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US infrastructure unprepared for increasing frequency of extreme storms -
Engineers often use statistical estimates called IDF curves to describe the intensity, duration, and frequency of rainfall in each area. The curves, published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are created using statistical methods that assume weather patterns remain static over time. “Design engineers at cities, consulting companies, and counties use this for different purposes, like infrastructure design management, infrastructure risk assessment and so forth. It has a lot of engineering applications,” said Amir Aghakouchak, a hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved with the new study.
OC Weekly

How Sea-Level Rise Will Change Orange County

OC Weekly -
“Coastal communities face huge uncertainties,” said Brett Sanders, a civil and environmental engineering professor at UC Irvine. “Engineers aren’t used to designing within that uncertainty. But you can do something small for now, like increase the height of the seawall a little to provide protection against high-tide events. You may be able to design a better system in the future.” … Sanders’ main effort these days seems to be trying to understand how municipalities deal with sand. To that end, his current project, which is funded by NOAA, is on how communities can manage sediment to mitigate the effects of sea-level rise.

2019 AGU Section Awardees and Named Lecturers

Our colleagues have been selected for these prestigious honors for their sustained and unique contributions to advancing our understanding of Earth, its atmosphere and oceans, and planets and astral bodies beyond our own. … Hydrology Section … Walter B. Langbein Lecture* Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of California, Irvine ….
EE Times

100 GHz Wireless Transceiver Takes Chip into Realms of 6G

EE Times -
The team from the Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits (NCIC) Labs at the University of California, Irvine (UCI, have created a 4.4 millimeter-square chip capable of processing digital signals significantly faster and being more energy-efficient than anything available today. It does this by utilizing a unique digital-analog architecture which significantly relaxes digital processing requirements by modulating the digital bits in the analog and radio-frequency domains. The researchers claimed that in using the approach they've overcome the limitations of Moore’s Law.
Daily Pilot

UCI electrical engineering team looks ‘Beyond 5G’ with new wireless transceiver

Daily Pilot -
A team at UC Irvine has invented a new, wireless transceiver that pushes beyond even recently deployed 5G cell phone technology. … Current high-speed transmitters and receivers in telecommunication are dependent on power-hungry digital signal processing according to Payam Heydari, senior author and professor of electrical engineering and computer science [at the University of California, Irvine.] “Everything is done in the digital, and then it was about two [and-a-half] years ago that I questioned this very important, but fundamental thought,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to]

McMurry in “Unique” Dual Honda Internship, Race Program

Sportscar365 -
Matt McMurry says his internship with Honda Performance Development has played a helping hand in his Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup program with the manufacturer’s GT3 car. … McMurry, who is majoring in aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine, said both the internship and racing opportunities came together around the same time at the beginning of the year. “It’s been great,” he told Sportscar365.

Electrical engineers unveil 'beyond 5G' wireless transceiver

Electronics360 -
A team of electrical engineers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) tackled the question of whether wireless systems are capable of the same high performance and speeds achieved with fiber-optic networks. The result is a 4.4 mm2wireless silicon chip that boosts radio frequencies into the 100 GHz range, four times the speed of the 5G wireless communications standard. For this reason, the team describes the chip as "beyond 5G."
Interesting Engineering

5G Has Already Usurped 6G and It's Not Even Here Yet

Interesting Engineering -
"We call our chip 'beyond 5G' because the combined speed and data rate that we can achieve is two orders of magnitude higher than the capability of the new wireless standard," said senior author Payam Heydari, NCIC Labs director and UCI professor of electrical engineering & computer science. "In addition, operating in a higher frequency means that you and I and everyone else can be given a bigger chunk of the bandwidth offered by carriers."
Tech Startups

Latest tech news and top tech stories

Tech Startups -
Engineers at the University of California, Irvine have invented an end-to-end transmitter-receiver silicon chip that is capable of processing digital signals with significantly greater speed and energy efficiency because of its unique digital-analog architecture. The new wireless transceiver boosts radio frequencies into 100-gigahertz territory, quadruple the speed of the upcoming 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless communications standard.
Venture Beat

Researchers create tiny ‘beyond 5G’ chip for 100GHz data transmission

Venture Beat -
“We call our chip ‘beyond 5G’ because the combined speed and data rate that we can achieve is two orders of magnitude higher than the capability of the new wireless standard,” explained UCI electrical engineering and computer science professor Payam Heydari. “[O]perating in a higher frequency means that you and I and everyone else can be given a bigger chunk of the bandwidth offered by carriers.” Hossein Mohammadnezhad, lead author of the academic paper announcing the project, says that the “new transceiver is the first to provide end-to-end capabilities in this part of the spectrum.”