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2019 News Releases

2019 research highlights from the Jacobs School of Engineering

2019 research highlights from the Jacobs School of Engineering

December 28, 2019

From building drones for early wildfire detection to studying plant viruses for treating plant and human health, researchers at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are continually hard at work innovating solutions for today's global challenges. This year was no exception. Here's a look back at just a few of the ways our engineers made an impact in 2019. Full Story


News Obituary: Y.C. Bert Fung

News Obituary: Y.C. Bert Fung

December 20, 2019

Yuan-Cheng “Bert” Fung, known as “the father of biomechanics” and one of the founders of the discipline of bioengineering at the University of California San Diego, passed away Dec. 15, 2019 of natural causes. He was 100. Full Story


2019 Jacobs School of Engineering highlights

2019 Jacobs School of Engineering highlights

December 19, 2019

A lot happened at the Jacobs School of Engineering in 2019. Here's a look back at just a few of the ways we made bold possible.  Full Story


2019 Jacobs School student highlights

2019 Jacobs School student highlights

December 19, 2019

Our students continually bring fresh approaches to solving our world's most pressing challenges, and 2019 was no different. Here are just a few of the ways Jacobs School of Engineering students made an impact this year. Full Story


Thin hair is stronger than thick hair, study shows

Thin hair is stronger than thick hair, study shows

December 13, 2019

Despite being four times thicker than human hair, elephant hair is only half as strong -- that's just one finding from researchers studying the hair strength of many different mammals. Their work shows that thin hair tends to be stronger than thick hair because of the way that it breaks. Full Story


UC San Diego launches Institute for Materials Discovery and Design

UC San Diego launches Institute for Materials Discovery and Design

December 13, 2019

We are pleased to announce the formation of the San Diego Institute for Materials Discovery and Design, a joint initiative of the Jacobs School of Engineering and Division of Physical Sciences at the University of California San Diego. Our goal is to position UC San Diego as the recognized global academic leader in nanoscale and quantum materials design and discovery. The Institute’s unique approach will be to apply data analytics and machine learning together with rapid materials synthesis and multi-scale characterization in order to accelerate the discovery, design, synthesis and evaluation of novel functional materials. Full Story


News Obituary: Professor Joanna McKittrick

News Obituary: Professor Joanna McKittrick

December 12, 2019

Joanna McKittrick, a pioneering engineer at the University of California San Diego and a renowned expert in materials science, passed away Nov. 15, 2019. She was 65. McKittrick was one of the first women to join the engineering faculty at UC San Diego in 1988, in what is now the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and was then Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (AMES). She is remembered by her colleagues as a generous collaborator and by students and alumni as an inspiring and caring mentor. McKittrick was a great advocate for under-represented students in science and engineering and served as research advisor for many undergraduate students through the years. Full Story


UC San Diego undergraduates design Birch Aquarium's first virtual reality exhibit

UC San Diego undergraduates design Birch Aquarium's first virtual reality exhibit

December 5, 2019

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is breaking a barrier this spring. Instead of allowing visitors to just watch local marine life from behind glass, the aquarium is making it possible for visitors to experience life as fish do—thanks to a 360-degree virtual reality exhibit built by UC San Diego undergraduates. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineering Dean Albert P. Pisano inducted into National Academy of Inventors

UC San Diego Engineering Dean Albert P. Pisano inducted into National Academy of Inventors

December 5, 2019

Albert P. Pisano, professor and dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has been named a 2019 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). UC San Diego bioengineering faculty affiliate Paul Citron and electrical engineering alumna Mihri Ozkan (Ph.D. ECE ‘01) are also among the 168 new fellows inducted into National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows in 2019. Full Story


Machine learning provides new paradigm in understanding microbial gene regulation

Machine learning provides new paradigm in understanding microbial gene regulation

December 4, 2019

UC San Diego bioengineers developed a method that would enable them to understand how E. coli coordinate their expression of thousands of genes. The method uses a machine learning algorithm to automatically interpret gene expression datasets. Full Story


New record set for cracking encryption keys

New record set for cracking encryption keys

December 4, 2019

An international team of computer scientists had set a new record for two of the most important computational problems that are the basis for nearly all of the public-key cryptography that is currently used in the real world.     Full Story


Understanding and Combating the Economic Pull of Cybercrime

Understanding and Combating the Economic Pull of Cybercrime

November 27, 2019

Neha Chachra works as an Engineering Manager at Facebook, where she has been employed since 2016, leading a team that protects Facebook against abusive links, protecting the platform from harmful URLs that expose users to phishing, spamming and malware. The work is a natural progression of her research and interests at UC San Diego, where she received her Ph.D. in 2015. Full Story


How diversity of respiratory quinones affects microbial physiology

How diversity of respiratory quinones affects microbial physiology

November 25, 2019

A new study provides a fundamental understanding of the diversification of small molecules called respiratory quinones and its adaptive consequences in bacterial species. Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego specifically examined how respiration is affected by different types of quinones present in bacteria growing in aerobic environments. Full Story


UC San Diego Bioengineering Department Makes Strong Showing in List of Highly Cited Researchers Around the World

UC San Diego Bioengineering Department Makes Strong Showing in List of Highly Cited Researchers Around the World

November 25, 2019

Eleven faculty members and affiliates of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego are among the world’s most influential in their fields, according to a new research citation report from the Web of Science Group. UC San Diego played key roles in launching the discipline of bioengineering over 50 years ago, and the new report is yet another indicator that the Department of Bioengineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering continues to shape the future of bioengineering.    Full Story


San Diego Union Tribune covers Franklin Antonio Hall

San Diego Union Tribune covers Franklin Antonio Hall

November 25, 2019

San Diego Union Tribune covers Franklin Antonio Hall groundbreaking celebration. Full Story


UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur launches Medtech Accelerator, Shah Family Fellowships, and Founders Fund

UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur launches Medtech Accelerator, Shah Family Fellowships, and Founders Fund

November 21, 2019

During its inaugural showcase, the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur announced it’s launching a new MedTech Accelerator, as well as the Shah Family Entrepreneur Fellowship, and a new IGE Founders Fund, seeded with an initial $1 million philanthropic gift from the Legler Benbough Foundation. Full Story


Franklin Antonio Hall Groundbreaking Celebration

Franklin Antonio Hall Groundbreaking Celebration

November 21, 2019

The University of California San Diego celebrated the groundbreaking of its newest engineering building, Franklin Antonio Hall, on Friday. The building is designed for active learning, collaborative research and the transfer of innovation to society.  Full Story


I Sit in the Red Chair Because...

I Sit in the Red Chair Because...

November 21, 2019

They came in droves to sit in the Red Chair–graduate students, undergrads, faculty, staff, deans, the chancellor. They came to express their thoughts on diversity—and the results were powerful.“I sit so that one day every student can look at their classroom and see people who are like them,” said undergrad Joyaan Bhesania."I sit for my ancestors who could not,” said Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. “And I'm grateful that they opened doors for me to be able to sit here.” Full Story


Vicious Circles: Ring-shaped DNA Provides Cancer Cells with a Malignant Twist

Vicious Circles: Ring-shaped DNA Provides Cancer Cells with a Malignant Twist

November 20, 2019

Deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA encodes information, not only in its sequence but also in its shape. Building upon previous revelatory work, a team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California San Diego, the UC San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Stanford University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, report that in cancer, distinct doughnut-shaped circles of extrachromosomal DNA (ecDNA) are found abundantly in human tumor cells; change how cancer-related oncogenes are expressed; promote aggressive malignant behavior; and play a key role in the ability of tumors to evolve quickly and resist threats, such as chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments. Full Story


This App Teaches Sketching Skills to Improve Graduation Rates in Science and Engineering

This App Teaches Sketching Skills to Improve Graduation Rates in Science and Engineering

November 19, 2019

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a touchscreen app to teach students how to sketch 2D projections and 3D views freehand. This teaches students spatial visualization--the ability to think in 3D. This skill is important in many STEM fields, from Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) in engineering to using ultrasound for medical procedures. The Spatial Vis Engineering app is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for phones and tablets, and can also run on newer Chromebooks.  Full Story


Thermodynamics could be the future of computing, researchers say

Thermodynamics could be the future of computing, researchers say

November 18, 2019

As Moore’s Law reaches its limits, thermodynamic computing might prove to be the future of the field, says a new report from an international team of 38 researchers led by UC San Diego professor of practice Todd Hylton, released this month.  Full Story


UC San Diego to celebrate Franklin Antonio Hall Groundbreaking

UC San Diego to celebrate Franklin Antonio Hall Groundbreaking

November 15, 2019

The University of California San Diego will celebrate the groundbreaking of its newest engineering building, Franklin Antonio Hall, on November 15, 2019. The building is designed for collaborative research, active learning and transfer of innovation to society.  Full Story


