The past year brought about many key advances, highlighted by the growth in faculty, grants and research expenditures. Read on to learn more about the Henry Samueli School of Engineering
November 4, 2004
Dear Friend of the Samueli School of Engineering,
It is with pleasure that I present the Annual Highlights for The Henry Samueli School of
Engineering's 2003-2004 academic term. The past year has brought many key advances highlighted by
the growth in faculty, grants and research expenditures. Some successes of particular note include:
- Five new faculty members were recruited, making our school 95 strong.
- A $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine how asthma attacks the walls
of the bronchial tubes was awarded to Professor Steven C. George, William J. Link Chair in Biomedical
Engineering and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
- The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers was awarded to Assistant Professor
Jia Grace Lu, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, for her research in
Significant progress has been accomplished across all of our key focused research areas:
- The Biomedical team has developed a software program that sends you on a virtual flight
through the vascular system of a heart, aiding doctors in better understanding the risk factors and
treatment options for cardiovascular diseases.
- Efforts within our Energy thrust area have uncovered a process which will enable the co-production
of ultra high-efficiency electricity and hydrogen from either natural gas or coal concomitant with zero
emissions of pollutants or greenhouse gases.
- Within Infotech, we have developed DuraNode, a solar-powered wireless sensor node which has
been installed across the UC Irvine campus to monitor the health of civil engineering structures.
- Our Nanoscale research team achieved several "firsts" in the carbon-MEMS/carbon-NEMS field
highlighted by the discovery of a fractal carbon structure with contacts in the millimeter and micrometer
scale with nanometer features. This finding holds tremendous promise for inventions across micro
batteries, micro biosensors, micro bio-fuel cells, and many other micro applications.
Looking forward at the 2004-2005 academic year, our School will be recruiting fourteen outstanding
new faculty members, the Biomedical Engineering Department will complete plans for expansion into
state-of-the-art laboratories in the new Natural Sciences II Building on campus and the design phase for a
new engineering building slated for completion in summer of 2008 will begin.
Here at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine, we
are extremely proud of our accomplishments and welcome your interest in
Nicolaos G. Alexopoulos
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