Humans of BSOE

Biomolecular Engineering

I study different animal species both living and extinct by analyzing their genomes. One project, specifically, is studying the genomic health of puma populations.
Computer Science and Engineering

I’m working on large archival storage systems—things like capturing scientific data which you’re going to store for a long time and slowly process it and how to make them cheaper, more reliable, more energy efficient. Currently a lot of scientific institutes capture a lot of data and they slowly go through it, step by step.
Computer Science

My research work is on something that I’m defining as casual creators, which is a genre of creativity software that nobody has identified yet but a lot of examples of these exist. It turns out there’s this entire other genre of software that’s for casual creators, people who are using this thing autotelically, which means for its own purpose.
Electrical and Computer Engineering

"I’m working on a multifocus microscope that is able to capture 3D images. With most conventional microscopy techniques you can look at the image of only one plane at the same time and you have to move your sample and scan through that sample. But in this case we get all the information at once."
Biomolecular Engineering

I work with a method called EVIP, which stands for expression-based variant-impact phenotyping, and basically what that means is we use expression data, like RNA-Seq, to predict the function of different mutations that happen in cancer.
Yegeta Zeleke
Electrical and Computer Engineering

"The great thing about Baskin School of Engineering is the fact that it provide great mentorship and easy transition to graduate programs."
Electrical and Computer Engineering

"I like that there’s a sense of community here. I also like that it’s very interdisciplinary. Collaborating with biologists keeps me on my toes because I have to learn biology and all these other things."
Applied Mathematics

"I’m mentoring an undergrad right now and what I realized over the course of working with him is the importance of giving students support. My professors and older grad students always gave me that support so it feels good for me to pay that forward."
Biomolecular Engineering

"I study genetic ancestry in drosophila, AKA the fruit fly. The goal of this research is mainly to understand how we can incorporate diverse populations into our study."
Electrical and Computer Engineering

"What I like about the Baskin School of Engineering is the research being done in AI and machine learning and the collaboration happening between departments so they can help build off of each other in ways that they weren’t intuitively familiar with."
Raquel Barata
Statistics

"The professors have this work hard/play hard attitude, which sounds cliche, but not a lot of other statistics departments prioritize balance the way our professors do. And that’s what sold me on coming here."
Biomolecular Engineering

"Nanopore sequencing was developed here at UC Santa Cruz. They’re one of the big leaders in using this technology. I saw a really interesting opportunity to apply those types of technologies to my research."
Gunjan Sinha
Computer Engineering (1991)

"I see myself as a problem solver, and this I owe to my engineering background, because I’m constantly defining a problem, then breaking it down into smaller and smaller pieces until I can solve it with technology.”
Francisco Beltran
Applied Mathematics and Statistics (2014)

"The skills and lessons I learned at UC Santa Cruz have largely influenced the manner in which I approach my current research on a daily basis. The high standards for rigorous statistical analysis have carried forth into all aspects of my work."
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Since I was a kid I was interested in computers and really wanted to know how they work from the inside out. The curiosity is what led me to engineering.
Brenda Betancourt
Applied Mathematics and Statistics (2015)

From learning English to receiving an outstanding formation in Bayesian Statistics, my time at the Baskin School of Engineering was a life-changing experience for me.
Computer Science and Engineering

I think what makes engineers really special is their tenacity and ability to take on a challenge and make it work because at the end of the day when you finally do that it feels so rewarding.
Computational Media

I enjoy being creative but I also have an interest in technical stuff. Computer game design is a nice balance because there’s a technical-based program supplemented by art, so I can pursue both those interests in that major.
Computational Media

SpokeIt is a big team project I’m working on. It’s a game with this overarching narrative and within that game there are a bunch of therapeutic mini games that focus on different kinds of speech therapy.
Computational Media

The most exciting thing to me about engineering is that anything is possible. You gain the tools you need to create anything. If you see something wrong with the world around you, you can enact change and make it different.
Computer Science and Engineering

The mind of an engineer is very versatile because it’s problem solving. If you’re good at problem solving and you’re a good engineer, you can be good at a lot of things and you can take that thinking cap with you to a lot of fields.
Electrical and Computer Engineering

You’re definitely going to struggle a lot while you’re trying to achieve something. At the beginning of a project, we consider the final result as our goal but after we finish, the things that happen during the process become your treasure.
Biomolecular Engineering

The faculty here are really remarkable in the field and it’s kind of surprising when you can just walk by someone who worked on the Human Genome Project. That’s probably the coolest part about the school.
Computer Science and Engineering

I like having the freedom to solve problems in multiple ways. There’s never just one way in computer science to solve a problem.

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