Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jack Keil Wolf named to National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to electrical engineering professor Jack K. Wolf. Today, he was elected to join the National Academy of Sciences.

The press release is here. (Update: May 3, 2010: The San Diego Union Tribune ran a short piece on the award.)

Some context from Larry Larson:

“If you think about saving data on a hard disk, the magnetic medium is imperfect. Jack’s innovations have allowed us to read data to and write data from these magnetic devices with near perfect fidelity. This is at the heart of the information revolution,” said Lawrence Larson, Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Info on Wolf's research:

Wolf, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Jacobs School of Engineering, is an expert in digital information storage and signal processing for digital recording. He was an early proponent of applying information and communications theory to the construction of ultra-high-density information storage. The research results of Wolf and his students have been incorporated in the design of several storage systems. Wolf leads the Signal Processing Group – dubbed the “WolfPack” – within UCSD’s Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR).

Wolf is the Stephen O. Rice Professor of Magnetics at UCSD. He earned his Ph.D. in 1960 from Princeton University, and later taught at New York University, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Wolf joined the UCSD faculty in 1984.

UCSD Triton RobotiX in Robogames AND Popular Mechanics story

UCSD Triton RobotiX...the group of Jacobs School students who builds robots for battle against other robots competed in Robogames over the weekend. Daniel (not Darren!) Yang, one of the 2010 team leaders is quoted in a Popular Mechanics story about Robogames.

According to the Triton Robotix Web site:

UCSD Triton Robotix managed to pull through and do well in the competition. With 21 entries from colleges and professionals from around the world, our robot Kraken fought its way to 5th place.

Learn more at the UCSD ASME website.

Final Tally:

Kraken vs N/A : win
Kraken vs Poppy: win
Kraken vs Dark Cyde: win
Kraken vs TSA Inspected: loss
Kraken vs Touro: loss

Grudge match challenges:

Kraken vs DracUCLA -> UCLA forfeits (but they’re cool)
Kraken vs Circle Strafe -> Caltech forfeits (but they’re still cool)
Ziggy vs Kraken+DracUCLA+Circle Strafe -> We all forfeit against CM Robotics (lolll)

Sailor Lab research highlighted in a CNN cellphones for biochemical attack sensing story

Professor Michael Sailor and his lab are mentioned in a CNN news blog story about cell phones for sensing biochemical attacks. An excerpt from the story is below:

One of the technologies being examined is a porous silicon “nose” that is based on – amazingly - the beetle shell. Professor Michael Sailor at the University of California San Diego uses silicon to mimic the way a beetle’s complex shell produces iridescence. Sailor uses chemistry to give silicon particles a sponge-like structure. The particles’ pores are designed to recognize and sop up molecules of certain toxins. So these “artificial” noses can potentially detect scores of chemical compounds.

Professor Sailor's primary appointment is in the UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, but he also holds an appointment in the Department of Bioengineering in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Solar Concentrator Video has approx 1,600 views in 6 days

1600 views for the solar concentrator video...not bad for a technial video...have YOU seen it yet?

I'm not sure where the traffic came from...according to YouTube insight, most of the views have no direct referrer link...meaning that the video spread virally.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Solar Concentrator Video on YouTube

Jason Karp and his solar concentrator have made their way to YouTube. (Today YouTube, tomoroww???)

Want more? Read the academic paper here: http://psilab.ucsd.edu/publications.html

By the way, this is Joseph Ford's lab at the Jacobs School...birthplace of "origami optics"...and the inventor of origami optics, Jason Tremblay earned his PhD and is a postdoc in the Ford lab.

Caption: Electrical engineering Ph.D. student Jason Karp won the 2010 Rudee Research Expo Outstanding Poster Award. His winning poster: “Planar Micro-Optic Solar Concentration”.

photo credit (above): UC San Diego / Erik Jepsen

Caption: The new solar concentrator design (right) from UC San Diego collects sunlight with thousands of small lenses imprinted on a common sheet. All these lenses couple into a flat “waveguide” which funnels light to a single photovoltaic cell. Older system designs (left) require many photovoltaic cells which each need to be aligned and electrically connected.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Solar Concentrator Video

Above is a video of Jason Karp talking about the technology that won him top prize at Research Expo 2010.

