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Enrique J. Lavernia Apr 22, 2015
Enrique Lavernia Named Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Enrique J. Lavernia, dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering and member of the National Academy of Engineering, has been appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of UC Irvine, effective July 1. He will report to Chancellor Howard Gillman.

In his new role, Lavernia will be UCI’s chief academic and operating officer, assuming primary responsibility for the university’s teaching and research enterprise, which includes 12 schools, nearly 3,000 faculty and 192 degree programs. He succeeds Michael Clark, who has served on an interim basis since September 2014, when former provost Gillman was appointed chancellor.

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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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington Nov 20, 2014
Gregory Washington Recognized as Fellow

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has named Samueli School of Engineering Dean Gregory Washington a Fellow in recognition of his outstanding engineering achievements. The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates.

A professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Washington has served as Samueli School dean since August 2011. The citation reads, “Washington has earned outstanding reputations for scholarship and education, while providing exemplary service to ASME at local and national levels. He is internationally known for research on ultra-lightweight structurally active antenna systems and other structures using smart materials. He has served as dean of two engineering programs and is the first permanent African-American dean of engineering at any of the University of California campuses. Washington has received numerous teaching awards, directly instructed hundreds of undergraduates, and graduated 40 graduate students. He has served as an advisor to the Air Force and the National Science Foundation.”

Nov 18, 2014
NSF Funds New UCI Program Addressing Disparities in STEM Majors

UCI partners with community colleges to improve transfer process and retention    
UC Irvine has partnered with three community colleges (Irvine Valley College, Santa Ana College and Saddleback College) to improve the recruitment and retention of  women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors. With a $1.8 million, three-year National Science Foundation grant, UCI has created a program called iStart (Innovate from the Start: Engaging Engineering and Computer Science Undergraduates).

According to the NSF 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report, women and minorities – Black, Hispanic and Native Americans – are still underrepresented in STEM fields compared to the population at large. The report indicates women comprise only 13% of all engineers and just 25% of computer and mathematical scientists; while minority women comprise fewer than 1 in 10 employed scientists and engineers.

Professor Said Elghobashi with Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington Nov 7, 2014
National Academy of Engineering Inductee Professor Said Elghobashi Explains Turbulence

The Samueli School’s newest National Academy of Engineering (NAE) inductee is one of its longest serving faculty. Said Elghobashi became the 16th faculty member of UC Irvine’s School of Engineering in 1978 and has contributed significantly over the years to the development of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. So it was with great pride and celebration for the school and Dean Gregory Washington to host a distinguished lecture in honor of Elghobashi.

From left: Yosi Shacham-Diamand, Yossi Rosenwaks, Gregory Washington, Henry Samueli and Howard Gillman Nov 6, 2014
Engineering Sustainability Conference 2025 Addresses Challenges of the Future

For the third year in a row, faculty members from the Samueli School of Engineering and the Iby and Aladar Fleishman Faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University (TAU) came together for a joint workshop to address an engineering challenge of the future.

From left: IVC President Glenn Roquemore, UCI Provost and -Chancellor Howard Gillman, Chapman University President James Doti and Saddleback College President Tod Burnett. Oct 28, 2014
Team Orange County “Breaks” Ground for Casa del Sol

The sun smiled brightly on students, faculty, administrators, elected officials and industry supporters as they ceremoniously “broke” ground for the house named in its honor. Casa del Sol is the solar-powered house being designed by Team Orange County for entry in the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The international competition will be held next October at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

Team OC is a collaborative venture among UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College (IVC). The four academic institutions’ leaders were on hand as well as Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Lalloway, CEO and President of FivePoint Communities Emile Haddad and Southern California Edison President Pedro Pizarro. Christina Shea, Irvine councilwoman and chair of the Orange County Great Park Board of Directors, served as master of ceremonies for the ground breaking event at IVC.

 

Hellman Fellows Oct 22, 2014
Two UCI Engineers Named Hellman Fellows

Two Samueli School engineers – Anne Lemnitzer and Timothy Rupert -- have been selected as Hellman Fellows for 2014-15. The Hellman Fellows Program aims to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor.

