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Allon Hochbaum Sep 11, 2013
Teachers Learn How to Take Science Projects “From Lab to Lesson Plan”

A dozen teachers from middle and high schools around Orange County gathered over the summer at the Samueli School of Engineering for a 10-day intensive professional development STEM workshop.

squid sketch by Doris Dialogu Sep 9, 2013
UCI researchers fabricate new camouflage coating from squid protein

Material that mimics calamari skin is invisible to infrared cameras

Elliot Hui Aug 22, 2013
Elliot Hui Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has given Elliot Hui, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, a Young Faculty Award for his project titled “Directed Evolution of Phytochrome Absorption Spectra for Multichannel Optogenetic Cellular Interfaces.” He will receive $425,000 over two years.

Derek Dunn-Rankin Aug 8, 2013
Professor Dunn-Rankin Honored with Oppenheim Prize

Professor Derek Dunn-Rankin has been awarded the Oppenheim Prize from the Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (IDERS). The prize honors brilliant contributions to the theoretical or interpretative aspects of combustion dynamics.

building a fuel cell Jul 22, 2013
Having Fun, FABcamp Style

The Samueli School’s FABcamp got off to a boisterous beginning with a full roster of middle school children. The first group of 9 girls and 20 boys could be seen touring labs and walking around the school in bright yellow t-shirts. 

Water-PIRE undergrads Jul 12, 2013
Undergrads Spend Two Weeks Down Under Studying Water Sustainability

Twelve undergraduate students – nine from UCI, one from UCSD and two from UCLA – completed a week of orientation in early July before heading Down Under to participate in a six-week research experience, including two weeks in Australia.

Edwin Markham Middle School MESA Team Jul 2, 2013
Middle School Affiliated with UC Irvine’s MESA Program Wins National Engineering Competition

Four eighth-grade students from Edwin Markham Middle School in Watts were named middle school champions of the 2013 MESA National Engineering Design Competition held recently at Portland State University in Oregon.  The Markham MESA team -- Julio Romero, Danae Tousant, Ashley Baker and Jacqueline Sanchez -- is served by the MESA outreach program at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

“More than anything else I think the MESA program demonstrates the great things these kids can accomplish when they are given access to resources and academic enrichment opportunities,” says Nicole Patterson, UCI MESA associate director. “To us these students are the face of the MESA Program, they are the mission fulfilled and it is an honor to be a part of their continued growth and development. We take great pride in their individual accomplishments and look forward to watching them realize their limitless potential.”

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Matthew Jenusaitis Jun 28, 2013
Samueli School Partners with OCTANe to Encourage SBIR Grant Applicants

OCTANe and the Samueli School partnered to present a workshop on how to go after small business government grants for innovation research (SBIR) and technology transfer (STTR). The second in a three-part grant development series, the workshop drew nearly 50 people including professors, graduate students, industry professionals and entrepreneurs.

“Over the past few years, government grant funding for innovative research and technology in Orange County has been significantly less than either San Diego or Los Angeles counties,” explains Matthew Jenusaitis, OCTANe president and CEO.  “That’s not because there is less technology here, but rather, because Orange County needs to be more active in pursuing these federal sources of early stage capital.  The goal of this program series is to increase the awareness, provide education, and stimulate action to close the gap.”

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L-R: Eliott Botvinick, Jonathan Lakey and Weian Zhao Jun 26, 2013
UCI researchers awarded $2.27 million to create novel diabetes treatments

Grants will support islet cell transplantation and insulin sensor projects

2013 Commencement Jun 21, 2013
Congratulations Class of 2013!

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering sent 571 new engineers out into the world this past weekend, after a full slate of graduation activities.

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.

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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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

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.

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