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Nov 18, 2011
Michelle Khine Named to Marie Claire Magazine’s Women on Top Awards

Khine is one of 16 women selected

Associate Professor Michelle Khine, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named as “Top Scientist” in the 2011 Women on Top Awards by Marie Claire Magazinein the November 2011 issue.

Khine is best known for the method she devised to fabricate tiny features onto plastic chips. She discovered this by using material from one of her favorite childhood toys, Shrinky Dinks.  She printed microfluidic patterns onto the Shrinky Dink sheets using a laser-jet printer, then heated them in a toaster oven. As the pieces flattened out into hard plastic shapes, the printed ink lines also shrank, creating patterns of channels and microwells that are perfect for the mixing of fluids and moving of cells needed to perform her experiments.

Nov 17, 2011
Multidisciplinary Team of Researchers Develop World’s Lightest Material

Assistant Professor Lorenzo Valdevit helps develop world’s lightest material

Assistant Professor Lorenzo Valdevit, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with a team of researchers from HRL Laboratories, LLC; The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine; and the California Institute of Technology announced that they have developed the world’s lightest material with a density of 0.9 mg/cc, approximately one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam™. The results of their research are published in the November 18, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Nov 17, 2011
Can Robots Take Over Rehab?

Visiting the iMove center at UC Irvine's Gross Hall is like being on the set of a sci-fi movie. Here, the merging of machines and humans — the premise of such futuristic films as "Alien" and "The Terminator" — has become a reality.

Inside the lab, at Sue & Bill Gross Hall: A CIRM Institute, patients whose limbs have been impaired by a stroke or spinal cord injury don robotic arms, gloves with special sensors and other high-tech devices designed to help get them moving again.

For more than 20 years, iMove center director David Reinkensmeyer has sought to restore human mobility by developing new technologies for motion training, exercise and rehabilitation.

Nov 14, 2011
ChEMS Professor Wins Best Presentation Award at MSC.Software® 2011 Users Conference

James Earthman awarded Best Presentation in University and Research

Nov 8, 2011
G. Scott Samuelsen Honored at the White House

Samuelsen met with officials as part of “Champions of Change” initiative

Professor G. Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was selected to discuss his groundbreaking work, including the conversion of sewage gas into fuel for hydrogen cars, with White House officials as part of the “Champions of Change” program.

Samuelsen was part of a “Make it in America” roundtable with other honorees and key White House administration leaders regarding the importance of fuel cell technology in enabling a transition to clean energy for the United States market and in creating of thousands of jobs in manufacturing, installation, operation and servicing throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Nov 8, 2011
CEE Graduate Student Receives Multiple Recognitions

Timu Gallien researching urban coastal flood models

Nov 4, 2011
Engineering the Leaders of the Future

Meet the 2011-2012 Engineering Student Council Executive Committee

Nov 2, 2011
In Memoriam: G. Patricia “Pat” Beckman

Local philanthropist passes away
 

G. Patricia “Pat” Beckman, 78, died at her home in Corona del Mar, Calif., in August 2011.

Oct 28, 2011
David Reinkensmeyer Gives Lecture at Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

Reinkensmeyer gives NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Lecture

Professor David J. Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a split appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the School of Medicine, and a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was selected to give the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Lecture on Friday, October 14, at the 2011 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting in Hartford, Conn.

 

Oct 27, 2011
In Memoriam: Samueli School Associate Professor James "Jim" Richard Arvo

Associate Professor James Richard Arvo, Ph.D., Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering; and the Department of Computer Science in  the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) died October 19, 2011. He was 55.

Oct 24, 2011
UC Irvine Team Details 1M-Droplet Array for Digital PCR, Claims Advantages over Other Methods

 

UC Irvine Team Details 1M-Droplet Array for Digital PCR, Claims Advantages over Other Methods

Oct 24, 2011
Bubble Trouble Eliminated in Cancer Treatment

Bubble Trouble Eliminated in Cancer Treatment

Oct 21, 2011
Meet the New Samueli School Faculty

Eight assistant professors join the Samueli School in 2011-12 Academic Year

Oct 20, 2011
Lighting the Way

The concept that revolutionized laser surgery and earned UC Irvine more than $40 million came to Dr. J. Stuart Nelson in 1992 while he was watching a baseball game.

In the early 1990s, surgeons like Nelson were trying to adapt laser technology for medical use, and the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic was an epicenter for this effort. It was, at the time, the only facility in the world to house basic science and engineering labs and an outpatient clinic under one roof, letting researchers and surgeons quickly translate findings into patient-care breakthroughs.

Oct 17, 2011
Going With the Flow

Cardiovascular researchers create tiny, functional blood vessels

Imagine being able to create a blood supply for engineered body tissue as a way to test experimental drugs, rather than having to try them out in actual humans.

That’s exactly what UC Irvine biomedical engineering professor Steven C. George, M.D., Ph.D., director of The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, and his team are doing. Using cells from discarded umbilical cord blood, they’ve been growing tiny capillaries, barely visible to the naked eye. And now they have figured out how to send liquid similar to blood flowing through those networks. This “micro tissue” promises to be more realistic than traditional methods of determining whether a treatment will work in people and what the side effects might be.

Oct 11, 2011
In Memoriam: Samueli School Professor Carl A. Friehe

Professor Carl A. Friehe, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, passed away on September 1, 2011 after a long illness. Professor Friehe battled his illness valiantly and stayed active until the very end. 

Oct 11, 2011
Patents Pending

UCI's licensing officers help campus researchers protect their inventions

They call it “the baby monitor,” but it’s nothing like the ones sold at Babies “R” Us that alert parents when junior’s crying in his crib.

Developed by UC Irvine pediatrics professor Dr. Dan Cooper, the sophisticated wireless device can detect subtle movements in infants that signal increased risk of cerebral palsy, autism and other neurological disorders. It’s outfitted with a sensor created by Pai Chou, UCI associate professor of electrical engineering & computer science, and it has a special application to warn of sudden infant death syndrome.

Oct 7, 2011
William Tang Collaboration Receives Over $2.7 Million from DARPA

Research to be part of the Microscale Rate-Integrating Gyroscope program

William C. Tang, Ph.D., associate dean for research, and professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded a grant of over $2.7 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the Microscale Rate-Integrating Gyroscope (MRIG) program. Dr. Alexander Trusov, project scientist in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Dr. Karl Y. Yee, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, are collaborating with Tang.

Sep 30, 2011
Transportation Systems Engineering Student Receives Overly Memorial Scholarship

Mahdieh Allahviranloo received scholarship from Women’s Transportation Seminar

Mahdieh Allahviranloo, a third-year Ph.D. student in transportation systems engineering at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, was awarded the Helene H. Overly Graduate Memorial Scholarship at the May 2011 Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Annual Conference in San Francisco. Allahviranloo earned both her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in transportation engineering from Sharif University of Technology in her native Iran.  Her research interests are network modeling and optimization.

Sep 23, 2011
Arash Kheradvar Receives Pair of Grants for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Research

Grants from Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Assistant Professor Arash Kheradvar, M.D., Ph.D., The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received a pair of grants for continuation of his research on the development of a novel self-expandable bioprosthetic heart valve for percutaneous delivery and implantation.

Kheradvar’s development of his percutaneous aortic valve system has recently gained much attention in the cardiovascular community. His success has resulted in grants from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundationas well as the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS).

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