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News Releases from 2006

December 6, 2006

Fibers Used in Bullet-Proof Vests Quadruple Toughness of Dental Composites

 In a paper in Dental Materials, UCSD structural engineering professor Vistasp Karbhari and Howard Strassler, a professor and director of Operative Dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School, report results of detailed engineering tests on dental composites containing polyethylene fibers, which are also used in bullet-proof vests.

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November 28, 2006

Dean Frieder Seible Wins Humboldt Research Award

Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible has received a 2006 Humboldt Research Award.   Through the prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Seible plans to  includes investigate fundamental design concepts that could improve how structures perform under extreme loads caused by natural and manmade disasters.   

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October 2, 2006

Jacobs School Welcomes Eleven New Faculty

The Jacobs School welcomes 11 new faculty hires, bringing the School’s total faculty membership to 175.  The new faculty help advance the School’s focus on nanotechnology and nanomaterials, and  compliment existing strengths in earthquake engineering, broadband communications, computer architecture, information theory, machine learning, and visualization. 

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August 21, 2006

New Crack-Detection Technology Could Help Prevent Many Train Derailments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new technique that is better able than currently used technology to find defects in steel railroad tracks, including hard-to-find internal cracks that can break under the weight of passing trains. Track defects account for about one-third of the 2,200 annual train derailments in the U.S., according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the federal agency charged with enforcing rail safety regulations.

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April 18, 2006

UCSD Joins MentorNet, Connecting Students with Scientists and Engineers Employed in Industry and Academia

UCSD has become a partner in MentorNet, a program that uses email to facilitate one-on-one mentoring relationships between successful engineers, scientists and mathematicians, and college students who aspire to careers in those fields. 

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April 5, 2006

UCSD Structural Engineering Students Rock at Regional Design Competition

 From designing a dorm model that would withstand a Northridge-sized earthquake to creating a chemical-free water filtration system, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering structural engineering students proved the innovation leaders at the 2006 American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) pacific southwest regional collegiate conference held at UCLA March 30 to April 1.  

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March 27, 2006

Strings as Structural Elements? Engineers Devise Mathematics for New Age Structures

Scientists at UCSD have devised two mathematical tools considered to be a major contribution to the optimal design of a new generation of deformable bridges, buildings, shape-controllable airplane wings, radio antennas, and other alternatives to current structural technologies.

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March 8, 2006

Summer Science Program for High School Students Expands Enrollment

The COSMOS program administered by the Jacobs School will bring nearly 50 percent more talented high school students to the UCSD campus for a month this summer, with a March 16 deadline for applications.

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March 1, 2006

Getting Down to Business: Student-Run Career Fair is a Record-Breaking Success

By any measure, the 2006 Disciplines of Engineering Career Fair (DECaF) was a success for both recruiters and student job seekers.  The student-organized event raised $36,000 in corporate sponsorship fees, making it the largest single fundraiser to benefit engineering student organizations.  In all, 50 companies sent over 150 recruiters to DECaF, more than doubling last year’s participation of 20 companies.   Those employers saw nearly 1,500 engineering students eager for internship or full-time employment opportunities.

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March 1, 2006

Bridge-Monitoring Poster Wins Grand Prize at 2006 Research Expo

Apresentation on bridge-performance monitoring by Hong Guan, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Structural Engineering, was judged the best poster at Research Expo 2006.

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February 23, 2006

New Scholarship Fund to Help Aspiring Engineers in Region

Jacobs School undergraduates of limited means have a new avenue to fund their education, thanks to a QUALCOMM Inc. commitment of $250,000 for a new scholarship fund to help students pursuing engineering degrees at UCSD, SDSU or Cal State San Marcos.

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February 10, 2006

UCSD Bioengineering Professor Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Bernhard O. Palsson, a professor of bioengineering and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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January 20, 2006

Engineers Announce Results of Second Northridge Shake of 7-Story Building

UCSD structural engineers announced that the most violent earthquake shake of a seven-story structure at the Jacobs School of Engineering's Englekirk Structural Engineering Center resulted in only minor cosmetic damage to the building.

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