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  • Jul 2
    2020
    The COVID-19 outbreak brought with it an almost immediate and unprecedented national shortage of personal protective gear needed by health-care workers and others seeking to prevent the spread of the virus. N95 masks intended for single use by front-line health workers were being cleaned and reused. Questions arose: Were they clean? Were they safe? Were they still... read more »
  • Jun 29
    2020
    Jonathan Klamkin, an associate professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director’s Fellowship.
  • Jun 18
    2020
    Albany, NY – NY CREATES (New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science) announce the appointment of Dr. Michael J. Cumbo as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), effective July 6, 2020. Dr. Cumbo succeeds Dr. Michael Liehr in the role. AIM Photonics is the... read more »
  • Jun 17
    2020
    Information technology continues to progress at a rapid pace. However, the growing demands of data centers have pushed electrical input-output systems to their physical limit, which has created a bottleneck. Maintaining this growth will require a shift in how we built computers. The future is optical. Over the last decade, photonics has provided a solution to the chip-to-... read more »
  • May 14
    2020
    IEE Director John Bowers was selected to give the Plenary Talk for the virtual annual CLEO conference. View Slides
  • May 1
    2020
    UC Santa Barbara chemical Engineering professor Michael Doherty has received one of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) most prestigious honors: He has been selected to present the 2020 John M. Prausnitz AIChE Lecture. The honor is awarded annually to distinguished AIChE members who have made significant contributions to chemical engineering in their... read more »
  • Apr 23
    2020
    A bit of genetic material that skipped from animal to human, and from local market to international stage in a matter of weeks, is now a concern in every single health, social, and economic sphere around the world. If nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic perfectly illustrates the complex, interlinked challenges we face in 2020.  To work towards solutions to these large-... read more »
  • Mar 3
    2020
    As the world uses ever more data, it seems reasonable that this must require ever more energy. Not so, says a comprehensive new analysis. Researchers have developed the most detailed model to date of global data center energy use. With this model, the team found that although demand for data has increased rapidly, massive efficiency gains by data centers have kept energy... read more »
  • Feb 26
    2020
    The UC-initiated carbon offset project was created in an effort to help the UC meet its carbon neutrality goals while supporting UC-initiated research. Faculty, staff, researchers, and students from all ten UC campuses were invited to submit funding proposals for offset projects through the Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Submissions were evaluated upon criteria including... read more »
  • Feb 25
    2020
    Honored for his innovations in ultra low-loss photonic integrated circuits and their applications, Daniel Blumenthal, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded the 2020 C.E.K. Mees Medal by The Optical Society of America (OSA). He will receive the medal March 10 during the annual Optical Fiber Communications Conference in San... read more »
  • Feb 19
    2020
    Chandra Krintz is professor & vice chair of graduate affairs of Computer Science, co-directs the Lab for Research on Adaptive Computing Environments (RACELab) and leads a smart farm initiative at UCSB. She was featured on the Economist’s weekly science podcast, Babbage, on the topic of “Can the world feed 10bn people by 2050?”.  This specific episode is concerned with... read more »
  • Jan 22
    2020
    Once in a great while a technology becomes so ubiquitous that it transforms modern life. Such has been the case for LED lighting — efficient, durable, versatile, and now found in everything from flexible displays and cellphone screens to standard indoor, outdoor and automotive lighting. Making the LED lighting revolution possible is Shuji Nakamura, a professor of... read more »
  • Jan 13
    2020
    Batteries power our lives: we rely on them to keep our cell phones and laptops buzzing and our hybrid and electric cars on the road. But ever-increasing adoption of the most commonly used lithium-ion batteries may actually lead to increased cost and potential shortages of lithium -- which is why sodium-ion batteries are being researched intensely as a possible replacement... read more »
  • Jan 8
    2020
    IEE has released it's quarterly newsletter featuring news, research and announcements from October 2019 through January 2020. View the full newsletter at the link below: IEE Quarterly Newsletter: January 2020 Institute and Faculty News Five Institute faculty members made the Highly Cited Researchers List in 2019 Shuji Nakamura receives the 2019 Leigh Ann... read more »
  • Dec 23
    2019
    It’s a well-known observation: The number of transistors on a microchip will double roughly every two years. And, thanks to advances in miniaturization and performance, this axiom, known as Moore’s Law, has held true since 1965, when Intel co-founder Gordon Moore first made that statement based on emerging trends in chip manufacturing at Intel. However, integrated... read more »
  • Dec 19
    2019
    Two faculty members in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering have been elected as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  Michael Chabinyc and Sanjit Mitra are among the 168 prolific academic innovators from around the world to earn fellow status for 2019. The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation... read more »