UCR Student Receives Grant in Sustainable Design Competition

(Includes excerpts from the article written by Sean Nealon and published by UCR Today on July 19, 2013)

Raul Delga Delgadillo, a University of California, Riverside student recently learned he will receive a $15,000 grant from an EPA national sustainable design competition for his idea to capture energy from ocean currents.


Raul Delga Delgadillo stands in front of the flow tank he will use in his research. Photo source: UCR Today

Delgadillo, who will be a senior this fall at the Bourns College of Engineering, plans to spend the upcoming school year building a small-scale turbine and buoy system and testing it in a flow tank to determine the best way to maximize energy extraction. He expects the system will provide as much energy as an average wind turbine. His research comes shortly after the U.S. Department of Energy said wave and tidal energy, combined with other water-powered sources, could provide 15 percent of the United States’ electricity by 2030.

“The ocean remains an untapped frontier as a renewable energy source,” Delgadillo said. “I’m hoping to change that.”

The idea for Delgadillo’s EPA P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability entry came out of a project for the Sustainable Product Design course taught by V. Sundararajan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Delgadillo’s project proposes several innovative designs: the buoy, which will allow the device to move around until an optimum location is found, and the telescoping feature on the turbine, which allows it to vary in height and remain stationary if waves are present.

In the coming months, Delgadillo will perform experiments in a flow tank in the lab of Marco Princevac, an associate professor of mechanical engineering. He will then use the data he gathers to write a proposal for a second round of funding, for $90,000, from the EPA. He will find out in spring 2014 whether he receives that money, which would allow him to take the design to a real world application.

Raul Delga Delgadillo is an example of the significant impact University of California, Riverside has on its students, serving as a Catalyst for Innovation both in the classroom and out developing potentially global solutions.

Read the full article as published on June 18, 2013 by UCR Today.

Huffington Post Features Riverside’s World-Changing Technology and Tech-Commercialization Firm ieCrowd

Kite_Stack2On July 16, 2013 Huffington Post published an article by contributor Mei Mei Fox that featured Riverside-based ieCrowd’s mosquito-repelling technology, Kite, and the world-changing impact that it could have – especially in Malaria-affected places such as Uganda where hundreds of millions of people die every year from the mosquito-borne disease. Fox, through her story, applauded both the potential for the product as well as the game-changing business model of ieCrowd. The article, “KITE: Making Humans Invisible to Mosquitos”, showcases Riverside as a ‘Location of Choice‘ for innovation that changes the world thanks to the work of local companies like ieCrowd and the high-quality research being conducted at UC Riverside.

Read the full story here.

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Local Business Owner Honored for Contributions to the Community and Region

Frank Montes and Inland Body and Paint Center were honored by Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, as the Small Business of the Year for the 40th Assembly District at a ceremony held in Sacramento last month.

“I am pleased to honor Frank Montes and Inland Body and Paint Center for their many contributions to the Riverside and San Bernardino communities,” said Morrell.  “For over twenty years, they have painted and repaired thousands of cars and trucks, helping to get individuals and business owners safely on the road again.  Most importantly, Frank has given so much to the community – volunteering to help more local small businesses thrive and to make Riverside a better place for all.  I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition than Frank and his team.”

Riversider Frank Montes (pictured with his wife, Arlene), owner of Inland Body & Paint Center, was honored as the Small Business of the Year for California’s 40th Assembly District (Image source: Inland Body & Paint Center Facebook page)

Riversider Frank Montes (pictured with his wife, Arlene), owner of Inland Body & Paint Center, was honored as the Small Business of the Year for California’s 40th Assembly District (Image source: Inland Body & Paint Center Facebook page)

In addition to growing his successful small business that is located in Fontana, owner Frank Montes and his wife Arlene are active members of the Riverside community.  Frank works tirelessly to further the success of non-profit corporations and expand opportunities for all businesses in the region, but with an emphasis on minority-owned businesses as the chairman of the board of the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and as Southern California Director for the Latin American and Caribbean Business Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a board member of the Burn Institute Inland Empire and is actively involved with the National Latino Peace Officers Association San Bernardino-Riverside County Chapter.

The Small Business of the Year award is given annually in each Assembly and Senate district across the state to honor remarkable small businesses in California that are improving the economy and making a difference in their communities.  Morrell recognized Montes for his leadership, successful business, and community involvement at an event held in Sacramento. Frank and Arlene are shining examples of ‘Riverside Champions’ doing what they can to not only improve the local economy, but to increase the quality of life for other area residents.

Source: Assembly Morrell’s Official Website

Short Documentary Made at UCR ARTSblock Takes Prize at the PBS Student Media Festival

(Source: http://www.UCR.edu)

The short documentary film, “Italia Garcia — Dream Activist,” produced by teenagers last summer in a UC Riverside ARTSblock video workshop, recently won a prize in the PBS 47th Annual California Student Media Festival’s Secondary After School/Extra-Curricular category.

The film was the result of a free summer “Off the Block” workshop that teaches teenagers ages 15-19 how to produce a short video documentary, including interviewing, filming, and editing. This summer’s 24 teen producers, chosen from among a large field of applicants, [began] their work Tuesday, July 9, instructor Scott Hernandez said.

UCR ARTSblock, a downtown complex that provides a cultural meeting ground for town and campus (read: ‘Location of Choice‘), is seeking grant money to help continue the annual workshops. Documentary topics are those vital to teens and the Inland area, Hernandez said; for example, last year’s videos included a short on small businesses trying to stay afloat.

