News: 2016-17

May 10, 2017
Is it still possible to build a better mouse trap? Engineering students at UC Merced think so. “Eraticate” — a fitting name for a group focused on mouse trap optimization — isn’t concerned with the cliché their project evokes. Instead, they’re hoping that their multi-kill mouse trap finally ends... Read More
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May 1, 2017
UC Merced’s Classroom and Office Building (COB) has achieved a silver rating from the LEED Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) sustainability program, the campus’s first certification to come from the LEED Lab Engineering Service Learning class. “This is the first of many LEED projects on... Read More
April 27, 2017
MACES, the Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing, held its second annual open house on April 19, showcasing student research and highlighting the center’s connection to NASA. The daylong event kicked off with remarks from MACES Director and Professor Jennifer Lu, who shared her vision... Read More
March 21, 2017
Researchers at UC Solar have developed and tested an innovative solar thermal-powered process for turning the pomace, or byproduct, of vegetable and fruit processing into reusable products, potentially lowering food-processing plant costs and reducing their carbon footprints. With collaborators at... Read More
March 17, 2017
Two startup companies run by UC Merced alumni have taken big steps toward the kind of success many entrepreneurs can only hope for. St. Vincent’s Solutions, which makes a humidifying respirator for premature babies, and Sweep Energy, which makes energy-monitoring devices for production facilities... Read More
March 14, 2017
At just 12 years old, the graduate programs at the University of California, Merced, are already among the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings. UC Merced’s School of Engineering made its second appearance in the graduate school... Read More
March 13, 2017
As agriculture and food production achieve greater high-tech heights and resources such as water become more scarce, the country will increasingly depend on innovative solutions from its brightest minds. A new initiative at UC Merced aims to poise today’s students at the leading edge of the nexus... Read More
March 7, 2017
One of California’s greatest energy challenges is finding innovative ways to lower natural gas consumption to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. To help meet that challenge, a new solar energy system that produces both heat and electricity might not be far away... Read More
February 6, 2017
In recent publications, Professor Vincent Tung proves that inspiration for advancements in materials science can come from anywhere — even the merging of raindrops on a windshield or the sheeting of red wine down the inside of a glass. Through those liquid movements, Tung discovered and optimized a... Read More
January 26, 2017
The magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has named UC Merced Professor Ala Qattawi an Emerging Scholar of the Year in its first issue of 2017. Qattawi, with the School of Engineering, is the first woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in automotive engineering, and the only automotive... Read More
December 22, 2016
  Tiebiao Zhao, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering was recently awarded with 2016-17 Yara North America Almond Fellowship equivalent to a total of $15,000.   The prestigious Yara North America Almond Fellowship is intended to support UC Merced Ph.D. students. Ideally the... Read More
December 14, 2016
A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is helping University of California researchers refine collaborative robotic technology that could change the way crops are maintained worldwide, saving millions of gallons of water each year and taking precision agriculture... Read More
October 26, 2016
Students often expect that in classes, there will always be a right answer. Multilayered engineering problems with uncertain outcomes are a challenge for any student, but especially for first-generation learners who don’t have backgrounds or role models in engineering. That’s why mechanical... Read More
October 17, 2016
Current and prospective graduate students now have the option to earn degrees in mechanical engineering, after the UC system and the WASC Senior College and University Commission recently granted accreditation for both master’s and doctoral degrees. The University of California... Read More
October 17, 2016
Current and prospective graduate students now have the option to earn degrees in mechanical engineering, after the UC system and the WASC Senior College and University Commission recently granted accreditation for both master’s and doctoral degrees. Mechanical engineering students at UC Merced... Read More
September 26, 2016
Two UC Merced advanced doctoral students had the rare opportunity to perfect their research pitch techniques in front of major industry executives this summer and won third place in a national competition for their work. Left to right: Shelly Hu, BASF mentor Dr. Svetlana Dimovski, and Uma... Read More
September 21, 2016
  ME faculty member Sachin Goyal and his graduate student researcher Soheil Fatehiboroujeni helped promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the Merced county this summer. They presented workshops in the TEAM-E[1] initiative coordinated by Merced... Read More
September 19, 2016
Three UC Merced researchers are connecting eye-tracking hardware with a robotic exoskeletal arm to further understand the mind-body connection and, someday, to help people with disabilities have better use of their limbs. A National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant and... Read More
September 8, 2016
  ME graduate program is recently awarded a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The project entitled "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs to Train Hispanic Students for Future... Read More
September 7, 2016
UC Merced Professor Gerardo Diaz is developing solar-powered water heating technology that could reduce the demand for natural gas in businesses and homes and lower the costs for business and homeowners. Soon he’ll be putting that technology to the test in Southern California. Through a nearly $1... Read More
August 31, 2016
A team of UC Merced engineering students — plus one from a nearby state university and two from a local high school — made progress this summer on prototypes of portable machines for diagnosing diseases while enhancing the breadth of their education at the same time. Mentored by Professor Anand... Read More

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