Department Picture Gallery

2019 Graduate Division Commencement

Congratulations to all our students on successfully completing this great achievement!

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Fall 2018 Graduate Student Orientation

The Department of NanoEngineering held its annual Graduate Student Orientation on Friday, September 21 - 22, 2018.  This year we welcomed 51 new students to our Masters and PhD programs. The orientation included on-campus presentations from faculty and staff, discussion with student services and organizations, a taco luncheon on the patio, and a BBQ at the beach. Congratulations to the new Graduate and PhD students!

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NanoEngineering Undergraduate Open House

We held our first annual Undergraduate Open House on Friday, September 14th where we welcomed students from various high schools in San Diego. Faculty and staff were on-hand to present program information and showcase some chemical engineering experiments.  Graduate students were also available to discuss their lab research through posters. We thank the high school kids and their advisors for coming and hope to see them and more students next year!

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Jan Talbot Retirement Party

The Department of NanoEngineering would like to offer a warm congratulations to Chemical Engineering professor and Program Director, Jan Talbot on her retirement. For her 34 years of service and her many contributions that have cultivated young engineers, we thank you. We had the pleasure of celebrating Dr. Jan Talbot at her retirement party in July of 2018.

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2018 Chemical Engineering Final Poster Presentations

Chemical Engineering students in CENG 124B, their final course of the program, presented their work at the Chemical Engineering Final Poster Presentation. Each student group had the opportunity to discuss their projects with Dr. Talbot, Dr. Russ, and course TAs.  Each poster was judged and three student groups were awarded a certificate for Best Poster. Congratulations to the winners and all the students on this huge accomplishment. 

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For more photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page.



2017 Dool Elementary STEM Visit

Professor Vazquez-Mena was invited to Dool Elementary in Calexico, CA by the school counselor, Mr. Sammy Gutierrez, and by the Student Service Coordinator of Calexico, Mrs. Hortencia Armendariz, to promote science and engineering to their students. On one of the visits, Professor Vazquez Mena explored science and engineering at the nanoscale. To help give the students perspective of the nanoscale, he coordinated an imaginary trip for the kids to explore the macro scale human organs and nanoscale proteins and DNA. They even looked at the smallest structures of atoms and electrons. On June 6th, Professor Vazquez Mena organized experiments on electrostatics, liquids and chemical reactions for fourth and sixth graders. Students were motivated and engaged on both visits, and we are thankful Professor Vazquez Mena is working to engage our youth in science and engineering.

This is the beginning of an amazing collaboration with the NanoEngineering Department. Thank you, Professor Vazquez Mena, for your contribution!

To learn more about Professor Vazquez Mena's research, visit his website.






Congratulations to our Chemical Engineering Class of 2017!

On Tuesday, June 6th our Chemical Engineering Senior Class showcased their final design projects in a poster session.  The past 2 quarters, the senior class has worked in teams to complete a chemical process design project report. This year our largest class of 60 teams had the chance to work with local San Diego companies in a variety of projects such as looking at how to improve processes for protein production for alga,  designing a waste heat system for more energy efficient solar panels, and producing a system to assist washing lettuce for an organic farm.

At the end of the session, we also recognized Mohammad Ayman Alkhadra who was chosen to receive the Huppert Memorial Outstanding Senior in Chemical Engineering Award. This award is for overall outstanding academic achievement in chemical engineering. In addition, 3 teams were recognized as for outstanding posters.

A huge thank you to the following sponsors for their support this year:

A special thank you to 3 of our UCSD Chemical Engineering Graduate Alumni who provided valuable support and input:

  • Robin V. Ihnfeldt, Ph.D., CEO at General Education and Research
  •  David Hazlebeck, Ph.D., Founder & CEO at Global Algae Innovations

  •  Ben Russ, Ph.D., Project Manager at General Atomics








May 5, 2017 - NANO Celebrations

Today the NanoEngineering Department celebrated two founding members farewell. Professor Michael Heller will be retiring at the end of the academic year and Professor Gaurav Arya is off to pursue new opportunities.

Congratulations to both!


Dr. Geert Schmid-Schoenbein, Dr. Joseph Wang, Dr. Michael Heller, and Dr. Kenneth Vechio


Dr. Joseph Wang, Dr. Gaurav Arya, and Dr. Kenneth Vechio


Dr. Gaurav Arya, Dr. Michael Heller, and NanoEngineering Staff


Dr. Joseph Wang and Dr. Michael Heller

Nano Staff has a blast to the past at the 2015 Summer All Staff Picnic

Congratulations to Jinxing Li receiving the Rudee Award for best poster at the 2015 Research Expo!

Drs. Jan Talbot & Victor Engleman

Professor Zhang receives the AIChE Allan P Colburn Award for 2014.

Nano Helpers at San Diego food bank November 2014.

Happy Halloween 2014!



Graduate Student Beach BBQ



NanoEngineering September birthday celebration.  Happy Birthday Liangfang Zhang, Dana Jimenez, Aaron Drews and Don Sirbuly.

Dr. Shaochen Chen and Dr. Chris Kelley, Director of the Division Of Discovery Science & Technology of NIBIB. Group photo of  the 2014 NIH Nagy awardees and NIBIB Officers including Dr. Roderic Pettigrew (middle) Director of NIBIB.

U.C. San Diego's first NanoEngineering Ph.D. graduate Soracha Thamphiwatana with her advisor Dr. Liangfang Zhang. 


Some of our graduate students attending the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2014, an outreach event in Washington D.C. 

The Class of 2014 NanoEngineering Program.



2014 Research Expo


3rd Annual International Graduate Student Appreciation Luncheon.  April 9, 2014

Wei Zhu from Professor Shaochen Chen's lab group in attendance.


Halloween 2013!




Congratulations Professors Ken Vecchio, Jan Talbot and Sadik Esener for 25 years of distinguished service to U.C. San Diego.

2013 United Way/ CHAD Campaign- "Race to Raise" Pod Competition

Showing Mr. Nano Tortoise a good time in our department


Halloween 2012 in NanoEngineering!

Congratulations to Jen Cha and Liangfang Zhang for their upcoming promotion to Associate Professor and to Joe Wang for his promotion to Distinguished Professor.


1st International Graduate Student Appreciation Luncheon.  April 3, 2012

Professor Joseph Wang and Wei Gao in attendance.

2011 Pancake Breakfast, the staff of NanoEngineering.

Congratulations to our 2011 dessert contest winner, Joshua Villanueva.

Somin E. Lee, LBNL, presenting for the NanoEngineering Seminar series, November 2011

Professor Joseph Wang named Honorary Professor from University Science Technology, Beijing China, August 2011.

Professor Joseph Wang with Professor Xueji Zhang, one of his previous post docs.

NanoTR7 -  Nanoscience and Technology Conference, Istanbul Turkey


Joseph Wang, Sadik Esener and colleagues


Professor Wang, plenary speaker, presents Man-Made Nanomachines for Biomedical Applications.

2011 Distinguished Teaching Awards 

Dean Seible and Chair Vecchio

Professor Talbot, Distinguished Teacher, with Chancellor Fox.

Professors Miller, Lasheras, Talbot,  Middleman

Chair Vecchio presenting award to Professor Talbot.