo Artwork Comes from a Supercontinuum Laser Source

April 5, 2018

The flashy photo that's part of the imagery for Research Expo 2018 is a photo of a supercontinuum laser source from the lab of University of California San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Boubacar Kanté. This instrument is being used to help researchers develop more efficient solar materials and compact, ultra-sensitive sensors. Kanté is one of three faculty speakers on April 19 at Research Expo 2018 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


UCSD Workshop Recognizes Leading Research on the Potential of New Memory Technologies

UCSD Workshop Recognizes Leading Research on the Potential of New Memory Technologies

April 3, 2018

The University of California San Diego hosted the 9th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW 2018) on March 11 to 13 here on campus.  Over 200 scientists and engineers from around the world gathered to discuss the latest innovations in non-volatile computer memories, how they will be used to power applications ranging from “big data” to machine learning.  For the first time, the workshop presented awards recognizing outstanding research in the area of non-volatile memory technologies.  Full Story


Even DNA that Doesn't Encode Genes Can Drive Cancer

Even DNA that Doesn't Encode Genes Can Drive Cancer

April 2, 2018

Most of the human genome — 98 percent — is made up of DNA but doesn’t actually encode genes, the recipes cells use to build proteins. The vast majority of genetic mutations associated with cancer occur in these non-coding regions of the genome, yet it’s unclear how they might influence tumor development or growth. Now researchers at University of California San Diego have identified nearly 200 mutations in non-coding DNA that play a functional role in cancer. Each of the mutations could represent a new target in the search for cancer drugs. The study is published April 2, 2018 in Nature Genetics. Full Story


Virus Found to Adapt through Newly Discovered Path of Evolution

Virus Found to Adapt through Newly Discovered Path of Evolution

April 2, 2018

Bucking a central tenet of biology, researchers at the University of California San Diego and their colleagues have discovered evidence for a new path of evolution, and with it a deeper understanding of how quickly organisms such as viruses can adapt to their environment. Full Story


On cryptocurrency exchanges, it's better to be a miner than a speculator, study finds

On cryptocurrency exchanges, it's better to be a miner than a speculator, study finds

March 26, 2018

Someone who starts mining a crypto-currency shortly after it is listed on exchanges can potentially earn higher returns than average. But a speculator who enters the market shortly after the currency is listed might potentially earn lower returns. Full Story


Robotics and Autonomy Research at UC San Diego Research Expo on April 19

Robotics and Autonomy Research at UC San Diego Research Expo on April 19

March 26, 2018

Robotics and autonomy research is just one of the many reasons to come to the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering on April 19 for Research Expo. Industry recruiters and technical staff from companies across the region will be talking research with the 200+ engineering and computer science graduate students at their posters. The poster session runs from 2PM until 4:30 PM. Register today for Research Expo. Full Story


Flexible ultrasound patch could make it easier to inspect damage in odd-shaped structures

Flexible ultrasound patch could make it easier to inspect damage in odd-shaped structures

March 23, 2018

Researchers have developed a stretchable, flexible patch that could make it easier to perform ultrasound imaging on odd-shaped structures, such as engine parts, turbines, reactor pipe elbows and railroad tracks—objects that are difficult to examine using conventional ultrasound equipment. The ultrasound patch is a versatile and more convenient tool to inspect machine and building parts for defects and damage deep below the surface. Full Story


PBS NewsHour Features UC San Diego's Bermuda 100 Challenge

PBS NewsHour Features UC San Diego's Bermuda 100 Challenge

March 23, 2018

PBS NewsHour aired the first of a two-part series tonight on the Bermuda 100 Challenge, a joint initiative between the University of California San Diego’s Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI), the Bermuda Government’s Marine Heritage Section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Look Bermuda.  Full Story


New workflow revolutionizes the discovery of candidate drugs from nature

New workflow revolutionizes the discovery of candidate drugs from nature

March 22, 2018

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have developed a new workflow to accelerate the discovery of drug candidate molecules present in nature. The method fills a gap in the current process and cuts down on the amount of time it takes to identify candidate drug molecules. A paper describing the method was published recently in Journal of Natural Products. Full Story


We Welcome Our Robot Tour Guides

We Welcome Our Robot Tour Guides

March 21, 2018

Take a walk inside the entrance to UC San Diego's Atkinson Hall and you might be greeted by a robot made of two cardboard boxes stacked one upon the other, complete with a signature smiley face. BoxBot, as the bot is called, works with his counterpart TritonBot, a robot with a fully functional body, in the hopes of one day becoming a lobby receptionist for the building. But the 'bots are also being used for more sophisticated purposes: to collect information about how humans respond to robots.  Full Story


