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January 14, 2015

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has gotten off to a great start in 2015.

On Jan. 7 our Master’s of Science in Engineering Online program (MSOL) was ranked number one in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Designed for working engineers, our online program combines the academic rigor required of all our students with the convenience of a completely online program.  This wonderful recognition is a credit to the all of the students, faculty and staff of MSOL.

Alumnus Mukund Padmanabhan has given a very generous donation of $2.5 million toward a new laboratory on three-dimensional semiconductors. The lab will be housed in our new Engineering VI building, which will open in March. Mukund, who received his M.S. and Ph.D. from UCLA Engineering, had previously given $1.5 million for the Guru Krupa Foundation Fellowships in Electrical Engineering. On behalf of the school, I want to thank him for his visionary support for this new lab, which will be named in his honor.

Finally, our 2015 Tech Forum will be held Feb. 3 at Carnesale Commons. This annual event brings leaders from industry, academia and government labs to campus to hear the latest from our faculty and students. This year’s keynote speaker is Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, a world leader in robotic locomotion. You can find out more about the program here:






Vijay K. Dhir


UCLA Engineering Online Master’s Program Ranked Nation’s Best
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science online master’s degree program has been named the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

UCLA Receives $2.5 million from Alumnus for Semiconductor Lab
UCLA alumnus Mukund Padmanabhan has made a gift of $2.5 million in support of Engineering VI, the new building under construction at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The contribution will create the Mukund Padmanabhan Systems Scaling Technology Laboratory.

2015 Tech Forum – Robotics and Technologies of the Future
Each year UCLA Engineering's Tech Forum features a nationally renowned speaker, a student poster session, and much more. This year's keynote speaker is Marc Raibert, founder of robotics developer Boston Dynamics. The afternoon sessions this year will feature talks on robotics, sustainability, technology in medicine and big data.

other news

Kleinrock to Receive BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
Internet pioneer and UCLA distinguished computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock will receive the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Communication and Information Technologies area. The international awards, based in Spain, recognizes outstanding contributions and radical advances in science and technology.

Lens-Free Microscope Can Detect Cancer at Cellular Level
UCLA researchers, led by Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, have developed a lens-free microscope that can detect cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes.

Smartphone Microscope to Detect and Measure Individual DNA
Researchers led by Professor Aydogan Ozcan have reported the first demonstration of imaging and measuring the size of individual DNA molecules using a lightweight and compact device that converts an ordinary smartphone into an advanced fluorescence microscope.

Big Data in Biosciences and Healthcare is Focus of New UCLA Research Center
A new research institute at UCLA may eventually provide doctors with tools to more accurately tailor medicines for individual patients, which could both improve quality of care and minimize side effects. UCLA Engineering faculty members are part of the new institute.

UCLA-Air Force Joint Research Center Established
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base has created a joint research center with UCLA. The Collaborative Center for Aerospace Sciences (CCAS) is focused on the pursuit of fundamental and applied basic studies relevant to aerospace systems. 

Madni Elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Distinguished adjunct professor Asad M. Madni has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for “creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”

Jarrahi Named a 2014 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences
Professor Mona Jarrahi has been named a 2014 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. The Kavli fellows program honors young scientists who are considered leaders in their fields and who have made significant contributions to science.

Four UCLA Grad Student Teams Among 2015 Qualcomm Fellowship Finalists
Qualcomm named 35 finalists for its 2015 Innovation fellowship and the list includes four UCLA teams — three from Electrical Engineering and one from Computer science. Each of the winning teams will be awarded a $100,000 fellowship. Winners will be announced in April.

media watch

MIT Technology Review
Desalination Out of Desperation

Yoram Cohen, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was featured on the current state and future of desalination in California.

Los Angeles Times
A Lens-Free Microscope That Borrows Tech From Your Cellphone

Scientists at UCLA have created a lens-free microscope that relies on a silicon chip found in smartphones and digital cameras.
News on this, and another new device developed by Professor Aydogan Ozcan's laboratory that can detect DNA molecules, was also carried in The Scientist; The Huffington Post UK; MedGadget: Laser Focus World; Photonics; Business Standard; and PhysOrg.

Business Insider (video)
Scientists Create a Teflon-Like Surface That Could Make Oil Tankers Super Fast
A scientist at UCLA Engineering is developing technology that could increase the speed and efficiency of large cargo ships and oil tankers. Chang-Jin Kim is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA, where he also serves as the director of the school's Micro and Nano Manufacturing Lab.

UCLA Magazine
Internet of Everything

The Internet and smart phones have so rapidly revolutionized how we talk to each other, shop and find information that we can barely remember life before them. But that was only Act I. UCLA Engineering faculty members are quoted in the article.

The Christian Science Monitor
Can NASA's Orion Program Reinvigorate Human Spaceflight?

NASA’s current plans for human exploration of space could span six presidential elections and a dozen sessions of Congress. How solid or consistent will Washington’s willingness to send astronauts on deep-space exploration missions be? Ann Karagozian, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was quoted in the article.

Los Angeles Times
DMV Delays Rules for Driverless Cars as It Seeks More Input on Safety

"The car does not get distracted," said Mario Gerla, a UCLA computer science professor who researched driverless cars. "Most of the accidents are caused by human error." But one aspect that must be addressed, Gerla says, is the potential for malicious attacks on the vehicles' software system.

The Washington Post
One Day, Robots May Work in Zones Too Dangerous for Humans

Dennis Hong first spied Japan’s ruined nuclear power plant from a bus wrapped in plastic. A hefty layer of protection guarded the seats, floors and handles from radioactive dust... Hong, a UCLA roboticist, is one of several engineers working to make robots that can come to the rescue in disasters.

Diplomatic Courier
DARPA: A Glimpse into the Future

In several decades, DARPA-funded intelligence studies could radically change daily life. According to UCLA professor Yong Chen, new projects will lead to... "the creation of the next generation of electronic circuits with intelligent behaviors...and dynamic interactions/control of biological systems."
Daily Bruin
UCLA alumnus Donates $2.5M to Fund Engineering VI Laboratory

Alumnus Mukund Padmanabhan recently donated $2.5 million to fund a laboratory in his name in the new Engineering VI building. The laboratory will focus on semiconductor systems.

Daily Bruin
UCLA Graduate Student Places High on Programming Leaderboards

Chaoshuai Lu, a graduate student in computer science, placed second with his team at a regional computer programming competition held in November.


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January 20
Collaborative Center for Aerospace Sciences Basic Research Review

UCLA IPAM Building

February 3
UCLA Engineering 2015 Tech Forum

Carnesale Commons, UCLA campus

February 27
Electrical Engineering Department Annual Research Review

Engineering IV Building

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