2005 – 2014

2005

First Elusive Lightning-Quick Waveforms Captured

Researchers have for the first time been able to capture and digitize electrical signals at the rate of 1 trillion times per second, a discovery that may help scientists develop defenses against high-powered microwave weapons attacks and allow physicists to peer into the fundamental building blocks of nature. Research led by: Professor Bahram Jalali and Graduate Researcher Yan Han. (March 2005)

New Method for Generating Human Bone

Researchers discovered and isolated a natural molecule that can be used to heal fractures and generate new bone growth in patients who lack it, the most significant advancement in bone regeneration since the 1960’s. Research led by: Professor Ben Wu (April 2005)

Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration

UCLA Engineering was awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an automated, chip-based metabolic analysis tool to aid in more easily extracting and measuring metabolites in cells. (June 2005)

Water Technology Research Center

UCLA Engineering has formed a new Water Technology Research Center that will develop technologies to turn seawater into fresh water and to study methods that will minimize environmental impacts associated with desalination — the removal of salt and other pollutants from water ¬  and will seek to lower the cost of desalination by integrating it with innovative energy generation. (June 2005)

Affordable Alternative Energy Resource

Researchers hope to meet the growing demand with a new and more affordable way to harness the sun’s rays: using solar cell panels made out of everyday plastics. An innovative new plastic solar cell they hope eventually can be produced at a mere 10 to 20 percent of the current cost of traditional cells, making the technology more widely available. Research led by: Professor Yang Yang. (October 2005)


2006

Terrorism vs. Privacy

Landmark software developed by researchers may ease some privacy concerns by making the tracking of terrorist communications over the Internet more efficient, and more targeted, than ever before. Research led by: Professor Rafail Ostrovsky and graduate researcher William Skeith. (January 2006)

Dean Vijay K. Dhir Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Vijay K. Dhir, dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional honor accorded to an American engineer for his work on boiling heat transfer and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and safety. (February 2006)

New Heart Valve for Children Developed

Children with congenital heart defects may soon have an alternative to invasive open heart surgery that will mean less time in the hospital, a quicker recovery and no need to break open the breastbone. Using a super-elastic, shape-memory metal alloy called “thin film nitinol,” engineers are developing a collapsible heart valve for children that can be loaded into a catheter, inserted into a vein in the groin area, guided into place and then deployed in a precise location within the heart. As the valve is released from the catheter, it springs back to its original shape and begins to function. Research led by: Professor Gregory Carman and researcher Lenka Stepan. (February 2006)

Western Institute of Nanoelectronics

UCLA, along with the UCB, UCSB, and Stanford have teamed up to launch what will be one of the world’s largest joint research programs focusing on the pioneering technology of “spintronics” with its primary headquarters located at UCLA Engineering. The institute’s purpose is to explore and develop advanced research devices (circuits and nanosystems with performance beyond conventional devices, which are based on the current industry standard) complementary metal oxide semiconductors  with the help of the best interdisciplinary talents in the field of nanoelectronics in the world. (March 2006)

Three Highly Interconnected Nanoscale Architectures Using Spin-Wave Technology

UCLA Engineering researchers have announced a critical new breakthrough in semi-conductor spin-wave research by creating three novel nanoscale computational architectures using a technology they pioneered called “spin-wave buses” as the mechanism for interconnection. The three nanoscale architectures are not only power efficient, but also possess a high degree of interconnectivity. Research led by: Professors Mary Mehrnoosh and Kang Wang, and researcher Alexander Khitun. (May 2006)

Unhealthy Bacteria Found in L.A. Area Beaches

A new study by UCLA Engineering researchers shows that bacteria known as Escerichia coli and enterococci are prevalent in the top layer of sand at some of the area’s most popular beaches, even when the surrounding ocean water tests may test clean. Research led by: Professor Jennifer Jay and graduate researcher Christine Lee. (May 2006)

Silicon Photonics Devices

Researchers have developed a novel approach to silicon devices that combines light amplification with a photovoltaic – or solar panel – effect, which can be achieved with zero power consumption, while power is generated in the process. Research led by: Professor Bahram Jalali and researchers Sasan Fathpour and Kevin Tsia. (June 2006)

Earthquake Safety Research

Civil and environmental engineering professors and their team of researchers plan to laterally load a full-scale $1 million bridge foundation near Los Angeles International  Airport to the point of failure in a quest to improve engineers’ knowledge about how bridges react in earthquakes. Research led by: Professors Jonathan Stewart and John Wallace. (August 2006)

