MAE is pleased to announce the MAE Student Award recipients for 2014-2015!
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!
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.
Miroslav Krstic, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, San Diego recently received an impressive gift for his 50th birthday.
Forty-six of his colleagues in the control theory and systems field – including the most prominent scholars and scientists in his area of specialty of nonlinear control and delay systems – dedicated a new 400-page special-issue volume in his honor.
Professor Bewley of the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab was interviewed live on channel 8 (see the video here), in a promotional piece advertising for a talk he gave at the Scripps “Engineering & Our Oceans" open house on March 19 (see here). Said Bewley, “We look at dynamics and control special way at UCSD, and enable bots to do amazing things.”
Dr. Padmini Rangamani has been selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology. The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards involving nominations for most of the very best early-career scientists from the United States and Canada.
The Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) selects Fellows from among leading international scholars, with current Fellows who are members of national academies, Nobel laureates, and National Medal of Science recipients. Professor Bob Skelton is one of this year’s seven TIAS Fellows and is spending a part of the year in College Station conducting collaborative research with TAMU faculty and students.
Congratulations to Padmini Rangamani who was selected as one of the 2015 Young Investigators Program awardees from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research on her proposal entitled, " Nanopore Formation in Lipid Bilayers: Insights from Mechanochemical Models". Click here to read the press release.