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2015 News Releases

UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Department Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Department Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

December 8, 2015

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of California, San Diego celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Friday, November 13. To commemorate the celebration, the ECE department hosted a booth during the UC San Diego Founders Day Festival and held the ECE 50th Anniversary Founders Day Event in the evening in Jacobs Hall. The evening event included a reception, student posters, the unveiling of the Electrical and Computer Engineering historical timeline, and talks by faculty, alumni and other special guests. Full Story


Learning how to program boats for autonomous movement

Learning how to program boats for autonomous movement

December 7, 2015

Small toy-sized boats were zooming around Canyonview Pool here on campus On a recent Thursday afternoon. The boats accelerated and took tight turns around each other, then slowed to an almost-crawl and traced precise patterns in the pool. It was all part of the MAE 198 class led by Teaching Professor Mark Anderson. Students learn how to program modified off-the-shelf boats to autonomously follow a route.  Full Story


Professional Evening with Industry sets attendance records

December 4, 2015

The 7th annual Professional Evening with Industry was the largest one yet, with a record 21 sponsoring companies and more than 800 registered students. The event, which featured a yearly career fair and professional mixer to bridge the gap between students and industry, took place Nov. 2.    Full Story


Shu Chien among UC San Diego Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Shu Chien among UC San Diego Professors Named AAAS Fellows

November 23, 2015

Bioengineering professor Shu Chien is among six University of California, San Diego professors named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. They are among 347 members selected this year by colleagues in their disciplines to be honored for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Shu Chien, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine and bioengineering and director of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UC San Diego. He was cited for “continuing outstanding contributions to vascular physiology and vascular cell and molecular biology, which have greatly increased our understanding of vascular pathologies including atherosclerosis.” His work, which focuses on the study of how blood flow and pressure affect vessels, earned him a National Medal of Science in 2011. He is one of only 11 scholars in the United States to be a member of all three national academies: Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  Full Story


Expansion of Computer Science and Engineering Building breaks ground

Expansion of Computer Science and Engineering Building breaks ground

November 3, 2015

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering marked a significant step in its history Friday, Oct. 9, with a groundbreaking for a 7,000-square-foot remodeling and expansion of the EBU II building. The project will include a Design Innovation Center, spaces for faculty and students to interact and more computer lab space. Full Story


Round-the-Clock Hackathon Helps Coders Make Connections, Develop 'Crazy Ideas'

Round-the-Clock Hackathon Helps Coders Make Connections, Develop 'Crazy Ideas'

October 15, 2015

More than 1,000 computer science students gathered in a massive air-conditioned tent at UC San Diego’s Triton Track and Field Stadium Oct. 2-4 for the first-ever SD Hacks competition. The 36-hour round-the-clock hackathon challenged student teams to generate innovative working projects or “hacks” that rely on software, biotechnology, virtual reality, and more. Full Story


Meet the Jacobs School's 17 new faculty

Meet the Jacobs School's 17 new faculty

October 14, 2015

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego is building and strengthening its research abilities by hiring 17 new faculty this year. With these hires, the school is increasing its impact in clinical medicine, robotics, wireless technologies, genomics, data sciences and cybersecurity, clean energy, advanced manufacturing—and more.  Full Story


Major hacking event to welcome more than 1,500 programmers to San Diego

Major hacking event to welcome more than 1,500 programmers to San Diego

September 29, 2015

More than 1,500 computer science students andprogrammers will converge in San Diego to take part in one of the largest student-run hackathon movements to sweep the nation. Full Story


Learning Company Co-Founded by UC San Diego Researcher Secures $10 Million

Learning Company Co-Founded by UC San Diego Researcher Secures $10 Million

September 21, 2015

Planet3, an exploration-based learning company, has announced it has secured $10 million in funding to launch a digital learning platform that presents the entire Earth as a living laboratory. The company was co-founded by the University of California, San Diego’s Albert Yu-Min Lin, with former National Geographic president Tim Kelly and award winning game designer Vijay Lakshman. Empowering student curiosity and achievement, Planet3 targets Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) subjects. The company’s first product focuses on middle school Earth, Life, and Physical Sciences, with an initial release scheduled for Fall 2016.  Full Story


NSF Locates National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Site at UC San Diego

NSF Locates National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Site at UC San Diego

September 17, 2015

The University of California, San Diego has been named one the first university sites in the new NSF National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). The agency will fund UC San Diego $1.1 million annually over five years to advance nanoscale science and engineering and develop transformative nanotechnologies and nanotechnology-based startups. Full Story