• 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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  • From left: Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington, Kay Family Foundation's Mark Percy, Calit2 Director GP Li, and FABWorks Director Sarah Hovsepian

    With a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, speeches and lab tours that showed off an impressive array of do-it-yourself machinery and equipment, FABWorks officially opened its doors this week.

    A joint venture between the Samueli School of Engineering and Calit2, FABWorks houses 3-D printers and scanners, vinyl and laser cutters, an assortment of sewing machines, an electronics lab, a lathe, CNC (automated milling) machines and a variety of woodshop tools. The facility is partially funded by a generous donation from the Kay Family Foundation, and its mission is to reinvent the way people create and innovate, offering a space where students, faculty and the community can design and fabricate almost anything.

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  • Riccardo Cappa

    Civil engineering doctoral candidate Riccardo Cappa has been named a 2015 UC Irvine Public Impact Distinguished Fellow by the university’s Graduate Division. Cappa, who studies earthquake-related hazards and disasters, is one of only three graduate students to receive the prestigious $10,000 award.

    The Public Impact Fellowship supports doctoral students whose research has the potential to significantly improve or enrich local, national or global communities. In addition to the prospective impact of their work, the three recipients were selected on the basis of their presentations, interviews, academic records, letters of recommendation, and their ability to convey the research succinctly to a broad audience.

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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.

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.

Jan 27, 2015

Investigators Receive NASA Grant to Study Drought from Space

UC Irvine investigators seeking to improve drought predictability in California and the Western U.S. have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from NASA.