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Fall 2013 Newsletter
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Dear Colleagues and Friends, GA_v3

This is the 2nd Newsletter of our Department, which features more accomplishments and recognitions to our students and faculty during the past Fall 2013 quarter. As you will read, some of our faculty members received research awards, prizes and gifts; undergraduate students presented posters (SCCUR 2013) and received an academic achievement award (Roberta Nichols Yakel); graduate students also received poster presentation (ASME IMECE) and academic achievement (Lung-Wen Tsai Memorial) awards. Students, staff and faculty celebrated all this while welcoming the new 2013 graduate student class during our BBQ gathering at the end of the Fall quarter.

Enjoy!

Guillermo Aguilar
Professor and Chair


          

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CICESE Award for Prof. Aguilar and Garay

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Through the support of AFOSR via the Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (CICESE) a subcontract was granted in the amount of $24K to support a project entitled: “Laser-induced patterning of transparent ceramics and metallic thin films for photonic and sensing applications” to Profs. Aguilar (PI) and Garay (co-PI). The aim was to continue ongoing studies to further understand the mechanisms by which femtosecond lasers pulses (200 fs) of ~5 nJ/pulse at 54MHz were sufficient to write waveguides on diverse YSZ samples. This subcontract entailed the elaboration of a thermal model to simulate the temperature evolution at the surface and within the YSZ samples under laser radiation. This model served to show that it is not a thermal mechanism but rather a photon-electron interaction that is responsible for the remarkably low energy needed for writing.


Claire Tran, Mentored by Prof. Franco, Wins 1st Prize at a National Nanotechnology Competition at Notre Dame

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Claire won a $3000 prize, on top of the $500 initiation grand she received in July.

One of the current frontiers of biology is the creation of novel functions using molecular parts as if they were components of electrical or mechanical systems.  This project focuses on building a molecular bistable circuit in vitro using synthetic RNA species.  Bistable circuits are a fundamental component in electronic systems as well as in biological networks.  Bistability is often observed in natural biological pathways, particularly in signal transduction and developmental networks.  Artificial, simplified alternatives to natural bistable circuits may yield in the future tools to improve our ability to control signaling and development in cells.  The approach includes experiments and numerical analysis. 
 

Prof. Princevac receives a gift and a contract from Solar Turbines

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Omid Khandan wins best poster award at ASME IMECE

OMID POSTER PICOmid received a best poster award, November 19, 2013, in the Micro and Nanotechnology Society-Wide Forum, 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2013), San Diego, CA, Nov. 15-21, 2013.  Poster details: Characterization of fenestrated titanium microneedles for passive ocular drug delivery.  Omid is advised by Assistant Professor Masaru P. Rao.


ASME News Link:
https://www.asme.org/about-asme/news/asme-news/students-win-prizes-refine-presentation-skills




Prof. Franco Receives 411k Grant from the Department of Energy

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ME Undergrads Attend SCCUR 2013 at Whittier College

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SCCUR is the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, where undergrads have the opportunity to present their research in either an oral or poster presentation. Hamza Surti and Molly Daniels are students in Prof. Aguilar’s Laboratory of Transport Phenomena for biomedical Applications (LTPBA). Hamza presented a poster titled 'Drop Impact Oscillations' which presented findings about the fluid dynamics of liquid droplets after they strike a solid surface. Molly's poster was titled 'Localized Convection through Laser Induced Cavitation'. She has been investigating the flows around cavitation bubbles that are caused by focusing a high power laser into a liquid. Those flows have the potential to increase convective heat transfer in the area around the bubble very strongly. 



Carlos Castro, Thomas Lopez and Shannon Gott receive the 2013 Tsai Award


Lung-Wen Tsai, was a professor of mechanical engineering, who died at his home in Riverside in November 2004. Tsai's research interests were in robotics, mechanisms and machine theory, design methodology, automotive engineering and microelectromechanical systems. The Tsai Memorial Award was established in his honor to support graduate students in mechanical engineering who make important contributions to their work using mechanical engineering design principles.

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Natalie Berner Wins the Roberta Nichols Yakel Award - 2013

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The Roberta Nichols Yakel Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 by Dr. Roberta Nichols Yakel, who was the first woman to be elected as a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Nichols-Yakel passed away in April 2005 at the age of 73. It was Dr. Nichols-Yakel wish to establish this fund to provide scholarship assistance for undergraduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCR, who are interested in pursuing a career in mechanical/automotive engineering. Every year the department chair and the undergraduate committee nominate a distinguished student who meets this criteria, and a personal plaque and a $500 gift are awarded.

New 13-14 ME Graduate Cohort begins Fall 2013

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Pictured left to right: Desiree Smith, Sunday Omodan, David Snyder, Bryan Woo, Brent Kalish, Yue Lin, Xing Yuan, Brandon Davis, Eli Brewer, Maryam Sarhang Nezhad, Stephen Exarhos, Cynthia Ajawara, Rachel Ye.  The ME Graduate Advisor is Marko Princevac.



ME Grad Student Fall BBQ is a Success

Just before finals week, the ME grad students and their colleagues enjoyed a cool afternoon on the ME dept. patio eating and socializing.
 
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