Jacobs School of Engineering Undergraduate News


2011 News Releases

Computer Simulations Shed Light on the Physics of Rainbows

Computer Simulations Shed Light on the Physics of Rainbows

December 6, 2011

  Computer scientists at UC San Diego, who set out to simulate all rainbows found in nature, wound up answering  questions about the physics of rainbows as well. The scientists recreated a wide variety of rainbows – primary rainbows, secondary rainbows, redbows that form at sunset and cloudbows that form on foggy days – by using an improved method for simulating how light interacts with water drops of various shapes and sizes. Their new approach even yielded realistic simulations of difficult-to-replicate “twinned” rainbows that split their primary bow in two. Full Story


Up in the Air

Up in the Air

December 2, 2011

  Students in an introductory aerospace engineering class at the Jacobs School got a unique opportunity this week: they launched three balloons that are now cruising above California and may land in Arizona. The students also designed payload and instrumentation for the balloons. In the process, they learned some lessons about engineering.  Full Story


Fallen Star Hoist at the Jacobs School

Fallen Star Hoist at the Jacobs School

November 15, 2011

  A scene right out of the “Wizard of Oz,” with a few modern twists, is taking place today here at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. A small house is about to land on top of EBU 1, hoisted by one of the largest cranes in the United States. The house is scheduled to be hoisted at 11:30 AM on Tuesday November 15, 2011. Full Story


The Team Internship Program at the Jacobs School of Engineering

The Team Internship Program at the Jacobs School of Engineering

November 9, 2011

  Do you need a team of top-notch interns to handle a project for your company over the summer? The Team Internship Program, or TIP, at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering can help.  Full Story


Mentoring Program Connects Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Mentoring Program Connects Graduate and Undergraduate Students

October 19, 2011

  The Jacobs Undergraduate Mentoring Program, or JUMP, brings together 10 graduate students and 60 undergraduates. They are divided into small groups of seven, comprised of one graduate student, two seniors and juniors and four freshmen and sophomores. The small groups are set to meet every other week. The large group will meet at least twice a quarter. Students also will be able to ask questions online through e-mentoring. The program is a partnership between the IDEA Student Center and the Jacobs Graduate Student Council.  Full Story


New Student Center Focuses on Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence and Advancement

New Student Center Focuses on Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence and Advancement

October 19, 2011

  The goals of the IDEA Student Center, which opened this fall, are summed up by the four words that form the IDEA acronym: inclusion, diversity, excellence and advancement. The center aims to improve retention and graduation rates; attract more underrepresented students; encourage undergraduates to pursue research; and get students in elementary, middle and high school, as well as community college, excited about a career in engineering.  Full Story


San Diego Union-Tribune Seeks UCSD-developed 'Killer Apps'

San Diego Union-Tribune Seeks UCSD-developed 'Killer Apps'

October 6, 2011

The San Diego Union-Tribune will award $4,500 in prizes to undergraduates at the University of California, San Diego, as part of a week-long contest to develop the next “killer app” for mobile devices. Full Story


National Geographic Explorers to Speak at UCSD

National Geographic Explorers to Speak at UCSD

September 19, 2011

Two accomplished explorers — one who works in some of Earth’s highest places and the other who explores its depths — will describe their National Geographic adventures at a free public presentation at the University of California, San Diego, on Saturday, Oct. 1.  Hosted by John Francis, vice president of research, conservation and exploration at National Geographic, and Albert Yu-Min Lin, research scientist in the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, the event will be held at Mandeville Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.; doors will open at 7 p.m.   Full Story


Car Talk

Car Talk

September 16, 2011

  Calling all gamers: If you like to play first-person racing games, you may be able to help campus researchers better understand typical driving behaviors. The objective is to develop "intelligent" technologies that will help reduce accidents on the road. The behavioral research study is underway in UC San Diego's Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA), a sprawling set of spaces replete with cameras, microphones, computers and experimental facilities like the driving simulator. Led by Mohan Trivedi, a professor of electrical engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering and researcher in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), LISA is also bustling with more than a dozen graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in electrical and computer engineering, and cognitive science. Full Story


New Summer Program  Focuses on Academics, Friendship

New Summer Program Focuses on Academics, Friendship

September 14, 2011

  How do you maintain a 3.0 grade-point average while taking at least 12 units a quarter? What’s an elevator pitch? And where’s the nearest beach? These were some of the questions 22 incoming freshmen at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego were trying to answer last week as part of the school’s first-ever residential summer program designed to prepare students for the transition from high school to engineering school. Of course, they had help from faculty and staff members, as well as undergraduate students.  Full Story