High-Tech Health Patient imaging data, such as CT or MRI scans, are used to build interactive 3-D computer models of the arteries and veins and to simulate blood flow in order to design customized surgeries. The collaboration among engineers, computer scientists, and doctors improves results for patients.
Powering us into the Future One of the major challenges of this century will be meeting growing global energy demand while reducing carbon emissions and other pollution from fossil fuels. The MAE department in collaboration with the Center for Energy Research (CER) brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists, and engineers to create sustainable energy solutions.
Undergraduate Labs
A Foundation for Success Many students participate in several hours of research each week during the academic year. Students can also enroll in independent study, internships, and programs like Global TIES where they gain experience and solve real problems.
Learning by Building Project-based learning involves constructing robotic contraptions, student-initiated projects in labs and computer courses, and a senior design project in which teams work to solve industry problems.
Dynamic Systems and Control
Building Better Batteries Improving the estimation of charge distribution inside lithium-ion batteries – a project undertaken by the Cymer Center – promises more efficient and reliable electronics for industry and for consumers.
Environmental Engineering
Predicting Sunshine Sky imagers, developed at UC San Diego and in use at the nation’s largest solar power plant, minimize uncertainty in solar energy generation by predicting solar power output. The imagers track cloud cover via fish-eye lenses and three-dimensional modeling.
Fluid Mechanics
Propulsive Research Research using engineering techniques to unlock some of biology’s most interesting mysteries reveals how soft surfaces, like water, can be distorted by applying small-scale forces. Applications could lead to new and efficient methods for propulsion or aquatic military uses.
Mechanics and Materials
Impressive Compression Nanoscale materials offer immense benefits for enhanced functionality and portability. Coiled carbon nanofibers synthesized through thermal chemical vapor deposition can be used in various applications, including cushioning foams, electrical inductors and metamaterials.
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Math got you stumped?!? Need a refresher on calculus? Want to learn some cool math facts? Come to the MAE Math Open house!

Monday, October 24, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Ivan Bermejo-Moreno (University of Southern California)
Monday, October 24, 2016, 11:00 to 12:00 PM, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
James Earthman (University of California Irvine)
Monday, October 31, 2016, 11:00 to 12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Susan Stover (University of California, Davis)
Monday, October 31, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Juan M. Lopez (Arizona State University)
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
John Abraham (San Diego State University)
Friday, November 4, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Zongli Lin (University of Virginia)
Monday, November 7, 2016, 11:00 to 12:00 PM, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Veronica Eliasson (University of California San Diego)

Professor Miroslav Krstic has received the biennial Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference.  This award is given by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME to a DSCD member who has demonstrated sustained outstanding research contributions, either basic or applied, as a mechanical engineering professional to fields of interest to the DSCD.


Each year the Charles Barrett Medal award honors a selected outstanding engineer, scientist or professor whose contribution has had a significant impact in the materials and metallurgy development.

San Diego, Calif., Sept. 7, 2016 -- A team of researchers has built a mathematical model that describes the molecular events associated with the beginning stage of learning and memory formation in the human brain.  Read more

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