As Director of UC San Diego's Mechanical Engineering Design Center, Nate Delson believes in project-based learning and teaches students how to construct myriad contraptions—from robots and clocks to medical devices. An alumnus of UC San Diego, Delson received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and then went on to get a doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. Since he returned to UC San Diego in 1999, his introductory design course has been in demand, with student enrollment more than doubled in the last decade. One of Delson's group projects will be featured at UC San Diego's 50th anniversary Innovation Day Expo on Feb. 25. In this interview, he talks about the innovation that will be showcased and what lured him back to UC San Diego.
David Cheresh is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Pathology, Associate Director for Translational Research at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center and Associate Director of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine. He is a prolific researcher and scientist in the fields of cancer, vascular biology and angiogenesis. He works with a number of firms developing angiogenesis-related drug therapies.