San Diego, Korea team up to tackle transportation

San Diego, Korea team up to tackle transportation

March 21, 2018

UC San Diego is launching an international research collaboration to develop smart and clean transportation systems and infrastructure, with an added goal of commercializing the results. In partnership with the City of San Diego, the City of Ulsan in Korea and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), along with numerous industry partners, the UC San Diego Smart Transportation Innovation Program will develop technological solutions to tomorrow’s transportation challenges. Full Story


A wearable system to monitor the stomach's activity throughout the day

A wearable system to monitor the stomach's activity throughout the day

March 21, 2018

A team of researchers has developed a wearable, non-invasive system to monitor electrical activity in the stomach over 24 hours—essentially an electrocardiogram but for the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract.  Applications include monitoring GI activity for patients outside of a clinical setting, which cuts down costs. Monitoring for longer periods of time also increases the likelihood of capturing abnormal events.  Researchers detail their findings in the March 22 issue of Nature’s open access journal Scientific Reports. Full Story


UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Rises to #12 in U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Rises to #12 in U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings

March 20, 2018

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego once again ranks highly among the premier engineering schools in the nation. The Jacobs School of Engineering ranks #7 among public engineering schools and #12 overall, according to the 2019 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings. The Jacobs School’s #12 national ranking is up from #13 last year, and #17 two years ago. Full Story


UC San Diego Innovators: You can now apply to three commercialization programs through one new application

UC San Diego Innovators: You can now apply to three commercialization programs through one new application

March 20, 2018

UC San Diego's Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) and Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) have teamed up to make it easier for students, alumni, faculty and researchers to apply for support to help them commercialize their innovations. UC San Diego innovators – including alumni – can now submit just one application for consideration across three entrepreneurship programs that complement one another. Each program supports teams at different points along the pathway from breakthrough to commercialization with funding, mentorship, practical courses and access to investors.   Full Story


Local Entrepreneur Donates $225K for UC San Diego Effort to Document Ancient Underwater Cave

Local Entrepreneur Donates $225K for UC San Diego Effort to Document Ancient Underwater Cave

March 19, 2018

The Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI), based at the University of California San Diego, has received $225,000 from San Diego-based entrepreneur Brian Strauss to enable digital visualization technologies that make it possible to see cultural heritage sites and artifacts in entirely new ways -- like “the La Brea tar pits without the tar.”  Full Story


Combining Microbial and Chemical Fingerprints for Forensics Applications

Combining Microbial and Chemical Fingerprints for Forensics Applications

March 15, 2018

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Center for Microbiome Innovation have for the first time combined technologies that detect the presence of microbes and chemicals to identify “who touched what” in a manmade space. The new method fills a gap in current forensic technologies, and could have a variety of applications, including criminal profiling and environmental exposure studies. The studywas published recently in Scientific Reports. Full Story


Engineers Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge Startup Stage at Ignite

Engineers Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge Startup Stage at Ignite

March 15, 2018

Engineers showed up in force at the second annual Ignite Conference pitch competition at UC San Diego. Almost a third of the 29 startups pitching their innovative business ideas during the Entrepreneur Challenge-led elevator pitch competition were founded by engineers—including the first, second and third place winners. That’s right, it was an engineering clean sweep. Full Story


UC San Diego Grad Students Build a Robotics Community

UC San Diego Grad Students Build a Robotics Community

March 15, 2018

Nanoengineering Ph.D. student Caleb Christianson and mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Benjamin Shih created the Association for Robotics Graduate Students here at UC San Diego at the end of 2016. Both Shih and Christianson are part of the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab led by mechanical engineering professor Mike Tolley. Full Story


Lasers, batteries and autonomy: get the latest updates at Research Expo

Lasers, batteries and autonomy: get the latest updates at Research Expo

March 15, 2018

Breakthrough lasers, better batteries for electric vehicles, and autonomous robots are on the docket for the faculty tech-talks at the 37th annual Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo at the University of California San Diego.  Full Story


UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Announces Panasas as Corporate Member

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Announces Panasas as Corporate Member

