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Beyond the Call

The dedication and compassion of UCSB staff members was on full display during the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides

The Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides wrought havoc on the entire Santa Barbara and Goleta community. Between the flames and ash and the mud and debris — not to mention the closure of Highway 101 for nearly two weeks — no one was unaffected.

Double Congratulations: Patrick Callery

Congratulations are in order for our very own TMP undergraduate lecturer, Patrick Callery! Patrick is a PhD Candidate at the Bren of Environmental Science and Management and the Department of Economics at UCSB. He has over 15 years of technology management experience and even co-founded a successful startup in the online marketing space. To further his success, Patrick has just accepted an offer from Sprott School of Business, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where will be an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management.

Nanotechnologies: How the very small is making a very large impact ... and why you should care

Nanotechnologies aim to modify macroscopic properties through observation, control, and manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. It has begun to have profound implications for science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, computing and engineering. Santa Barbara is a hub for research and development of nanoscience including quantum computing.

Guiding Light

Unite to Light, the nonprofit founded by UCSB’s John Bowers, is providing thousands of solar lights to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Unite to Light, a nonprofit founded by John Bowers, a professor of engineering at UCSB and director of the campus’s Institute for Energy Efficiency, today will ship 9,000 solar lights to Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees. In distributing the lamps, the tandem effort with RTM International, a Bangladesh-based NGO, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will prioritize midwives, pregnant women and new mothers.

Engines of Opportunity

Drawing on its intellectual capital across disciplines and its proven record of startup success, UC Santa Barbara is moving full steam ahead on a host of programs all centered on innovation and entrepreneurship.

The initiatives are part of a larger University of California effort backed by the State of California through Assembly Bill 2664, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion. With $22 million in funding distributed evenly among the 10 UC campuses, the bill represents an investment by the state in infrastructure, incubators and education endeavors focused on innovation.

How the LIDAR-on-a-Chip Technology GM Just Bought Probably Works

Strobe, a lidar startup that could give the giant automaker a leg up in the race to make self-driving cars a mainstream technology. Kyle Vogt, founder of the self-driving car startup Cruise (which GM acquired last year), announced the acquisition in a Monday blog post.

Lidar—short for light radar—is widely seen as a key sensor technology for self-driving cars. By sending out laser pulses and measuring how long it takes for them to bounce back, lidar builds a detailed 3-D map of a car's surroundings.

Local Philanthropist’s Gift to IEE Graduate Research Fellowships

George Holbrook, local resident, venture investor and philanthropist, has pledged a $4 million to fund continued support of the Holbrook Foundation Fellowships he created in 2011.

Holbrook found an ideal outlet for his charitable giving in UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE), which is run by Director John Bowers, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and faculty member of the Technology Management Program (TMP).

U.S. News & World Report Ranks UCSB Top Ten Again

In its 2018 listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities” in the country, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara No. 8.  Among the “Best National Universities” ranking, which includes both public and private institutions, UCSB placed No. 37.

UCSB’s College of Engineering ranked No. 20 among public universities on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Programs at Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Doctorate.” 

Scientists Awarded $9M from NSF to Develop Optical Brain Imaging

A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including UC Santa Barbara scientists John Bowers, Michael Goard and Luke Theogarajan, has been awarded $9 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and widely share state-of-the-art optical brain-imaging techniques.

The group of neuroscientists, electrical engineers, molecular biologists, neurologists, bioengineers and physicists was recognized for its collaborative NEMONIC (NExt generation MultiphOton NeuroImaging Consortium) project, which pushes the boundaries of brain imaging.