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.
Cool Little Wires Thermal transport plays a significant role in energy production and consumption. Materials built at the nanoscale, such as nanowires, are used to enhance the performance of devices for generating electricity from solar power and heat.
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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MAE walk-in advising hours for undergraduates beginning March 26, 2015.

Mondays 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Tuesdays 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 am - 11:30 am CLOSED IN THE AFTERNOON
Thursdays 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Fridays 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Monday, November 30, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, EBUII, Room 479
Zach M. Sternberger (California Institute of Technology)
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, EBUII, Room 479
Dr. Chris Hamilton
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBU2, Room 479
Andrzej Banaszuk (United Technologies Research Center)
Monday, December 7, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, Room 479
Carlos Martínez-Bazán (University of Jaen, Spain)

At the 2015 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Professor Miroslav Krstic has been awarded the Nyquist Lecture Prize, given for career-long achievements in automatic control and named after the area's pioneer Harry Nyquist, the 1930s inventor of the eponymous stability criterion taught to all MAE undergrads. Krstic delivered the lecture "Extremum Seeking and its Applications."

James Friend received the Carl Hellmuth Hertz mid-career achievement award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at its annual International Ultrasonics Symposium held in Taipei Taiwan 20-24 October 2015,

"For substantial contributions to understanding the interactions between acoustic waves and fluids and the myriad applications arising from these interactions", in recognition of his years of effort in this discipline that has led to its establishment as a major research activity across the world.

One of the former students of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department has been featured in the CNN short documentary on fusion. Tammy is currently a staff scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). While at UCSD, she was awarded the prestigious Lawrence Fellowship to pursue her research work at LLNL. She won the outstanding MAE graduate student award in 2010.  Professor Farhat Beg was her advisor.

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