News

  • Mar 21
    2019
    Two UC Santa Barbara Materials PhD students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from more than 40 Nobel Laureates this summer in Germany. Joshua Bocarsly and Elayne Thomas, both fourth-year graduate students, are among 580 young scientists from 88 countries selected to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 31 to July 5.... read more »
  • Mar 21
    2019
    Professor Michael Chabinyc, Chair of the Materials Department at the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), a distinction that “recognizes outstanding contributions to the field, including research, leadership, and service that have advanced the mission of the materials community world-wide.” read more
  • Mar 12
    2019
    In its annual ranking of leading graduate and professional programs at American universities, U.S. News & World Report magazine has rated two of UC Santa Barbara’s programs among the top 10 in the nation. In the 2020 U.S. News list of “Best Graduate Schools,” UC Santa Barbara’s materials program is ranked No. 1 among public institutions and No. 3 overall. The spots... read more »
  • Mar 5
    2019
    It will be a feat of engineering and physics at the smallest scales, but it could open the biggest doors — to new science and more advanced technologies. UC Santa Barbara physicists Ania Jayich and David Weld, and materials scientist Kunal Mukherjee, are teaming up to build an atom-defect hybrid quantum system — a sensor technology that would use the power of quantum... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    The Materials Department is pleased to announce a new professorship, the Mehrabian Interdisciplinary Endowed Chair.  This Chaired Professorship was established by Robert and Victoria Mehrabian, longtime friends and benefactors of the UCSB College of Engineering, to support the scholarly activities of a faculty member jointly appointed between the... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    UCSB engineering Professor John Bowers’ group develops a high-performance quantum dot mode-locked laser on silicon. “The level of data traffic in the world is going up very, very fast,” said Bowers, co-author of a paper on the new technology in the journal Optica. Generally speaking, he explained, the transmission and data capacity of state-of-the-art... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    UCSB Materials and Mechanical Engineering Professor Irene Beyerlein has been honored with two separate awards from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).  The Awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner of the 2019 TMS Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, March 13, 2019. First, Prof. Beyerlein is the recipient of the TMS 2019 Brimacombe Medal.  This mid-... read more »
  • Nov 30
    2018
    Milo Sensors Milestone   Call it an idea whose time has come: Milo Sensors, a tech startup founded by a group of recent UC Santa Barbara alumni, has evolved from a student-driven, smart business proposal into a burgeoning leader in the next wave of wearable technology. The brainchild of of enterprising science and engineering students, the startup has now taken First... read more »
  • Nov 30
    2018
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rabobank, a leading global food and agribusiness bank, today announced the recipients of its annual Rabobank Leadership awards, which recognize trailblazing companies across food and agriculture in North America that have demonstrated remarkable strides across innovation, sustainability and market leadership. Over 300 companies were nominated... read more »
  • Nov 29
    2018
    Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Four professors in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering are among the most influential scientists in the world, according to the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List released by Clarivate Analytics. The list includes 6,000 scientists whose research ranked among the top one percent in terms of references and citations in journals from... read more »
  • Nov 27
    2018
    Professor Ram Seshadri joins the ranks as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2018. “For distinguished contributions to the domain of structure-property relations in crystalline inorganic materials, particularly associated with developing predictive understanding of polar, magnetic and luminescent materials.” Election as an AAAS... read more »
  • Nov 21
    2018
    Professor Chris Bates has received a National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his research on polymers.  The NSF CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty who are effectively integrating research and education.  Prof. Bates' research involves the synthesis and characterization of block copolymers that self... read more »
  • Nov 9
    2018
    Guillermo Bazan, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials, is featured in the journal Advanced Materials 2018 Hall of Fame, a series of articles that takes a snapshot of the leading research and best insights materials science has to offer while acting as a touchstone for future materials researchers. Bazan, whose research group focuses on the “... read more »
