Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
High-Tech Health Patient imaging data, such as CT or MRI scans, are used to build interactive 3-D computer models of the arteries and veins and to simulate blood flow in order to design customized surgeries. The collaboration among engineers, computer scientists, and doctors improves results for patients.
Powering us into the Future One of the major challenges of this century will be meeting growing global energy demand while reducing carbon emissions and other pollution from fossil fuels. The MAE department in collaboration with the Center for Energy Research (CER) brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists, and engineers to create sustainable energy solutions.
A Foundation for Success Many students participate in several hours of research each week during the academic year. Students can also enroll in independent study, internships, and programs like Global TIES where they gain experience and solve real problems.
Learning by Building Project-based learning involves constructing robotic contraptions, student-initiated projects in labs and computer courses, and a senior design project in which teams work to solve industry problems.
Building Better Batteries Improving the estimation of charge distribution inside lithium-ion batteries a project undertaken by the Cymer Center promises more efficient and reliable electronics for industry and for consumers.
Predicting Sunshine Sky imagers, developed at UC San Diego and in use at the nation s largest solar power plant, minimize uncertainty in solar energy generation by predicting solar power output. The imagers track cloud cover via fish-eye lenses and three-dimensional modeling.
Propulsive Research Research using engineering techniques to unlock some of biology s most interesting mysteries reveals how soft surfaces, like water, can be distorted by applying small-scale forces. Applications could lead to new and efficient methods for propulsion or aquatic military uses.
Impressive Compression Nanoscale materials offer immense benefits for enhanced functionality and portability. Coiled carbon nanofibers synthesized through thermal chemical vapor deposition can be used in various applications, including cushioning foams, electrical inductors and metamaterials.