University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

In the Headlines

Mayor Rusty Bailey The opening celebration of the Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative at CE-CERT drew a lot of media attention, including a story and photo slide show by the Riverside Press-Enterprise, and in The Sun, Domestic Fuel, Earth Techling, PowerPulse, AZoCleantech, Green Car Congress, FierceSmartGrid and Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine.

Alfredo Martinez-MoralesThe 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. 

Steam Hydrogasification ReactorSeveral 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.

Professor Guillermo Aguilar 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, KUOW, and KPCC's Loh Down on Science program. 

Gang Chen The latest developments at the multi-campus research initiative UC-LIGHT (Ubiquitous Communication by Light) housed at BCOE were the subject of a feature story in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

lawnmower A group of BCOE students who won environmental engineering design awards with a pollution-reducing device for lawnmowers has garnered a lot of media attention, including a story in the Riverside Press-Enterprise, on KPCC Southern California Public Radio (FM 89.1), and KFI radio (AM 640).

nsbeThe Riverside Press-Enterprise published a story about the student members of the BCOE chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers who were recognized with awards at the organization's national convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in March 2013. 

Assistant Professor or Chemical and Environmental Engineering Akua Asa-AwukuAssistant Professor or Chemical and Environmental Engineering Akua Asa-Awuku's research into airborne particles from emissions and their effect on cloud formation was the subject of a front-page feature in the Riverside Press-Enterprise. Asa-Awuku conducts her research in the world's largest indoor atmospheric chamber at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

Students Participating in the 2012 Inland Empire Regional Science OlympiadThe Riverside Press-Enterprise published a story about the Inland Empire Science Olympiad, which was held at UCR on Saturday, Feb. 23. Sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the event hosted more than 1,000 students from middle and high schools in the region and was staffed by more than 200 volunteers from the Bourns College of Engineering and UCR.

Portable solar system The Riverside Press-Enterprise ran a story with video about BCOE students who designed and built a mobile solar/wind power system to provide clean, sustainable energy for a variety of applications. The 18-foot trailer with six solar panels, a wind turbine and eight rechargeable batteries was scheduled to be on display Saturday, Dec. 1, during the unveiling of the UCR Community Garden.

Theta Tau breaks Guinness World Record A Riverside Press-Enterprise story described how BCOE members of the national professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau broke the Guinness world record by making 1,686 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in less than one hour. The students partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to distribute the sandwiches to various service organizations in the Riverside area.

Brian Weden A Riverside Press-Enterprise story described how Brian Weden '13 won the 2012 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) international lecture competition in London in July 2012.

David Kisailus A paper in the journal Science that describes the unique structure of the club-like arm of the mantis shimp and its potential for the development of new materials garnered considerable media attention around the world. The paper was written by a team led by David Kisailus, Winston Chung Professor of Energy Innovation in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Marlan Bourns and Jacques S. Yeager The Riverside Press-Enterprise ran a story about local business leaders Marlan Bourns and Jacques S. "Jack" Yeager being honored as Fellows of the Bourns College of Engineering at the college's commencement ceremony June 18, 2012. 

Shaahin Amini The Huffington Post and the Riverside Press-Enterprise published stories about the "giraffe" created by Ph.D. student Shaahin Amini that won the Materials Research Society's Science as Art award.

Jesse LozanoJesse Lozano represented a team of fellow BCOE grads and the organization Engineers Without Borders in describing to KABC-TV the system they designed that eliminates the need for a clothes dryer and could save a homeowner nearly $6,500 during a 20-year period. The students started researching the project in late 2010 and submitted a proposal to the EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition for Sustainability. 

A Press-Enterprise story described the research of Nosang Myung, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, in developing sensors for smart phones that can detect hazardous chemicals in the air. The story also describes Myungs's collaboration with Innovation Economy Corporation, which licenses the technology he has developed.

A Forbes magazine story described the research of Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Vagelis Hristidis and a group of collaborators who have developed a model that uses data from Twitter to help predict the traded volume and value of a stock the following day.

Carlos Gonzalez, the director of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Schools Program at BCOE was quoted in a Press-Enterprise story about the Science and Engineering Fair UCR hosted for students of the Riverside Unified School District.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise published a story about the $2-million grant by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology by to develop a clean energy transportation system that will integrate solar energy generation, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging stations on campus and in the City of Riverside.

A UCR news release titled “Keeping Electronics Cool” about the research being done on graphene by Professor of Electrical Engineering Alexander Balandin resulted in coverage in the publications NanoWerk and IEEE Spectrum.

Alfredo Martinez-Morales, managing director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy at CE-CERT was quoted in a story that ran in the San Bernardino Sun and Silicon Valley Mercury News about Southern California Edison’s program to install solar panels on the roofs of warehouses in San Bernardino County.

Phoenix Satellite Television, The Press-Enterprise , and World Architecture News were a few of the media outlets that covered the ceremony held November 9, 2011, during which Engineering Building II officially became Winston Chung Hall in honor of Mr. Chung's support of the college.

Kanok Boriboonsomsin and Michael Todd, researchers at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology, were quoted in a Wall Street Journal story The Back-Seat Driver in Your Dashboard that described their research on fuel economy and driving behavior.

Alexander Balandin The Press-Enterprise featured a story titled, "UC RIVERSIDE: Scientist wins air pollution research grant," on the research of Akua Asa-Awuku, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering. Asa-Awuku received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Project Agency to pay for a three-year study of how soot and other fine particles from tailpipes and smokestacks affect climate change.

