April 9, 2014
Last month, acceptance letters from UCLA were sent out to some of the
country’s very best high school students. Here at the UCLA Henry
Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, we received more than
19,000 applications for about 650 freshman spots.
Those who enroll here in the fall will receive a world-class
engineering education from our distinguished faculty. They will find
that a wealth of opportunities await, including internships in industry,
hands-on research here at the school, participation in projects and
competitions with our clubs and student organizations, and a vibrant
campus with cultural and athletic offerings that no other university can
match. Perhaps most important of all, freshmen will meet fellow
students who, like them, are highly motivated, creative, and looking to
grow into engineers who will address society’s greatest challenges.
These friendships will last a lifetime.
I’d like to commend the school’s Engineering Ambassadors, current
students who guide prospective students and their families on tours of
the school and campus. I’d also like to thank our 38 engineering student
organizations and our peer mentors, who will help ease the big
transition into college.
At this time, I want to acknowledge recent passings of two of the school’s greatest friends.
’58, the 2012 UCLA Engineering alumnus of the year, served the school
and UCLA in many capacities. Aaron and his wife Nancy were generous
supporters of the school and took great pride in the excellence of our
students and faculty.
’46, who together with her husband, Ralph Crump ’50, supported numerous
ambitious endeavors at UCLA and the school over many decades. Though
she lived across the country, Marjorie always kept in close touch with
her alma mater.
I’d like to express my deepest condolences to Nancy and all of
Aaron’s family, and to Ralph and all of Marjorie’s family. Aaron and
Marjorie will be missed, but they created a strong legacy that will
benefit UCLA for generations.
Vijay K. Dhir
||Itoh named to National Academy of Inventors
Itoh, distinguished professor of electrical engineering and Northrop
Grumman Chair in Microwave and Millimeter Wave Electronics was recently
elected to the National Academy of Inventors for exceptional
accomplishments in innovation and invention benefiting society.
||Razavi Received Outstanding Teaching Award from ASEE PSW
Razavi, Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering has received
the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education PSW Outstanding
Teaching Award for his superlative teaching and his seminal textbooks.
||DiStefano Authors New Text on Computational Systems BIology
nearly 50 years of instruction in dynamic biosystems engineering and
computational systems biology, Joseph DiStefano III, a distinguished
professor of computer science and medicine, has authored a new textbook.
||Robotics Expert joins Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Faculty
Hong, one of the world’s leading designers of humanoid robots, has
joined UCLA's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His
research focuses on robot locomotion and manipulation, autonomous
vehicles and humanoid robots.
||Student SEM Image Contest 2014
and beautiful microscopic images of tiny materials and objects are
often developed in UCLA labs while conducting research. Some of the most
striking images from the current school year were recently honored in
the fifth annual Best Scanning Electron Microscope Image Contest.
||Aaron Cohen, Longtime UCLA Engineering Benefactor, Dies at 77
S. Cohen ’58, a Southern California engineering entrepreneur and an
influential and generous supporter of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of
Engineering and Applied Science, passed away on March 21. He was 77.
||Marjorie Crump, Major Supporter of UCLA, Dies at 89
Eloise Lund Crump, who did significant work in public service and
entrepreneurship and who, together with her husband Ralph, was a major
supporter of UCLA, died of natural causes on April 1 at her home in
Trumbull, Conn. She was 89.
Monks' Secret: Asbestos Lurking Beneath Byzantine Wall Paintings
of years before asbestos became ubiquitous in the construction
industry, Byzantine monks used the fibrous material in plaster coatings
underlying their wall paintings during the late 1100s, new research
shows. Ioanna Kakoulli, associate professor of materials science and
engineering, and chair of the UCLA/Getty Conservation Program at the
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, is quoted.
ASCE Civil Engineering magazine
Los Angeles Inventories Vulnerable Structures
multifaceted project in Los Angeles seeks to assess the performance of
older concrete buildings in earthquakes and develop an accurate
inventory of structures that remain vulnerable. Jonathan P. Stewart,
professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering and
co-principal investigator on the project, is quoted.
Building a Robot Firefighter
the year is out, the Navy will start a fire on one of its ships and
send in a robot to put it out. Dennis Hong, who recently joined UCLA's
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, is one of the designers
of the robot, which is named Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot,
The news was also carried in Salon and Discovery News.
A New Breed of Wearables Will Give You Data You Can Actually Use
paper by Demetri Terzopoulos, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer
Science, on detailed biomechanical modeling of the human upper body, was
referenced in a Wired article on wearable electronic devices
Fighting Cancer with Nanomedicine
Dean Ho, professor of oral biology, medicine and bioengineering and co-director of the Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology authored a column in The Scientist on the versatility of cancer nanomedicines. Ho's research on contact lenses
embedded with theraputic nanodiamonds was highlighted in another article
in The Scientist.
San Francisco Business Times
Breakout Labs Lands Cash for ‘Hard Science’ Startups
San Francisco Business Times
wrote about startups receiving new rounds of funding. One of those
companies is Cytovale, of South San Francisco, a medical diagnostics
company founded on microfluidic technologies developed by Dino Di
Carlo, UCLA associate professor of bioengineering.
In Search of a Cure for the Dreaded Hangover
An article in Scientific American
reported on several efforts to cure hangovers, including recent
research by Yunfeng Lu, professor of chemical and biomolecular
engineering on nanocapsules with complimentary enzymes that could speed
up the body’s processing of alcohol.
World Wide Web Turns 25: What’s Coming Next?
Kleinrock, distinguished professor emeritus of computer science, was
interviewed on Bloomberg TV’s “Bloomberg West” on the occasion of the
25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Kleinrock discussed how the
landmark development of web browsers made it much easier for live access
of information for consumers.
CBS Los Angeles
Wireless Technology Connects Los Angeles Engineers To Rapid Job Growth
Babak Daneshrad, professor of electrical engineering, was quoted in a CBS Los Angeles article on wireless technology careers.
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