2012 News

Apr 24, 2012
New Hopes for Patient-Specific Heart Valves: UCI Researchers Engineered a Novel Hybrid Tissue

UC Irvine research featured on the cover of Tissue Engineering Journal

UC Irvine researchers are working on a new technology to develop the first patient-specific heart valve with self-regenerative capabilities. A recently published article entitled “Metal Mesh Scaffold for Tissue Engineering of Membranes” has been featured on the cover of the April 2012 issue of the journal of Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. In this article, UC Irvine scientists revealed a novel engineered tissue made of an extra thin layer of metal mesh tightly enclosed by biological cell layers analogous to a heart valve leaflet.

Apr 18, 2012
Engineering Student Council President Engineers Data Collection System

Sean Burke created the ESCan wristband to gather data during E-Week

Apr 5, 2012
Anna Grosberg Joins The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

Grosberg to focus on tissue engineering

Assistant Professor Anna Grosberg, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, has recently joined The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology after completing postdoctoral research at Harvard University.

Grosberg joins The Henry Samueli School of Engineering facultyand is expected to provide new and synergistic expertise in applyingmultiscale computational modeling and tissue engineering to stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (heart muscle cells), cardiac morphogenesis (development of structure), and cardiac function.

Apr 4, 2012
Dean Gregory Washington, Chancellor Michael Drake and Delegation Return from Academic Mission to Israel

Highlights included a meeting with Israel President Shimon

UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake and three faculty members recently concluded an academic mission in Israel, forging collaborative research agreements and student and faculty exchanges with the country’s top universities. Among the highlights of the trip was a visit with Israel President Shimon Peres.

“Our meetings with university leaders and President Peres were enlightening and productive,” Drake said. “Together, we were able to identify many similarities between UC Irvine and the top universities in Israel. We look forward to continuing our relationships with these institutions, just as we have with many others around the world, including in South Korea, Norway, Poland, China and others.”

Apr 3, 2012
Samueli School Alum Arezoo Ardekani Receives NSF CAREER Award
Ardekani currently an assistant professor at University of Notre Dame
Mar 28, 2012
BME Ranked 27th in Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

BME Ranked 27th in Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Mar 28, 2012
ChEMS Assistant Professor’s Research Featured in Two Journal Cover Articles

Ali Mohraz featured in cover articles in Advanced Materials and Langmuir

Assistant Professor Ali Mohraz, Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has had his research on interfacial colloid assembly featured as cover articles in the journals Advanced Materials and Langmuir.

Particle self-assembly at liquid interfaces is a complex phenomenon involving elements of interfacial phenomena, suspension mechanics and thermodynamics. A better understanding of the interplay between these various elements can pave the way for new applications of these multi-phase systems in diverse technologies including drug delivery, personal care, oil industries and food products.

Mar 23, 2012
ChEMS Assistant Professor Receives Nuclear Energy University Programs Award

Mikael Nilsson receives award from the U.S. Department of Energy

Assistant Professor Mikael Nilsson, Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has received a Research and Development Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP).

Nilsson’s proposal entitledMicroemulsions and Aggregation Formation in Extraction Processes for Used Nuclear Fuel: Thermodynamic and Structural Studies”is related to chemical processing of used nuclear fuel. The project goal is to study the formation of chemical aggregates that may cause upsets in the process.

Mar 22, 2012
Assistant Professor Receives Editors’ Choice Award from Water Resources Research Journal

Jasper Vrugt’s paper is one of five honored nationally

Assistant Professor Jasper A. Vrugt, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in Earth System Science, co-authored a paper entitled “Optimization and uncertainty assessment of strongly nonlinear groundwater models with high parameter dimensionality, ” that has been awarded an Editors’ Choice Award from the journal Water Resources Research.

The article discusses a proposed methodology for parameter estimation and uncertainty analysis algorithms to understand and predict flow and transport through aquifers.