New Online Master’s Degree Program

Online learning has never been more accessible, and a new degree program at the UCLA School of Engineering will allow top-notch engineers to join in reaping the benefits. The program will enable engineers and computer scientists the needed flexibility to enhance their skills — and they won’t have to quit their jobs to do it. (September 2006)

Revolutionary Nanotech Water Desalination Membrane

Researchers announced they have developed a new reverse osmosis (RO) membrane that promises to reduce the amount of energy used and the cost of seawater desalination and wastewater reclamation by using a uniquely cross-linked matrix of polymers and engineered nanoparticles designed to draw in water ions but repel nearly all contaminants compared to the current class of commercial RO membranes that simply filter water through a dense polymer film and clog up over time. Research led by: Assistant Professor Eric Hoek. (November 2006)


2007

Cyber Round-the-Clock Care

A new CustoMed medical monitoring device, developed by a UCLA engineering professor in conjunction with UCLA neuroscientist, promises patients experiencing neuromotor impairment as a result of traumatic injury or chronic disease the ease and affordability of substantially shortened therapy and recovery times and the ability to complete their therapy at home while still under the watchful supervision of their doctor avoiding unnecessary and costly trips to the doctor or therapist. Research led by: Professor Majid Sarrafzadeh. (February 2007)

Professor Asad Abidi

An electrical engineering faculty member since 1985, Professor Abidi has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He has been honored for his developments of integrated circuits for wireless communication in complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor technology, such innovations that are used to fabricate all microprocessors and digital signal processors; every mass-produced wireless communication device. His work has led to new architectures in modern wireless devices and a new way of designing those circuits that enable them. (February 2007)

Quantum Electronic Systems

UCLA Engineering is teaming up with the leading researchers of five other universities on a $6 million award from the U.S. Defense Department to exploit precise biological assembly for the study of quantum mechanics in nanopartical arrays. By utilizing biology to precisely control size, spacing, composition and coupling in the arrays, the researchers will be able to examine the effects of electronic, magnetic and optical interactions at much smaller dimensions that will open a wide range of potential novel fabrication techniques, physical structures and architectures for electronics than the past. Research led by: Professor Kang Wang. (February 2007)

High-Frequency Submillimeter Waves

Researchers have achieved a new world record in high-frequency submillimeter waves at a 324-gigahertz frequency that was accomplished by using a voltage-controlled oscillator in a 90-nanometer complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit. The signal generator, which produces frequencies nearly 70 percent faster than other CMOS oscillators, paves the way for a new generation of submillimeter devices that could someday be used in high-resolution sensors on spacecraft, and here on Earth in a new class of highly integrated and lightweight imagers that could literally cut through fog and see through clothing fabrics. Research led by: Professor M.C. Frank Chang. (April 2007)

Professor Deborah Estrin

Professor of electrical engineering Deborah Estrin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes the preeminent contributions to these disciplines and to society at large. Her research has focused on the design of network and routing protocols for large global networks, including scalable multicast routing and transport protocols, self-configuring protocol mechanisms for scalability and robustness, and tools and methods for designing and studying large-scale networks. (May 2007)

Next Generation of LED Panels

UCLA researchers have achieved the highest lumens per watt ever recorded for a red phosphorescent LED using a new combination of plastic, or polymer, infused liquid – and at half the current cost. This means that visually, an LED soon will be lighter, thinner, and have a higher quality display. Research led by: Professor Yang Yang and graduate researcher Jinsong Huang. (May 2007)

Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

Researchers have developed a model that could help engineers and scientists speed up the development of hydrogen-fueled vehicles by identifying promising hydrogen-storage materials and predicting favored thermodynamic chemical reactions through which hydrogen can be reversibly stored and extracted. Research led by: Associate Professor Vidvuds Ozolins and postdoctoral researcher Alireza Akbarzadeh. (October 2007)

Rogue Waves

Researchers have succeeded in creating and capturing oceanic rogue waves traveling in the open ocean by discovering similar optical rogue waves propagating through optical fiber. Both waves obey similar mathematics allowing researchers to study maritime waves in a laboratory environment by using this newly developed novel detection method. Research led by: Professor Daniel Solli. (December 2007)


2008

More Efficient Biofuels

Researchers have developed a new method for producing next-generation biofuels by genetically modifying Escherichia coli bacteria to be an efficient biofuel synthesizer. The method could lead to mass production of these biofuels. Research led by: Professor James C. Liao and postdoctoral researcher Shota Atsumi. (January 2008)

