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April 8, 2015

This month we will hold two events – our annual fellowship lunch and scholarship brunch, that connect our graduate student fellowship recipients and our undergraduate scholarship recipients with the donors who make such support possible.

Scholarships and fellowships are critical for students with limited means, and help the school to attract and retain the most promising students.

On behalf of the school, I want to thank our donors, including faculty, alumni, friends of the school and industry partners, for their generosity and vision in contributing to our students’ success. I also want to congratulate our talented student recipients. Each year I have the great privilege of observing first-hand as our students impress our donors with their excellent accomplishments so far, and their ambitious career goals ahead.

UCLA Engineering offers many ways to support students, from scholarships and fellowships to the school’s annual fund and contributions to specific academic departments or student organizations. If you would like to find out more about how you can make a difference for our excellent students, please visit our giving page:






Vijay K. Dhir


UCLA Engineering Celebrates Opening of Engineering VI
UCLA leaders and prominent alumni gathered March 19 to celebrate the new jewel of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Engineering VI. The state-of-the-art center for engineering research and education is located in the heart of campus.

CJ Kim Wins Korea’s Highest Prize for Engineering
Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and a leader in microfluidics and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), received the 2015 Ho-Am Prize for Engineering, considered the Korea’s highest honor.

Kamei Receives UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award
Daniel T. Kamei, associate professor of bioengineering, has received a UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015. The award recognizes extraordinary teachers who have made a significant impact on their students through classroom teaching and curriculum development.

other news


UCLA Engineering Ranked 8th Amongst Public Schools by U.S. News
UCLA Engineering graduate program has gained ground and is now ranked eighth among engineering schools at public universities, and is the 14th highest ranking program overall, according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings.


Researchers Develop Necklace and App to Track Food Intake
A sophisticated necklace developed by UCLA Engineering researchers, led by computer science professor Majid Sarrafzadeh, can monitor food and drink intake, which could help wearers track and improve their dietary habits.


New Process for Improving Durability of Glass
Researchers from UCLA Engineering and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris have identified a method for manufacturing longer-lasting and stronger forms of glass. The research, co-authored by Mathieu Bauchy, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, could lead to more durable displays, fiber optic cables, windows and other materials.


Delivering Large Particles Into Cells at High Speed
A new device developed by UCLA engineers and doctors including Eric Pei-Yu Chiou, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, could eventually help scientists study the development of disease, enable them to capture improved images of the inside of cells and lead to other improvements in medical and biological research. 


Itoh Receives Honorary Degree from Universit Autònoma de Barcelona
Electrical engineering professor Tatsuo Itoh, the Northrop Grumman Chair in Microwave Electronics, has received an honorary doctorate from the Universit Autònoma de Barcelona, in Spain.


Gerla: SIGMOBILE 2015 Outstanding Contributions Award
Computer science professor Mario Gerla has been selected as the winner of this year's SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contributions Award, in recognition of his "pioneering contributions to mobile computing and communications and wireless networking." 


Di Carlo Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Dino Di Carlo, professor of bioengineering, has been admitted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom. Fellows must have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of chemical sciences.


Dean Ho Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows
Dean Ho, professor of bioengineering and dentistry, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).


ASCE at UCLA Awarded Outstanding Student Chapter
ASCE at UCLA received the 2015 Los Angeles Younger Members Forum Outstanding Student Chapter award. The honor was first awarded in 1969, and UCLA has earned the title a total of five times.


Best SEM Image Student Contest 2015
The annual Best SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) Image Contest was held in February. It is co-sponsored by the UCLA Molecular and Nano Archaeology Laboratory.

Distinguished Professor A.V. Balakrishnan, 1922-2015
A.V. Balakrishnan, distinguished professor emeritus and research professor of electrical engineering, passed away on March 16. He was 92. Bal, as he was widely known, was a member of the UCLA faculty for more than 50 years.

media watch

NSF Science Nation
Giving Robots and Prostheses the Human Touch
Research engineers and students in UCLA's Biomechatronics Lab are designing artificial limbs to be more sensational, with the emphasis on sensation. The lab’s director is Veronica Santos, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The lab was also featured in the March 2015 issue of Newsmax (67-68).

Korea Herald
Five Ho-Am Prize Winners Picked

Samsung Group announced the five winners of its Ho-Am Prize for this year in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, arts and community service. Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the award for engineering. The Ho-Am Prize was established by Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee in 1990.

A Healthy Vision

When Wentai Liu, a professor of bioengineering and electrical engineering at UCLA, was approached by two eye surgeons about helping those with retinal issues, he says there was just one issue: He hadn’t done a great deal of work in biology. But taking on the challenge, he had the chance to be a part of a team of medical professionals and engineers who wanted to make a difference.

Rambus Founder Back in Business with Adaptable Chips

"I was the founding CEO of Rambus. There were four of us when I joined, and we took the company public. Since leaving 15 years ago, I’ve been asked to run other semiconductor companies, but this is the first with the potential to be another Rambus. At UCLA, a little over a year ago, I was introduced to Cheng Wang, Fang-Li Yuan, and Dejan Markovic. They had come up with a better way to build an FPGA, and that was the start of Flex Logix." Wang and Yuan are Ph.D. graduates in electrical engineering, Markovic is an associate professor of electrical engineering.

NPR On Point
New Solutions for Dire California Drought
The program, produced by WBUR, explores California's options during the current severe drought, including turning to the sea. Yoram Cohen, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and an expert on desalination, was one of the program’s guests.  Cohen joined the program shortly after the 23-minute mark.

Amazon, Salesforce, Facebook Must Grapple with Maturity

As much for investing’s sake as for general curiosity, the conversation with (UCLA computer science professor Leonard) Kleinrock ended with the question of where an inventor, accomplished but still curious, would explore if he could go in a totally different direction. “I would love to work in bioengineering,” he said. “Engineering designs things in a very rigid fashion, where you want to guarantee outcomes. But biology approaches things in a whole different way; it’s adapt or die.”

Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Drones
John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering and public policy, testified before a U.S. Senate Commerce subcommittee on March 24 on the emergence and rapid spread of unmanned aerial vehicles, the privacy issues they pose and how current laws apply. Villasenor's opening statement starts at 30:00 in.


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April 13
Fellowship Luncheon
Kerckhoff Hall

April 25
Scholarship Brunch
Covel Commons

May 28
Senior Class Dinner
Covel Commons

May 30
Boelter Society Celebration
UCLA campus

June 13
UCLA Engineering 2015 Commencement
Pauley Pavilion

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