Lemnitzer, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, is studying the resistance of pile foundations as used underneath bridges or tall buildings to withstand lateral loading such as earthquakes or vessel impact. Her study will consists of a combination of analytical modeling and small scale laboratory testing conducted in the UCI Structural Engineering Testing Hall (SETH Lab). Lemnitzer says the $23,000 Hellman award will allow her to investigate if currently suggested pile geometries are really necessary to withstand earthquake loading or if more economical solutions can be achieved with advanced design formulations.

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From Left: Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington, Filippo Capolino, Ozdal Boyraz, Regina Ragan and Marc Madou Oct 14, 2014
UCI engineers develop prototype of low-cost, disposable lung Infection Detector

NSF grant supports their efforts to improve manufacturing process for nanodevices

 Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver’s blood alcohol level.

Timely knowledge of a lung infection would let people with CF or other inflammatory respiratory conditions seek immediate treatment and thereby prevent life-shortening permanent damage to their already vulnerable airways.

Thanks to a nearly $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC Irvine engineers can continue developing this type of nanotechnology device – and potentially many others – using a more wide-scale manufacturing process.

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Nathan Cox, Rose Hills scholarship recipient Oct 3, 2014
Rose Hills Foundation Turns Dreams into Reality through Scholarship Support

$700,000 in scholarships to be awarded to 18 talented UCI undergraduates pursuing STEM degrees

UC Irvine has been awarded $700,000 from The Rose Hills Foundation to support students in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) pursuits.Each year for the next four years, The Rose Hills Foundation Undergraduate Science & Engineering Scholarships will assist 18 high-achieving undergraduates. The students will meet with one another at regular intervals throughout the year to discuss their goals and share their experiences.

“This exciting new partnership with The Rose Hills Foundation will ensure that some of our best and brightest STEM students reach their full potential,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “We are very grateful for this support and look forward to working with The Rose Hills Foundation to advance our shared goals.”

St. Margaret's students with UC Irvine engineering professors Sep 17, 2014
St. Margaret’s High School Summer Internship Program Celebrates 10 Years at Samueli School

Seven high school students participated in this year’s St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Summer Internship Program at the Samueli School of Engineering. They presented their research projects to their parents, teachers and the engineering faculty and graduate students who mentored them at a recent event in the Harut Barsamian Colloquia Room, hosted by Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington.

Now in its 10th year, the internship program matches high-potential students with a faculty member and research area based on their interests. Spearheaded by Engineering Leadership Council member Stacey Nicholas, the program aims to inspire enthusiasm for STEM fields with the hope that the high school students will pursue these areas as they move forward in their education and careers.  Washington reports that 85 percent of the U.S. economy is tied to advances in STEM, but only 4 percent of our workforce is in these areas.

2014 Saudia Arabia International Program Sep 11, 2014
Saudi Arabia International Program Continues to Improve in its Third Year

Saudi Arabia International Program students celebrated the conclusion of the 10-week accelerated session with a spirited Summer Symposium in the Harut Barsamian Colloquia Room. At the event, 13 international engineering students displayed their hard work with posters and oral presentations, while faculty, staff and guests toured the room and voted on their favorite project. 

Now in its third year, the Saudi Arabia International Program is a collaboration between Salman bin Abdulaziz University and the Samueli School of Engineering. Students are matched with engineering faculty whose special expertise aligns with their own interests and career goals. The curriculum encompasses fundamental knowledge and introduces tools and programs required to pursue an advanced career in technical areas related to their specialization.

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Douglas Thorpe ’82, Photo by Steve Zylius Sep 10, 2014
The king of drones
Douglas Thorpe ’82 has spent decades developing unmanned aerial vehicles for all kinds of uses

On an overcast morning in late May 1976, Douglas Thorpe ’82, then a UC Irvine freshman, was on his way to school when a small plane fell out of the sky. The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed in an empty field near campus, killing everyone on board. Thorpe was first on the scene, and what he saw changed his life.

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