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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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MAE will have new walk-in advising hours for undergraduates beginning March 26, 2015.

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Monday, October 5, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, Room 479
Oscar Velasco (CICESE)
Friday, October 9, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBU2, Room 479
Petros Ioannou (University of Southern California)
Monday, October 12, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, Room 479
Michael Gollner (University of Maryland)
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, SME, Room 248
Susanne Rafelski (University of California, Irvine)
Monday, October 19, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, Room 479
Jeremie Palacci (University of California, San Diego)
Monday, October 26, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, Room 479
Ali Mashayek (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Monday, November 2, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, Room 479
Daniele Venturi (Brown University)

Drs. Dean Richert (PhD ’14, advisor J. Cortes) and Seung Hak Han (PhD ’15, advisor William McEneaney) have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the Robert E. Skelton Systems and Control Dissertation Award, established by the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics. The dissertation award, to be given annually, is established to honor the research contributions of doctoral alumni in the Center and in recognition of Bob Skelton for his legacy as the founder of the dynamic systems and control group in UCSD’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Professor Bewley's former student, Dr. Chris Schmidt Wetekam, the first PhD graduate of the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab, and now a member of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), was an integral member of the IHMC Atlas team that placed second at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in Pomona, winning $1M in prize money.  23 teams teams competed.  More info here:  http://www.ihmc.us

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

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