UC Irvine engineering professor Marc Madou has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2014. The distinction is awarded to academics who’ve demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
A Chancellor’s Professor in mechanical engineering, Madou specializes in applying miniaturization science to solve chemical and biological problems, with an emphasis on on sensing, microfluidics, carbon nanotechnology and energy. His research includes medical diagnostics, sensor technology, micro-battery development and novel drug delivery systems. He is a leading expert in scalable nanomanufacturing technologies and has more than 100 issued patents and invention disclosures. His book Fundamentals of Microfabrication, now in its third edition, is one of the most widely read texts in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Calit2 TechPortal startup Shoelace Wireless, founded by a Samueli School professor and her former graduate student, today launches a Kickstarter campaign to fund Netup, its newest app created to make mobile Internet faster and cheaper.
By combining Wi-Fi and cellular networks, Netup helps mobile users stream HD videos more smoothly, download large email attachments instantly and browse the Internet faster. The app, which works seamlessly in the background, improves connection speed and reliability, and saves money on costly data charges by making intelligent decisions about which network to use and when to combine them. Netup supports Android devices from 4.0 to 5.0 and works with any cellular network.
Imagine downloading a movie to your smartphone in less than a second. That’s the potential of the next generation (5G) of cellular network technology. Researchers say it will allow wireless transfer of data 10 times faster than the current 4G network. It will also have more capacity and better reach with multiple improved smaller antennas.
“The fifth generation (5G) cellular networks are coming,” explains Payam Heydari, a UC Irvine electrical engineering professor whose expertise is in the design and analysis of novel terahertz, millimeter-wave and radio-frequency integrated circuits, technologies that could revolutionize power-efficient wireless sensor networks.
An undergraduate mentoring program sponsored by the Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences seeks to support underrepresented students, keeping them interested and engaged in school and in their future careers.
At an intimate networking event in the Newkirk Alumni Center, students from both schools gathered Thursday evening, November 13, to meet with the industry professionals who have volunteered to mentor them.
A renowned Samueli School professor and chair has added yet another award to an already impressive collection. H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, The Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and chair of the EECS department, took top honors at this year’s UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Award Ceremony, held this week at the Newkirk Alumni Center.
Wickramasinghe, who also has joint appointments in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering and materials science, received the Academic Senate’s 2014-15 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. As the event’s top award recipient, he delivered a lecture at the ceremony on scanning probe microscopy as an enabler for nanotechnology.