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Sep 18, 2012
A Laser Focus on Cell Research
Biomedical engineer Elliot Botvinick uses optical tweezers to understand how disease takes hold
Sep 13, 2012
Wendy Liu Receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

BME faculty member wins one of 51 awards nationally

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


Aug 14, 2012
Wastewater Key to Quenching Global Thirst, UCI-led Review Finds

Conservation also vital to supply both humans, ecosystems

Parched cities and regions across the globe are using sewage effluent and other wastewater in creative ways to augment drinking water, but 4 billion people still do not have adequate supplies, and that number will rise in coming decades. Wildlife, rivers and ecosystems are also being decimated by the ceaseless quest for new water and disposal of waste. Changing human behavior and redoubling use of alternatives are critical to breaking that cycle.

“This is the only path forward to provide water for humans as well as for ecosystems,” said lead author Stanley Grant, a UC Irvine civil & environmental engineering professor who specializes in water quality. “We need to focus on improving the productivity and value of existing supplies, which basically means getting more out of a glass of water.”

Aug 10, 2012
CEE Graduate Student Awarded NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Award

Hamed Ashouri one of 54 honored in Earth Science Research

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

Professor Daniel Gajski helps pioneer online education at UC Irvine
 

Jul 24, 2012
Steven C. George Receives NIH Funds for Development of Tissue Chips to Help Predict Drug Safety

DARPA and FDA to collaborate on groundbreaking therapeutic development initiative

Professor Steven C. George, M.D., Ph.D., Director of The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering has received one of 10 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at creating 3-D chips with living cells and tissues that accurately model the structure and function of human organs such as the lung, liver and heart. George’s grant is entitled “An integrated in vitro model of perfused tumor and cardiac tissue.”

“We will be developing microtissues that mimic cardiac and cancer tissue, and these microtissues will be receiving nutrients like oxygen through real human blood vessels,” said George.

Jul 11, 2012
Alexander Trusov Collaboration Receives $6 Million from DARPA

Collaboration developing chip that can outperform GPS

Alexander A. Trusov, Ph.D., project scientist at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine was awarded $6 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the Primary and Secondary Calibration on Active Layer (PASCAL) program.

The deliverable of this project is an integrated, ultra-miniaturized inertial microsystem with in-situ self-calibration capabilities strategically implemented on-chip. The developed inertial sensors will become a critical part of an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), small and sufficiently low powered for adaptation in Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) units for handheld devices and various small unmanned vehicles and platforms.

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.

Jul 2, 2012
ChEMS Associate Professor’s Research Featured in Journal

Szu-Wen Wang’s research featured in Advanced Functional Materials

Associate Professor Szu-Wen Wang, Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has had her research on biomaterials published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials and featured in Materials View.

Biomaterials made from natural units, such as self-assembling biological complexes, have a variety of applications in materials science and nanotechnology. The functionality of protein-based materials, however, is frequently limited by the absence of specific chemical conjugation sites.

Jun 27, 2012
Congratulations to Engineering Staff Service Award Honorees

24 staff members honored

Jun 25, 2012
Pair of Students Honored in The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

Luis Alonzo and Nicole Mendoza Honored

Jun 14, 2012
Samueli School Alumnus Liem Vu Named Asian American Executive of the Year

Vu is a senior manager at The Boeing Company

Liem W. Vu, an alumnus of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine, was named “Asian American Executive of the Year” by the Chinese Institute of Engineers – USA at the annual Asian American Engineer of the Year Award Conference in March 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Vu, a senior manager with the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) – Mission System Integrated Product Team (IPT) within the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division of The Boeing Company, was given the award for his sustained leadership and engineering contributions in the development of avionics, software, weapons systems, test facilities and training simulators in support of military aircraft programs and combat systems.

Jun 12, 2012
Graduate Student Nizan Friedman Presents at Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition

Friedman was one of 12 finalists

Nizan Friedman, a graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, presented research at the inaugural Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by Broadcom Corporation. Friedman’s project “MusicGlove: A Music‐Based Hand Rehabilitation Device,” creates a new, intensive and highly motivating rehabilitation regimen, reducing long‐term hand impairment from conditions such as stroke, high‐level spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

Jun 8, 2012
Student Group Participates in 2012 ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference

UC Irvine finishes third in the environmental design competition

Jun 6, 2012
Arash Kheradvar Receives a Transatlantic Career Development Award from Leducq Foundation

Award is in cardiovascular and neurovascular research

Assistant Professor Arash Kheradvar, M.D., Ph.D. in Department of Biomedical Engineering has been named as a recipient of the 2011-2012 Career Development Award from Leducq Foundation as a senior investigator. Kheradvar received the award based on his research entitled “Flow through the Right Heart after Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot: anImage-Based Modeling Approach.”

Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a common form of cyanotic congenital heart disease (CHD), which accounts for approximately 7 to 10 percent of live-born patients with CHD. “Our central hypothesis is that the abnormal patterns of flow through the RV in TOF hearts contributes to dissipation of the kinetic energy of flow and reduces the efficiency of RV function, promoting its failure,” Kheradvar states.

Jun 1, 2012
Using Optical Tweezers, UCI and UCLA Researchers Uncover Key Mechanics in Cell-Cell Communication

Notch network study has implications for cancer and heart disease research

By using a laser microbeam technology called optical tweezers, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers have uncovered fundamental properties of a key molecular signaling system involved with development, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

In collaboration, UCI’s Elliot Botvinick and UCLA’s Gerry Weinmaster published complimentary studies in the journal Developmental Cell, in which they each used optical tweezers to detect and measure mechanical force produced by cells when bound to Notch, a cellular pathway that serves as a communication network to ensure the correct cell types form at a precise time and location in the body.

May 30, 2012
Jay Famiglietti Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union

He is one of 61 honored as Fellows in 2012


Professor James S. (Jay) Famiglietti, Ph.D., Department of Earth System Science in the School of Physical Sciences, and a joint appointment in in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his exceptional scientific contributions. The designation is conferred upon not more than 0.1 percent of all AGU members in any given year.

Famiglietti’s research group focuses on how the water cycle and freshwater resources are being impacted by climate change.

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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