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    • 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 ...
    • John Owens Receives Inaugural Adobe Award
      John Owens, the Child Family Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship in the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringAdobe, a global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions, has presented one of its inaugural Digital Marketing Research Awards to John Owens, the Child Family Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship in the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Owens and co-PI Stephen Boyd, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University’s ...
    • Five Things Every New UC Davis Engineering Student Should Know
      We look forward to welcoming all of our new first-year engineering students to the UC Davis College of Engineering. Things can seem really overwhelming, but here are some tips for fitting in quickly from Alin Wakefield, Student Affairs Officer for the College of Engineering.We look forward to welcoming all of our new first-year engineering students to the UC Davis College of Engineering. Things can seem really overwhelming, but here are some tips for fitting in quickly from Alin Wakefield, Student Affairs Officer for the College of Engineering. 1. Visit Your Major Adviser Yeah, the General Catalog is actually that big ...
    • C-STEM Center Coursework Granted A-G Program Status
      September 16, 2014, DAVIS, CA—The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) has awarded A-G Program Status to the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM Center). This new standing streamlines the process by which California high schools and middle schools can add C-STEM’s innovative coursework to their own curricula, thereby ...
    • Helping students achieve success
      UC Davis engineering alum and AT&T executive Mike Coffey at LEADR Student CenterAlum Mike Coffey supports resources to aid engineering undergraduates When he attended UC Davis in the early 1980s, Mike Coffey could have used something like the College of Engineering’s Leadership in Engineering Advancement Diversity and Retention (LEADR) Student Center. “I was the only one, in my family of five, who went to college,” he recalls. “I didn’t ...
    • Student Engineers Recognized at Mars Society Competition
      inspirationmarsThe UC Davis Space Engineering Research and Graduate Program (SpaceED) team, dubbed Eclipse, took fourth place during the International Inspiration Mars Student Design Contest. The event challenged the student teams to present workable design proposals for a two-person Mars flyby mission. Competition results were announced at the 17th annual International Mars Society Convention, which took ...
    • Erkin Şeker selected for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education
      Erkin ŞekerErkin Şeker, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer 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, 2014 at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif. All invited participants have been ...
    • Civil Engineering Graduate Wins TK Hsieh Prize
      Brina MontoyaThe Institution of Civil Engineers based in London, UK has awarded its annual TK Hsieh Prize to Brina Montoya, Jason DeJong and Ross Boulanger, for their paper “Dynamic Response of Liquefiable Sand Improved by Microbial-Induced Calcite Precipitation,” published in the March 2013 issue of Géotechnique. The paper is based on Montoya’s PhD work at UC Davis, ...