Current Bloggers


[show_avatar email=127 align=left avatar_size=120]Dillon Acker-James

Major: Electrical Engineering
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Dillon is a second year Electrical Engineering student working in Professor Brewer’s lab. He will be designing a PCB and using it to test ICs. He loves to learn, is curious and is determined to make the most of his time in the lab. See all his posts

 

MichaelAling_ProfileMichael Aling
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Michael is an incoming second year majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in physics. He has been working with the Wilson materials lab for two quarters already, and will continue there this summer on multiple projects. One is strictly focused on materials science, while another uses mechanical design to further this and other labs’ capabilities. See all his posts

 

alexandraAlexandra Barajas
Major: Chemistry
Participating in: MARC
Bio: Alexandra is an incoming junior and chemistry major. She is hoping to perhaps one day become a professor at a university in order to share and teach Chemistry with the next generation of students. Her love of chemistry stems from her love of learning and the desire to perceive the world in a different light. This summer she will be working in Professor Zakarian’s lab hoping to improve a methodology for the synthesis of stereoselctive cylcoguanidilation found in multiple natural compounds. See all her posts

 

bruchDorian Bruch
Major: Chemical Engineering
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Dorian is a second year chemical engineering major at UCSB. He is currently doing research in the laboratory of Dr. Reich on using nanoparticles for controlled macromolecule delivery. He is also the internal Vice President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. See all his posts

 

meitalMeital Carmi
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Participating in: Gorman
Bio: Meital is am going into her second year majoring in mechanical engineering, and is interested in physics and its applications to engineering. She is working in professor Meiburg’s lab this summer researching fluid dynamics. See all her posts

 

[show_avatar email=141 align=left avatar_size=120]Marco Cerrato
Major: Physics
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: Marco is a 3rd year majoring in physics. However, he tries not to limit himself to just his major, and likes taking classes in other STEM fields. This Summer, he’s working under the Blumenthal group, focusing on optical gyroscopes and FPGA programming with VHDL. See all his posts

 

[show_avatar email=132 align=left avatar_size=120]Bofeng Chen
Major: Nuclear Engineering
Participating in: INSET
Bio: Chen is a second year student majoring in nuclear engineering.  See all his posts

 

 

biancaBianca Dunn
Major: Microbiology
Participating in: MARC
Bio: Bianca is a second-year Microbiology major working in David Low’s lab. Her current project focuses on bacteria, specifically finding new bio-inspired ways to enter bacterial cells to deliver antibiotics. She is fascinated by the vast presence of diverse microbes on every surface and she works towards understanding their complex systems. Aside from her academic interests, Bianca enjoys drawing, painting, and throwing pottery, and even creating ‘bio-inspired’ art. See all her posts

 

[show_avatar email=157 align=left avatar_size=120]Valentina Hallefors
Major: Physics
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: Valentina is a third year physics student at UCSB. Originally from Sweden, she moved to Santa Barbara to attend college. She is will be working with microfluidics this summer in professor Meinhart’s lab. See all her posts

 

[show_avatar email=135 align=left avatar_size=120]Van Hsieh
Major: Biology
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Van is a rising sophomore majoring in Biology and currently works in Professor Ma’s lab studying cell adhesion. See all his posts

 

[show_avatar email=149 align=left avatar_size=120]Ian Jenkins
Major: Physics
Participating in: Gorman
Bio: Ian is a second year physics major interested in quantum mechanics and high energy physics similar to the research done at the large hadron collider in CERN. Currently he’s applying his interests in quantum to learning how NMR works on a quantum level and helping to design and build unique, cutting edge NMR probes. See all his posts


[show_avatar email=130 align=left avatar_size=120]Young Hun (Colin) Kim

Major: CCS Biochemistry
Participating in: MARC
Bio: Colin is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in CCS Biochemistry. He loves science and engineering, and has a passion for the field of medical microbiology. Colin is currently working on recovering and characterizing bacteriophages from human skin wounds in Dr. Irene Chen’s laboratory. See all his posts

 

[show_avatar email=131 align=left avatar_size=120]Valerie Lensch
Major: Chemistry
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Valerie is a first year chemistry major in the College of Creative Studies. She is working in the Mitragotri and Soh labs on targeted drug delivery for breast cancer. See all her posts

 

[show_avatar email=154 align=left avatar_size=120]Daniel Leon-Gijon
Major: Electrical Engineering
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: Daniel Leon-Gijon graduated from Santa Barbara City College in June and will be transferring to Cal Poly SLO this upcoming Fall where he will major is Electrical Engineering. He has always been interested in automotive vehicles and wants to help engineer electric vehicles in the near future. He is currently interning for AIM Photonics in Professor John Bower’s lab. See all his posts

 

JonathanJonathan Madajian
Major: Electrical Engineering
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: Jonathan Madajian is an electrical engineering student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, in addition to all of his classes (which he loves), his favorite project has been researching the effects and applications of space lasers in both the Klamkin and Lubin groups (DE-STAR.com). As a videographer, he has a passion for both the technical and storytelling aspects of filmmaking. See all his posts

 

[show_avatar email=129 align=left avatar_size=120]James McKenna
Major: Electrical Engineering
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: James is a senior Electrical Engineering Major at UCSB. He’s Doing research for the first time in Jonathan Klamkin’s Photonics Lab. See all his posts

 

 

brett-mckimBrett McKim
Major: Physics
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Brett McKim is a 2nd year Physics major interested in applying the fundamental laws of nature to the study of the world. See all his posts

 

 

 

[show_avatar email=140 align=left avatar_size=120]Fernando Mendoza Rincon
Major: Computer Engineering
Participating in: Gorman
Bio: Fernando Mendoza is an incoming sophomore here at UCSB, majoring in Computer Engineering. His interests include software development, quantum computing and wireless communication. See all his posts

