Recent Engineering News


From Legal Codes to Coding: Computer Scientists Tackle Data Privacy Law

With new internet privacy regulations demanding compliance from data systems, computer science researchers from UC Davis and UC Irvine have partnered with a UC Davis law professor to translate the regulations into technical language. The next step to protecting people's privacy is to build a system that ensures existing systems can comply.

Jonathon Schofield Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Jonathon Schofield has been recognized with a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or NSF CAREER, Award for his research on engineering effective prosthetics for children born without fully formed limbs.

Blog: AvenueE Is a Compass for First-Gen Students

Senior electrical and computer engineering major Peggy Zhu reflects on her experience as a first-generation transfer student. She says the College of Engineering's AvenueE program was her north star and provided invaluable experiences to prepare her for a career in engineering.

Concrete History

A College of Engineering tradition began when students stepped into their canoe floating on a lake in southern Sacramento County on a chilly March afternoon in 1975. It was the first time its students had competed in the Concrete Canoe Competition.

Pillars of the Community

On the eve before Picnic Day, the UC Davis College of Engineering Class of 1969 witnessed the unveiling of a new pillar at the Engineering Student Design Center that symbolizes the group’s pivotal support to the college.

E-SEARCH Opens Doors to Higher Education

Initiated as part of the College of Engineering’s Next Level strategic vision for education, E-SEARCH pairs undergraduate engineering students with graduate researchers, aiming to equip students with the tools they will need for success in graduate school or careers in engineering.

Eclipsing the Limitations of Solar Energy

College of Engineering researchers aim to make around-the-clock solar energy a reality with a novel thermophotovoltaic device. Paired with an optical emitter, the device converts the sun’s heat into a concentrated light spectrum that can then be transformed into usable energy.

Beneath the Surface

Oceanographer-slash-computer-scientist Maike Sonnewald discusses using artificial intelligence to build a foundation of knowledge and insight into the ocean’s role in the climate system to better predict long-range weather and help society prepare for climate change.


Technologies like ChatGPT have brought the potential of artificial intelligence into public awareness unlike ever before. In the College of Engineering, researchers show all that AI can and can be by pushing the boundaries of its foundational design and use in medicine and agriculture.