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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Math got you stumped?!? Need a refresher on calculus? Want to learn some cool math facts? Come to the MAE Math Open house!

Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room 479 EBU2
Yannis Dafalias
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Matt Baldwin (University of California, San Diego)
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Hemal Patel (University of California, San Diego)
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Satwindar Sadhal (University of Southern California)
Monday, February 22, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room 479 EBU2
JS Chen
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Terry Hwa (University of California, San Diego)
Monday, February 29, 2016, 11:00 am -12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room 479 EBU2
Alan Needleman

Congratulations to Professor Saintillan who was awarded MAE Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 Academic Year!

A new project on the coordination of distributed energy resources that has MAE Prof. Sonia Martinez (as PI) and Prof. Jorge Cortes (as co-PI) has been selected for a competitive award of $2.34 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Other team members include William Torre (CER, UC San Diego), Prof. Tajana Simunic-Rosing (CSE, UC San Diego), and Byron Washom (RMP, UC San Diego), Prof. Alejandro Dominguez (University of Illinois), and Prof. Peter Sauer (University of Illinois).

Assistant Professor Shengqiang Cai receives the NSF Early Career Award for, "Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Mechanics Interacting with Electric/Optical Fields in Liquid Crystal Elastomers".

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