News Releases from 2012


Pioneer in Physical Design of Integrated Circuits Named ACM Fellow

  Andrew B. Kahng, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, San Diego, has been named one of 52 Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery for 2012. Kahng, who holds the Endowed Chair in High-Performance Computing at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, was recognized for “contributions to physical design automation and to design for manufacturability of microelectronic systems.” He is a pioneer in the physical design of integrated circuits, as well as in the field known today as integrated-circuit design for manufacturability.  Full Story


Engineering Graduate Student Wins Collegiate Inventors Competition

For work toward a safer approach to treating cancer, electrical engineering Ph.D. student Inanc Ortac from the University of California, San Diego has won first prize in the graduate student category at the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Ortac’s winning entry, entitled “Nano-Wiffle-Balls for Cancer Therapy” offers a new approach for delivering cancer drugs just to the areas where the drugs are needed. This kind of targeted drug delivery minimizes collateral damage to non-cancerous cells. Full Story


Updated With New Positions: Jacobs School Recruiting for 12 Positions in 2012-13

  The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego currently is recruiting for 11open faculty positions in the 2012-13 academic year. The positions fall within three strategic research focus areas identified by the school: energy, sustainability and environment; engineering in medicine; and information technology and applications. Several of the positions are part of a three-year recruitment plan in the area of advanced energy research. Full Story


Health Technologies Top List of New Calit2 Research Grants to UC San Diego Faculty

The University of California, San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology has given the green light to 17 new projects funded through the Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities program. Seven of the projects are led by faculty at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. All told, the winning proposals garnered more than $826,000 in support from Calit2 for the year-long projects, effective October 1, 2012. That is an 18 percent increase in funding compared to the inaugural round of CSRO grants awarded in 2010. Full Story


Toyota Adds UC San Diego to Safety Research Partners

The Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) is expanding its groundbreaking, partner-based automotive safety initiative with the launch of seven new research programs undertaken in partnership with 11 leading research institutions from across North America, including the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


UC San Diego Master of Advanced Study Program Uses NI Platforms to Provide Professional Hands-On Embedded and Communications Experience

TheUniversity of California, San Diego flagship Master of Advanced Study (MAS) program in Wireless and Embedded Systems, a technical executive education program catering to engineering professionals, has adopted National Instruments platforms to provide a unique hands-on experience for participants.  Full Story


UC San Diego Professor Wins Top Information Theory Award

Using powerful mathematical techniques from information theory, linear systems theory, convex optimization, and functional analysis, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, San Diego resolved a 40-year-old open problem in the field of communication. Full Story


Center for Wireless Communications Convenes Innovators in Academia, Industry for Research Review

A research review held by the University of California, San Diego Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) convened researchers from academia and industry to get a look at what’s right around the corner in terms of cellular and wireless communications, and what’s still a bit farther down the road. Full Story


Grand Challenges Explorations Grant Funds Groundbreaking Health Research

The University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineeringannounced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorationswinner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Bioengineering Professor Todd Coleman, in collaboration with Materials Science and Engineering Professor John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Epidermal Electronics for Continuous Pregnancy Monitoring.” Full Story


'Game-powered machine learning' opens door to Google for music

Can a computer be taught to automatically label every song on the Internet using sets of examples provided by unpaid music fans? University of California, San Diego engineers have found that the answer is yes, and the results are as accurate as using paid music experts to provide the examples, saving considerable time and money.  In results published in the April 24 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers report that their solution, called “game-powered machine learning,” would enable music lovers to search every song on the web well beyond popular hits, with a simple text search using key words like “funky” or “spooky electronica.” Full Story


UC San Diego Students to Demonstrate Smart Camera Trap at New Engineering Competition

Forget about building a better mouse trap. University of California, San Diego sophomore Riley Yeakle and his teammates have come up with a better camera trap, and they will be facing off with finalists from around the country when they unveil working prototypes of their visions for embedded systems at a new, national engineering student competition. Full Story


UC San Diego Leads International Team of Researchers to Demonstrate First Heralded Single-Photon Generation from a Silicon Chip