Alexander BalandinThe research of Alexander Balandin, professor of electrical engineering and chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Program was the subject of a story "Top Five Solar Projects" in Aol Energy. Balandin won the 2011 IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for his research on nanotechnology that could improve efficiency of solar PV panels and allow them to create more electricity from the same amount of sunlight.

Dean Reza AbbaschianDean Reza Abbaschian was quoted in an OC Register story titled, "Brain Drain Draws Talent Away from Universities." The story discusses how professors at the University of California are been lured away by other institutions. “It appears that other universities have declared open season on us because they are all aware of the excellent progress our college has been making in recent years,” said Abbaschian.

Alexander BalandinThe research of Alexander Balandin, professor of electrical engineering and chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Program was the subject of a story "Nanotechology Goes Macro," in Aol Energy. He was also profiled and the subject of an editorial in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Cengiz OzkanA story titled, "Counting Graphene Sheets Spread over a Large Area," in the publication Materials Views featured the work of professors Cengiz Ozkan and Mihrimah Ozkan, who have developed a simple method for quick and easy identification of layer thickness and uniformity of entire large-area graphene sheets on arbitrary substrates.

 The work of a team of BCOE students was featured in the story, "UCR students design solar-powered clothes dryer" in the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The project, which was done for a local housing development, won a grant in the Environmental Protection Agency's People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability.

Dimitrios MorikisThe Riverside Press-Enterprise published a story, "UCR shares $100,000 grant to study eye disease," about a grant awarded to Professor of Bioengineering Dimitrios "Dimitri" Morikis and Lincoln Johnson of UC Santa Barbara, by the Beckman Initiative for Macular Research in Irvine to study ways to fight age-related macular degeneration.

BCOE student teamTwo teams of BCOE students and their advisor, lecturer Kawai Tam, were featured in a Press-Enterprise story about their participation in the Environmental Protection Agency's National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) in Washington, D.C., April 15-17, 2011, where they were vying for a $75,000 grant to further develop their designs.

EWB volunteersBCoE alumnus Shah Selbe was the subject of a feature story on the Boeing website about his volunteer work with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Along with other EWB volunteers, Selbe designed systems to improve water quality for the Malamulo Hospital campus in Malawi in southeast Africa. "I really enjoy what I do at Boeing -- making satellites move in space is pretty cool," Selbe said. "But this EWB project was rewarding in a whole different way." Boeing honored Selbe with its 2009 Exceptional Volunteer Service Award.

Winston Chung and Reza AbbaschianWinston Chung's historic gift to the college of engineering was the subject of stories in many newspapers and on television and radio, including the Los Angeles Times, Riverside Press-Enterprise, KPCC-FM (National Public Radio), CBS and L.A. World Journal.

Eamonn KeoghProfessor of Computer Science Eamonn Keogh was profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education and featured in a National Geographic story that describes how his work in identifying and cataloguing petroglyphs is helping us to better understand human and natural history.

Microsoft Image CupSouthwest Riverside News Service ran a story about students John Sullivan, Jaleesa Conner, Vanessa Soria and Charlie Thach, who were named winners of the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition for mobile game design. They will travel to Microsoft’s Seattle campus in April 2011 to compete for the $8,000 grand prize.

Michael ButkiewiczThe Huffington Post picked up on the UCR news release about Twitpser, a new app created by BCOE Ph.D. students Indrajeet Singh and Michael Butkiewicz, with assistance from professors Srikanth Krishnamurthy and Harsha V. Madhyastha in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Alexander BalandinThe work of Professor Alexander Balandin's research group, which was part of a team that built the first triple-mode graphene transistor amplifier, was highlighted by Technology Review, Materials Today, Physics World, PhysOrg, NanoWerk and more than 100 other technical media sources.

NRCThe Riverside Press-Enterprise published a story about the release of the National Research Council's assessment of research doctorate programs, in which four of the Bourns College of Engineering programs were ranked in the top quartile.

Yushan YanThe fuel cell research of Yushan Yan, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, was featured on KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Yan is part of a team of researchers recently awarded a five-year, $6.25-million grant to develop a greener, lighter-weight and longer-lasting power source for military personnel.

David BecerraBCOE students Xorge Alanis, Erika Aragon and David Becerra were the subject of a TV news segment with Cecilia Bogran, a reporter for KMEX-34 (Univision, Los Angeles) on August 9, 2010. They discussed the summer research program they are participating in that is designed to help prepared them for graduate school.

David KisailusAssistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering David Kisailus and graduate students Chris Salinas, Quinquin Wang and Garrett Milliron were featured on the Charter Communications television program Special Edition, where they described the biomimetics research they are doing with sea life.

Alexander BalandinThe research being done on graphene by Prof. Alexander Balandin and his team in the Nano-Device Laboratory was the subject of an episode of The Loh Down on Science, the nationally syndicated radio program featuring Sandra Tsing Loh and broadcast locally on KPCC, the National Public Radio affiliate in Pasadena.

CE-CERT's Mobile Emissions LaboratoryCE-CERT's Mobile Emissions Laboratory is on the road again and was featured in a recent front page story in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Daniel SandezBCOE's Summer Bridge program, which helps undergraduates prepare for graduate school through summer research, was the subject of a recent newspaper story.

Sharon WalkerAssociate Professor Sharon Walker was the subject of Press-Enterprise profile that described her experiences working on water quality in Israel as a Fulbright scholar.

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