Jacobs School of Engineering Undergraduate News


2017 News Releases

Undergraduate engineers, Birch Aquarium collaborate on innovative exhibits

Undergraduate engineers, Birch Aquarium collaborate on innovative exhibits

December 19, 2017

Ten UC San Diego undergraduates left an indelible mark on the Birch Aquarium this summer thanks to the Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) internship program. SEE was designed by the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering to provide sophomore and junior engineering students with hands-on experience creating, pitching and developing a project from start to finish.  Full Story


Company Based on UC San Diego Technology Gets Infusion of Capital

Company Based on UC San Diego Technology Gets Infusion of Capital

December 15, 2017

Tortuga Logic, a hardware security company co-founded by computer science professor and Qualcomm Institute academic participant Ryan Kastner and two computer science alumni, is now positioned for new growth thanks to $2 million in seed funding from a venture-capital firm. Tortuga Logic offers a suite of hardware design tools to identify security vulnerabilities throughout the process of designing a semiconductor, including Prospect and Unison (used in the semiconductor, aerospace and defense industries). With its new funding, Tortuga Logic will develop new products and increase the feature sets of existing products. Full Story


ECE Professor Elected ACM Fellow in Class of 2017

ECE Professor Elected ACM Fellow in Class of 2017

December 14, 2017

A faculty member affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Alexander Vardy, is one of three UC San Diego faculty elected Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced on December 11.  Full Story


New UC San Diego Chapter Sends LGBT+ Delegates to oSTEM Conference

New UC San Diego Chapter Sends LGBT+ Delegates to oSTEM Conference

December 14, 2017

For the first time, a delegation of faculty and students from the University of California San Diego attended the annual Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) National Conference. The four-day conference took place Nov. 16 to 19 in Chicago.  Full Story


Computer Graphics and Vision Expert Elected ACM Fellow

Computer Graphics and Vision Expert Elected ACM Fellow

December 11, 2017

UC San Diego computer science and engineering professor Ravi Ramamoorthi has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Ramamoorthi is the founding director of the Center for Visual Computing at UC San Diego. Full Story


Teaching the joy of coding

Teaching the joy of coding

December 7, 2017

CSE 190 is a computer science class at the University of California San Diego that is designed to prepare undergraduate students to teach others how to code in the wild—in libraries, as well elementary, middle and high schools. The class is taught by Sarah Guthals, who earned a Ph.D. in computer science at UC San Diego in 2014 and received a Forbes 30 Under 30 award in 2016 for her efforts to teach children how to code. Full Story


Self-Described School False Starter Aims to Pay It Forward in EdTech

Self-Described School False Starter Aims to Pay It Forward in EdTech

November 30, 2017

What if we could use artificial intelligence to dramatically reduce the number of students who drop out of STEM-related majors? That's the question Monal Parmar, a first-generation UC San Diego alumnus, who is currently working on a master's at the Jacobs School of Engineering, asked himself. Parmar developed a device to that could help answer this question in the affirmative. He has received advice from the Jacobs School's Institute for the Global Entrepreneur. His efforts were rewarded when he was invited recently to compete in the Entrepreneurs' Organization's (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) competition, held on Nov. 14. Full Story


UC San Diego Scientists Create Device for Ultra-Accurate Genome Sequencing of Single Human Cells

UC San Diego Scientists Create Device for Ultra-Accurate Genome Sequencing of Single Human Cells

October 31, 2017

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has developed a technology for very accurate sequencing and haplotyping of genomes from single human cells. Their findings were published online in advance of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)* print edition.“Accurate sequencing of single cells will enable the identification of mutations that cause cancer and genetic disease,” said senior author Kun Zhang, a professor of bioengineering in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. “At the same time, precise haplotyping will allow for the genotyping of haplotypes, combinations of different genes or alleles as a group from either parent.” Full Story


11 UC San Diego Faculty Members Honored with Hellman Fellowships

11 UC San Diego Faculty Members Honored with Hellman Fellowships

October 26, 2017

Husband and wife Warren and Chris Hellman established the Hellman Fellows Program at UC San Diego in 1995 to support and encourage junior faculty to pursue research projects and creative endeavors with the goal of enhancing their candidacy for tenure. This year, 11 faculty members representing a variety of academic disciplines have been awarded a total of approximately $500,000.The UC San Diego Hellman Fellowship Program was launched by the Hellman Family Foundation with an initial gift of $2.5 million. The program proved so successful that it has since been rolled out at all 10 University of California campuses. At UC San Diego, the foundation has committed a total of $7.5 million to date for the program. The Hellmans have stated that “creating the Hellman Fellows Program is one of the best things our family has ever done with our giving.” Full Story


Undergraduate Bioengineering Program at UC San Diego Ranks #6 in the Nation and #2 among Public Engineering Schools

Undergraduate Bioengineering Program at UC San Diego Ranks #6 in the Nation and #2 among Public Engineering Schools

September 12, 2017

The U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges guidebook rankings are out today and the bioengineering undergraduate program at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is ranked #6 in the nation and #2 among public schools. Full Story