March 13, 2018

The UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) announces that Panasas, a leading provider of performance scale-out network-attached storage, has joined CMI’s Corporate Member Board and has donated a 500TB Panasas ActiveStor® high-performance storage solution to support the acceleration of microbiome research. ActiveStor drives productivity and accelerates time to results with ultrafast streaming performance, true linear scalability, enterprise-grade reliability and unparalleled ease of management. Full Story


Engineers develop most efficient red-light-activated switch that can turn genes on and off in mammalian cells

Engineers develop most efficient red-light-activated switch that can turn genes on and off in mammalian cells

March 12, 2018

A team of researchers has developed a light-activated switch that can turn genes on and off in mammalian cells. This is the most efficient so-called “optogenetic switch” activated by red and far-red light that has been successfully designed and tested in animal cells—and it doesn’t require the addition of light sensing molecules from outside the cells.   Full Story


Campus Dedicates Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute

Campus Dedicates Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute

March 9, 2018

UC San Diego dedicates Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. The cross-disciplinary Institute will become the campus hub for data science. It will help train students in the latest data-science techniques and transform the research of scholars who are now increasingly limited in making progress in their disciplines because of the need to make sense of the massive amounts of data generated from their research. Full Story


Unlocking a Resource: Urine-eating bacteria have existed for millions of years in the guts of ants

Unlocking a Resource: Urine-eating bacteria have existed for millions of years in the guts of ants

March 6, 2018

In a new, collaborative study, researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) and colleagues across the nation have discovered the mechanism by which a canopy-dwelling herbivorous ant acquires the nitrogen it needs to synthesize essential amino acids: by way of the urine-eating bacteria that took up residence in its gut 46 million years ago. The findings are published in the March 6 issue of Nature Communications, and provide insight into agricultural insect management. Full Story


A new podcast series from the Jacobs School of Engineering puts spotlight on graduate students

A new podcast series from the Jacobs School of Engineering puts spotlight on graduate students

March 6, 2018

All science is exciting. If that sounds like the premise for a podcast series focused on graduate students, you’re right. The all-science-is-exciting comment recently landed University of California San Diego NanoEngineering Ph.D. student Jungwoo Lee in front of a microphone. She is the first of a series of current and former graduate students from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering who will be sharing perspectives on research in not-too-technical terms as well as talking about what motivates them. Listen to the six-minute conversation on SoundCloud. Full Story


How a Yeast Cell Helps Crack Open the 'Black Box' Behind Artificial Intelligence

How a Yeast Cell Helps Crack Open the 'Black Box' Behind Artificial Intelligence

March 5, 2018

A research team recently developed what they call a “visible” neural network and used it to build DCell, a model of a functioning brewer’s yeast cell, commonly used as a model in basic research. To do this, they amassed all knowledge of cell biology in one place and created a hierarchy of these cellular components. Then they mapped standard machine learning algorithms to this knowledgebase. Full Story


UC San Diego Hosts Its First Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality Hackathon

UC San Diego Hosts Its First Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality Hackathon

March 1, 2018

UC San Diego hosted 100 students for a weekend-long hackathon full of tutorials, workshops, and time for teams to develop their own virtual, augmented or mixed reality project. Full Story


A Campus  Hub for Data Science

A Campus Hub for Data Science

March 1, 2018

The cross-disciplinary Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, or HDSI, will become the campus hub for data science. It will help train students in the latest data-science techniques and transform the research of scholars who are now increasingly limited in making progress in their disciplines because of the need to make sense of the massive amounts of data generated from their research. Full Story


New online tool gives 3D view of human metabolic processes

New online tool gives 3D view of human metabolic processes

February 27, 2018

A new computational resource called Recon3D provides a 3D view of genes, proteins and metabolites involved in human metabolism. Researchers used the tool to map disease-related mutations on proteins and also probed how genes and proteins change in response to certain drugs. The work provides a better understanding of disease-causing mutations and could enable researchers to discover new uses for existing drug treatments. Full Story


How Bacteria Steal Antibiotic-Resistant Genes

How Bacteria Steal Antibiotic-Resistant Genes

February 22, 2018

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have identified the mechanism by which a clinically relevant bacterium may gain antibiotic resistance, and have come up with a model for predicting the conditions under which it spreads. The findings, which establish a framework for understanding, quantifying and hopefully combating the emergence of superbugs, were published in a recent paper in eLife. Full Story


Xiltrix joins the affiliate program at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation

Xiltrix joins the affiliate program at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation

February 21, 2018

XiltriX, a service that provides data acquisition, analysis, reporting and documentation for compliance and validation, has joined the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) as an industry affiliate. XiltriX measures lab equipment, such as fridges, freezers and other vital equipment to ensure that it is functioning properly, across campus, and in real-time. Full Story


Fur Real - Scientists Improve Computer Rendering of Animal Fur

Fur Real - Scientists Improve Computer Rendering of Animal Fur

February 20, 2018

The next computer-generated animals in King Kong or The Lion King could look a lot more realistic thanks to a breakthrough by computer scientists at the University of California. The researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley developed a method that dramatically improves the way computers simulate fur, and more specifically, the way light bounces within an animal’s pelt. Full Story


Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with excellent color quality

Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with excellent color quality

February 19, 2018

Computers have helped researchers develop a new phosphor that can make LEDs cheaper and render colors more accurately. An international team led by engineers at UC San Diego first predicted the new phosphor using supercomputers and data mining algorithms, then developed a simple recipe to make it in the lab. Unlike many phosphors, this one is made of inexpensive, earth-abundant elements and can easily be made using industrial methods. As computers predicted, the new phosphor performed well in tests and in LED prototypes. Full Story


New algorithm can pinpoint mutations favored by natural selection in large sections of the human genome

New algorithm can pinpoint mutations favored by natural selection in large sections of the human genome

February 19, 2018

A team of scientists has developed an algorithm that can accurately pinpoint, in large regions of the human genome, mutations favored by natural selection. The finding provides deeper insight into how evolution works, and ultimately could lead to better treatments for genetic disorders. For example, adaptation to chronic hypoxia at high altitude can suggest targets for cardiovascular and other ischemic diseases.  Full Story


UC San Diego Bioengineering Student Wins Winston Churchill Scholarship

UC San Diego Bioengineering Student Wins Winston Churchill Scholarship

February 16, 2018

Aswini Krishnan, a fourth-year bioengineering major at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards available to American students pursuing science, mathematics and engineering fields. The award provides one year of funding to pursue a master’s degree at Winston Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. Krishnan is the fourth UC San Diego student to receive the award since the program’s inception in 1963.  Full Story


Using Computer Science and the Humanities to Step Back in Time

Using Computer Science and the Humanities to Step Back in Time

February 15, 2018

A collaborative group of researchers from the University of California San Diego traveled to Turin, Italy recently to digitally map an entire portion of the city—complete with historic architecture, expansive murals and stunning works of art.  Full Story


Electrical engineer supports student access and faculty excellence

Electrical engineer supports student access and faculty excellence

February 15, 2018

 UC San Diego has amassed many accolades in recognition of its status as a world-class research university. Yet, there’s one that Charles Tu, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, is most proud of: being named one of the nation’s best public universities for its dedication to upward social mobility, research and public service by both Washington Monthly magazine and the New York Times.  Full Story


EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio doubles in size

EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio doubles in size

February 12, 2018

The EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio, which provides undergraduate engineering and visual art students with a space where theoretical coursework and hands-on experience intersect, quickly filled to capacity after it opened in 2015. The studio recently doubled in size, and students are taking full advantage of the space. Full Story


New '4-D goggles' allow wearers to be 'touched' by approaching objects

New '4-D goggles' allow wearers to be 'touched' by approaching objects

February 9, 2018

A team of researchers at UC San Diego and San Diego State University has developed a pair of "4-D goggles" that allows wearers to be physically "touched" by a movie when they see a looming object on the screen, such as an approaching spacecraft. The device was developed based on a study conducted by the neuroscientists to map brain areas that integrate the sight and touch of a looming object and aid in their understanding of the perceptual and neural mechanisms of multisensory integration.  Full Story


UC San Diego innovator in data storage technologies elected to National Academy of Engineering

UC San Diego innovator in data storage technologies elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 9, 2018

Eric Fullerton, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and nanoengineering at the Jacobs School and Director of the School's Center for Memory and Recording Research, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering “for invention and development of multilayer, high-density magnetic recording media.” His innovations made it possible for hard disk drives and non-volatile memories to store data at unprecedented levels. Full Story


Ignite @ UC San Diego Extends Innovation Conference to Two Days in Year Two

Ignite @ UC San Diego Extends Innovation Conference to Two Days in Year Two

February 9, 2018

On March 6-7, hundreds of investors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and activators will converge at UC San Diego for the second annual Ignite conference. Launched in 2017, the signature innovation event brings universities across Cali-Baja together with leading community partners to support life-changing entrepreneurship. Now the initiative is expanding to feature programming and competitions spanning across two days. With more than 400 startups launching annually in San Diego, the conference connects young innovators with seasoned entrepreneurs. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 1,500 registrants from across the region.     Full Story


