October 14, 2015

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has added 10 new faculty members over the past few months. These talented additions bring our overall faculty roster to 175, the most in the school’s history.

As scholars, they are exploring new territory in a range of emerging areas. They are using computational speed and power for advances in biology and machine learning. They are scaling down the size of robots and computer chip architecture. They are engineering stem cells and proteins for future health applications. And they are addressing fundamental problems in complexity theory, artificial intelligence, cyber-physical systems and fluid dynamics. As teachers, they will be delivering to a new generation of engineers their formidable knowledge and the drive to make the world a better place.

UCLA Engineering has been home to groundbreaking research, excellence in education and service to society for 70 years. These new faculty will carry on this tradition with distinction. You can find out more about them here: http://engineering.ucla.edu/ten-new-faculty-join-ucla-engineering-in-2015-16/

Vijay K. Dhir

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faculty-new-2015-bldg-100pxTen New Faculty Join UCLA Engineering
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science welcomes 10 new faculty members in 2015-16. The school now has 175 ladder faculty, the most in its history.


chi-on-chui-UCLAmag-100pxPatient, Test Thyself
UCLA Magazine highlights wireless mobile devices developed at the university to monitor everything from eating to stress levels. Engineering faculty members Chi On Chui, Aydogan Ozcan, Majid Sarrafzadeh and Institute for Technology Advancement director Maxim Batalin are among those featured.

ozcan-100px-2015NSF Grant to Detect and Characterize Nanoparticles
UCLA Engineering researchers have won a $1 million, three-year National Science Foundation grant for on-site and ubiquitous quantification and automated characterization of nanoparticles found in homes, workplaces and the environment. The project is led by Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering.

Other News

kalanick-75pxQ&A with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
“UCLA taught me how to think like an engineer, how to break problems into pieces and put it all back together. Everything I do in business goes back to that core problem-solving rigor that I got exposed to in the engineering curriculum.” – Travis Kalanick, Uber co-founder and CEO and a former UCLA computer science student. He spoke to UCLA students at Royce Hall on Oct. 12.

UCLA-BOLD-75pxUCLA Engineering Establishes New Loyalty Society for Donors
The Bruin Order of Loyal Donors (B.O.L.D.), is a new loyalty society for donors to UCLA Engineering. All donors who have shown their support for UCLA Engineering in at least the two most recent fiscal years are members.

kaner-75px-2015Kaner to Receive MRS Medal
The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Professor Ric Kaner, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and materials science and engineering, as the society’s 2015 MRS Medalist. The medal recognizes an exceptional achievement in materials research in the past 10 years.

divsalar-75px-2015Divsalar Selected as a JPL Fellow
Dariush Divsalar, adjunct professor of electrical engineering, was selected as a JPL Fellow by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The honor recognizes those who have made extraordinary technical and institutional contributions to the JPL.

carman-75pxCarman Named 2015 IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer
Greg P. Carman, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems, was named a 2015 Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Magnetics Society.

cong-talwalker-75pxTwo CS Faculty Receive Google Faculty Awards
Jason Cong, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, and Ameet Talwalkar, assistant professor of computer science, each received a 2015 Google Faculty Award from the company, Talwalkar for machine learning and data mining, and Cong for systems. The Google Research Awards program supports world-class, full-time faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest. Most awards are funded at the amount needed to support basic expenses for one graduate student for one year.

rahmat-samii-conference-75pxRahmat-Samii a Keynote Speaker at IEEE IMWS–Bio 2015 Conference
Yahya Rahmat-Samii, the Northrop Grumman Professor of Electronics/Electromagnetics, presented a keynote speech at the 2015 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop on RF and Wireless Technologies for Biomedical and Healthcare Applications, held last month in Taiwan.

