HEADLINES is the monthly summary of UCLA Engineering news | March 2017

$20M gift from the Samueli Foundation to support undergraduates
The Samueli Foundation has made a $20-million gift that will support expanding the diversity of undergraduate engineering and computer science students.

California will be short of water forever
| Los Angeles Times

A UCLA civil and environmental engineering doctoral student co-authored an op-ed on California’s water future.

Portable Smartphone-Powered DNA Detector Developed at UCLA
| Medgadget

This development may herald cheap point-of-care genetic diagnostics for cancer and infectious diseases.
Also carried in BioOptics World.

Federal privacy laws won’t necessarily protect you from spying drones | Recode
John Villasenor, a UCLA professor of engineering and public policy, testified at a Senate hearing on drones, suggesting existing privacy laws adequate.

Seidlits receives NSF CAREER Award for therapeutic biomaterials research
Stephanie Seidlits, an assistant professor of bioengineering, has received the agency’s highest honor for faculty members at the start of their careers.

His mission impossible takes him from core of the Sun to center of the Earth
Professor Jaime Marian creates computer models of extreme conditions that cannot be replicated in a lab.

Retired Aerospace Corporation President and CEO on STEM education
Dr. Wanda Austin, an internationally honored aerospace industry leader, spoke to several hundred UCLA students earlier this month.

Bruins build zero-emission, self-sustainable home for Solar Decathlon | Daily Bruin
A UCLA club is working to build a 975-square-foot home that will supply its own food, water and energy.

New engineering club takes strides toward furthering space technology | Daily Bruin
Bruin Space is one of the newest student groups to reach for the stars – literally.


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