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News Release

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

San Diego, Calif., September 10, 2012 – The University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is opening its doors Friday, Sept. 14, to media interested in exploring our newest research facility, the Structural and Materials Engineering Building. The mixed use building includes the Composite Aviation Safety Center, medical devices labs and laboratories devoted to engineering on the nanoscale for biomedicine and energy research, and Visual Arts labs, studios and a gallery.

Researchers and graduate students will be available for interviews with media.

When: Friday, September 14, 2012

Dedication event and performance: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Research facility open house: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Structural and Materials Engineering Building, UC San Diego

Directions and Map

Who: Remarks by Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor; Frieder Seible, Dean, Jacobs School; Nathan Fletcher, California State Assembly Member; Seth Lerer, Dean, Arts & Humanities; Karl Beucke, President, Bauhaus-University Weimar.

Exclusive essay: Noted science fiction author David Brin, a UC San Diego alumnus (Ph.D. ’81), will offer his vision on “New Modernism: Blending Engineering, Art and the Human Imagination.”

Dancing warehouse lift: An industrial warehouse lift will dance with movements inspired by low rider cars. This is “Hi ‘n’ Lo,” a performance presented by Visual Arts Professor Ruben Ortiz-Torres.


Video Opportunities

Drone wings and more Composite Aviation Safety Center, with two Predator drone wings, a private jet fuselage and a satellite radio antenna. A professor and two grad students will be available to explain the projects. 

Heart Pump for Kids – Center for Medical Device and Instrumentation with simulations of blood flow in children with heart defects and the only FDA-approved cardiac pump for children who can't be fitted with adult-sized devices. Full story here. Pictures of the project here.

Screen Printed Nanotechnology – Nanoengineering labs, with a demonstration of a thick-film screen printer that can create very small biofuel cells that use sewage, sweat and other liquids to power batteries. Watch video of the process.

NanoMacroMega – An exhibit  that includes, among other art/engineering works,  photographic prints by Anya Gallaccio of Visual Arts made by using an electron microscope to scan nano and micro particles.

Media interested in attending the open house and building dedication event should contact Catherine Hockmuth in the media office at chockmuth@ucsd.edu or 858-822-1359. We ask that media RSVP for the event by noon Thursday, Sept. 13.

More information on the Structural and Materials Engineering Building.

Media Contacts

Daniel Kane
Jacobs School of Engineering

Ioana Patringenaru
Jacobs School of Engineering

Inga Kiderra
Arts and Humanities