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    • UC Davis Students Win Grand Prize at 2014 iGEM Competition
      A team of UC Davis students has built a biosensor designed to quickly and easily evaluate the chemical profile of oil, providing producers, distributors, retailers and ultimately consumers with an effective, inexpensive way to ensure olive oil quality.A team of seven UC Davis undergraduates successfully won the grand prize in the annual International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition, which took place Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 at the Hynes Convention Center, in Boston, Mass. This triumph has directed all eyes toward the team’s breakthrough gadget: the OliView, a palm-sized biosensor designed to quickly ...
    • 2014 UC Davis Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal Recipients
      UC Davis Distinguished Engineering Alumni MedalThe UC Davis College of Engineering recognizes several of its notable graduates annually with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal (DEAM). For 2014, the College has selected five alumni to receive medals for excellence in academic achievement, business and public service. The awards will be presented during a special event on Saturday, Feb. 28, at San Francisco’s ...
    • Civil Engineering Gets a Boost from The Beavers
      “Heavy Engineering” Association Hopes to Steer More Students Toward On-Site Construction Work The UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering just earned additional respect from some influential Beavers. The Beavers, a “heavy engineering” construction association founded in 1955, works to generate greater attention to the contractors who rarely got credit for their role in building and ...
    • Athanasiou Group’s Findings Published in PNAS Journal
      From left to right: Eleftherios A. Makris, Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, Jerry C. Hu, and Nikolaos PaschosThe journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has published research work conducted by the UC Davis Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Laboratory. The article, “Developing Functional Musculoskeletal Tissues Through Hypoxia and Lysyl Oxidase-Induced Collagen Cross-Linking,” is authored by Eleftherios A. Makris, Donald J. Responte, Nikolaos K. Paschos, Jerry C. Hu and Kyriacos A. Athanasiou. It ...
    • Sanjoy Mahajan: Use of digital technology to improve STEM learning
      Sanjoy Mahajan, associate professor of applied science and engineering at Olin College of Engineering and visiting associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.Sanjoy Mahajan, associate professor of applied science and engineering at Olin College of Engineering and visiting associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at the College of Engineering at UC Davis. Mahajan spoke on “Principle-based use of digital technology to improve STEM learning.” Mahajan  ...
    • From UC Davis to Hanoi: Ambitious team teaching
      Vietnamese engineering students are training with the help of an "Agreement of Cooperation" between the UC Davis College of Engineering and the Hanoi University of MiningAlso published in Engineering Progress, Fall 2014 UC Davis professors often accept assignments as visiting instructors at universities across the country, or even throughout the world: sometimes just for a week or two, perhaps even for a quarter or an entire academic year. Rarely, however, has a “guest lecturer” program been proposed — let alone embraced — ...
    • Finding Space in an Increasingly Crowded Web
      UC Davis Prof. Q. Jane Gu researches high-velocity Internet that provides connectivity via an array of state-of-the-art products.The electromagnetic spectrum’s terahertz region may solve bandwidth density limitations Also published in Engineering Progress, Fall 2014 Qun (Q.) Jane Gu is quite concerned about the “Interconnect Bottleneck.” Gu, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, understands the biggest challenge that faces the World Wide Web. In a word: space. This seems counter-intuitive, since users ...
    • Fine-tuning future environmental pathways
      UC Davis Prof. Alissa KendallClimate mitigation engineer Alissa Kendall embarks on a novel approach to assessing proposed clean-energy materials Also published in Engineering Progress, Fall 2014 Alissa Kendall’s desire to change the world emerged at a young age. Her eventual interest in environmental engineering and life-cycle assessment (LCA) began with a childhood in Honduras. “Moving to the U.S. after that was a ...
    • Harvesting the Future: “Helper robots” are poised to help increase agricultural efficiency
      Stavros Vougioukas, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, is pursuing a four-year project devoted to the development of what he terms "FRAIL-bots," short for Fragile Crop Harvest-Aiding Mobile Robots. Also published in Engineering Progress, Fall 2014 California farmers frequently face a shortage of field workers. This situation is becoming increasingly dire each year, with vineyards and farmers leaving fruit unharvested in the field, due to the diminished number of pickers. Until that trend reverses, the only solution involves increasing the efficiency of the available work force. ...
