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February 11, 2015

Last week, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L. Waugh announced that Jayathi Murthy has been selected to be the next dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is slated to join UCLA on January 1, 2016. This is a terrific choice and I am sure she will guide the school to new and greater heights.

Professor Murthy is currently the chair of the mechanical engineering department at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the the University of Texas at Austin. She will find that UCLA Engineering faculty, students and staff, as well as our alumni and friends, are working together to push the boundaries of innovation and address the greatest challenges facing society. I look forward to working with her during the transition and will help in any way I can to ensure her success.

Also last week, the school saw two affiliated faculty members elected to the National Academy of Engineering, amongst the highest of honors that can be accorded to an American engineer.
Dan Goebel, a senior research scientist at JPL who is a triple alumnus of UCLA and an adjunct professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, was elected “for contributions to low-temperature plasma sources for thin-film manufacturing, plasma materials interactions, and electric propulsion.” Gabor Temes, a distinguished professor emeritus of electrical engineering and currently a faculty member of Oregon State University, was elected for "contributions to analog signal processing and engineering education." Dan and Gabor are both most deserving of this most prestigious of distinctions.






Vijay K. Dhir


Next Dean of UCLA Engineering Selected
Jayathi Y. Murthy has been selected as dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective January 1, 2016. Murthy is the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Department Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mosleh Named Inaugural Director of B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences 
Distinguished Professor Ali Mosleh, the Evalyn Knight Chair in Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the first director of the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences at UCLA.

Using Disorder to Control Light on a Nanoscale
A breakthrough by a team of researchers from UCLA, Columbia University and other institutions, led by Professor Chee Wei Wong, could lead to the more precise transfer of information in computer chips, as well as new types of optical materials for light emission and lasers.

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Two Affiliated Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Dan M. Goebel, a UCLA electrical engineering alumnus and an adjunct professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Gabor C. Temes, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering, were among 67 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering. 


Robots Take Center Stage at Tech Forum 2015
Robots led the way at Tech Forum 2015, the annual showcase for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Feb. 3 event drew more than 500 people, a record for Tech Forum, to the UCLA campus.


Researchers Conduct Space Station Study on Bone Loss Therapy
A study of rodents on the International Space Station will allow astronauts to test the ability of a bone-forming molecule to direct stem cells to induce bone formation. Dr. Ben Wu, UCLA professor of bioengineering and dentistry, is a member of the research team.


Environmental Health Benefits Inspire Cutting Back on Electricity
A multidisciplinary study conducted at UCLA showed that eliminating pollution is a powerful motivator in cutting back on electricity use. Electrical engineering professor William Kaiser is a co-principal investigator on the study.


Bioengineers Quantify Cell Mass During Cancer Growth
In a paper published in Nature Methods, UCLA Bioengineering faculty members Thomas Zangle and Dr. Michael Teitell reviewed available techniques for quantifying the mass of single live cells with an emphasis on relative features, capabilities and drawbacks.


Google Glass App Analyzes Plant Health in Seconds
Researchers from UCLA led by Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, have developed a Google Glass app that enables the wearer to quickly analyze the health of a plant without damaging it.


Abidi Named UC Berkeley EECS Distinguished Alumnus
UCLA Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor Asad Abidi has been chosen as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015 by the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley.


Two Engineering Faculty Named Royal Society of Chemistry Fellows
Yang Yang, the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, and Richard Kaner, UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry and material science and engineering, were honored for outstanding research and distinguished contributions.

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Cong Wins '10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper' Award
Research by Jason Cong, a Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, and his former doctoral student, Yan Zhang, was selected as the 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper in the 2015 Asia South-Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC).


EE Post-Doc Receives Air Force Young Investigator Award
UCLA post-doctoral scholar Shu-Wei Huang has been selected a recipient of the 2015 Air Force Young Investigator Award for developing the world's fastest frequency microcomb oscillator, demonstrating mode-locking on the chip-scale, and ultrafast spectroscopy.


Grad Student Received the 2015 SPIE Translational Research Award
Yibo Zhang, a graduate student from Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s research group, received the 2015 SPIE Translational Research Award for the paper “Pathology slide imaging using wide-field lens free microscopy.”


Cohen Named Interim Director of Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA
Yoram Cohen, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named the interim director of the Y and S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies in the UCLA International Institute. 

media watch

Devices Team Up To Boost Solar Power

Solar cell researchers are beginning to apply the tandem strategy to the hottest and cheapest new solar cell material out there, crystals called perovskites, igniting new hopes for high-efficiency, low-cost cells. Professor Yang Yang, holder of the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Chair in Engineering, is quoted in the article.

The Huffington Post
Improving Stroke Rehab, One Monitored Step at a Time

How an on-campus event on sensors got Dr. Bruce Dobkin, now a co-director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, working on technologies to improve stroke rehab.

NBC Bay Area
Will California's Levee System Hold up in an Earthquake? 
“The delta is the hub of our water distribution system and there is some concern that earthquakes could cause enough of the levees to fail,” Scott Brandenberg, a professor at UCLA’s department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, told NBC. Brandenberg’s team has been studying the strength of the soil, or peat, that the levees sit on. NBC Los Angeles also carried the story.

The New York Times
Automation Has Already Saved Lives 
“We can't afford not to take advantage of vehicle automation technologies. With proper design, testing and regulation, advanced vehicle automation has the potential to greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities attributable to motor vehicle accidents.” John Villasenor, UCLA professor of electrical engineering and public policy, in The New York Times’ Opinion Page’s “Room for Debate” section.

Bloomberg Business
Secondhand Downloads: Will Used E-Books and Digital Games Be for Sale?
Should consumers be allowed to resell digital songs, books, or video games once you're done with your downloads? The article quotes testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee last year by Professor John Villasenor.

Scientific American
Quick DNA Scans Could Ensure Food Is Safe to Eat
An article on the future of food safety cites recent technology developed by Professor Aydogan Ozcan to images and size single DNA molecules on a smartphone.

National Geographic
Solar Panels Floating on Water Will Power Japan's Homes 

"Overall, this is a very interesting idea. If successful, it will bring a huge impact," says Yang Yang, a professor of engineering at UCLA who specializes in photovoltaic solar panels. "However, I do have concerns of its safety against storms and other natural disasters, not to mention corrosion."

CNN Inside Man (cable subscription required for online viewing)
Inside Man: Robots
Filmmaker, TV host and busy guy Morgan Spurlock sets off on a quest to find robots, androids and artificial intelligence to make life easier, more productive and way cooler. Siri is great but where's our "Jetsons" robot maid or fully functional "Star Trek" android? UCLA mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Dennis Hong and his students are featured in the program.

CBC (available only in Canada)
Roboticize Me
A Canadian Broadcast Corporation documentary on where robot technology is headed features professor Dennis Hong and his students.

PBS Newshour
How a Simple 'Hello' Became the First Message Sent Via the Internet

Just months after the first manned moon landing, the ARPANET, granddaddy to the World Wide Web, was brought to life with a rather inauspicious first communication: the letters “L” and “O.” 


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