Two Samueli School engineers – Anne Lemnitzer and Timothy Rupert -- have been selected as Hellman Fellows for 2014-15. The Hellman Fellows Program aims to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor.
NSF grant supports their efforts to improve manufacturing process for nanodevices
Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver’s blood alcohol level.
Timely knowledge of a lung infection would let people with CF or other inflammatory respiratory conditions seek immediate treatment and thereby prevent life-shortening permanent damage to their already vulnerable airways.
Thanks to a nearly $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC Irvine engineers can continue developing this type of nanotechnology device – and potentially many others – using a more wide-scale manufacturing process.
$700,000 in scholarships to be awarded to 18 talented UCI undergraduates pursuing STEM degrees
UC Irvine has been awarded $700,000 from The Rose Hills Foundation to support students in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) pursuits. Each year for the next four years, The Rose Hills Foundation Undergraduate Science & Engineering Scholarships will assist 18 high-achieving undergraduates. The students will meet with one another at regular intervals throughout the year to discuss their goals and share their experiences.
“This exciting new partnership with The Rose Hills Foundation will ensure that some of our best and brightest STEM students reach their full potential,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “We are very grateful for this support and look forward to working with The Rose Hills Foundation to advance our shared goals.”
Imagine a ridesharing program that matches up interested parties based not only on where they live and work, but on who is in their own social circle as well. A paper detailing just such a system took a top honor this month at the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, also known as UbiComp, held in Seattle.
"Assessing the Potential of Ride-Sharing Using Mobile and Social Data – A Tale of Four Cities," was written by UCI network systems graduate student Blerim Cici; his advisor, Athina Markopoulou, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; and two researchers from Telefonica Research in Barcelona, Spain.
The NIH’s National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has awarded UC Irvine biomedical engineer Zhongping Chen a $2.6-million four-year grant to build a better imaging system for looking inside the arteries.
Working with Qifa Zhou of USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Pranov Patel of the UCI School of Medicine, Chen proposes to capture the benefits of three sophisticated imaging technologies -- the high resolution of optical coherence tomography, deep tissue penetration of ultrasound imaging and the biomechanical contrast of optical coherence elastography (a technique that maps the elastic properties of soft tissue) – and combine them into a single catheter device.