News

  • 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 »
  • 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 in... read more »
  • Aug 10
    2017
    This spring, UCSB graduate student Menaka Wilhelm was awarded a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship to ​​work for WIRED magazine in San Francisco as a science journalist. She's now finishing up her summer at WIRED, where she has reported on a wide range of scientific topics, including the atmospheric chemistry of wildfires and the epidemiology of the MERS virus. The full list of... read more »
  • Aug 7
    2017
    UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz was frustrated. Once again, the delicate tip of the instrument he was using to measure water density — a conductivity probe — had broken, rendering the setup useless and his work in temporary limbo. Consisting of four small platinum electrodes housed in glass, the probe tip was thin and highly sensitive, capable... read more »
  • Aug 3
    2017
    With smart homes, self-driving cars and other technology making the world an ever more automated place, state-of-the-art automation and control has become essential. And UC Santa Barbara is among those leading the way. In its Academic Ranking of World Universities’ (ARWU) 2017 global ranking by academic subjects, the ShanghaiRanking places UCSB at No. 3 in the world in... read more »
  • Jul 21
    2017
    Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight cylinder. They place the device at the entrance of the debris and flip a switch. From one end of the cylinder, a tendril extends into the mass of stones and dirt, like a fast-... read more »
  • Jul 13
    2017
    Here’s a challenge for you. Build a pump that can deliver a drug to you automatically when you’re sick. Now make it smaller than a penny. Make it accurate enough that you can guarantee it’s not going to pump 1 ul more than desired (otherwise it might kill someone). Now make it cheap enough to mass-produce for millions of people and make sure it runs on a tiny battery. How... read more »
  • Jun 27
    2017
    UCSB engineer shows how minimizing fluid friction can make oceangoing vessels more fuel-efficient and reduce harmful emissions. Imagine walking from one side of a swimming pool to the other. Each step takes great effort — that’s what makes water aerobics such effective physical exercise. The resistance you feel is caused by fluid friction — or drag — and it is the same... read more »
  • 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 »