November 12, 2014
Last month, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied
Science launched the Garrick Institute for Risk Sciences, thanks to an
extremely generous gift from alumnus B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68 and
his wife, Amelia. The institute will develop the tools and knowledge to
save lives, protect the environment and property from large-scale
threats — natural and man-made — and will focus on resilience and reliability engineering. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/9-million-gift-from-alumnus-b-john-garrick-launches-institute-for-the-risk-sciences-at-ucla-engineering
John is known around the world for his pioneering work and long
career in risk analysis and for incorporating it into engineering
design. Among his many honors, he is a member of the National Academy of
John’s contributions to the field and this country will be recognized Nov. 21 at our 2014 Awards Dinner, as he will join a distinguished list of innovators and leaders who have been named our UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year.
The awards dinner also will honor Professor Chand Viswanathan, MS
’59, PhD ’64, who will receive the Lifetime Contribution Award; and the
Honorable Heidi Shyu, MS ’81, Eng ’82, Assistant Secretary of the U.S.
Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, who will receive the
Alumni Professional Achievement Award.
Our teaching honorees this year include Izhak Rubin, distinguished
professor of electrical engineering, receiving the Lockheed Martin
Excellence in Teaching Award; and Alexander Sherstov, assistant
professor of computer science, receiving the Northrop Grumman Excellence
in Teaching Award.
The 2014 recipients of the Edward K. Rice Outstanding Student Awards
include Elias Bareinboim, who received his Ph.D. in computer science;
Helen Durand, who received her M.S. in chemical engineering; and Shannon
Wongvibulsin, who received her B.S. in bioengineering.
Collectively, our 2014 honorees represent the very best that
engineering has to offer, and are shining examples of the school’s
excellence in teaching, research and service.
Vijay K. Dhir
||Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences Established at UCLA Engineering
Engineering alumnus B. John Garrick and his wife, Amelia Garrick, have
committed $9 million to launch the B. John Garrick Institute for the
Risk Sciences at UCLA Engineering. The institute will provide new
knowledge and technology to assess and manage risks in order to save
lives, protect the environment and protect property from large-scale
||Researchers Hit Milestone in Accelerating Particles with Plasma
from UCLA and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator
Laboratory have shown that a promising technique for accelerating
electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new
generation of shorter, more economical accelerators.
||UCLA Engineer Magazine Fall 2014
The Fall 2014 issue of UCLA Engineer
profiles three new leaders in the school’s comprehensive robotics
program and highlights a new NSF-funded center dedicated to
cybersecurity. Other features include: Profiles of new faculty members
and distinguished faculty members who received high honors, research
breakthroughs, and a UCLA
Engineering professor who has successfully launched two start-up companies.
||Device Simultaneously Sends and Receives Signals While Maintaining Quality
engineers, led by Ethan Wang, associate professor of electrical
engineering, have developed a device that would allow the simultaneous
use of the same frequency for incoming and outgoing information on one
communications device, reducing demand on the radio spectrum without
compromising quality or speed of communications.
||National Academy of Engineering 50th Anniversary: Leonard Kleinrock (video)
Kleinrock, UCLA distinguished professor of computer science, discussed
the history, current trends and future of the Internet at the National
Academy of Engineering's 2014 meeting, which celebrated the
organization's 50th anniversary.
||UIUC Computer Science Names UCLA's Cong as Distinguished Alumnus
Cong, Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science, has received a
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Computer
Science, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cong and colleagues also received the Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award from the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design.
||Carman Receives the SPIE Award for Smart Structures and Materials
P. Carman, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor and TANMS
engineering research center director, will receive the 2015 Smart
Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award from SPIE, the
International Society for Optics and Photonics.
||AIChE Sustainable Engineering Award to UCLA Professor
I. Manousiouthakis, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering,
is a co-winner of AIChE's 2014 Research Excellence in Sustainable
Engineering Award. The award recognizes significant technical
contributions in teaching and development activities.
||Distinguished Alumnus in Civil Engineering for 2014
Y. Haimes MS '67, PhD '70, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of
the UCLA Civil Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award. Haimes is the
Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and the founding director
of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems at the
University of Virginia.
||CS Professor Receives Okawa Grant
Condie, assistant professor of computer science, is the recipient of an
Okawa Research Grant to support the work titled "Towards a Big Data
Application Server Stack." Okawa grants are awarded each year to support
research in the fields of information and telecommunications in Japan,
the United States, China and Korea.
||Yeh Wins International Award for Water Management
Council for the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for
Water has given its Water Management & Protection Prize to William
W-G. Yeh, the Richard G. Newman AECOM Professor of Civil Engineering at
UCLA, for development of optimization models for large-scale water
||International Space Station Carries Professor's Reflector Antenna Design
original reflector antenna that measures ocean surface speed, designed
by Yahya Rahmat-Samii, UCLA's Northrop Grumman Professor in Electrical
Engineering/ Electromagnetics, was employed by the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory for use at the International Space Station.