Check out the list of departmental winners and honorable mentions here.

I'm excited to see what happens with this technology...which Karp et al published earlier this year in Optics Express. (Check out the PDF here).

Update (2:55 pm on April 20): the "post event" site for Research Expo 2010 is live.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Research Expo Poster Winners by Department

Congratulations to all six students who won top honors for the departmental category at Research Expo 2010.

Poster title: “Real-Time Monitoring of Sustained Drug Release with Photonic Porous Silicon Particles”
Student: Elizabeth Chung Pui Wu
Faculty advisor: Michael Sailor

Computer Science and Engineering
Poster title: “Energy Management in Virtualized Environments”Additional student author: Gaurav Dhiman
Faculty advisor: Tajana Simunic-Rosing

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Poster title: “Planar Micro-Optic Solar Concentration”
Student: Jason Harris Karp
Faculty advisor: Joseph Ford

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Poster title: “Multifunctional Nanowire Systems for Drug Delivery”
Student: Karla Sue Brammer
Faculty advisor: Sungho Jin

Poster title: “An Early Point-of-Care Shock Diagnostic: Clinically Relevant Detection of Protease Activity in Whole Blood”
Student: Roy Brian Lefkowitz
Faculty advisors: Michael Heller and Geert Schmid-Schönbein

Structural Engineering
Poster title: “Nonlinear Ultrasonic Guided Waves for Health Monitoring of Prestressing Tendons in Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures”
Student: Claudio Nucera Faculty
Advisor: Francesco Lanza di Scalea

Science and Engineering Library Award for Best Use of the Literature
Poster title: “An Early Point-of-Care Shock Diagnostic: Clinically Relevant Detection of Protease Activity in Whole Blood”
Student: Roy Brian Lefkowitz
Faculty advisors: Michael Heller and Geert Schmid-Schönbein

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Poster title: “Solar Fuel From CO2: A Stand-Alone Off-Grid Device”
Student: Aaron John Sathrum
Faculty advisor: Clifford P. Kubiak

Honorable Mentions by Department (below):

Poster title: “Design and Characterization of an Injectable Pericardial Matrix Gel: A Potentially Autologous Scaffold for Cardiac Tissue Engineering”
Student: Sonya B Seif-Naraghi
Faculty: Karen Christman

Computer Science and Engineering
Poster title: “Localizing Objects In Images By Combining Contextual Cues”
Student: Carolina Galleguillos
Faculty: Serge Belongie and Gert Lanckriet

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Poster title: “Silicon Nanowire Phototransistors for Ultra High Responsivity Visible and Infrared Detection”
Students: Arthur Yasheng Zhang and Hongkwon Kim
Faculty: Yu-Hwa Lo

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Poster title: “New Studies and Observations Highlighting Alternative Techniques to Mitigate Runaway Electron Effects in Tokamak Rapid Shutdowns”
Student: Alexander Nevil Tronchin-James
Faculty: George Tynan

Poster title: “A Plausible Mechanism for H4-K16 Acetylation Triggered Unfolding of Chromatin”
Student: Darren Yang
Faculty: Gaurav Arya

Structural Engineering
Poster title: “Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction for Wind Energy Applications”
Student: Ming-Chen Hsu
Faculty: Yuri Bazilevs

jason karp video on its way

I'm about to export the first version of my interview with Jason Karp, the electrical engineering graduate student who won best poster at Research Expo 2010 at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Congrats to Jason Karp: Research Expo Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to Jason Karp, the electrical engineering PhD student who won the top prize at Research Expo 2010.