'Defenders of Geisel' Esports Team Gets a Shot at National Title

'Defenders of Geisel' Esports Team Gets a Shot at National Title

February 8, 2018

Six UC San Diego undergraduate students have battled their way through a pool of 318 teams to make it to the final four and the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championships at Arizona State University on Feb. 17. Overwatch is a video game released by Blizzard Entertainment in May 2016, and already has its own professional league and a highly developed collegiate league with big time student interest. Full Story


Engineers, Technology Featured in New National Geographic Documentary on Maya 'Megalopolis'

Engineers, Technology Featured in New National Geographic Documentary on Maya 'Megalopolis'

February 6, 2018

Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings," a new one-hour National Geographic special premiering FEb. 6 at 9/8 p.m. central, shows how LiDAR laser imaging technology is revolutionizing archaeology and features the WAVE data visualization  technology created by researchers at the University of California San Diego. Albert Yu-Min Lin, who earned a Ph.D. at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, hosts the program. Full Story


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award Recipient Dr. Ebonee Williams

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award Recipient Dr. Ebonee Williams

February 6, 2018

A BIG congrats to Dr. Ebonee Williams, Executive Director of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center for being a UC San Diego Diversity Award Recipient! Dr. Williams has spent the past 8 years building and realizing the Gordon Center's program, which teaches engineering students critical skills of leadership, responsibility, and vision. Over 1200 UCSD students have participated in the Gordon Center's leadership courses and workshops. Dr. Williams is also a founding board member of the IDEA Engineering Student Center, whose purpose is to foster an equitable, welcoming, and sustainable culture of academic excellence in Engineering. Through this Center, Dr. Williams helped to launch GradTalks, a series of professional training workshops. She has also taught leadership skills more broadly, in regional workshops through the Urban League and nationally through the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Dr. Williams recognition has been a long time in the making for the many ways she supports our diverse student and the postdoctoral population at UCSD. She is a leader in diversity and equity issues at UCSD and beyond. Full Story


Chancellor's Research Excellence Scholars Program Launches 175 Student-Research Projects

Chancellor's Research Excellence Scholars Program Launches 175 Student-Research Projects

February 1, 2018

Three years ago, the campus launched a pilot program to promote interdisciplinary research among undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The idea was to partner them with faculty mentors from at least two disciplines and provide them with funds so they could conduct research with the potential to make a real impact on society.Now that the program has proved its worth, UC San Diego is making the program permanent. Last September, applications were submitted and this month the Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholars program, formerly Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP), has awarded 175 students with this unique multidisciplinary opportunity. Full Story


24Under24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Awardees

24Under24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Awardees

January 31, 2018

The Mars Generation list is packed with some of the brightest students and young people who are positioned to shape our future for the better. Among the awardees for 2018 are Gordon Scholars Darren Charrier and Deepak Atyam. Darren Charrier is a UC San Diego aerospace engineering undergraduate student and CEO and Co-Founder of Voyager Space Technologies. He is also a Gordon Scholar and Gordon Fellow award winner for Engineering Leadership. Deepak Atyam is a UC San Diego alumnus and Co-Founder and CEO of Tri-D Dynamics. He is also a Gordon Scholar alumnus and Gordon Fellow award winner for Engineering Leadership. We are continuously impressed by both Darren's and Deepak's passion and engineering leadership. We look forward to following their journey and the impact they will make in space. Full Story


UC San Diego Launches edX Online MicroMasters' in Algorithms and Data Structures

UC San Diego Launches edX Online MicroMasters' in Algorithms and Data Structures

January 30, 2018

The University of California San Diego is launching an online series of courses designed to help students master the algorithmic programming techniques they may need to land a top software engineering job.The 8-part Algorithms and Data Structures series is part of a MicroMasters® program on edX, the leading nonprofit online learning platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs). The MicroMasters program offers learners a credential for career advancement after successful completion of the seven MOOCs and one Capstone Project course. Full Story


