News

  • Nov 2
    2018
      UCSB’s experiment, from the Luzzatto-Fegiz Laboratory, has been included in the first 8k video filmed in space, which showcases the broad range of research aboard the ISS. The experiment appears around the 1:30 mark. Below you can find a video and the full article from NASA or check out the NASA website: https://www.nasa.gov/8k-science.   Experience High-Res Science... read more »
  • Oct 8
    2018
    You’ve probably seen them, perhaps on long roadtrips: wind turbines with enormous, hypnotic rolling blades, harnessing the clean power of wind for conversion into electric energy. What you may not know is that for the explosion in the number of wind turbines in use as we embrace cleaner sources of energy, these wind farms are quite possibly not as productive as they could... read more »
  • Oct 4
    2018
    The 5th annual Southern California Micro and Nanofluidics Symposium was held on Friday, August 24th, 2018 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. This year’s symposium, generously sponsored by Amgen and UCLA California NanoSystems Institute, brought together students and faculty from UC campuses to share research ideas and progress, seek opportunities for collaboration, and... read more »
  • Sep 6
    2018
       Zebrafish embryonic tissue showing cell borders (cyan: membranes) and a magnetic droplet used to probe the tissue mechanics (yellow: magnetic droplet).   Ever wondered how groups of cells managed to build your tissues and organs while you were just an embryo? Using state-of-the-art techniques he... read more »
  • Jul 31
    2018
    Below are a few videos describing the science on this mission, including UCSB’s experiment on cohesive sediment.     NASA TV, What’s on board briefing : ISS National Lab SpaceX CRS-15 Research Spotlight on UCSB’s experiment:
  • May 4
    2018
    The Department is pleased to announce that Professor Tyler Susko is the recipient of the prestigious College of Engineering Faculty Award for Mechanical Engineering!  Due to the generosity of John and Sheila Lake, this will be accompanied by an award of $500.  Congratulations Professor Susko!
  • May 2
    2018
    The Department is excited to announce that our graduate student Simone Stewart has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! The award is related to Simone's research on the effect of surface-obstacle geometry on maximizing rough surface drag for use in wind farm architecture. To improve power extraction from wind farms, Simone investigates... read more »
  • Jan 17
    2018
    A pool of red dye is suspended in a coaster-sized maze filled with milk. Then liquid soap is dropped in, causing the dye to move, not just along the passages, but to actually “solve” the maze. It takes the appropriate directions, even making right-angle turns, until it exits the labyrinth. How? It’s the Marangoni effect, or, what happens when you put fluids of varying... read more »
  • Jan 11
    2018
    Mechanical Engineering Professor Tyler Susko has been named, with Professor Diba Mirza from the Department of Computer Science, co-recipient of the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. Given to junior faculty, the annual recognition goes to educators in the STEM fields who have shown excellence in their techniques, in their interactions with students, colleagues... read more »
  • Jan 4
    2018
    Professor Francesco Bullo has been elected to serve as 2018 President of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS). In this service role, he will oversee the manifold activities of this professional society of approximately 9K members, including IEEE CSS publications and conferences. This role is part of a three-year leadership role (2017 as President-Elect and 2019 as... read more »
  • Nov 14
    2017
    Professor Megan Valentine is featured in the website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) with the article "Microhammer Aids Understanding of Brain Trauma". The article published in August 2017 relates to her collaboration with ME Professor Kimberly Foster and Dr. Adele Doyle of the Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI) at UC Santa Barbara to develop a... read more »
  • Nov 13
    2017
    Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Megan Valentine is featured in the November issue of the Biophysical Society Newsletter with an exciting article about her professional trajectory and the braod set of interdisciplinary projects in which she is involved. To read the original feature please visit the Biophysical Society Newsletter.  
  • Oct 27
    2017
    Photo: Emmanouela Filippidi with one of the iron-enriched samples A marine bivalve inspires researchers to find a new way to make stronger, more stretchy polymers A wide range of polymer-based materials, from tire rubber and wetsuit neoprene to Lycra clothing and silicone, are elastomers valued for their ability to flex and stretch without... read more »
  • Oct 24
    2017
    UCSB scholars develop a mathematical model to clarify how truth wins or loses in social groups  see it in politics time and time again: A powerful individual convinces a group of people to disregard a statement of fact — no matter how strong the supporting scientific evidence — and instead take up a false position. Now, two UC Santa Barbara scholars have analyzed the... read more »
  • Oct 16
    2017
    The Department of Mechanical Engineering held its annual Convocation Ceremony on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. At this special event, our community had the great pleasure of honoring the winner of our Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dr Modjtaba “Moji” Ghodoussi class of ’91 in recognition for outstanding contributions to telemedicine and medical robotic systems and welcoming... read more »
  • Sep 18
    2017
    Our bodies, with all their different features and variations, are the result of well-orchestrated processes that dictate what and how cells develop into the organs and tissues that comprise our anatomy. Much of the information is genetic — the result of DNA — and biochemical signals also play a role. Yet another, and still somewhat mysterious, mechanism for... read more »
  • Sep 1
    2017
    A transit pod prototype designed and built by a team of student engineers from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) demonstrated the potential for active magnetic levitation during the second round Hyperloop competition last weekend. The California Chamber of Commerce is among the supporters of the UCSB Hyperloop II team, which was among 25 chosen from 150... read more »
  • Aug 17
    2017
    Roy Lunn, member of the Automotive Hall of Fame and friend to UCSB students, passed away on August 5th, 2017. In the spring of 2017, Roy was a mentor to a team of mechanical engineering students in the design of his electric “Peoples Car” intended to meet the needs of sustainability. Roy was a warm person and accomplished professional, and his ME197 Independent Studies... read more »
  • Aug 17
    2017
    For most of us, fluid dynamics and mechanics aren’t particularly significant — that is, until we’re white-knuckling it on a bumpy plane ride or trying to stay buoyant in unusually bubbly water. The way we navigate through air and water may one day be improved thanks to UC Santa Barbara researchers studying the complex properties and interactions of fluids. Fueled by... read more »