  • Oct 25
    2018
    UCSB Materials will welcome Assistant Professor Angela Pitenis on November 1, 2018. Prof. Pitenis’ research begins at the intersection of materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology, and aims to understand interfacial phenomena and energy-dissipation at the interfaces of soft materials. Her research will focus on friction, adhesion, wear, and deformation of complex... read more »
  • Aug 23
    2018
    The 21st century presents the world with multiple sustainability challenges, especially on the energy front. Energy demand is growing rapidly, but fossil-fuel combustion drives climate change, creating a need to transform how we generate, supply, transmit, store, and use energy. Water is generally required to produce energy, and purifying water requires energy, increasing... read more »
  • Jul 16
    2018
    Materials Ph.D. Student Andrew Polonsky was recognized as one of three outstanding student lecturers at the 4th International Congress on 3D Materials Science.  This symposium was held in Helsingor, Denmark from June 10 - 13, 2018.  Andrew’s talk was entitled “Processing-Microstructure Relationships in Isolated Melt Pools of Electron Beam Melted Inconel 718”. Polonsky is... read more »
  • Jul 3
    2018
    The Carnegie Corporation names Professor Shuji Nakamura one of 38 ‘Great Immigrants’. Of all the Nobel Prize winners in the United States, roughly a third are  — or have been — immigrants. At UC Santa Barbara, four of the campus’s six Nobel laureates are foreign born. Among them is UCSB professor Shuji Nakamura of Japan, who won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for... read more »
  • Jun 20
    2018
    Kristin is Founder & CEO of Fluency Lighting Technologies, Inc., an emerging startup company located in Santa Barbara, CA. Fluency Lighting’s mission is to bring next-generation, energy-efficient light sources based on laser technology and materials design to key areas of the lighting industry. Founded in 2014 based on innovations in energy-efficient lighting from UC... read more »
  • Jun 8
    2018
     Drs. Jean Charles Stinville and  McLean P. Echlin of the Materials Department received the 2018 Hetényi Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics during the annual meeting of the society in June of 2018.  The Hetényi Award is given annually for the Best Research Paper published annually in the journal Experimental Mechanics.  The paper was entitled “Sub-... read more »
  • Jun 4
    2018
    Nancy is a Materials Researcher in the Polymers R&D group at Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation near Portland, Oregon. Nancy studied Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College, earning a BS with high distinction and departmental honors, and interning with the Idaho National Laboratory and Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. Nancy completed a PhD in Materials Science at... read more »
  • May 24
    2018
    Alexis is Vice President, Data Center Group and General Manager, Connectivity Group at Intel Alexis runs the Connectivity Group at Intel where they develop the silicon and photonic solutions that enable hyperscale data connectivity. The overarching objective of the group is to provide world-class end-to-end connectivity to enable distributed systems that enable high... read more »
  • Apr 24
    2018
    'Intellect, Creativity and Commitment'. Craig Hawker elected to the 238th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy is an independent policy research center that conducts interdisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Since its founding in 1780, the academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George... read more »
  • Apr 16
    2018
    Some sixty people, including UC Santa Barbara faculty colleagues, alumni, and industry partners, convened at UCSB’s Loma Pelona Center on March 16 to honor emeritus professor Larry Coldren, a giant in electrical engineering and materials science, particularly as they relate to photonic integrated circuits and tunable lasers. Some 24 speakers took the podium over several... read more »
  • Apr 12
    2018
    The Nobel Prize winner credited with inventing energy-efficient LED light bulbs received an honorary degree at University of Massachusetts Lowell on Wednesday afternoon, the school announced. Shuji Nakamura was presented with an honorary degree and gave the keynote speech during the annual Tripathy Endowed Memorial Lecture. Nakamura was the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics... read more »
  • Apr 10
    2018
    U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara No. 5 among public universities. UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering graduate program was ranked No. 12 among public universities in its annual ranking of nation’s “Best Engineering Schools.” The UCSB College of Engineering (CoE) earned the No. 24 position among both public... read more »