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.
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: http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/techforum/2015techforum/
Vijay K. Dhir
||UCLA Engineering Online Master’s Program Ranked Nation’s Best
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
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
||2015 Tech Forum – Robotics and Technologies of the Future
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.
||Kleinrock to Receive BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
|MIT Technology Review
Desalination Out of Desperation
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.
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
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.
Internet of Everything
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?
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
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
The Washington Post
One Day, Robots May Work in Zones Too Dangerous for Humans
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
DARPA: A Glimpse into the Future
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."
UCLA alumnus Donates $2.5M to Fund Engineering VI Laboratory
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.
UCLA Graduate Student Places High on Programming Leaderboards
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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