New Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering Department
Dr. Shabnam Semnani has accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Structural Engineering Department at UC San Diego. She will join the department on July 1, 2019. Dr. Semnani's research focuses on characterization and modeling of heterogeneous geomaterials across scales, and development of multi-scale and multi-physics models to link the micro-structure and macroscopic behavior of these materials. This is achieved by combining statistical, computational and numerical modeling methods with experimental techniques conducted at various scales. Some of the applications of her work include carbon sequestration, hydrocarbon recovery and geothermal energy production. Structural Engineering is excited for Dr. Shabnam Semnani to join the department.
Charles Lee Powell Foundation: Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
Three Decades of Giving to UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
Thanks to the support of the Charles Lee Powell Foundation: over the last three decades, UC San Diego engineering research has positively impacted the San Diego region and far beyond. When you drive across a highway bridge in California, for example, there is a good chance that your safety depends on a piece of technology that has been developed and tested at UC San Diego.
Graduating students honored with Awards for Excellence
Here are some highlights from the impressive resumes of the 2018 Jacobs School of Engineering student award winners, recognized by the IDEA Engineering Student Center and Dean Albert P. Pisano at the Ring Ceremony.
Engineering student leaders honored
Top performing engineering student leaders were honored at the 9th annual Engineering Leadership Awards celebration on May 17. The event, presented by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at UC San Diego, recognizes undergraduate and graduate engineering students who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through their communication skills, teamwork abilities and implementation of technical solutions in competitions or real-world challenges.
Flames "On Edge" wins big at Research Expo
The research presented at Research Expo 2018 was “on fire” thanks to UC San Diego mechanical engineering graduate student Luca Carmignani. He took home the top prize at Research Expo for his work to understand the spread of fire over real-world 3D shapes.
Flexible ultrasound patch could make it easier to inspect damage in odd-shaped structures
Researchers have developed a stretchable, flexible patch that could make it easier to perform ultrasound imaging on odd-shaped structures, such as engine parts, turbines, reactor pipe elbows and railroad tracks—objects that are difficult to examine using conventional ultrasound equipment. The ultrasound patch is a versatile and more convenient tool to inspect machine and building parts for defects and damage deep below the surface.
PBS NewsHour Features UC San Diego's Bermuda 100 Challenge
PBS NewsHour aired the first of a two-part series tonight on the Bermuda 100 Challenge, a joint initiative between the University of California San Diego’s Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI), the Bermuda Government’s Marine Heritage Section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Look Bermuda.
Local Entrepreneur Donates $225K for UC San Diego Effort to Document Ancient Underwater Cave
The Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI), based at the University of California San Diego, has received $225,000 from San Diego-based entrepreneur Brian Strauss to enable digital visualization technologies that make it possible to see cultural heritage sites and artifacts in entirely new ways -- like “the La Brea tar pits without the tar.”
Using Computer Science and the Humanities to Step Back in Time
A collaborative group of researchers from the University of California San Diego traveled to Turin, Italy recently to digitally map an entire portion of the city—complete with historic architecture, expansive murals and stunning works of art.
Engineers, Technology Featured in New National Geographic Documentary on Maya 'Megalopolis'
Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings," a new one-hour National Geographic special premiering FEb. 6 at 9/8 p.m. central, shows how LiDAR laser imaging technology is revolutionizing archaeology and features the WAVE data visualization technology created by researchers at the University of California San Diego. Albert Yu-Min Lin, who earned a Ph.D. at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, hosts the program.
UC San Diego Drone Research Takes Flight
UC San Diego inaugurated the first open-air aerodrome for unmanned aerial vehicles here on campus last week. The opening is the first step in what engineers hope will be a new era for drone research on campus. One of the goals is to create a living laboratory for unmanned aerial vehicles by bringing together researchers from across campus, including computer scientists, structural, mechanical, aerospace, electrical and computer engineers and scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Five Engineering Faculty Named Most Influential in Their Fields
Thirty two faculty members at the University of California San Diego, including five at the Jacobs School of Engineering, are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, based on their publications over the past decade. Clarivate Analytics, which provides insights and analytics on research trends, compiled its 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list of more than 3,300 scientists from around the world whose studies were among the top one percent most-cited publications in their field over a recent 11-year period.
