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Jack Brouwer Oct 29, 2013
Austrian Delegation Visits UC Irvine’s NFCRC, Smart Grid Demonstration

The Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. visited UC Irvine during the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in October.

Hung Nguyen Oct 28, 2013
Chemical Engineer’s Research Makes the Cover of Advanced Healthcare Materials

Hung Nguyen’s research is featured on the cover of the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Healthcare Materials. An assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, Nguyen investigates the self-assembly of biological and biomimetic nanoscale materials based on amino acids and nucleic acids for applications in nanotechnology, drug delivery, tissue engineering, gene therapy, disease diagnostics, antiviral therapeutics and imaging agent development.

The Advanced Healthcare Materials journal featured Nguyen’s study involving peptide amphiphiles, an emerging class of self-assembling molecules. He and his team, including first author graduate student Iris Fu, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, used simulations to examine the self-assembly process in detail.

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Payam Heydari Oct 25, 2013
Electrical Engineering Professor to Deliver IEEE Global Conference Keynote

Electrical engineering professor Payam Heydari has been selected to deliver a keynote speech at the 2013 IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing to be held in Austin, Texas, in December.

Heydari’s research expertise involves the design and analysis of terahertz, millimeter-wave and radio-frequency integrated circuits. In his keynote talk, he plans to address the challenges and opportunities associated with fully integrated millimeter-wave imaging in silicon.

Heydari most recently presented a panel talk at the 2013 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference in Northern California. The panel discussed the future systems and integrated circuits supporting high speed connectivity.

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William Cooper Oct 23, 2013
Bill Cooper to Direct NSF Environmental Engineering Program

Professor Bill Cooper has been appointed director of the environmental engineering program in the NSF’s Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division. As a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the UC Irvine Urban Water Research Center, Cooper is used to seeking out funding from government agencies. This new position places him on the other side of the table. As an NSF program director, he will be involved in determining which project proposals to support with agency funding.

The NSF environmental engineering program funds projects looking at the environmental engineering implications of energy and resource consumption; availability of high quality water supplies; and fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in air, water, and soils. As director, Cooper will also seek joint funding opportunities with other government agencies and engineering programs.

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Robert Tkach presents award to Salvatore Campione Oct 21, 2013
Engineering Doctoral Student Receives Marconi Young Scholar Award

Samueli School of Engineering doctoral student Salvatore Campione has been named a 2013 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar.

CEE Career Fair Oct 18, 2013
Focused Career Fair Attracts 200 CEE Students

They came out dressed to impress, resumes in hand. More than 200 civil and environmental engineering students stood in line to meet with representatives from 12 companies at the Civil and Environmental Career Fair held at the Student Center in October.

An array of glassblown micro-cells used to derive the magnetic field gradient. Oct 10, 2013
NSF Recognizes Andrei Shkel with EAGER Award

Professor Andrei Shkel has received a $300,000 National Science Foundation EAGER (Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) Award.

Farghalli Mohamed with UCI Chancellor Michael Drake Oct 7, 2013
Well-Loved Professor Retires, Goes out with a Rhyme

Beloved engineering professor Farghalli A. Mohamed celebrated his retirement and 70th birthday in late September surrounded by colleagues, faculty, staff and friends.

Jairus Racelis Oct 1, 2013
On track for clean energy

UCI will host – and compete in – the California Challenge, which pits alternative-fuel race cars against each other

Ali Mohraz Sep 23, 2013
NASA to Fund Microgravity-related Research at the Samueli School

NASA has selected a project of Ali Mohraz’s to fund under its “Research Opportunities in Complex Fluids and Macromolecular Biophysics” program. 

St. Margaret's High School Summer Internship Sep 20, 2013
St. Margaret’s High School Students Gain University-level Research Experience during Summer Internships at Samueli School

Six students participated in this year’s St. Margaret’s Episcopal High School Summer Internship Program at the Samueli School of Engineering,

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

Soroosh Sorooshian Sep 5, 2013
Soroosh Sorooshian Honored with Horton Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Hydrology

The American Geophysical Union has awarded UC Irvine Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian the 2013 Horton Medal for his outstanding contributions to hydrology.

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.

Jose Ramos Aug 13, 2013
Civil engineering senior selected for Semester at Sea

Jose Ramos, a senior in civil engineering, has received a Semester at Sea Presidential Scholarship. The award covers full tuition, room and board for the shipboard program. Ramos is one of only three students selected from a pool of 120 applicants.

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.

Enric Grustan Gutierrez Aug 7, 2013
Seeking a Boost

Enric Grustan Gutierrez studies propulsion so maybe it’s not surprising that he’s a force of nature himself. The high-energy mechanical and aerospace engineering doctoral candidate designs and microfabricates tiny arrays of electric-propelled thrusters that could change the way telecommunication satellites and other spacecraft are launched and navigated.

Andrei Shkel Aug 6, 2013
Professor Recognized for Exceptional Public Service

Professor Andrei Shkel, has been recognized with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Rui J.P. de Figueiredo Jul 30, 2013
In memoriam: Rui de Figueiredo

Rui J.P. de Figueiredo, a UC Irvine Samueli School professor emeritus, and respected collaborator passed away last week.

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