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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A New Type of Heat Engine, Using LED’s as Refrigerators
Eli Yablonovitch
Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences University of California, Berkeley
Friday, March 3rd at 4p.m.
CMRR Auditorium

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2016-2017 PROPOSED MAE COURSE OFFERINGS is now available.  Click here to view!  (Revised  February 2016; subject to change)

Math got you stumped?!? Need a refresher on calculus? Want to learn some cool math facts? Come to the MAE Math Open house!

Friday, February 24, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room 479
Tryphon Georgiou (University of California, Irvine)
Monday, February 27, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
K. E. Aifantis (University of Arizona)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Reza Sabzehgar (San Diego State University)
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Andrew Spakowitz (Stanford University)
Friday, March 3, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room 479
Mario Rotea (University of Texas at Dallas)
Monday, March 6, 2017, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Dale I. Pullin (California Institute of Technology)
Monday, March 6, 2017, 11:00 am - 12 :00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Oliver O'Reilly (University of California, Berkeley)

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the 2016/2017 MAE Distinguished Fellowship Award, which recognizes students for their producitvity and high-caliber of research output.    This year's winners are:  Pedro Franco Navarro (Nesterenko), Masoud Jalali (Sarkar),  Wonjae Lee (Krasheninnikov),  Lorenzo Rossini (Del Alamo; Lasheras)

Recipients of the ONR Young Investigator Award were selected from over 360 highly qualified applicants based on past performance, technical merit, potential scientific breakthrough and long-term university commitment.  The awards purpose is to fund early-career academic researchers—called investigato

Joanna McKittrick was awarded the UC San Diego Faculty Research Award on Tuesday, February 14th to honor her significant research contributions.

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