His Project: a New Solar Concentrator Design

A new solar concentrator designed by electrical engineering Ph.D. student Jason Karp cuts the number of required photovoltaic cells and could lead to less expensive and more environmentally friendly solar installations. Existing high-efficiency solar cells incorporate optics to focus the sun hundreds of times and can deliver twice the power of rigid solar panels. But these systems typically use arrays of individual lenses that focus directly onto independent photovoltaic cells which all need to be aligned and electrically connected. In contrast, the new solar concentrator collects sunlight with thousands of small lenses imprinted on a common sheet. All these lenses couple into a flat “waveguide” which funnels light to a single photovoltaic cell. The engineers from the Photonic Systems Integration Laboratory led by electrical engineering professor Joseph Ford built a working prototype with just two primary optical components, thus reducing materials, alignment and assembly. This solar concentrator is compatible with high-volume, low-cost manufacturing.

It's Poster Judging Time! Research Expo 2010 poster session has begun!

I interviewed a bunch of students while they were setting up their posters this morning. Here is part of the first interview (30 seconds on YouTube)...more later...but now I'm off to the actual poster session. Hot posters are here...but who will win for best research poster this year???

Robot: Toy Potential

When a robot has "toy potential" you know it's gotta be cool.

Today at Research Expo, Mechanical engineering students from the Jacobs School will unveil a new and improved iFling, a fun, remote-controlled robot vehicle that can, among other tasks, pick up and throw ping pong balls. iFling was designed using a new 3D printer and has potential commercial use as a toy, according to professor Thomas Bewley.

Bewley's students will also showcase Switchblade and four other student-designed robots TODAY April 15 at the Jacobs School’s annual Research Expo April 15.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Acne Coconut Oil and NanoBomb...the movie

Here is the short version of the video profile of the bioengineering graduate student who is creating a smart nano-bomb system for delivering a derivative of coconut oil to bacteria that cause common acne.

Below is the long version...for folks who can spare another 90 seconds in order to get some more details on how the system actually works.

Treat Acne with Coconut Oil and Nano-Bombs

San Diego, CA, April 14, 2010 -- A natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk – lauric acid -- shines as a possible new acne treatment thanks to a bioengineering graduate student from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. The student developed a “smart delivery system” – published in the journal ACS Nano in March – capable of delivering lauric-acid-filled nano-scale bombs directly to skin-dwelling bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) that cause common acne.

On Thursday April 15, bioengineering graduate student Dissaya “Nu” Pornpattananangkul (pictured) will present her most recent work on this experimental acne-drug-delivery system at Research Expo, the annual research conference of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

i'm working on the video now...will post shortly...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Research Expo Hot Posters

We put together summaries of a hand full of posters that grad students will present on Thursday at Research Expo. Read about the hot posters here. Below is one such poster...and it has to be hot...just look at the heat pulsing from that photos above. What is it? It's the new composite material...and it's both strong and tough. So look out! And look up more cool posters here.

New Material: Strong and Tough

NanoEngineers have created a new class of materials that are both incredibly strong and tough — an attribute combination that has traditionally been difficult to find in the same material. The new structural materials, which could find their way into aerospace and biomedical applications, are lighter than steel and twice as strong. The materials withstand high stress without permanent deformation; and when they do deform, they bend before they break. The materials are relatively inexpensive because they are made from materials already used in titanium alloys. NanoEngineering Ph.D. Hesham Khalifa, working in NanoEngineering Department Chair, Professor Kenneth Vecchio’s research group, helped create the new one-step process for fabricating these “bulk metallic glass composite materials.” The materials were formulated on the computer, using modeling approaches to properly design nanoscale atomic clusters. A next step in the research is to begin customizing bulk metallic glass composites with tailored properties. One possibility: a metallic material with stiffness that begins to approach that of human bone and could be used in bone-implant technologies of the future.

Faculty Talks at Research Expo on Thursday April 15

The faculty talks at Research Expo 2010 on Thursday look pretty sweet to me...too bad there are two concurrent tracks...I'd like to hear/see all of them. All of the talks touch tough on energy or energy efficiency in some way. (Check out hot student posters at Research Expo )

Session One (3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.)

Bioengineering: "Integrated Systems Neuroengineering," by Gert Cauwenberghs.

The convergence of wireless silicon integrated systems, neurotechnology, and machine intelligence offers unprecedented opportunities to advance the effectiveness, efficiency, affordability, and ease of brain interfaces for neurological monitoring and human-machine communication. We present examples of such advances in wireless non-contact electroencephalogram (EEG) brain activity sensors, and other highly energy efficient, non obtrusive health monitoring devices for body area sensor networks.

Bioengineering: "Therapeutic application of nitric oxide releasing hybrid hydrogel/glass nanoparticles," by Pedro Cabrales.

Given the important role of nitric oxide in pathophysiologic states, controlled and sustained intravascular nitric oxide delivery could profoundly impact treatment of cardiovascular disease and other health problems. Nitric oxide is generated through thermal reduction of nitrite and then trapped within dry hybrid hydrogel/glass nanoparticles, and its release is controlled through hydration. The potential for using nitric oxide to treat cardiovascular, inflammatory, thrombotic disorders and infectious disease complications will be presented.

Electrical and Computer Engineering: "Quantum Structures for Photovoltaic Applications," by Paul Yu.

The harvesting of solar energy critically depends on the capture and conversion of solar energy, and the transport of energy in usable forms to the users. Quantum wells, quantum dots and nanowires are potential candidates for enhancing the conversion efficiencies in future solar cells. Their status will be presented.

Electrical and Computer Engineering: "Power Estimation and Optimization Techniques for On-Chip Interconnection Networks," by Bill Lin.

Networks-on-Chips (NoCs) are an important class of interconnection fabric for both chip multiprocessors and systems-on-chips. High-quality, early-stage design exploration is needed to understand the power-delay-area tradeoffs. However, existing architectural estimation models, in one way or another, assume a specific architecture and underlying circuit implementation. Furthermore, existing NoC optimizations do not incorporate traffic behavior of the target applications. These two failings limit the quality of NoC design space exploration and result in designs that are not well-matched to the corresponding applications. In this talk, I will describe our ongoing work on the use of statistical learning techniques to automate the generation of accurate architectural-level power estimation models and our ongoing work on trace-driven NoC optimizations.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: "Thermoelectric materials for waste heat to useful energy conversion: The role of Nanotechnology," by Prab Bandaru.

In this talk, Prof. Bandura will explain how thermoelectric materials can be used to convert heat to electricity. Over the past few years, theoretical calculations and laboratory demonstrations have implied that nanostructures, such as quantum wells, nanowires, and quantum dots could be used to increase the figures of merit by an order of magnitude.
The Promise and Challenges of Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Renkun Chen, Professor By turning the sunlight into heat, one can potentially harness the whole spectrum of the solar radiation, whereas a photovoltaic solar cell can only utilizes a part of the solar spectrum. The heat can then be converted into electricity by several different technologies, such as thermophotovoltaics (TPV), thermoelectrics (TE), and traditional thermodynamics heat engines. Recent research progress and scientific and technical challenges associated with these technologies will be discussed.

Research Expo Faculty Talks Session Two (3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Computer Science and Engineering: "Cyber-Physical Energy Systems," by Rajesh Gupta.

Societal use of energy presents one of the exciting opportunities for use of embedded computing in improving energy efficiency from datacenters to buildings. In this talk, we explore the notion of "collaborative heterogeneity" in building communication and computing systems that can be aggressively duty-cycled.

Computer Science and Engineering: "Energy-Efficient Computing," by Tajana Simunic Rosing

Whether it is low power devices, or large servers, understanding how energy is spent in computing systems is the key goal of research from the System Energy Efficiency Lab. We start with measurement, characterization and modeling of computing systems, and then design and implement new energy management strategies to ensure excellent performance with low energy consumption.

NanoEngineering: "Materials Challenges for Electric Energy Storage & Conversion," by Shirley Meng.

