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News Releases from 2018


December 8, 2018

Engineers develop 3D-printed metamaterials that change mechanical properties under magnetic fields

A team of researchers have developed an entirely new class of metamaterials that can nearly instantly respond and stiffen 3D printed structures when exposed to a magnetic field, a development that could be applied to next-generation helmets, wearable armor and a host of other innovations.

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November 20, 2018

Alum Nico Meyer has been selected and awarded new public art at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station will be illuminated this holiday season with a new temporary art sculpture, ?Toying with Light? by Nico Meyer. Selected by the NTC Foundation?s Art in Public Places Committee, ?Toying with Light? is the fourth annual Illuminate the Season art installation. The kinetic light sculpture will be lit on November 30 as part of the kickoff event for Salute the Season, a full calendar of festive events celebrating the holidays from November-January. Nico Meyer, a San Diego-based artist and structural engineer, has been fabricating metal and wood sculptures for over 10 years. He holds a Master?s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. Meyer?s experience with mathematics, structures, and algorithms has major influence on his art practice. Through art he explores the beauty of contrast, simplicity versus complexity and uniformity versus randomness. ?Our brains are pattern-making machines,? says Meyer. ?Individuals and communities actively create and alter patterns. This piece represents shared experience, a quality that makes the holidays special,? he said. Full Story


November 6, 2018

Undergraduate students win Galactic Unite prize

Seven UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering students were selected to receive the inaugural Galactic Unite Gavin Jones Prize, which recognizes undergraduate students at UC San Diego studying science, technology, engineering or math with a desire to make an impact on the space industry. The winners each receive a $1,500 cash prize, plus a mentor from either Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit or The Spaceship Company. 

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October 15, 2018

World's largest outdoor shake table receives $16.3M from NSF for upgrades

The world’s largest outdoor earthquake simulator, operated by structural engineers at the University of California San Diego, has received a $16.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to upgrade the facility to expand its testing capabilities. The funds will enable the simulator, also commonly known as a shake table, to more realistically recreate the motion of the ground during strong earthquakes. 

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September 26, 2018

Sports Arena upgrades led by UCSD Structural Engineering Alum

The arena upgrades are being led by a former UCSD student and athlete. "This is a dream job for me," said Turner Project Manager Brett Stuckey. "Going to school here, studying structural engineering, graduating in 2009 ? being able to come back and build the new face-lift for the arena that I got to play in that?s the best that you could hope for." Stuckey played on the UCSD men's basketball team from 2006 to 2009 and said renovations will change the game day experience. "With this new upgrade they?re going to pull out the bleachers for every game," Stuckey said. "So the players will get this full-on arena and stadium experience every single game. Whereas when I was here it was just the two sides were pulled out." Full Story


September 7, 2018

New Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering Department

Dr. Shabnam Semnani has accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Structural Engineering Department at UC San Diego. She will join the department on July 1, 2019. Dr. Semnani's research focuses on characterization and modeling of heterogeneous geomaterials across scales, and development of multi-scale and multi-physics models to link the micro-structure and macroscopic behavior of these materials. This is achieved by combining statistical, computational and numerical modeling methods with experimental techniques conducted at various scales. Some of the applications of her work include carbon sequestration, hydrocarbon recovery and geothermal energy production. Structural Engineering is excited for Dr. Shabnam Semnani to join the department.

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July 31, 2018

Charles Lee Powell Foundation: Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

 Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Thanks to the support of the Charles Lee Powell Foundation: over the last three decades, UC San Diego engineering research has positively impacted the San Diego region and far beyond. When you drive across a highway bridge in California, for example, there is a good chance that your safety depends on a piece of technology that has been developed and tested at UC San Diego.

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June 15, 2018

Graduating students honored with Awards for Excellence

Here are some highlights from the impressive resumes of the 2018 Jacobs School of Engineering student award winners, recognized by the IDEA Engineering Student Center and Dean Albert P. Pisano at the Ring Ceremony.

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May 24, 2018

Engineering student leaders honored

Top performing engineering student leaders were honored at the 9th annual Engineering Leadership Awards celebration on May 17. The event, presented by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at UC San Diego, recognizes undergraduate and graduate engineering students who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through their communication skills, teamwork abilities and implementation of technical solutions in competitions or real-world challenges.

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April 24, 2018

Flames "On Edge" wins big at Research Expo

The research presented at Research Expo 2018 was “on fire” thanks to UC San Diego mechanical engineering graduate student Luca Carmignani. He took home the top prize at Research Expo for his work to understand the spread of fire over real-world 3D shapes.

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March 23, 2018

Flexible ultrasound patch could make it easier to inspect damage in odd-shaped structures

Researchers have developed a stretchable, flexible patch that could make it easier to perform ultrasound imaging on odd-shaped structures, such as engine parts, turbines, reactor pipe elbows and railroad tracks—objects that are difficult to examine using conventional ultrasound equipment. The ultrasound patch is a versatile and more convenient tool to inspect machine and building parts for defects and damage deep below the surface.

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March 23, 2018

PBS NewsHour Features UC San Diego's Bermuda 100 Challenge

PBS NewsHour aired the first of a two-part series tonight on the Bermuda 100 Challenge, a joint initiative between the University of California San Diego’s Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI), the Bermuda Government’s Marine Heritage Section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Look Bermuda. 

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March 19, 2018

Local Entrepreneur Donates $225K for UC San Diego Effort to Document Ancient Underwater Cave

The Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI), based at the University of California San Diego, has received $225,000 from San Diego-based entrepreneur Brian Strauss to enable digital visualization technologies that make it possible to see cultural heritage sites and artifacts in entirely new ways -- like “the La Brea tar pits without the tar.” 

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February 15, 2018

Using Computer Science and the Humanities to Step Back in Time

A collaborative group of researchers from the University of California San Diego traveled to Turin, Italy recently to digitally map an entire portion of the city—complete with historic architecture, expansive murals and stunning works of art. 

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February 6, 2018

Engineers, Technology Featured in New National Geographic Documentary on Maya 'Megalopolis'

Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings," a new one-hour National Geographic special premiering FEb. 6 at 9/8 p.m. central, shows how LiDAR laser imaging technology is revolutionizing archaeology and features the WAVE data visualization  technology created by researchers at the University of California San Diego. Albert Yu-Min Lin, who earned a Ph.D. at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, hosts the program.

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January 25, 2018

UC San Diego Drone Research Takes Flight

UC San Diego inaugurated the first open-air aerodrome for unmanned aerial vehicles here on campus last week. The opening is the first step in what engineers hope will be a new era for drone research on campus. One of the goals is to create a living laboratory for unmanned aerial vehicles by bringing together researchers from across campus, including computer scientists, structural, mechanical, aerospace, electrical and computer engineers and scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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