Mar 14, 2012
Dean Gregory Washington Invited to White House

Washington is one of over 40 engineering deans participating in event

Dean Gregory N. Washington, Ph.D., The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, was one of over 40 engineering school deans invited to attend a White House event to celebrate the efforts of engineering deans for their commitment to retain and graduate more students in the field of engineering.

This event was part of a public-private initiative by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council) to address the nation’s shortage of engineers. The goal is to yield 10,000 more engineering graduates in the United States annually. 

Mar 9, 2012
Engineering Student Council Honors Ten at Annual Awards Banquet

Five faculty members and five students honored by ESC

Mar 7, 2012
Three Doctoral Students Earn Public Impact Fellowships

Three engineering doctoral students improving the lives of the community

Mar 1, 2012
Adjunct Professor Robert H. Liebeck Receives Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award

Award presented at National Engineers Week Banquet

Robert H. Liebeck, Ph.D., adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and Senior Fellow at The Boeing Company, was nominated by Brigadier General Charles E. Yeager to receive the 2012 Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award presented by The Engineers’ Council, during the National Engineers Week Honors & Awards Banquet in Universal City, Calif., on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The award was presented by Colonel Dawn M. Dunlop, Commander, 412th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base.

Feb 28, 2012
Mending a Broken Heart
Ph.D. candidate Aaron Chen wins Public Impact Fellowship for cardiac patch research

Since stem cells were first discovered to be a basis of new medical treatments, researchers have touted their potential to repair the human heart.

Millions of Americans suffer heart attacks each year, and those who survive never fully recover. Left behind is scarred and dead tissue that never mends, and research has focused on utilizing stem cells to initiate new growth.

UC Irvine doctoral candidate Cheng-Wei “Aaron” Chen is pursuing another approach. He believes that human embryonic stem cells can be used to create tissue — a sort of cardiac patch that could be grafted onto damaged heart areas and stimulate regrowth.

Feb 24, 2012
Researching Particle-laden Turbulent Flows

Professor Said Elghobashi researches the vaporization rate of fuel droplets in a turbulent flow

Professor Said Elghobashi, Ph.D., D.Sc., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is researching the two-way interactions between vaporizing droplets and turbulent flows using fully resolved, direct numerical simulation (DNS). The study is of particular relevance to liquid fuel spray combustion that is the predominant energy source in transportation systems. His main objective is to understand the effect of turbulence on the rate of droplet vaporization, which is the main controlling mechanism of the entire combustion process, as well as the effect of droplets on turbulence.

Feb 21, 2012
Samueli School Celebrates National Engineers Week

E-Week celebrated at events all week

Feb 21, 2012
Samueli School Showcases Three Projects at Homecoming Street Festival

Samueli School projects improve lives

Feb 16, 2012
How Vortices Form in our Cardiovascular System and How They Contribute to Our Health

Arash Kheradvar co-authors book entitled “Vortex Formation in the Cardiovascular System”

Assistant Professor Arash Kheradvar, M.D., Ph.D., The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, has co-authored Vortex Formation in the Cardiovascular System.

Vortices occur in nature wherever propulsive flow exists, from erupting volcanoes to ones generated by squid and jellyfish to propel themselves. There has been particular interest in the wide variety of vortices that develop in the cardiovascular system, particularly in the cardiac chambers and in large arteries. These vortices play fundamental roles in normal physiology and provide proper balance between blood motion and stresses on the surrounding tissues. 

Feb 9, 2012
Undergraduate Student Participates in Hispanic College Fund’s Annual Gala

Lucía Díaz was one of 24 students from across the country to attend

Feb 8, 2012
CEE Department Producing Quality Research Across the Board

Data shows CEE has high ranking programs

Brett F. Sanders, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, analyzed last fall the scholarly achievements of the four program areas of the department: Environmental Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources, Structural Engineering and Transportation Systems Engineering.

Sanders was motivated by the inadequacy of existing rankings, which he found either too subjective or too broad for meaningful assessment at the program level of detail. His attention turned to an index that he calls “quality productivity.” 


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