UC San Diego Alumni Power San Diego Robotics Ecosystem

UC San Diego Alumni Power San Diego Robotics Ecosystem

November 14, 2019

From companies worth billions of dollars to startups employing a small number of people, UC San Diego engineering alumni are at the core of the robotics ecosystem here in San Diego County.This was clearly evident at the sixth annual robotics forum organized by the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute Nov. 7. The forum focused exclusively on local companies this year and was dubbed the San Diego Robotics Forum for the occasion. The goal was to showcase the breadth and depth of the region’s robotics strengths, and solidify San Diego’s reputation as Robot Beach. Full Story


New chip for waking up small wireless devices could extend battery life

New chip for waking up small wireless devices could extend battery life

November 12, 2019

A new power saving chip could significantly reduce or eliminate the need to replace batteries in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wearables. The so-called wake-up receiver wakes up a device only when it needs to communicate and perform its function, saving on power use. Full Story


Self-Driving Mail Delivery Begins on Campus

Self-Driving Mail Delivery Begins on Campus

November 12, 2019

Harry Potter had his magical owl, Hedwig, to bring him mail. UC San Diego has driverless cars. If you’ve seen carts that look like they’re driving themselves on the road around Warren and Sixth College this quarter, you have not been imagining things. Two self-driving vehicles have been delivering mail to the two colleges since September. Full Story


From jungle huts to city apartments: how do chemicals and microbes differ?

From jungle huts to city apartments: how do chemicals and microbes differ?

November 7, 2019

Researchers at University of California San Diego, Rutgers and other universities compared microscopic materials in homes and people’s bodies, spanning the spectrum of urbanization in the Amazon basin. They found that the diversity of chemicals clinging to indoor surfaces increases dramatically with urbanization. Most notably, they found more fungi, industrial chemicals, cleaning agents and molecules derived from medications in city homes but not in rural or jungle homes. Full Story


The Race to Stay Ahead of Wildfires

The Race to Stay Ahead of Wildfires

November 7, 2019

As if to keep up with the growing frequency and intensity of wildfires throughout California, a network of wildfire-spotting cameras grew from 35 stations last year to more than 300 as of late October. The ALERTWildfire system co-developed by UC San Diego is one of several products created by the university that are improving the technological capability of western states to deal with wildfires now that the once-rare catastrophic events are becoming commonplace. Jacobs School researchers are also working on this effort, developing drones to spot wildfires before they get out of control. Full Story


Researchers receive $2.3M in NSF grants to investigate how robots can be used to provide personalized healthcare

Researchers receive $2.3M in NSF grants to investigate how robots can be used to provide personalized healthcare

November 6, 2019

Computer science professor Laurel Riek is the lead researcher on $2.3 million in new grants from the National Science Foundation to investigate how intelligent, personalized robots can be used to support neurorehabilitation for adults with mild cognitive impairment and adults recuperating from a stroke.   Full Story


Cubic Strengthens Private-Academia Partnership with UC San Diego

Cubic Strengthens Private-Academia Partnership with UC San Diego

November 6, 2019

Cubic Corporation has announced its philanthropic support of the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. In acknowledgement of this support, Cubic is the first corporate partner to be slated for recognition within UC San Diego’s planned new engineering building project, Franklin Antonio Hall. Full Story


Measuring cell-cell forces using snapshots from time-lapse videos of cells

Measuring cell-cell forces using snapshots from time-lapse videos of cells

November 5, 2019

A new computational method can measure the forces cells exert on each other by analyzing time-lapse videos of cell colonies. It could enable researchers to gain fundamental insights into what role intercellular forces play in cellular biology and how they differ in healthy and diseased states. Full Story


Hard to study mutations implicated in the expression of genes associated with schizophrenia and more

November 5, 2019

Hard-to-study mutations in the human genome, called short tandem repeats, known as STRs or microsatellites, are implicated in the expression of genes associated with complex traits including schizophrenia, inflammatory bowel disease and even height and intelligence. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of Nature Genetics by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego. They were led by Melissa Gymrek, a UC San Diego professor of computer science and medicine, and Alon Goren, a UC San Diego professor of medicine.  Full Story


Researchers Receive $2.8 Million Grant to Study Hidden Biases in Healthcare

Researchers Receive $2.8 Million Grant to Study Hidden Biases in Healthcare

November 4, 2019

Nadir Weibel, an associate professor in UC San Diego’s Computer Science and Engineering Department and head of the Human-Centered and Ubiquitous Computing Lab, and collaborators Andrea Hartzler, Wanda Pratt and Janice Sabin at the University of Washington (UW) have received a $2.8 million grant from the National Library of Medicine to launch UnBIASED, a project to study hidden biases in healthcare and develop methods to help rectify them. Full Story


UC San Diego Scientists Awarded Nearly $5 Million to Study Triggers of Deadly, Toxic Algal Blooms

UC San Diego Scientists Awarded Nearly $5 Million to Study Triggers of Deadly, Toxic Algal Blooms

October 29, 2019

Researchers from the University of California San Diego want to know what causes an oceanic algal bloom to turn deadly. To find out, researchers are gearing up to hunt for blooms along California’s coast using a suite of technologies that can target and sample ocean microbes and sift through genetic code in real time. All of this is made possible by a new $4.9 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The multidimensional effort will build upon recent discoveries about these temperamental microscopic algae under a project funded by NOAA’s Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB), a nationally competitive research funding program. Full Story


Robotics Forum will showcase San Diego region's expertise

Robotics Forum will showcase San Diego region's expertise

October 28, 2019

The UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute is organizing its sixth annual robotics forum on Thursday, November 7, showcasing the breadth and depth of the San Diego region’s expertise in robotics. Full Story


Micromotors push around single cells and particles

Micromotors push around single cells and particles

October 25, 2019

A new type of micromotor—powered by ultrasound and steered by magnets—can move around individual cells and microscopic particles in crowded environments without damaging them. In one demonstration, the micromotor manipulated silica particles to spell out letters. Researchers also controlled the micromotors to climb up microsized blocks and stairs, demonstrating their ability to move over three dimensional obstacles. Full Story


Study provides framework for 1 billion years of green plant evolution

Study provides framework for 1 billion years of green plant evolution

October 23, 2019

An international consortium of nearly 200 plant scientists, including engineers at UC San Diego, has released gene sequences for more than 1100 plant species, the culmination of a nine-year research project. The advance was made possible in large part thanks to the development of new computational tools for sequence assembly and phylogenetic analysis.  Full Story


UC San Diego at Epicenter of Earthquake Research

UC San Diego at Epicenter of Earthquake Research

October 21, 2019

From the world’s largest outdoor earthquake simulator to an international network of seismic stations, UC San Diego is a living laboratory for seismic safety. Researchers across campus are trying to improve the understanding and detection of earthquakes; provide immediate information about damages sustained after an event; and improve the safety of structures to better withstand major earthquakes.  Full Story


Pioneering bioengineer Shu Chien retires after 31 years at UC San Diego

Pioneering bioengineer Shu Chien retires after 31 years at UC San Diego

October 17, 2019

UC San Diego bioengineering professor Shu Chien made many foundational scientific discoveries over the course of his 62-year academic career, ranging from uncovering a key reason why sedentary lifestyles can be unhealthy to how to more efficiently screen for adverse effects of small molecule drugs in patients. He taught hundreds of students, colleagues and collaborators not only how to do good science, but how to be a better person. Full Story


Piranha-proof fish scales offer inspiration for better armor

Piranha-proof fish scales offer inspiration for better armor

October 16, 2019

Material scientists have discovered what makes the scales of the massive Amazonian freshwater fish, Arapaima gigas, resistant to breaking when a piranha bites. The answer could serve as inspiration for stronger, lightweight and flexible synthetic armors. Full Story


Drug-light combo could offer control over CAR T-cell therapy

Drug-light combo could offer control over CAR T-cell therapy

October 15, 2019

UC San Diego bioengineers are a step closer to making CAR T-cell therapy safer, more precise and easy to control. They developed a system that allows them to select where and when CAR T cells get turned on so that they destroy cancer cells without harming normal cells. Full Story


Clingfish biology inspires better suction cup

Clingfish biology inspires better suction cup

October 15, 2019

A team of engineers and marine biologists built a better suction cup inspired by the mechanism that allows the clingfish to adhere to both smooth and rough surfaces, such as rocks in the area where the tide comes and goes. Researchers reverse engineered the clingfish’s suction disk and developed devices that cling well to wet and dry objects both in an out of water. The devices can hold up to hundreds of times their own weight. They could be used in a wide range of applications from handling and packaging for produce, to robotic grippers in manufacturing, to the recovery of archaeological artifacts. Full Story


