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August 13, 2014

Bringing another national center of excellence to the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the National Science Foundation announced in July that the school received a $5 million frontier grant to establish a research center on cybersecurity (

The Center for Encrypted Functionalities (, led by computer science professor Amit Sahai, will explore software obfuscation, or preventing the secrets of computer programs from being discovered while retaining all the program’s functionality. This new multi-institution center is primed to have major impact – in the new research produced; on the students who participate; and through its outreach programs. This gives us 10 externally funded research centers ( to go along with seven academic departments.

Also, no doubt you have heard about the July 29 water main break on Sunset Boulevard that flooded parts of the campus. While the engineering buildings were unaffected, the cars of some UCLA students, staff and faculty were seriously damaged. The university is providing assistance to those affected ( and repairs to campus are ongoing (






Vijay K. Dhir


UCLA Engineering to Lead New NSF-Funded Cybersecurity Research Center
The Center for Encrypted Functionalities will advance the study of “program obfuscation,” the use of new encryption methods to make a computer program, and not just its output, invisible to an outside observer, while preserving its functionality.

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UCLA Engineering Plays Key Role in DARPA ‘Neuroprosthesis’ Research
The school has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to play a key role in an innovative project aimed at developing a wireless, implantable brain device that could help restore lost memory function in individuals who have suffered debilitating brain injuries and other disorders.


UCLA-led Effort to Improve Medical Computing Gets $3M Boost
A group led by UCLA Engineering researchers that designs high-performance, customizable computer technologies to improve health care has received a $3 million grant from a public-private partnership between the National Science Foundation and semiconductor giant Intel Corp.

other news

New Terahertz Modulator Could Lead to More Advanced Imaging
A UCLA Engineering research team has developed a breakthrough broadband modulator that could eventually lead to more advanced medical and security imaging systems.
Professor Receives $1M Keck Grant for Compact X-ray Laser Research
Robert Candler, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a $1 million research grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to develop an ultra-compact X-ray free electron laser.
Bioengineering Professor Wins Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award
Dino Di Carlo, associate professor of bioengineering, is the recipient of the 2014 Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award from Analytical Chemistry and the Chemical and
Biological Microsystems Society. 
Computer Science Ph.D. Alumnus Receives ACM's Dissertation Award
Sanjam Garg PhD '13 has won the 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Award presented by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for developing tools that enable the first secure solution for making computer program code “unintelligible” while preserving its functionality.
Kleinrock Receives 2014 SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award
Computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock has received the SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award for significant and lasting contributions to research on mobile computing and communications and wireless networking.
MAE Professor Receives Johns Hopkins' Global Achievement Award
Chih-Ming Ho, UCLA's Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Professor, has received a Global Achievement Award from Johns Hopkins University, his Ph.D. alma mater. Ho, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was honored for innovation with significant international impact.
2014 MAE Capstone Design Course
The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 4th Annual Capstone Design Competition was held on June 13. This year’s senior mechanical engineering design project was an “Autonomous Material Transporter.”
Robotics Professor Hosts Google Hangout (video)
Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Dennis Hong and his students in the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) hosted a video hangout last month in conjunction with Google Science Fair.

media watch

The New York Times
Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory

The Department of Defense announced a $40 million investment in what has become the fastest-moving branch of neuroscience: direct brain recording. Two centers, one at UCLA, the other the University of Pennsylvania, won contracts to develop brain implants for memory deficits.
The news was also carried on ABC News; in the Los Angeles Times; FastCompany; and Smithsonian Magazine.

Morning Cybersecurity Briefing

The National Science Foundation announced two major awards to projects, part of its ongoing $74.5 million Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program. The first will help establish a Center for Encrypted Functionalities at UCLA, which intends to develop new encryption methods to make software functions “invisible to an outside observer, while preserving its functionality.
The news was also carried in PhysOrg; Campus Technology; RedOrbit; and Scientific Computing.

New Electronics (U.K.)
MEMS-Based Terahertz Modulator Has Wide Operating Range
A broadband modulator developed at UCLA Engineering could lead to more advanced medical and security imaging systems. The modulator is based on an artificial metasurface, developed by a team led by electrical engineering professor Mona Jarrahi. The news was also carried in AZoNano.

Startup Schools: America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities

UCLA ranks fifth on Forbes' list of America's most entrepreneurial universities.

Los Angeles Times
Djata Nyaawie Propels His Science Education with SMASH at UCLA
The Los Angeles Times featured a brief snapshot of a high school student enrolled in SMASH, the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy, which is overseen by the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity at UCLA.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Smartphone Based Biosensors—Just What the mDiagnostician Ordered
The RDT (Rapid Diagnostic Test) reader developed by the UCLA researchers clips onto a cell phone; weighs approximately 65 grams; and includes an inexpensive lens, three LED arrays, and two AAA batteries.

The Chronicle of Higher  Education
Intellectual Property: Valuable to Every Discipline

John Villasenor, UCLA professor of electrical engineering and public policy, argues for more availability of intellectual property courses for undergraduate and graduate students across many disciplines.


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