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Photo by Tom Kleindinst©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Apr 10, 2015
UCI Scientists Propose New Squid-like Material for Self-regulating Thermal Comfort Gear

As the undersea masters of disguise, squid have an amazing ability to blend into their environment to hide from predators. A UC Irvine engineering professor studying the squid’s dynamic color- and shape-changing properties is applying what he’s discovered to develop a new type of fabric that lets wearers regulate their own temperature.

The proposed material is called Thermocomfort cloth, and it would leverage the established heat-managing capabilities of materials similar to those used in space blankets, as well as the adaptive principles underlying the function of squid skin. The idea is that a jacket made from this fabric would capture and release body heat, adjusting to the user’s own preference for comfort.

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Nine engineering students joined Lou Gill and Dean Gregory Washington for family-style dinner. Apr 10, 2015
Students Dine with the Dean

Nine engineering undergraduates shared a meal with their dean last month in the kitchen of Mesa Court Housing Director Lou Gill. The family-style dinner provided students the opportunity to get to know Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington on a more casual basis as Washington chatted with them about their experiences at UCI.

“Anytime I can spend time with students and see what we’re doing well as a school and learn how we can improve is a great occasion,” Washington said. “It’s fun for me to engage with students. I get a lot out of it.”

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Clockwise from top left: Jann Yang, Robert Liebeck, Bruce Tromberg, Stephen Timko Apr 9, 2015
Samueli School Shoutouts to…

Professor Emeritus Jann Yang, who was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the 2015 (and first) recipient of the Masanobu Shinozuka Medal. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of stochastic mechanics, reliability, risk and simulation. Yang was acknowledged for sustained research and teaching in stochastic dynamics, control, fatigue and identification of structural components and systems, as well as his inspirational leadership among researchers. The Shinozuka Medal was instituted in 2013 to honor Masanobu Shinozuka, a UCI professor emeritus and a world-renowned expert in earthquake and structural engineering.

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From left: G.P. Li, Roderic Pettigrew and Gregory Washington Apr 9, 2015
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Focuses on Engineering in Medicine

With a nod to the necessity of cross-disciplinary collaboration, the director of the NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering delivered a Samueli School Dean’s Distinguished Lecture April 7 in the Calit2 auditorium.

Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, who before assuming his post at the NIBIB was a professor of radiology, medicine and cardiology at Emory University and professor of bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, spoke about the importance of merging life sciences, physical sciences and engineering with medicine in order to ensure positive healthcare outcomes in a changing world.

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Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington Apr 2, 2015
UCI Engineering Dean Elected to ASEE Deans Council Board

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has elected Gregory Washington vice chair of its Engineering Deans Council Executive Board. Washington, dean of UC Irvine’s Samueli School of Engineering, will serve a two-year term (2015-17) and then automatically assume the chairperson position.

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A boat crew from the U.S. Geological Survey measures the effects of levee detonations, meant to ease flood risk along the Mississippi River in 2011. Photo courtesy of USGS Apr 1, 2015
Levee Detonations Reduced 2011 Flood Risk on Mississippi River, UCI-led Study Finds

A controversial decision in 2011 to blow up Mississippi River levees reduced the risk of flooding in a city upstream, lowering the height of the rain-swollen river just before it reached its peak, according to a newly published computer modeling analysis led by UC Irvine scientists.

 

 Casa del Sol structure earns a Dean's Choice Award Mar 31, 2015
Winter Design Review Features 100 Projects

The Samueli School of Engineering’s 2015 Winter Design Review featured 100 senior design projects, including poster displays and demonstrations, created by more than 600 students.

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.

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.

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.

From left: Potma, Capolino, Wickramasinghe and Apkarian collaborated on a $2 million grant (Photo by Bill Ross) Feb 2, 2015
UCI gets $2 million from Keck Foundation for photonic microscope

The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded $2 million to UC Irvine to develop a photonic “magnetic nanoprobe,” a microscope able to amplify, detect and possibly manipulate the extremely weak optical-frequency magnetic fields in matter.

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.

The Samueli School is the only UCI school eligible for ARCS support to have both graduate and undergraduate students supported by the Orange County ARCS Chapter. In addition, the seven awards made to Samueli School scholars far outnumbered the awards received by any other UCI school.

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.The Samueli School team, led by principal investigator Amir AghaKouchak, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will collaborate with the California Department of Water Resources on the four-year project, which will incorporate data from satellite images to improve drought monitoring and prediction in the region.

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.

“Engineering intuition dictates that if the channel coefficients at the transmitter are limited to a finite precision number then the various benefits of multiple antennas at the transmitter are lost. All prior attempts at proving this conjecture had failed,” explains Jafar. “By incorporating novel combinatorial reasoning along with more classical information and theoretic arguments, we’ve shown that this pessimistic engineering intuition is in fact provably correct.”

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

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