These new soft actuators could make soft robots less bulky

These new soft actuators could make soft robots less bulky

October 11, 2019

UC San Diego engineers have developed a way to build soft robots that are compact, portable and multifunctional. The advance was made possible by creating soft, tubular actuators whose movements are electrically controlled, which makes them easy to integrate with small electronic components. Full Story


Building binational bridges through STEM

Building binational bridges through STEM

October 10, 2019

For seven weeks this summer, 120 high school and college students called UC San Diego’s campus home as they conducted groundbreaking research on how the human brain works, how to design materials to withstand earthquakes, how to build safer batteries, and 57 equally challenging topics. These students hailed from both the United States and Mexico, and were here to use science as a means of developing friendships that will last a lifetime, and maybe even trickle down to more positive binational relations. Full Story


18 New Faculty Hires at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering in Fall 2019

18 New Faculty Hires at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering in Fall 2019

October 9, 2019

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego welcomes 18 new faculty in 2019. The Jacobs School of Engineering hires faculty with clear-eyed determination, technical smarts, creativity, and the openness to collaborate across disciplines and industries. Full Story


Bioengineering Pioneer Y.C. Bert Fung Turns 100

Bioengineering Pioneer Y.C. Bert Fung Turns 100

October 3, 2019

Thousands of professors, engineers, scientists and students around the world work in the field of biomechanics, the study of physics and mechanics applied to living tissues. But they are all somehow connected to Professor Y.C. “Bert” Fung at the University of California San Diego. Some use Fung’s findings in their work. Others were trained by or worked with Fung’s students. A core group studied directly under him. Fung realized that physics and mechanics apply to living tissues just as they do to manmade structures. He is often referred to as “the father of biomechanics.” Full Story


Three UC San Diego Researchers Receive Top Honors with NIH Director's Awards

Three UC San Diego Researchers Receive Top Honors with NIH Director's Awards

October 1, 2019

Three UC San Diego researchers have received prestigious awards through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, including the Pioneer Award and the New Innovator Award. Full Story


Five UC San Diego Bioengineering graduate students honored as Siebel Scholars

Five UC San Diego Bioengineering graduate students honored as Siebel Scholars

September 25, 2019

Five UC San Diego bioengineering graduate students working at the interface of biology, engineering and health have been honored as 2020 Siebel Scholars. They are working to deepen our understanding of the gut microbiome; more accurately diagnose diseases like stroke; develop biomarkers for metastasis; innovate to repair the heart after a heart attack; and engineer T cells to suppress tumor growth. Full Story


Adding Code to High School STEM Classes

Adding Code to High School STEM Classes

September 23, 2019

Bootstrap seeks to change that. Based at Brown University, the nationwide program gives teachers better tools to integrate computing into their classrooms. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering  at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering has been part of the program for nearly a decade. In early August, assistant teaching professor Joseph Politz led a group of San Diego Unified School District math and science teachers through a three-day seminar.  Full Story


Strip Steak: Bacterial Enzyme Removes Inflammation-Causing Meat Carbohydrates

Strip Steak: Bacterial Enzyme Removes Inflammation-Causing Meat Carbohydrates

September 23, 2019

When we eat red meat, the animal carbohydrate Neu5Gc is incorporated in our tissues, where it generates inflammation. UC San Diego researchers discovered how gut bacteria enzymes strip our cells of Neu5Gc, introducing the possibility of using the enzymes to reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases. Full Story


Perturbed Genes Regulating White Blood Cells Linked to Autism Genetics and Severity

Perturbed Genes Regulating White Blood Cells Linked to Autism Genetics and Severity

September 23, 2019

Researchers at UC San Diego say they are getting closer to identifying the mechanisms of autism spectrum disorder, revealing a critical gene network that is disrupted and which helps predict severity of symptoms. Full Story


Research Reveals Self-sharpening Mechanism in Sea Urchin Teeth

Research Reveals Self-sharpening Mechanism in Sea Urchin Teeth

September 19, 2019

Even millions of chewing cycles and regular contact with rocks and hard shells can’t dull sea urchins’ teeth. New research from Northwestern Engineering researchers, in collaboration with the University of California San Diego, reveals that the chemical composition and microstructure of sea urchin teeth are optimized for sharpness preservation – findings with the potential to influence the design of tools for mining, boring, and machining operations.  Full Story


Undergraduate engineers advance shock wave mitigation research

Undergraduate engineers advance shock wave mitigation research

September 13, 2019

A team of undergraduate engineers at UC San Diego has discovered a method that could make materials more resilient against massive shocks such as earthquakes or explosions. The students, conducting research in the structural engineering lab of Professor Veronica Eliasson, used a shock tube to generate powerful explosions within the tube—at Mach 1.2 to be exact, meaning faster than the speed of sound. They then used an ultra high-speed camera to capture and analyze how materials with certain patterns fared. Full Story


Phase 1 trial shows hydrogel to repair heart is safe to inject in humans--a first

Phase 1 trial shows hydrogel to repair heart is safe to inject in humans--a first

September 11, 2019

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical trial of an injectable hydrogel that aims to repair damage and restore cardiac function in heart failure patients who previously suffered a heart attack. Full Story


Study uncovers metabolic cause for rare eye disease

Study uncovers metabolic cause for rare eye disease

September 11, 2019

An international team of researchers has discovered a cause for a rare eye disease affecting the macula that leads to loss of central vision, called macular telangiectasia type 2 (MacTel). Using genetic and metabolic data from patients with MacTel, researchers found that the disease is driven by reduced levels of the amino acid serine and accumulation of toxic lipids called deoxysphingolipids. Full Story


Synthetic Biologists Extend Functional Life of Cancer Fighting Circuitry in Microbes

Synthetic Biologists Extend Functional Life of Cancer Fighting Circuitry in Microbes

September 5, 2019

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a method to significantly extend the life of gene circuits used to instruct microbes to do things such as produce and deliver drugs, break down chemicals and serve as environmental sensors. Most of the circuits that synthetic biologists insert into microbes break or vanish entirely from the microbes after a certain period of time—typically days to weeks—because of various mutations. But in the September 6, 2019 issue of the journal Science, the UC San Diego researchers demonstrated that they can keep genetic circuits going for much longer. Full Story


How to simulate softness

How to simulate softness

August 30, 2019

UC San Diego researchers discovered clever tricks to design materials that replicate different levels of perceived softness. The findings provide fundamental insights into designing tactile materials and haptic interfaces that can recreate realistic touch sensations. Full Story


NIH awards researchers $3.1 million grant to improve treatment of common pediatric heart condition

NIH awards researchers $3.1 million grant to improve treatment of common pediatric heart condition

August 26, 2019

An international team of researchers received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to discover new and better ways to treat a pediatric congenital heart condition known as tetralogy of Fallot, which affects a total of 85,000 individuals in the United States. Full Story


Lasers enable engineers to weld ceramics, no furnace required

Lasers enable engineers to weld ceramics, no furnace required

August 22, 2019

Using lasers, engineers have developed a new ceramic welding technology that works in ambient conditions, making it more practical than traditional methods that require melting the parts in a furnace at extremely high temperatures. This could make it possible to build ceramic-encased electronics. Full Story


Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

August 21, 2019

UC San Diego researchers have discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail, challenging a long-held belief in the field. The study presents new ways to boost battery performance and brings research a step closer to incorporating lithium anodes into rechargeable batteries.  Full Story


Triton RoboSub makes its debut at international competition

Triton RoboSub makes its debut at international competition

August 21, 2019

The UC San Diego Triton RoboSub team may be new, but they are already making a big splash. The team of 12 students was formed in 2019 and entered the International RoboSub Competition in July, qualifying for semifinals at their autonomous submarine competition debut. Full Story


Researchers Adopting Global Approach to Studying Microplastics and Microfibers

Researchers Adopting Global Approach to Studying Microplastics and Microfibers

August 20, 2019

Scientists at UC San Diego are working to understand plastic degradation in the ocean, particularly smaller particles called microplastics and related microfibers. They are monitoring microfibers around the world to better understand how these fibers enter and spread in the environment, while also partnering with industry to identify possible avenues to limit plastic pollution and develop remediation strategies. Full Story


New bioengineering master's degree bridges engineering and medicine

New bioengineering master's degree bridges engineering and medicine

August 19, 2019

The University of California San Diego Department of Bioengineering is launching a new master’s degree meant to provide engineering students with exposure to the practice of medicine. The Master of Science in Bioengineering; Medical Specialization is a one-year program at the Jacobs School of Engineering that will prepare engineering students for careers in the biomedical industry, or bolster students’ clinical exposure in preparation for medical school.  Full Story


