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May 13, 2015

Last month Jim Liao, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of Chemical Engineering and chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Jim, who in 2013 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, is most deserving of this extraordinary recognition.

As the 2014-15 academic year nears completion, many of our students also have received national honors, such as prestigious graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Qualcomm. These awards are reflections of the quality of our students, the rigor of the education that our world-class faculty provide, and the school’s reputation as a national leader in research and education. 

On June 13, the school will hold its 51st commencement ceremony. NAE President C.D. Mote, Jr., will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Mote, previously president of the University of Maryland, College Park, and before that a long-time member of the UC Berkeley faculty, cares deeply about the future engineers of this country and the role they will play. I’m honored that he will share words of advice with our graduating students.







Vijay K. Dhir


Liao Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
James C. Liao, a groundbreaking researcher in renewable biofuels and UCLA's Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

NAE President To Deliver 2015 Commencement Address
National Academy of Engineering President C.D. Mote, Jr., will deliver the 2015 commencement address for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, on June 13.

Students, Alumni Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Five UCLA Engineering graduate students, along with two alumni at other institutions, have received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

other news


UCLA Engineer Spring 2015
The Spring Issue of UCLA Engineer magazine is now available online. It includes a feature on the Engineering VI opening and groundbreaking celebration; a Q-and-A with the next UCLA Engineering dean; research breakthroughs, updates on alumni and more.


EE Grad Students Named Qualcomm Innovation Fellows
A pair of UCLA electrical engineering graduate students – Sidhant Tiwari and Zhi (Jackie) Yao – have received a 2015 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship of $100,000 for their proposal on a new way to design microscale antennas using specialized magnetic materials.


Brandenberg Receives ASCE Huber Prize
Scott J. Brandenberg, professor of civil and environmental engineering, received a 2015 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Prize honors notable achievement in research with an emphasis on researchers who are 40 years old or younger.


Ozcan Honored for Post-doctoral Mentorship
Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, received the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars Mentoring Award from the UCLA Graduate Division. The award recognizes faculty mentors who have gone above and beyond requirements in helping post-doctoral scholars in their careers.


EE Grad Student Represented UCLA at UC-wide "Grad Slam"
UCLA electrical engineering graduate student Jean Paul Santos engaged in a brief, but intense battle of words with graduate students from across the UC system. Santos talk was titled "How to Talk to Mars."


UCLA Team Prepares for ACM Collegiate Programming Finals in Morocco
Four UCLA computer science students will head to Morocco this month to participate in the world’s most prestigious computer programming competition.


UCLA Undergraduate Research Week
Held May 11-15, UCLA Undergraduate Research Week 2015 showcases and celebrates undergraduate research and creative projects across disciplines.


Carnegie Mellon To Honor AI Pioneer Pearl
Judea Pearl, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence and a professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science and Technology degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

media watch

The Los Angeles Times
Tesla Plugs into New Markets with Batteries for Electricity Storage
“You can look at the battery as an asset on the grid and then you can start to figure out the financial opportunities,” said Rajit Gadh, director of UCLA's Smart Grid Energy Research Center.

UCLA Magazine
Institutional Memory

The university's magazine features reflections from long-time faculty members on how the campus has changed over the years. Mario Gerla M.S. ’70, Ph.D. ’73, who came to UCLA as a graduate student from Milan in 1969 and joined the faculty of the Computer Science Department in 1977, distinctly remembers the composition of his first class. “I would say one-third of the students were from the aerospace industry, with crew cuts and shirt and tie."
A Phone With the Ultimate Macro Feature

If you thought scanning one of those strange, square QR codes with your phone was somewhat advanced, hold on to your seat. Researchers at UCLA have recently developed a device that can turn any smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope. Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, is featured.
Smaller and Cheaper Particle Accelerators?
In recent years, scientists experimenting with so-called "plasma wakefields" have found that accelerating electrons on waves of plasma, or ionized gas, is not only more efficient, but also allows for the use of an electric field a thousand or more times higher than those of a conventional accelerator. Warren Mori, professor of electrical engineering and physics, is quoted, and Chan Joshi, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, is cited.

Innovation Crush (audio)
Dennis Hong: Robots, Magic and Happiness
A technology podcast interviews UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Dennis Hong on robotics research and education as well as how he got into the field. Hong is leading team THOR at the DARPA Robotics Challenge finals, to be held in June in Pomona, Calif.


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May 20
Graduate Student Dinner

UCLA Faculty Center

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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