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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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MAE will have new walk-in advising hours for undergraduates beginning March 26, 2015.

Mondays 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Tuesdays 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Wednesdays 9:00 am - 11:30 am CLOSED IN THE AFTERNOON

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Monday, March 30, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, EBUII, Room 479
Ernst Pucher (Vienna University of Technology)
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Alexander Dunn (Stanford University)
Monday, April 6, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, EBUII, Room 479
Fokion N. Egolfopoulos (University of Southern California)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., EBUII, Room 479
Jan Kleissl (University of California, San Diego)
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Alexander Fuhrmann (University of California, San Diego)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., EBUII, Room 479
Gianluca Gregori (University of Oxford)
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Joshua Rychak (University of California San Diego)

Miroslav Krstic, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, San Diego recently received an impressive gift for his 50th birthday.

Forty-six of his colleagues in the control theory and systems field – including the most prominent scholars and scientists in his area of specialty of nonlinear control and delay systems – dedicated a new 400-page special-issue volume in his honor.

Professor Bewley of the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab was interviewed live on channel 8 (see the video here), in a promotional piece advertising for a talk he gave at the Scripps “Engineering & Our Oceans" open house on March 19 (see here).  Said Bewley, “We look at dynamics and control special way at UCSD, and enable bots to do amazing things.”

Dr. Padmini  Rangamani has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology.  The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards involving nominations for most of the very best early-career scientists from the United States and Canada.

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