||Professor Works with JPL on Memory Coding Systems for Deep Space Use
Professor Lara Dolecek has received funding from NASA to study new
coding and signal processing mechanisms to help overcome unreliability
in memories used in deep space applications. The two-year project will
be performed in collaboration with JPL.
||Professor Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Smart Materials and Structures
MAE Professor Christopher Lynch has been appointed editor-in-chief of
the journal Smart Materials and Structures. It's dedicated to technical
advances in smart materials, systems and structures.
||UCLA BAJA | SAE Looks to Build on Successful Year
a successful 2014 campaign, the UCLA Racing | Baja SAE team is working
intensely, thinking creatively and aiming even higher as it prepares for
competition in 2015.
|Orange County Register
Newport Couple Donates $9 million to UCLA Engineering School
multimillion-dollar gift from a Newport Beach couple will be used to
launch a new institute at UCLA, the university recently announced. The
B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences will study how to save
lives, property and the environment during large-scale threats such as
earthquakes or tsunamis, and man-made disasters such as industrial
accidents. Also carried in the Orange County Business Journal.
Scientists Progress Toward Plasma Acceleration
have proven that a technique for accelerating particles on waves of
plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more
economical particle accelerators. UCLA Engineering's Chan Joshi led the
team that developed the plasma source used in the experiment. Computer
simulations used in the experiments were developed by Warren Mori’s
group at UCLA. News on the research, which was published in Nature, was also carried in Science; The Conversation (U.K.); Scientific American; and ArsTechnica.
A Mobile Health Innovation That Could Help Stop Ebola
a movement out there to harness the power of that giant community of
cellphone users to help people living in the poorest countries on Earth.
Aydogan Ozcan is a member of that movement. The UCLA engineering
professor is turning mobile phones into diagnostic centers that can be
used thousands of miles away from labs with expensive hospital
What It Was Like to Capture the Hubble Space Telescope
Astronaut K. Megan McArthur, a UCLA Engineering alumna, writes about
her experience in preparing for spaceflight, and her role in the last
servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the Space Shuttle
The Christian Science Monitor
Virgin Galactic and Antares Crashes: What Now for Commercial Space Efforts?
don’t think this spells doom for so-called commercial space,” said Ann
Karagozian, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA.
“Many different companies are developing concepts that are experiencing a
lot of success.” Karagozian was also quoted on the topic in The Verge.
A Surprising Contributor to Climate Change: Concrete
concrete takes a ton of energy. As much as 10 percent of global carbon
dioxide emissions come from the production of concrete. So scientists
and engineers are looking to reduce its environmental impact. Mathieu
Bauchy, UCLA assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering,
and student Gabe Falzoni are featured.
45 Years Ago Today (Oct. 29): First Message Sent Over the Internet
Exactly 45 years ago — on October 29, 1969 —
the first electronic message was sent between two computers. The
exchange took place over ARPANET, one of the world's first computer
networks and the precursor to what we know as the Internet today. The
exchange took place when UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock and his
student and programmer Charley Kline set up a message transmission to go
from the UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute.
Also carried in Popular Mechanics; Motherboard; and Gizmodo's Paleofuture.
KPCC 89.3 FM
Secret Trails Near Downtown L.A. Require Smart Phone to Find Them
screen time with electronic devices is the bane of many parents who
wish their kids would spend more time in the fresh air and sunshine. A
new website, developed at UCLA's Interpretive Media Laboratory, is embracing mobile technology as a way of encouraging people to get out and explore urban Los Angeles.
India-West Debuts Its Successful College Fair in SoCal
K. Dhir, dean and distinguished professor at the UCLA Henry
Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, delivered a keynote
address at a college and education fair in Cerritos earlier this month.
The event was organized by India West, a weekly newspaper and online
portal for Indian Americans.
The Korea Times
UCLA Professor Assures Strength in S. Korean Tech Despite Falling Profits
Hong, a U.S. robotics professor from UCLA considered one of the most
promising researchers in the field, said South Korean tech firms still
have a bright future despite their recent lackluster earnings as the
country gains a stronger voice in the industry.
The Daily Bruin
Students Create Website Encouraging the Exploration of L.A. by Bus
students aim to pop the “UCLA bubble” using a website they built to
share iconic and interesting locations in Los Angeles accessible by bus.
UCLA students Byron Pang and Zheng Sun teamed up over the summer to
create busla.me, which highlights more than 100 locales across the city
along nine different bus routes that run through west L.A. Pang is a
mechanical engineering major, Zheng is majoring in computer science.
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