17th Annual
Graduation Award Ceremony

17th Annual<br/>Graduation Award Ceremony

Iranian Students
Gear up Solar Car for US Challenge

Iranian Students<br/>Gear up Solar Car for US Challenge

Partovi brothers emerge
as top Silicon Valley Investors

Partovi brothers emerge <br/>as top Silicon Valley Investors

Professor Iraj Ershaghi elected to
the National Academy of Engineering

Professor Iraj Ershaghi elected to <br/>the National Academy of Engineering

Interview with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis
on Contour Crafting

Interview with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis<br/> on Contour Crafting

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Dr. Vaziri

2014 Clinical Translational Scientist of the Year, Applied Translational Scientist

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science announced that Dr. Vaziri is the recipient of the 2014 Clinical Translational Applied Scientist of the Year.  This award is given to an exceptional UC Irvine investigator whose work is broadly focused on the biomedical sciences.  The awardee is an individual who has contributed substantial new insights and knowledge in the pursuit of improving human health and has linked basic science with clinical application.

Solar Car

Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic, the 19-strong team is preparing to bring an Iranian solar car to compete in the United States for the first time, in the American Solar Challenge in July.

Ali and Hadi Partovi have quietly helped launch some of Silicon Valley's biggest startups of recent vintage. Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks, which Microsoft bought for a reported $800 million. Ali co-founded Internet advertising pioneer LinkExchange, which Microsoft bought for $265 million; he later became one of the first investors in Zappos, the online shoe retailer launched by LinkExchange co-founder Tony Hsieh. Amazon bought that one for about $850 million.

The Partovis also snapped up early stakes in Dropbox and Facebook. And while they're both still active angel investors, they've gotten increasingly involved in philanthropic work, including founding Code.org, the nonprofit encouraging kids to learn software development. The brothers recently spoke with San Jose Mercury News; you can read the full interview here.

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has named Professor Iraj Ershaghi, Omar B. Milligan Chair in Petroleum Engineering, and director of the Petroleum Engineering Program at the University of Southern California among its 2014 new members for his contributions to characterization of complex fractured reservoirs, and for leadership in university-industry collaboration. Of more than one million engineers in the United States, only 67 new members and 11 foreign associates were elected to the academy in 2014.


At the University of Southern California, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has built a colossal 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours. Khoshnevis's robot comes equipped with a nozzle that spews out concrete and can build a home based on a set computer pattern. The technology, known as Contour Crafting, could completely revolutionize the construction industry. The Contour Crafting system would glide along the rails and lay down cement. Once that part of the process is finished, humans would do the rest of essential tasks like hanging doors and installing windows. Contour Crafting could also reduce the total cost of owning a home. It could also make it easier to repair homes damaged by devastating weather events. While this project is still being tested, Khoshnevis asserts that this won't eliminate jobs in this sector, but actually create more. 
Watch Professor Khoshnevis' recent interviews with major TV networks: