News Release

2019 Jacobs School student highlights

San Diego, Calif., Dec. 20, 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.

A team of Global Ties students partnered with Cruz Roja (Red Cross) in Tijuana to develop an ambulance tracking and dispatch app, making it easier and faster for emergency medical crews to provide lifesaving help when and where it’s needed. Learn more about this project.

For their senior design project, four students partnered with physicians at Rady Children's hospital to design an elbow orthotic to allow a five-year-old boy with a rare virus move his arms again. Learn more about the device. 

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Global Ties students partnered with the Red Cross (Cruz Roja) in Tijuana to develop an ambulance tracking and dispatch app. Photo by Erik Jepsen.

 Students launched new organizations like the Association for Computing Machinery and Triton Robosub, and continued to grow young groups like the Themed Entertainment Association. Students also organized new campus events like RoboFest. 

Organizations including the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the Triton Engineering Student Council and more all held outreach activities and events throughout the year to inspire the next generation of engineers. 

 Students designed an anaerobic digestion and biogas production system to turn food waste destined for landfills into usable products including biogas for electricity and fertilizer for organic produce.

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Triton Racing's Formula race car.

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space built their Vulcan II rocket and hope to break a collegiate record by launching it nearly six miles into the atmosphere. Triton Racing took the Formula One car they built to the Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Nebraska; the Human Powered Submarine team raced their human-propelled sub at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, Maryland; and students took second place at the American Society of Civil Engineers' concrete canoe contest. 

Triton XR hosted their second annual HackXR hackathon, and students in the Summer EnVision Experience designed and built Birch Aquarium's first VR exhibit

Undergraduate students used facilities like our Nano3 Cleanroom to understand what things look like at the submicron level, and generated powerful explosions in a shock tube to design materials more resilient to shocks like earthquakes. 

A team of students earned a spot at the ESPN Collegiate Esports Championships for their Starcraft skills, while others used machine learning to make art. 

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Chawina De-Eknamkul, a nanoengineering PhD student who helped develop the thinnest optical device in the world.

Our graduate students contributed to several important research advances this year, including:

- why adding a bit of salt improves perovskite solar cells

- creating a transparent eel-like soft robot that can swim silently underwater

-designing tattoo sensors for patients with neck cancer

-developed the thinnest optical device in the world, a waveguide that is three layers of atoms thin

-worked to overcome the delay in telesurgery

-identified the main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

-and engineered the sense of touch in our first haptics course

Media Contacts

Katherine Connor
Jacobs School of Engineering