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News Releases from 2011

November 28, 2011

Jacobs School Recruiting for 10 Positions in 2011-12

  The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego currently is recruiting for 10 open faculty positions in the 2011-12 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. An additional position focuses on the applicants’ contributions to diversity, in addition to research and scholarship. 

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September 21, 2011

First of a Kind Tests to Assess How Elevators, Fire Systems Perform in Earthquakes

 Structural engineers at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are preparing for a series of earthquake tests focused on nonstructural components, including a functioning elevator, stairs, ceilings, and passive and active fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers and partition walls, in a full-scale, five-story concrete building on the world’s largest outdoor shake table. The tests performed at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center at UC San Diego will be the first of their kind in the United States to focus on a broad range of systems and equipment that can malfunction during an earthquake and make it more difficult to evacuate buildings, which can lead to more injuries and deaths. 

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August 22, 2011

Far from Home, Undergrads Contribute to Earthquake Research

This summer, structural engineering undergraduates from the University of California, San Diego investigated earthquakes along parts of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of the world touching several continents surrounding the Pacific Ocean where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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July 20, 2011

San Diego Renewable Energy Innovators Win Fellowships to Commercialize Inventions

Graduate students from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University working on three separate renewable energy technologies have been awarded a von Liebig Center Fellowship to pursue the commercialization of their research through the San Diego Regional Technology Acceleration Program. An expert review panel composed of representatives from the private sector, investment community and the City of San Diego selected the renewable energy fellowship winners from a pool of 11 finalists. Selection was made based on the technological novelty of the project, the potential impact on fossil fuel usage, path to market and stage of development.

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April 19, 2011

Research Expo 2011: a Snapshot of the Jacobs School of Engineering

From robots to UAVs, railway safety, social networks and grocery shopping technology for the blind, engineering graduate students at the University of California, San Diego presented their latest research to industry, potential investors and to fellow students and faculty at Research Expo on April 14, 2011.

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April 1, 2011

UC San Diego Engineers Test and Predict Impact Damage to Commercial Aircraft

Hail, ice, and ground service equipment vehicles can cause severe – but hard to detect – damage to components of commercial aircraft made of composite materials. Airlines, aircraft manufactures and academic researchers are working to develop new ways to detect this type of damage.

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January 7, 2011

UC San Diego Engineers Lead National Effort to Save Lives and Buildings During Earthquakes

Earthquake engineers from UC San Diego, University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University are joining efforts to make buildings such as hotels, schools, apartments and hospitals safer. To do this, the researchers will put a three-story masonry structure with shear walls systems through a series of rigorous earthquakes beginning Jan. 10.

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