Jacobs School of Engineering Undergraduate News


2007 News Releases

Jacobs School Undergrads Shine at Conference for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

December 12, 2007

 Jacobs School undergraduates Jorge Ortiz and Robert Valtierra took home awards for their research at the national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Breena Fraga, a UC San Diego chemistry major, was also recognized. Full Story


A Unique Way To Lower Energy Costs

A Unique Way To Lower Energy Costs

December 5, 2007

UC San Diego undergraduate students have designed, built and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations as a key step toward helping the university use ocean breezes to cool buildings, identify the sunniest rooftops to expand its solar-electric system, and use water more efficiently in irrigation and in other ways. Full Story


Most Complex Silicon Phased Array Chip in the World Developed at UC San Diego

Most Complex Silicon Phased Array Chip in the World Developed at UC San Diego

October 30, 2007

  UC San Diego electrical engineers have developed the world’s most complex “phased array” – or radio frequency integrated circuit. This DARPA-funded advance is expected to find its way into U.S. defense satellite communication and radar systems. In addition, the innovations in this chip design will likely spill over into commercial applications, such as automotive satellite systems for direct broadcast TV, and new methods for high speed wireless data transfer. Full Story


Undergrads Dream with QUALCOMM Chips

Undergrads Dream with QUALCOMM Chips

October 18, 2007

 The biggest challenge for one of the four winners of last weekend's QUALCOMM Innovator Challenge came at a surprising moment: after his team won first prize and $5,000 in the engineering design contest. Over the phone, freshman David Wong had to convince his parents to hand over his social security number so he could fill out the necessary tax-related paperwork to get his cut of the $5,000. Money the team won for their ideas for what is possible with QUALCOMM’s new ultra powerful chip set for mobile devices, called Snapdragon. Full Story


UCSD Engineering Dynamo Honored by National Academy Of Engineering

UCSD Engineering Dynamo Honored by National Academy Of Engineering

September 26, 2007

Stanford S. "Sol" Penner, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics Emeritus at UC San Diego, will receive the 2007 Founders Award from the NAE "for pivotal studies on thermal radiation, propulsion, combustion, and energy systems, directing government studies, founding a university department and energy center, and training future leaders."  Full Story


Online Game Feeds Music Search Engine Project

Online Game Feeds Music Search Engine Project

September 26, 2007

UC San Diego electrical engineers and computer scientists are working together on a computerized system that will make it easy for people who are not music experts (like the senior author’s mom) to find the kind of music they want to listen to – without knowing the names of artists or songs. Full Story


Primate Sperm Competition: Speed Matters

Primate Sperm Competition: Speed Matters

September 25, 2007

 UC San Diego and UC Irvine researchers have reported that sperm cells from the more promiscuous chimpanzee and rhesus macaque species swim much faster and with much greater force than the sperm of humans and gorillas. Full Story


SIGGRAPH in San Diego: Graphics, Video and Rock

August 3, 2007

American Idol and Comic-Con have come and gone, but fun in San Diego’s summer sun has just begun. From August 4 to 9, the top computer graphics and interactive media folks from around the world will flood San Diego for the SIGGRAPH 2007 conference – and UC San Diego is part of the action. Full Story


UC San Diego Establishes Department of NanoEngineering

UC San Diego Establishes Department of NanoEngineering

July 3, 2007

Seeking to capitalize on the potential of a new generation of multi-functional nanoscale devices and special materials built on the scale of individual molecules, UC San Diego has established a new Department of NanoEngineering within its Jacobs School of Engineering effective July 1, 2007.  Full Story


Computer Science Seniors Complete Networked 3D Multiplayer Computer Games

Computer Science Seniors Complete Networked 3D Multiplayer Computer Games

June 18, 2007

The CSE 125 course gave students hands-on experience with software system design and implementation, but even non-engineering majors could appreciate the students' final team projects demonstrated June 8 to a large audience: distributed, real-time 3D multiplayer games called Super Hurtball, Icarus, WoAH (World of Absurd Heroes) and Tertisiege. Full Story