dean-dhir-thumb-ebulletin December 9, 2015

Vital to our mission of education, research and service, but often at work behind the scenes, are the school’s staff members. On behalf of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, I’d like to recognize them for their many contributions and their high standards of excellence.

They include:
* Members of the academic affairs staff, who guide our students through their academic careers and lead outreach programs.
* Workers in building services and materiel management services, who keep the school running 24-7-365.
* Administrative personnel in departments, research centers and institutes, the dean’s office and the school, who support our faculty and students in numerous areas.
* Staff of the R&D shops and nano- and micro- fabrication labs, who build specialty materials and components for research and teaching.
* Researchers and engineers, who are on the frontlines of tomorrow’s breakthroughs.
* SEASNet technical staff, who manage our computing resources.
* External affairs team members, who engage with our alumni, donors and industry partners.

Please join me in thanking our staff members for their exceptional effort and dedication.

Finally, I would like to wish all of you happy holidays and a great 2016.


Vijay K. Dhir


awards-2016-75pxEnglekirk, Kleinrock, Goebel to Be Honored at UCLA Engineering Awards Dinner
UCLA Engineering will honor accomplished alumni, faculty and students at its awards gala, to be held Feb. 5, 2016. Honorees include Alumnus of the Year Robert Englekirk; Lifetime Contribution awardee Professor Leonard Kleinrock; and Alumni Professional Achievement awardee Dan Goebel.

mars-habitat-ozel-100pxMaking a Home for Materials on Mars

Buoyed by their success in the first stage of a recent NASA challenge, a team of UCLA engineers and architects aims to design and build a demonstration habitat for humans on Mars. Their prototype, to be entered in the challenge’s next stage, would be built with high-performance composite materials comprised only of materials native to the Red Planet.

dhir-dinner-100pxCentennial Campaign Celebration for Vijay K. Dhir
Celebrating more than a decade of growth in size, reputation and achievement at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, more than 300 people gathered on Nov. 6 for a Centennial Campaign Celebration for Vijay K. Dhir, dean of the school.

Other News

water-mahendra-75pxSafer, Faster Way to Remove Pollutants from Water
UCLA researchers have found a new way to use enzymes to remove pollutants from water that is cost- and energy-efficient, able to remove multiple pollutants at once, and minimizes risks to public health and the environment.

marner-75pxMarner Named ASME Honorary Member
Webb Marner, adjunct professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received an honorary membership from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), one of the society’s highest honors.

ozcan-75pxOzcan Receives ICO Prize
Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, has received the International Commission for Optics (ICO) Prize for seminal contributions for researchers under 40 years old.

sant-75pxSant to receive ACI’s Moore Award
Gaurav Sant, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will receive the American Concrete Institute’s 2016 Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award.

IEEE-logo-75px_edited-1Two Faculty Named 2016 IEEE Fellows
Christina Fragouli, professor of electrical engineering, and Songwu Lu, professor of computer science, have been named IEEE Fellows. Fellows have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in any the organization’s fields of interest.

doe-concrete-75pxUCLA Engineers Receive DOE Grant Radiation’s Effect on Concrete Study
A team led by UCLA civil engineers received a $1 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how radiation damages concrete – the primary structural material used in nuclear power plants.

chih-ming-ho75pxHo Celebrated for Lifetime Achievements
The lifetime achievements of Chih-Ming Ho, UCLA’s Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Professor, were celebrated at special symposium last month in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering.

can-karakus-75pxEE Grad Student Receives Qualcomm Padovani Scholarship
Can Karakus, an electrical engineering Ph.D. student in Professor Suhas Diggavi’s Information Theory and Systems Lab, has received a Roberto Padovani Scholarship for his summer internship work at Qualcomm Research in San Diego.

jason-cong-75pxCong Gives Keynote on Customizable Computing
Jason Cong, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, gave a keynote speech last month at the first International Workshop on Heterogeneous High-performance Reconfigurable Computing, held in conjunction with Super Computing 2015.

villasenor-2014-75pxVillasenor Testifies Before Congress on Drone Impacts
John Villasenor, UCLA professor of electrical engineering, public policy and management, provided testimony at a hearing before the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

In the News

BBC Earth
Penguin’s Anti-Ice Trick Revealed
Bird feathers are known to have hydrophobic, or non-wetting, properties. But scientists from UCLA, University of Massachusetts Amherst and SeaWorld wanted to know what makes Antarctic penguins’ feathers extra ice repelling.“What we learn here is how penguins combine oil and nano-structures on the feathers to produce this effect to perfection,” explains UCLA mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Pirouz Kavehpour. The news was also carried in the The Huffington Post; The Christian Science Monitor; Discovery News; the Daily Mail (U.K.); and the Daily Mirror (U.K.).

New Scientist
Blood Gushes From Virtual Leg Injury to Help Train Combat Medics (with video) If you’re very squeamish, look away now. Researchers have created the first detailed simulation of a human leg injured by flying shrapnel, gushing blood and all. The goal is to train combat medics on a virtual patient that reacts in realistic ways. Jeff Eldredge, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, who led the work in collaboration with colleagues from the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) at the David Geffen School of Medicine, was quoted in the article. The news was also carried in Motherboard; Slate; Popular Science; and Gizmodo.

CBC News
Messy, Amazing Innovation Tucked away in UCLA’s engineering school is a lab the size of a large living room. Wires creep across almost every surface like ivy. I tell the man who runs the lab that it looks like a mad scientist’s lair..”That is because it is,” says a smiling Rajit Gadh as he untangles several wires.

Daily Bruin
Engineering School Dean to Step Down After Overseeing Years of Improvement
During his tenure as dean, Vijay Dhir increased the number of academic scholarships available from about five to 130, recruited new faculty, improved the school ranking and built Engineering buildings V and VI.

Daily Bruin
UCLA Engineering Student Helps Create New Bike Helmet Technology Phillipe Videau, an aerospace engineering student, helped design and create a prototype of the helmet over the summer as part of his Applied Innovation Internship with Autodesk, a 3-D design, engineering and entertainment software company

Daily Bruin
3D4E Plans to Have Prosthetic Hand Ready to Hit the Court this Spring A UCLA 3-D printing club, called 3-D For Everyone, is partnering with the UCLA women’s basketball team and the Biomedical Engineering Society to create prosthetic hands.

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Jan. 19, 2016
Dean Jayathi Murthy Welcome Address and Reception
CNSI Auditorium, UCLA campus

Feb. 5, 2016
UCLA Engineering Awards Dinner
Beverly Wilshire Hotel

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