Plastic Solar Cell Fabrication

Researchers have announced the invention of a new method for the fabrication of organic polymer solar cells by using an electronic-glue-based lamination process, combined with interface modification, to create a one-step method for semi-transparent polymer solar cell fabrication. The method eliminates the need for the expensive and time-consuming high-vacuum process used in fabrication, and the resulting device has the advantage of being low-cost and achieving high transparency for various applications. Research led by: Professor Yang Yang and researchers Jinsong Huang and Gang Li. (February 2008)

New Method for Protecting Private Data

A computer science professor and his colleagues have devised a new data-protection method they hope will put Internet criminals out of business by using a mathematical system, known as functional encryption, that will not only help to simplify the encryption of data in servers but will also allow access to the data in an intuitive way, making it much harder for hackers to gain access to sensitive information but much easier for programmers to secure it. Research led by: Associate Professor Amit Sahai. (April 2008)

World’s Fastest Bar Code Reader

Engineers have designed a bar code reader that is nearly a thousand times faster than any device currently in use. The new imaging technique enables the detection of ultrafast, non-repetitive transient phenomena in real time and can produce one-dimensional bar codes with a frame rate on the order of 25 million frames per second. Research led by: Professor Bahram Jalali and posdoctoral researcher Keisuke Goda. (September 2008)

Polymer Solar Cells with Higher Efficiency Levels

Researchers have described the design and synthesis of a new polymer for use in solar cells that has significantly greater sunlight absorption and conversion capabilities than previous polymers. Research led by: Professor Yang Yang. (November 2008)

Higher-Density Biofuels

Researchers have successfully modified Escherichia coli, a bacterium often associated with food poisoning, to produce unusually long-chain alcohols essential in the creation of biofuels that pack more energy into a smaller space and are easier to separate from water, making them less volatile and corrosive than the commercially available biofuel ethanol. Research led by: Professor James Liao. (December 2008)

Cell Phones Improving Health Monitoring

A prototype cell phone has been constructed that is capable of monitoring the condition of HIV and malaria patients, as well as testing water quality in undeveloped areas or disaster sites. Research led by: Professor Aydogan Ozcan. (December 2008)

Antibiotic and Anticancer Drugs

Researchers have successfully used the bacterium Escherichia coli to synthesize a class of natural products known as bacterial aromatic polyketides, which include important antibiotic and anticancer drugs. Research led by: Associate Professor Yi Tang and graduate students Wenjun Zhang and Yanran Li. (December 2008)


2009

World’s Fastest Camera

camera banner-smallResearchers have developed a novel, continuously running camera that captures images roughly a thousand times faster than any existing conventional camera at 6 million frames per second that may, for instance, allow one to detect the presence of very rare cells that, although few in number, signify the early stages of a disease. Research led by: Professor Bahram Jalali and researchers Keisuke Goda and Kevin Tsia. (April 2009)

Energy Frontier Research Center

The School of Engineering will be home to a multi-million dollar Energy Frontier Research Center that will focus on the creation and production of nanoscale materials for use in converting solar energy into electricity, electrical energy storage, and capturing and separating greenhouse gases, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. (May 2009)

Funding for Carbon Nanotube Research

The School of Engineering receives a gift of $2 million from alumni, James L. Easton, CEO of sports equipment company Easton Inc., to fund research on advanced carbon materials for sports equipment and aerospace applications. (May 2009)

Major Breakthrough with Water Desalination System

Researchers are working hard to help alleviate the state’s water deficit with their new mini-mobile-modular, M3, “smart” water desalination and filtration system that cuts both cost and time in creating and testing pilot facilities. Research led by: Professor Yoram Cohen, postdoctoral researcher Andi Rahardianto and graduate student Alex Bartman. (July 2009)

40th Anniversary of the Internet

Internet40imageOn Oct. 29, 1969, a UCLA Engineering team led by distinguished professor of computer science Leonard Kleinrock sent the very first message over the ARPANET, the computer network that later became known as the Internet. That event, recognized today as the moment the Internet was born, ushered in a technological revolution that has transformed communications, education, culture, business and entertainment across the globe, leading to dramatic changes in our social, political and economic lives. (October 2009)

Bacteria to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel isobutanol, which holds great potential as a gasoline alternative. Research led by: Chancellor’s Professor James C. Liao and postdoctoral scholar Wendy Higashide. (December 2009)


