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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.

Dec 19, 2011
Faryar Jabbari Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

MAE professor named associate dean

Professor Faryar Jabbari, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering effective October 1, 2011.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is charged with conducting independent, impartial and thorough analyses of academic personnel actions in order to provide recommendations to the dean. Jabbari will also be responsible for reviewing the credentials and recommending the approval of appointments and other actions for non-senate research personnel, and has dean-delegated signature authority for those personnel actions.

Dec 16, 2011
Two Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Graduate Students Present at International Conference

Ko Nee and Michael F. Gray make presentations at the 19th International Solvent Extraction Conference

Dec 13, 2011
Designing Safer Bioprosthetic Heart Valves

Ahmad Falahatpisheh’s research on bioprosthetic heart valves highlighted in Tecplot, Inc. case study

Ahmad Falahatpisheh, a mechanical and aerospace engineering Ph.D. student in the lab of Assistant Professor Arash Kheradvar, M.D., Ph.D., in The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, is at the forefront of pioneering research to improve bioprosthetic heart valves (BHVs) and patients’ quality of life. The software company, Tecplot, Inc. featured Falahatpisheh’s research used as a case study on their website.

Falahatpisheh studies cardiac mechanics, cardiac devices and cardiac imaging at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine.

Dec 9, 2011
Henry Samueli Wins the 2011 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award

Samueli School benefactor receives lifetime achievement award

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced Dr. Henry Samueli, industry pioneer and co-founder, chairman and chief technical officer of Broadcom Corporation, as the winner of the 2011 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. Dr. Samueli was presented with this lifetime achievement award during the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

"Dr. Samueli had the foresight, innovation and belief that a semiconductor company could become highly successful without having to fabricate their own chips," said Jodi Shelton, co-founder and president of GSA.

Dec 6, 2011
Chancellor’s Professor Marc J. Madou Updates MEMS Textbook

Fundamentals of Microfabrication and Nanotechnology in Third Edition

Dec 2, 2011
Professor William “Bill” Cooper Elected AAAS Fellow

CEE professor honored for interdisciplinary contributions

Professor William “Bill” J. Cooper, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has been elected a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The world’s largest general scientific society, AAAS is dedicated to advancing science around the world through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education and more. The prestigious honor is awarded yearly to members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.”  New Fellows are chosen by their association peers.

Nov 26, 2011
Dean Gregory Washington Featured in Orange County Business Journal

Washington discusses his desire to partner with industry

Nov 23, 2011
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Summer Internship Students Recognized

Eight students make presentations on their internship experience at the Samueli School

Nov 22, 2011
Postdoctoral Fellow Selected to Research Japanese Earthquake

Carmine Galasso to research Japanese earthquake

Carmine Galasso, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Enviromental Engineering (CEE) at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, was selected as one of three Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in the U.S. to spend a month in Japan researching the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the country in March 2011.

Galasso, who is concentrating his research on performance-based earthquake engineering at the Samueli School, began work in November with Associate Professor Hitoshi Shiohara, Ph.D., University of Tokyo.

Nov 18, 2011
Michelle Khine Named to Marie Claire Magazine’s Women on Top Awards

Khine is one of 16 women selected

Associate Professor Michelle Khine, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named as “Top Scientist” in the 2011 Women on Top Awards by Marie Claire Magazinein the November 2011 issue.

Khine is best known for the method she devised to fabricate tiny features onto plastic chips. She discovered this by using material from one of her favorite childhood toys, Shrinky Dinks.  She printed microfluidic patterns onto the Shrinky Dink sheets using a laser-jet printer, then heated them in a toaster oven. As the pieces flattened out into hard plastic shapes, the printed ink lines also shrank, creating patterns of channels and microwells that are perfect for the mixing of fluids and moving of cells needed to perform her experiments.

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