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Associate Professor Syed Jafar (center) and graduate student Arash Gholamidavoodi (right) accept a Best Paper Award at IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 Jan 20, 2015
Engineering Professors and Graduate Students Win IEEE Best Paper Awards

Engineering professor Syed Jafar and his graduate student Arash Gholamidavoodi earned a Best Paper Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) GLOBECOM 2014, held last month in Austin, Texas. Their research proved a long-standing assumption regarding the benefits of multiple antennas as it relates to transmitting high data rates expected from fifth generation (5G) wireless networks.

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From left: Kuo-lin Hsu, Tim Rupert, Stephen Timko Jan 14, 2015
Samueli School Shoutouts to…

Associate Professor Kuo-lin Hsu and his colleagues and students in the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing. The group was honored with the NASA Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award in Science, which recognizes their work developing the algorithm used by the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement team.

Tim Rupert, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He was selected for the Young Leader Professional Development Award by the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). The award identifies promising young leaders and encourages their involvement with the professional society.

Stephen Timko, an environmental engineering graduate student. He was recognized with an Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award from the American Chemical Society. The annual award is based on student transcripts, record of research activity and a faculty letter of recommendation. Up to 20 are selected each year.

Students on race their carts using a pressurized water tank as propellant Jan 12, 2015
"Carting" a course to learning

At first mention, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics might not sound like a whole lot of fun. In the required course for civil and environmental engineering majors, undergraduates solve differential equations and strive to grasp complex concepts about how velocity, pressure, density and temperature affect liquids and gases over space and time.

But Professor Brett Sanders, who teaches CEE 170, is determined to make learning fun while imbuing some practical experience in his undergrads. For the fourth consecutive year, his curriculum includes a mandatory – and very hands-on – cart race. Students form teams to design, fabricate and race hand-made vehicles propelled by a pressurized water tank. The carts, built on a skateboard foundation, must traverse a 50-foot course with a 2 percent incline, and teams compete in two categories: speed and accuracy.

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Biomedical engineering professor Enrico Gratton Jan 6, 2015
Circadian rhythms regulate skin stem cell metabolism and expansion, UCI study finds

Body clock protects cells from metabolism-generated oxygen radical damage during division

UC Irvine scientists studying the role of circadian rhythms in skin stem cells found that this clock plays a key role in coordinating daily metabolic cycles and cell division.

Their research, which appears Jan. 6 in Cell Reports, shows for the first time how the body’s intrinsic day-night cycles protect and nurture stem cell differentiation. Furthermore, this work offers novel insights into a mechanism whereby an out of synch circadian clock can contribute to accelerated skin aging and cancers.

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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.

Netup makes mobile Internet faster and cheaper Dec 15, 2014
Shoelace Wireless Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Those green protrusions may be the means by which the deadly virus races from cell to cell in humans, killing up to 60 percent of those infected, according to assistant professor of biomedical engineering Michelle Digman. She and fellow researchers at UC Irvine’s Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics and elsewhere have been using pioneering technology to meticulously track the molecular workings of the Ebola protein – and were the first to capture the action live.

 

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. Pearson, who earned his doctorate in chemical engineering this past year, will begin his fellowship in Washington, D.C., in January, working in the office of U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

At UCI, Pearson worked closely with Director of Federal Relations Kathy Eiler, Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington and Vice Chancellor Wendell Brase on opportunities in D.C. and on inviting congressman to UCI to visit the nuclear reactor and other departments. He is one of the founding members of the UCI student section of the American Nuclear Society.

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.

A professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Washington has served as Samueli School dean since August 2011. The citation reads, “Washington has earned outstanding reputations for scholarship and education, while providing exemplary service to ASME at local and national levels. He is internationally known for research on ultra-lightweight structurally active antenna systems and other structures using smart materials. He has served as dean of two engineering programs and is the first permanent African-American dean of engineering at any of the University of California campuses. Washington has received numerous teaching awards, directly instructed hundreds of undergraduates, and graduated 40 graduate students. He has served as an advisor to the Air Force and the National Science Foundation.”

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. With a $1.8 million, three-year National Science Foundation grant, UCI has created a program called iStart (Innovate from the Start: Engaging Engineering and Computer Science Undergraduates).

According to the NSF 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report, women and minorities – Black, Hispanic and Native Americans – are still underrepresented in STEM fields compared to the population at large. The report indicates women comprise only 13% of all engineers and just 25% of computer and mathematical scientists; while minority women comprise fewer than 1 in 10 employed scientists and engineers.

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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