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Baskin Engineering 2014 year end review


BSOE’s top stories from 2014

  • BSOE’s new Department of Computational Media builds on the success of the campus’s pathbreaking programs in games and playable media. Michael Mateas is the department chair. Read more >>

    BSOE undergraduate majors have increased 143% since '09.

    BSOE undergraduate majors have increased 143% since ’09.

  • From smart grids to flying robots, Computer Engineering Associate Professor Ricardo Sanfelice exploers how to control the flow of electricity through a smart grid. Sanfelice  is interested in other hybrid systems as well, including aerial robots and networks of robotic and autonomous systems. Read more >>
  • New Genomics Institute provides framework, focus and leadership in genomics and human health. Read more >>
  • Computer Science graduate student unites personal passion and programming skills to help others. Undaunted by her own impaired vision, Lourdes Morales develops computer software to help blind people. Read more >>
  • Mixing it up on Science Hill: Unique graduate program eliminates disciplinary barriers between students in the biomedical sciences.  Read more >>
  • Computer scientist Charlie McDowell was recognized as an advocate for women in tech. McDowell and alumnus Jacob Martinez were featured on technology news site’s list of “10 Men Making Waves for Women in Tech.” Read more >>


    The number of BSOE graduate students has also increased, by almost 40%, since 2009.

  • BSOE’s 2013-14 Corporate Sponsored Senior Projects Program resulted in a secure mobile messaging platform for healthcare professionals, a real-time sensor collection system, and a visualization tool for teachers and curriculum developers, among other prototypes developed by students working with sponsors such as Oracle, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Amazon Lab126. Read more >>
  • In a program that pairs alumni mentors with engineering undergraduates, BSOE alumni use work experience to help students learn about the current state of industries where they are looking for jobs. Read more >>
  • Computer scientist Ethan Miller was appointed to the newly created Symantec Presidential Chair in Storage and Security. This is UC Santa Cruz’ first endowed chair from a corporation and the first chair in the UC system to leverage UC President Napolitano’s matching funds. Read more >>
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics Distinguished Research Professor Marc Mangel testified in a case challenging the legality of Japan’s controversial whaling program. Read more >>
  • Bubble Coup, coupon-sharing app, wins top prize in first UCSC hackathon, hosted by the UCSC Center for Entrepreneurship. Read more >>

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