madni-75pxMadni Named Distinguished Speaker
Asad Madni, a distinguished adjunct professor of electrical engineering, delivered a lecture on “Emerging Technologies and Grand Challenges” as part of the University of Miami College of Engineering’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

jarrahi_75pxJarrahi Delivered Keynote Remarks
Mona Jarrahi, associate professor of electrical engineering, gave a keynote speech titled “New Frontiers in Terahertz Technology” at IEEE International Microwave Workshop on RF and Wireless Technologies for Biomedical and Healthcare Applications, held last month in Taiwan.

mae-student-isfnt-75pxMAE Student wins Best Student Award at ISFNT
Jon Van Lew, a UCLA Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, was awarded the Fusion Engineering and Design Student Award for Outstanding Presentations for his contribution to the 12th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT-12), held in South Korea.

In the News

The Los Angeles Times
How the UC System is Making Patents Pay Off
Throughout academia, colleges are establishing and expanding offices that help with such “technology transfer,” hiring experts to advise faculty to become more entrepreneurial and even holding campus competitions for marketable ideas. UC statistics show that UCLA inventions produced the most income in the system in 2014, nearly $39 million.

The Los Angeles Times
How Concrete Buildings Fail in Earthquakes
Accompanying a story on the Los Angeles City Council’s approval of new earthquake standards for buildings was a graphic showing how support within concrete columns is a key factor in the strength of a concrete building. UCLA civil and environmental engineering professor John W. Wallace among those credited as a source of the images.

IEEE Spectrum
How a Microscopic Supercapacitor Will Supercharge Mobile Electronics
Ric Kaner, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and materials science and engineering, and chemistry post-doctoral scholar Maher F. El-Kady, write in IEEE Spectrum on their work in building microsupercapacitors, which could dramatically bringing down their size of energy storage for use in electronic devices.

The Naked Scientists (podcast)
Magnetic Material Signals Car Crashes
John Domann, a mechanical engineering graduate student advised by Professor Greg P. Carman, was interviewed by the Cambridge University-based podcast The Naked Scientists, on recent published results on galfenol, a magneto-elastic material. One application could help computers in cars react to a collision and protect passengers, as the material’s signal travels at the speed of light. The research was also highlighted in Phys.org.

New Antenna Could Give Mars Rovers a Direct Line to Earth
Professor Yahya Ramat-Samii and his students are featured in an article on new antenna design, which combines many small antennas, known as antenna elements, into a larger single antenna, using a unique geometry, and could be used for interplanetary communications.

Network World
IP Was Middle School, Named Data Networking is College
Network World writes on the 2015 conference for the Named Data Networking Project, which is based at UCLA. Several UCLA faculty members affiliated with the project are quoted.

IEEE Spectrum
Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Liability for Self-Driving Car Accidents
John Villasenor, UCLA professor of electrical engineering and public policy, was quoted on liability on autonomous cars. He was also quoted in The Atlantic in an article on the increase of drones and their dangers with regard to air traffic.

The Daily Bruin
XPRIZE and UCLA partner on Global Problem-Solving Initiative
UCLA administrators will launch a new initiative that aims to encourage members of the campus community to develop new technologies that can alleviate global problems. The university is collaborating with XPRIZE, an organization that hosts competitions in science, technology and education, to create FuturizeX.

The Daily Bruin
Entrepreneurship Resources Grow for UCLA Undergraduate Students
The entrepreneurship environment for UCLA students has changed dramatically, providing resources for entrepreneurial students. Brian Shedd, a Ph.D. alumnus in mechanical engineering, and a technology transfer officer with UCLA’s Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research, is quoted in the article.

The Daily Bruin
Student’s Track and Field Club Team Mixes Social, Competitive Aspects
Amberly Bark, a UCLA civil engineering student, active member of ASCE and the Bruin Belles, founded a club level track and field team.

The Daily Bruin
UCLA Researchers Develop Camera, Technique to Find Cancerous Tissue

Undergrad and grad students in Dr. Warren Grundfest’s bioengineering lab are working on imaging techniques to better distinguish cancerous and non-cancerous tissues before surgery.

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