News

  • Sep 24
    2021
    A new collaboration between UC Santa Barbara researchers and Cisco Systems aims to push the boundaries of quantum technologies. Assistant professors Yufei Ding and Galan Moody have received research awards from the technology giant to work with its new Quantum Research Team, which was formed to pursue the research and development required to turn quantum hardware,... read more »
  • Sep 23
    2021
    Three projects that take innovative approaches to solving critical energy-efficiency challenges have been awarded seed funding from UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE), an interdisciplinary research institute committed to improving energy efficiency. The selected projects align with at least one of the institute’s three key interdisciplinary thrusts:... read more »
  • Aug 12
    2021
    In late May the Biden administration reached a decision to open two parts of the California coast to offshore wind energy: a 399-square-mile area off Morro Bay and another location off Humboldt County. Although breaking ground — or making waves in this case — may be a decade away, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has opened up the Humboldt and Morro Bay ... read more »
  • Aug 11
    2021
    While the world is eager for more renewable energy, a lot of planning has to happen before we can erect turbines or install solar cells at any large scale. This used to require months of extensive study by expert researchers, but a new collaboration between UC Santa Barbara and the World Bank empowers stakeholders themselves to conduct this analysis for any country in the... read more »
  • Jul 8
    2021
    Fifteen years ago, UC Santa Barbara electrical and materials professor John Bowers pioneered a method for integrating a laser onto a silicon wafer. The technology has since been widely deployed in combination with other silicon photonics devices to replace the copper-wire interconnects that formerly linked servers at data centers, dramatically increasing energy efficiency... read more »
  • Jul 8
    2021
    Steven P. DenBaars, UC Santa Barbara professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering, has been chosen by the American Association for Advances in Functional Materials (AAFM) as one of two recipients of its 2021 AAFM-Nakamura Award. Named for Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura, also a UCSB professor, the award recognizes “an outstanding scientist in the... read more »
  • Jun 30
    2021
    When it comes to understanding and predicting trends in energy use, the internet is a tough nut to crack. So say energy researchers Eric Masanet, of UC Santa Barbara, and Jonathan Koomey, of Koomey Analytics. The two just published a peer-reviewed commentary in the journal Joule discussing the pitfalls that plague estimates of the internet’s energy and carbon impacts. The... read more »
  • Jun 16
    2021
    Classical computing is built upon the power of the bit, which is, in essence, a microtransistor on a chip that can either be on or off, representing a 1 or a 0 in binary code. The quantum computing equivalent is the qubit. Unlike bits, qubits can be in more than one “state” at a time, enabling quantum computers to perform computational functions exponentially faster than... read more »
  • Jun 10
    2021
    The United States is winning a global battle for domination in integrated photonics, thanks in part to a Manufacturing USA innovation institute that the Obama administration stood up in 2014. And manufacturers embracing artificial intelligence and machine learning will benefit greatly. That is according to John Bowers, acting CEO of the Manufacturing USA innovation... read more »
  • May 24
    2021
    "Wind power is one of the fastest-growing renewable sources that works well at scale, but it isn't perfect. What if we could scale down wind turbine power to something that could fit on your roof? And be self-contained with smaller moving parts ... or maybe no blades or moving parts at all? Let's look at some future alternatives for harnessing wind power." -Undecided with... read more »
  • May 14
    2021
    The Tingye Li Innovation Prize, established in 2013, honors the global impact Dr. Li made to the field of optics and photonics. This prize will is presented to an early career professional who has demonstrated innovative ideas in their accepted presentation during the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference. The recipient receives $3,000 prize, an invitation to the... read more »
  • May 10
    2021
    Professor John E. Bowers receives the 2021 IPRM1 Award for his contribution to the development of III-V/Si photonics and heterogeneous integration techniques with the pioneering demonstration of hybrid indium phosphide/Si laser. John E. Bowers is the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Distinguished Professor... read more »
  • May 5
    2021
    TIMES UNION Author: Larry Rulison The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, or AIM Photonics, a $600 million national semiconductor manufacturing program located in Albany and Rochester, appears to be on the cusp of lining up another round of government funding that could sustain it for the rest of the decade. AIM Photonics, which develops computer... read more »
  • Apr 29
    2021
    California is a leader when it comes to environmental stewardship, with a history of being the first to implement ambitious air quality measures that stretches back to the 1940s. That still holds true in the 2020s, with what is perhaps the state’s most forward-looking effort to date: the goal of reaching statewide carbon neutrality by 2045. Through the 2019 Budget Act,... read more »
  • Apr 29
    2021
    Joseph Incandela, professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara and the campus’s vice chancellor for research, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He joins more than 250 other new fellows and international members of the prestigious organization. His selection brings to 42 the number of UC Santa Barbara faculty members who have been named fellows of... read more »
  • Apr 22
    2021
    President Joe Biden is pledging to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030, in the latest push by the administration to aggressively combat climate change. The target, announced Thursday, more than doubles the country’s prior commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, when the Obama administration set out to cut emissions 26% to 28% below 2005... read more »