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Eric Pedersen Mar 26, 2015
In Memoriam: Eric Pedersen

UC Irvine engineering students and faculty are mourning the loss of Eric Pedersen, a third-year mechanical and aerospace engineering undergraduate, who was killed Friday, March 20, in a skateboarding accident.

Alon Gorodetsky Mar 24, 2015
Squid-inspired Invisibility Stickers Could Help Disguise Soldiers

Squid are the ultimate camouflage artists, blending almost flawlessly into the background so that unsuspecting prey can’t detect them. Using a protein key to this process, UCI researchers have designed “invisibility stickers” that could one day help soldiers disguise themselves, even when sought by enemies with tough-to-fool infrared cameras.

Assistant professor of chemical engineering & materials science Alon Gorodetsky and his team this week presented their novel work at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Denver. ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, prepared a video on the research, available at http://bit.ly/InvisibilityStickersACS.

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From left: Khine, Dong, Shen Mar 11, 2015
Samueli School Shoutouts to ...

Michelle Khine, associate professor of biomedical engineering, for her election to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. AIMBE, headquartered in Washington D.C., represents the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. Khine was nominated, reviewed and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to developing a low-cost diagnostic technology enabling new biomedical health research and applications.

Alumnus Leiting Dong, who was named a recipient of the 2015 Thousand Young Talent Award from the Central Government of China, and was appointed a full professor at China’s Hohai University. As an award recipient, Dong, who received his doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 2013, receives startup research funds as well as a stipend. Samueli School Distinguished Professor Satya Atluri, who collaborated with Dong, said he was one of very few awardees this year in the field of engineering mechanics. “I am certain that he will go on to become a leading scholar in mechanics in the world,” Atluri said.

Alumnus Eric Shen, who won the 2015 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from the Orange County Engineering Council last month at its Engineers Week Awards Banquet. Shen, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering at UCI, is director of transportation planning for the Port of Long Beach and a part-time lecturer at USC. “Eric Shen is the personification of how and why major research universities and major metropolitan areas benefit each other so strongly,” said his award citation.

Engineering students talk with recruiter at EngiTech career fair Mar 6, 2015
EngiTech Career Fair Highlights E-Week 2015

Nearly 1,000 students turned out for E-Week 2015, hosted by the Engineering Student Council (ESC). This year’s theme was “Through the eyes of an engineer,” and all students who checked in received a free Samueli School T-shirt.

The annual celebration included the Dean’s Pancake Breakfast, a BBQ lunch, an Awards Banquet, 10 competitions, and High School Shadow Day, as well as a several new events. Monday featured a kickoff fair showcasing the engineering student organizations and the making of a Lip Dub to “Uptown Funk” (filmed by Ava Moussavi and choreographed by Maaikee Kiyoe Pronda, see video here). And at EngiTech prep night on Tuesday, students were offered workshops on developing resumes and career fair etiquette.

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From left: Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington, Kay Family Foundation's Mark Percy, Calit2 Director GP Li, and FABWorks Director Sarah Hovsepian Feb 19, 2015
FABWorks Debuts as UCI’s First Maker Lab

With a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, speeches and lab tours that showed off an impressive array of do-it-yourself machinery and equipment, FABWorks officially opened its doors this week.

A joint venture between the Samueli School of Engineering and Calit2, FABWorks houses 3-D printers and scanners, vinyl and laser cutters, an assortment of sewing machines, an electronics lab, a lathe, CNC (automated milling) machines and a variety of woodshop tools. The facility is partially funded by a generous donation from the Kay Family Foundation, and its mission is to reinvent the way people create and innovate, offering a space where students, faculty and the community can design and fabricate almost anything.

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Riccardo Cappa Feb 18, 2015
Grad Student Recognized for Research’s Public Impact

Civil engineering doctoral candidate Riccardo Cappa has been named a 2015 UC Irvine Public Impact Distinguished Fellow by the university’s Graduate Division. Cappa, who studies earthquake-related hazards and disasters, is one of only three graduate students to receive the prestigious $10,000 award.

The Public Impact Fellowship supports doctoral students whose research has the potential to significantly improve or enrich local, national or global communities. In addition to the prospective impact of their work, the three recipients were selected on the basis of their presentations, interviews, academic records, letters of recommendation, and their ability to convey the research succinctly to a broad audience.

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ARCS Scholars Jan 28, 2015
ARCS Foundation Honors Seven Samueli School Scholars

The Orange County Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, Inc. has named three graduate students and four undergraduate students from the Samueli School of Engineering as ARCS Scholars for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Jan 27, 2015
Investigators Receive NASA Grant to Study Drought from Space

UC Irvine investigators seeking to improve drought predictability in California and the Western U.S. have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from NASA.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

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