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June 17, 2013
Working to map every square inch, UC Merced master’s student Andrew Zumkehr found there are 111 million acres of abandoned farmland in the United States. That’s a lot of space for growing biofuels that could replace between 5 percent and 30 percent of the United States' primary...
May 15, 2013
On his first tour of UC Merced almost five years ago, Andy Luhrs decided the campus was the right place for him. “The tour guide made an impression,” said Luhrs, who is from Danville. “Everyone I met had a good vibe — open and passionate about the school.” As he heads...
May 6, 2013
Tyler Shaddix’s house looks like most of the other houses on his block in a subdivision not far from the UC Merced campus. It’s what’s inside that’s different – the home office of a startup company offering a web service that has, in less than a year, become very...
April 8, 2013
As everyone knows, space is limited on the UC Merced campus. But with a little money and a lot of persistence, Engineers for a Sustainable World has found a way to carve out a little room for a community garden. The idea has been a dream of the Merritt Writing Program lecturer De Ette Silbaugh for...
February 19, 2013
Peek in the windows at the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation (MESA) Lab sometime. You will probably see students flying small remote-controlled vehicles at all hours of the day and night. Sometimes the students are having so much fun they have to be pushed to go home and sleep. But...
February 11, 2013
UC Merced School of Engineering Professor Elliott Campbell has co-authored a paper showing that mountaintop removal mining will dramatically accelerate the regional effects of global warming by turning natural carbon sinks into sources of carbon emissions, some within the next 15 years. On top of...
January 31, 2013
MERCED, Calif. — UC Merced honored the Pacific Gas and Electric Company with the School of Engineering’s inaugural Vanguard Award today with a special ceremony to thank the company for all it has done for engineering students. “PG&E is honored to receive the inaugural...
January 25, 2013
Professor Roland Winston knows a jellyfish that can help people see more clearly. But it’s not the kind found in the ocean. It’s one that’s about to earn Winston and UC Merced a U.S. patent, and is the solution to a problem that vexed many famous scientists. “Perfect...
December 10, 2012
Students with a variety of skills and perspectives make up a team that’s taking engineering principles into some of the area’s wildlands to further education and promote awareness about the environment. Candace Sigmond, education coordinator for the Grasslands Environmental Center and...
December 3, 2012
The tougher a problem, the more creative a solution it needs, from the increasing power in orbiting satellites and saving tigers to saving state parks and catching thieves. And when a problem seems absolutely impossible? “That’s when you call me,” said Professor Erik Rolland....

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