2010

Nanomesh

Engineering professor and her conspiring research team reveals the creation of a new graphene nanostructure called graphene nanomesh, or GNM. The new structure is able to open up a band gap in a large sheet of graphene to create a highly uniform, continuous semiconducting thin film that may be processed using standard planar semiconductor processing methods. Research led by: Assistant Professor Yu Huang. (February 2010)

Detecting Bacterial Contamination

Engineers have sped up the process of analyzing bacterial concentrations to under one hour, compared to a day, through the development of a new in-field, rapid-detection method that uses magnetic beads conjugated to specific antibodies that identify and bind fecal bacteria that are used as standards for determining the safety of recreational waters, such as E. coli and Enterococcus. Research led by: Associate Professor Jenny Jay and postdoctoral researcher Christine Lee. (March 2010)

Next Generation of Microelectronics

Researchers describe the creation of a new material incorporating spintronics that could help usher in the next generation of smaller, more affordable and more power-efficient devices. Research led by: Professor Kang L. Wang and researcher Faxian Xiu. (March 2010)

New Desalination Membrane

UCLA Engineers have unveiled a new class of reverse-osmosis membranes for desalination that resist the clogging which typically occurs when seawater, brackish water and waste water are purified due to the membrane’s novel surface topography and chemistry. Research led by: Professor Yoram Cohen and researcher Nancy H. Lin. (April 2010)

World’s Smallest Telemedicine Microscope

A UCLA engineer has created a miniature microscope, the world’s smallest and lightest for telemedicine applications that instead of using a lens to magnify objects, generates holographic images of microparticles or cells by employing a light-emitting diode to illuminate the objects and a digital sensor array to capture their images. Research led by: Assistant Professor Aydogan Ozcan. (April 2010)

Location-Based Security

A research group led by computer scientists at UCLA Engineering has proved that cryptography, the practice and study of hiding information, that is based solely on physical location is possible by using quantum mechanics. Research led by: Professor Rafail Ostrovsky. (July 2010)

High Speed Electronics Lab

Engineering professor M.C. Frank Chang’s advanced research on high-speed electronics has received a $1 million gift from alumni, Hyley Huang, to support his research on electronic displays and wireless integrated circuit designs at high data rates and high frequencies. (August 2010)

Firefighter Health

UCLA Engineering has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to establish guidelines for the health and safety of firefighters in the field by using wireless health technologies to remotely monitor firefighters in action to measure and track their fitness and health status and to help develop key interventions to improve their health. Research led by: Professor William J. Kaiser, (September 2010)

Internet for the 21st Century

The National Science Foundation has awarded a team led by UCLA Engineering researchers $7.5 million to develop a more efficient and robust Internet that can meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. (September 2010)

Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded UCLA Engineering $6 million to support the construction of the new state-of-the-art Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology. The new building will provide core research facilities that will advance energy conservation technologies for microelectronics and nanotechnology by supporting research on low-power, nonvolatile nanoelectronics; green manufacturing of novel nanomaterial-based energy technologies; and new materials for energy generation, storage and management. (October 2010)

Bacteria That Can Walk

bacteriaResearchers have found that during the initial stages of biofilm formation, bacteria can actually stand upright and “walk” as part of their adaptation to a surface. This was observed in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a biofilm-forming pathogen partly responsible for the lethal infections in cystic fibrosis. By developing a series of search engines and computer programs that use particle-tracking algorithms to quantitatively analyze time-lapse microscopy movies of bacterial motion on surfaces they may advance better methods to treat such bacterial infections. Research led by: Professor Gerard Wong. (October 2010)

Male Fertility Testing

The lens-free telemedicine microscope developed by a UCLA engineer has been adapted by researchers to instantly count the number of sperm in a sample by comparing 20 holographic images taken over 10 seconds, allowing it to identify which are moving and which are immotile compared to the old method of manually counting sperm and tracking those that are moving by viewing semen samples with an optical microscope that could only be done in a lab setting. Research led by: Assistant Professor Aydogan Ozcan, and graduate researchers Ting-Wei Su, Anthony Erlinger and Derek Tseng. (October 2010)


2011

Space Shuttle Delivers First UCLA-led Experiment to International Space Station

space-station-dhir-2011The International Space Station received its first UCLA-led research project when the Space Shuttle Discovery delivered a new scientific payload to the orbiting station. The project, led by Vijay K. Dhir, dean of the school and a distinguished professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, looked at the process of boiling under microgravity conditions. (March 2011)

