2012 News

Dec 17, 2012
Broadcom Foundation Funds Graduate Engineering Fellowships at UC Irvine’s The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Universities that help graduate students offset the rising costs of earning an advanced degree are better positioned to recruit top talent. And with several years of tuition increases and state funding decreases, graduate schools are looking to corporate partners for support. The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is pleased to announce that Broadcom Foundation has pledged such assistance in the form of graduate fellowships. 

Broadcom Foundation will contribute $400,000 over two years to establish graduate fellowships at the Samueli School. The gift will fund four electrical engineering graduate students each year for the next two years.

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Dec 7, 2012
Take Note: Three recent awards advance research in healthcare, transportation and materials science

Ahmad Falahatpisheh has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. Falahatpisheh works on computational and experimental cardiac fluid dynamics. His project involves modeling the flow inside the heart of patients with a complex congenital heart malformation called tetralogy of Fallot.

Kenneth Mease has received a seed grant of $50,160 from NASA. The grant will fund Mease’s research project titled Strategic Air Traffic Flow Control via Aggregate Modeling.

Ali Mohraz has received a Distinguished Young Rheologist award from TA Instruments, a manufacturer of analytical instruments for thermal analysis, rheology, and microcalorimetry. The award is an instrument grant, in the form of a $50,000 rheometer (a device that measures the way flows respond to applied forces).

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Nov 29, 2012
Engineering Students Build Tire Tester for Free Wheelchair Mission

Seven engineering students spent their summer putting what they’d learned in the classroom to good use on a project for the Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM).

Nov 26, 2012
Colloquia Room Named for Harut Barsamian

A few days before the Thanksgiving holiday, Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington was giving thanks to Harut Barsamian at a gathering of his family, friends and colleagues.

Nov 16, 2012
Combining Passion for Research With Search for a Cure

As an undergraduate electrical engineering student at the prestigious Zhejiang University in China, Jiawen Li found her passion for research was propelled by the death of her beloved grandfather.

Nov 13, 2012
Amir AghaKouchak Participates in 2012 Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Symposium features innovative faculty

Assistant Professor Amir AghaKouchak, department of civil and environmental engineering, was one of 72 innovative educators who participated in the National Academy of Engineering's fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium was held Oct. 14-17 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine.

The FOEE program brings together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators to recognize, reward and promote effective, substantive and inspirational engineering education.

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Nov 9, 2012
St. Margaret’s High School Students Enjoy University-level Engineering Research Experience

Six students who participated in this year’s St. Margaret’s Episcopal High School Summer Internship Program at the Samueli School presented their research projects in early November to their parents, teachers and the engineering faculty and graduate students who mentored them.

Nov 5, 2012
Forecasting the Future Interconnected World

Communications and Information Technology 2025 Conference Explored Future of Industry

Oct 24, 2012
Professor gets IGERT Grant to Create Ph.D. Program in Biophotonics

Vasan Venugopalan receives grant to create program

Oct 11, 2012
Lorenzo Valdevit is a Member of 2012 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award-Winning Team

“World’s Lightest Material” wins Breakthrough Award

Sep 25, 2012
Fabricating the Future
RapidTech trains tomorrow’s workforce in advanced manufacturing technologies like 3-D printing

Sep 18, 2012
A Laser Focus on Cell Research
Biomedical engineer Elliot Botvinick uses optical tweezers to understand how disease takes hold
Sep 13, 2012
Wendy Liu Receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

BME faculty member wins one of 51 awards nationally

Sep 11, 2012
National Network for Manufacturing Innovation Workshop to Take Place at UC Irvine

First workshop of its kind in Southern California

Sep 7, 2012
Samueli School Students Receive Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards

Pair of students receive awards

Aug 14, 2012
Wastewater Key to Quenching Global Thirst, UCI-led Review Finds

Conservation also vital to supply both humans, ecosystems

Parched cities and regions across the globe are using sewage effluent and other wastewater in creative ways to augment drinking water, but 4 billion people still do not have adequate supplies, and that number will rise in coming decades. Wildlife, rivers and ecosystems are also being decimated by the ceaseless quest for new water and disposal of waste. Changing human behavior and redoubling use of alternatives are critical to breaking that cycle.

“This is the only path forward to provide water for humans as well as for ecosystems,” said lead author Stanley Grant, a UC Irvine civil & environmental engineering professor who specializes in water quality. “We need to focus on improving the productivity and value of existing supplies, which basically means getting more out of a glass of water.”

Aug 10, 2012
CEE Graduate Student Awarded NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Award

Hamed Ashouri one of 54 honored in Earth Science Research

Jul 30, 2012
Online Education in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Professor Daniel Gajski helps pioneer online education at UC Irvine

Jul 24, 2012
Steven C. George Receives NIH Funds for Development of Tissue Chips to Help Predict Drug Safety

DARPA and FDA to collaborate on groundbreaking therapeutic development initiative

Professor Steven C. George, M.D., Ph.D., Director of The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering has received one of 10 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at creating 3-D chips with living cells and tissues that accurately model the structure and function of human organs such as the lung, liver and heart. George’s grant is entitled “An integrated in vitro model of perfused tumor and cardiac tissue.”

“We will be developing microtissues that mimic cardiac and cancer tissue, and these microtissues will be receiving nutrients like oxygen through real human blood vessels,” said George.

Jul 11, 2012
Alexander Trusov Collaboration Receives $6 Million from DARPA

Collaboration developing chip that can outperform GPS

Alexander A. Trusov, Ph.D., project scientist at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine was awarded $6 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the Primary and Secondary Calibration on Active Layer (PASCAL) program.

The deliverable of this project is an integrated, ultra-miniaturized inertial microsystem with in-situ self-calibration capabilities strategically implemented on-chip. The developed inertial sensors will become a critical part of an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), small and sufficiently low powered for adaptation in Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) units for handheld devices and various small unmanned vehicles and platforms.


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