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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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New students admitted for Fall 2015 are NOT eligible to apply for summer positions.

Questions can be directed to Linda McKamey

Deadline to apply: MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

MAE will have new 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

View the New Graduate Student Handbook with information on registration, orientations, calendars, local apartments, etc.

Monday, May 25, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, EBU2, room 479
Sergio Pellegrino
Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., EBUII, Room 479
Sascha von Meier (University of California, Berkeley)
Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Otger Campas (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., EBUII, Room 479
Jennifer Burney (University of California, San Diego)
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBU2, Room 479
Wanda Strychalski (Case Western Reserve University)
Friday, June 5, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBU2, Room 479
Kevin Lynch (Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems)

Professor Sia Nemat-Nasser been selected as one of the 2014 – 2015 recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate Members. Congratulations!

Alex Phan, a graduate student of Prof. Frank Talke in MAE was the winner of UC San Diego’s Grad SLAM, a graduate student competitive speaking event that showcases graduate student research. The Grad SLAM participants present their research in a manner that can be easily understood by the general public using three PowerPoint slides in a three-minute presentation. After taking first place at UC San Diego, Alex had the opportunity to compete in the first-ever UC system-wide Grad SLAM competition in Oakland.

Liane Matthes, a doctorate student of Professor Frank Talke in the MAE Department, is the 2015 recipient of the Sheldon Schultz Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research. The Schultz Prize is intended to recognize graduate students in the Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR) who have distinguished themselves through the creativity of their research and the impact of their publications. The selection of the recipient is based upon the recommendation of a committee consisting of CMRR faculty members, with input from selected experts in information storage technology.

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