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August 4, 2022
After a nationwide search, Rakesh Goel was selected as UC Merced’s next dean of the School of Engineering. Goel is a seasoned academic leader who currently serves as executive associate dean in the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). Before...
A photo shows the Tahoe National Forest.
August 2, 2022
Mechanical thinning of overstocked forests, prescribed burning and managed wildfire now being carried out to enhance fire protection of California's forests provide many benefits, or ecosystem services, that people depend on. In a paper published in Restoration Ecology, researchers at UC Merced,...
Professor Ashlie Martini has been awarded the Monya Lane and Robert Bryant Presidential Chair in Excellence in Engineering.
August 1, 2022
Mechanical engineering Professor Ashlie Martini has been awarded the Monya Lane and Robert Bryant Presidential Chair in Excellence in Engineering. She is one of two women to be appointed to endowed chairs in the School of Engineering this year. Lane and Bryant, retired engineers from the Lawrence...
UC Merced Professor Sarah Kurtz is seen in a photo.
July 25, 2022
Engineering Professor Sarah Kurtz has been awarded the Reno Ferrero Family Chair in Electrical Engineering, making her the second woman to hold an endowed chair in the School of Engineering. "I am truly honored to have been chosen for this chair, not only because of the donor and his achievements,...
Beginnings Sculpture
July 7, 2022
For the first time, UC Merced has been awarded a Platinum rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements under the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS.) Platinum is the highest rating...
UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Hannah Palmer, Ph.D.
July 5, 2022
UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Hannah Palmer, Ph.D., was named as the 2022-23 Congressional Science Fellow by the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working for a member of Congress or a congressional committee...
July 1, 2022
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Michael Modest has earned the 2021 Max Jakob Memorial Award, given by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in recognition of “eminent achievement of distinguished service in the area of heat...
Professor Chuang and his students
June 27, 2022
Green energy solutions are critical to meet current and future power demands, and while solar and wind power are great, they are also site-specific and intermittent. That’s why researchers such as mechanical engineering Professor Po-Ya Abel Chuang and his Thermal and Electrochemical Energy...
Undergraduate mechanical engineering student Victor Oregon
June 24, 2022
Victor Oregon will attend UC Merced to study mechanical engineering this fall. A key factor in his decision to attend UC Merced was its proximity to his family and to Yosemite National Park. “I chose Merced for the financial aid that I am being awarded, and because of its unique location like no...

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