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.
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.
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.
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.
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.