The inaugural recipient of the MAE Distinguished Alumnus Award is Professor Carlos Fernandez-Pello (UC Berkeley) for contributions to advancing fire safety and combustion fundamentals. The inaugural recipients of the MAE Alumni Awards for Impact are Professor Mohammed Zikry (North Carolina State University) for contributions to computational mechanics and modeling and Dr. Bernhard Knigge for contributions to the increase in performance and storage density of hard disk drives. Awards will be presented at the MAE Alumni Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Professor Thomas Bewley and his lab’s work in inspirational and educational robotics, developed in collaboration with WowWee, is featured in the "Leadership in Engineering” segment of the January 2016 issue of Design World magazine. A link to the full story is available here:
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".
Farhat Beg and his graduate student, Charlie Jarrott, who is currently a post doctoral fellow at LLNL, have successfully published an article in Nature Physics, "Visualizing fast electron energy transport into laser-compressed high-density fast-ignition targets".
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.
Professor Marc Meyers receives the Albert Easton White Award, "For inspired teaching for 45 years, and for leadership in the field of Materials Science and Engineering through research, organization of conferences and symposia, and writing textbooks used globally."
Professor Miroslav Krstic has been awarded Honorary Professorships at two universities in China. The Northeastern University in Shenyang is home to China’s #1 ranked College of Automation. The Chongqing University, in China’s seventh largest city (Chongqing has a population of over 17 million) also boasts a premier College of Automation with an enrollment of over 1,000 students and internationally prominent faculty.