From Star to Sun: The Qualcomm Institute's CAVE Expands

From Star to Sun: The Qualcomm Institute's CAVE Expands

August 15, 2019

Tucked into a cozy-feeling room on the first floor of the UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute’s Atkinson Hall are 70 screens, bundles of cables and 35 computer nodes that make up a powerful system that can process massive amounts of data transmitted over the Internet from researchers all over the US or even Antarctica. It's the SunCAVE—the world’s highest resolution walk-in virtual reality (VR) environment. It’s one that doctors, archaeologists, musicians, computer scientists and students are using to create new means for discovery, healing and understanding. Full Story


App allows inspectors to find gas pump skimmers faster

App allows inspectors to find gas pump skimmers faster

August 14, 2019

A team of computer scientists at UC San Diego and the University of Illinois has developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that steal consumer credit and debit card data at gas pumps. The devices, known as skimmers, use Bluetooth to transmit the data they steal. Full Story


Thinnest optical waveguide channels light within just three layers of atoms

Thinnest optical waveguide channels light within just three layers of atoms

August 12, 2019

UC San Diego engineers have developed the thinnest optical device in the world—a waveguide that is three layers of atoms thin. The work is a proof of concept for scaling down optical devices to sizes that are orders of magnitude smaller than today’s devices. It could lead to the development of higher density, higher capacity photonic chips. Full Story


Forum heralds arrival of first stage of commercial 5G

Forum heralds arrival of first stage of commercial 5G

August 8, 2019

“It is here.” That was the message from Sanyogita Shamsunder, vice president of Technology Development at Verizon, and the overall theme of the 2019 5G and Beyond Forum hosted by the Center for Wireless Communications at UC San Diego. After years of planning, testing and innovating, 5G has arrived, though there are still challenges to overcome before it’s ubiquitous. Full Story


Eye-controlled soft lens paves way to soft human-machine interfaces

Eye-controlled soft lens paves way to soft human-machine interfaces

August 2, 2019

UC San Diego engineers have developed a soft robotic lens whose movements are controlled by the eyes—blink twice and the lens zooms in and out; look left, right, up or down and the lens will follow. The lens is the first example of an interface between humans and soft machines.  Full Story


Graeve selected by HACU as inaugural leadership fellow

Graeve selected by HACU as inaugural leadership fellow

August 1, 2019

Jacobs School of Engineering professor Olivia Graeve has been selected by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities as a fellow in its inaugural Presidential Leadership Academy. The program, also known as La Academia de Liderazgo, is designed to increase Hispanic representation in top leadership positions in higher education. Full Story


Y. Shirley Meng Named Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability

Y. Shirley Meng Named Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability

July 29, 2019

UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Y. Shirley Meng has been named Editor-in-Chief of the journal MRS Energy & Sustainability. Full Story


New Award and Symposium Commemorate Professor Emeritus H. H. Wieder

New Award and Symposium Commemorate Professor Emeritus H. H. Wieder

July 23, 2019

A new award and symposium established through the UC San Diego Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering honor the late Herman “Harry” Wieder, professor emeritus of Applied Physics at UC San Diego. An expert in solid-state electronics, quantum wells and superlattice materials and devices, Wieder was a leader in his field and created a lasting legacy by mentoring the next generation of scientists. Full Story


IEEE Honors Daniel Sievenpiper with Prestigious John Kraus Antenna Award

IEEE Honors Daniel Sievenpiper with Prestigious John Kraus Antenna Award

July 15, 2019

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recognized Daniel Sievenpiper, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego, with the 2019 John Kraus Antenna Award. The award is granted to those whose research contributes to significant advances in antenna technology. Full Story


Get up and go bots getting closer, study says

Get up and go bots getting closer, study says

July 15, 2019

Robotics researchers at the University of California San Diego have for the first time used a commercial 3D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. But they found that materials commercially available for 3D printing still need to be improved before the robots can be fully functional. Full Story


Hate spoilers? This AI tool spots them for you

Hate spoilers? This AI tool spots them for you

July 8, 2019

Did social media spoil the Avengers’ Endgame movie for you? Or maybe one of the Game of Thrones books? A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego is working to make sure that doesn’t happen again. They have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows.  Full Story


Three UC San Diego Engineering Professors Receive Presidential Early Career Awards

Three UC San Diego Engineering Professors Receive Presidential Early Career Awards

July 3, 2019

Three faculty members at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. Full Story


NSF funds UC San Diego plan to generate, and study, the world's first high-intensity laser pulses shaped like a corkscrew

NSF funds UC San Diego plan to generate, and study, the world's first high-intensity laser pulses shaped like a corkscrew

July 2, 2019

UC San Diego mechanical engineers have calculations for how to create high-intensity twisted laser beams – a flavor of laser pulse the world has likely never seen. These researchers also have done the math on how to use these corkscrew shaped laser pulses to do cutting-edge research. Finally, they have predictions on how the materials that they plan to “drill” into with corkscrew light pulses will respond. Full Story


A cold-tolerant electrolyte for lithium-metal batteries emerges in San Diego

A cold-tolerant electrolyte for lithium-metal batteries emerges in San Diego

July 1, 2019

Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017 – liquefied gas electrolytes – could pave the way to a high-impact and long-sought advance for rechargeable batteries: replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode. The research, published July 1, 2019 by the journal Joule, builds on innovations first reported in Science in 2017 by the same research group at the University of California San Diego and the university spinout South 8 Technologies. Full Story


In memory of Robert Hecht-Nielsen, an influential neuroscientist, entrepreneur and UC San Diego professor

In memory of Robert Hecht-Nielsen, an influential neuroscientist, entrepreneur and UC San Diego professor

July 1, 2019

Robert Hecht-Nielsen was an influential neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and electrical engineering professor at the University of California San Diego. He passed away in his sleep on May 26, 2019 in Del Mar, Calif. He was 71 years old. A pioneer in the development of neural networks, Hecht-Nielsen authored the first textbook on the subject, Neurocomputing, in 1989.  Full Story


Students recognized for smart wheelchair research at CHI

Students recognized for smart wheelchair research at CHI

June 27, 2019

A team of undergraduates from UC San Diego won third place in the student research competition at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in Glasgow, Scotland. Their research aimed to understand the needs of wheelchair users, and develop an affordable, smart wheelchair kit with multiple levels of autonomy. Full Story


Graduating IDEA Scholars embrace new challenges

Graduating IDEA Scholars embrace new challenges

June 27, 2019

Among the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s class of about 1,600 students that graduated with baccalaureate degrees on June 15 were 41 IDEA Scholars. These students from first generation or underrepresented backgrounds in engineering chose to go above and beyond the already taxing coursework required to earn an engineering degree, and participate in mentoring programs, technical workshops, serve as peer education leaders, and push and support each other through to graduation.  Full Story


Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Welcomes New Partnership with Viasat

Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Welcomes New Partnership with Viasat

June 26, 2019

A new partnership was announced today aiming to strengthen data science educational resources delivered through the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI), the data science hub at the University of California San Diego, as the year-old Institute welcomed the global communications company Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) as one of its first Founding Industry Partners. Full Story


UC San Diego engineering students help 5-year-old move arms again

UC San Diego engineering students help 5-year-old move arms again

June 25, 2019

Five-year-old Max Ng was a perfectly healthy boy until, at the age of two, he contracted a rare virus called acute flaccid myelitis. Similar to polio, the virus attacked the nerves in his spinal cord, leaving his arms limp at his sides. Max hasn’t been able to lift or lower his arms on his own to use his fully-functioning hands for the three years since.Now, thanks to a lightweight motorized exoskeleton built by four UC San Diego undergraduate engineering students, Max is moving his arms to feed himself and play with his parents.   Full Story


Which Climates Are Best for Passive Cooling Technologies?

Which Climates Are Best for Passive Cooling Technologies?

