2013 News

Laser Associate Sciences Jun 21, 2013
Engineering Students Achieve a Strong Showing at Merage Business Plan Competition

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering was well represented in the 2013 Business Plan Competition at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business, with teams from Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology dominating the campuswide division.

“The ultimate goal is to be better able to predict seasonal water supply and provide policymakers with the information they need to make smart decisions,” says Scott Sellars, a doctoral candidate in civil & environmental engineering. Jun 18, 2013
More than a Weatherman

Public Impact Fellow Scott Sellars is developing a better way to predict precipitation

Andrea Thorstensen Jun 12, 2013
Civil Engineering Doctoral Student Awarded Department of Defense Fellowship

Civil and environmental engineering doctoral student Andrea Thorstensen has been awarded a 2013 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the competitive fellowship covers Thorstensen’s tuition and provides an annual stipend for three years.

Anima Anandkumar Jun 11, 2013
Microsoft Research Names Anima Anandkumar a Faculty Fellow

Anima Anandkumar has been awarded a 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship. An assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Irvine’s The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Anandkumar is one of seven from around the world to receive this support.

Jun 10, 2013
Sina Poorkasmaei Presents as Finalist at Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition

Sina Poorkasmaei, a Samueli School graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, presented innovative engineering research at the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation funded by Broadcom Corporation. Poorkasmaei’s project “Differential Space-Time Modulation for Multiple Access Channels with Two Users” studied the technical challenges posed by improving the quality of information exchange between portable devices.

Poorkasmaei, who is working with Chancellor’s Professor Hamid Jafarkhani, was among 12 student finalists from 12 universities from around the globe competing in a poster session at Broadcom’s annual Technical Conference June 5-6. The finalists, who were chosen by a select committee comprised of preeminent engineers, shared insights into their engineering research and how its future application can improve lives and contribute to society. More than 400 distinguished Broadcom engineers were on hand to judge the entries on technology innovation and presentation.

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Michelle Sangalang Jun 7, 2013
Biomed Engineering Student Wins Statewide Business Plan Competition for Youth

UC Irvine biomedical engineering student Michelle Sangalang credits her senior design classes for helping her win a statewide business plan competition. She and her partner Andrew Ekelem, a UC Berkeley bioengineer alumnus, brought home the grand prize of $5,000 in their age category (18 to 27 year olds) in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program’s Boost Business Plan Competition.

Sangalang and Ekelem attended high school together. Their business is called Chariot Mobility, and its focus is to make the best in-class customized manual wheelchair that uses an advanced propulsion system and materials. They are creating the first manual wheelchair to be maneuvered solely from a lever system.

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Jun 6, 2013
Abraham Baca Named Scholar of the Week by Great Minds in STEM

Abraham Baca, a civil engineering senior, at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a 2012 HENAAC-Southern California Edison scholarship recipient. The first in his family to attend college, Abraham’s goal is to graduate from UCI and receive his Professional Engineering License.

Abraham is best described as a student that seeks out any academic, leadership or career development opportunity that comes his way. As a freshman, he sought out and joined the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA). The only STEM student in the organization, he continued his active involvement through his senior year when he was elected president. As president, he reengaged community service opportunities for the organization, which was very important to him. He also instilled a mentorship program, which paired upper classmen with lower classmen. Abraham believes the best way to create drive is to have someone guide you along your academic path.

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NSF logo Jun 4, 2013
Five Engineering Grad Students Earn NSF Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation has granted five UC Irvine engineering graduate students a research fellowship, and another three honorable mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. 

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend, opportunities for international research and professional development. Here are the Samueli School’s 2013 NSF fellowship program awardees:

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G.P. Li Jun 3, 2013
Collaborator in Chief

Don’t let the piles of paperwork fool you – G.P. Li has a systematic strategy for pursuing innovation

G.P. Li learned how to make an elevator pitch early in his career. His first corporate gig was with IBM, an innovative company that holds the top spot for number of U.S. patents granted. Today, the UC Irvine engineering professor and director of the campus’s California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology makes it his mission to teach students this valuable skill.

“My goal is to train them to be future leaders – CEOs and CTOs,” says Li, who has founded four companies based on his inventions.

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NASA logo May 29, 2013
NASA fellowships awarded to three UCI hydrology graduate students

Three UC Irvine graduate students have received prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships for their research projects involving water and climate.

sinus illuminator May 23, 2013
The Sinus Illuminator

It's a typically bustling day in the offices of Dr. Naveen Bhandarkar, director of rhinology and sinus surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Shinozuka retirement party May 16, 2013
Celebrating an Extraordinary Career

Masanobu Shinozuka retires

Chen Tsai May 10, 2013
A Life of Accomplishment

UC Irvine Chancellor’s Professor Chen Tsai has devoted nearly half a century to seeking innovation in the field of electrical engineering and applied science. His efforts recently were recognized by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society, which awarded him its 2013 lifetime achievement award.

