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A smal laser-welded ceramic tube
Lasers can weld ceramics without a furnace
Ultrafast pulsed lasers fuse ceramics under ambient conditions and use less than 50 watts of power
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What’s with the boxes and towers in the campus parking lots?
You’ve probably noticed the antenna-like towers and black tote cases that have appeared around the UC Riverside campus in recent weeks. Not surprisingly, they’ve prompted some questions. “Some people are curious,” said Ranga Rajan Thiruvenkatachari, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, who is part of the research team that set up the equipment. “Sometimes I see people stopping to see what’s happening.” It’s a question they get all the time, said Aaron Caddell, a senior mechanical engineering major, who is also part of the research team. The equipment went up in mid-July and will
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Guillermo Aguilar elevated to Mexican National Academy of Engineering
Guillermo Aguilar , a professor and chair of mechanical engineering at UC Riverside’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering of Mexico at a ceremony held July 25 in Mexico City. The honor recognizes Aguilar’s contributions to mechanical and biomedical engineering, particularly in biomedical optics and lasers, and his pioneering work to develop a ceramic “ Window to the Brain ” in collaboration with colleagues in Mexico. Read More at Inside UCR
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Steering into the future of connected and automated vehicles
More than 1 billion motor vehicles travel roadways worldwide and that number is expected to double within one or two decades.  The rise in automobiles and trucks have led to increased social, economic, and safety issues, such as the more than 30,000 deaths from car related accidents on US highways every year, according to a US Department of Transportation (DOT)
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Congratulations to Ben Sommerkorn (2nd to right) who was invited to present his research at the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)! Ben will be speaking about his research in the Biomedical Microdevice Laboratory at the California State Capitol.
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​I​n support of the Smithsonian Institute and Awesome Con, and in collaboration with the U.S. National Science Foundation, Prof. Suveen Mathaudhu ​recently ​organized three panels at the intersection of science, technology and pop culture. An example panel included the “Tech of the Batmobile” panel which reviewed then engineering and technological advancements of the iconic batmobile over time. . . . . . #california #research #meatucr #ucrhiglander #ucr #lifeatucr #collegelife#iamanengineer #stem #engineering#science #batman #batmobile
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Vicente Robles, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Aguilar’s lab, was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship to support his research and goal of becoming a research professor. Vicente is currently developing an unconventional method of cooling technologies with optical cavitation bubbles. Vicente says, “I owe this accomplishment to my family, mentors and friends. Shout-out to the Robles family. Si se puede.” . . . . . . . #california #research #meatucr#ucrhiglander #ucr #lifeatucr #collegelife#iamanengineer #stem #engineering#science
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