Faculty

Building a Better Battery

The humble battery: a device most people rarely think about until the phone runs low, the car won’t start, or the smoke detector beeps in the middle of the night. While they may take a back seat in our interactions with the devices they power, batteries are a critical factor in advancing technological innovation. 

An Earth Shattering Shift

Katerina Ziotopoulou, M.S. '10, Ph.D. '14 is consumed with the shifting of the world - both professionally and personally. As an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ziotopoulou’s work is focused on developing tools to improve the way we gather data about and understand soil behaviors and the resilience of soil-structure systems during earthquakes.

Meet Our New Faculty

The UC Davis College of Engineering welcomed six new faculty members to campus this fall, for a total of nine in 2022. Their arrival strengthens the college’s expertise in teaching and research in aerodynamics, bioinstrumentation, molecular dynamics, public transportation and bio-integrated electronics.

Back Forty: Hard truths about California’s water future

Last month, Jay Lund, a Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis, wrapped up a lecture on California’s drought with a slide titled “Resistance is Futile.” It included a list of his predictions about the state’s water crisis, some of which bordered on apocalyptic. As climate change fuels extreme drought, heat and flooding, Lund explained, some of California’s native species will become unsustainable in the wild. Farmers, government agencies and environmental groups will continue to fight over dwindling water supplies.

UC Davis Interdisciplinary Research Teams Join Forces to Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, scientists, engineers and clinicians have been producing and sharing insight at a rapid rate to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic. So far, research on Covid-19 has led to an understanding of the biology of SARS-CoV-2, how the virus interacts with the immune system, the clinical manifestations, effects of long covid, vaccine development, treatment and prevention strategies, among others.

Meet Our New Faculty

The College of Engineering welcomed ten new faculty in the 2021-22 academic year with diverse experience and expertise in teaching, AI/machine learning, security, pavement engineering, quantum computing, optics, food engineering and more.

Two Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Two professors from the University of California, Davis, have been elected as members of the National Academy of Engineering. Professors Daniel Sperling and Kate Scow join 13 other current UC Davis faculty members who are in the academy.