Tsai, who came to The Henry Samueli School of Engineering in 1980 from Carnegie Mellon University, was recognized with the society’s highest honor for his pioneering contributions to the “science and technology of integrated acousto-optics and magneto-optics, scanning acoustic microscopy, and ultrasonic monodisperse micro-droplet generation.”

May 9, 2013
Tenacity pays off for tissue engineer

Public Impact Fellowship supports Seema Ehsan’s efforts to develop a better way of testing cancer drugs

The cost of bringing a new drug to the marketplace, from discovery to clinical trials, ranges from $55 million to more than $1 billion. Seema Ehsan aspires to change that, particularly for cancer drugs. A chemical engineering doctoral candidate, she spends eight to 10 hours a day in the laboratory growing tumors.

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Apr 30, 2013
UCI Engineering Students Take First in 2013 Design/Build/Fly Competition

UC Irvine’s engineering students won first place at the 17th annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Design/Build/Fly (DBF) competition in Tucson, Arizona in April.

“We expected to place in the top 10, given our preparation and effort,” says John Wei-Han Chen, senior engineering student and DBF project manager. “It definitely felt good to see all of our hard work coming together. We are extremely happy to bring back first place to UCI.”

A partnership between the AIAA Foundation, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Raytheon Missile Systems, the DBF competition provides students an opportunity to design and build a radio controlled aircraft to perform specific missions. Participants who complete a letter of intent and submit a report on time are invited to bring their plane to a central location for a fly off. Winners are determined by a combination of their report score and their flight score.

Apr 30, 2013
Celebrity Scientist

As a boy in India, Satya Atluri was thrilled to hear the voice of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on the radio, vowing to put a man on the moon. It fueled his own dreams, and he grew up to become an internationally recognized aviation and mechanical engineer.

On April 20, Atluri, now a UC Irvine Distinguished Professor, returned to his native country to receive its Padma Bhushan award “for distinguished service of high order in the field of engineering and science.”

In an ornate ceremony at the imposing governmental compound in New Delhi, Atluri clasped his hands together and gave a slight bow as the heavy pink-and-gold medal was draped over his shoulders by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. He was told it was the first such civilian honor conferred upon anyone in the University of California system.

Apr 26, 2013
Ingenuity Event to Showcase Student Projects and Honor Philanthropic Friends

UC Irvine’s The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences are coming together to present Ingenuity 2013, a student technology showcase event on May 7, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center.  Industry representatives and the community are invited to the event, which will feature five student teams from each school who will demonstrate their award-winning projects. Pete Balsells and Janice and Ted Smith will be honored for their generous commitment to the schools, and a keynote address will be delivered by Dave DeWalt, chairman and CEO of FireEye Inc., Silicon Valley’s hottest security start-up, according to Forbes Magazine.

“We are looking forward to honoring these generous supporters of our schools and to showing off the talent of our students,” says Ed Hand, executive director of development and external relations for engineering and information and computer sciences.

For more information, see ingenuity.uci.edu

Apr 25, 2013
Satya Atluri Honored with India’s Third-Highest Civilian Award

Update: 04.25.13: The President of India conferred upon Professor Satya Atluri the Padma Bhushan Award at the President's Residence in New Delhi on April 20. You can watch the investiture ceremony here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjwZMmr4rhs. Atluri is the third recipient.

Apr 17, 2013
Arash Kheradvar Elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association

Dr. Arash Kheradvar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). Kheradvar was elected to fellowship by the AHA Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention in recognition of his major contributions to cardiac imaging and image-based modeling of cardiovascular diseases.  

“I am deeply humbled to have been elected for this honor,” says Kheradvar. “It could never have happened without the hard work and dedication of my research group over the past years. I look forward to furthering my efforts toward the AHA’s mission, which is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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Apr 15, 2013
Forget Monster, Check Out techjobs.uci.edu

More than 750 engineering and information and computer science students turned out for the TechJobs kick-off hosted by Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Dean Hal Stern. Attendees were treated to a barbecue, received branded water bottles and heard job tips from corporate representatives.

Launched in early April, techjobs.uci.edu is a new website designed to connect high-tech companies to students in the engineering and ICS schools. The site will post full- and part-time jobs and internships, and it is designed so that employers have the ability to search the database for a specific skill set, connecting companies to students who match their needs.

Dean Washington explained to the crowd that global competition for jobs is tougher than ever. “Our goal with TechJobs is to get all of you registered so you can be connected to the opportunities that are out there,” he said. “There are 1,600 companies in and around Orange County looking for high-tech talent. This website is better than Monster, because it works more like a match maker.”

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