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

Five faculty members and five students honored by ESC

Mar 7, 2012
Three Doctoral Students Earn Public Impact Fellowships

Three engineering doctoral students improving the lives of the community

Mar 1, 2012
Adjunct Professor Robert H. Liebeck Receives Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award

Award presented at National Engineers Week Banquet

Robert H. Liebeck, Ph.D., adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and Senior Fellow at The Boeing Company, was nominated by Brigadier General Charles E. Yeager to receive the 2012 Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award presented by The Engineers’ Council, during the National Engineers Week Honors & Awards Banquet in Universal City, Calif., on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The award was presented by Colonel Dawn M. Dunlop, Commander, 412th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base.

Feb 28, 2012
Mending a Broken Heart
Ph.D. candidate Aaron Chen wins Public Impact Fellowship for cardiac patch research

Since stem cells were first discovered to be a basis of new medical treatments, researchers have touted their potential to repair the human heart.

Millions of Americans suffer heart attacks each year, and those who survive never fully recover. Left behind is scarred and dead tissue that never mends, and research has focused on utilizing stem cells to initiate new growth.

UC Irvine doctoral candidate Cheng-Wei “Aaron” Chen is pursuing another approach. He believes that human embryonic stem cells can be used to create tissue — a sort of cardiac patch that could be grafted onto damaged heart areas and stimulate regrowth.

Feb 24, 2012
Researching Particle-laden Turbulent Flows

Professor Said Elghobashi researches the vaporization rate of fuel droplets in a turbulent flow

Professor Said Elghobashi, Ph.D., D.Sc., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is researching the two-way interactions between vaporizing droplets and turbulent flows using fully resolved, direct numerical simulation (DNS). The study is of particular relevance to liquid fuel spray combustion that is the predominant energy source in transportation systems. His main objective is to understand the effect of turbulence on the rate of droplet vaporization, which is the main controlling mechanism of the entire combustion process, as well as the effect of droplets on turbulence.

Feb 21, 2012
Samueli School Celebrates National Engineers Week

E-Week celebrated at events all week

Feb 21, 2012
Samueli School Showcases Three Projects at Homecoming Street Festival

Samueli School projects improve lives

Feb 16, 2012
How Vortices Form in our Cardiovascular System and How They Contribute to Our Health

Arash Kheradvar co-authors book entitled “Vortex Formation in the Cardiovascular System”

Assistant Professor Arash Kheradvar, M.D., Ph.D., The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, has co-authored Vortex Formation in the Cardiovascular System.

Vortices occur in nature wherever propulsive flow exists, from erupting volcanoes to ones generated by squid and jellyfish to propel themselves. There has been particular interest in the wide variety of vortices that develop in the cardiovascular system, particularly in the cardiac chambers and in large arteries. These vortices play fundamental roles in normal physiology and provide proper balance between blood motion and stresses on the surrounding tissues. 

Feb 9, 2012
Undergraduate Student Participates in Hispanic College Fund’s Annual Gala

Lucía Díaz was one of 24 students from across the country to attend

Feb 8, 2012
CEE Department Producing Quality Research Across the Board

Data shows CEE has high ranking programs

Brett F. Sanders, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, analyzed last fall the scholarly achievements of the four program areas of the department: Environmental Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources, Structural Engineering and Transportation Systems Engineering.

Sanders was motivated by the inadequacy of existing rankings, which he found either too subjective or too broad for meaningful assessment at the program level of detail. His attention turned to an index that he calls “quality productivity.” 

Feb 3, 2012
Samueli School Student Project Receives Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Professor Sunny Jiang leads student team to EPA award

Feb 2, 2012
BME Professor Published Article in Nature Photonics

Michael W. Berns published in Nature Photonics journal

Professor Michael W. Berns, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and his research team have had an article published online in the Nature Photonics journal and it isthe cover story of the journals January 2012 print issue.

Berns and his colleagues use an optically driven micromotor to study the control of nerve fiber movement called axons. The micromotor relies on the use of circularly polarized light with angular momentum to trap and spin a birefringent particle to create a controlled amount of microfluidic shear force against a living cell. Berns and his team of researchers demonstrated that the growth of a single nerve cell turns in a specific direction related to the micromotor spin direction and subsequent microfluidic flow direction.

Jan 31, 2012
Jay Famiglietti Selected as 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer

Professor to give lectures internationally on global water cycle change and freshwater availability

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 selected as the 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer.

The lectureship is made to one person annually by the Geological Society of America(GSA) Hydrogeology Division. Famiglietti is the 34th GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer and plans to give 50 lectures during his tour.

Jan 30, 2012
Little Chip, Big Implications
TechPortal startup offers technology breakthrough with vast market potential

It was November 2008, and doctoral student Fred Tzeng was brainstorming research projects with his adviser, Payam Heydari, UC Irvine professor of electrical engineering and computer science. After much discussion, they conceived of a concept – a way to more intelligently convert analog signals (sound, light, heat, motion) to the digital format required by modern electronics, using 10 times less power than the current conversion process.

If it worked, their low-power analog-to-digital converter technology would extend battery life, enhance functionality and lower the cost of portable electronics.

Jan 27, 2012
Undergraduate Student Wins Women's Transportation Seminar Scholarship

Cunxiang (Nicole) Mi wins WTS Orange County Scholarship

Jan 25, 2012
H. Kumar Wickramasinghe Awarded $1 Million Keck Foundation Grant

Funds to create a live cell genomics laboratory

The Henry Samueli Endowed Chair H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, Ph.D., has been awarded a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop new equipment for analysis of messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) levels in space and time within a living cell.

Wickramasinghe’s project entitled “Platform for Targeting and Quantifying Gene Expression Levels in Living Systems” describes the three-year plan to create the Single-Cell Analyzer (SCA) which will have applications in areas ranging from developmental and systems biology to personalized medicine, cancer diagnosis and stem cell research.

Jan 23, 2012
EECS Professor Gives Presentation at 2011 TowerJazz Global Symposium

Payam Heydari spoke about millimeter-wave imaging systems in silicon

Jan 17, 2012
CEE Professor Has Article Published in Environmental Science & Technology

Stanley B. Grant article featured on cover

Professor Stanley B. Grant, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, had his article entitled “Crossing Turbulent Boundaries: Interfacial Flux in Environmental Flows” featured on the cover of the September 1, 2011 issue of Environmental Science & Technology.

In the article, Grant looks at the current understanding of turbulent boundary layer flows, with particular focus on coherent turbulence and its impact on mass transport across the sediment-water interface in marine and freshwater systems.

Dec 22, 2011
ARCS Foundation Honors Samueli School Graduate Student Scholars

Students recognized for academic achievement in science and engineering

Dec 20, 2011
Prestigious Construction Industry Award goes to UC Irvine’s Engineering Hall

Project is hailed for successful application of design-build approach

The team behind construction of UC Irvine’s Engineering Hall has won the esteemed 2011 Design-Build Institute of America award for design excellence in educational facilities, which honors projects in which all services are provided under one contract with a single point of responsibility.

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