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.
Cool Little Wires Thermal transport plays a significant role in energy production and consumption. Materials built at the nanoscale, such as nanowires, are used to enhance the performance of devices for generating electricity from solar power and heat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Deadline to apply is Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Stacey Finley (USC)
Monday, January 12, 2015, 11:00 - 12:00, EBU2, Room 479
Sia Nemat-Nasser (Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD)
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Andrew Houk (UCSD)
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Liangfang Zhang (UCSD)
Friday, January 23, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBU2, Room 479
Shaunak Bopardikar (United Technologies Research Center)
Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:00 - 12:00, EBU2, Room 479
Dolores Bozovic (UCLA)
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Niema Pahlevan (Caltech)

Professor Miroslav Krstic delivers a keynote lecture "PDE Control: Designs and Applications" at the flagship conference in control systems, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, in Los Angeles California, on December 16, 2014, to an audience of about 1,400.

Krstic's lecture covered control design methods for nonlinear systems with delays and for systems modeled by partial differential equations, including examples of implementation of such methods in 3D printing, oil drilling, Lithium-ion batteries, and multi-vehicle deployment.


Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. 

UC San Diego Mechanical Engineering Professor Renkun Chen spray paints a novel material designed that could significantly improve the cost competitiveness of solar energy by converting more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures into heat.  Read More


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