High-Tech Health Patient imaging data, such as CT or MRI scans, are used to build interactive 3-D computer models of the arteries and veins and to simulate blood flow in order to design customized surgeries. The collaboration among engineers, computer scientists, and doctors improves results for patients.
Powering us into the Future One of the major challenges of this century will be meeting growing global energy demand while reducing carbon emissions and other pollution from fossil fuels. The MAE department in collaboration with the Center for Energy Research (CER) brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists, and engineers to create sustainable energy solutions.
Undergraduate Labs
A Foundation for Success Many students participate in several hours of research each week during the academic year. Students can also enroll in independent study, internships, and programs like Global TIES where they gain experience and solve real problems.
Learning by Building Project-based learning involves constructing robotic contraptions, student-initiated projects in labs and computer courses, and a senior design project in which teams work to solve industry problems.
Dynamic Systems and Control
Building Better Batteries Improving the estimation of charge distribution inside lithium-ion batteries – a project undertaken by the Cymer Center – promises more efficient and reliable electronics for industry and for consumers.
Environmental Engineering
Predicting Sunshine Sky imagers, developed at UC San Diego and in use at the nation’s largest solar power plant, minimize uncertainty in solar energy generation by predicting solar power output. The imagers track cloud cover via fish-eye lenses and three-dimensional modeling.
Fluid Mechanics
Propulsive Research Research using engineering techniques to unlock some of biology’s most interesting mysteries reveals how soft surfaces, like water, can be distorted by applying small-scale forces. Applications could lead to new and efficient methods for propulsion or aquatic military uses.
Mechanics and Materials
Impressive Compression Nanoscale materials offer immense benefits for enhanced functionality and portability. Coiled carbon nanofibers synthesized through thermal chemical vapor deposition can be used in various applications, including cushioning foams, electrical inductors and metamaterials.
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Surprising responses in flows in common geometries: (i) Surface-attached bacteria, biofilms and flow and (ii) Trapping of bubbles in stagnation point flows

Howard A. Stone
Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor
Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University

Friday, May 27, 2016   
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
CMRR Auditorium, UCSD

2016-2017 PROPOSED MAE COURSE OFFERINGS is now available.  Click here to view!  (Revised  February 2016; subject to change)

Math got you stumped?!? Need a refresher on calculus? Want to learn some cool math facts? Come to the MAE Math Open house!

Friday, May 6, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Louis L. Whitcomb (Johns Hopkins University)
Monday, May 9, 2016, 1:00 am - 12:00 pm, EBUII, Room 479
Stelios Kyriakides
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Mauricio de Oliveira (University of California, San Diego)
Friday, May 13, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Jeff Krichmar (University of California, Irvine)
Monday, May 16, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Douglas Fudge
Monday, May 16, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Oscar Flores (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Visiting Professor)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Nanpeng Yu (University of California, Riverside)

Congratulations to William McEneaney who was recently elected a 2016 Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics “for his distinguished contributions to the disciplines of applied mathematics, computational science and related fields.”

The 2015 Engineering Design Graphics Division Chair's Award for Outstanding Technical Paper was awarded to Nate Delson and Lelli Van Den Einde for Tracking Student Engagement with a Touchscreen App for Spatial Visualization Training and Freehand Sketching

Congratulations to Sungho Jin who is the recipient of the 2016 Acta Materialia Gold Medal.  This award recognizes undisputed world leaders who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in biomaterials, including basic science and translation to practice.

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