SoE News

Mar 28, 2013
UCI Energy Warriors Go to Washington

A student team calling themselves the Energy Warriors represented UCI at the second annual National Better Buildings Case Competition in Washington, D.C. in early March. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the competition challenges university teams to develop and present real-world business and technical solutions to cut energy waste and improve the efficiency in commercial buildings across the country.

The Energy Warriors were among 14 university teams that competed to find the best solutions to energy efficiency challenges presented in four case studies. The case studies consisted of real scenarios, background information, and data provided by organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge program—a broad public-private partnership working to make America's commercial and industrial buildings 20 percent more efficient by 2020.

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Mar 25, 2013
Inaugural Autism AppJam to Honor Autism Awareness Month in April

For two weeks this April, UC Irvine student teams will be tapping their energy and creativity to create the next generation of mobile apps to benefit persons with autism. This Autism AppJam is sponsored by UC Irvine and the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California to honor Autism Awareness Month and to highlight the exciting technology advances that are improving the lives of those with autism.

On April 5, AppJam teams will kick start their effort to build the best app, culminating at an April 19 event, in which a team of judges — which include those from Blizzard Entertainment, Google, Yahoo and IBM — will award the top teams prizes and recognition.

Mar 22, 2013
Samueli School Ranks 21st among Public Engineering Graduate Programs in U.S. News and World Report Listing

The U.S. News & World Report ranked The Henry Samueli School of Engineering 21st among public engineering graduate programs (37th overall) in its annual listing of America’s best graduate schools. U.S. News ranks public and private graduate programs based on national reputation and the quality of students and faculty. The Samueli School was ranked 39th overall last year.

“I’m happy to see that we are moving in the right direction,” says Dean Gregory Washington. “The Samueli School will continue to expand our programs and grow our numbers of faculty and staff to provide the best research opportunities, an inspiring education, and innovative corporate partnerships for our graduate students.”

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Mar 6, 2013
Building Towers

Fellowship Program Brings Catalan Engineering Students to the Samueli School

The people of Catalonia, Spain, have a centuries-old cultural tradition of building human towers, or castells (castles). Usually seen at festivals or competitions, the castellers climb up each other and stand on their countrymen’s shoulders to construct a tower that can reach 10-human-stories high, often with a child on top. A crowd surrounds them, providing the safety net.

Successful engineer and Catalan native Peter J. Balsells is creating another sort of human tower, one of opportunity, right here at UC Irvine. In 1995, he endowed the Balsells-Generalitat Fellowship program in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Since then, nearly 100 of the most talented young engineers and scientists from Catalonia have come to UCI to pursue graduate studies and conduct research in engineering. 

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Feb 28, 2013
Students, Staff and Faculty Enjoy E-Week

E-Week 2013 proved a rousing success as students burst hot dogs into flames, built bridges with Popsicle sticks and dropped eggs five stories.

Feb 27, 2013
NSF Grants Prestigious CAREER Award to Professor Timothy Rupert

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized Timothy Rupert with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

Feb 26, 2013
Samueli School Engineering Student and Alumnus Place Third in Google Hackathon

UC Irvine senior engineering student Sean Burke and UCI alumnus Jorge Zamora ’09 took third prize in Google’s recent Youtube Hackathon in Los Angeles.

Feb 19, 2013
E-Week Kicks Off

Despite gray clouds and cool weather, more than 200 students turned out Tuesday morning for a free breakfast to kick off National Engineers Week, or E-Week. Engineering professors joined the Samueli School’s Dean Gregory Washington to cook and serve up pancakes, of all shapes and sizes, to a line of hungry students.

“I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the week of activities, and learn something new about engineering,” said Dean Washington. “I just learned from Albert Yee (professor and department chair of chemical engineering and materials science) that there is a ‘right’ way, scientifically, to mix pancakes.”

E-Week is an annual event aimed at increasing public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession. Established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the weeklong celebration provides an avenue for students to demonstrate inventiveness and imagination through a variety of events.

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Feb 11, 2013
Calvin Mackie Addresses the Issue of Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Fields

“We need a hand-to-hand movement,” said Calvin Mackie about the need to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The former engineering professor turned motivational speaker, mentor and technology entrepreneur spoke to UCI students, staff and administrators who gathered at the Calit2 Building Auditorium. The event was sponsored by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the UCI Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

“We’ve figured out how to scour the city to find those in brown and black communities to play football, basketball and baseball. Why can’t we do it for STEM?” asked Mackie. “If we keep believing there is an archetype STEM student, we’re not going to reach the underrepresented minorities that we need, that will help us compete on a global scale.”

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Jan 17, 2013
Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Initiates New Members

The UC Irvine Tau Beta Pi Chapter, which has around 300 total members, has initiated 41 new members. Tau Beta Pi is a national honor society open to all engineering disciplines and is the oldest and largest honor society at the Samueli School.

Students must complete an initiation process by meeting a set of requirements and demonstrating commitment to the organization before becoming official members.  An initiate must be in the top 8 percent of their junior class or top 5 percent of their senior class, and display exemplary character and integrity.

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Dec 7, 2012
Take Note: Three recent awards advance research in healthcare, transportation and materials science

Ahmad Falahatpisheh has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. Falahatpisheh works on computational and experimental cardiac fluid dynamics. His project involves modeling the flow inside the heart of patients with a complex congenital heart malformation called tetralogy of Fallot.

Kenneth Mease has received a seed grant of $50,160 from NASA. The grant will fund Mease’s research project titled Strategic Air Traffic Flow Control via Aggregate Modeling.

Ali Mohraz has received a Distinguished Young Rheologist award from TA Instruments, a manufacturer of analytical instruments for thermal analysis, rheology, and microcalorimetry. The award is an instrument grant, in the form of a $50,000 rheometer (a device that measures the way flows respond to applied forces).

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Nov 9, 2012
St. Margaret’s High School Students Enjoy University-level Engineering Research Experience

Six students who participated in this year’s St. Margaret’s Episcopal High School Summer Internship Program at the Samueli School presented their research projects in early November to their parents, teachers and the engineering faculty and graduate students who mentored them.

Nov 5, 2012
Forecasting the Future Interconnected World

Communications and Information Technology 2025 Conference Explored Future of Industry
 

Sep 25, 2012
Fabricating the Future
RapidTech trains tomorrow’s workforce in advanced manufacturing technologies like 3-D printing

Sep 11, 2012
National Network for Manufacturing Innovation Workshop to Take Place at UC Irvine

First workshop of its kind in Southern California

Sep 7, 2012
Samueli School Students Receive Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards

Pair of students receive awards


Jul 30, 2012
Online Education in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Professor Daniel Gajski helps pioneer online education at UC Irvine
 

Jul 6, 2012
Henry Samueli Wins 2012 Marconi Prize

Pioneered development and commercialization of broadband circuits

Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation and benefactor of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has won the prestigious 2012 Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship. Samueli, whose work led to the explosive growth of the consumer broadband industry, was selected for his pioneering advances in the development and commercialization of analog and mixed signal circuits for modern communication systems, in particular the cable modem.

The Marconi Prize, an award considered the pinnacle honor in the field of communication and information science, is given each year to one or more scientists and engineers who achieve advances in communications and information technology for the social, economic and cultural development of all humanity.

Jun 27, 2012
Congratulations to Engineering Staff Service Award Honorees

24 staff members honored

May 25, 2012
Former Dean Nicolaos G. Alexopoulos Among Most Highly Cited Scientists

Alexopoulos among top 0.01 percent of highly cited in computer science

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