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).

Sep 19, 2011
New Engineering Dean Gears Up for Fiscal Challenge

Skilled in adaptative research, Gregory Washington has a mission: partner or perish

Gregory Washington, UC Irvine’s new dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, knows the mechanics of staying cool under pressure.

An accomplished systems engineer, Washington researches “smart” materials that respond to temperature changes, stretching and other stimuli, and which can be used for everything from heating car seats to harvesting energy from computers to recharge batteries.

“If you pull on them, press them or otherwise strain them, they actually will produce electricity,” he explains. “So any entity that’s vibrating or moving, I can extract energy from it and then use that for a very useful purpose.”

Sep 16, 2011
Michelle Khine Named Finalist for 2011 World Technology Award for Materials

Michelle Khine recognized for visionary contribution to science and technology; winner to be announced at United Nations headquarters

The World Technology Network (WTN) has announced thatAssistant ProfessorMichelle Khine, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a finalist for the prestigious World Technology Award for Materials. The Award is presented by the WTN in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Science/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Technology Review. Khine joins a roster of individuals and organizations from over 60 countries around the world deemed to be doing the most innovative and impactful work.

Sep 9, 2011
UC Irvine Receives $2.5 Million Award from the National Nuclear Security Administration

Part of $25 million awarded to seven university consortium

Sep 2, 2011
CEE Graduate Student Awarded International Desalination Association Scholarship

Errol Glenn one of two recipients internationally


Aug 26, 2011
Professor to Participate in Japanese Educational DVD About Rockets

Professor Kenneth D. Mease to appear in “Be-Go Global - Science & Dreams” DVD

Kenneth D. Mease, Ph.D., professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, will be featured in Benesse Corporation’s “Be-Go Global – Science & Dreams” DVD. The DVD is part of the “Be-Go Global” series from the Benesse Corporation of Japan that stars computer generated character “Ever,” a second-grade boy from Japan; Sam, an American boy; and Rudy, a reindeer/man.

In the DVD, Mease meets Ever and Sam, boys who dream of becoming rocket scientists, at the Discovery Science Center in Orange County where Ever and Sam are visiting to see the Boeing Delta III Rocket.  Mease invites the boys to UC Irvine where his students are at work on UC Irvine’s Rocket Project.

Aug 19, 2011
Broadcom Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation with Children’s Art Contest

Samueli School faculty and staff help judge contest


Aug 16, 2011
Waste Not, Want Not
UCI scientists create eco-friendly fuel, heat and electricity from sewage

Imagine being able to get the equivalent of 70 miles per gallon in your car, keep your home cool and power your computer – all from sewage. Thanks to technology developed by UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center and partners, that’s now possible.

Ten years of hard work, led by center associate director Jack Brouwer, has paid off in a cutting-edge project at the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley. A unique fuel cell generator simultaneously and continuously converts gas created in wastewater digesters to hydrogen used for zero-emission vehicle fuel, electricity and heat in a highly efficient manner.

Aug 12, 2011
Professor Ayman Mosallam Book Published by ASCE

Design Guide for FRP Composite Connections published as a Manual of Practice

Aug 5, 2011
MicroSystems Lab wins Outstanding Paper Award at Transducers’ 11 Conference

Samueli School lab wins honor for paper

Aug 1, 2011
Elliot Botvinick Receives a 2011 Pilot Grant from ICTS

Grant for “A bloodless laparoscopic cutting tool"

Jul 29, 2011
Five Students Earn Graduate Division Fellowships

Samueli School students earn fellowships

Jul 26, 2011
An App a Day

Open wide and say “Aah.” Not your mouth – your smart phone or laptop.

Mobile health applications are multiplying like cells in a petri dish. Consumers will soon have 600 million to choose from, analysts say. By 2015, more than a third of the nation’s 1.4 billion smart phone users will run some type of medical app.

At the UC Irvine division of the California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology, researchers, computer scientists, engineers, biologists, chemists and game developers in the new eHealth Collaboratory meld their expertise to produce these applications for healthcare consumers as well as providers.


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