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Heejung Jung
Heejung Jung named SAE Fellow
Heejung Jung has been named a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, in recognition of his expertise and work in vehicle emissions for new emissions standards and new emissions measurement methods.
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An aerial view of a dairy farm in Southern California
How drones can help dairy farms manage methane emissions
Accurate atmospheric measurements directly over their farm can help farmers fight climate change
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CAD model of Highlander Racing vehicle
Mechanical engineering student Ani Tangirala prepares student organization vehicle for national competition and excels in internships
Mechanical engineering student Ani Tangirala prepares student organization vehicle for national competition and excels in internships qxu047 Thu, 04/14/2022 - 12:32 More News April 14, 2022 Sri Venkata Anirudh Tangirala, or Ani, is a third-year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of California, Riverside from Hyderabad, India and Woodland Hills, CA. His goals are to complete a concentration in design and manufacturing and launch his career in the aerospace industry. Ani first became interested in mechanical engineering as a high school student while taking an introduction to engineering and design class. The class projects sparked his curiosity and his teacher encouraged him to continue pursuing engineering in college.  Ani sanding a resin coated foam wing mold in preparation for carbon fiber coating for the Highlander Racing, FSAE car. Once enrolled at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), Ani learned about project-based teams and saw how that approach led to success for both student professional organizations and alumni. At the beginning of freshman year, Ani discovered the student organization Highlander Racing, Formula SAE, which annually plans, designs, finances and builds a bespoke vehicle for a national competition with universities from around the world. Two years of hard work later, he was recognized by the previous Aerodynamics team lead and given the opportunity to lead the team this year. His responsibilities include the design, analysis, manufacturing, and sponsorship of the vehicle’s aerodynamic package. He is developing expertise in using MATLAB and Solidworks software packages to develop and analyze the wing profiles of the car. As Ani gained experience applying his classroom knowledge to real world challenges, he became a stronger candidate for internships. He reached out to the alumni network within FSAE for help with his resume and for career advice. Since then, Ani has enjoyed rewarding experiences in multiple internships. Last summer, he was a technical intern at Chenbro Micom, where he designed components for a server PCa chassis in accordance with industry standards and used Creo Parametric to create drawing files for manufacturing. He then tested the components in a thermal chamber and created proposals with renders of the components.  Beyond technical skills, he strengthened his professional skills by presenting his proposals to a sales team and contacting vendors to manufacture the components he designed. Those skills helped him get an internship at Howmet Aerospace for this summer. Reflecting back on this experience, Ani says that “internships helped me discover the importance of exploration into different fields and gaining new experiences” When asked for advice regarding internships and the application process, Ani strongly encourages BCOE students to start applying as early as the fall quarter for summer internships. He also points out that applying is a time consuming process and suggests making a spreadsheet to track your application process for different positions; “it is also helpful to do mock interviews with the UCR Career Center and other students on campus to prepare.” As Ani learned, students who maximize their opportunities and network on and off campus are the ones who become best prepared for their future, whether it be in academia or in industry. Tags Mechanical Engineering Share This
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A student works with a small blue robot they built
UCR now offers a bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering
The new major complements a robotics master’s degree unveiled in 2021
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Five UC Riverside engineering programs move up in 2023 U.S. News Rankings
Five UC Riverside engineering programs move up in 2023 U.S. News Rankings hannar Wed, 03/30/2022 - 08:45 More News March 29, 2022 All seven programs are among the top 50 public programs in their respective categories Five programs at the University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) moved up in rank in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Engineering Graduate Schools Rankings. Designed to help prospective students identify universities for furthering their education beyond a Bachelor’s degree, the Best Graduate Schools rankings evaluate programs in a variety of disciplines, including business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing. “This rise in rankings mirrors the tremendous growth our engineering college has had in recent years,” said Christopher S. Lynch, Dean of the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. “The high-quality research expertise of our faculty and students, the launch of new national research centers, and the support from government agencies and industry partners make BCOE an excellent place to earn a graduate degree.”  Among both public and private universities, Chemical and Environmental Engineering moved up four spots to No. 48, Electrical and Computer Engineering moved up three spots to No. 63, Mechanical Engineering moved up two spots to No. 75, Materials Science and Engineering moved up two spots to No. 66, and Computer Science and Engineering and Computer Engineering moved up one spot to No. 50. Among public universities, all seven BCOE programs, including the above plus Bioengineering, were placed among the top 50 public programs in their respective categories. Furthermore, within these, four are within the top 40 public programs: Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Through graduate research and education programs, BCOE continues to meet the demand for engineers who can contribute to the technological advancements important to building a more efficient and safer world,” said Charles Wyman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education at BCOE. “Our master’s and doctoral students are provided with mentorship and resources to hone their skills and become the