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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2017-2018 PROPOSED MAE COURSE OFFERINGS is now available.  Click here to view!  (Revised June 2017; subject to change)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 11 am - 12 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Eric Lerner (SDSU)
Monday, October 23, 2017, 11:00 to 12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room (EBUII, Room 479)
Kyung-Suk Kim (Brown University)
Monday, October 23, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, EBUII von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Paul Atzberger (UC Santa Barbara)
Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:00 to 12:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room (EBUII, Room 479)
Shengqiang Cai (University of California, San Diego)
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11 am - 12 pm, EBUII von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Byron Washom (UCSD)
Friday, November 3, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room, 479
Wei Kang (Naval Postgraduate School)
Friday, November 3, 2017, 3 p.m., EBUII, von Karman-Penner Seminar Room 479
Wei Kang

This award recognizes contributions to understanding condensed matter and non-linear physics through shock compression.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has ranked Mechanical Engineering, at UC San Diego, #2 in the world and #1 in the United States

Congratulations to Olivia Graeve, named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women of Mexico 2017 -- by Forbes Magazine Mexico

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