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Department of Mechanical Engineering

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A picture of the fires burning in California between Joshua Tree and Los Angeles from above
California’s worst wildfires are helping improve air quality prediction
New method measures and predicts air quality in areas with insufficient monitoring
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Optical pre-processing makes computer vision more robust and energy efficient
Hybrid neural network can reconstruct Arabic or Japanese characters that it hasn’t seen before
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Distinguished Speaker series at ME
October 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. PST Bela Suki Biomechanics Boston University Professor, Biomedical Engineering Affiliate, Materials Science and Engineering Division Fellow, AIMBE HOW TO JOIN Email your name and session(s) you will attend to me-gradprogram@engr.ucr.edu RSVP: LOGIN: The Zoom link will be forwarded to attendees 24-48 hours prior to the event December 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. PST Mark Kushner Plasma Science University of Michigan George I. Haddad Collegiate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Member, NAE Fellow of IEEE, APS, OSA, AVS, Institute of Physics April 29, 2021
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Iron fillings organized around the north and south poles of a magnet
Switching magnetic polarity at record speed
Researchers develop way to use magnetic materials for data storage that is 50 times faster than previous attempts
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Brake and tire wear particles emerging source of air pollution
Professor Heejung Jung and his team have recently conducted a field test in Anaheim and Long Beach, CA near Interstates 5 and 710 respectively to study brake and tire wear particulate matter (PM) in a project funded by California Air Resources Board (CARB). Brake and tire wear PM presents a large fraction among non-exhaust particle emissions from vehicles. CARB’s legislative effort has resulted in much lower tailpipe (or exhaust) PM emissions over the years but has not affected non-exhaust PM emissions. Thus, non-exhaust sources, including brake and tire wear PM, have become larger
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Biotechnology startup gifts $7,500 to support biomedical microdevice research at UCR
Basilard BioTech has provided an initial $7,500 gift to support the research of Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Masa Rao at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering at University of California, Riverside. Basilard is actively commercializing a disruptive nanomechanical gene delivery technology platform (which the company has branded as SoloPore) originally pioneered in Rao’s lab with funding from the National Institutes of Health and UC Riverside. “Our success to date in commercializing technology originally developed at UC Riverside is a testament to the tremendous
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UC Riverside receives $7.5 million to improve large-scale networked systems
New Department of Defense Center of Excellence will help develop secure, fully networked command, control, and communications infrastructures
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New DOE EFRC Award: Ultra Materials for a Resilient, Smart Electricity Grid
Assistant professor Richard Wilson is part of a new U.S. Department of Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) that aims to create a more resilient and sustainable electricity grid by using next-generation materials. The center will be led by Arizona State University, and includes research teams at UC Riverside, Cornell University, Michigan State University, Sandia National Laboratories, Stanford University, and University of Bristol. The center’s research focus is the electrical and thermal performance of wide band gap semiconductors such as aluminum nitride, boron nitride and diamond. These
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