Recent News


Engineers, Technology Featured in New National Geographic Documentary on Maya 'Megalopolis'

Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings," a new one-hour National Geographic special premiering FEb. 6 at 9/8 p.m. central, shows how LiDAR laser imaging technology is revolutionizing archaeology and features the WAVE data visualization  technology created by researchers at the University of California San Diego. Albert Yu-Min Lin, who earned a Ph.D. at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, hosts the program. Full Story


UCSD/CEER-Sandia Workshop on Meshfree and Related Computational Methods

This workshop is co-organized by Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER) of UCSD and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque Full Story


Drone Truthing

A team of researchers from across UC San Diego is developing a new approach for detecting damage to buildings during earthquakes and other extreme events. They came together at the Geisel Library recently to use lasers and drones to create a digital record of the structure that will serve as a baseline health assessment. In the event that a sizeable earthquake hits nearby, the team will reconvene to retake the digital measurements and assess any damage to the building such as tilting or cracks. (View photo gallery.)  Full Story


10th Annual EMI Conference Brings Experts ' Young and Old ' Together

With the EMI celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year?s conference was particularly special. The over-700 attendees marked an EMI high, while the lineup of six keynote speakers included two members of the National Academy of Engineering. The conference also honored ASCE Distinguished Member Zdenek Bazant, Ph.D., S.E., NAE, NAS, F.EMI, with many of his former students on hand to celebrate his 80th birthday. Full Story


Shake, Burn and Learn

On a recent afternoon, two Jacobs School engineers equipped with 3D glasses stood in front of a towering 12’ digital reproduction of a six-story building, projected onto a curved wall of screens. They had tested the building a few weeks before, putting its light-weight steel frame through a series of increasingly powerful earthquake and fire tests on the world’s largest outdoor shake table at UC San Diego. Now researchers were zooming in and out of the building’s digital twin to assess damage. Full Story


Engineers develop a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses used for amputees, as well as for knee, hip and other joint replacements. The method, which is at the proof of concept stage, consists of a simple imaging technique and an innovative material to coat the prostheses.  Full Story


WPI to Conduct Fire Tests Aimed at Better Understanding Post-Earthquake Fires in Cold-Formed Steel Buildings

A team of researchers from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will be conducting burn tests aimed at better understanding the effects of post-earthquake fires on cold-formed steel-framed buildings and assessing various methods for preventing appliances and broken gas mains from igniting fires during quakes.  Full Story


Six-story steel frame building undergoes seismic and fire testing on world's largest outdoor shake table

A team of engineers is testing a six-story, lightweight steel-frame building on the world’s largest outdoor seismic shake table this month at the University of California San Diego. The goal is to better understand how cold-formed steel structures withstand earthquakes and the fires that may follow. This is the tallest cold-formed steel-frame structure to ever undergo tests on a shake table.  Full Story


Jacobs School Researchers Cited Among 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds'

Four researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego were included on the 2015 listing of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” an annual compendium of “Highly Cited Researchers” by Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information company. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineers on Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers

Three professors from the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have earned a spot on the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers in 2015 for exceptional impact in their fields. The three professors, Yuri Bazilevs, Bernhard Palsson and Joseph Wang are among 22 professors and researchers from UC San Diego named to the prestigious Highly Cited Researchers list.  Full Story


Announcements


February 24, 2015

J.S. Chen to Present at Research Expo on April 16

Center director J.S. Chen will introduce meshfree-based computation methods for multi-scale, multi-physics simulation of damage initiation, propagation, and total collapse in structures and systems subjected to extreme events. Learn More


February 12, 2015

Pulse Cover Winter 2014/2015

Center for Extreme Events Research featured on the cover of the winter 2014/2015 issue of Pulse, the magazine of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Download the PDF here


December 12, 2014

Kickoff Meeting for Center for Extreme Events Research will be Feb. 9, 2015

This one-day kickoff meeting for the Center for Extreme Events Research will be held on February 9, 2015 at UC San Diego. The event will introduce the Center's unique experimental and computational capabilities, and it will provide opportunities to discuss formats for collaboration and partnership with industries and government agencies, and to identify challenges, opportunities, as well as future research directions. Details available here


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Press Coverage


December 15, 2016

CE Magazine

Non-Invasive Technique Senses Infections in Prosthetics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses used for amputees, as well as for knee, hip, and other joint replacements. The method, which is at the proof of concept stage, consists of a simple imaging technique and an innovative material to coat the prostheses. "Current methods to detect infection require patients to undergo burdensome imaging procedures, such as an MRI, CAT scan, or X-rays," says Ken Loh, a professor of structural engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego Full Story


December 14, 2016

Science Daily

Engineers develop a new noninvasive method to detect infections in prostheses

Engineers have developed a new noninvasive method to detect infections in prostheses used for amputees, as well as for knee, hip and other joint replacements. The method, which is at the proof of concept stage, consists of a simple imaging technique and an innovative material to coat the prostheses. Full Story


December 14, 2016

Health Care Business Daily News

Engineers develop a new noninvasive method to detect infections in prostheses

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses used for amputees, as well as for knee, hip and other joint replacements. The method, which is at the proof of concept stage, consists of a simple imaging technique and an innovative material to coat the prostheses. Full Story


July 14, 2016

Science Magazine

These disaster machine could help humanity prepare for cataclysms

For the past year, Tara Hutchinson has been trying to figure out what will happen to a tall building made from thin steel beams when "the big one" hits. To do that, she has erected a six-story tower that rises like a lime-green finger from atop a shrub-covered hill on the outskirts of San Diego, California. Hundreds of strain gauges and accelerometers fill the building, so sensitive they can detect wind gusts pressing against the walls. Now, Hutchinson just needs an earthquake. Full Story


June 16, 2016

Daily Mail UK

Could this building protect you from the 'Big One'? Six-story steel frame stays perfectly intact after 6.7 magnitude earthquake tests

Researchers at UC San Diego rocked and rattled a six-story steel frame building on a giant shake table to see how the structure would withstand major earthquakes. The shaking simulated an earthquake of the 6.7 magnitude that occurred in 1994 in Los Angeles, causing significant damage. During the test, the building shuddered and let out a hollow, grinding sound but remained standing. The water heaters and at least some of the flat-screen TVs seemed to remain in place, though researchers still need to review drone footage to see exactly how the building fared inside and out. Full Story



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