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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An Odyssey in Solid Mechanics

Robert M. McMeeking

Tony Evans Professor of Structural Materials, UCSB
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UCSB
Sixth Century Prof. of Engineering Materials,
University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Monday, February 26, 2018 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
CMRR Auditorium, UCSD

Monday, February 26, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Cengiz Ozkan
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 11 a.m., von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Boris Breizman
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00pm, SME, Room 248
Dyche Mullins (University of California, San Francisco)
Friday, March 2, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00pm, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room 479
Yuke Li (Yale University)
Monday, March 5, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Pilar Ariza
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 11 a.m., EBU II 479
David Ruzic
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00pm, SME, Room 248
Atul Parikh (University of California, Davis)

Prof. Padmini Rangamani was selected as a 'Rising Star' Junior Investigator at the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group, a part of the Biomedical Engineering Society. This award is given to a select group of early career researchers each year. As a part of the award, Padmini presented her research and gave a talk entitled, 'Membrane tension as an organizing principle of vesicle trafficking'.  The class of 2018 Rising Stars and previous winners are listed here.

Congratulations to Professor Boechler, who at the recent 2017 International Congress on Ultrasonics in Honolulu, was awarded the ICU Early Career Award (the "Silver Whistle Award," for outstanding contributions to the promotion of the ultrasound world community).

Congratulations to Professor James Friend for receiving the MAE Best Teaching Award for the 2016-2017 academic year!

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