June 25, 2019

A group of University of California­ San Diego researchers set out to gain a better understanding of the thermal balance of power plants and surfaces, like heliostat mirrors or solar panels, when exposed to both solar  and atmospheric radiation. They quickly realized that they would first need to determine what roles cloud cover and relative humidity play in the transparency of the atmosphere to radiation at temperatures common on Earth. Full Story


UC San Diego undergraduates awarded Strauss Scholarship for biology, music outreach

UC San Diego undergraduates awarded Strauss Scholarship for biology, music outreach

June 17, 2019

Two UC San Diego undergraduate students were named Donald A. Strauss Foundation Public Service Scholars, and were awarded a $15,000 prize to pursue their social change and public service projects. Full Story


Supercomputers aid in novel simulations of gamma ray generation research

Supercomputers aid in novel simulations of gamma ray generation research

June 17, 2019

UC San Diego mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student Tao Wang recently demonstrated how an extremely strong magnetic field, similar to that on the surface of a neutron star, can be not only generated but also detected using an x-ray laser inside a solid material. Full Story


Graduating students honored at Ring Ceremony

Graduating students honored at Ring Ceremony

June 14, 2019

On June 15, about 1,600 students will earn baccalaureate degrees in engineering, making the Jacobs School the third largest engineering school in the country, and second in the number of women earning engineering baccalaureates. All of these students are exceptional and have made a positive impact on our community, but 11 students were selected from among their peers as particularly outstanding. Full Story


Educational Vision Technologies Scales Up with Seed Round

Educational Vision Technologies Scales Up with Seed Round

June 13, 2019

After winning just about every entrepreneur and startup pitch challenge on UC San Diego’s campus, raising $100,000 in a friends and family investment round, being accepted into the local Connect Springboard incubator program and securing paid pilot programs with two universities, Educational Vision Technologies is ready to scale up. Full Story


Changing the World One Startup at a Time

Changing the World One Startup at a Time

June 13, 2019

UC San Diego celebrates a year of innovation, including several engineering startups and technology license deals. Full Story


Engineers use graph networks to accurately predict properties of molecules and crystals

Engineers use graph networks to accurately predict properties of molecules and crystals

June 10, 2019

Nanoengineers at UC San Diego have developed new deep learning models that can accurately predict the properties of molecules and crystals. The models can enable researchers to rapidly scan the nearly-infinite universe of compounds to discover potentially transformative materials for various applications, such as high-energy density Li-ion batteries, warm-white LEDs, and better photovoltaics. Full Story


How UCSD changed my life and might change your life too: A Q&A with ECE alumnus Dan Chang

How UCSD changed my life and might change your life too: A Q&A with ECE alumnus Dan Chang

June 10, 2019

Dan Chang feels that he left the world a better place after his 30 years in industry and credits his time at UC San Diego with putting him on that path.  He is passionate about ensuring that our current engineering students know that they are capable of doing more than making a lot of money with their degree.  Full Story


Making Art with AI

Making Art with AI

June 10, 2019

In Machine Learning for the Arts, Robert Twomey, a postdoctoral researcher, teaches students how to use tools commonly associated with artificial intelligence applications in computer science and engineering--to create and modify text, images, drawings, videos and more. Full Story


Smart, sustainable, safe transportation effort expands

Smart, sustainable, safe transportation effort expands

June 7, 2019

The Smart Transportation Innovation Program, a UC San Diego-based global collaboration of academic, industry and community partners, celebrated its first year with a workshop highlighting the progress the program has made toward its goal of smart, sustainable and safe transportation solutions, and offering ideas of what the consortium will focus on in the future. Full Story


Gordon Center Celebrates 10 years, honors Engineering Leadership Award recipients

Gordon Center Celebrates 10 years, honors Engineering Leadership Award recipients

June 7, 2019

On Thursday, May 23rd the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at UC San Diego held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing six outstanding student engineering leaders and three industry professionals who exemplify the qualities of an engineering leader. This year’s celebration marked a particularly special occasion: the Gordon Center’s 10th year of developing strong and effective engineering leaders through its leadership programs and workshops. Full Story


Project in a Box: Dream it. Build it.

Project in a Box: Dream it. Build it.

June 6, 2019

An Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department program at UC San Diego designed to motivate and empower undergraduate students has found a creative way to challenge young people to think outside the box by first asking them to dive into one. Project in a Box is a student-led organization at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering that originated in 2016 with a mission to make experiential learning more accessible to undergraduate students on campus. Full Story


Putting Earth Science Skills to Use.....on Mars

Putting Earth Science Skills to Use.....on Mars

June 6, 2019

Hannah Munguia, a UC San Diego environmental engineering student with an earth science minor, had a revelation when she worked on the MARS 2020 Rover as an intern at NASA: there’s a place for environmental science and engineering in the aerospace world. That’s because aerospace technology is critical to shedding light on phenomena happening here on Earth. Full Story


Researchers discover what makes deep-sea dragonfish teeth transparent

Researchers discover what makes deep-sea dragonfish teeth transparent

June 5, 2019

Researchers discovered what makes the teeth of the deep-sea dragonfish transparent. This unique adaptation, which helps camouflage the dragonfish from their prey, results from their teeth having an unusually crystalline nanostructure mixed with amorphous regions. The findings could provide “bioinspiration” for transparent ceramics. Full Story


SIGGRAPH Awards Recognize Computer Science Researchers

SIGGRAPH Awards Recognize Computer Science Researchers

May 29, 2019

Ravi Ramoorthi has been inducted into the SIGGRAPH Academy for his groundbreaking theoretical work in mathematical representations of visual appearance, and for translating these into computational methods with wide practical impact. Two additional VisComp-affiliated researchers also received SIGGRAPH Awards recognition. Full Story


Passion Project

Passion Project

May 28, 2019

Will Tanaka, a nanoengineering sophomore at UC San Diego, is growing mushrooms from food waste. He first discovered what is called “environmental farming” from a pair of UC Berkeley graduates, who founded a startup for sustainable planters that allow people to grow mushrooms, herbs and more right on their windows. Tanaka took this knowledge to Roger’s Community Garden, a student-run space in Revelle College, where he began to grow his own fungi. “My project involves collecting coffee and tea waste from on-campus vendors like Tapioca Express, Starbucks, Art of Espresso and Sunshine Market to grow edible oyster mushrooms,” said Tanaka. “That way we can directly convert food waste biomass to food.” Full Story


Fast-Food Breakfast Combo May Feature Digestive Enzymes on the Prowl and Diabetes

Fast-Food Breakfast Combo May Feature Digestive Enzymes on the Prowl and Diabetes

May 28, 2019

In a paper recently published online in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, physicians and bioengineers at the University of California San Diego used a new set of fluorescent peptides to illuminate a molecular digestive enzyme mechanism that occurs after consumption of a typical fast-food chain American-style breakfast, one that may be contributing to the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Full Story


Engineering Students Find New, Unexpected Careers in Biomedicine

Engineering Students Find New, Unexpected Careers in Biomedicine

May 28, 2019

Two years ago, as fourth-year undergraduate students majoring in engineering, Yan Gong and Lu Xu had no idea they were about to enter the world of biomedicine. They were in a circuits class when their professor recommended them for positions in Imanuel Lerman’s lab, which was searching for students to help with developing a treatment for chronic pain. One of their first meetings with Lerman was at a hospital where Lerman,  associate professor with UC San Diego’s Department of Anesthesiology, asked the two students to solve an issue with interference that was jamming his medical research neurotechnology devices. Without his tools, he couldn’t accurately measure his patients’ physiological responses to a novel neurotechnology he hoped would dampen their responses to pain. Full Story


Power Prof

Power Prof

May 23, 2019

Nicholas Abi-Samra brings his expertise and experience to the University of California San Diego, where he is offering a series of classes on power systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This quarter, he is teaching a class on power grid resilience for adverse conditions, a one-of-a-kind-course based on the textbook he authored, which was endorsed by North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the watchdog for utilities in the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. To Abi-Samra’s knowledge, it’s the only class of its kind to be offered in the United States. Full Story


Two Jacobs School alumni to be recognized at UC San Diego Alumni Awards Celebration

Two Jacobs School alumni to be recognized at UC San Diego Alumni Awards Celebration

May 23, 2019

Taner Halicioglu, a computer science alumnus, will be recognized as Outstanding Alumnus during the 2019 Alumni Awards Celebration Weekend, May 31 to June 2. True Xiong, an electrical and computer engineering alumnus, will be recognized as a Changemaker. Full Story


Data science helps engineers discover new materials for solar cells and LEDs

Data science helps engineers discover new materials for solar cells and LEDs

May 22, 2019

UC San Diego engineers have developed a high-throughput computational method to design new materials for next generation solar cells and LEDs. Their approach generated 13 new material candidates for solar cells and 23 new candidates for LEDs. Calculations predicted that these materials, called hybrid halide semiconductors, would be stable and exhibit excellent optoelectronic properties. Full Story


Two engineers win Excellence in Stewardship awards

Two engineers win Excellence in Stewardship awards

May 22, 2019

Shu Chien, a professor of bioengineering and the department’s founding chair, and Jesse DeWald, staff director of the Envision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio, were both recognized with Excellence in Stewardship awards this year. Full Story


Jesse Jokerst Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award

May 21, 2019

Jesse Jokerst, an assistant professor at the University of California San Diego Department of NanoEngineering, has been awarded a five-year, $550,000 grant through the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.   Full Story


NSF grant connects UC San Diego engineers and plasma physics researchers in Czech Republic

NSF grant connects UC San Diego engineers and plasma physics researchers in Czech Republic

May 21, 2019

A new grant from the National Science Foundation is providing a University of California San Diego team with a unique opportunity to study – experimentally – how large-scale flows emerge and organize themselves from small-scale random turbulent fluctuations in magnetized laboratory plasmas. Full Story


How plant viruses can be used to ward off pests and keep plants healthy

How plant viruses can be used to ward off pests and keep plants healthy

May 20, 2019

Imagine a technology that could target pesticides to treat specific spots deep within the soil, making them more effective at controlling infestations while limiting their toxicity to the environment. Researchers at UC San Diego and Case Western Reserve University have taken a step toward that goal. Full Story


