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  • Aug 27
    2020
    The nation is poised to usher in a new era of knowledge and innovation in the quantum sciences, thanks to a new crop of federally-funded collaborations that bring together national labs, research centers, university and industry.   UC Santa Barbara quantum scientists will participate in this nationwide surge of quantum research by contributing their considerable knowledge... read more »
  • Aug 27
    2020
    The phrase “too much of a good thing” may sound like a contradiction, but it encapsulates one of the key hurdles preventing the expansion of renewable energy generation. Too much of a service or commodity makes it harder for companies to sell them, so they curtail production. Usually that works out fine: The market reaches equilibrium and economists are happy. But... read more »
  • Jul 21
    2020
    As our electronics continue to proliferate and become more sophisticated, the race continues for more power efficient and scaleable semiconductor devices — components that use minimal power while being small enough to pack into increasingly dense integrated circuits. MOSFETs (metal-oxide field-effect transistors) are an example of such a breakthrough. Developed in the... read more »
  • Jul 16
    2020
    UC Santa Barbara researchers continue to push the boundaries of LED design a little further with a new method that could pave the way toward more efficient and versatile LED display and lighting technology. In a paper published in Nature Photonics, UCSB electrical and computer engineering professor Jonathan Schuller and collaborators describe this new approach, which... read more »
  • 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 26
    2020
    As our electronics continue to proliferate and become more sophisticated, the race continues for more power efficient and scaleable semiconductor devices — components that use minimal power while being small enough to pack into increasingly dense integrated circuits. MOSFETs (metal-oxide field-effect transistors) are an example of such a breakthrough. Developed in the... 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 »