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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.

building a fuel cell Jul 22, 2013
Having Fun, FABcamp Style

The Samueli School’s FABcamp got off to a boisterous beginning with a full roster of middle school children. The first group of 9 girls and 20 boys could be seen touring labs and walking around the school in bright yellow t-shirts. 

Water-PIRE undergrads Jul 12, 2013
Undergrads Spend Two Weeks Down Under Studying Water Sustainability

Twelve undergraduate students – nine from UCI, one from UCSD and two from UCLA – completed a week of orientation in early July before heading Down Under to participate in a six-week research experience, including two weeks in Australia.

Edwin Markham Middle School MESA Team Jul 2, 2013
Middle School Affiliated with UC Irvine’s MESA Program Wins National Engineering Competition

Four eighth-grade students from Edwin Markham Middle School in Watts were named middle school champions of the 2013 MESA National Engineering Design Competition held recently at Portland State University in Oregon.  The Markham MESA team -- Julio Romero, Danae Tousant, Ashley Baker and Jacqueline Sanchez -- is served by the MESA outreach program at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

“More than anything else I think the MESA program demonstrates the great things these kids can accomplish when they are given access to resources and academic enrichment opportunities,” says Nicole Patterson, UCI MESA associate director. “To us these students are the face of the MESA Program, they are the mission fulfilled and it is an honor to be a part of their continued growth and development. We take great pride in their individual accomplishments and look forward to watching them realize their limitless potential.”

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Matthew Jenusaitis Jun 28, 2013
Samueli School Partners with OCTANe to Encourage SBIR Grant Applicants

OCTANe and the Samueli School partnered to present a workshop on how to go after small business government grants for innovation research (SBIR) and technology transfer (STTR). The second in a three-part grant development series, the workshop drew nearly 50 people including professors, graduate students, industry professionals and entrepreneurs.

“Over the past few years, government grant funding for innovative research and technology in Orange County has been significantly less than either San Diego or Los Angeles counties,” explains Matthew Jenusaitis, OCTANe president and CEO.  “That’s not because there is less technology here, but rather, because Orange County needs to be more active in pursuing these federal sources of early stage capital.  The goal of this program series is to increase the awareness, provide education, and stimulate action to close the gap.”

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L-R: Eliott Botvinick, Jonathan Lakey and Weian Zhao Jun 26, 2013
UCI researchers awarded $2.27 million to create novel diabetes treatments

Grants will support islet cell transplantation and insulin sensor projects

2013 Commencement Jun 21, 2013
Congratulations Class of 2013!

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering sent 571 new engineers out into the world this past weekend, after a full slate of graduation activities.

Laser Associate Sciences Jun 21, 2013
Engineering Students Achieve a Strong Showing at Merage Business Plan Competition

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering was well represented in the 2013 Business Plan Competition at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business, with teams from Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology dominating the campuswide division.

“The ultimate goal is to be better able to predict seasonal water supply and provide policymakers with the information they need to make smart decisions,” says Scott Sellars, a doctoral candidate in civil & environmental engineering. Jun 18, 2013
More than a Weatherman

Public Impact Fellow Scott Sellars is developing a better way to predict precipitation

Andrea Thorstensen Jun 12, 2013
Civil Engineering Doctoral Student Awarded Department of Defense Fellowship

Civil and environmental engineering doctoral student Andrea Thorstensen has been awarded a 2013 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the competitive fellowship covers Thorstensen’s tuition and provides an annual stipend for three years.

Anima Anandkumar Jun 11, 2013
Microsoft Research Names Anima Anandkumar a Faculty Fellow

Anima Anandkumar has been awarded a 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship. An assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Irvine’s The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Anandkumar is one of seven from around the world to receive this support.

Jun 10, 2013
Sina Poorkasmaei Presents as Finalist at Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition

Sina Poorkasmaei, a Samueli School graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, presented innovative engineering research at the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation funded by Broadcom Corporation. Poorkasmaei’s project “Differential Space-Time Modulation for Multiple Access Channels with Two Users” studied the technical challenges posed by improving the quality of information exchange between portable devices.

Poorkasmaei, who is working with Chancellor’s Professor Hamid Jafarkhani, was among 12 student finalists from 12 universities from around the globe competing in a poster session at Broadcom’s annual Technical Conference June 5-6. The finalists, who were chosen by a select committee comprised of preeminent engineers, shared insights into their engineering research and how its future application can improve lives and contribute to society. More than 400 distinguished Broadcom engineers were on hand to judge the entries on technology innovation and presentation.

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Michelle Sangalang Jun 7, 2013
Biomed Engineering Student Wins Statewide Business Plan Competition for Youth

UC Irvine biomedical engineering student Michelle Sangalang credits her senior design classes for helping her win a statewide business plan competition. She and her partner Andrew Ekelem, a UC Berkeley bioengineer alumnus, brought home the grand prize of $5,000 in their age category (18 to 27 year olds) in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program’s Boost Business Plan Competition.

Sangalang and Ekelem attended high school together. Their business is called Chariot Mobility, and its focus is to make the best in-class customized manual wheelchair that uses an advanced propulsion system and materials. They are creating the first manual wheelchair to be maneuvered solely from a lever system.

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Jun 6, 2013
Abraham Baca Named Scholar of the Week by Great Minds in STEM

Abraham Baca, a civil engineering senior, at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a 2012 HENAAC-Southern California Edison scholarship recipient. The first in his family to attend college, Abraham’s goal is to graduate from UCI and receive his Professional Engineering License.

Abraham is best described as a student that seeks out any academic, leadership or career development opportunity that comes his way. As a freshman, he sought out and joined the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA). The only STEM student in the organization, he continued his active involvement through his senior year when he was elected president. As president, he reengaged community service opportunities for the organization, which was very important to him. He also instilled a mentorship program, which paired upper classmen with lower classmen. Abraham believes the best way to create drive is to have someone guide you along your academic path.

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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.

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