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News Releases from 2022

December 16, 2022

UC San Diego shake table on of UC's 12 incredible research breakthroughs in 2022

Amazing research has emerged from every corner of every campus, lab, medical center and division of the University of California this year that will benefit California and the world in the years to come. The UC San Diego earthquake simulator now has unprecendented accuracy.  Full Story

December 8, 2022

Wood high-rise tops off at UC San Diego shake table

  The tallest building ever to be tested on an earthquake simulator topped off at 10 stories high at UC San Diego's shake table when construction crews and a giant crane flew the last wood panel to the top of the structure on Dec. 6, 2022.      Full Story

December 6, 2022

UC San Diego Structural Engineering Gilbert (Gil) Hegemier Awarded Revelle Medal

When you drive across a highway bridge in California, there is a good chance that your safety depends on bridge technologies that have been developed and tested at UC San Diego. We have Gilbert (Gil) Hegemier and his UC San Diego colleagues to thank for this fact. In honor of Hegemier's many contributions to UC San Diego, he has been awarded a 2022 Revelle Medal.

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November 23, 2022

Pokemon-themed presentation wins best poster award at ISAM 2022

Teaching professor Lelli Van Den Einde and master's student Anna Wang won a best poster award at the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces held Nov. 6 to 9 at Georgia Tech.

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November 22, 2022

16 Jacobs School researchers among most highly cited in the world

A remarkable 16 faculty and research scientists at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, according to the 2022 Clarivate listing of Most Highly Cited Researchers in the World. The list highlights individuals at universities, research institutes and commercial organizations who have demonstrated a disproportionate level of significant and broad influence in their field of research.   

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November 21, 2022

Teams of Structural Engineering Alumni and Current Students Excel in International Blind Predictions

A team from the UC San Diego Department of Structural Engineering captured second place at the UCLouvain 2022 blind prediction competion. The goal of the competition is to promote good seismic design practices for reinforced concrete walls. 

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November 4, 2022

Experimenting in Space to Help Prevent Mudslides Here on Earth

To better understand gravity’s effects on post-wildfire mudflow, a research team from the University of California San Diego will take their research to the only laboratory where gravity is removed—the International Space Station. Full Story

November 4, 2022

Alumni startup aims to make 3D-printed prostheses accessible and affordable.

By using a combination of personalized scans as well as digital designs and 3D printing on a large scale, the LIMBER team believes it could reduce the cost of a prosthesis by anywhere from 50% to 90%, delivering prosthetics much faster to those who need them. Full Story

October 17, 2022

2022 New Faculty Hires at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is proud to introduce 11 new professors hired in 2022. These faculty represent the first year in our latest three-year, 35+ faculty member hiring cycle.

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October 13, 2022

NSF Awards More than $1 Million to Interdisciplinary Research Team to Study Chronic Low Back Pain

A multidisciplinary team led by researchers at UC San Diego has received $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a novel system to study and inform the treatment of chronic low back pain. The work will feature a suite of tools including wearable sensors and machine learning to augment physical therapy evaluation and treatment. The team includes structural engineering professor Ken Loh.  Full Story

September 29, 2022

Franklin Antonio Hall opens its doors

The UC San Diego campus community turned out in big numbers last Friday to celebrate the opening of the sleek and soaring Franklin Antonio Hall. The 186,000 square foot building is not only innovative in its architecture, it’s also ground-breaking in how research teams are organized within the building.

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September 15, 2022

UC San Diego Physician, Alumni Partner to Provide Prosthetic Limbs for Ukranian Amputees

A young man gets fitted with a prosthetic lower leg and begins to walk without crutches within a few minutes. An older man first walks on crutches, then without, shortly after being fitted with his prosthesis. A younger double amputee was able to walk on crutches within minutes as well. These are three scenes from a video showcasing success stories from a pilot program organized in Ukraine by LIMBER Prosthetics and Orthotics, a company co-founded by two alumni of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

September 8, 2022

$5M from NSF to Empower Transfer Students to Earn Engineering Degrees

With a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC San Diego is leading a new effort to support low-income transfer students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering. The five-year program, called EMPOWER, will support engineering students at UC San Diego and two nearby community colleges, Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., and Imperial Valley College in Imperial, Calif., working to eliminate opportunity gaps through comprehensive cohort-based, success-promoting programming and significant scholarships.

