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Feb 11, 2013
Calvin Mackie Addresses the Issue of Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Fields

“We need a hand-to-hand movement,” said Calvin Mackie about the need to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The former engineering professor turned motivational speaker, mentor and technology entrepreneur spoke to UCI students, staff and administrators who gathered at the Calit2 Building Auditorium. The event was sponsored by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the UCI Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

“We’ve figured out how to scour the city to find those in brown and black communities to play football, basketball and baseball. Why can’t we do it for STEM?” asked Mackie. “If we keep believing there is an archetype STEM student, we’re not going to reach the underrepresented minorities that we need, that will help us compete on a global scale.”

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Jan 18, 2013
W.M. Keck Foundation grants UCI $1 million for deep-ocean power science lab

Researchers will explore use of marine conditions to produce clean energy

The W.M. Keck Foundation has granted $1 million to UC Irvine to build a campus laboratory in which researchers can explore the potential of using the deep ocean’s low-temperature and high-pressure conditions to generate carbon-free power from methane hydrates.

Three-dimensional, ice-like structures with natural gas locked inside, methane hydrates are found under the Arctic permafrost and in ocean sediments along nearly every continental shelf in the world. They’re difficult to recover, though, because they require low temperatures and high pressure to remain solid. The new laboratory will investigate novel strategies for utilizing the natural gas contained in methane hydrates through high-pressure combustion and for immediately capturing and mitigating any carbon dioxide emissions.

“This will be the only facility in the world capable of examining both high-pressure combustion and carbon sequestration,” said Derek Dunn-Rankin, professor and chair of mechanical & aerospace engineering and lead investigator on the project.

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Jan 17, 2013
Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Initiates New Members

The UC Irvine Tau Beta Pi Chapter, which has around 300 total members, has initiated 41 new members. Tau Beta Pi is a national honor society open to all engineering disciplines and is the oldest and largest honor society at the Samueli School.

Students must complete an initiation process by meeting a set of requirements and demonstrating commitment to the organization before becoming official members.  An initiate must be in the top 8 percent of their junior class or top 5 percent of their senior class, and display exemplary character and integrity.

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Dec 17, 2012
Broadcom Foundation Funds Graduate Engineering Fellowships at UC Irvine’s The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Universities that help graduate students offset the rising costs of earning an advanced degree are better positioned to recruit top talent. And with several years of tuition increases and state funding decreases, graduate schools are looking to corporate partners for support. The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is pleased to announce that Broadcom Foundation has pledged such assistance in the form of graduate fellowships. 

Broadcom Foundation will contribute $400,000 over two years to establish graduate fellowships at the Samueli School. The gift will fund four electrical engineering graduate students each year for the next two years.

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Dec 7, 2012
Take Note: Three recent awards advance research in healthcare, transportation and materials science

Ahmad Falahatpisheh has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. Falahatpisheh works on computational and experimental cardiac fluid dynamics. His project involves modeling the flow inside the heart of patients with a complex congenital heart malformation called tetralogy of Fallot.

Kenneth Mease has received a seed grant of $50,160 from NASA. The grant will fund Mease’s research project titled Strategic Air Traffic Flow Control via Aggregate Modeling.

Ali Mohraz has received a Distinguished Young Rheologist award from TA Instruments, a manufacturer of analytical instruments for thermal analysis, rheology, and microcalorimetry. The award is an instrument grant, in the form of a $50,000 rheometer (a device that measures the way flows respond to applied forces).

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Nov 29, 2012
Engineering Students Build Tire Tester for Free Wheelchair Mission

Seven engineering students spent their summer putting what they’d learned in the classroom to good use on a project for the Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM).

Nov 26, 2012
Colloquia Room Named for Harut Barsamian

A few days before the Thanksgiving holiday, Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington was giving thanks to Harut Barsamian at a gathering of his family, friends and colleagues.

Nov 16, 2012
Combining Passion for Research With Search for a Cure

As an undergraduate electrical engineering student at the prestigious Zhejiang University in China, Jiawen Li found her passion for research was propelled by the death of her beloved grandfather.

Nov 13, 2012
Amir AghaKouchak Participates in 2012 Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Symposium features innovative faculty

Assistant Professor Amir AghaKouchak, department of civil and environmental engineering, was one of 72 innovative educators who participated in the National Academy of Engineering's fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium was held Oct. 14-17 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine.

The FOEE program brings together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators to recognize, reward and promote effective, substantive and inspirational engineering education.

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Nov 9, 2012
St. Margaret’s High School Students Enjoy University-level Engineering Research Experience

Six students who participated in this year’s St. Margaret’s Episcopal High School Summer Internship Program at the Samueli School presented their research projects in early November to their parents, teachers and the engineering faculty and graduate students who mentored them.

Nov 5, 2012
Forecasting the Future Interconnected World

Communications and Information Technology 2025 Conference Explored Future of Industry
 

Oct 24, 2012
Professor gets IGERT Grant to Create Ph.D. Program in Biophotonics

Vasan Venugopalan receives grant to create program

Oct 11, 2012
Lorenzo Valdevit is a Member of 2012 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award-Winning Team

“World’s Lightest Material” wins Breakthrough Award

Sep 25, 2012
Fabricating the Future
RapidTech trains tomorrow’s workforce in advanced manufacturing technologies like 3-D printing

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

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