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Masaru Rao
UCR professor honored by National Academy of Inventors
Masaru Rao named a senior member of the academy
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University of California Riverside’s BCOE Launches #MakeRspaceMillion Campaign to Equip Three MakeRspaces
University of California Riverside’s BCOE Launches #MakeRspaceMillion Campaign to Equip Three MakeRspaces hannar Thu, 06/09/2022 - 09:07 More News June 09, 2022 Support the New MakeRspaces to Inspire Innovation and Creativity The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) is adding three new makerspaces in Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, as well as enhancing the existing Mechanical Engineering machine shop. The spaces will be accessible to all engineering departments and allow students to collaborate with other departments on a wide array of interdisciplinary engineering projects. “At BCOE, our students have a track record of developing engineering solutions outside of the classroom,” said Dean Christopher S. Lynch. “These spaces will provide immediate support to bring out students’ creativity and help turn their innovate concepts into reality.” The college is launching the #MakeRspaceMillion campaign to build the three unique spaces. Once the rooms are finished, the college’s makeRspace footprint will nearly double, exposing students to the latest technologies and immersing them in high-tech environments that encourage inspiration and entrepreneurship.  “Having these new spaces is a game-changer,” said Queenie Xu, a third-year student in bioengineering. “Makerspaces amplify what we learn in the classroom and develop a mindset focused on what’s next.” BCOE aims to raise one million dollars to outfit the new makeRspace facilities, have staff accessible to train students on the latest technology, and have the resources and supplies readily available for students.  Thanks to generous donations from UCR Foundation Trustee Nora Hackett and parents of BCOE students, new gifts between $100 and $25,000 (up to $260,000 total) will be matched towards #MakeRspaceMillion. All contributions for the project will go to the BCOE Dean’s Innovation Fund. All those who donate $100 or more will be recognized by name on a permanent display for the new makeRspaces. In honor of the Class of 2022, any current BCOE student who gives $22 or more by June 30, 2022 will also be recognized. To give towards the #MakeRspaceMillion to support our students’ bright ideas, visit Help us inspire tomorrow’s innovators, engineers and entrepreneurs! Tags Bioengineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Mechanical Engineering Share This
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Eight BCOE alumni earn a spot on UCR's 40 Under 40
Eight BCOE alumni earn a spot on UCR's 40 Under 40 hannar Wed, 06/01/2022 - 11:37 More News June 01, 2022 Celebrating UCR's young alumni making a splash across industries and around the world Read the full story in UCR Magazine's Spring 2022 edition:  Tags Chemical and Environmental Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering Share This
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BCOE’s first ever Family Weekend brings together engineering families to experience life as an engineering student
BCOE’s first ever Family Weekend brings together engineering families to experience life as an engineering student hannar Thu, 05/26/2022 - 09:33 More News May 26, 2022 Parents and families of engineering students at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) experienced a slice of college life at the first ever Family Weekend on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. Through MakeRspace activities, classroom lectures, tours of BCOE, and more, families experienced firsthand their student’s campus life and engaged fellow parents, faculty and staff. “We extend a warm thank you to the families who visited BCOE in support of their student, and a thank you to our BCOE Parent Advisory Council, faculty and staff who made this possible,” said Dean Christopher S. Lynch. “At BCOE, we are building a community of engineers, and value families’ integral role in that community.”  BCOE Parent Advisory Council co-chair Tracy Wang is all smiles after throwing out the first pitch of the UCR baseball game. With more than 200 participants, the inaugural Family Weekend kicked off with tours led by current BCOE students. Highlights included the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, home to the new Robotics program; piano-playing soft robots in the laboratory of William Grover, assistant professor of bioengineering; and beloved BCOE landmarks in the #BCOESelfieHunt, such as four trees planted in honor of the four children of Marlan and Rosemary Bourns.  Throughout the day, parents popped in to visit BCOE classrooms, gaining insight into students’ perspectives in lectures. Friday’s festivities concluded with a BCOE Tailgate and UCR vs. UCI Baseball Game at the Riverside Sports Complex. BCOE Parent Advisory Council co-chair Tracy Wang threw out the first pitch and families enjoyed dinner and the game. “It was such a joy to see families put themselves in the shoes of their engineering students,” said Wang. “With this support and engagement from families, the BCOE student experience will continue to advance and attract the brightest future engineers to choose UC Riverside engineering.” Wang’s co-chair Cecil Lawson, information technology manager of the City of Campbell, will step down from his position this spring when his daughter graduates from BCOE. Wang will be joined by new co-chair Deborah Martin, retired vice president and assistant general counsel at Pfizer and parent of a second-year Mechanical Engineering student. “Whether you’re passionate about students having access to top technology for their experiments and creations or strongly believe in the value of career development, there are so many ways to get involved,” said Martin. “We look forward to hosting future events to engage our students’ strongest supporters.” On Saturday, the BCOE Parent Advisory Council hosted a donor breakfast and subsequent coffee with Dean Lynch. Dean Lynch gave a speech thanking families for attending the event and emphasized BCOE’s commitment to building MakeRspaces for multiple engineering programs.  Dean Christopher Lynch and a BCOE parent chat during the donor breakfast. Launched in May 2022, BCOE’s #MakeRspaceMillion Campaign aims to generate $1 million in philanthropic support to nearly double the college’s MakeRspace footprint, expose students to the latest technologies and immerse them in high-tech environments that encourage inspiration and entrepreneurship. For a limited time, donors can double their impact thanks to $260,000 in matching funds available for all new gifts between $100 and $25,000. Family Weekend attendees enjoyed a preview of the developing Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Electrical Engineering (EE) and Bioengineering (BIEN) MakeRspaces – and tried their hand at their own engineering projects. Teams competed to build the best catapult and test which one would launch a pom-pom ball the farthest. Families also embarked on tours of the ME machine shop, a 4,300 square-foot facility full of advanced instruments and tools to help students bring their creative concepts to life as prototypes. Faculty from several different departments offered mini-lectures and tours, including Huinan Liu, professor of bioengineering, Robert McKee of bioengineering, Jia Chen, assistant teaching professor of electrical and computer engineering, and assistant teaching professors of computer science and engineering Allan Knight and Paea LePendu. After lunch, parents got to know several student professional organizations on campus, which displayed their latest projects: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Cyber@UCR, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Highlander Racing, Formula SAE, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). While families explored the college, students networked with BCOE faculty and top engineering professionals in industry at Beyond College and LinkedIn, Part 2. Nearly two dozen engineers, many of them BCOE alumni, offered their guidance about career opportunities in intellectual property, development operations, battery technologies, public utilities, biotechnology, and social media.  Students and families compete to build their best catapult in the Mechanical Engineering MakeRspace. Additional campus partners for Family Weekend included the UCR Career Center, which provided tours and an introduction to the professional development resources available to students. Parents or family members looking to get involved in future college activities can sign up to receive email updates and join the UCR BCOE Parent Community Facebook group. Tags Bioengineering Chemical and Environmental Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science and Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Robotics Mechanical Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Share This
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Four UCR students win National Science Foundation Fellowships
Four UC Riverside students have been selected to receive highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation.
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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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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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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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