Jacobs School of Engineering Undergraduate News


2010 News Releases

The Deep Freeze: Engineering Students Study Beetles and Climate Change Via Weather Balloon

December 17, 2010

UC San Diego engineering students recently sent a weather balloon up 80,000 feet to near space to study the effects of solar power, climate change and even the survival rate of anti-freeze beetles. Full Story


Engineering for the Earth

December 14, 2010

While she was still in high school, Nitya Timalsina began working on developing cheap yet powerful water filtration systems in Third World countries like Nepal, her birthplace. Timalsina, now a freshman environmental engineering student at UC San Diego, hopes  to implement these systems – as well as small hydroelectric power sources –  in Southeast Asia and expand to other global regions in need. Full Story


Two UC San Diego Computer Scientists Recognized for Contributions in Computer Systems Security, Bioinformatics

December 8, 2010

For contributions to bioinformatics and computer systems security, computer science professors Pavel Pevzner and Stefan Savage from the University of California, San Diego are among 41 computer scientists named as 2010 ACM Fellows. Professors Pevzner and Savage are from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


Genomic Fault Zones Come and Go

Genomic Fault Zones Come and Go

November 29, 2010

The fragile regions in mammalian genomes that are thought to play a key role in evolution go through a "birth and death" process, according to new bioinformatics research performed at the University of California, San Diego. The new work, published in the journal Genome Biology on November 30, could help researchers identify the current fragile regions in the human genome – information that may reveal how the human genome will evolve in the future. Full Story


Bioengineers Provide Adult Stem Cells with Friendly Environment: Simultaneous Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Cues

Bioengineers Provide Adult Stem Cells with Friendly Environment: Simultaneous Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Cues

November 16, 2010

Bioengineers from the University of California, San Diego have achieved the “Triple Crown” of stem cell culture – they created an artificial environment for stem cells that simultaneously provides the chemical, mechanical and electrical cues necessary for stem cell growth and differentiation. Full Story


NanoEngineers Aim to Grow Tissues with Functional Blood Vessels

NanoEngineers Aim to Grow Tissues with Functional Blood Vessels

November 12, 2010

University of California, San Diego NanoEngineers won a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop the tools to manufacture biodegradable frames around which heart tissues – functional blood vessels included – will grow. Full Story


Bioengineering Major among Four UC San Diego Undergraduates Recognized For Their Stellar Library Research Skills

Bioengineering Major among Four UC San Diego Undergraduates Recognized For Their Stellar Library Research Skills

November 8, 2010

Bioengineering major J.R. Bachman is among the four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego to receive the 2010 Undergraduate Library Research Prize in recognition of their stellar research skills. Full Story


Electrical Engineer Explores Mongolia, and You Can Too

Electrical Engineer Explores Mongolia, and You Can Too

November 1, 2010

Luke Barrington is a Ph.D. candidate in the UC San Diego Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) – not the typical background of someone who might find himself trekking through Mongolia as part of a National Geographic archaeological expedition. But there he was this summer – after developing the core functionality of the expedition's online, human-computation website that gave the public at large a chance to “tag” potential historic sites on high-resolution maps of the area. Full Story


How Does Your Blood Go from your Toes to your Heart?

How Does Your Blood Go from your Toes to your Heart?

October 21, 2010

If gravity always pulls things down, how does blood go from your toes to your heart? Bioengineering students from the University of California, San Diego will be busy helping kids discover the answer to this question at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Grand Finale Expo, on October 23 and 24, 2010 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Full Story


UCSD Engineering Honor Society Wins Most Outstanding Chapter Award

October 20, 2010

UCSD's engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, was awarded the "nation's most outstanding chapter" award, which they also won in 2007. Full Story