University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering


NSBE leadership team

More than 1,000 BCOE students belong to 24 campus organizations, including the National Society of Black Engineers, whose student leadership team is shown here at the NSBE national convention.

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Researchers inside the atmospheric chamber at CE-CERT.

The Center for Environmental Research and Technology is one of six research centers at BCOE and the site of the world’s largest atmospheric chamber.

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Dean Reza Abbaschian and Winston Chung

Chinese technology innovator Winston Chung's $10 million gift to the college established the Winston Chung Global Energy Center and two endowed professorships.

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Grad student Desalegne Teweldebrhan.

Seventy percent of BCOE grads have jobs within six months of graduation. Desalegne Teweldebrhan, M.S. MSE ’11, Ph.D. EE ’11, is now employed at Intel.

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Children participating in Space Science and Engineering Day.

Organized by BCOE’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Bourns Engineering Day draws more than 600 local children and their families to campus.

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Students in laser lab.

The National Research Council ranked BCOE’s doctorate programs in the top quartile in the nation. Undergraduate research opportunities abound at the college as well.

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Researchers in lab.

Research and teaching excellence are hallmarks of the BCOE faculty. The average extramural research funding per faculty is more than $400,000.

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College News

David KisailusKisailus Named Kavli Fellow

Winston Chung Professor of Energy Innovation David Kisailus has been named a Kavli Fellow, a select group of young scientists selected by the advisory board of the Kavli Foundation, members of the National Academy of Sciences and organizers of the Kavli/National Academy of Sciences Frontiers in Science Symposia series.

Cengiz OzkanOzkan to Lead Graphene Research Symposium

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Cengiz Ozkan is the lead organizer of a symposium on graphene research, April 21 to 25 in San Francisco. He will be organizing "Symposium OO: De Novo Graphene," which is part of the 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit.

National Science Foundation logoFive BCOE Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

BCOE students have been awarded 5 of the 18 Graduate Research Fellowships awarded to UCR students by the National Science Foundation this year. The students are Michelle Chebier and Wei Li (chemical and environmental engineering), Nicholas Nobles (computer science and engineering), Edwin Sabas Preciado (materials science and engineering), and Jacklyn Whitehead (bioengineering).

Marlan BoursCollege Saddened by Death of Marlan Bourns

Marlan Bourns, who co-founded Bourns, Inc. with his late wife Rosemary and for whom the Bourns College of Engineering and Bourns Hall are named, passed away Tuesday, March 18. He was 93 years old.

Winston ChungFellow of the College Winston Chung Visits Campus for Research Update

Inventor, energy innovator, business leader and Fellow of the Bourns College of Engineering Winston Chung visited campus Sunday, March 9, for a tour of the facilities of the Winston Chung Global Energy Center and an update on research funded through his generous support.

Lorenzo MangoliniMangolini Awarded NSF CAREER Grant to Study Bulk Fabrication of Nanostructured Materials

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Lorenzo Mangolini has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant for his research investigating new manufacturing approaches for the fabrication of bulk-scale nanostructured materials.

Philip BriskBrisk Awarded NSF CAREER Grant for Lab-on-a-Chip Software Design Research

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Philip Brisk has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant for his research to create design automation software for laboratories-on-a-chip.

Elisa FrancoFranco and Research Team Discover New Behaviors of Synthetic Molecular Oscillators

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Elisa Franco and a team of researchers have made important discoveries regarding the behavior of a synthetic molecular oscillator, which could serve as a timekeeping device to control artificial cells.

Alexander KhitunResearchers Demonstrate Holographic Memory Device That Could Improve Electronics

A team of researchers at BCOE and the Russian Academy of Science have demonstrated a new type of holographic memory device that could provide unprecedented data storage capacity and data processing capabilities in electronic devices. The new memory device uses spin waves - a collective oscillation of spins in magnetic materials - instead of optical beams.

Alexander BalandinBalandin Elected Fellow of Materials Research Society

Professor of Electrical Engineering Alexander A. Balandin has been elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society. He is recognized for "pioneering contributions on the thermal properties of graphene and low-dimensional materials; seminal contributions to the study of quantum confinement effects in nanostructures; and leadership in materials education."

In the Headlines

The San Bernardino Sun newspaper and the public television station KVCR covered the conference titled, Solar Energy in Inland Southern California: The Future is Now, hosted by the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), along with other UCR centers and local company SolarMAX.

Several media outlets covered the unveiling of the new Advanced Thermochemical Research Laboratory at CE-CERT November 19, 2013, including CBS Los AngelesThe California Report (KQED radio), KESQ-TV, KPCC (Southern California Public Radio), The Desert Sun and the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The facility includes a steam hydrogasification reactor that converts carbonaceous materials like bio-waste into fuel.

The story about a team of faculty and students led by Professor of Mechanical Engineering Guillermo Aguilar that developed a transparent material for use as a potential "window to the brain" received a lot of media attention. The development was covered by the Los Angeles Times, BBC News, MSN, Riverside Press-Enterprise, El Mundo (Spanish), KCRW, KPBS, Mashable, and KUOW.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
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