Proteins as Raw Material for Biofuels, Biorefining

UCLA engineers led by Professor James C. Liao, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Chair in Chemical Engineering,  have demonstrated for the first time the feasibility of using proteins — one of the most abundant biomolecules on earth — as a significant raw material for biorefining and biofuel production. The research utilized proteins produced by microorganisms as a carbon source for energy production. Research led by: Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Chair in Chemical Engineering Professor James C. Liao, Kwang Myung Cho, and Yi-xin Huo. (March 2011)

Polymer Light-Emitting Devices That Can Be Stretched Like Rubber

nullUCLA engineers led by Qibing Pei, professor of materials science and engineering, have demonstrated for the first time an intrinsically stretchable polymer light-emitting device. This has potential to be utilized in wearable electronics and in biomedical devices that can move with the body. Research led by: Professor Qibing Pei, Xiaofan Niu, Zhitian Liu, and Zhibin Yu. (August 2011)

Researchers Help Develop Complete Map of Mouse Genetic Variation

An international team of investigators, including UCLA Engineering computer science professor Eleazar Eskin, reports that it has sequenced the complete genomes of 17 strains of mice, including the most frequently used laboratory strains. The massive genetic catalog will provide scientists with unparalleled data for studying both how genetic variation affects phenotype and how mice evolved. (October 2011)


2012

Café by the SEAS Expanded

Café by the SEAS, which has served engineering students since 1949, relocated to a larger and brighter space on Boelter Hall’s 5th floor breezeway, just across from its previous location. (January 2012)

Pearl Receives Turing Award

Judea Pearl, professor of computer science, won the 2011 Association for Computing Machinery A.M. Turing Award. This accolade highlights advances in Artificial Intelligence and partnerships between humans and machines. (April 2012)

Pinpointing Geographic Origin By Genetic Variation

2012 GeneticResearch conducted by UCLA’s Computer Science and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology departments and Israel’s Tel Aviv University have developed a dynamic approach to the study of genetic diversity: SPA. Spatial ancestry analysis allows for the modeling of genetic variation in two- or three-dimensional space, and can help pinpoint individuals’ geographic origin. Research led by: Professors Eleazar Eskin and John Novembre, and Wen-Yun Yang. (June 2012)

Transparent Solar Cells Developed

nullUCLA researchers have developed a new polymer solar cell that is 70% transparent to the human eye. The cell produces energy by absorbing infrared light, and may someday allow windows in homes or buildings the ability to generate electricity, while still allowing people to see outside. (August 2012) Research led by: Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Chair in Engineering Professor Yang Yang, Rui Zhu, Chun-Chao Chen, Letian Dou, Choong-Heui Chung, Tze-Bin Song, and Steve Hawks.

NSF-Funded Nanoscale Systems Research Center Opens

The TANMS (Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems) Center opened in Boelter Hall, thanks to a major grant from the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center (ERC) program. This center will serve as a base for creating some of the world’s tiniest electromagnetic devices. (September 2012)

Magnetic Nanoparticles for Developmental Biology, Cancer Research

Using clusters of tiny magnetic particles about 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, UCLA professors can manipulate how thousands of cells divide, morph, and develop finger-like extensions. This tool can be used in developmental biology to understand how tissues develop, or in cancer research to uncover how cancer cells move and invade surrounding tissues. Research led by: Professors Dino Di Carlo and Jack Judy, and Peter Tseng. (November 2012)


2013

New Semiconductor Research Center Established

A new multidisciplinary research center aims to revolutionize future semiconductor technologies by developing new nanoscale materials and structures that take advantage of properties unavailable at larger scales. The Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering (FAME) is supported by $35 million in funding over the next five years by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to address the national needs of advanced semiconductor research. (January 2013)

Tiny Capsule Effectively Kills Cancer Cells

nullDevising a method for more precise and less invasive treatment of cancer tumors, UCLA and USC scientists have developed a degradable nanoscale shell to carry proteins to cancer cells and stunt the growth of tumors without damaging healthy cells. Research led by: Professor Yi Tang, Muxun Zhao, and Zhen Gu. (February 2013)

New NSF-Funded “Collaboratories” Open

In April, with the support of the National Science Foundation, UCLA Engineering completed four new collaboratories  – in sustainable fuels, pollution solutions and nanomaterials for harnessing energy and improving healthcare, as well as a virtual lab in which sensors track energy and water usage in the new facilities – in Boelter Hall. (April 2013)

UCLA Engineers Craft Material for High-Performance ‘Supercapacitor’

Taking a significant step toward improving the power delivery of systems ranging from urban electrical grids to regenerative braking in hybrid vehicles, researchers from Cornell, UCLA, and France have synthesized a material that shows high capability for both the rapid storage and release of energy. Research led by: Nippon Sheet Glass Company Chair in Materials Science Professor Bruce Dunn, Sarah Tolbert, Veronica Augustyn, and Jong Woung Kim. (May 2013)

Hidden Coded Message Discovered in Campus Floor Tiles

nullA hidden message left by a UCLA architect in 2011 was recently uncovered in Boelter Hall. The tiles spell “Lo and Behold!” in binary code, as a tribute to computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock, who in 1969 succeeded in transmitting the first two letters of the word “login” to Stanford in the first ever Internet message. (July 2013)

Computer Scientists Develop ‘Mathematical Jigsaw Puzzles’ to Encrypt Software

A team of UCLA researchers collaborated with IBM and University of Texas at Austin to design a system to encrypt software so that it only allows a program to be used as intended while preventing any deciphering of the code behind it. This is known in computer science as “software obfuscation,” and this is the first time it has been accomplished. Research led by: Professor Amit Sahai and Sanjam Garg. (August 2013)

UCLA Engineers Develop a Stretchable, Foldable Transparent Electronic Display

2013 ElectronicImagine an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, or a curtain that illuminates a room, or a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber. Now imagine all of these being made from the same material. Researchers from UCLA Engineering have developed a transparent, elastic organic light-emitting device, or OLED, that could one day make all these possible. Research led by: Professor Qibing Pei, Jiajie Liang, Lu Li, Xiaofan Niu, and Zhibin Yu. (September 2013)

UCLA Researchers’ Smartphone ‘Microscope’ can Detect a Single Virus, Nanoparticles

Your smartphone now can see what the naked eye cannot: A single virus and bits of material less than one-thousandth of the width of a human hair. Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA  professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, and his team have created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria. The device weighs less than half a pound. Research led by: Professor Aydogan Ozcan, Ren Sun, Hangfei Qi, Ting-Ting Wu, Wei Luo, Derek Tseng, Zhe Wan, Zoltan Gorocs, So Jung Ki, and Laurent Bentolila. (September 2013)


2014

Computer Science Professor Elected to the Royal Society

Demetri Terzopoulos, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of London in recognition of his groundbreaking work in computer vision and graphics. Fellowship in the Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, is granted to those who have made substantial contributions to their field in science, medicine or engineering. (May 2014)

UCLA Engineering Leads NSF Project on Timekeeping for ‘Internet of Things’

The National Science Foundation has announced a $4 million “Frontier” award to a UCLA-based team that will tackle the challenge of timekeeping in cyber-physical systems (CPS) — often called the “Internet of Things” — in which objects and devices are equipped with embedded software and are able to communicate with and be controlled by wireless digital networks. Research will be led by: Professor Mani Srivastava and Associate Professor Sudhakar Pamarti. (July 2014)

UCLA Engineering Plays Key Role in DARPA ‘Neuroprosthesis’ Research

darpa-brain-100px copyThe school has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to play a key role in an innovative project aimed at developing a wireless, implantable brain device that could help restore lost memory function in individuals who have suffered debilitating brain injuries and other disorders. Research will be led by: Professor Dr. Itzhak Fried, Professor Ali Sayed, and Associate Professor Dejan Markovic. (August 2014)

Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences Established at UCLA Engineering

UCLA Engineering alumnus B. John Garrick and his wife, Amelia Garrick, have committed $9 million to launch the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences at UCLA Engineering. The institute will provide new knowledge and technology to assess and manage risks in order to save lives, protect the environment and protect property from large-scale threats. (November 2014)

Researchers Hit Milestone in Accelerating Particles with Plasma

Researchers from UCLA and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical accelerators. Research led by: Professor Chandrashekhar Joshi and Professor Warren Mori. (November 2014)

UCLA Engineers Create ‘Superomniphobic’ Texture

2014 SuperomniphobicResearchers from UCLA Engineering have created the first surface texture that can repel all liquids, no matter what comprises the material. Because its design relies only on the physical attributes of the texture, the texture could have industrial or biomedical applications. Research led by: Professor Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim and Tingyi “Leo” Liu. (November 2014)

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