Online Profiles

University of California, Santa Barbara - 2016

print entire profile


Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering

Research areas include: Bioengineering, biomaterials, fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, kinetics, catalysis, separation processes, process control, polymers, complex fluids, thin films, membranes, and microstructural fluids, molecular materials engineering, comput ational materials science, electronic materials and plasma processing; engineering systems reliability and risk assessment.

Computer Science

Research areas include: bioinformatics; database systems; wireless network security; reliable software; formal methods and programming languages; theory of computation and algorithms; distributed systems; parallel computation and networking; computer vision; multiscale simulation; algorithms for e-commerce.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research areas include: computer engineering (computation time, system complexity, service quality); communications, control and signal processing (including data compression for speech, audio, images, and video; scientific and engineering computation and algorithms; nonlinear, adaptive, and robust control; digital and analog signal processing; digital communications; communication networks; image and video processing; computer vision; identification and modeling; filtering and estimation; and information theory, pattern recognition, and neural networks.); electronics and photonics(microelectronics, compound semiconductors for high-speed, high-performance electronic and optoelectronic devices, microfabrication and processing, structures for millimeter-wave and optical integrated circuits and components; electronic and optoelectronic devices, structures, and circuits for millimeter-wave analog systems, very high-speed digital systems, and picosecond measurement systems.).

Materials Engineering

Research areas include: alloys, biomaterials, biosurfaces, catalysts, creamics, complex fluids, composites, devices, ferroelectrics, magnetics, MEMS, multifunctional ensembles, photonics, polymers, porous materials, semiconductors, supramolecular assemblies, surfaces and coatings.

Mechanical Engineering

Research areas include: dynamic systems, control and robotics; thermal sciences and fluid mechanics; micro/nano technology; environmental engineering; solid mechanics, materials and structures; ocean engineering; risk studies and safety.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

California NanoSystems Institute

UCSB and UCLA have joined to build the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), which will facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to develop the information, biomedical, and manufacturing technologies that will dominate science and the economy in the 21st century. The vision of the CNSI is to establish a coherent and distinctive organization that serves California and national purposes; it is a world-class intellectual and physical environment that supports collaboration among California's university, industry and national laboratory scientists.

Center for Bio-Image Informatics

The Center for Bio-Image Informatics is an interdisciplinary research effort between Biology, Computer Science, Statistics, Multimedia and Engineering. The overarching goal of the center is the advancement of human knowledge of the complex biological processes which occur at both cellular and sub-cellular levels. To achieve this core objective, the center employs and develops cutting edge techniques in the fields of imaging, pattern recognition and data mining. Our research also focuses on development of new information processing techniques which can afford us a better understanding of biological processes depicted in microscopy images of cells and tissues, specifically on the distributions of biological molecules within these samples. This is achieved by borrowing methods for information processing at the sensor level to enable high speed and super-resolution imaging. By applying pattern recognition and data mining methods to bio-molecular images, we can fully automate both the extraction of information and the construction of statistically-sound models of the processes depicted in those images. At the heart of the center's reseach is the BISQUE system, an online repository for multidimensional bio-images, and testbed for new research techniques and methods.

Center for BioEngineering

The Center for BioEngineering (CBE) is a hub for research and teaching at the interface of biology, engineering and physical sciences. It builds on UC Santa Barbara’s strengths in biophysics, biomaterials, biomolecular discovery, and computational and experimental systems biology, enabling fundamental scientific discoveries to be transitioned to applications in medicine and biotechnology.

Center for Control Dynamical Systems and Computation

The Center for Control Engineering and Computation facilitates interdepartmental cooperation in control engineering and computation at UCSB. Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, the Center serves to initiate and coordinate research projects rich in opportunities for cross-disciplinary investigations and applications to industrial, environmental, transportation, and defense systems. The Center attracts gifted graduate students to cross-disciplinary teamwork, in which theoretical concepts, computational methods, and engineering design are organically merged. With its post-doctoral and visiting faculty positions, the Center actively stimulates inter-institutional and international cooperation.

Center for Energy Efficient Materials

CEEM is one of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers funded by the Department of Energy to address the energy challenge through technological advancements. The Center was launched in August 2009 and focuses on fundamental research in the three key areas of photovoltaics, thermoelectric, and solid-state lighting. These technologies are strongly inter-related, not only through the materials they employ and physical principles upon which they operate, but also in the synergies resulting from operating these techniques in combination. The assembled team is uniquely positioned to pursue the proposed work based on proven expertise in these areas. While the world's growing energy needs cannot be fully addressed by any one center, the successful outcome of the proposed research will provide a critically important part to the full solution.

Center for Information Technology and Society

UCSB's Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS) was founded in 1999 as a response to the information revolution. The mission of CITS is to promote and support multi-disciplinary research dealing with the human and societal dimensions of information technology. Toward that end, it funds research, sponsors meetings and workshops, supports human-technology laboratory facilities, and facilitates partnerships with businesses. Its activities fall under four headings: organizations; learning; society and democracy; and culture.

Center for Multifunctional Materials & Structures

The Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures is the newest center under the Materials Department and is directed by Anthony Evans.

Center for Polymers and Organic Solids

CPOS is an interdisciplinary effort that merges efforts in physics, chemistry, polymer science and biology. It draws upon expertise from these fields to conduct fundamental research on a new class of materials: small molecules, conjugated organic polymers with delocalized electronic states showing electrical conductivity, anisotropic linear and nonlinear optical properties, and novel electrochemical properties.

