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Solar decathlon team is designing a house to operate on renewable energy Dec 19, 2014
Students Shine at Design Review Despite Rain

The biggest storm of the season did not deter the more than 400 senior engineering students from displaying their project goals at the Fall Design Review Friday, Dec. 12. However the rainy weather did cause the event to move indoors. Eighty teams of students set up poster displays in Engineering Gateway, Engineering Tower and the Calit2 atrium.

The student teams explained their projects to industry and faculty mentors as well as staff and other students. “The ambition from students this year is phenomenal,” said mechanical engineering Professor Mike McCarthy. “I’m looking forward to a year of challenging projects. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be exciting.” McCarthy noted that this was the first year in memory that it has rained on Fall Design Review.

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Marc Madou Dec 16, 2014
Engineer Named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

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).

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Payam Heydari with faculty at Princeton University Dec 12, 2014
Heydari Explains Emerging 5G Technologies on IEEE Lecture tour

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.

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Students Tasha Lam, Kristy Kim and Tess Hoang talk with mentor Sumalee Johnson, an ICS alumna Dec 10, 2014
Mentorship Program Helps Students Succeed

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.

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H. Kumar Wickramasinghe Dec 5, 2014
Wickramasinghe Takes Top Campus Honor

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.

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Professor Sorooshian at Lake Namce in Tibet Dec 3, 2014
Professor Sorooshian Goes to China as Einstein Professor

UC Irvine Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian spent three weeks in China this past summer as an Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

An internationally recognized expert in water resources engineering, Sorooshian is the director of the Samueli School of Engineering’s Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was one of 20 international scientists from different disciplinary fields to be awarded a 2014 CAS Einstein Professorship, which are awarded annually to distinguished scientists actively working at the frontiers of science and technology.

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Michelle Digman Dec 2, 2014
Shedding (fluorescent) Light on Ebola

UCI team uses novel technique to track key protein in deadly virus

A fluorescent green limb pokes outward from a cell wall under a high-powered microscope. The filament is loaded with VP40, an essential protein in the Ebola virus. The microscope is capturing it budding out in real time. It’s followed by another and another.

Jeremy Pearson Nov 21, 2014
Engineering Alumnus Receives Congressional Fellowship from American Nuclear Society

UC Irvine engineering alumnus Jeremy Pearson has been selected as the 2015 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington Nov 20, 2014
Gregory Washington Recognized as Fellow

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.

Nov 18, 2014
NSF Funds New UCI Program Addressing Disparities in STEM Majors

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.

UCI project scientist Don-Ku Kang observes the IC 3D technology, which can rapidly detect bacteria in blood samples. Nov 14, 2014
UCI team develops test to rapidly diagnose bloodstream infection

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.

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Professor Said Elghobashi with Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington Nov 7, 2014
National Academy of Engineering Inductee Professor Said Elghobashi Explains Turbulence

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.

From left: Yosi Shacham-Diamand, Yossi Rosenwaks, Gregory Washington, Henry Samueli and Howard Gillman Nov 6, 2014
Engineering Sustainability Conference 2025 Addresses Challenges of the Future

For the third year in a row, faculty members from the Samueli School of Engineering and the Iby and Aladar Fleishman Faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University (TAU) came together for a joint workshop to address an engineering challenge of the future.

From left: IVC President Glenn Roquemore, UCI Provost and -Chancellor Howard Gillman, Chapman University President James Doti and Saddleback College President Tod Burnett. Oct 28, 2014
Team Orange County “Breaks” Ground for Casa del Sol

The sun smiled brightly on students, faculty, administrators, elected officials and industry supporters as they ceremoniously “broke” ground for the house named in its honor. Casa del Sol is the solar-powered house being designed by Team Orange County for entry in the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The international competition will be held next October at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

Team OC is a collaborative venture among UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College (IVC). The four academic institutions’ leaders were on hand as well as Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Lalloway, CEO and President of FivePoint Communities Emile Haddad and Southern California Edison President Pedro Pizarro. Christina Shea, Irvine councilwoman and chair of the Orange County Great Park Board of Directors, served as master of ceremonies for the ground breaking event at IVC.

 

Hellman Fellows Oct 22, 2014
Two UCI Engineers Named Hellman Fellows

Two Samueli School engineers – Anne Lemnitzer and Timothy Rupert -- have been selected as Hellman Fellows for 2014-15. The Hellman Fellows Program aims to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor.

Lemnitzer, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, is studying the resistance of pile foundations as used underneath bridges or tall buildings to withstand lateral loading such as earthquakes or vessel impact. Her study will consists of a combination of analytical modeling and small scale laboratory testing conducted in the UCI Structural Engineering Testing Hall (SETH Lab). Lemnitzer says the $23,000 Hellman award will allow her to investigate if currently suggested pile geometries are really necessary to withstand earthquake loading or if more economical solutions can be achieved with advanced design formulations.

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From Left: Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington, Filippo Capolino, Ozdal Boyraz, Regina Ragan and Marc Madou Oct 14, 2014
UCI engineers develop prototype of low-cost, disposable lung Infection Detector

NSF grant supports their efforts to improve manufacturing process for nanodevices

 Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver’s blood alcohol level.

Timely knowledge of a lung infection would let people with CF or other inflammatory respiratory conditions seek immediate treatment and thereby prevent life-shortening permanent damage to their already vulnerable airways.

Thanks to a nearly $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC Irvine engineers can continue developing this type of nanotechnology device – and potentially many others – using a more wide-scale manufacturing process.

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Nathan Cox, Rose Hills scholarship recipient Oct 3, 2014
Rose Hills Foundation Turns Dreams into Reality through Scholarship Support

$700,000 in scholarships to be awarded to 18 talented UCI undergraduates pursuing STEM degrees

UC Irvine has been awarded $700,000 from The Rose Hills Foundation to support students in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) pursuits.Each year for the next four years, The Rose Hills Foundation Undergraduate Science & Engineering Scholarships will assist 18 high-achieving undergraduates. The students will meet with one another at regular intervals throughout the year to discuss their goals and share their experiences.

“This exciting new partnership with The Rose Hills Foundation will ensure that some of our best and brightest STEM students reach their full potential,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “We are very grateful for this support and look forward to working with The Rose Hills Foundation to advance our shared goals.”

NIH Heart Lung and Blood Institute Sep 24, 2014
NIH Funds UCI biomedical engineer’s proposed new imaging system

The NIH’s National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has awarded UC Irvine biomedical engineer Zhongping Chen a $2.6-million four-year grant to build a better imaging system for looking inside the arteries. 

Working with Qifa Zhou of USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Pranov Patel of the UCI School of Medicine, Chen proposes to capture the benefits of three sophisticated imaging technologies -- the high resolution of optical coherence tomography, deep tissue penetration of ultrasound imaging and the biomechanical contrast of optical coherence elastography (a technique that maps the elastic properties of soft tissue) – and combine them into a single catheter device. Chen has already combined the first two; this funding will support his efforts to incorporate the third feature into a single imaging probe. The proposed system will provide a cross-sectional visualization of the inside of a patient’s arteries, allowing the clinician to detect the hard-to-see vulnerable plaque that builds up and can suddenly rupture or trigger blood clots.

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman Sep 18, 2014
UC Regents approve appointment of Howard Gillman as UC Irvine chancellor

The University of California Board of Regents today (Sept. 18) approved President Janet Napolitano’s selection of Howard Gillman, Ph.D., as the sixth chancellor of UC Irvine.

Gillman, UC Irvine provost and executive vice chancellor for the past year and interim chancellor since July 1, leads a campus with more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,400 staff. Consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, it is a major intellectual and cultural center that generates an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion in Orange County, and provides medical care as the county’s only academic medical center.

A seasoned university academic leader and accomplished fundraiser, Gillman, 55, is a nationally recognized expert on constitutional studies and judicial politics. He has authored or co-authored seven books and dozens of articles, and has received several awards for teaching.

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St. Margaret's students with UC Irvine engineering professors Sep 17, 2014
St. Margaret’s High School Summer Internship Program Celebrates 10 Years at Samueli School

Seven high school students participated in this year’s St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Summer Internship Program at the Samueli School of Engineering. They presented their research projects to their parents, teachers and the engineering faculty and graduate students who mentored them at a recent event in the Harut Barsamian Colloquia Room, hosted by Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington.

Now in its 10th year, the internship program matches high-potential students with a faculty member and research area based on their interests. Spearheaded by Engineering Leadership Council member Stacey Nicholas, the program aims to inspire enthusiasm for STEM fields with the hope that the high school students will pursue these areas as they move forward in their education and careers.  Washington reports that 85 percent of the U.S. economy is tied to advances in STEM, but only 4 percent of our workforce is in these areas.

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