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March 14, 2019

Anticancer vaccines, natural language for computers, and multifunctional materials take center stage at UC San Diego Research Expo

The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering was just ranked the #11 graduate engineering program in the country by US News. Hear from more than 200 of these talented graduate students as they present their research at the 38th annual Jacobs School Research Expo, a showcase of the top engineering and computer science work underway at UC San Diego. Full Story


October 15, 2018

World's largest outdoor shake table receives
$16.3M from NSF for upgrades

The world’s largest outdoor earthquake simulator, operated by structural engineers at the University of California San Diego, has received a $16.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to upgrade the facility to expand its testing capabilities. The funds will enable the simulator, also commonly known as a shake table, to more realistically recreate the motion of the ground during strong earthquakes.  Full Story


February 6, 2018

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


November 8, 2017

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


August 25, 2017

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


July 14, 2017

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


December 20, 2016

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


December 13, 2016

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


June 28, 2016

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


June 13, 2016

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