News

  • Jun 12
    2017
    The College of Engineering extends congratulations to Igor Mezić, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for receiving a major research award and a fellowship from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in recognition of his long-term contributions to applied mathematics.   Mezić and colleagues at Cal Tech, MIT, the University of... read more »
  • Jun 1
    2017
    Graduate student Aimal Khankhel in the Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program at UCSB has won the prestigious and competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research on developing new fundamental understanding of the role of mechanical signals in tissue development and maintenance. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute... read more »
  • May 19
    2017
    On first glance, Botryllus schlosseri may appear to lack star power. The small, transparent marine organism, abundant along California’s coast, spends its life colonizing submerged surfaces — boats, docks, and even other animals. But Botryllus is more than just a humble hanger-on; as an invertebrate closely related to humans, it has... read more »
  • May 11
    2017
    Every year, the Capstone Design Project program offers senior undergraduates throughout the College of Engineering the opportunity to work in teams to solve real-world problems over the course of their senior year at UCSB. Many of these projects are developed in collaboration with industry partners or UCSB research labs. At our Design Fair & Showcase, the student... read more »
  • Apr 17
    2017
    Congratulations to Professor Igor Mezic for leading the team that was selected for a FY17 DoD MURI award.  Prof Mezic’s proposal is entitled "From Data‐Driven Operator Theoretic Schemes to Prediction, Inference and Control of Systems,” the grant is for 5 years at the total level of $6.25M from the Army Research Office.The team includes ME Colleague Professor Paolo... read more »
  • Apr 5
    2017
    It with great pleasure that we share the news that ME Professor Sumita Pennathur has been selected for an extremely prestigious 2017 Pathway Visionary Award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The award is in response to Professor Pennathur's groundbreaking proposal entitled "Untethering Diabetes Through Innovative Engineering." This ADA Award is one of only 6... read more »
  • Apr 3
    2017
    Congratulations to Professor Igor Mezic for being elected a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Professor Mezic has been recognized for sustained innovation at the dynamical systems theory/applications interface; notably for advances in the use of Koopman operator theory. He has been an invited Plenary Lecturer at previous SIAM conferences... read more »
  • Mar 20
    2017
    Engineering, materials, sociology and English are highlighted in the news magazine’s annual list of “Best Graduate Schools” In its annual ranking of leading graduate and professional programs at American universities, U.S. News & World Report magazine has rated two of UC Santa Barbara’s programs among the top 10 in the nation. UCSB’s materials program is ranked No... read more »
  • Mar 6
    2017
    Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award  The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes BS, MS, or PhD Alumnus of the UCSB Mechanical Engineering Department who have made sustained exemplary contributions in their professional field and/or who have distinguished themselves for their dedicated service and leadership. Nomination Process Nominations may be submitted... read more »
  • Feb 23
    2017
    In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends. In a letter published in the journal Nature, Berger, with UCSB materials and mechanical engineering professor Robert McMeeking ... read more »
  • Feb 10
    2017
    We’re all pretty familiar with what happens when we sustain a knock on the head: First, the all-too-audible crack, accompanied perhaps by a moment of surprise. Then, the swelling and, if we’re lucky, just a minor bump or scrape. But what happens on the other side of our skulls when we hit our heads? If we can bruise, scrape and cut the relatively tough tissue of our skin... read more »
  • Jan 19
    2017
    Professor Francesco Bullo has received the 2016 Outstanding Paper Award for the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems for the work “Controllability Metrics, Limitations and Algorithms for Complex Networks”, by F. Pasqualetti, S. Zampieri and F. Bullo. IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, Vol. 1, No. 1, pages 40-52, March 2014. Prof. Bullo... read more »
  • Jan 11
    2017
      What if you could find another way to fight cancer by approaching it from an engineering perspective, acting on the cellular process by which tissues harden into tumors? Or how about circumventing a host of heart diseases by preventing, perhaps even reversing, the actual stiffening of cardiovascular tissue? First you’d have to understand how cells sense and respond to... read more »
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    2016
  • Dec 5
    2016
    */   Click here to watch the video "Using the Force" featuring Professor Campas.   Whether building organs or maintaining healthy adult tissues, cells use biochemical and mechanical cues from their environment to make important decisions, such as becoming a neuron, a skin cell or a heart cell. Professor Campas and his research group have developed a powerful new... read more »
  • Nov 15
    2016
    "A computer software program that is used in engineering industries is now available to students attending U.S. universities for the price of $10 a year. Trey Walters, UCSB alumnus and now president of pipe flow modeling software company, Applied Flow Technology (AFT), served on the development team that took their software and adapted it to student needs." Read the full... read more »
  • Nov 12
    2016
    The National Academy of Engineering has named UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang the recipient of the 2016 Arthur M. Bueche Award. The award, which consists of a commemorative medal, was presented at the academy’s annual meeting earlier this month in Washington, D.C. For additional information we refer to the following article in the UCSB Current:http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/... read more »
  • Nov 9
    2016
    Dr. Tyler Susko has made the cover of the October 2016 IEEE Journal of Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering for his work on the MIT-Skywalker. The cover paper "MIT-Skywalker: A Novel Gait Neurorehabilitation Robot for Stroke and Cerebal Palsy", was co-authored with Krithika Swaminathan and Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs. The concept for this ... read more »
  • Oct 25
    2016
    From grad student to alumnus to faculty, Materials and Mechanical Engineering Professor Matt Begley has seen it all at UCSB College of Engineering. Through his experience over the last 24 years, this forever Gaucho thinks he has figured out what makes UCSB Engineering so successful. Watch the interview here! Special thanks to the College of Engineering for producing... read more »
  • Oct 14
    2016
    For footage of the event, please click here. The Department of Mechanical Engineering held its annual Convocation Ceremony on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016. At this special event, our community had the great pleasure of honoring the winner of our Distinguished Alumnus Award, Mr. John Lake from the Class of 1970, and welcoming a new year's crop of faculty, graduate... read more »
  • Oct 14
    2016
    To view Mr. Lake's award acceptance at the Mechanical Engineering Convocation, 2016, click here. For pictures of the event, click here. The Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented each year by the Mechanical Engineering Department. It is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in the field of mechanical engineering... read more »
  • Sep 30
    2016
    Congratulations on Mechanical Engineering Postdocs Emmanouela Filippidi and Alessandro Mongera for their recent Otis Williams Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards! Working with Prof. Megan Valentine, Dr. Filippidi studies the adhesive properties of the plaque at the end of mussel threads. By looking at mussels' plaque proteins and how they stay sticky in wet conditions, we can... read more »
  • Sep 14
    2016
    In this video, Professor Carl Meinhart talks about how growing up on a farm inspired him to pursue mechanical engineering. Today, Professor Meinhart and his colleagues have established the gold standard for micro-fluidics diagnostics.     "Professor Meinhart and his fluid dynamics calss were really interesting and challenging. He was one of the youngest professors I had... read more »