• A boat crew from the U.S. Geological Survey measures the effects of levee detonations, meant to ease flood risk along the Mississippi River in 2011. Photo courtesy of USGS

    Researchers urge greater control of resultant erosion in future scenarios

    A controversial decision in 2011 to blow up Mississippi River levees reduced the risk of flooding in a city upstream, lowering the height of the rain-swollen river just before it reached its peak, according to a newly published computer modeling analysis led by UC Irvine scientists.

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  •  Casa del Sol structure earns a Dean's Choice Award

    The Samueli School of Engineering’s 2015 Winter Design Review featured 100 senior design projects, including poster displays and demonstrations, created by more than 600 students.

    “This event grows bigger and better every year,” Dean Gregory Washington told the students at this year’s event, held Friday, March 13, at the UCI Student Center.

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  • Alon Gorodetsky

    Squid are the ultimate camouflage artists, blending almost flawlessly into the background so that unsuspecting prey can’t detect them. Using a protein key to this process, UCI researchers have designed “invisibility stickers” that could one day help soldiers disguise themselves, even when sought by enemies with tough-to-fool infrared cameras.

    Assistant professor of chemical engineering & materials science Alon Gorodetsky and his team this week presented their novel work at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Denver. ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, prepared a video on the research, available at http://bit.ly/InvisibilityStickersACS.

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  • From left: Khine, Dong, Shen

    Michelle Khine, associate professor of biomedical engineering, for her election to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. AIMBE, headquartered in Washington D.C., represents the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. Khine was nominated, reviewed and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to developing a low-cost diagnostic technology enabling new biomedical health research and applications.

    Alumnus Leiting Dong, who was named a recipient of the 2015 Thousand Young Talent Award from the Central Government of China, and was appointed a full professor at China’s Hohai University. As an award recipient, Dong, who received his doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 2013, receives startup research funds as well as a stipend. Samueli School Distinguished Professor Satya Atluri, who collaborated with Dong, said he was one of very few awardees this year in the field of engineering mechanics. “I am certain that he will go on to become a leading scholar in mechanics in the world,” Atluri said.

    Alumnus Eric Shen, who won the 2015 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from the Orange County Engineering Council last month at its Engineers Week Awards Banquet. Shen, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering at UCI, is director of transportation planning for the Port of Long Beach and a part-time lecturer at USC. “Eric Shen is the personification of how and why major research universities and major metropolitan areas benefit each other so strongly,” said his award citation.

  • Engineering students talk with recruiter at EngiTech career fair

    Nearly 1,000 students turned out for E-Week 2015, hosted by the Engineering Student Council (ESC). This year’s theme was “Through the eyes of an engineer,” and all students who checked in received a free Samueli School T-shirt.

    The annual celebration included the Dean’s Pancake Breakfast, a BBQ lunch, an Awards Banquet, 10 competitions, and High School Shadow Day, as well as a several new events. Monday featured a kickoff fair showcasing the engineering student organizations and the making of a Lip Dub to “Uptown Funk” (filmed by Ava Moussavi and choreographed by Maaikee Kiyoe Pronda, see video here). And at EngiTech prep night on Tuesday, students were offered workshops on developing resumes and career fair etiquette.

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Eric Pedersen Mar 26, 2015

In Memoriam: Eric Pedersen

UC Irvine engineering students and faculty are mourning the loss of Eric Pedersen, a third-year mechanical and aerospace engineering undergraduate, who was killed Friday, March 20, in a skateboarding accident.

From left: Potma, Capolino, Wickramasinghe and Apkarian collaborated on a $2 million grant (Photo by Bill Ross) Feb 02, 2015

UCI gets $2 million from Keck Foundation for photonic microscope

The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded $2 million to UC Irvine to develop a photonic “magnetic nanoprobe,” a microscope able to amplify, detect and possibly manipulate the extremely weak optical-frequency magnetic fields in matter.

ARCS Scholars Jan 28, 2015

ARCS Foundation Honors Seven Samueli School Scholars

The Orange County Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, Inc. has named three graduate students and four undergraduate students from the Samueli School of Engineering as ARCS Scholars for the 2014-2015 academic year.