    • Debbie Niemeier Honored as AAAS Fellow
      Debbie Niemeier, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has been honored for “distinguished contributions to energy and environmental science study and policy development.” Niemeier and this year’s other new Fellows will be presented with ...
    • UC Davis Launches Crowdsourcing Energy Tool
      Outreach for Campus Energy Education Dashboard (CEED) in Ghausi Hall, November 10. Photo by Brian Nguyen/UC Davis College of EngineeringEver been in a class trying to concentrate on the lecture, while getting increasingly chilly due to what seems an overly enthusiastic air-conditioning system. Or alternatively tried not to be distracted by the apparent lack of A/C in a room that’s getting hotter by the minute. Who can you call? And would anybody pay attention? Thanks to ...
    • Medical Journal Highlights Work by Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Lab
      The journal Nature Reviews Rheumatology granted advance online publication to research work conducted by the UC Davis Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Laboratory. The article, “Repair and Tissue Engineering Techniques for Articular Cartilage,” is authored by Eleftherios A. Makris, Andreas H. Gomoll, Konstantinos N. Malizos, Jerry C. Hu and Kyriacos A. Athanasiou. It debuted Sept. 23 in the ...
    • UC Davis Biosystems Engineers Win EPA Funding
      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program has awarded a $14,473 grant to Josh Claypool and Sara Pace, both UC Davis Ph.D. students in biological systems engineering. Their project, “Biorenewable Methane Production,” is one of 42 student-led proposals to have qualified for Phase I funding via the EPA’s annual P3 ...
    • Engineering Student Startup Center Receives First Major Gift
      David Kappos speaking at the 2011 graduation ceremony for the College of Engineering at UC DavisDavid Kappos believes that addressing many of the world’s most daunting problems can be condensed to a single word: Innovation. “Innovation is where the action is,” he explains. “It’s the most important human activity for education and industry, for our country and the entire world. Innovation creates opportunity, jobs, great new products and services, better health ...
    • CHMS Research Breakthrough Published in Science Magazine
      Sabyasachi Sen, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CHMS), is senior author on a paper, published Aug. 29 in the journal Science, which charts groundbreaking work conducted by his Amorphous Materials Research Group. The report, “Observation of the Transition State for Pressure-Induced BO3 -> BO4 Conversion in Glass,” ...
    • Atul N. Parikh Publishes Study in Prestigious Online Journal
      Atul N. Parikh, a professor in the UC Davis Departments of Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. Photo by Brian Nguyen.Atul N. Parikh, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at UC Davis, has collaborated on a study published in the prestigious online journal eLife. The article, “Oscillatory Phase Separation in Giant Lipid Vesicles Induced by Transmembrane Osmotic Differentials,” is derived from research conducted by Parikh, ...
    • Student entrepreneurs tackle plastics challenge
      Akshay Sethi, Alyanna Bangayan and Victor Awad of the UC Davis student startup company, AmbercycleDAVIS, CA, October, 2014—In the 1967 film The Graduate, young Dustin Hoffman quite famously is encouraged to heed the advice of an elder who gravely whispers two short syllables: “Plastics.” Nobody could have anticipated, half a century later, that this same word would become an environmental scourge, thanks to ubiquitous empty bottles and bags blighting neighborhood ...
    • Broader Distribution for Cristina Davis’ Dolphin Research
      Researchers associated with UC Davis professor Cristina Davis' lab monitor a dolphin's breath.An innovative study on Atlantic bottlenose dolphins led by Cristina Davis, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is poised for recognition far beyond its Sept. 25, 2014 publication in the journal Analytical Chemistry. The article, “Metabolite Content Profiling of Bottlenose Dolphin Exhaled Breath,” will be distributed Oct. 15 as ...
    • Eureka! Connects Engineering Students and Employers
      Eureka! Student RecruitmentStarting fall quarter 2014, the term Eureka! has taken on an entirely new meaning at the UC Davis College of Engineering. An opt-in student profile database that allows the College of Engineering’s corporate partners to precisely target those students who fit potential job parameters, Eureka! is an innovative approach to matching graduate students and undergraduates with potential ...
    • Angelique Louie Shares Innovative Teaching Methodology at Annual NAE Symposium
      UC Davis Prof. Angelique LouieAngelique Louie, a professor and vice-chair of the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received a fully paid invitation to attend the National Academy of Engineering‘s annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium. The event will take place Oct. 26-29 at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif. All invited participants have been asked to ...