UC Irvine engineering alumnus Jeremy Pearson has been selected as the 2015 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Pearson, who earned his doctorate in chemical engineering this past year, will begin his fellowship in Washington, D.C., in January, working in the office of U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.
At UCI, Pearson worked closely with Director of Federal Relations Kathy Eiler, Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington and Vice Chancellor Wendell Brase on opportunities in D.C. and on inviting congressman to UCI to visit the nuclear reactor and other departments. He is one of the founding members of the UCI student section of the American Nuclear Society.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has named Samueli School of Engineering Dean Gregory Washington a Fellow in recognition of his outstanding engineering achievements. The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates.
A professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Washington has served as Samueli School dean since August 2011. The citation reads, “Washington has earned outstanding reputations for scholarship and education, while providing exemplary service to ASME at local and national levels."
UCI partners with community colleges to improve transfer process and retention
UC Irvine has partnered with three community colleges (Irvine Valley College, Santa Ana College and Saddleback College) to improve the recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors. With a $1.8 million, three-year National Science Foundation grant, UCI has created a program called iStart (Innovate from the Start: Engaging Engineering and Computer Science Undergraduates).
New technology can detect bacterial invaders with unprecedented speed, sensitivity
A new bloodstream infection test created by UC Irvine researchers can speed up diagnosis times with unprecedented accuracy, allowing physicians to treat patients with potentially deadly ailments more promptly and effectively.
The UCI team, led by Weian Zhao, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, developed a new technology called Integrated Comprehensive Droplet Digital Detection. In as little as 90 minutes, IC 3D can detect bacteria in milliliters of blood with single-cell sensitivity; no cell culture is needed.
The Samueli School’s newest National Academy of Engineering (NAE) inductee is one of its longest serving faculty. Said Elghobashi became the 16th faculty member of UC Irvine’s School of Engineering in 1978 and has contributed significantly over the years to the development of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. So it was with great pride and celebration for the school and Dean Gregory Washington to host a distinguished lecture in honor of Elghobashi.
Colleagues from across campus joined engineering students to hear Elghobashi’s talk, “Turbulence: from da Vinci’s Observations to the Present.” Elghobashi’s research over the decades has involved challenging and important areas of fluid dynamics: turbulent flows, multiphase flows and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). His leadership in each of these areas is well recognized, and his early work has impacted the standard commercial CFD computer codes in the field. His more recent work is setting future trends.