 

Moisses1Moisses Rodriguez-Hernandez
Major: Bio-Chemistry
Participating in: Aim Photonics
Bio: Moisses is a Bio-Chemistry student transferring from Allan Hancock College to Cal Poly in the fall. His intentions are to focus in Optometry but is also interested in various branches of science. He will be working in Professor Moskovits lab this summer using Raman Spectroscopy. See all his posts

 

[show_avatar email=150 align=left avatar_size=120]Melissa Morales
Major: Chemical Engineering
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Mel is a second-year chemical engineering undergraduate researching structural materials (for jet engines) within the Zok Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. When she is not reacting powders or quenching samples, she enjoys rock climbing and taking long walks on the beach. See all her posts

 

carinaCarina Motta
Major: Pre-Biology
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Carina is a second year pre-bio major who plans on earning a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution. She is interested in ornithology, community ecology, and climate change. Carina is currently working in Hillary Young’s lab with Devyn Orr at Tejon Ranch through the EUREKA Internship Program studying the effect of large land mammal loss and climate change on tick-borne disease in California. See all her posts

 

[show_avatar email=128 align=left avatar_size=120]David Nakazono
Major: Physics
Participating in: Gorman
Bio: David will be in his 4th year as a physics major at UCSB in the Fall of 2016.  Since the Summer of 2015, he’s been working in the Schuller Group with graduate students Steven Brown and Ryan Decrescent on characterizing the reflection and absorption of light in thin gold films with and without an organic thin film.  The goal of this research is to demonstrate the effectiveness of using the anisotropies of organic small molecules/polymers to increase the efficiency of organic solar cells. See all his posts

 

linkedinAshley Nguyen
Major: Communication
Participating in: Undergraduate Research Intern
Bio: Ashley is a fourth year Communication major with a minor in the Civic Engagement track of Professional Writing. She is currently a part-time arts administration intern for an arts nonprofit organization and a full-time seafood enthusiast frequently found at the Santa Barbara Harbor buying fresh crab. See all her posts

 

[show_avatar email=139 align=left avatar_size=120]Jesus Perez
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: Jesus is a third year student in mechanical engineering with an interest in renewable energy. He will be participating in hydrogen research at CSULA next semester. Aside from school work, he actively plays baseball and has a year old Husky which keeps him busy. See all his posts

 

andyAndy Rosales Elias
Major: Computer Science
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Andy is a rising sophomore at UC Santa Barbara. Before his freshman year, Andy participated in the Summer Institute of Mathematics and Science, where he researched Machine Learning and its use on optical image recognition on handwritten numerals. Currently, Andy is participating in EUREKA! where he will conduct research on Machine Learning and its applications of Computer Vision. In his free time you can see Andy longboarding, biking, or playing soccer. See all his posts

 

sanzJoseph Sanz
Major: Chemistry
Participating in: MARC
Bio: Joseph is a third year Chemistry major currently working in Javier Read de Alaniz’s lab. Joseph’s research focuses on the use of small molecules as sensors for polymers subjected to high strain rates. Although organic synthesis is an everyday passion of his, he also loves diving in the sand of local volleyball courts and bumming around Isla Vista beaches. See all his posts

 

[show_avatar email=159 align=left avatar_size=120]Micaela Saunders
Major: Physics
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: Micaela is a transfer student attending UCSB in the Fall. For this summer she is an intern for AIM Photonics, supervised by John Bowers. She will continue to pursue research and hopes to publish before graduate school. She likes audiobooks, yoga, and oranges. See all her posts

 

[show_avatar email=137 align=left avatar_size=120]Shelby Shankel
Major: Chemistry
Participating in: MARC
Bio: Shelby is a third year Chemistry major in the College of Creative Studies at UCSB, and she works with modifying polymers in the Read de Alaniz group. She is so excited to be at UCSB this summer because she loves the lab as much as she loves the beach. She hopes to get a lot of work done and get a tan (but more likely a sunburn). See her posts

 

[show_avatar email=156 align=left avatar_size=120]Rafael Smith
Major: Biochemistry
Participating in:  Gorman
Bio: Rafael is a second year biochemistry student at UCSB with a passion for bioengineering. Defining himself as a nice guy who is trying to do nice things, Rafael hopes to make his community a better place and maybe even the world. See all his posts

 

justin-suJustin Su
Major: Chemistry
Participating in: EUREKA
Bio: Justin is a 2016 EUREKA! scholar who is passionate about biomedical research, global health, and digital cinematography. He is currently working with Dr. Zach Ma and his graduate student Mr. Adeel Lakhani to discover the unconventional functions of histone H3 lysine 4 methyltransferase complexes. His current research focuses on the roles of H3K4MT subunits and their possible effects on microtubule dynamics. See all his posts

 

franklinFranklin Tang
Major: Computer Engineering
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: Franklin is an incoming third year computer engineering major who is using his undergraduate research opportunity to choose an academic career path to pursue graduate school. See all his posts

 

 

 

[show_avatar email=155 align=left avatar_size=120]Didiel Vazquez-Morales
Major: Chemical Engineering
Participating in: AIM Photonics
Bio: Didiel is a chemical engineering major currently working in the Palmstrøm Research Group. See all his posts

 


[show_avatar email=108 align=left avatar_size=120]Jessica Wong

Major: Chemical Engineering
Participating in: MARC
Bio: Jessica is a Chemical Engineering major with a passion for biomedical science. She is currently working in Samir Mitragotri’s Lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering, developing alternatives to current drug delivery systems to better treat diseases and illnesses like diabetes and cancer! See all her posts

 

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