Wearable cooling and heating patch could serve as personal thermostat and save energy

Wearable cooling and heating patch could serve as personal thermostat and save energy

May 17, 2019

UC San Diego engineers have developed a wearable patch that could provide personalized cooling and heating at home, work, or on the go. The soft, stretchy patch cools or warms a user’s skin to a comfortable temperature and keeps it there as the ambient temperature changes. It is powered by a flexible, stretchable battery pack and can be embedded in clothing. Researchers say wearing it could help save energy on air conditioning and heating. Full Story


Announcing the launch of the Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative

May 17, 2019

At UC San Diego, we believe education should be accessible to all ambitious and talented students. Therefore, we are proud to announce the launch of the Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative, a campus-wide program designed to reflect and serve California’s fastest growing demographic. This means attracting and supporting a diverse faculty, staff and student community—making UC San Diego a place where generations rise. Full Story


UC San Diego Ranked Ninth in World in Biomedical Sciences

UC San Diego Ranked Ninth in World in Biomedical Sciences

May 16, 2019

In its first-ever assessment of biomedical institutions around the world, based upon published research in a targeted set of high-quality scientific journals, the 2019 Nature Index ranked University of California San Diego ninth among the top 200 institutions in biomedical sciences worldwide. Among the top 200 academic institutions in biomedical sciences in the United States, UC San Diego ranked sixth. Full Story


UC San Diego Giving Day

UC San Diego Giving Day

May 15, 2019

The challenge is on! UC San Diego is hosting its inaugural Giving Day for 1,960 minutes on Thursday, May 16 with a goal of bringing the university community together to create collective impact. To make Giving Day a bit more fun, several generous donors have created matching gift challenges for Jacobs School of Engineering projects. Full Story


Like A Lot of Things, Women's Gut Microbiomes Appear to Mature Earlier than Men's

Like A Lot of Things, Women's Gut Microbiomes Appear to Mature Earlier than Men's

May 15, 2019

A recent study by researchers at University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology found that the age and sex of an individual strongly influences the bacterial diversity of the gut microbiome. Full Story


ICRA 2019 preview: bots, drones and neural nets

ICRA 2019 preview: bots, drones and neural nets

May 13, 2019

From ways to improve long-distance surgery techniques to better ways to get robots to work with humans in manufacturing settings and to a testing platform for UAVs, engineers at the University of California San Diego will make strong showing at the 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation May 20 to 24 in Montreal, Canada.  Full Story


Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants UC San Diego $4.7M to Study Crohn's Disease

Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants UC San Diego $4.7M to Study Crohn's Disease

May 9, 2019

Researchers in diverse disciplines at the University of California San Diego will aim to improve surgical outcomes and therapeutics for Crohn’s disease patients through $4.7 million in new grants from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The organization's goal is to find a cure for Crohn’s disease, a long-term pursuit in parallel with improving patients’ lives today. Full Story


Triton Entrepreneur Night Helps Students Promote Their Startups

Triton Entrepreneur Night Helps Students Promote Their Startups

May 9, 2019

 For students at the University of California San Diego, ideas are nurtured through the campus-wide innovation ecosystem. Ideas turn into products, products turn into startups and startups take the stage at pitch competitions like the upcoming Triton Entrepreneur Night (TEN). TEN takes place on May 16 at Atkinson Hall and is sponsored by The Basement. A part of UC San Diego’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization, The Basement provides innovation space, mentorship and entrepreneurship programming to the campus community. Full Story


Putting a Dent in Food Waste

Putting a Dent in Food Waste

May 9, 2019

Environmental chemistry student Enid Partika and nanoengineering student Will Tanaka built an anaerobic digestion and biogas production system they named the BioEnergy Project. The goal was to design a system that would turn food waste destined for landfills into usable products—including fertilizer for organic produce and biogas for electricity.Partika and Tanaka were recognized recently with a prestigious 2019 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for their work on the BioEnergy Project. Full Story


 UC San Diego StarCraft team heads to ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship

UC San Diego StarCraft team heads to ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship

May 9, 2019

On May 11, a team of three UC San Diego students—including two computer science students— who are among the very best StarCraft players in the world, will compete in the final four of ESPN’s first Collegiate Esports Championship. The esports tournament covers five of the most popular video games, including StarCraft, and takes place in Houston in conjunction with Comicpalooza, Texas’ largest pop culture festival. The tournament is hosted by ESPN—yes, the same ESPN that broadcasts football, basketball and baseball. Full Story


Mihir Bellare Named Inaugural Holder of S. Gill Williamson Endowed Chair in Computer Science

Mihir Bellare Named Inaugural Holder of S. Gill Williamson Endowed Chair in Computer Science

May 9, 2019

Professor Mihir Bellare, an internationally renowned cryptographer and a pioneer in data security and privacy, has been appointed the S. Gill Williamson Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Computer Science at the University of California San Diego. The chair was established by a $1 million gift from alumni benefactors Steven R. Hart ’80 and Susan O. Hart ’86 in honor of Stanley Gill Williamson, the former chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and a professor emeritus. Full Story


Q&A with UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman

Q&A with UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman

May 7, 2019

Following a string of awards and honors, University of California San Diego electrical engineering professor Pamela Cosman spent some time on a Q&A for the general public that touches on her research; diversity, equity and inclusion; and advice for students. Full Story


Robots to the Rhino Rescue

Robots to the Rhino Rescue

May 2, 2019

Researchers at UC San Diego and San Diego Zoo Global have joined forces to save the critically endangered northern white rhino from extinction. They are developing flexible robotic catheters that could aid in artificial insemination and embryo transfer on rhinos.  Full Story


New Partnership Explores Future Treatments Using Breast Milk and Microbiome

New Partnership Explores Future Treatments Using Breast Milk and Microbiome

April 29, 2019

Two renowned research centers at University of California San Diego are joining forces to take a deeper look at how components of human milk and the microbiome can change the course of therapeutics for infant and adult diseases. MOMI Biome will be comprised of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MOMI CORE) in the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) in the Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


Diving in to teaching at Splash

Diving in to teaching at Splash

April 25, 2019

Data Analysis with Mario Kart. Learning Rhetoric through The Office. Having Fun with Kitchen Chemistry. More than 300 high school students came to campus Saturday to sample some of these courses taught by UC San Diego students. Full Story


Exposing Cancer's Metabolic Addictions

Exposing Cancer's Metabolic Addictions

April 24, 2019

In a new paper, publishing April 24, 2019 in Nature, a team of researchers headed by scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at UC San Diego, describe a new set of “rules” that predict how the tissue of origin influences critical aspects of the genetic makeup of tumors, with potentially important therapeutic implications. Full Story


Blood substitute made from nanoparticles wins top prize at Research Expo 2019

Blood substitute made from nanoparticles wins top prize at Research Expo 2019

April 24, 2019

Research Expo 2019 got some new blood this year, thanks to UC San Diego nanoengineering PhD student Jia Zhuang. He won the grand prize at Research Expo for his work to develop nanoparticles that could serve as a more stable and easy way to store and mimic red blood cells for transfusions. Full Story


Fixing a broken heart: Exploring new ways to heal damage after a heart attack

Fixing a broken heart: Exploring new ways to heal damage after a heart attack

April 24, 2019

For people who survive a heart attack, the days immediately following the event are critical for their longevity and long-term healing of the heart's tissue. Now researchers at Northwestern University and University of California, San Diego have designed a minimally invasive platform to deliver a nanomaterial that turns the body's inflammatory response into a signal to heal rather than a means of scarring following a heart attack.  Full Story


This deep learning powered tool creates better personalized workout recommendations from fitness tracking data

This deep learning powered tool creates better personalized workout recommendations from fitness tracking data

April 22, 2019

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed FitRec, a recommendation tool powered by deep learning, that is able to better estimate runners’ heart rates during a workout and predict and recommend routes. The team will present their work at the WWW 19 conference May 13 to 17 in San Francisco. Full Story


Computer Science PhD student earns 2019 Google PhD Fellowship

Computer Science PhD student earns 2019 Google PhD Fellowship

April 19, 2019

Congratulations to UC San Diego computer science PhD student Tiancheng (Kevin) Sun, who has been awarded a 2019 Google PhD Fellowship. Full Story


Researchers improve method to recycle and renew used cathodes from lithium-ion batteries

Researchers improve method to recycle and renew used cathodes from lithium-ion batteries

April 17, 2019

UC San Diego researchers have improved their recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. The new process is safer and uses less energy than their previous method in restoring cathodes to their original capacity and cycle performance. Full Story


Unearthing Mysteries of the Maya

Unearthing Mysteries of the Maya

April 11, 2019

UC San Diego computer science students are venturing into Maya tunnels in Guatemala, and at home in San Diego, to bring these ancient buried sites to virtual life. Part of the Engineers for Exploration (E4E) group, the students are guided by Computer Science and Engineering Professor Ryan Kastner and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Curt Schurgers.  Full Story


Engineering touch

Engineering touch

April 11, 2019

 A tool to help the visually impaired navigate crowded spaces; an interface to assist surgeons during a complex procedure; and a display that can change shape when heat is applied. These were all projects developed by students in the first-ever haptic interfaces class to be offered at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. Full Story


Welcome, new Tritons!

