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Materials Science and Engineering PhD student Geoff Hollett

MSE Alumni Becomes Astronaut

June 7th, 2017

Materials Science and Engineering MS and PhD alumni Robb Kulin is part of the new class of astronauts NASA announced June 7, 2017. Robb worked in Dr. Ken Vecchio's lab.

Materials Science and Engineering PhD student Geoff Hollett

Industry Interaction Day

May 12th, 2017

Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry co-hosted the first ever Industry Interaction Day, which featured speakers from Intel, Applied Materials, Lam Research Corporation, ASML/Cymer, Illumina, Lumileds, Chevron, and Allergan. Over 100 students attended the event.

Materials Science and Engineering PhD student Geoff Hollett

UCSD Grad Slam

April 10th, 2017

Materials Science and Engineering PhD student Geoff Hollett won the UCSD Grad Slam.
Grad Slam is an annual contest to communicate research. It aims to make research accessible by providing emerging scientists and scholars with the skills to engage the public in their work. Participants are judged on how well they engage the audience, how clearly they communicate key concepts and how effectively they focus and present their ideas—all in three minutes or less.

Michael Frank from Prof. Joanna McKittrick's group

Biomaterials Symposium

March 13, 2017

PhD candidate Michael Frank from Prof. Joanna McKittrick's group was awarded top poster for the Biomaterials Symposium (out of 40+) at The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) 2017 Meeting in San Diego. His research is to make strong, biocompatible and biodegradable spongy bone implants for osteoporotic bone that may replace titanium implants which are too strong and can cause stress shielding that leads to bone remodeling. He made a porous bone mineral scaffold by freeze casting, reinforced the outside with a biodegradable thermopolymer shrink wrap bioinspired by a porcupine quill and infiltrated the scaffold pores with biocompatible, structurally tough hydrogels to support new osteoblast growth.

Jerry Jung from Prof. Joanna McKittrick's group

Biomaterials Symposium

March 13, 2017

Bioengineering undergraduate Yajur Maker, mentored by PhD candidate Jerry Jung from Prof. Joanna McKittrick's group, was awarded 2nd place for his poster in the Biomaterials Symposium at TMS 2017. They developed a novel method to create spongy bone mineral scaffolds with hierarchical porosity through freeze casting with a 3D printed template. Their method produced pore areas within 20% of that observed in natural bone and initial cell culture testing showed a wide distribution of cells due to the hierarchically structured 3D porous scaffold.

Eric Hahn - Winner of the Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award, Oct. 28, 2016

Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award

October 28th, 2016

Eric Hahn was the awardee of the 2016 Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award. The award gives recognition to outstanding graduate students within the Materials Science program at UCSD.

Siebel Scholar 2017

September 13th, 2016

Jerry Jung was nominated as a 2017 Siebel Scholar. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science.

1st Place in Annual Interfaces Research Symposium

August 22nd, 2016

Jerry Jung, Materials Science and Engineering PhD student, won first place at the Annual Interfaces Research Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research in Multi-Scale Biology. This annual event offers graduate students the unique challenge to present their work to faculty and fellow students from across the biological, medical, physical, and engineering disciplines of science.

Library Research Prize at the JSOE Research Expo

April 14th, 2016

Materials Science and Engineering PhD student Jerry Jung was awarded the Library Research Prize at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo this Spring 2016. He is working on a project to study impact-resistant biological materials found in nature using a woodpecker model to answer an interesting question: How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury? His study is essentially based on various resources including books, scientific articles, and digital resources (raw micro-CT data from digital library) in order to find the relationship between animal behavior and its anatomical adaptation.

MRS Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award

March 30th, 2016

Steven Naleway was awarded the prestigious MRS Arthur Nowick graduate student award along with a Silver Graduate Student Award in recognition of his research and mentorship at the MRS 2016 Spring Meeting. The Arthur Nowick award is awarded to one student who shows great promise as a future teacher and mentor. These awards were presented in recognition of Steven’s work into biological materials science and bioinspired design where he has mentored 19 undergraduates over the past three years to study the unusual but effective armor of the boxfish and bioinspired mimetic bone and structural materials created through the freeze casting fabrication technique.

MRS Graduate Student Silver Award

March 30th, 2016

Kasra Sardashti, UCSD PhD student, has received the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver Award for his particularly significant and timely research on physical and chemical characterization of interfaces in earth-abundant thin film solar cells, presented at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting.

Best Poster Award Winner

March 30th, 2016

Lizzie Caldwell, UCSD PhD student, recently won Best Poster Award at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting. Here, Lizzie describes her research: For concentrated solar power systems, developing materials with high light absorbance (low reflectance) while maintaining thermal stability (>700 C) is important. In our previous research, a porous Co3O4 layer has shown great promise, but is reflective at 1um. Through engineering a double layered CuFeMnO4 and CuCr2O4 structure, and developing stable and intricate Co3O4 nanoflowers, we were able to show low reflectance throughout the visible and near-IR spectrum with all 3 materials.

Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award

February 1, 2016

With generous donations from his widow, Annelies Thomas, and faculty at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, the Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award was established. It will be given yearly to two top UC San Diego and UC Berkeley Materials graduate students. The 2015 recipients are Steven Naleway (UCSD) and Maarten de Jong (UC Berkeley).

Bioprinting a 3D Liver-Like Device to Detoxify the Blood

May 09, 2014

Nanoengineers at the UC San Diego have developed a 3D-printed device inspired by the liver to remove dangerous toxins from the blood.

Almutairi Lab Publishes on Breakthrough Polymeric Material for Drug Delivery

October 04, 2011

Dr. Adah Almutairi's group recently created a polymer that can break down into small molecules in response to low power near infrared light.

Widely Used Iron Nanoparticles Exhibit Toxic Effects on Cells

May 28, 2007

Researchers at UC San Diego have discovered that iron-containing nanoparticles being tested in the treatment of several human diseases can be toxic.