New and improved materials for energy storage are urgently required to make more efficient use of our finite supply of fossil fuels, and to enable the effective deployment of renewable energy sources. In this talk, Prof. Shirley Meng explains that by combining knowledge-guided synthesis/characterization and ab initio computation we can develop and optimize new nanomaterials for low-cost, high energy and more reliable electric energy storage.

Structural Engineering: "Advanced Modeling and Large-Scale Simulation of Wind Turbines," by Yuri Bazilevs.

Yuri Bazilevs will explain how wind is a major source of alternative energy and how wind turbines harvest wind energy and convert it to electricity and power. His work addresses current modeling deficiencies and focuses on developing an advanced geometry modeling and simulation framework for large-scale computational analysis of wind turbines.

Dr. Andrew Viterbi is Keynote Speaker at UCSD on April 30

The UCSD Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR), the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and The Information Theory and Applications Center (ITA) at UCSD are hosting The 8th Annual Shannon Memorial Lecture.

When? Friday, April 30, 2010 2:30 PM - Pre-Lecture Reception in the CMRR Lobby
Then? 4:00 PM - Lecture in the Calit2 Auditorium - Atkinson Hall
Who? Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andrew Viterbi, 2010 IEEE Medal of Honor Recipient

Inquiries: Phone: (858-534-6707)
Email: bmanoulian@ucsd.edu

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Next Silicon Revolution

The next silicon revolution is underway, and electrical engineers from the Jacobs School (pictured above) are in the thick of things.

"On-demand video delivered wirelessly is a tidal wave that is sweeping through communications networks on a worldwide basis, and it creates tremendous technical challenges at all layers of the network,” said Lawrence Larson, Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. “In order to accommodate this soaring demand, wireless communications devices will have to operate at higher frequencies and wider bandwidths in order to supply the data. Visualize the link between the cell phone tower and your smartphone as a straw. That only lets a limited amount of data through at any one time. In the next few years, we are trying to turn the straw into a fire hose.”

And research into just how to turn a straw into a fire hose led to 23 accepted UCSD papers at IMS and RFIC 2010. This new research is from the labs of electrical engineering professors Gabriel Rebeiz, Lawrence Larson, Peter Asbeck and James Buckwalter. The largest number of papers is from the Rebeiz lab. The 23 papers are “… a factor of two more than any other university, and show the dominance of UCSD in this field,” explained electrical engineering professor Gabriel Rebeiz. Seven of the 28 papers in the IMS student paper award category are from UCSD. “This shows the quality of the UCSD papers,” Rebeiz said. In addition to papers, the UCSD electrical engineers will present in six workshops and two panel sessions. At IMS, Prof. Rebeiz will also receive the 2010 IEEE MTT Distinguished Educator Award.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

UCSD Systems Biology / Bioinformatics Expert in Science

Bioengineering professor Bernhard Palsson is quoted in a story in the careers section of Science Magazine called, "Systems Biology and Bioinformatics: Something for Everyone."

Below is an excerpt from the Science story by Chris Tachibana:

The list of specific areas within systems biology is almost comically long, and includes everything from cutting-edge computer science to traditional life sciences. Fortunately, in this field, collaboration is the name of the game. Galetti Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Bernhard Palsson says systems biology includes "an understanding of networks, biological systems and linear algebra, genomics and genetics, the biochemistry of gene products, and how everything fits into the three-dimensional architecture of the cell." Hlatky says that attacking the complex, nonlinear nature of biology requires "a team of individuals collectively versed in the traditional biological as well as the quantitative sciences, from cell and molecular biology to physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics."

Palsson leads the Systems Biology Research Group within the Department of Bioengineering in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineernig.

San Diego / Southern California Earthquake Map from USGS

USGS ShakeMaps

ShakeMap is a product of the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program in conjunction with regional seismic network operators. ShakeMap sites provide near-real-time maps of ground motion and shaking intensity following significant earthquakes. These maps are used by federal, state, and local organizations, both public and private, for post-earthquake response and recovery, public and scientific information, as well as for preparedness exercises and disaster planning.

