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2023 Engineers Week


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2023 Engineers Week

Members of the 2022 FIRE Foundry crew take a break from training at a recent Wildland Academy event. (Photo by Thomas Azwell/Berkeley Disaster Lab)

Fired up for the future

UC Berkeley

The Marin County Fire Department and UC Berkeley have partnered together to form FIRE Foundry (Fire, Innovation, Recruitment, and Education), a program that recruits young adults from underrepresented communities for a career in fire service and trains them on cutting-edge firefighting technologies.

From left are UCI professors Momoko Watanabe, Herdeline “Digs” Ardoña, Quinton Smith and Tayloria Adams.

New faculty cohort uses stem cells in tissue engineering to advance regenerative medicine

UC Irvine

Four professors, hired over the past few years as part of UCI’s Faculty Hiring for Leveraged Research Excellence (FHLRE) program, are working together to accelerate stem cell-based tissue engineering research.

UC Merced engineering students earned interviews and job offers at a recent conference.

UC Merced students earn wins, job offers at national engineering conference

UC Merced

UC Merced students came away from a national engineering conference with some big wins, including a first-place finish in a famous design competition and job offers from some of the most prestigious companies in the United States.

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May

Engineering and the diversity imperative: The 15th grand challenge

UC Davis

Engineering impacts everyone. Diversifying the field is imperative if we want to build on engineering’s legacy of extraordinary impact.

First cohort of the UCLA Samueli Mathematics Achievement Program at the orientation.

UCLA engineering launches free, immersive high school math achievement program


The UCLA Mathematics Achievement Program (MAP) aims to provide a robust STEM curriculum for students from underserved high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Graduate students Roman Reggiardo and Milad Hakimshafaei

Investigating bias in technology through Baskin Engineering’s anti-racism research fellowship

UC Santa Cruz

The UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering Fellowship for Anti-Racism Research funds engineering students challenging bias and racism in the fields of engineering and technology.

a group of UCSB students

Focus on: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

UC Santa Barbara

Over the past year, thousands of entities, including the University of California, UC Santa Barbara, the College of Engineering (CoE), and its departments have discussed, studied, reflected, and initiated action to address DEI challenges and shortcomings and increase representation. It is an ongoing process that will, perhaps, never be “complete.” (PDF)

Shane Cybart

Creating a diverse educational pipeline in microelectronics

UC Riverside

Scientists at UC Riverside and UC Irvine have received funding of $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to team up with Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in building a diverse educational pipeline in the field of microelectronics—a priority for industry and government.

Graduate students and faculty mentors at the NextProf Pathfinder workshop, held at UC San Diego for the first time. Photo by Alex Matthews

Diversifying the ranks of future faculty

UC San Diego

The goal of the NextProf Pathfinder workshop, held in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Engineering, is to prepare and inspire the widest swath possible of engineering graduate students to seriously consider careers as professors.

A Solar Car Challenge brought middle school students to UC Merced to race their projects.

Solar car race draws middle school competitors to UC Merced

UC Merced

Though there were cheers for the winners, the real goal of the race was to encourage enthusiasm around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and to introduce the younger students to the UC Merced campus.

A glimpse of students participating in missions within the fairy-themed world of the Social Wearables Educational Live Action Role Play (SWEL) Camp.

Superheroes, spaceships, and social wearables: An immersive, social STEM camp for middle school girls sparks interest, builds confidence in STEM

UC Santa Cruz

The UCSC-developed STEM camp combines the crafting of wearable technology with social experience to pique interest in computation and technology for middle school girls.

ME Ph.D. student Alexander Alvara

ME Ph.D. student takes the road less traveled to UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley

Alexander Alvara pushes past life’s obstacles and sets his sights on new frontiers in engineering.

UC Davis students part of the Engineering AvenueE program are working on a project

Engineering AvenueE

UC Davis

AvenueE is a program within the UC Davis College of Engineering that works to recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse population of undergraduate students who go on to successful careers in industry.

Darryl McCall paper, opens PDF

Champion of engineering: Darryl McCall’s COE roots run deep

UC Santa Barbara

After graduating from UCSB with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1978, Darryl McCall spent the next thirty years at Procter and Gamble, eventually leading a global business and several global supply chains. He has donated generously to the college of engineering, with a focus on increasing access to STEM education and careers for first-generation, minority, and otherwise underrepresented or disadvantaged students. (PDF)

From left: UCLA researchers Pradyumna Chari, Alexander “Sasha” Vilesov, Adnan Armouti, Dr. Laleh Jalilian and Achuta Kadambi with the new device.

Remote heart rate sensors can be biased against darker skin. A UCLA team offers a solution


By combining two technologies, camera, and radar, researchers boosted accuracy across a diverse range of skin tones.

A new urban flood modeling platform developed by UCI researchers reveals areas around Greater Los Angeles that are at highest risk of damaging flooding from excessive rainfall during an atmospheric river event or from melting snow in the spring. Brett Sanders / UCI

UCI flood modeling framework reveals heightened risk and disparities in Los Angeles

UC Irvine

Flood risk in Los Angeles is vastly larger than previously indicated by federally defined flood maps, and low-income and marginalized communities face a significantly higher threat, according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, that employed the use of a high-resolution flood modeling platform.