Jacobs School of Engineering Undergraduate News


2018 News Releases

Undergraduate team wins 2nd place at global synthetic biology competition

Undergraduate team wins 2nd place at global synthetic biology competition

December 10, 2018

A team of 11 undergraduate students from UC San Diego earned second place out of 250 teams from around the world at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem) competition for their approach to creating an accurate liquid biopsy test for cancer. Full Story


Five Questions with Student Entrepreneur, Andy Bangash

Five Questions with Student Entrepreneur, Andy Bangash

November 29, 2018

Sikandar (Andy) Bangash is Co-Founder of SAPE, a mobile application which connects drivers with homeowners who want to rent their space out.  It also helps reduce the chances of a parking violation as it warns drivers when they are parking illegally.  Full Story


Easy to use 3D bioprinting technique creates lifelike tissues from natural materials

Easy to use 3D bioprinting technique creates lifelike tissues from natural materials

November 28, 2018

Bioengineers have developed a 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural materials and is easy to use, allowing researchers of varying levels of technical expertise to create lifelike tissues, such as blood vessels and a vascularized gut. The goal is to make human organ models that can be studied outside the body or used to test new drugs ex vivo. Full Story


UC San Diego Undergrads Design New New Birch Aquarium Exhibit

UC San Diego Undergrads Design New New Birch Aquarium Exhibit

November 15, 2018

Ten undergraduate students built a sound-matching exhibit that translates complicated scientific research into an exhibit that will soon be on display at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. It’s part of the Summer EnVision Experience (SEE), which brings together UC San Diego undergraduate students from multidisciplinary backgrounds to collaborate on a hands-on, real-world project from start to finish.  Full Story


Undergraduate students win Galactic Unite prize

Undergraduate students win Galactic Unite prize

November 6, 2018

Seven UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering students were selected to receive the inaugural Galactic Unite Gavin Jones Prize, which recognizes undergraduate students at UC San Diego studying science, technology, engineering or math with a desire to make an impact on the space industry. The winners each receive a $1,500 cash prize, plus a mentor from either Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit or The Spaceship Company.  Full Story


Jacobs School alum charges startup to $1 million prize

Jacobs School alum charges startup to $1 million prize

October 15, 2018

A startup with a Jacobs School alumnus as its CTO won the $1 million grand prize at 43North, the startup pitch competition with the largest prize pool in the U.S. Christopher Ellis, a 2017 electrical and computer engineering graduate, is the CTO of SparkCharge, which is developing a portable electric vehicle charging system that can fit in the trunk of a car, to make distance limitations on electric cars a thing of the past.  Full Story


Undergraduate Engineers Get Hands-on Experience with Autonomous Vehicles

Undergraduate Engineers Get Hands-on Experience with Autonomous Vehicles

October 11, 2018

The Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles course is all about hands-on learning by doing. Over the course of the quarter, students enrolled in the class build a small robotic car, train it to run autonomously, and trick it out with a bonus feature of their choosing. Full Story


An Upward Social Mobility Machine: UC San Diego 2nd Best U.S. University, Says Money Magazine

An Upward Social Mobility Machine: UC San Diego 2nd Best U.S. University, Says Money Magazine

August 13, 2018

The University of California San Diego is a national leader in transforming lives of low-income students. One of the best schools for students to get a quality education at an affordable price, Money Magazine has listed the campus in the No. 2 spot in its new 2018 Best Colleges for Your Money ranking.  Full Story


Hadi Esmaeilzadeh Named Young Computer Architect for 2018

Hadi Esmaeilzadeh Named Young Computer Architect for 2018

July 16, 2018

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Hadi Esmaeilzadeh has been named the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture’s “Young Computer Architect” for 2018, for his contributions to new computer architectures that underlie the growing success of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications.“Two things have propelled AI and machine learning to the next level. One has been the advances in the algorithms, but the second one has been the advances in the microarchitecture of processors,” Esmaeilzadeh explained. “The amount of computation that is required to actually get something decent done with AI algorithms is so massive that without proper support from the architecture of the processors, that level of performance would not be possible.” Full Story


Rocket development gets a 'colossal' boost

Rocket development gets a 'colossal' boost

June 22, 2018

The University of California San Diego’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) conducted a successful live fire test of its static rocket engine test stand, Colossus, in the Mojave Desert on June 16. Full Story