Southern California ShakeMap is here.

A full list of the ShakeMaps is below:


btw, the times in the ShakeMaps are given in UTC or "coordinated universal time". At the link below, you can toggle back and forth between UTC and Pacific Time.

Pacific Time in UTC is here.

Pacific Time in "Pacific Time" is here.

Magnitude 7.2, Baja California, April 4, 2010

HPWREN sent around an interesting link from NEES@UCSB about the Magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Baja, California on April 4, 2010. The story is by Hank Ratzesberger, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).

Caption for image above: Ground and downhole acceleration was recorded at depths of 5.5, 8.5, 30 and 100 meters. The Wildlife and other sites operated by NEES@UCSB are among a handful of sites with dense instrumentation at strategic soil layer depths. Highly instrumented and thoroughly characterized, the sites provide a laboratory to test modeling of soil and seismic wave properties.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stefan Savage in Cybersecurity Roundtable

UC San Diego computer science professor Stefan Savage participated in what appears to have been an interesting roundtable on cybersecurity organized by The San Diego Daily Transcript. The headline and summary of the SDDT story is below.
Grad students who work with professor savage are on the cover of a recent issue of the alumni magazine Pulse. The associated Pulse cybersecurity story is here.

Think you Know EBU1? Check again!

On April 10, 2010, the Jacobs School of Engineering will re-dedicate its "Jacobs Hall" in honor of Irwin and Joan Jacobs and their leadership support for the Jacobs School.

Irwin Jacobs is a former Jacobs School professor and the co-founder of San Diego telecommunications giants Qualcomm and Linkabit. Built in 1988, the building entry (EBU-1) has been remodeled to create a welcoming new space for students, faculty, and visitors.

The new atrium-style lobby includes a digital gallery, serving as both a living laboratory for visualization research, and a showcase for innovation throughout the Jacobs School. It will include a large, multi-tiled display known as the HIPerspace Wall, as well as a peripheral-free 3D video screen, webcams, and other technologies.

Qualcomm Conference Center is a major new feature of Jacobs Hall, made possible by a gift from the company. This 120-seat auditorium provides space for educational programs, meetings, and special events. Adjacent to the conference room and lobby are new administrative homes for the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement, and Jacobs School Engineering Student Services.

Two Bioengineering Undergraduates Win Goldwater Scholarship

Two bioengineering undergraduates from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering recently won the Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship aims to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster leadership and excellence in those fields.

The UCSD winners of this national scholarship are bioengineering junior Scott Revelli and Ryan Chuang, a junior double majoring in bioengineering: biotechnology and human biology.
Ryan Chuang is a Jacobs Scholar and a participant in the Med Scholars Program -- a seven or eight-year Bachelor/Medicine (M.D.) program that accepts up to twelve highly qualified California high school seniors each year, and grants them provisional acceptance into the UCSD School of Medicine. Chuang plans to earn an M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He hopes to conduct research in oncology and teach at the university level.

Scott Revelli participated in UCSD’s Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program. Read all about Scott’s PRIME summer in Melbourne, Australia here. In addition to enjoying Australia, Revelli performed biomedical research. Read his final report: “Determining the Optimal Pacing Sites for Biventricular Pacing the Failing Heart with Left Bundle Branch Block.” His UCSD mentors were bioengineering professor Andrew McCulloch and Dr. Roy C. P. Kerckhoffs, an Assistant Project Scientist in Professor Andrew McCulloch's Cardiac Mechanics Research Group in the Department of Bioengineering.

Last year, Revelli won the Genentech PR&D 2009 Outstanding Junior Award. His future plans? To develop medical devices.

Goldwater Scholarships

The "Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program and Excellence in Education Foundation" was created in 1986. The scholarship aims to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster leadership and excellence in those fields.

Scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding potential for pursuit of careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.