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News Releases from 2005


December 20, 2005

President of India Launches Historic Indo-U.S. University Network

Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible and Calit2 Division Director Ramesh Rao were among the UCSD faculty in New Delhi in December to inaugurate a new E-learning and research collaboration between India and U.S. universities.

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December 16, 2005

Students Engineer a Digital Solution for Senior Care Provider

A  team of UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering students has designed a system that is enabling nurses at St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services to manage patient information via an easy-to-use computer interface.

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November 30, 2005

Engineers Discover Why Toucan Beaks Are Models of Lightweight Strength

Marc A. Meyers, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, reports in Acta Materialia that the secret to the toucan beak's lightweight strength is an unusual bio-composite. 

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November 22, 2005

Seven-Story Building at UCSD Rattled on Largest Earthquake Shake Table in U.S.

In a first-of-its-kind earthquake test, UCSD engineering researchers on Nov. 22 subjected a 275-ton, seven-story building to mechanical shakes that duplicated ground motions recorded during the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake.

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October 12, 2005

Coastal bluffs provide more sand to California beaches than previously believed

What had been thought to be a minor source of Southern California's beach sand – erosion from coastal bluffs and cliffs – could account for half of the sand on the region's beaches.

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August 16, 2005

UCSD Named 'Hottest for Science' by Newsweek Guide

 August 16, 2005--The University of California, San Diego, long regarded as one of the nation’s premier research universities, has been named the “hottest” institution in the country for students to study science by Newsweek and the 2006 Kaplan/Newsweek College Guide.

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August 9, 2005

COSMOS Experience Ends on a High Note for High School Students at UCSD

The 83 students participating in the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) program left the UCSD campus over the weekend, after showcasing their work for industry and family members at a Student Research Expo. In 2005 UCSD became the fourth UC campus after Irvine, Davis and Santa Cruz to host the COSMOS program.

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August 8, 2005

Von Liebig Center Funds Five New Projects

The von Liebig Center awards more than $200,000 to five projects led by five professors at the Jacobs School of Engineering.

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June 21, 2005

Starting Salaries Offered to UCSD Engineering Graduates Rise to $51,000-to-$55,000 Range

UCSD engineering students graduating this spring with baccalaureate degrees are receiving significantly higher starting salaries than their peers garnered last year. An annual survey by the Jacobs School of Engineering of its seniors found that the median starting salary this year for those joining the workforce will be in the $51,000-to-$55,000 range.

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May 27, 2005

Six Jacobs School Undergraduates Represent UCSD at Statewide Research Symposium

Six Jacobs School of Engineering students were among the nine UCSD undergraduates who presented their research at the annual California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (CAMP) Symposium.

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May 17, 2005

Engineering Students and Alumni Speed Through Second Annual Triton Junkyard Derby

Jacobs School teams, including one entirely composed of alumni, participated in the second annual Triton Junkyard Derby, with a structural engineering student leading the winning Team Expansion Phantom to victory in the finals.

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May 12, 2005

Jacobs School Steel Bridge Team Wins Spot at National Competition

A team of UCSD students took third place in the Student Steel Bridge Competition at the Pacific Southwest Regional Conference March 31 through April 2 at Cal State Fullerton. The strong showing qualified the 25-member UCSD bridge team to enter a national competition to be held May 27 and 28 in Orlando, FL.  

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May 4, 2005

UCSD Structural Engineers Receive $7.5 Million Contract to Test Bomb Blast Mitigation Technologies

UCSD structural engineers together with a team of industry and university partners will develop and evaluate blast mitigation technologies to harden buildings and bridges against terrorist bomb attacks through a new $7.5 million federal contract.  More than 40 tests will be performed over the next two years in the new blast simulator laboratory at the Jacobs School's Englekirk Structural Research Center. 

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April 11, 2005

Jacobs School Celebrates Opening of the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center

Industry supporters, government representatives, family, friends, faculty and students gathered April 7 to celebrate the dedication of the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.  The center is named in honor of Robert and Natalie Englekirk, who recently provided a $1.5 million gift for research and fellowships and scholarships for structural engineering students at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.

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March 31, 2005

Jacobs School Ranks #11 in Annual U.S. News Survey

In the annual survey of graduate programs released April 1 by U.S. News, the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering ranks 11th among 179 engineering schools, 6th in the nation among public universities.  The Jacobs School of Engineering and ranked second in the nation for research expenditures per faculty member, reflecting UCSD’s leadership as a research university. 

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February 14, 2005

$1.5 Million Gift from Robert and Natalie Englekirk To Support UCSD Structural Engineering Research and Education Priorities

UCSD announced a gift of $1.5 million from structural engineering industry leader Robert E. Englekirk and his wife Natalie to support research and fellowships and scholarships at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.    The Englekirks’ commitment is primarily directed toward work at UCSD’s new structural research center which includes three new testing facilities: the world’s first outdoor shake table; the country’s largest soil-structure interaction facility; and the world’s first blast simulator for testing technologies to harden structures against terrorist bomb attacks.   The campus has named the center the Robert and Natalie Englekirk Structural Engineering Center.

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February 10, 2005

Jacobs School to Expand 'Teams in Engineering Service' Program

The Jacobs School is recruiting new students, community partners and corporate sponsors for its innovative Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) program, the first of its kind in San Diego, with plans to go from just over 40 students this quarter, to roughly 100 by next fall, and 200 eventually. Teams are currently working technologoy projects for two non-profit organizations in the San Diego area.

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January 24, 2005

UC San Diego Expands Overseas Research Program for Undergrads to China, Thailand

Engineering and other UCSD undergraduates attended an orientation session for the NSF-funded Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program in summer 2005, when they will get the chance to do cyber infrastructure research at leading institutions in Japan, Taiwan, Australia, China or Thailand. Up to 18 internships will be awarded, double the number in the inaugural program last summer.

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January 10, 2005

Entrepreneurism Center Funds New Projects from All Five UCSD Engineering Departments

The William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement has awarded more than $300,000 to eight projects led by faculty members of the Jacobs School of Engineering, to help commercialize innovations developed in their labs. It is the Center's sixth round of funding, and for the first time, all five Jacobs School departments were represented among the researchers leading the winning projects.

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