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News Releases from 2008


December 15, 2008

Hands-on Engineering Design Course Presentations: Monitoring Heart Rate Variability and More

 ECE 191, Engineering Group Design Project, is an upper-division class that provides undergraduate students with hands-on experience working in a team to design, build, demonstrate and document an open-ended engineering project.

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November 25, 2008

UC San Diego Engineers Work to Make Historic Buildings Safer During Strong Earthquakes

Recent simulated earthquake tests conducted by UC San Diego engineers are expected to lead to retrofit schemes that make historic buildings safer. The structural engineers tested a structure similar to those that were built in California in the 1920s that have masonry-infilled walls and reinforced concrete frames.

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November 3, 2008

Groundbreaking for 11th Major Engineering and Technology Building at UC San Diego

The UC San Diego community broke ground on the Structural and Materials Engineering Building on October 24, a building that will become the home of two Jacobs School of Engineering departments—Structural Engineering and NanoEngineering—and provide studios and additional facilities for UC San Diego’s Department of Visual Arts. 

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October 2, 2008

Structural Engineers and Computer Scientists Hope to Integrate Disciplines to 'Revolutionize Building Construction'

A  group of UC San Diego engineers and computer scientists, together with their counterparts at Germany's Bauhaus University of Weimar, are hoping to completely reform the way buildings are constructed by integrating the two fields and bringing data visualization and online collaboration to the fore of structural design.

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September 8, 2008

Intel Donates 200 Microprocessors to Promote Calit2's Visualization Research at UC San Diego

Intel Corp. is donating $128,000 worth of advanced microprocessors to Calit2 and Jacobs School professor Falko Kuester, to be used to provide computational power to UCSD's Project GreenLight and to benefit Calit2's HIPerSpace, StarCAVE and Varrier display systems.

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August 25, 2008

UC San Diego GreenLight Project to Improve Energy Efficiency of Computing

 The information technology industry consumes as much energy and has roughly the same carbon “footprint” as the airline industry. Now scientists and engineers at the University of California, San Diego are building an instrument to test the energy efficiency of computing systems under real-world conditions—with the ultimate goal of getting computer designers and users in the scientific community to re-think the way they do their jobs.

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August 20, 2008

UC San Diego Engineers Part of Nationwide Effort to Make Buildings Earthquake Safe

Engineering researchers from UC San Diego and the University of Arizona have concluded three months of rigorous earthquake simulation tests on a half-scale three-story structure, and will now begin sifting through their results so they can be used in the future designs of buildings across the nation.

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July 18, 2008

UC San Diego Researchers Could Help U.S. Military Thwart Explosive Threats

Researchers at UC San Diego are using statistical pattern recognition and image processing to help the U.S. military better detect hidden roadside explosives.

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July 9, 2008

UC San Diego Unveils Highest Resolution Scientific Display System in the World

To help scientists visualize and explore large data sets, Calit2 has unveiled the highest-resolution display system in the world. The 286-million-pixel HIPerSpace wall was constructed by a team led by Falko Kuester, who has appointments in both Structural Engineering as well as Computer Science and Engineering.

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June 20, 2008

Jacobs School Ring Ceremony 2008

  More than 350 graduating seniors from the Jacobs School participated in the annual Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 14.

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May 29, 2008

UC San Diego Unveils Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics

Cymer Inc. has provided major sponsorship of a novel educational and research program at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering designed to train engineers to improve the performance of wide variety of industrial products and processes. The new Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (CCSD), which will educate many of the finest students in the country in the field of controls, is designed to put UC San Diego’s Jacobs School on the fast track to industry partnerships in numerous high tech arenas.

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May 20, 2008

Mad Dash for Trash, Then Junkyard Derby Bash

 It's Junkyard Derby week at UC San Diego. The junkyard opens on Wednesday night, May 21 at 7:30 pm, and the races start on Friday at 11:30 AM.

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May 7, 2008

Three-Story Structure Slammed in Magnitude 8 Earthquake on Shake Table

Engineering researchers are subjecting a three-story structure resembling a parking garage to a sequence of earthquake "shake test" jolts as powerful as magnitude 8.0 as part of a series of seismic tests to help improve building codes across the nation.

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March 27, 2008

US News Ups Ranking of Jacobs School

UC San Diego again was one of only a handful of universities to have both an engineering school and a medical school both ranked in the top 15 by US News annual ranking of graduate programs at colleges and universities.

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February 22, 2008

Hopping Robot Captures Top Research Expo Honor

The two-wheeled robot called “iHop” developed by Christopher M. Schmidt-Wetekam, a Ph.D. candidate in the Jacobs School’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  won top honors at the Jacobs School of Engineering’s annual Research Expo on Feb. 21.

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February 12, 2008

National Engineers Week at UCSD

They say that everyday should be Mothers Day. Considering how crucial technology is for everything we do from communication and banking, to environmental sustainability and health care, everyday should also be Engineers Day. Nevertheless, Feb 18-22 is the one week out of the year that is carved out as National Engineers Week – and the students at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering took part in a big way.

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January 23, 2008

Kauffman Foundation Says von Liebig Center Fills Seed-Stage Funding Gap

 A Kauffman Foundaiton study has highlighted two university "proof of concept" centers, the von Liebig Center at UCSD and the Deshpande Center at MIT, which since the two centers’ creation in 2002, have collectively awarded nearly $10 million in seed grants and launched 26 seed-stage companies that have accumulated more than $159 million in private capital. Both centers are funded from philanthropic donations.

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January 7, 2008

Anna Lang: On the Road to Ph.D. and Olympic Medal

Anna Lang is not your typical Ph.D. student; she is also one of the fastest female cyclists in the country. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. at the Jacobs School.

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