News Releases from 2008


A Better View for Surgeons During Minimally Invasive Surgeries

 A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) is nearing completion of their first prototype of “SurgiCam,” a tiny surgical camera that can be inserted through a 1.5 cm incision in the abdomen during minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Full Story


Hands-on Engineering Design Course Presentations: Monitoring Heart Rate Variability and More

 ECE 191, Engineering Group Design Project, is an upper-division class that provides undergraduate students with hands-on experience working in a team to design, build, demonstrate and document an open-ended engineering project. Full Story


Calit2 Inventor Creates Estimating Calculator to Help Hone Students' Math Skills

 QAMA, or Quick Approximate Mental Arithmetic, is a new kind of calculator designed and developed by Ilan Samson, an "inventor-in-residence" at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


UC San Diego Reports New Record for Wireless Base Station Power Amplifiers

Three years after breaking the 50 percent efficiency barrier, researchers at the University of California, San Diego report topping an average 58 percent power added efficiency (PAE) – the best rate reported for a single-stage WCDMA base-station power amplifier – with average output power of 42 watts and a gain of 10.2 decibels. Full Story


Jessica Godin, Electrical Engineer, Wins R.B. Woolley Leadership Award

Jessica Godin came to UC San Diego in 2004 to pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Now on the home-stretch of her Ph.D. at the Jacobs School of Engineering, Godin has won the annual R.B. Woolley Graduate Leadership Award. Full Story


NanoEngineer Wins Grant to Develop Field-Hospital-on-a-Chip Technology

  With a $1.6M grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor Joseph Wang will lead a project to create a field-hospital-on-a-chip technology that soldiers can wear on the battlefield. Full Story



Andrew Viterbi, Wireless Pioneer and UC San Diego Professor Emeritus, Wins National Medal of Science

  This week, wireless pioneer and UC San Diego professor emeritus Andrew Viterbi received a National Medal of Science, in part for work that would become known as the Viterbi algorithm. Full Story


UC San Diego GreenLight Project to Improve Energy Efficiency of Computing

 The information technology industry consumes as much energy and has roughly the same carbon “footprint” as the airline industry. Now scientists and engineers at the University of California, San Diego are building an instrument to test the energy efficiency of computing systems under real-world conditions—with the ultimate goal of getting computer designers and users in the scientific community to re-think the way they do their jobs. Full Story


UC San Diego-based iBotics Team Competes in Underwater Unmanned Vehicle Competition

The San Diego iBotics team, led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. student Gideon Prior and populated primarily by students from the Jacobs School, got "cool points" for its sleek, biomimetic "Stingray" craft at last week's  annual competition of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Full Story


Von Liebig Center Hosts First Annual Technology Showcase

 Technologies developed at UC San Diego landed in the spotlight on July 16, 2008 at an entrepreneurship technology showcase organized by UC San Diego’s von Liebig Center. Full Story


UC San Diego Launches Institute of Engineering in Medicine to Accelerate Innovative Health Care Technologies

 The world’s top engineers, physicians and scientists are joining forces to conceptualize, develop and bring to reality the future tools and treatments of 21st century health care through UC San Diego’s new Institute of Engineering in Medicine. Full Story


Calit2 Associate Director Bill Hodgkiss Delves Deep to Research RF and Acoustic Communications

 Underwater acoustician Bill Hodgkiss might be a faculty member at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, an but he didn't grow up with an intimate connection to the ocean.  What drew him to the profession was the science behind the sea.  Hodgkiss is also associate director for the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) as well as an adjunct professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering.  “I don’t think I ever even saw the ocean more than a few times before I moved to San Diego.” Full Story


Smart Bomb Nanoparticle Strategy Impacts Metastasis

 A new treatment strategy using molecular “smart bombs” to target metastasis with anti-cancer drugs leads to good results using significantly lower doses of toxic chemotherapy, with less collateral damage to surrounding tissue, according to a collaborative team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Jacobs School Ring Ceremony 2008

  More than 350 graduating seniors from the Jacobs School participated in the annual Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 14. Full Story


ViaSat-Sponsored ECE 191 Project Takes Engineering Design Course Honor

A team of electrical engineering students in ECE 191, sponsored by ViaSat, was singled out as the spring quarter's best project for developing a mobile broadcast system for the chase-vehicles that accompany bicyclists iin the Race Across America. Full Story


University of California San Diego Students Take First, Second and Fourth Place at Prestigious Business Plan Competition

Jacobs School students took first and second place in a prestigious business plan competition organized at the University of Southern California. Full Story