Center for the Chemical Design of Materials

The Center for the Chemical Design of Materials (CDM) is a National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary forum for integrated research, education, and public engagement in the chemistry of multifunctional materials.

The goals of the Center are:
1) to use principles of chemical bonding to obtain a scientific understanding of smart phenomena in solids
2) to design and prepare materials that combine multiple contraindicated functionalities
3) to enhance the public's appreciation of chemistry as the fundamental science driving modern innovation.

Center for Wide Band Gap Semiconductors

The Wide Band-Gap center at the University of California, Santa Barbara provides a focal point for the broad variety of research in nitride and related semiconductors. The center is based on the broad experience and expertise at UCSB in wide band-gap materials growth, characterization, and device design, processing and development. The center was formed in 1998 to foster interaction between the different research groups and promote a collaborative research atmosphere. The center also provides a means of disseminating and gathering information on wide band-gaps to researchers at UCSB, other universities, national laboratories, and industry.

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies

UCSB, in partnership MIT, Caltech, and partners from industry, established this institute behalf of the U.S. Army.

Combining the strength's of a team of the nation's pioneering leaders in interdisciplinary research at the interface of biotechnology, nan otechnology, materials science and systems engineering,, the mission of the ICB is to dramatically improve the combat effectiveness of the Army through (1) Development of biotechnologal and bio-inspired routes to advanced sensors; electronic, magnetic an d optical materials and information processing; (2) Further development of the enabling technologies that integrate discovery, synthesis, hierarchical assembly, advanced characterization, multi-scale modeling and simulation to accelerate these and other deliverables from biotechnolgy; (3) Unique interdisciplinary training in a consortium of the three institutions that have led the nation in establishing a new paradigm for true interdisiplinarity at the interface between biotechnology and engineering; and (4) Close integration with and outreach to the Army's research and development efforts, and those of some of the nation's leading industrial manufacturers, to accelerate the transition of developments from this program to products and processes of practic al use by the Army.

Through its own research and its strategic collaborations and alliances, the ICB will provide the Army with a single conduit for developing, assessing and adapting new products and new biotechnologies in direct support of the Army�s mission. Leveraging the latest developments in biotechnology supported by the NIH, DOE and other agencies, and leveraging the investment in research infrastructure and instrumentation supported by the NSF and the participating universities and industries, the ICB will collaborate with its industrial partners and with the Army to quickly incorporate new research results into products for defense and civilian applications.

Institute for Energy Efficiency

The Institute for Energy Efficiency was established on the foundation of world-leading research in technologies that impact energy efficiency. These activities will change the way people around the world think about, produce and use energy, while educating and training a new generation of energy technologists for the emerging energy economy.

Materials Research Laboratory

The Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was established in September 1992 with funding from the National Science Foundation. Its primary role is to support interdisciplinary research, training and education through the study of materials with chemical and structural complexity in which self-assembly and multiple length-scales play an important role. The scientific and engineering activities of the UCSB-MRL focus on the following four major interdisciplinary research groups: 1)Biomaterial Microstructures; 2) Solution Synthesis of Inorganics at Molecular and Atomic Interfaces; 3) Macromolecular Structures; 4) Strongly Nonequilibrium Phenomena in Complex Materials. The excellence of our interdisciplinary materials research has been recognized in a variety of ways, including our #1 ranking in several ISI Citation Impact surveys and the recent award of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Alan Heeger for his work on conducting polymers.

Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials

The Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM) at the University of California Santa Barbara
was established to enable a research partnership between the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) and the
UCSB materials science community. MC-CAM research will target the areas of organic and hybrid
organic-inorganic materials for electronic and optical device applications.

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

The UCSB Nanofabrication facility offers expertise in compound semiconductor-based device fabrication providing a full range of processes to the scientific and research communities. Nanotech provides particular expertise in compound semiconductor-based device fabrication, encompassing the full range of processes including lithography, thin film deposition, and etching. Benefiting from strong internal programs in optoelectronics, high-speed electronic devices and nanostructures, Nanotech builds upon that infrastructure and expertise to provide external users with state-of-the art processes and fabrication techniques in these areas.

Optoelectronics Technology Center

The Optoelectronics Technology Center (OTC) concentrates on the formation of advanced vertical-cavity laser and photodetector arrays as well as their combination with integrated circuits using new heterogeneous integration technologies. This technology should provide new device and materials capabilities for the next generation of parallel computer interconnects and data communications. OTC is composed of members from the Electronics and Photonics group in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Materials departments at UCSB. OTC is a member of a multi-campus university research consortium�The Center for Chips with Heterogeneously Integrated Photonics (CHIPS)�which was established in 2000 after a national competition by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). CHIPS is composed of investigators from UCSD, Caltech, UCSB,UCLA, UCI, USC and UT-Austin who are teamed to provide advanced capabilities for real-time information access systems. A main aspect of the Center's charter is to encourage collaboration between university and industry leaders in the area of optical interconnects and memory.

Solid State Lighting and Energy Center

The UCSB Center for Solid State Lighting and Displays is directed by Materials Professor Shuji Nakamura, the inventor of blue, green, and white Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and the blue laser. One of the research goals of the center is the use of short-wavelength blue light to excite phosphors to emit white light.

UCSB Nanofabrication Facility

The UCSB Nanofabrication facility is part of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN).