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NSF logo Jun 4, 2013
Five Engineering Grad Students Earn NSF Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation has granted five UC Irvine engineering graduate students a research fellowship, and another three honorable mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. 

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend, opportunities for international research and professional development. Here are the Samueli School’s 2013 NSF fellowship program awardees:

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G.P. Li Jun 3, 2013
Collaborator in Chief

Don’t let the piles of paperwork fool you – G.P. Li has a systematic strategy for pursuing innovation

G.P. Li learned how to make an elevator pitch early in his career. His first corporate gig was with IBM, an innovative company that holds the top spot for number of U.S. patents granted. Today, the UC Irvine engineering professor and director of the campus’s California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology makes it his mission to teach students this valuable skill.

“My goal is to train them to be future leaders – CEOs and CTOs,” says Li, who has founded four companies based on his inventions.

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NASA logo May 29, 2013
NASA fellowships awarded to three UCI hydrology graduate students

Three UC Irvine graduate students have received prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships for their research projects involving water and climate.

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

Chen Tsai May 10, 2013
A Life of Accomplishment

UC Irvine Chancellor’s Professor Chen Tsai has devoted nearly half a century to seeking innovation in the field of electrical engineering and applied science. His efforts recently were recognized by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society, which awarded him its 2013 lifetime achievement award.

Tsai, who came to The Henry Samueli School of Engineering in 1980 from Carnegie Mellon University, was recognized with the society’s highest honor for his pioneering contributions to the “science and technology of integrated acousto-optics and magneto-optics, scanning acoustic microscopy, and ultrasonic monodisperse micro-droplet generation.”

May 9, 2013
Tenacity pays off for tissue engineer

Public Impact Fellowship supports Seema Ehsan’s efforts to develop a better way of testing cancer drugs

The cost of bringing a new drug to the marketplace, from discovery to clinical trials, ranges from $55 million to more than $1 billion. Seema Ehsan aspires to change that, particularly for cancer drugs. A chemical engineering doctoral candidate, she spends eight to 10 hours a day in the laboratory growing tumors.

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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.

Apr 17, 2013
Arash Kheradvar Elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association

Dr. Arash Kheradvar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). Kheradvar was elected to fellowship by the AHA Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention in recognition of his major contributions to cardiac imaging and image-based modeling of cardiovascular diseases.  

“I am deeply humbled to have been elected for this honor,” says Kheradvar. “It could never have happened without the hard work and dedication of my research group over the past years. I look forward to furthering my efforts toward the AHA’s mission, which is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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Apr 15, 2013
Forget Monster, Check Out techjobs.uci.edu

More than 750 engineering and information and computer science students turned out for the TechJobs kick-off hosted by Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Dean Hal Stern. Attendees were treated to a barbecue, received branded water bottles and heard job tips from corporate representatives.

Launched in early April, techjobs.uci.edu is a new website designed to connect high-tech companies to students in the engineering and ICS schools. The site will post full- and part-time jobs and internships, and it is designed so that employers have the ability to search the database for a specific skill set, connecting companies to students who match their needs.

Dean Washington explained to the crowd that global competition for jobs is tougher than ever. “Our goal with TechJobs is to get all of you registered so you can be connected to the opportunities that are out there,” he said. “There are 1,600 companies in and around Orange County looking for high-tech talent. This website is better than Monster, because it works more like a match maker.”

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Apr 11, 2013
American Ceramic Society Names Professor Martha Mecartney a Fellow

Martha Mecartney, professor of chemical engineering and materials science at UCI’s The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). The Society gives the title of Fellow to scientists, engineers and business leaders who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences, broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology, conspicuous achievement in ceramic industry, or by outstanding service to the Society.

“It is an incredible honor to be selected as a Fellow among such esteemed colleagues, and I am delighted,” says Mecartney, whose research is in the development of new multiphase oxide ceramics for energy applications, understanding how grain boundaries and interfaces control physical and chemical properties, and analytical transmission electron microscopy. “What's taken me by surprise is the outpouring of congratulations from around the world."

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Apr 10, 2013
New Jobs Website Debuts, Kick-off BBQ Thursday

Samueli School students are invited to the Tech Jobs Kick-off barbecue Thursday, April 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the plaza between Engineering Tower and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). Join Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington and ICS Dean Hal Stern for free food and to learn about www.techjobs.uci.edu, a custom jobs website designed specifically to help engineering and ICS students land an internship or job with one of Southern California’s premier businesses.

Corporate executives from Emulex, Delphi Display Systems, Broadcom and Blizzard will be on-hand offering students tips on how to stand out from the crowd when searching for employment.

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Apr 5, 2013
Recent Award to Advance Research in Diabetes Treatment

Elliot Botvinick,  assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded more than $200,000 by the Iacocca Foundation to tissue engineer an implant for people with type 1 diabetes.

The current primary treatment of type 1 diabetes is the delivery of artificial insulin via injection or pump combined with careful monitoring of blood glucose levels. Botvinick and Jonathan Lakey, associate professor of surgery in UCI’s School of Medicine, are researching methods of improving the encapsulation of islet tissue. Encapsulation of islet tissue prevents direct contact between implanted cells and the host’s immune system and holds great promise as an alternative to pancreatic transplantation that does not require pharmaceutical immune suppression.

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Apr 5, 2013
Water Education Festival Draws Thousands of Elementary School Children to UCI

Professor Bill Cooper, known around campus as the water boy, spoke to more than 500 elementary school children about the importance of wetlands in treating water at the 2013 Children’s Water Education Festival. Held over two days in UCI’s Aldrich Park, the annual festival educates Orange County’s third, fourth and fifth graders about local water issues and how they can protect water supplies and their environment.

Presented by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and offered as a free field trip for local schools, the event draws more than 7,000 children each year. Cooper’s presentation was one of 65 booths sprawled around the park.

“The OCWD, as one of the most progressive water agencies in the world, has sought to educate the public for years on the importance of water to Orange County, Southern California and California,” says Cooper, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Urban Water Research Center.

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Apr 3, 2013
Top Five Projects from Winter Design Review Announced

The top five student team projects have been selected from the 2013 Samueli School of Engineering Winter Design Review. The teams (see list below) will present their projects at the first annual Ingenuity UCI Student Technology Showcase on May 7 (ingenuity.uci.edu). The Ingenuity Showcase is a joint event with the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

 

Apr 1, 2013
Team TBA Takes First in Freshman Hovercraft Competition

It all came down to seconds. Team TBA’s hovercraft beat the Cliffhanger by less than 10 seconds. The hovercraft competition, held at the 2013 Winter Design Review, was the culmination of a two-quarter freshman experiential learning opportunity. A first of its kind in the UC system, the freshman course gives students a real hands-on engineering experience – to design, build and test a multidisciplinary project.

Fall quarter students built a remote control hovercraft; winter quarter students built an autonomous hovercraft. TBA team leader Nina Tamashiro said the class was a good experience. “I really enjoyed being able to work with tools, and I saw the importance of teamwork,” she says. “The hovercraft was a product of our collaboration. We were given a deadline and the essential tools needed. The rest was up to us to decide how to spend the time, which design to use, and who should do what.”

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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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