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  • Oct 31
    2022
    The Next Wonder Semiconductor With scanning ultrafast electron microscopy, researchers unveil promising hot photocarrier transport properties of cubic boron arsenide By Sonia Fernandez Monday, October 24, 2022 - 10:30 Santa Barbara, CA SUEM-uc-santa-barbara.jpeg The scanning ultrafast electron microscope (SUEM) couples a femtosecond pulsed... read more »
  • Sep 22
    2022
    In the summer of 2021, atop the coastal cliffs of Santa Barbara, California, Chris Keeley, then an undergraduate at the nearby university, crouched to pull a bundle of metal and rubber out of his backpack. It was a robot, which he spent several minutes winding up. When he was done, he hit record on his iPhone’s camera and watched the robot launch itself high into... read more »
  • Sep 12
    2022
    2022 Incoming Grad Series: Shantal Adajian by Chava Nerenberg, Graduate Programming Assistant Monday, September 12, 2022 7:27 AM   The 2022 Incoming Grad Series continues, featuring backstories and fun facts about 8 students who... read more »
  • Sep 1
    2022
    Professor Elliot Hawkes and group have been featured on the YouTube channel Veritasium highlighting their world's highest jumping robot. Congratulations to the whole team that contributed to this project.  Hawkes, E.W., Xiao, C., Peloquin, R., Keeley, C., Begley, M.R., Pope, M.T., & Niemeyer, G. (2022). Engineered jumpers overcome biological limits via work... read more »
  • Aug 22
    2022
    Assistant Professor, Yangying Zhu, has won a 2022 NASA Early Career Faculty Award for her project entitled "Characterization of Lithium-Ion Battery Cycling Through the Freeze-thaw Process". The extreme range of temperature oscillation (50 K – 350 K) in the lunar environment poses unique challenges to lithium-ion batteries, which need to hibernate during the lunar night (... read more »
  • Aug 17
    2022
    A deep dive into the relationship between cohesion and erosion By James Badham Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 06:00 Santa Barbara, CA Comparisons_Grains.jpg The polymer-covered spherical glass beads used in the experiments. The grains at the top have a very thin coating and no cohesion; those at the bottom have a much thicker coating and are cohesive... read more »
  • Jul 15
    2022
    Tumors are generally stiffer than the healthy tissue that surrounds them, and research shows that a stiffer tumor can contribute to the cancer’s progression. But exactly how a stiff tumor affects a cancer cell’s epigenome, the set of chemical modifications on a cell’s DNA that regulate expression of genes, remains unknown. Ryan Stowers, an assistant professor of... read more »
  • Jul 13
    2022
    The Microfluidics Lab (MFL) at UC Santa Barbara is one of the few campus labs where relatively little research is conducted. It is, rather, an enabling lab, where researchers and lab staff fabricate tools required for their experiments. Established in its current location in Elings Hall ten years ago, the lab began life closely aligned with semiconductor research,... read more »
  • Jul 13
    2022
    In 2020, to address lab-access challenges presented by COVID, Microfluidics Lab (MFL) manager, Dave Bothman, began training a group of undergraduate engineering students he called the Workshop Wizards, to train lab users on equipment and do maintenance in the lab. “At that time, the height of the pandemic, a lot of people couldn’t come to the lab, so they would send... read more »
  • Jul 7
    2022
    We are excited to announce that three ME graduate students have won prestigious fellowships in 2022 Gabriela Villalpando Torres has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  Gabriela is advised by Beth Pruitt. Heart tissue experiences prestress which is linked to disease states... read more »
  • Jun 30
    2022
                                                                                 Noel C. MacDonald was an engineer, entrepreneur, and academic. His notable achievements include the development and commercialization of scanning Auger microscopy, pioneering research and leadership on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) including the development of titanium MEMS, and... read more »
  • Jun 17
    2022
    There will be plenty to celebrate when UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering hosts its first in-person Commencement on Saturday, June 11 from 3-4 p.m. on Commencement Green. During the 2021-’22 academic year, 402 engineering bachelor’s degrees have been awarded, including 76 degrees in mechanical engineering. Read about some of the end-of-the-year awards given to and... read more »
  • Jun 9
    2022
    by James Badham For decades now, field-effect transistors enabled by silicon-based semiconductors have powered the electronics revolution. But in recent years, manufacturers have come up against hard physical limits to further size reductions and efficiency gains of silicon chips. That has scientists and engineers looking for alternatives to conventional metal-oxide... read more »
  • Jun 8
    2022
    UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering faculty receive many of the most prestigious awards and honors bestowed by academic and professional societies in recognition of their leading-edge research and contributions to their fields. Here is a snapshot of the ME faculty recognized by their peers between June 2021 and May 2022, based on a list provided by the individual... read more »
  • Jun 8
    2022
    Graduating seniors in the Mechanical Engineering Department selected Tyler Susko for the 2022 Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award. An assistant teaching professor, he has received the honor five times in the past seven years.  “It is such an honor to be selected by my students,” said Susko, who is the capstone instructor for mechanical engineering. “Personally, it means... read more »