Welcome, new Tritons!

April 11, 2019

Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of California San Diego, and the Jacobs School of Engineering. We hope you’re joining us for Triton Day to get a better sense of what your life as a Triton would look like.  Full Story


Enjoy the Ride

Enjoy the Ride

April 11, 2019

When it comes to creating an aerodynamic, race-worthy car that successfully competes in a field of more than 100 teams from around the world, it takes not only a solid racing crew, but also a crew of dedicated scientists and engineers. Luckily, the Triton Racing Program at UC San Diego isn’t short on such crew members. Full Story


UC San Diego electrical engineer Massimo Franceschetti named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow

UC San Diego electrical engineer Massimo Franceschetti named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow

April 11, 2019

Massimo Franceschetti, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship. His work focuses on the mathematical foundations of engineering systems, with applications to networks, control, computation, communication, and sensing. Full Story


Advanced VR Technology Gives Coral Reefs a Voice

Advanced VR Technology Gives Coral Reefs a Voice

April 11, 2019

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and engineers at UC San Diego have used new imaging software to detect dramatic recovery after a bleaching event on the reefs surrounding remote Palmyra Atoll in the tropical Pacific. The research was published April 5 in Coral ReefsFull Story


UC San Diego engineer Andrew Kahng awarded Ho-Am Prize

UC San Diego engineer Andrew Kahng awarded Ho-Am Prize

April 5, 2019

University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Professor Andrew B. Kahng has been awarded the 2019 Ho-Am Prize for Engineering, the highest award for engineering in Korea. Full Story


Faculty celebrated for extraordinary teaching, research and service

Faculty celebrated for extraordinary teaching, research and service

April 4, 2019

Three Jacobs School of Engineering faculty are among the six UC San Diego faculty members who will be honored at the 45th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for innovative research, extraordinary teaching and making a difference in the community. Full Story


What are those hooks and claws in the Research Expo image?

What are those hooks and claws in the Research Expo image?

April 3, 2019

The image above is a close-up of a 3D-printed model that shows the mechanism which allows bird feathers to zip and unzip. It’s the artwork for the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Research Expo 2019, a showcase of the top engineering and computer science research underway at UC San Diego. Full Story


UC San Diego computer science professor Rajesh Gupta receives one of the most prestigious honors in computing

UC San Diego computer science professor Rajesh Gupta receives one of the most prestigious honors in computing

April 1, 2019

Rajesh Gupta, a professor of computer science and engineering at University of California San Diego, has been awarded the IEEE Computer Society 2019 W. Wallace McDowell Award for his “seminal contributions in design and implementation of microelectronic systems-on-chip and cyberphysical systems.” Full Story


Bioengineers are inducted into renowned biomedical engineering institute

Bioengineers are inducted into renowned biomedical engineering institute

March 25, 2019

Two researchers at Jacobs School of Engineering were inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the organization announced. Professors Pedro Cabrales and Todd Coleman from the Department of Bioengineering were recognized during a ceremony at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, DC, on March 25. Full Story


UC San Diego Announces Border Innovation Challenge

UC San Diego Announces Border Innovation Challenge

March 25, 2019

The University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management and Jacobs School of Engineering, in partnership with the Smart Border Coalition, are hosting a Border Innovation Challenge to address difficulties facing the ports of entry in the San Diego- Tijuana binational region. The aim of the challenge is to develop new solutions and technologies that will improve security and efficiency at border crossings. The challenge will award cash prizes totaling $20,000 to competition winners. Full Story


Working to Change the Future of Prosthetics

Working to Change the Future of Prosthetics

March 21, 2019

Taylor Henderson, an electrical and computer engineering master’s student, is working to lower the barriers to entry for fabricating artificial muscle actuators. She’s developing an algorithm that uses supervised learning to model actuator configurations and return the necessary specifications.  Full Story


Sink or Swim: Concrete Canoe Team Aims to Reach the Podium at National Race

Sink or Swim: Concrete Canoe Team Aims to Reach the Podium at National Race

March 21, 2019

The engineering challenge sounds like a nearly impossible task: making a canoe out of concrete that can float—and race—on water. But ask anyone on the UC San Diego Concrete Canoe team, and they’ll tell you it’s not only possible but also a highlight of their engineering experience at UC San Diego. The team is hoping to reach the podium at this year's national race. Full Story


Printed sensors provide on the spot fentanyl detection

Printed sensors provide on the spot fentanyl detection

March 21, 2019

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed screen-printed sensors that could offer a faster, convenient and low-cost method to detect the drug fentanyl. The sensors can detect micromolar concentrations of fentanyl in just one minute. They are easy to produce, cost only a few cents apiece, and are disposable. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineering Rises to #11 in the Nation in US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings

UC San Diego Engineering Rises to #11 in the Nation in US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings

March 15, 2019

The Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego has jumped to #11 in the nation in the new US News and World Report Ranking of Best  Engineering Schools. This ranking is up from #12 last year and #17 just three years ago. Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers Find Strong Performance, Complexities, and Puzzles in Intel's Optane DIMMs

UC San Diego Researchers Find Strong Performance, Complexities, and Puzzles in Intel's Optane DIMMs

March 15, 2019

University of California San Diego computer scientists have completed the first comprehensive evaluation of Intel’s new Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules (Optane NVDIMMs). They found that Optane DIMMs can make key storage applications 17 times faster, especially if system designers adapt their hardware and software to make the best use of the new technology.  They also found that the DIMMs can significantly expand main memory capacity without sacrificing much performance and that they exhibit complex performance characteristics that designers must accommodate to fully exploit them. Full Story


Anticancer vaccines, natural language for computers, and multifunctional materials take center stage at UC San Diego Research Expo

Anticancer vaccines, natural language for computers, and multifunctional materials take center stage at UC San Diego Research Expo

March 14, 2019

The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering was just ranked the #11 graduate engineering program in the country by US News. Hear from more than 200 of these talented graduate students as they present their research at the 38th annual Jacobs School Research Expo, a showcase of the top engineering and computer science work underway at UC San Diego. Full Story


The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow

The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow

March 13, 2019

Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea. Full Story


International Research Collaboration: Cybersecurity Meets Artificial Intelligence

International Research Collaboration: Cybersecurity Meets Artificial Intelligence

March 8, 2019

Researchers from different areas of expertise are collaborating and joining forces to provide all-embracing solutions for current global cybersecurity threats. Two renowned cybersecurity and machine learning research institutions have come together to form the new CYSMICS center, which is a joint effort between the Cybersecurity Research Centre (CYSEC) at Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and the Center for Machine-Integrated Computing & Security (MICS) at the University of California San Diego. Full Story


Gojoya Announces Investment From Intel Capital

Gojoya Announces Investment From Intel Capital

March 8, 2019

Gojoya, Inc, a startup company built on technology developed by Professor Joseph Ford’s group at the University of California San Diego, is developing next generation imaging systems with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) for multiple markets including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robots, autonomous driving, and mobile phones. Gojoya announced that it has received an investment from Intel Capital. Full Story


Computer Scientist Hadi Esmaeilzadeh Named Inaugural Holder of the Halıcıoğlu Chair in Computer Architecture at UC San Diego

Computer Scientist Hadi Esmaeilzadeh Named Inaugural Holder of the Halıcıoğlu Chair in Computer Architecture at UC San Diego

March 5, 2019

Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, a professor of computer science at the University of California San Diego, is building the computer architecture that will enable the artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies of the future. He is expanding his work by collaborating with colleagues at the Center for Machine-Integrated Computing and Security at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. Full Story


Ashoka U Exchange Draws Attendees from 25 Countries to UC San Diego

Ashoka U Exchange Draws Attendees from 25 Countries to UC San Diego

March 4, 2019

Hundreds of delegates from 25 different countries converged on campus last week for the 2019 Ashoka U Exchange to discuss how to more effectively make positive change around the globe. UC San Diego hosted this year’s Exchange, themed “Beyond Borders and Boundaries,” from Feb. 21 through 23. The annual conference is organized by Ashoka, the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs focused on social innovation and changemaking. UC San Diego has been a designated Ashoka Changemaker Campus since 2017. Full Story


Engineers developing education kit to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics

Engineers developing education kit to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics

March 4, 2019

Engineers are developing an educational toolkit to bring integrated photonics into the college engineering and science curriculum. The kit is designed to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics and equip them to meet the growing demand for technicians and engineers in the industry. Full Story


Electrical Engineer Pamela Cosman Honored with Inaugural Dr. John and Felia Proakis Chancellor Faculty Fellowship

Electrical Engineer Pamela Cosman Honored with Inaugural Dr. John and Felia Proakis Chancellor Faculty Fellowship

March 1, 2019

A new fellowship from UC San Diego’s Office of the Chancellor ensures research funds to support the studies of a scientist on campus. Pamela Cosman, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the fellowship’s inaugural recipient. Full Story


UC San Diego Part of DOE's First Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center

UC San Diego Part of DOE's First Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center

February 15, 2019

UC San Diego is a collaborator in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) first lithium-ion battery recycling research and development (R&D) initiative, called the ReCell Center, which was launched today. Zheng Chen, a professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego and faculty member of the university’s Sustainable Power and Energy Center, is working on a recycling process to restore used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries so they can be used to build new batteries. Full Story


How breast tissue stiffening promotes breast cancer development

How breast tissue stiffening promotes breast cancer development

February 12, 2019

By examining how mammary cells respond in a stiffness-changing hydrogel, researchers discovered that several pathways work together to signal breast cells to turn cancerous. The work could inspire new approaches to treating patients and inhibiting tumor growth. Full Story


A bioengineered factory for T-cells

A bioengineered factory for T-cells

February 11, 2019

Researchers have developed an injectable sponge-like gel that enhances the production of T-cells after a bone marrow transplant, increasing the quantity and diversity of these key components of the immune system. This bioengineered device can be injected under the skin at the same time of the transplant to help revive the immune system after bone marrow transplantation.  Full Story


Micromotors deliver oral vaccines

Micromotors deliver oral vaccines

February 8, 2019

UC San Diego nanoengineering researchers have developed oral vaccines powered by micromotors that target the mucus layer of the intestine.  Full Story


X-rays reveal why adding a bit of salt improves perovskite solar cells

X-rays reveal why adding a bit of salt improves perovskite solar cells

February 7, 2019

New findings about perovskites could pave the way to developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using high-intensity X-ray mapping, researchers explain why adding small amounts of cesium and rubidium salt improves the performance of perovskite solar cells.  Full Story


Lifesaving App

Lifesaving App

February 7, 2019

Undergraduate students on the Cruz Roja Global Ties team designed and built a mobile app to make ambulance dispatch in Tijuana easier, faster and more efficient.  Full Story


Overcoming Delays in Long-Distance Surgery

Overcoming Delays in Long-Distance Surgery

February 5, 2019

An engineering-surgery team at UC San Diego is working to extend the reach of surgeons by allowing them to operate remotely on patients located across a city, country, or even the globe. They are developing predictive augmented reality systems that could help make telesurgery a reality. Full Story


UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine

UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine

February 5, 2019

At the University of California San Diego, engineers, computer scientists, physicians and clinical researchers work together to improve human health. The collaborations span the lab, the clinic and the classroom. The work addresses a broad array of medical innovations, drives the next generation of medical care, and helps people live longer, healthier lives.  Full Story


Physician-Engineer Match-Making at UC San Diego

February 5, 2019

Matching physicians with engineers and computer scientists, and then providing seed funding for their research collaborations, are two critical tasks that take place through UC San Diego’s Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Initiative. UC San Diego clinicians identify unmet needs in patient care and then work with teams of engineers and computer scientists to solve the problem and move the technology to the clinic.  Full Story


Programming White Blood Cells to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Programming White Blood Cells to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

February 5, 2019

Pancreatic cancer is the third most lethal cancer in the United States. Patients typically don’t know they have it until it’s too late, making it difficult to treat. Only 9 percent survive five years after diagnosis. But recent discoveries at the UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine are raising hope. Engineers and surgeons are working on a treatment by reprogramming white blood cells to target and eradicate pancreatic cancer tumors. Full Story


Training Clinical Engineers

Training Clinical Engineers

February 4, 2019

UC San Diego's Clinical Bioengineering course offers undergraduate engineering students hands-on learning experience to solve clinical problems. The course reflects the Institute of Engineering in Medicine's mission to connect engineers with physicians to produce medical innovations. Full Story


See, Think, Predict: Engineers build a soft robotics perception system inspired by humans

See, Think, Predict: Engineers build a soft robotics perception system inspired by humans

January 30, 2019

An international team of researchers has developed a perception system for soft robots inspired by the way humans process information about their own bodies in space and in relation to other objects and people. They describe the system, which includes a motion capture system, soft sensors, a neural network, and a soft robotic finger, in the Jan. 30 issue of Science Robotics. Full Story


Sticky Science

Sticky Science

January 30, 2019

Organic compounds from perfume, food, fabrics and soaps coat indoor surfaces. The film commonly found in our homes can impact the air we breathe and our health. Yet the details of how these compounds interact microscopically with indoor surfaces are not fully known. Researchers are learning more. Full Story


Study uncovers why heart attack triggers arrhythmia in some, explores potential treatment

Study uncovers why heart attack triggers arrhythmia in some, explores potential treatment

January 28, 2019

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has identified a genetic pathway that causes some individuals to develop an abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, after experiencing a heart attack. They have also identified a drug candidate that can block this pathway. Full Story


Partnership with Rocket Engine Startup Brings New 3D Metal Printer to UC San Diego

Partnership with Rocket Engine Startup Brings New 3D Metal Printer to UC San Diego

January 24, 2019

Additive manufacturing at UC San Diego is about to take off, thanks to a partnership with a local startup that specializes in 3D-printed rocket engines. Now, aspiring inventors and innovators at the university can make their creations real with the startup’s powerful, 3D metal printer.  Full Story


Bioengineer describes the promise of biomaterials for tissue repair in Science

Bioengineer describes the promise of biomaterials for tissue repair in Science

January 24, 2019

“Biomaterials that can promote tissue repair and regeneration on their own without the need for delivering cells or other therapeutics have emerged as a potentially powerful paradigm for regenerative medicine.” That’s one of the key statements in a perspective piece written by Karen L. Christman, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California San Diego in the Jan. 24 issue of the journal Science. Full Story


Feathers: better than Velcro?

Feathers: better than Velcro?

January 16, 2019

You may have seen a kid play with a feather, or you may have played with one yourself: Running a hand along a feather’s barbs and watching as the feather unzips and zips, seeming to miraculously pull itself back together. That “magical” zipping mechanism could provide a model for new adhesives and new aerospace materials, according to engineers at the University of California San Diego. They detail their findings in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Advances in a paper titled “Scaling of bird wings and feathers for efficient flight.” Full Story


The Top 10 robotics technologies of 2018, according to Science Robotics

The Top 10 robotics technologies of 2018, according to Science Robotics

January 16, 2019

Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at the Jacobs School is one of 10 of the world’s foremost robotics researchers to weigh in on the top 10 robotics technologies of 2018 in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Robotics. Full Story


Carlos Coimbra Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Carlos Coimbra Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

January 15, 2019

Carlos F. M. Coimbra, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego has been named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, an online-only interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal covering a wide range of areas of renewable and sustainable energy relevant to the physical science and engineering communities. Full Story


3D printed implants promote nerve cell growth to treat spinal cord injury

3D printed implants promote nerve cell growth to treat spinal cord injury

January 14, 2019

3D printed implants could one day help restore neural connections and lost motor function in patients with spinal cord injury. The implants, developed by engineers and neuroscientists at the University of California San Diego, are soft bridges that guide new nerve cells to grow across a tear or break in an injured spinal cord. The work has so far shown promise in rats with severe spinal cord injury. Full Story


Art Meets Engineering at UC San Diego

Art Meets Engineering at UC San Diego

January 9, 2019

Indigo, an art exhibit currently showing at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, celebrates a diversity of interdisciplinary artistic practices happening here on campus. Full Story


We Make Bold Possible

We Make Bold Possible

January 8, 2019

At the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, we make bold possible. We take on the tough challenges no lab, discipline, or company can solve alone. At the same time, we are transforming engineering education, at scale. Full Story


New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

January 4, 2019

Oceanographers and engineers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego collaborated to modify a common physical oceanography instrument to be able to image zooplankton as it glides through the ocean. Full Story


Lifan Wu named 2019 NVIDIA Fellow

Lifan Wu named 2019 NVIDIA Fellow

January 2, 2019

UC San Diego computer science PhD student Lifan Wu has been awarded a 2019 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship. Lifan Wu is advised by Ravi Ramamoorthi. Wu's research interests include physically based rendering, including sparse sampling and reconstruction of visual signals, realistic appearance modeling, and light transport. Full Story