October 8, 2014
Last week, the Times Higher Education world rankings of engineering
and technology schools placed UCLA first amongst U.S. public
universities, fifth overall in the country, and ninth in the world for
The criteria include teaching, research, citations, industry income and
international outlook. This recognition is an affirmation for the
faculty, students, alumni and staff here at the Henry Samueli School of
Engineering and Applied Science, who each day strive toward excellence
in the pursuit of new knowledge, in developing future engineers, and
serving society with distinction.
Along with the 1,300 new students who started classes last Thursday,
nine new faculty members joined us this academic year. With two others
who joined in the middle of last school year, UCLA engineering now has
164 full-time faculty members, the most in its history. You can learn a
little more about our new faculty members here (http://engineer.ucla.edu/newsroom/more-news/archive/2014/new-faculty-2014-2015).
Vijay K. Dhir
||UCLA Scientists Engineer Antibiotics for Improved Drug Resistance
are not developing new antibiotics as fast as bacteria are developing
antibiotic resistance. But new research from UCLA, led by professors
Gerard Wong and Andrea Kasko, has made important progress toward solving
||UCLA Researchers Use Liquid Inks to Create Better Solar Cells
cell film made from kesterite or perovskite absorbs energy more
efficiently and is cheaper to manufacture than currently use materials.
The research was led by Yang Yang, the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr.
Professor of Engineering at UCLA.
||Voters help UCLA Grand Challenge Project Win $100,000
UCLA Grand Challenge project to make Los Angeles completely
self-sufficient and sustainable in energy and water by 2050 has been
awarded $100,000 after winning the popular vote in a competition
sponsored by the Goldhirsh Foundation.
||Alumnus Receives NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
Okon, '02, MS '05, mechanical engineering, received the NASA
Exceptional Achievement Medal for providing essential contributions to
the development and successful operation of the MSL drilll used on Mars
||Professor Was Keynote Speaker at Nanotech Conference
Electrical engineering professor Mona Jarrahi was a keynote speaker at the 14th International
Conference on Nanotechnology, held in Toronto in August. One of
the largest nanotechnology conferences in the world, it is organized by the
IEEE Nanotechnology Council.
||EE Graduate Students Named Inaugural MediaTek Fellows
and the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department announced the inaugural
MediaTek fellows, Hsinhung Alvin Chen and Zuow-Zun Joseph Chen, last
month. The MediaTek Fellowship provides full grad student researcher
||Grad Student Receives Doctoral Research Award
engineering graduate student Shang Hua Yang has been selected to
receive a Doctoral Research Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation
Society for his research project on antennas for terahertz generation.
|Times Higher Education
World University Rankings 2014-2015, Powered by Thomson Reuters
2014-2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Engineering
and Technology table judges world class universities across all of
their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and
international outlook. Released last week, UCLA is ranked as the top
U.S. public school, fifth in the U.S., and 9th in the world. The
rankings are .
The New York Times
Can We Build a Safer Internet?
UCLA electrical engineering professor Mihaela van der Schaar, whose research deals with online social norms, was quoted in The New York Times
opinion pages. “One method that I’ve been looking at is to build some
form of reputation,” a way for people in a social network to rate how
well their fellow users are following the norms.
Water-Repelling Surfaces Made Stable
surfaces, like those on certain water bugs, repel water by trapping air
between tiny protrusions. Engineers are looking at superhydrophobic
coatings as a way to reduce drag in pipes and on boats. However, in most
lab tests, the trapped air escapes within an hour. Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim
and his graduate students at UCLA, wanted to see if artificial
superhydrophobes could be made more stable.
Los Angeles Times
UCLA Launches Effort to Bolster Inventions and Revenues
launched a new, not-for-profit affiliate and advisory board that will
seek to increase the number of patents stemming from faculty research,
then get the inventions and discoveries into the commercial realm
Southern California Universities Foster Student Innovation with Tech Incubators
of the time, when these companies become very successful, the founders
are associated with the university and become major donors over time. It
creates a positive feedback loop.” -- Dwight Streit, chair of the UCLA
Materials Science and Engineering Department and director of the UCLA
Engineering Institute for Technology Advancement.
Newly Developed Biosensor Can Monitor Post-Surgery Disorders
as a stomach grumble can indicate hunger, some vibrations of the
intestine – many undetectable to the human ear – can indicate whether a
person is ready to be fed. Over the past two and a half years, UCLA
researchers have developed a device, called an AbStats biosensor, that
detects these sounds.
The Wall Street Journal
University of California Approves Venture-Capital Fund to Back Its Own Startups
University of California's Board of Regents voted last month to approve
the creation of a $250 million venture-capital fund to finance startups
targeting the university's own research for investment and
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