UC San Diego Entrepreneurship, May Madness and the Final Five

On Saturday May 31, 2008, five UC San Diego teams – including two from the Jacobs School of Engineering – will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes in a completely-student-run business plan competition called the UCSD $50K Entrepreneurship Competition. Full Story


UC San Diego Unveils Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics

Cymer Inc. has provided major sponsorship of a novel educational and research program at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering designed to train engineers to improve the performance of wide variety of industrial products and processes. The new Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (CCSD), which will educate many of the finest students in the country in the field of controls, is designed to put UC San Diego’s Jacobs School on the fast track to industry partnerships in numerous high tech arenas. Full Story


Mad Dash for Trash, Then Junkyard Derby Bash

 It's Junkyard Derby week at UC San Diego. The junkyard opens on Wednesday night, May 21 at 7:30 pm, and the races start on Friday at 11:30 AM. Full Story


Nanowires May Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

  Experimental solar cells spiked with nanowires show promise for efficient thin-film solar cells of future. Full Story


Space Is the Current Frontier for First Recipient of Ericsson Endowed Chair in Wireless Access Networks

  For his leadership in cutting edge areas of digital signal processing, Bhaskar Rao has been named the inaugural holder of the Ericsson Endowed Chair in Wireless Access Networks in the Jacobs School. This chair is part of Ericsson’s ongoing support of the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Full Story


Creating Faster Integrated Circuits by Slowing Light

Two UCSD research groups have merged two previously unrelated areas of cutting-edge research in optics – slow light and Anderson localization – and have shown in a paper published in the journal Nature Photonics that structures being considered as prime building blocks for nanophotonic integrated circuits are very susceptible to the effects of disorder, including Anderson localization. Full Story


ECE 191 Design Teams Report Progress on Projects Funded by Calit2 and Other Sponsors

 A project adding two-way wireless audio capability to a remote-controlled vehicle called Gizmo -- designed for disaster response communication -- was awarded best project of the winter quarter ECE 191 team engineering design course when the students made their final presentations. Full Story


Alumni Association Recognizes Engineering Student

The UCS San Diego Alumni Association gave its Outstanding Senior Award to Jeffrey Mounzer, president of the Triton Engineering Student Council and a Warren College student graduating with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Economics. Full Story


US News Ups Ranking of Jacobs School

UC San Diego again was one of only a handful of universities to have both an engineering school and a medical school both ranked in the top 15 by US News annual ranking of graduate programs at colleges and universities. Full Story


Need New Look? Online Makeover is fan-taaz-tic

 Thanks to a Jacobs School startup company whose site, Taaz.com went live today, the cosmetics counter isn't the only place to try out the latest makeup trends. The new way is easier, faster, and much more private. Anyone with a digital photograph can now apply more than 4,000 makeup products with the click of a mouse. It's all at www.taaz.com - the creation of two Jacobs School computer scientists turned entrepreneurs. The site went live on March 18. Full Story


Shaya Fainman Awarded Cymer Chair

Shaya Fainman, an electrical engineering professor at the Jacobs School, is the first holder of the Cymer Inc. Endowed Chair in Advanced Optical Technologies. Full Story


Hopping Robot Captures Top Research Expo Honor

The two-wheeled robot called “iHop” developed by Christopher M. Schmidt-Wetekam, a Ph.D. candidate in the Jacobs School’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  won top honors at the Jacobs School of Engineering’s annual Research Expo on Feb. 21. Full Story


National Engineers Week at UCSD

They say that everyday should be Mothers Day. Considering how crucial technology is for everything we do from communication and banking, to environmental sustainability and health care, everyday should also be Engineers Day. Nevertheless, Feb 18-22 is the one week out of the year that is carved out as National Engineers Week – and the students at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering took part in a big way. Full Story


Jacobs School Hard Disk Pioneer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

 UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering electrical engineering professor Paul Siegel – a leading authority on coding for hard disk magnetic recording systems – has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for the invention and development of advanced coding techniques for digital recording systems." Full Story


UCSD Undergraduates Apply for Hands-on Summer Research Jobs

 More than two dozen UCSD undergraduate students, many from the Jacobs School, will get the chance next summer to work in labs affiliated with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). And they'll get paid in the process. Full Story


Kauffman Foundation Says von Liebig Center Fills Seed-Stage Funding Gap

 A Kauffman Foundaiton study has highlighted two university "proof of concept" centers, the von Liebig Center at UCSD and the Deshpande Center at MIT, which since the two centers’ creation in 2002, have collectively awarded nearly $10 million in seed grants and launched 26 seed-stage companies that have accumulated more than $159 million in private capital. Both centers are funded from philanthropic donations. Full Story