For the first time, researchers have generated so-called heralded single photons from a silicon chip. Heralded photons are the second in a pair of spontaneously-generated photons: when the first hits a detector and provides timing information, it ‘heralds’ the companion photon, which is then in a quantum mechanical single photon state. Led by the University of California, San Diego, other collaborators on the project include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland; and the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy). Full Story


'Blinking microbubbles' for early cancer screening take grand prize at Research Expo 2012

Carolyn Schutt, a Ph.D student in bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego is developing a new imaging technique that would enable highly-sensitive light imaging deeper inside the body, improving the way we diagnose breast cancer. Schutt’s research received the grand prize April 12 at the UC San Diego Jacob School of Engineering Research Expo 2012. Full Story


Workshop Convenes Best Minds in Data Storage to Break Computing Bottlenecks

Non-volatile memories (NVM) are crucial components of modern computing systems, components that make it possible to store increasingly large amounts of information in smaller spaces, at faster data transfer speeds and (if the industry has its way) at lower cost to the consumer. Full Story


TowerJazz and UCSD Demonstrate First Silicon Wafer-Scale 110 GHz Phased Array Transmitter with Record Performance

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), provider of a leading program in microwave, millimeter-wave and mixed-signal RFICs, today announced they have collaborated to demonstrate the first wafer-scale phased array with 16 different antenna elements operating at 110 GHz frequency range.  First time success was achieved for the RFIC using TowerJazz’s own proprietary models, kit and the mmWave capabilities of its 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS process, SBC18H3.   The device targets applications for automotive radar, aerospace and defense, passive imaging, security, and mmWave imaging. The collaboration of the phased array chip was partly funded by DARPA. Full Story


Research Expo: Access Game-Changing Research and Technologies

There are many ways to engage with the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, but the only way to get face time with 230-plus graduate students working on game-changing research in a single afternoon is to attend Research Expo on April 12. Research Expo provides a glimpse into the engineering future – a future that will touch all of San Diego’s technology sectors. With $146.4 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2010-2011, there’s a lot to look at. Full Story


Faculty researchers share their experiences turning discoveries into marketable products

Four engineering faculty members with technology transfer success stories discussed the challenges of the commercialization process during a March 14 dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. The von Liebig Center offers seed funding and advisory services and is part of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Get Early Access to Emerging Technologies at Research Expo at UC San Diego

  Radio-frequency relays based on electromagnetic actuation, which route electrical signals using current pulses and magnetic fields, are a common feature in modern electronics, from satellites to MRI machines. But they soon could be replaced by high-power, large-force, temperature-stable RF MEMS metal-contact switches, which route electrical signals using electro-statics fields. Chirag Patel, a Jacobs Fellow and currently a Ph.D. student at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, presented the technology at last year’s Research Expo, an annual research, recruiting and networking event. Full Story


Nanotrees harvest the sun's energy to turn water into hydrogen fuel

University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy without using fossil fuels and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation. Reporting in the journal Nanoscale, the team said nanowires, which are made from abundant natural materials like silicon and zinc oxide, also offer a cheap way to deliver hydrogen fuel on a mass scale. Full Story


Potential of New Memory Technologies Explored at UC San Diego Workshop

  The impact and future of non-volatile, solid-state memories that help power today’s electronic mobile devices will be the focus of a three-day workshop held March 4 to 6 at the University of California, San Diego.  Full Story


Renowned Physicist and Innovator Eric Fullerton Wins 2012 AIP Industrial Application of Physics Prize

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has awarded the 2012 AIP Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics to Professor Eric Fullerton for his pioneering work in advancing magnetic recording media. Fullerton is a professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and NanoEngineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a doctorate in physics in 1991.   Full Story


Electrical Engineers Build 'No-Waste' Laser

A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, “thresholdless” laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste. Full Story


RF MEMS and Phased Array Pioneer Gabriel Rebeiz Appointed to UC San Diego Endowed Chair

  Gabriel Rebeiz, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, who is considered one of the fathers of RF MEMS technology and advanced SiGe/CMOS phased array integrated circuits, has been appointed to the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at the school.  Full Story