Engineering professor Chih-Ming Ho delivered the prestigious UCLA Science Faculty Annual Research Colloquium Series lecture on Thursday, Feb. 2, on the topic “Bio-nano World: In the Eye of an Engineer.”

By M. Abraham

Chih-Ming Ho is professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and holds the Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Chair. He also is Director of the Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration, or CMISE.

Ho is an internationally renowned researcher in bio-nano technology, micro/nano fluidics, and turbulence. He was ranked by ISI – the world’s leading science index – as one of the top 250 most cited researchers in all engineering category around the world. He earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and came to UCLA in 1991 to lead the establishment of the micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) field at the University. He served as the founding Director of the Center for Micro Systems. To this day, UCLA MEMS research is recognized as one of the top three programs in the world.

In 1997, Ho was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In the next year, he was elected as an Academician of Academia Sinica, which honors scholars of Chinese origin with exceptional achievements in liberal arts and sciences. Ho holds five honorary professorships, and has published 260 papers and 10 patents. Ho is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society as well as American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his contributions in a wide spectrum of technical areas. He also served as UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research from 2001 to 2005.

Colloquim lectures are designed to promote interdisciplinary research and to be of interest to a general audience. Future lecturers in this year’s Science Faculty Annual Research Colloquium Series include:

  • Andrea Bertozzi, Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Program in Computational and Applied Mathematics, on Thursday, March 23;
  • David Eisenberg, Director of the DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry in May;
  • Sherie Morrison, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, on Thursday, April 27; and
  • Fraser Stoddart, Director of the California NanoSystems Institute and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, on Thursday, May 4.

All lectures will be held in the Physics and Astronomy Building, Room 1425, at 5 p.m., with a 4:15 p.m. reception preceding the event.