Scripps Scientists Use Photomosaic Technology to Find Order in the Chaos of Coral Reefs
In a study published recently in Coral Reefs, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego created and analyzed detailed photomosaics of the coral reef at Palmyra Atoll, and made surprising discoveries around coral spatial ecology. The scientists, led by graduate student Clinton Edwards, canvassed more than 17,000 square feet of reef, and 44,008 coral colonies, taking more than 39,000 images that were then stitched together to create 3D photomosaics that encompassed the reef.
UCSD PI Work Featured in Autonomy brief to the Secretary of the Air Force
Research work of Yuri Bazilevs and Hyonny Kim, Professors in Structural Engineering at UCSD, Marco Pigazzini, PhD Candidate in Structural Engineering, and Artem Korobenko, Professor at the University of Calgary (formerly PhD Student and Postdoc in Structural Engineering) on the Multiscale Dynamic Data Driven Application Systems (DDDAS) framework for Damage Prediction in Aerospace Composite Structures was presented as part of Autonomy brief to the Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson. The project was selected among the best from the DDDAS portfolio funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Dr. Erik Blasch, Program Officer. Congratulations to the UCSD DDDAS team for this high-profile recognition of their research as being of great relevance to National Defense.
A team of researchers from across UC San Diego is developing a new approach for detecting damage to buildings during earthquakes and other extreme events. They came together at the Geisel Library recently to use lasers and drones to create a digital record of the structure that will serve as a baseline health assessment. In the event that a sizeable earthquake hits nearby, the team will reconvene to retake the digital measurements and assess any damage to the building such as tilting or cracks. (View photo gallery.)
Nature Names UC San Diego a Top 15 Research Institution Worldwide
The University of California San Diego is the world’s 14th best university for developing research that is used to create products or services that benefit society and spur economic growth. The new rankings by Nature, one of the world’s leading academic journals, also praise the campus for its research output: nearly half of UC San Diego’s natural science papers appear in the Nature index, which measures research productivity in the globe’s top science journals.
Earthquake Shake Tests at UC San Diego
Toward 20-story Earthquake-safe Buildings Made from Wood
Engineering researchers are putting a two-story wooden structure through a series of powerful earthquake simulations at the University of California San Diego shake table this week. The goal is to gather the data required to design wood buildings as tall as 20 stories that do not suffer significant damage during large earthquakes.
10th Annual EMI Conference Brings Experts ' Young and Old ' Together
With the EMI celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year?s conference was particularly special. The over-700 attendees marked an EMI high, while the lineup of six keynote speakers included two members of the National Academy of Engineering. The conference also honored ASCE Distinguished Member Zdenek Bazant, Ph.D., S.E., NAE, NAS, F.EMI, with many of his former students on hand to celebrate his 80th birthday.
UC San Diego and Bermuda Officially Launch First Digital 3D Shipwreck Mapping Website
Bermuda’s Ministry of the Environment and the University of California San Diego have officially launched a first-of-its-kind effort to scan underwater shipwrecks and reef in three dimensions and at an unprecedented level of detail – while making the 3D environments accessible online to viewers worldwide. The project, known as the Bermuda 100 Challenge, pushes the frontier of engineering technology and showcases the fascinating marine history and beauty of Bermuda’s underwater landscape. The Bermuda 100 website (http://bermuda100.ucsd.edu) presents an exciting addition to the Ministry’s conservation, research and educational outreach program.
Now anyone can “dive” Bermuda’s culturally and historically significant wrecks from anywhere in the world. The goal is to map 100 wrecks and significant sites of natural beauty and ecological importance. The data will be used by marine scientists, historians, students, archaeologists and conservationists to monitor the wrecks and reef over time.