The approximate nine-minute video tells how Italia Garcia, now a UC Riverside student, speaks out for the dreams and rights of the undocumented. Born in Mexico City, she came to the United States at age 10. When enrolled at Riverside Community College, she ran successfully for student body president, feeling it would motivate others. She said the California Dream Act, which since has become law, would allow her to apply for financial aid instead of working two or three jobs while attending college full time at UC Riverside; the proposed federal act would allow her to work for her citizenship.

“Italia Garcia — Dream Activist” is an example of Riverside’s creative spirit working together to improve the lives of others through visual storytelling. The film was the project of students Je’Don (Roc) Carter, Jordan Tick, Marianna Crespin, Cassandra Garcia. Instructors were Hernandez and Jason Chou. Mentors were: Jasper Bernbaum, Grace Cohen, Mikenzie Denholtz, Philipp Girke, Michael Papavero, Sarinah Simons, and Isabel Flores. PBS SoCal plans to show the winning videos on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Riverside Research Helps Develop Electronic ‘Nose’ to Scan for Pesticides in Food

Research conducted at UC Riverside and now being brought to the market by local technology commercialization firm, ieCrowd, will help allow toxins and pathogens to be scanned for in the global food supply chain, showcasing once again how Riverside is a ‘Catalyst for Innovation‘ working together to have a positive global impact on the world.

The nano sensor array developed by Nosang Myung. Photo source: UCR Today.

In the July 2, 2013 Digital Journal, Tim Sandle reported that an electronic sensor has been developed to identify pesticides in food. The device uses a nano-sensor array that can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances that can emanate from food.

Toxins can be small molecules, peptides, or proteins that are capable of causing disease on contact with or absorption by body tissues. Food can become contaminated upon contact with certain toxins, leading to health issues. One example of a toxin is the metal mercury.

In addition, a prototype of the instrument can ‘smell’ pesticides, biological weapons, gas leaks, and other harmful scents. Currently, the nose is four-by-seven inches, but there are plans to shrink it down to the size of a credit card. There are three basic versions of the device: handheld, wearable, and smart phone.

Nosang Myung, a professor at the UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering who was involved with the project said to the magazine Controlled Environments that: “I have been working on this technology for nearly a decade. It’s great to see commercial interest in it.”

To read the full article as published in the Digital Journal, click here.

ieCrowdRiverside-based ieCrowd (Innovation Economy Crowd) is a unique crowd-powered platform for transforming innovations into high-growth ventures with global impact potential. Click here to visit the team’s website: www.iecrowd.com.

Collaborative and Perseverant Leadership Key to Success in Securing State Funding for UC Riverside School of Medicine

On June 27, 2013 a budget compromise was worked out and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that ensured UC Riverside’s School of Medicine will receive full and continuous funding of $15 million per year — long-sought assistance that enables the school to flourish and greatly facilitates its ongoing accreditation.

“The creation and development of the medical school has been the vision of many at UC Riverside and in our community for many years,” said UC Riverside Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley in a press release issued by the university announcing the funding had been secured.  “Today we reached a milestone for the health of our region and the future of UCR.”

Throughout the past several years, the unified and active leadership of a large number organizations and individuals in the Riverside region have kept the project moving forward against incredible odds.  (Read more on past efforts…)

The UC Riverside School of Medicine Research Building.
(Photo by Peter Phun)

In the latest press release, Conoley said the leadership of Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) was critical to funding the UC Riverside School of Medicine.  Both campaigned on getting on-going funding for the medical school, and after election both immediately introduced legislation to that effect.

Roth called the $15 million of ongoing state money in this year’s state budget a victory for the medical school, the health of the people of Inland Southern California, as well as the regional economy. “This victory will benefit all of us today and our families for generations to come,” he said.

Medina said the Legislature took a major step forward to meet the area’s need for doctors and healthcare providers.  “The UC Riverside Medical School will also advance the economic competitiveness of the region, bringing much needed jobs within the health related fields,” he said.

“Without their leadership, without their efforts elevating this as a budget priority, it would not have been successful,” said Patrick Lenz, the UC’s vice president for budget, and one of the chief architects of the agreement.

To read the full press release issued by UCR, click here.

Ryan Bonaminio Park Celebrates Community, Honors Fallen Officer

(Includes excerpts from the article written by Alicia Robinson, Press-Enterprise)

Everyone who came to the grand opening of Riverside’s Ryan Bonaminio Park on Saturday, June 29, had their own reason to be happy.

Riverside Mayor William "Rusty" Bailey displays a plaque for the new Sam Evans Field, home of Evans Little League, during the opening celebration of Ryan Bonaminio Park in Riverside on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Photo: DAVID BAUMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey displays a plaque for the new Sam Evans Field, home of Evans Little League, during the opening celebration of Ryan Bonaminio Park in Riverside on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

For Sofia Parada, 8, it was exciting to have fresh, new fields where she can play softball.

Down at the west end of the park, volunteers with the 1-acre community garden were smiling because they were finally able to start planting. They’ve got two demonstration plots going, some fruit trees are in place, and there’s more to come.

And while they hadn’t waited as long as the Little League folks or gardeners, the park opening was perhaps most important to a wide swath of the community who came to pay tribute to slain police officer Ryan Bonaminio, including his family and friends.

“Ryan was a hometown hero,” Riverside police Chief Sergio Diaz told several hundred people who sweated in the summer heat Saturday. “His life was short but full of significance.”

The opening of Ryan Bonaminio Park celebrates the ‘Unified City‘ that the Riverside strives to be, working together to create a better quality of life while honoring those that have already made the community a better place.

To read the full article as published on PE.com, click here. For more pictures from the June 29, 2012 Grand Opening event, click here.