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May 23, 2012
EECS Alumnus Named 2012 Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus for Engineering

Truc Vu recognized for his outstanding service and contributions to UC Irvine

May 18, 2012
Samueli School Laboratory Director Wins Award at Biophysical Society Annual Meeting

Michelle Digman wins Young Fluorescence Investigator Award

Michelle A. Digman, Ph.D., director of the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, received the Young Fluorescence Investigator Award at the Biophysical Society’s 56th Annual Meeting on February 25 in San Diego.

As director of the LFD, Digman mentors graduate students in their research and conducts independent research on the extracellular environment and tumor metastasis in live cells. She also performs live cell migration studies in two-dimensional and three-dimensional space.

May 15, 2012
No Mere Flight of Fancy

Liebeck teaches aerodynamics, airplane performance and airplane design.

As a child, Robert Liebeck loved tinkering with model airplanes. The UC Irvine adjunct professor of mechanical & aerospace engineering is still at it — but now he's working on a much different kind of model, one that could revolutionize air travel.

Called the blended wing body, the concept results in aircraft that look more like sleek manta rays than today's tube-and-wing jets. A BWB plane would burn about 20 percent less fuel than conventional planes, and because its engines mount high on the back of the aircraft, it would be an estimated 50 decibels quieter.

"It could operate out of John Wayne Airport 24 hours a day," says Liebeck, who has been developing the BWB as a senior fellow at the Boeing Company for more than 20 years.

May 11, 2012
Investments in Innovations: Engineering At The National Science Foundation
Dr. Thomas W. Peterson, Assistant Director, Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation
May 9, 2012
Young Engineers Vie for State Champ Engineering Titles

Schools served by the MESA Center at the Samueli School

May 8, 2012
Pair Win ASCE Orange County Branch 2012 Awards

Professor Brett F. Sanders and alum Tricia Maruki honored

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County Branch honored Brett F. Sanders, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and Samueli School alum Tricia Maruki, P.E., in February at the branch’s annual awards dinner banquet in Costa Mesa.

Sanders' work is in the area of environmental hydrodynamics and his specialty is numerical modeling of free surface flow and transport in rivers and the coastal zone (estuaries, harbors, and bays). Maruki graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree from the Samueli School in 2005, and received her professional engineer’s license in 2008.

May 4, 2012
New BME Assistant Professor Developing Nanotechnologies

Jered Haun working to diagnose diseases with nanotechnology

Jered B. Haun, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, is conducting research focused on developing nanotechnologies to diagnose diseases and obtain new insight into biology.

Haun is broadly interested in detecting unique signatures, or biomarkers, that accompany diseases such as cancer and atherosclerosis. These biomarkers herald the presence of the disease, and may also provide valuable insight about the pathological phenotype that can be used to formulate powerful, personalized therapies.

Apr 30, 2012
Troubled Waters
UCI’s Jay Famiglietti warns of global crisis in new documentary

UC Irvine professor Jay Famiglietti sits with his arms politely crossed, watching an irate Central Valley farmer wrest a microphone out of a conservationist’s hand. The two are dueling over the urgency of irrigation for 25 percent of America’s food supply versus cancelling crop production to save water.

A few minutes later, Famiglietti patiently tries to explain the scientific reality behind groundwater depletion and why proper resource management could help all sides. Suddenly, he abandons his professorial lingo and sighs: “We’re screwed.”

It’s just one of his memorable observations in the new documentary “Last Call at the Oasis,” which will open May 11 at the Edwards University Town Center cinema in Irvine.

Apr 25, 2012
UC Irvine Introduces New Master’s of Science in Engineering Management

New graduate program targets recently graduated engineering students seeking leadership roles

Apr 24, 2012
New Hopes for Patient-Specific Heart Valves: UCI Researchers Engineered a Novel Hybrid Tissue

UC Irvine research featured on the cover of Tissue Engineering Journal

UC Irvine researchers are working on a new technology to develop the first patient-specific heart valve with self-regenerative capabilities. A recently published article entitled “Metal Mesh Scaffold for Tissue Engineering of Membranes” has been featured on the cover of the April 2012 issue of the journal of Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. In this article, UC Irvine scientists revealed a novel engineered tissue made of an extra thin layer of metal mesh tightly enclosed by biological cell layers analogous to a heart valve leaflet.

Apr 18, 2012
Engineering Student Council President Engineers Data Collection System

Sean Burke created the ESCan wristband to gather data during E-Week

Apr 5, 2012
Anna Grosberg Joins The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

Grosberg to focus on tissue engineering

Assistant Professor Anna Grosberg, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, has recently joined The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology after completing postdoctoral research at Harvard University.


Grosberg joins The Henry Samueli School of Engineering facultyand is expected to provide new and synergistic expertise in applyingmultiscale computational modeling and tissue engineering to stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (heart muscle cells), cardiac morphogenesis (development of structure), and cardiac function.

Apr 4, 2012
Dean Gregory Washington, Chancellor Michael Drake and Delegation Return from Academic Mission to Israel

Highlights included a meeting with Israel President Shimon

UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake and three faculty members recently concluded an academic mission in Israel, forging collaborative research agreements and student and faculty exchanges with the country’s top universities. Among the highlights of the trip was a visit with Israel President Shimon Peres.

“Our meetings with university leaders and President Peres were enlightening and productive,” Drake said. “Together, we were able to identify many similarities between UC Irvine and the top universities in Israel. We look forward to continuing our relationships with these institutions, just as we have with many others around the world, including in South Korea, Norway, Poland, China and others.”

Apr 3, 2012
Samueli School Alum Arezoo Ardekani Receives NSF CAREER Award
Ardekani currently an assistant professor at University of Notre Dame
Mar 28, 2012
BME Ranked 27th in Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

BME Ranked 27th in Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Mar 28, 2012
ChEMS Assistant Professor’s Research Featured in Two Journal Cover Articles

Ali Mohraz featured in cover articles in Advanced Materials and Langmuir

Assistant Professor Ali Mohraz, Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has had his research on interfacial colloid assembly featured as cover articles in the journals Advanced Materials and Langmuir.

Particle self-assembly at liquid interfaces is a complex phenomenon involving elements of interfacial phenomena, suspension mechanics and thermodynamics. A better understanding of the interplay between these various elements can pave the way for new applications of these multi-phase systems in diverse technologies including drug delivery, personal care, oil industries and food products.

Mar 23, 2012
ChEMS Assistant Professor Receives Nuclear Energy University Programs Award

Mikael Nilsson receives award from the U.S. Department of Energy

Assistant Professor Mikael Nilsson, Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has received a Research and Development Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP).

Nilsson’s proposal entitledMicroemulsions and Aggregation Formation in Extraction Processes for Used Nuclear Fuel: Thermodynamic and Structural Studies”is related to chemical processing of used nuclear fuel. The project goal is to study the formation of chemical aggregates that may cause upsets in the process.

Mar 22, 2012
Assistant Professor Receives Editors’ Choice Award from Water Resources Research Journal

Jasper Vrugt’s paper is one of five honored nationally

Assistant Professor Jasper A. Vrugt, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in Earth System Science, co-authored a paper entitled “Optimization and uncertainty assessment of strongly nonlinear groundwater models with high parameter dimensionality, ” that has been awarded an Editors’ Choice Award from the journal Water Resources Research.

The article discusses a proposed methodology for parameter estimation and uncertainty analysis algorithms to understand and predict flow and transport through aquifers.

Mar 14, 2012
Dean Gregory Washington Invited to White House

Washington is one of over 40 engineering deans participating in event

Dean Gregory N. Washington, Ph.D., The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, was one of over 40 engineering school deans invited to attend a White House event to celebrate the efforts of engineering deans for their commitment to retain and graduate more students in the field of engineering.

This event was part of a public-private initiative by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council) to address the nation’s shortage of engineers. The goal is to yield 10,000 more engineering graduates in the United States annually. 

Mar 9, 2012
Engineering Student Council Honors Ten at Annual Awards Banquet

Five faculty members and five students honored by ESC

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