November 12, 2015
Last month I presented a talk titled “Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers” at the 2015 UCLA Parents’ Weekend. In doing so I showed our enrollment and graduation numbers, and that led to a short discussion on how many engineers this country produces.
According to the American Society of Engineering Education, the country produced 99,173 bachelor’s degree graduates who majored in engineering and computer science, up six percent from 2013 and up 26 percent from 2005. Here at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, we had 720 B.S. graduates in 2014, up 17 percent from the 615 graduates in 2005. This long-term trend, both nationally and here at the school, is good. But it is not enough.
The great success of this country is due to innovation – from manufacturing in the early 1900s, to the great advances of the space age and digital age, engineers have played a central role in helping the United States move forward. For the U.S. to remain competitive in the global economy, it must continue to lead the way in technological innovation. And that means it must produce more well-trained engineers.
Here is a sobering statistic: Roughly 22,000 students applied for freshman admission to UCLA Engineering in Fall 2015, vying for only 750 spots. The country needs engineers, and clearly students are eager to fill the need. The University of California and others must offer a world-class engineering education to more students. This will benefit the engineering profession, society and the nation. The state should recognize this and invest more in engineering education.
Vijay K. Dhir
UCLA Engineer Magazine Fall 2015 Issue
In 2015 the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science celebrates 70 years of groundbreaking research and rigorous engineering education. A look back highlights the people and technologies that made the school the globally recognized powerhouse it is today. Plus, new faculty, a record year for fundraising, the Lab to Real Life feature, Breakthroughs, Alumni Notes and more.
Gerla Named to Postel Chair in Networking
Mario Gerla, distinguished professor of computer science, has been named the Jonathan B. Postel Chair in Networking. The chair was established by the late Postel’s friends and family to honor his achievements and contributions to the development of the Internet.
Condie Named to Symantec Term Chair in Computer Science
Tyson Condie, an assistant professor of computer science at UCLA, has been named the holder of the Symantec Term Chair in Computer Science. The chair was established in 2009 through an endowment from information security firm Symantec. Term chairs are reserved for junior faculty and acknowledge distinguished service or teaching.
New 3-D Printing Method Creates Complex Micro Objects
Bioengineers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a new method of 3-D printing that allows production of complex micro-scale objects.
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UCLA Scientists Receive Prestigious BRAIN Initiative Grant from NIH
Five UCLA scientists have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study that could provide a better understanding of how neural circuits in the brain process, encode, store and retrieve information. Electrical engineering associate professor Dejan Markovic is among the grant recipients.
Yang Named a Fellow of American Physical Society
Yang Yang, the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr., Chair in Engineering and a professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Jarrahi Receives Bessel Research Award from Humboldt Foundation
Mona Jarrahi, associate professor of electrical engineering, received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards from The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The awards recognize internationally renowned scientists expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.
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UCLA professor Yang Yang and his team have made significant advance toward stabilizing perovskite solar cells by protecting them between two layers of metal oxide.
New App To Check Air Quality as Easily as Checking the Weather
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‘Big Bang’ Actors Meet Real-Life Brainiacs from UCLA
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Pearl Wins Dickson Prize from Carnegie Mellon
UCLA computer science professor Judea Pearl, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, will receive the Dickson Prize in Science from Carnegie Mellon University. The prize is given annually to a person judged to have made an outstanding contribution to science.
Madni Receives Honorary Doctorate
Asad M. Madni, a distinguished adjunct professor of electrical engineering, received an honorary doctorate from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), the National University of Malaysia.
Cong gave keynote speech at HALO’15
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Grad Student Receives National Groundwater Scholarship
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Grad Student Receives 2015 Water Works Achievement Award
Brianna Pagan, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, has received 2015 California-Nevada American Water Works Association’s Academic Achievement Award. Pagan is also a UCLA Cota-Robles Fellow.
EE Grad Student Receives Qualcomm Scholarship
Jad Hachem, an electrical engineering Ph.D. student, received the Roberto Padovani Scholarship for his work during his summer internship at Qualcomm Research, New Jersey.
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John Wallace, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was interviewed about strict new City of Los Angeles regulations designed to spur seismic repairs and upgrades to thousands of buildings.
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Eleazar Eskin, associate professor of computer science, wrote the cover article for the Association for Computing Machinery’s monthly general interest magazine. The story highlighted the progress so far, and challenges ahead, for computer scientists on what’s known as “missing heritability.” A video accompanied the story.
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Hey Data Guys, Show Us the Money!
3D integrated circuits blog highlighted the kickoff meeting for the Center for Heterogeneous Integration and Performance Scaling (CHIPS) at UCLA. Subramaninan Iyer, distinguished Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering, was quoted in the story on developing an app-like environment for creating hardware, in part to speed up the time it takes for products to get to market.
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