Recycling and reusing worn cathodes to make new lithium ion batteries

Recycling and reusing worn cathodes to make new lithium ion batteries

January 25, 2018

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed an energy-efficient process to recycle and regenerate cathodes from spent lithium ion batteries, making them work just as good as new. The process involves harvesting the degraded cathode particles from a used battery and then boiling and heat treating them. Researchers built new batteries using the regenerated cathodes. Charge storage capacity, charging time and battery lifetime were all restored to their original levels. Full Story


UC San Diego Drone Research Takes Flight

UC San Diego Drone Research Takes Flight

January 25, 2018

UC San Diego inaugurated the first open-air aerodrome for unmanned aerial vehicles here on campus last week. The opening is the first step in what engineers hope will be a new era for drone research on campus. One of the goals is to create a living laboratory for unmanned aerial vehicles by bringing together researchers from across campus, including computer scientists, structural, mechanical, aerospace, electrical and computer engineers and scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Full Story


The Microbiome of an Oil Reservoir

The Microbiome of an Oil Reservoir

January 23, 2018

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have identified the bacteria actively responsible for oil degradation in oil reservoirs, and the metabolic pathways they employ. The findings could help researchers develop targeted strategies to prevent “souring” – a multimillion-dollar problem for the oil industry. The study was published January 9 in Microbiome.   Full Story


Researchers Develop New Thin Transparent and Lightweight Touchscreen Pressure Sensor Arrays

Researchers Develop New Thin Transparent and Lightweight Touchscreen Pressure Sensor Arrays

January 23, 2018

Researchers from UC San Diego and UT Austin have demonstrated zinc-oxide thin-film transistor sensors for new functionality in touch screen displays on mobile devices. Full Story


New Algorithm Identifies Ten Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics than All Previous Studies

New Algorithm Identifies Ten Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics than All Previous Studies

January 22, 2018

In a paper published in Nature Microbiology on Jan. 22, a team of American and Russian computer scientists described a new algorithm that identified an order of magnitude, or roughly 10 times more, PNPs than all previous studies. Pavel Pevzner, a professor of computer science at the University of California San Diego, is the corresponding author on the paper.  Full Story


Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

January 15, 2018

A team of researchers has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells. Full Story


Outhacking the hackers

Outhacking the hackers

January 12, 2018

This fall, UC San Diego computer science professor Stefan Savage began receiving calls from an unknown number in Chicago. As a cybersecurity expert who often targets hackers, Savage was wary. But he soon learned that is was the MacArthur Foundation, award him the fellowship commonly known as a “genius” award.  Here he gives his insights on the future of cybersecurity and advice on how we can keep ourselves safe in cyberspace.  Full Story


From Class to Clinic

From Class to Clinic

January 11, 2018

It’s not every day that an undergrad­uate class influences the way surgeons prepare for operations. But that’s exactly what happened with a fresh­man bioengineering class co-taught by then-PhD student Jason Caffrey ’11, MS ’13‚ and professor Robert Sah.  Full Story


Shirley Meng Named Inaugural Holder of UC San Diego Zable Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies

Shirley Meng Named Inaugural Holder of UC San Diego Zable Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies

January 11, 2018

Nanoengineering professor Shirley Meng has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Zable Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. As director of the UC San Diego Sustainable Power and Energy Center, Meng is leading efforts to advance solutions to some of the key technical challenges associated with energy generation, storage and power management. Full Story


Metagenics joins the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation as an industry sponsor

Metagenics joins the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation as an industry sponsor

January 8, 2018

Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company, has joined the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) as an industry sponsor. The company offers products in the areas of blood sugar balance, body composition, cardiometabolic health, children’s health, gastrointestinal health, general wellness, metabolic detoxification, neurological health, sports nutrition, and stress management; immune men’s and women’s health; and muscle, bone, and joint health. Full Story


Molecular Mapping Made Easy

Molecular Mapping Made Easy

January 8, 2018

These glowing avatars (below) are actually maps of molecules. Every day, every inch of skin on your body comes into contact with thousands of molecules — from food, cosmetics, sweat, the microbes that call your skin home. Now researchers can create interactive 3D maps that show where each molecule lingers on your body, thanks to a new method developed by University of California San Diego and European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) researchers. The technique is published December 21 in Nature Protocols. Full Story


Macrophage nanosponges could keep sepsis in check

Macrophage nanosponges could keep sepsis in check

January 4, 2018

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed macrophage "nanosponges"—nanoparticles cloaked in the cell membranes of macrophages—that can safely remove sepsis-causing molecules from the bloodstream. In lab tests, these macrophage nanosponges improved survival rates in mice with sepsis. Full Story