School Priorities

The exploding population around the globe is consuming the planet’s
finite resources at an unsustainable rate. Warnings of global warming and
environmental pollution emphasize the need to develop renewable energy sources
and clean technology. Today’s engineers face other grand challenges, including:
the availability of clean water; new technologies to ensure human health; the protection
of cyberspace; the multiple threats from terrorism, and the destructive power of

In response, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering
and Applied Science is addressing these most pressing needs. As we’ve already
seen from the school’s 65 year history, the work of UCLA Engineering faculty will
impact our everyday lives in ways we cannot yet imagine.

Below are just a few examples of how some of our faculty are
making the difference today.

Energy/Clean Technology

UCLA researchers engineer bacteria to turn carbon dioxide into liquid

Low-cost solution processing method developed for CIGS-based solar cells

DOE to fund multimillion-dollar energy research center at UCLA

Fill ‘er up: Prof awarded $2.1M to build hydrogen fueling station at UCLA

Researchers push nature beyond its limits to create higher-density

UCLA solution to chemical mystery could yield more efficient hydrogen

Stimulus Funds Help Start Program to Create Clean-Tech


Water Technology
Research Center (WaTeR)

Researchers achieve major breakthrough with water desalination system

UCLA engineers develop revolutionary new desalination membrane

Today’s seawater is tomorrow’s drinking water: UCLA
Engineers develop revolutionary nanotech water desalination membrane (UCLA
, page 4)

UCLA Researchers identify post-fire effects on downstream
water supplies (UCLA Engineer, page 2)

Study by UCLA Engineering researcher shows high levels of
unhealthy bacteria found in sand at L.A.
area beaches (UCLA Engineer, page 4)

Improving Water Resource Characterization Through Remote
Sensing (UCLA Engineer, page 10)


Researchers create new ‘smart’ nanocapsule delivery system for use in
protein therapy

Engineers, doctors at UCLA develop novel material that could help fight
arterial disease

UCLA researchers reconstitute enzyme that synthesizes cholesterol drug

NIH recognizes engineering
professor’s innovative research with major award: Pioneering
work on cell-phone imaging could transform global health care

NSF awards UCLA Engineering $10M to create customized computing

Researchers engineer metabolic pathway in mice to prevent diet-induced

E. coli engineered to produce important class of antibiotic, anticancer

Intracellular Drug Trafficking: Applications in Cancer Drug
Delivery (UCLA Engineer, page 6)


Wireless Health Institute (WHI)

UCLA names executive director of Wireless Health Institute: WHI is
dedicated to improving health care through wireless and networked-enabled

Building the ‘Smart Grid’

Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS)

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We’re Getting There (New York Times)

Personal Environmental Impact video


UCLA researcher, colleagues devise new method for protecting private data

UCLA center gets $4.5M in NSF funds for role in national earthquake
simulation network

Evaluation of Seismic Levee Deformation Potential by Destructive Cyclic
Field Testing

Center for Information and Computation Security (CICS)