problem-solvers needed to face tomorrow’s challenges.” In 2021, the college continued to expand its graduate education offerings to meet the growing need for expertise in such fields as artificial intelligence and sustainability. The college established a new Robotics Master’s degree program, the first of its kind in the UC system, to offer interdisciplinary courses from the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering added a new Master’s degree concentration in Air Quality Engineering that focuses on air pollution causes, impacts, and controls. Students in the program benefit from access to the College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), a cutting edge research center, as well as BCOE’s long-standing partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which opened its new state-of-the-art Southern California headquarters near the UCR campus this past fall. Students interested in learning more about the college’s graduate programs and how to apply can visit The deadline to apply for fall 2022 enrollment for all programs except Computer Science is June 1, 2022 for international students and August 1, 2022 for domestic students. For more information about BCOE’s rankings, visit   Tags Bioengineering Chemical and Environmental Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Science and Engineering Computer Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering Share This
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Mechanical engineering professor awarded highest honor from The Engineers’ Council
Mechanical engineering professor awarded highest honor from The Engineers’ Council Site Factory admin Fri, 03/11/2022 - 14:33 More News March 11, 2022 Professor of Mechanical Engineering Cengiz Ozkan from the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering was awarded the William B. Johnson International Founders Award, the highest award given to an academician by the Engineers’ Council. Ozkan received the award in person at the 67th Annual Honors and Awards Banquet on February 26, 2022, a black tie event attended by more than 500 individuals from academia and industry. Ozkan is the 28th person in history to receive this distinguished award.   The award was established by the Engineers’ Council to honor William B. Johnson, one of the founders of the Council, and to reflect on his lifetime contributions to engineering accomplishments and leadership. Ozkan's award citation reads as follows: "For exceptional leadership in professional societies with international distinction, for pioneering and groundbreaking contributions to energy and nanoelectronics research, and for innovative contributions to engineering education and mentoring." Since the founding of the Engineers’ Council in 1955, the annual Honors and Awards Banquet has recognized outstanding contributions by individuals in the fields of engineering, education, and special fields of work and public service, in both academia and industry. Ozkan’s research areas include nanomaterials processing for energy storage including Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors towards vehicle electrification and smart grids, 2D materials for nanoelectronics, and sustainable materials for mitigating environmental pollution. He demonstrated the use of beach sand, fungi-biomass, waste glass and plastic bottles as green sustainable materials for energy storage applications. Ozkan has been a member of several prestigious centers including the DARPA and SRC funded STARnet Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architectures, the FCRP Center on Functional Engineered Nanoarchitectonics, and the NSF funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Polymers. Ozkan has over 700 technical publications including journal articles, proceedings, abstracts, edited books, book chapters and invention disclosures, and over 40 US and foreign patents granted. He is a Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), and had been elected a Global Meeting Chair for the Fall 2021 Meeting of the MRS in Boston, MA. For more information about Ozkan’s research, visit his lab website. Tags Mechanical Engineering Share This
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UCR mechanical engineer earns NSF CAREER award to better understand the flow of particles that can be seen only with a microscope
UCR mechanical engineer earns NSF CAREER award to better understand the flow of particles that can be seen only with a microscope hannar Tue, 12/21/2021 - 10:24 More News December 21, 2021 Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Bhargav Rallabandi at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) at the University of California Riverside (UCR) has been awarded a $540,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to better predict and control the motion of microparticles in liquid. NSF CAREER awards are awarded to assistant professors to fund research that is expected to form a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.  Bhargav Rallabandi Microscopic particles suspended in liquid may not be seen to the naked eye, but how we can control these itty bitty fragments has a number of implications for real-world applications. These include how cells are manipulated for medical and analytical devices, how particles are assembled into structures and materials, and how self-propelled particles are developed. With the NSF CAREER award, Rallabandi will develop new simulation methods to predict and control particle motion that is driven by rapid repetitive movements, or oscillations, of the suspension. The project will simulate individual particles, pairs of particles and, ultimately, assemblies of particles, taking into account the way interactions among the particles influence their motion. Rallabandi’s grant includes a K-12 outreach component. High school students will participate through hands-on projects that are developed into training modules for teachers. Undergraduate and graduate students at UCR, especially those from underrepresented groups, will also gain access to educational and research opportunities. Finally, the general public will get a chance to engage with the research findings, which will be demonstrated at the Ameal Moore Nature Center, located a few miles from the UCR campus in the city of Riverside. To learn more about Rallabandi’s latest research, visit the FlowLab website. Tags Mechanical Engineering Share This
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UC Riverside receives $7.3 million to support graduate students in areas of national need
Eight Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need grants totaling $7.3 million will support talented students with financial need
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