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University of California, San Diego - 2013

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department


A leader in systems biology, regenerative medicine, and multi-scale bioengineering focused on understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Bioinformatics Program

The Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Graduate Program draws upon the expertise of affiliated faculty from the Division of Biological Sciences; Departments of Bioengineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Psychiatry; the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

Computer Science and Engineering

Strengths include architecture, bioinformatics, computer-aided design, computer vision, cryptography, databases, embedded systems, graphics, Internet malware, programming systems, software engineering, systems, and theory.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

A leader in information technology and communications, as well as network infrastructure, embedded systems, electronic circuits/systems, photonic devices/systems, electromagnetics, electronic devices/materials, nano-electronics/nano-photonics, signal processing/intelligent systems, bionanotechnology, energy generation/conversion, and magnetic/optical storage.

Material Science Program

The Materials Science and Engineering Program at UC San Diego is interdisciplinary, with participation of faculty members from several departments. Faculty from the following departments participates in the Materials Science and Engineering Program: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), Structural Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nanoengineering, Bioengineering, Biological Sciences, School of Medicine, and School of Pharmacy.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

This interdisciplinary department covers mechanical, aerospace, chemical, and environmental engineering. Focus areas include fluid mechanics, combustion, solid mechanics, bio/nanomaterials, systems/control, energy, electromechanical devices and medical devices.


Research in a broad range of topics, with particular focus on biomedical nanotechnology, nanotechnologies for energy conversion, computational nanotechnology, and molecular and nanomaterials.

NanoEngineering-Chemical Eng

The field of chemical engineering is defined by those activities in which the physical sciences, and especially the chemical sciences, are applied to the development and improvement of the technologies that drive our economy and maintain our physical well-being. Our graduate research programs emphasize those new technologies, and supporting techniques of analysis and design, that are expected to lead to continuing engineering advances into the next century.

Structural Engineering

A leader in large-scale testing research, programs include earthquake engineering, blast loading/blast mitigation, structural health monitoring, composite materials/light-weight structural systems, fluid-structure interaction, and risk engineering.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology

Calit2 is one of four institutes launched in December 2000 through the California Institutes for Science and Innovation initiative. It is an experiment in inventing the collaborative research environment for the digital future. More specifically, the institute
- Creates research teams consisting of members from multiple academic departments often across multiple campuses. These teams integrate individuals’ deep expertise across a broad range of disciplines to enable more comprehensive studies beyond those led by single principal investigators.
- Extends involvement beyond faculty to students, industry, government, and community partners.
- Enables prototyping in Calit2 “living laboratories of the future.” These labs make it possible to push projects one step beyond academic theory and peer-reviewed publishing to building and testing integrated systems under realworld conditions.
- Provides technical professionals as the bridge between academia and industry to support activity in the living labs.

Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology

The Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology (CASB) is dedicated to the study of computational approaches in biological sciences. It will serve as a worldwide bioinformatics conference center and forum for researchers in algorithmic and systems biology. CASB also aims to promote interactions among different departments at the University of California, San Diego; among different institutions in the San Diego region; and between academia and industry. The center also supports both original research and educational activities in bioinformatics.

Center for Energy Research

Our research focuses on the exploration and application of advanced technologies to improve the economic and environmental attractiveness of emerging energy sources.

Center for Magnetic Recording Research

The Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR) was founded in 1983 by a consortium of U.S. companies in the magnetic recording industry. The Center's mission is to advance the state-of-the-art in magnetic storage, and to produce highly trained graduate students and postdoctoral professionals. CMRR also serves as a catalyst for joint investigations amongst its industrial sponsors, government agencies, and the university. The Center is housed in a 26,700 square foot building on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. The modular, three-story research facility includes laboratories, academic and administrative offices and support areas. It includes a 100-seat lecture hall, a conference room and a library.

Center for Networked Systems

Our mission is to bring together leading faculty, students, and companies to investigate the most challenging, interesting, and important problems in computer networks, and to train our students to continue their leadership throughout their careers.

Center for Wireless Communications

The Center for Wireless Communications was established at the School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego in February 1995. Faculty affiliated with the Center are drawn from the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. The Center pursues a cross-disciplinary program of research and education targeted at the emerging needs of the cellular and wireless communications industry. It relies upon a strong university-industry partnership to produce a relevant program of systems- and technology-oriented research, and places high priority on strategic planning, collaboration, technology transfer, and the generation of highly trained graduates at all degree levels to meet industrial human resources needs.

Topics of interest include low-power circuitry (radio frequency, analog and digital), smart antennas, communication theory (including speech, video, and image compression), communication networks (including management and control policies, and speech-sharing strategies), and multimedia applications. A unifying theme for the Center's program is that of Broadband Wireless, i.e., approaches for extending capabilities and services from the emerging broadband wireline infrastructure to the wireless pedestrian and mobile domains.

Activities at the Center are supported entirely by the wireless communications industry, and representatives from participating companies are heavily involved in all aspects of the Center's operations.

Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories

Multi-location, multi-million-dollar facilities enable structural research and testing at the materials, component, assembly and systems-levels. World-renowned for innovations in earthquake safety, researchers with the Powell Labs work with government agencies and the structural engineering industry to advance safe and cost-effective construction.

Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics

The Center’s mission is to maintain the highest international academic profile of UC San Diego’s control program, serve as a catalyst for interaction with industry and federal research sponsors, foster collaborations with researchers from other fields, and recruit outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in control systems to UCSD.
Control Theory: The CCSD team includes world leaders in the development of the mathematical and theoretical basis of control and dynamical system modeling, analysis, estimation, and design. These theories, while frequently engendered by specific applications, form the intellectual core of Control and Dynamic Systems and are applicable to a wide range of problem domains, some of which are mentioned below. The ability to access and to invent new theory is critical to the formulation of approaches to real problems and to the provision of performance specifications and guarantees.
CCSD’s research applications span a broad range: Control of Propulsion and Energy Systems; Sensor Networks and Unmanned Systems; Control of Structures and Noise; Control of Positioning Systems; Finance and Optimization; Biological Systems.

Information Theory and Applications Center

The Information Theory and Applications Center is dedicated to the study of information theory fundamentals and their relations to communications, computer- and life-sciences, finance, statistics, and related disciplines. The center supports both original research and educational activities in these areas.

Institute of Engineering in Medicine

The Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM) has over 130 outstanding faculty from UCSD’s Schools of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Jacobs School of Engineering, all sharing the objective of translating creative ideas into clinical medicine and novel products that will transform patient care and improve the health and wellbeing of people.

San Diego Supercomputer Center

Founded in 1985, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) enables international science and engineering discoveries through advances in computational science and data-intensive, high-performance computing.

Continuing this legacy into the era of cyberinfrastructure, SDSC is considered a leader in data-intensive computing, providing resources, services and expertise to the national research community including industry and academia. The mission of SDSC is to extend the reach of scientific accomplishments by providing tools such as high-performance hardware technologies, integrative software technologies, and deep interdisciplinary expertise to these communities.