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August 15, 2022

Remembering Joel Holliday, past president of Charles Lee Powell Foundation

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is mourning the loss of Joel Holliday, former director, president and CEO of the Charles Lee Powell Foundation, and ardent supporter of the Jacobs School's mission to pursue engineering for the public good. Holliday died on June 28, 2022.  

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July 20, 2022

A big machine for earthquake safety reopens at UC San Diego

The NSF director visited and inaugurated the UC San Diego earthquake simulator, one of the two largest in the world.  

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June 7, 2022

Class of 2022 honored with Awards of Excellence

The Jacobs School of Engineering will honor the undergraduate class of 2022 at its annual Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, after the campus convocation. Six students who have made significant contributions to their department and the Jacobs School community will be honored with Awards of Excellence.

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May 19, 2022

Student startup LIMBER makes 3D-printed prostheses affordable and accessible

Using this combination of personalized scans as well as digital designs and 3D-printing on a large scale could reduce the cost of a prosthesis by anywhere from 50% to 90% and deliver prosthetics much faster to those who need them. Ph student Joshua Pelz, postdoctoral researcher Luca De Vivo and prosthetics expert Herb Barrack have formed a startup, LIMBER Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., to commercialize the technology.

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April 19, 2022

Sun and solar panels shine at 40th Research Expo

Nanoengineering master’s student Tala Sidawi had her time in the sun at the 2022 edition of Research Expo. Sidawi took home the grand prize for her work to model how solar panels “breathe” water in real time. Such a model could help researchers design solar panels that last longer and perform better in humid environments, and also cost less to build.  

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April 13, 2022

ASCE Pacific Southwest Student Symposium draws students from 14 universities across California and Hawaii to San Diego to compete in civil engineering

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2022 Pacific Southwest Student Symposium took place at the University of California, San Diego March 31–April 2, 2022. At the event, over 800 civil engineering students from 14 universities across California and Hawaii put their academic and project management knowledge to the test participating in annual society-wide competitions including the ASCE Concrete Canoe and ASCE/UESI (Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute) Surveying Competition, ASCE Sustainable Solutions Competition – Tiny House Challenge, and the AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction)/ASCE Student Bridge Competition. Full Story

April 7, 2022

Concrete Canoes, Steel Bridges test students' structural engineering savvy

For the first time in 15 years, UC San Diego structural engineering students hosted the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Pacific Southwest Symposium from March 31-April 2, drawing 850 students from 14 universities in Southern California and Hawaii to campus for civil and structural engineering challenges including the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions. In addition to hosting the regional conference, the UC San Diego Steel Bridge team won first place, clenching a spot at the national competition in May.

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April 1, 2022

Research Expo enters its 4th decade

Connected systems take center stage at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s 40th annual Research Expo on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Join us to hear from more than 100 graduate students from all six Jacobs School of Engineering departments, as they present their groundbreaking engineering and computer science research.

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March 21, 2022

Lighter, stiffer, faster, stronger

On April 2, student teams from Southern California and Hawaii will gather on the UC San Diego campus to put together the strongest, lightest bridge made of steel in the shortest amount of time. The Steel Bridge competition is a highlight of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Pacific Southwest Symposium, being hosted by UC San Diego for the first time in 15 years.   

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January 13, 2022

Armor Lab is using motion capture data to develop next-gen wearables

Sometimes the challenge inherent in a motion capture project isn’t the tracking itself – it’s integrating every other data source into your digital ecosystem. The ARMOR Lab at UC San Diego is currently working on a new, potentially life-saving sensor technology that might not be possible without the use of Vicon Lock Lab to synchronize the project’s complex data streams. Full Story

January 10, 2022

Introducing the second cohort of Racial Equity Fellows

Seven UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering students have been selected to serve as Racial Equity Fellows. In this role, they will act as student advocates on the Jacobs School Student and Faculty Racial Equity Task Force, each bringing their demonstrated interest in diversity, equity and inclusion to the Task Force.

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January 7, 2022

Proposed Updates to Steel Building Standard Could Enhance Earthquake Resilience

Based on the results, documented in a NIST report, and a detailed analysis of the test data, the researchers devised new limits for column slenderness, described in a paper published in the Journal of Structural Engineering last April. The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), a standards organization, has adopted the proposed limits in a draft for public feedback of the 2022 edition of AISC 341, a standard that provides guidance on designing earthquake-resistant steel buildings.   

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