A model of a COVID-19 spike protein

Technologies for the Greater Good

We strive to leave no communities behind, developing engineering solutions and accessible technologies that improve the quality of life for all.

Humankind’s most significant challenges have varying impacts across the communities that comprise our cities, state, nation, and world. Economic, geographic, and health disparities mean substantial differences in our abilities to respond to events such as extreme weather, disease transmission, and mobility. Equitable technologies and engineering solutions that address such impacts recognize must work across disciplinary boundaries in partnership with impacted communities to address community needs effectively.

Cross-campus collaboration leads to ‘smart prosthetics’

An interdisciplinary team of UC Davis scientists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons is collaborating to help improve quality of life for patients with upper limb amputations. They are utilizing a novel amputation surgical procedure and smart prosthetics to help patients better control their residual muscles, receive sensory feedback and reduce limb pain.

Prosthetic device

Research in Action

UC Davis, Collaborators Receive $3.9M to Study Alternative COVID-19 Antigen Production

With a new $3.97M project, Chemical Engineering Distinguished Professor Karen McDonald and her team of collaborators will explore the viability of a range of biomanufacturing technologies to produce antigens for rapid COVID-19 serological test kits.

An Algorithm to Detect Fake News

Computer Science Assistant Professor Jiawei Zhang is developing a neural network that can potentially find, flag and stop inaccurate or misleading articles posing as fact before they spread.

ECE Lab Develops Fetal Oximetry Device to Prevent Unnecessary C-sections

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Soheil Ghiasi's lab has built a transabdominal fetal pulse oximeter to measure a baby's blood oxygen saturation levels non-invasively.

Engineering a better world calls for solutions of a different caliber, demanding innovation across disciplines using a design-centric approach.

We employ and develop intelligent systems and automation, tools at the nano-and-micro- scales and technologies for the greater good that will revolutionize energy systems, strengthen climate resilience, advance human health and transform mobility to bring a sustainable, healthier and more resilient world within reach.