On Saturday, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science will hold its annual awards dinner, celebrating the achievements of students, faculty and alumni. In recognition of National Engineers Week, the school is offering a sneak peak at this year’s honorees. Today, we’re highlighting Portonovo Ayyaswamy PhD ’71, the Alumni Professional Achievement Award winner, and Emily Guglielmo ’03, the Rising Alumna Professional Achievement Award winner (pictured left to right above). Tomorrow, the Lifetime Contribution Award winner will be featured.

Alumni Professional Achievement Award

Portonovo Ayyaswamy PhD ’71
During his long career, Portonovo Ayyaswamy has contributed to diverse fields in multi-scale, multi-phase flow/heat and mass transfer., After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA, where he was a post-doctoral fellow from 1971 to 1974, he joined the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and has been there ever since, currently as the Asa Whitney Professor of Dynamical Engineering. He has served as a consultant to many public and private institutions, including the United Nations Industrial Organization in Geneva. Ayyaswamy’s awards include the Max Jakob Memorial Award in 2015, the Worcester Reed Warner Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2007, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Heat Transfer Memorial Award in the Science Category in 2001. He is the editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Heat Transfer and sits on the Board of Governors of the American Society for Gravitation and Space Research. Ayyaswamy received his undergraduate education in mechanical engineering in India. He received his M.S. and M.E. degrees from Columbia University

Rising Alumna Professional Achievement Award

Emily Guglielmo ’03
Emily Guglielmo earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UCLA, and her master’s degree in structural engineering from UC Berkeley. She has over a decade of structural engineering experience, all with Martin/Martin, Inc. She began her career in their Denver area office, and is currently a Principal with the firm, managing their San Francisco Bay Area office. She has lectured on wind and seismic provisions across the nation. Guglielmo is the secretary of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s Wind Engineering Committee and serves on the American Society of Civil Engineers 7 seismic committee. A licensed SE, Emily has received a number of awards, including Structural Engineering Institute fellowship and the Susan M. Frey National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s Educator Award, for effective instruction for practicing structural engineers.