July 8, 2015
The corridors of Boelter Hall, Engineering IV and V look a little different during the summer, as many high school students are here at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science for educational enrichment programs. Our mission of educating future engineers extends beyond just our undergraduate and graduate students. Encouraging more bright and creative young people, in particular those from groups underrepresented in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is of major importance to society and the school.
Toward these goals, our summertime offerings include Tech Camp, designed to give younger high school students opportunities to learn to build with their hands; our High School Summer Research Program, which allows advanced students to create new knowledge alongside UCLA Engineering students and faculty members; and our Transfer Summer Research Program, extending this opportunity to those who attend community college. Together with programs offered through the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity, research centers and individual faculty members, UCLA Engineering is committed to leveraging its resources to ensure that more young people find the joy and satisfaction of pursuing an education in the STEM fields.
Vijay K. Dhir
Graduation Day 2015 for UCLA Engineering
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science celebrated its 51st commencement ceremony on June 13 at Pauley Pavilion. Some 1,500 students earned degrees from the school in 2014-15.
Lower-Cost, More Efficient Nanostructure for Fuel Cells
A team led by UCLA Engineering researchers has developed nanostructures made from a compound of three metals that increase the efficiency and durability of fuel cells while lowering the cost to produce them. Their solution addresses vexing problems that have stalled the adoption of fuel cell technology.
New Method to Harness Quantum Entanglement
A team of researchers led by UCLA electrical engineers has demonstrated a new way to harness light particles, or photons, that are connected to each other and act in unison no matter how far apart they are — a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement
Madni Named IEEE-HKN Eminent Member
Asad Madni ’69, MS ’72, an adjunct professor of electrical engineering, was named an Eminent Member of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, the society’s highest membership classification. It recognizes significant contributions in the fields of electrical and computer engineering.
Three Grad Students Receive Prestigious Defense Fellowships
Three UCLA Engineering graduate students have received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, one of the country’s top honors for students in the early part of their graduate study.
Grad Student Earns Fellowship to Study in Paris
UCLA materials science and engineering doctoral student Yuan Lin will spend the 2015-16 academic year conducting research at the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (UPMC) and at a lab in in Paris thanks to a fellowship offered through the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.
CS Post-doc Receives 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Research
UCLA CS post-doctoral scholar Alexander Afanasyev PhD ’13 received a 2015 UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research. Afanasyev is a member of the UCLA Internet Research Lab headed by his former advisor, Lixia Zhang, UCLA’s Jon Postel Professor of Computer Science.
UCLA Undergraduates Shine at Engineering Research Event
More than 30 UCLA undergraduate researchers participated in the first annual Presentation and Demo Day of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research, Training and Innovation Program for Translational Biophotonics and Telemedicine Technologies.
Wang Awarded Pan Wen Yuan Award
Kang L. Wang, UCLA’s Raytheon Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2015 Pan Wen Yuan Outstanding Research Award. He is being recognized for a broad spectrum of contributions in the semiconductor industry.
EE Graduate Student Received IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award
UCLA electrical engineering graduate student Shihan Qin, from Professor Yuanxun Ethan Wang’s lab, has been awarded the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship for 2015. This is the highest annual award for students from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Technique Society (MTT-S).
Robots Take Over in MAE’s 5th Annual Design Competition
More than 20 teams of five students each designed and built miniature robotic vehicles as part of their two-quarter capstone course. The goal: Autonomously navigate the curves and incline of a specially-built course and deposit as many golf balls as possible into a series of three holes.
New Grant Program in Dentistry Celebrates School’s 50th Anniversary
Four research projects at the UCLA School of Dentistry have been chosen to receive grants in a new program created by Dean No-Hee Park in celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary. Two projects led by Benjamin Wu and by Dean Ho, both professors of dentistry and bioengineering, are among the four funded projects.
In the News
MIT Technology Review
How History’s Greatest Chess Players Reveal the Secret Formula Behind Fame
The greatest chess players are significantly more famous than their not-so-great contemporaries, by a margin that leads to a fame-predicting formula. The article explored a paper in Applied Economics Letters by UCLA Electrical engineering professor Vwani Roychowdhury and researcher Mikhail Simkin on measuring fame versus achievement.
Separating Science Fact from Science Fiction in Robotics (with video)
“We still have a long way to go with autonomy,” Dennis Hong, leader of the UCLA team in the DARPA challenge, told Computerworld. “Originally, when DARPA launched this competition, autonomy was a huge part of it… but many teams aren’t using much autonomy [in the finals]. Autonomy is hard and they don’t have the time and money to build autonomy.” Hong was also quoted in Autoblog.
Bruin Badminton Players at World University Games Aim to Promote Sport
Incoming freshman mechanical engineering major Ashwin Narkar, along with another Bruin, Stephanie Lam, are among the eight players chosen to represent the U.S. in badminton at the World University Games, held in South Korea this month.
New Dimensions of Quantum Information Added Through Hyperentanglement
A team led by engineers from UCLA has verified that it is possible to break up and entangle photon pairs into many dimensions using properties such as the photons’ energy and spin, with each extra dimension doubling the photons’ data carrying capacity. Also carried in Phys.org.
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