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Islands without structure inside metal alloys could lead to tougher materials for transportation, energy and defense

Islands without structure inside metal alloys could lead to tougher materials for transportation, energy and defense

January 29, 2021

An international team of researchers produced islands of amorphous, non-crystalline material inside a class of new metal alloys known as high-entropy alloys. This discovery opens the door to applications in everything from landing gears, to pipelines, to automobiles. The new materials could make these lighter, safer, and more energy efficient.   Full Story


Ocean acidification is transforming California mussel shells

Ocean acidification is transforming California mussel shells

January 11, 2021

Comparing new data with samples collected in the 1950s, UC San Diego researchers found that ocean acidification is transforming the composition of California mussel shells from mostly the mineral aragonite to the mineral calcite. Full Story


Engineer Earns Presidential Award for Improving Underrepresented Student Access to STEM Experiences

Engineer Earns Presidential Award for Improving Underrepresented Student Access to STEM Experiences

August 7, 2020

Olivia Graeve, a UC San Diego professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House. The award was created in 1995 to honor extraordinary individuals whose efforts have helped provide underrepresented groups with access to opportunities in STEM. Full Story


Engineering professor Graeve inducted into Mexican Academy of Sciences

Engineering professor Graeve inducted into Mexican Academy of Sciences

January 16, 2020

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Olivia Graeve has been inducted into the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (Mexican Academy of Sciences or AMC). The AMC, established in 1959, is a non-profit non-governmental association of distinguished members of the Mexican scientific community. Graeve, a Tijuana native and UC San Diego alumna, is one of only three corresponding members inducted in 2019. Corresponding members are researchers who reside outside of Mexico but have made significant contributions to the development of science in Mexico.  Full Story


Feathers: better than Velcro?

Feathers: better than Velcro?

January 16, 2019

You may have seen a kid play with a feather, or you may have played with one yourself: Running a hand along a feather’s barbs and watching as the feather unzips and zips, seeming to miraculously pull itself back together. That “magical” zipping mechanism could provide a model for new adhesives and new aerospace materials, according to engineers at the University of California San Diego. They detail their findings in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Advances in a paper titled “Scaling of bird wings and feathers for efficient flight.” Full Story


UC San Diego Honored for Cross-Border Commitment

UC San Diego Honored for Cross-Border Commitment

November 9, 2017

For leadership that fosters opportunity and cross-cultural collaboration, the University of California San Diego has received the Cross-Border Collaboration Award from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The chamber honored the university at a tribute dinner Oct. 25. in part for its open dialogue, multiple exchange programs and development of resources that help increase student access and success. Research initiatives led by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and Jacobs School of Engineering were highlighted.  Full Story


UC San Diego Engineering Professor Olivia Graeve Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico

UC San Diego Engineering Professor Olivia Graeve Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico

July 6, 2017

University of California San Diego, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professor Olivia Graeve has been named one of the “100 mujeres más poderosas de México” – one of the 100 most powerful women in Mexico, according to a Forbes 2017 ranking. Full Story


UC San Diego launches education consortium in partnership with Baja California universities and high schools

UC San Diego launches education consortium in partnership with Baja California universities and high schools

June 12, 2017

The University of California San Diego and 13 institutions in Baja California announced the launch of the CaliBaja Education Consortium at the Cross-border Innovation Summit that took place on June 9, 2017 on the UC San Diego campus. The new entity will serve the entire CaliBaja region and will allow researchers and students to work together across borders. Leaders of 10 institutions signed memoranda that brought the consortium to life during the event.  Full Story


Coming Home: Alumni Faculty Share Why They Came Back to Campus

Coming Home: Alumni Faculty Share Why They Came Back to Campus

December 2, 2016

It’s no secret that UC San Diego’s reputation as a top-ranked university is a major draw for prospective students—but it’s also pulling many graduates back to campus to serve as members of the faculty. In classrooms and labs across the university, our alumni are leading new directions in research and helping to train the next generation of innovators. Full Story


UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems Research Summit

UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems Research Summit

November 3, 2016

The UC San Diego CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems held a research summit on 20 October 2016 for industries interested in partnering with the Center’s faculty and researchers. Full Story


Engineers Launch Cross-Border Center to Create Materials that Withstand Extreme Environments

Engineers Launch Cross-Border Center to Create Materials that Withstand Extreme Environments

June 3, 2016

The CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems officially launched May 24, 2016 during a ceremony featuring academics, officials and industry representatives from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The center brings together researchers from UC San Diego, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and also the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, headquartered in Ensenada.  Full Story


Engineers launch cross-border research Center to develop materials that can withstand extreme environments

Engineers launch cross-border research Center to develop materials that can withstand extreme environments

May 18, 2016

The center will also train engineers who can seamlessly work across the U.S.-Mexico borderThe University of California San Diego, in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), is launching a new research center that will bring together researchers from the United States and Mexico to design, test and manufacture materials that can withstand extreme environments, from the heat of airplane engines to the cold of space.  The CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems also aims to train engineers who can seamlessly work and communicate across borders. Full Story


Record-breaking steel could be used for body armor, shields for satellites

Record-breaking steel could be used for body armor, shields for satellites

April 4, 2016

A team of engineers has developed and tested a type of steel with a record-breaking ability to withstand an impact without deforming permanently. The new steel alloy could be used in a wide range of applications, from drill bits, to body armor for soldiers, to meteor-resistant casings for satellites. The material is an amorphous steel alloy, a promising subclass of steel alloys made of arrangements of atoms that deviate from steel’s classical crystal-like structure, where iron atoms occupy specific locations. Full Story


New Research Centers and 200+ Graduate Student Posters to be Highlighted at Research Expo 2016

New Research Centers and 200+ Graduate Student Posters to be Highlighted at Research Expo 2016

February 24, 2016

Advances coming out of new industry-focused research centers at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering will be highlighted in faculty talks and in some of the more than 200+ graduate student posters that will be presented on April 14, 2016 at Research Expo. Full Story


IDEA Scholars Program Boosts Retention Rates of Underrepresented Engineering Students

IDEA Scholars Program Boosts Retention Rates of Underrepresented Engineering Students

June 10, 2015

When all 16 students graduate by summer 2016, the IDEA Scholars program will have retained all but six of the 22 students it started out with—much higher than the 54 percent retention rate for students with similar demographics who were not part of the program. Two students in the program dropped out of engineering, but they remained in a STEM major. The other four have switched to different campuses to be closer to home, but are still studying and graduating with an engineering degree. Full Story


New Star on Tijuana Walk of Fame Encourages Girls to Pursue Engineering

New Star on Tijuana Walk of Fame Encourages Girls to Pursue Engineering

June 19, 2014

One of the first initiatives Olivia Graeve put in place when she arrived on the UC San Diego campus last year was an academic summer program for female high school students from Tijuana and San Ysidro. The girls lived on campus and conducted research in engineering and biology labs. As a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who specializes in materials science, she hopes to inspire more female students to follow her path. Graeve will be recognized for her scientific endeavors and her cross-border outreach efforts in July by being inducted in the Tijuana Walk of Fame. Full Story


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