We are delighted to congratulate 2021 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellows: CNSI Co-Director, Megan Valentine, and CNSI Members Sumita Pennathur, Linda Petzold and Dennis Clegg.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Megan Valentine has agreed to serve as Co-Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Previously, Professor Valentine was Associate Director of CNSI at UC Santa Barbara. This move represents unprecedented growth for the Institute and an increased dedication to serving the needs of California. “We are fortunate to have someone of Megan’s caliber and experience step up to help guide CNSI,” said Professor Craig Hawker who will continue as Co-Director.
The California Institutes for Science and Innovation celebrate their 20th anniversary. In December 2000, Gov. Gray Davis created four UC-based California Institutes of Science and Innovation to support interdisciplinary research in fields that were critical to the state's economic future: Biomedicine, bioengineering, nanosystems, telecommunications and information technology.
A group of researchers at UCSB, including materials professors Dan Gianola, Tresa Pollock and Irene Beyerlein and postdoctoral researcher Fulin Wang, combine theory and experiment in this project, described in a recent article in Science.
The Center for Scientific Computing (CSC) at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and the MRL are managing a new, state-of-the-art graphics processing unit (GPU) computer cluster that was installed on campus this month. This GPU was funded by a $400,000 Campus Cyberinfrastructure(CC*) grant from the National Science Foundation to accelerate scientific computing workloads.
CNSI researchers will participate in three of the five new Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. These research centers have been established to support the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018, meant to “accelerate the development of quantum information science and technology applications” to benefits to national security, the economy and scientific discovery.
Congratulations to CNSI Director Craig Hawker for winning the American Chemical Society Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success!
This ACS National Award recognizes "outstanding entrepreneurs who have created a commercially viable business within the chemical enterprise. The hallmark of this award is impact: positive impact on people's lives and positive impact on the economy by creating chemistry jobs that produce a significant economic benefit.”
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $25 million over five years to establish the NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute (QLCI) for Present and Future Quantum Computation. Facilitated by the California Institute for Quantum Entanglement (CAIQuE), a UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI), the QLCI for Present and Future Quantum Computation connects UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles and UC Santa Barbara with five other universities around the nation and in California.