dean-dhir-thumb-ebulletinSeptember 9, 2015

In the fall of 1945, a group of 25 enrolled as the first engineering students at UCLA. Seventy years later, a group of more than 1,800 freshmen, transfers and graduate students are about to take their first classes at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. This is a 73-fold increase in 70 years. On behalf of the faculty, staff and current students here, I want to extend a warm welcome and best wishes to all of our new students as they begin their studies. Our curriculum will challenge them to develop their analytical and creative skills, to collaborate with each other, to harness their imaginations and to act with integrity. We look forward to providing an excellent educational experience and seeing them reach their potential as exceptional engineers.


Vijay K. Dhir

Dean’s E-Bulletin Archive

August 2015

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positrons-100pxAccelerating Positrons with Plasma is a Step Toward Smaller Particle Colliders
UCLA Engineering professors Chan Joshi and Warren Mori played a key role in advance that could yield better understanding of nature’s building blocks. The team had previously accelerated electrons by having them “surf” a wave of ionized gas, or plasma. Now the researchers have achieved another milestone by applying the technique to positrons.

sahai-100pxComputer Science Professor receives $2.8M DARPA Grant
UCLA computer science professor Amit Sahai has been awarded a $2.8 million grant over four years from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Defense’s research arm. The grant will support Sahai’s work to develop the foundations for encrypted software that is capable of keeping its source code a secret from users behind a tangled barrier of ultra-hard mathematics.

hybrid-energy-storage-PK-100pxUCLA Engineers Receive $1.6M Grant For Hybrid Energy Storage
A team of UCLA engineers, in partnership with Southern California Edison, has received a $1.62 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build a system that stores energy harvested from intermittently productive renewable sources such as solar panels and wind farms, then releases that energy into the grid when demand is high. The lead investigator is Pirouz Kavehpour, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Other News

bescher-75pxBescher Scholarship Established by CTS Cement Gift
UCLA Engineering has established the Eric Pascal Bescher Scholarship in Materials Science, thanks to a gift of $100,000 from CTS Cement Manufacturing Co. The endowed scholarship will support undergraduate students who major in materials science and engineering.

dicarlo-mini-75pxBioengineering Professor To Receive Pioneer of Miniaturization Award
Dino Di Carlo, professor of bioengineering, has been awarded the 2015 Pioneer of Miniaturization Lectureship. The award, sponsored by the journal Lab on a Chip and Corning Inc. with support from the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society, is for early to mid-career researchers and recognizes extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturized systems.

hoek-zocalo-75pxCan We Engineer Our Way out of the Drought?
Eric Hoek, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was on the panel at a UCLA-Zócalo panel that discussesd the state of water technology in California and how we can make better use of scarce water resources.

secretplaces-75pxPlaces You Won’t See on the Official UCLA Campus Tour
By this time of summer, most incoming UCLA freshmen and transfer students have taken their orientation tours. They have been introduced to UCLA’s well-known landmarks by fast-talking, backward-walking, pun-making student tour guides. But there are lesser-known places all Bruins should also visit. SEAS Café and a hidden gem in the floor of Boelter Hall make the list.

contreras-chile-75pxGraduate Student Receives Scholarship from Chile
Incoming UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Victor Contreras will be participating in a major global project in engineering seismology known as NGA-Subduction being coordinated by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center and numerous partnering institutions. This project will define a new state of the art in earthquake ground motion prediction for subduction zone earthquakes. Data from Victor’s home country of Chile will be utilized in this project, including data from the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake.

In the News

Quanta Magazine
A New Design for Cryptography’s Black Box
A two-year-old cryptographic breakthrough has proven difficult to put into practice. But new advances show how near-perfect computer security might be surprisingly close at hand. “As of right now it seems like there are no big limitations,” said Amit Sahai, a computer scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was a co-author on both of the papers. “IO (indistinguishability obfuscation) is powerful and can do almost anything we’ve ever wanted to do.”

Symmetry Magazine
Scientists Accelerate Antimatter
A study led by researchers from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles, has demonstrated a new, efficient way to accelerate positrons, the antimatter opposites of electrons. The method may help boost the energy and shrink the size of future linear particle colliders—powerful accelerators that could be used to unravel the properties of nature’s fundamental building blocks.

The Conversation
Talking to Mars: New Antenna Design Could Aid Interplanetary Communication
EE Ph.D. students Jean Paul Santos and Joshua Kovitz, along with Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii, are currently featured on The Conversation, an online news organization sourced from the academic and research community. As a result of being named the UCLA Grad Slam winner of 2015, Santos was invited to elaborate on his 3-minute “TED” style speech, which focused on the development of novel antenna array for future Mars rovers. Through a collaboration with JPL engineers, Santos, Kovitz, and Rahmat-Samii were able to prototype a 4×4 subarray antenna with excellent measured results, potentially allowing its use for the upcoming Mars2020 mission.

Flexible Technology, Now Brought To You By The Defense Department
“This allows [the technology] to conform to various shapes and form factors such as contours of the human body or curved surfaces that can move,” says Subramanian Iyer, an electrical engineering professor at UCLA. “Think of it as a smart band-aid that you can put on, or clothes that have electronics built in, but not rigid.”

If a Cyberattack Causes a Car Crash, Who Is Liable?
John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering, public policy and management, explores liability issues should a cyberattack cause a vehicle accident

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Sept. 24
Fall Quarter Instruction Begins
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Orange County Alumni Networking Mixer
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Oct. 30 to Nov. 1
UCLA Parents’ Weekend 2015
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Bay Area Bruin Engineers – Regional Event
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