August 12, 2015
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science had a record-breaking year for fundraising in 2014-15, receiving gifts totaling nearly $42.6 million.
These funds will be a great help to us as we continue to educate tomorrow’s engineers, perform cutting-edge research and improve our infrastructure. This terrific accomplishment is a tribute to our generous alumni, industry partners and friends of the school. I want to thank each and every one of them for their vision and support of our students and faculty, our programs, and helping turn ambitious ideas into reality.
This milestone year marks one step closer to the school’s goal of raising $250 million as part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA. I would like acknowledge our External Affairs staff, led by Executive Director Brandon Baker, who spearhead fundraising for the school, as well as faculty who are active partners on so many of our efforts.
Vijay K. Dhir
UCLA Engineering Raises a Record $42.6 Million in 2014-15
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science had a record-breaking year for fundraising in 2014-15, bringing nearly $42.6 million to the school. The funds support student scholarships and faculty chairs, the school’s cutting-edge new building, Engineering VI, and research programs across all seven departments.
UCLA Materials Scientists Take Step Toward Tougher Ceramics
A team of UCLA materials scientists is exploring ways to create tough ceramics, a long sought-after class of materials that would be exceptionally hard, capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures and less prone to corrosion than metals, but still have the ability to become dented or deformed without fracturing.
THOR Triumphs at 2015 RoboCup
THOR, a humanoid robot under the command of UCLA and University of Pennsylvania, has kicked its way to the top of the robotic soccer world, winning first place and a top technology trophy on July 22 at RoboCup, an annual robot soccer tournament held this year in Hefei, China.
UCLA Teams with Korean Group to Teach Middle School Students about Health Issues
UCLA Engineering researchers, led by Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, and a Korean youth organization have established a program to teach middle school students about global health problems and how to use innovative technologies to identify malaria.
UCLA Engineering Spinoff Holomic named World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2015
Holomic, LLC, a company spun off from technology developed at UCLA Engineering in Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s laboratory, was named a 2015 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum last week.
A Wi-Fi Reflector Chip To Speed Up Wearables
Adrian Tang of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and M.C. Frank Chang at UCLA Engineering, have been working on microchips for wearable devices that reflect wireless signals instead of using regular transmitters and receivers. Their solution transmits information up to three times faster than regular Wi-Fi.
Smartphone-Based Device Reads Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately
A team of researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA has developed a new mobile phone-based device that can read enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA) plates in the field with the same level of accuracy as the large machines normally found in clinical laboratories.
Kavehpour Elected an ASME Fellow
Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Pirouz Kavehpour has been elected as an ASME Fellow. Kavehpour is internationally known for his contributions to the understanding of mechanisms of fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
Ju Awarded Honorary Distinguished Professorship
Woody Ju, professor of civil and environmental engineering, received an Honorary Distinguished Professorships from Southwest Jiaotong University, in Chengdu, China.
UCLA Ph.D. Student’s Team Places First in Mobile Defense Challenge
Finjan Holdings, a cybersecurity company, announced the winner of its student cybersecurity mobile application competition. The winner, Team SeQrity, includes Hamidreza Nazaripouya, a UCLA Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering.
Computer Science Professor Receives Okawa Research Grant
Computer science professor Miryung Kim received a 2015 Okawa Research Grant to support her work titled “Toward Interactive Debugging of Big Data Analytics.” Okawa grants are awarded each year to support research in the fields of information and telecommunications in Japan, the United Stayes, China, and Korea.
Article Recognized by I&EC Research as Top 10 Most Cited
An article in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry (I&EC) Research by Eric M.V. Hoek, professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-authors was recognized as one of the top 10 most-cited articles in journal over the past five years.
Computer Science Professor Receives Microsoft Best Paper Award
Guy Van den Broeck, assistant professor of computer science, and coauthors have received a Microsoft Best Paper Award for “Hashing-Based Approximate Probabilistic Inference in Hybrid Domains,” which was published in the Proceedings of the 31st Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence.
Computer Science Professor Receives Israel-USA Binational Science Foundation Grant
Computer Science Professor Eliezer Gafni and Yehuda Afek of Tel Aviv University are the joint recipients of an Israel-USA Binational Science Foundation grant titled “A computer is a Turing-Machine (TM) and it computes functions. What is a Distributed-System and what is a Distributed-Coordination-Problem?”
The Computer Chip That Never Forgets
UCLA co-authors Pedram Khalili, adjunct assistant professor of electrical engineering, and Kang L. Wang, a distinguished professor and the Raytheon Chair in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, describe an emerging candidate for a “universal” computer memory that could lead to the merging of the two separate components of the computer – the central processing unit which performs calculations and logical operations, and the memory bank which store instructions and data. The candidate is a type of magnetic memory called magneto¬electric random access memory, or MeRAM.
Science Careers: Journeying Back in Time with Ancient DNA
In November, Sriram Sankararaman will start his own research group as an assistant professor in the computer science department at UC Los Angeles. He plans to use both ancient and modern sequences to investigate population genetics and evolution. As the amount of available sequence data continues to grow, he thinks he has his work cut out for him.
NASA Chip Reflects Wi-Fi to Save Your Smartphone Battery
The project is headed up by Adrian Tang of NASA and UCLA’s M.C. Frank Chang. Their approach is to develop a wireless silicon microchip for wearable devices that can transmit data by reflecting wireless signals instead of using regular transmitters and receivers. Also carried in Electronics Weekly, Popular Science, and Engineering.com.
The Daily Mail (U.K.)
America Wins Robot Soccer World Cup
UCLA and University of Pennsylvania students partnered to lead Team THORwIn to victory in the adult-size humanoid robot category with a 5-4 win in the finals over Baset Robot Laboratory of Tehran. Also carried in Yahoo! News.
Can Israel Help California Solve Its Drought Problem?
In Israel, water has always been seen as a scarce resource. Yoram Cohen, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UCLA, said that Israeli schoolchildren are taught from an early age the saying, “We have to watch for every drop.” “We can’t overemphasize education,” Cohen said. “It has to start early because once people get used to it, it becomes part of their daily routine.”
Named Data Networking Group Preps for Workshop, Hackathon
The Named Data Networking project, which is working on an Internet architecture designed to better handle data and application access in an increasingly mobile world, is hosting its second annual community meeting and its first hackathon next month at the UCLA campus. The Named Data Networking Project is headquartered UCLA Engineering and its lead principal investigator is Lixia Zhang, UCLA’s Jonathan B. Postel Professor of Computer Systems.
Roboticists Predict the Future of Robots (video)
“If you talk to different roboticists, everybody has a different philosophy and opinion of robots,” said Dennis Hong a robotics expert and professor of engineering at UCLA. “Robots for me are simply tools, these are machines, but intelligent machines that can do things for us.”
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