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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.

Aaron Cohen ’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.

Marjorie Crump ’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


UCLA Engineer Magazine Spring 2014
UCLA Engineer offers a look at nature-inspired research taking place at the school as well as the school’s high-ranking master’s degree online program. Other articles feature two new members of the National Academy of Engineering, the school’s latest PECASE recipient, new faculty members in Bioengineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, two outstanding alumni and more.

Students Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Three current UCLA Engineering students have been offered the National Science Foundation's prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships. Seven recent alumni also were offered the fellowships.


Doctoral Students Make Their Case for Support to State Lawmakers
UCLA doctoral students Dave Wernick and Mike Stajura had a critical assignment in March that took them into the heart of state government, where they had a chance to tell lawmakers why graduate research makes a difference to the state. Wernick is in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Stajura in the Fielding School of Public Health.

other news

Itoh named to National Academy of Inventors
Tatsuo 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
Behzad 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
Distilling 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
Dennis 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.
sem-image-2014-75px Student SEM Image Contest 2014
Striking 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-75px Aaron Cohen, Longtime UCLA Engineering Benefactor, Dies at 77
Aaron 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
Marjorie 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.

media watch

Live Science
Monks' Secret: Asbestos Lurking Beneath Byzantine Wall Paintings
Hundreds 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

A 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.

Boston Globe
Building a Robot Firefighter

Before 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, or SAFFiR.
The news was also carried in Salon and Discovery News.

A New Breed of Wearables Will Give You Data You Can Actually Use

A 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

The Scientist
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.

Scientific American
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.

Bloomberg TV
World Wide Web Turns 25: What’s Coming Next?

Leonard 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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