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Soft devices -- powered by 'stressed' algae -- glow in the dark when squished or stretched

September 20, 2022

Soft devices -- powered by 'stressed' algae -- glow in the dark when squished or stretched

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed soft devices containing algae that glow in the dark when experiencing mechanical stress, such as being squished, stretched, twisted or bent. The devices do not require any electronics to light up, making them an ideal choice for building soft robots that explore the deep sea and other dark environments, researchers said. Full Story


$5M from NSF to Empower Transfer Students to Earn Engineering Degrees

September 8, 2022

$5M from NSF to Empower Transfer Students to Earn Engineering Degrees

With a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC San Diego is leading a new effort to support low-income transfer students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering. The five-year program, called EMPOWER, will support engineering students at UC San Diego and two nearby community colleges, Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., and Imperial Valley College in Imperial, Calif., working to eliminate opportunity gaps through comprehensive cohort-based, success-promoting programming and significant scholarships. Full Story


The physics of walking is simpler than we thought

September 5, 2022

The physics of walking is simpler than we thought

The physics of walking for multi-legged animals and robots is simpler than previously thought. That is the finding described by a team of roboticists, physicists and biologists in the Sept. 5 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in a paper titled “Walking is like slithering: a unifying, data-driven view of locomotion.”    Full Story


Binational program provides students with impactful research opportunities

August 25, 2022

Binational program provides students with impactful research opportunities

As part of the ENLACE binational research program, 185 students from Mexico and the United States spent the summer getting hands-on experience in science and engineering labs on campus.  Full Story


UC San Diego engineers receive 2 out of 10 prestigious national young investigators awards

July 22, 2022

UC San Diego engineers receive 2 out of 10 prestigious national young investigators awards

UC San Diego faculty members brought home two of the 10 Beckman Young Investigator awards bestowed nationwide this year by the Beckman Foundation. What’s more, both faculty members, Lisa Poulikakos and Tania Morimoto, are part of the UC San Diego Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  It’s the first time the award goes to two researchers from the same department at the same institution.    Full Story


Binational research program kicks off with largest cohort yet

July 15, 2022

Binational research program kicks off with largest cohort yet

This summer, 185 high school and college students from the United States and Mexico will be collaborating on real-world scientific research projects in labs at UC San Diego, as they participate in the 9th annual ENLACE binational summer research program. Full Story


UC San Diego Students to Compete in Sustainability Decathlon

July 7, 2022

UC San Diego Students to Compete in Sustainability Decathlon

With the affordable housing crisis reaching a fever pitch in San Diego and the impacts of climate change being felt around the world, a team of students at UC San Diego is putting their skills to work as they design a sustainable AND affordable house for the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon. Full Story