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November 12, 2014

Last month, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science launched the Garrick Institute for Risk Sciences, thanks to an extremely generous gift from alumnus B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68 and his wife, Amelia. The institute will develop the tools and knowledge to save lives, protect the environment and property from large-scale threats natural and man-made and will focus on resilience and reliability engineering.

John is known around the world for his pioneering work and long career in risk analysis and for incorporating it into engineering design. Among his many honors, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

John’s contributions to the field and this country will be recognized Nov. 21 at our 2014 Awards Dinner, as he will join a distinguished list of innovators and leaders who have been named our UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year.

The awards dinner also will honor Professor Chand Viswanathan, MS ’59, PhD ’64, who will receive the Lifetime Contribution Award; and the Honorable Heidi Shyu, MS ’81, Eng ’82, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, who will receive the Alumni Professional Achievement Award.

Our teaching honorees this year include Izhak Rubin, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, receiving the Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award; and Alexander Sherstov, assistant professor of computer science, receiving the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award.

The 2014 recipients of the Edward K. Rice Outstanding Student Awards include Elias Bareinboim, who received his Ph.D. in computer science; Helen Durand, who received her M.S. in chemical engineering; and Shannon Wongvibulsin, who received her B.S. in bioengineering.

Collectively, our 2014 honorees represent the very best that engineering has to offer, and are shining examples of the school’s excellence in teaching, research and service.






Vijay K. Dhir


Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences Established at UCLA Engineering
UCLA Engineering alumnus B. John Garrick and his wife, Amelia Garrick, have committed $9 million to launch the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences at UCLA Engineering. The institute will provide new knowledge and technology to assess and manage risks in order to save lives, protect the environment and protect property from large-scale threats.

Researchers Hit Milestone in Accelerating Particles with Plasma
Researchers from UCLA and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical accelerators.

UCLA Engineer Magazine Fall 2014
The Fall 2014 issue of UCLA Engineer profiles three new leaders in the school’s comprehensive robotics program and highlights a new NSF-funded center dedicated to cybersecurity. Other features include: Profiles of new faculty members and distinguished faculty members who received high honors, research breakthroughs, and a UCLA
Engineering professor who has successfully launched two start-up companies.

other news

Device Simultaneously Sends and Receives Signals While Maintaining Quality
UCLA engineers, led by Ethan Wang, associate professor of electrical engineering, have developed a device that would allow the simultaneous use of the same frequency for incoming and outgoing information on one communications device, reducing demand on the radio spectrum without compromising quality or speed of communications.
National Academy of Engineering 50th Anniversary: Leonard Kleinrock (video)
Leonard Kleinrock, UCLA distinguished professor of computer science, discussed the history, current trends and future of the Internet at the National Academy of Engineering's 2014 meeting, which celebrated the organization's 50th anniversary.
UIUC Computer Science Names UCLA's Cong as Distinguished Alumnus
Jason Cong, Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science, has received a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Computer Science, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cong and colleagues also received the Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award from the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design.
Carman Receives the SPIE Award for Smart Structures and Materials
Greg P. Carman, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor and TANMS engineering research center director, will receive the 2015 Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award from SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.
AIChE Sustainable Engineering Award to UCLA Professor
Vasilios I. Manousiouthakis, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is a co-winner of AIChE's 2014 Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering Award. The award recognizes significant technical contributions in teaching and development activities.
Distinguished Alumnus in Civil Engineering for 2014
Yacov Y. Haimes MS '67, PhD '70, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the UCLA Civil Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award. Haimes is the Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and the founding director of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems at the University of Virginia.
CS Professor Receives Okawa Grant
Tyson Condie, assistant professor of computer science, is the recipient of an Okawa Research Grant to support the work titled "Towards a Big Data Application Server Stack." Okawa grants are awarded each year to support research in the fields of information and telecommunications in Japan, the United States, China and Korea.
Yeh Wins International Award for Water Management
The Council for the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water has given its Water Management & Protection Prize to William W-G. Yeh, the Richard G. Newman AECOM Professor of Civil Engineering at UCLA, for development of optimization models for large-scale water resources systems.
International Space Station Carries Professor's Reflector Antenna Design
An original reflector antenna that measures ocean surface speed, designed by Yahya Rahmat-Samii, UCLA's Northrop Grumman Professor in Electrical Engineering/ Electromagnetics, was employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for use at the International Space Station.
Professor Works with JPL on Memory Coding Systems for Deep Space Use
Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek has received funding from NASA to study new coding and signal processing mechanisms to help overcome unreliability in memories used in deep space applications. The two-year project will be performed in collaboration with JPL.
Professor Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Smart Materials and Structures
UCLA MAE Professor Christopher Lynch has been appointed editor-in-chief of the journal Smart Materials and Structures. It's dedicated to technical advances in smart materials, systems and structures.
UCLA BAJA | SAE Looks to Build on Successful Year
After a successful 2014 campaign, the UCLA Racing | Baja SAE team is working intensely, thinking creatively and aiming even higher as it prepares for competition in 2015.

media watch

Orange County Register
Newport Couple Donates $9 million to UCLA Engineering School
A multimillion-dollar gift from a Newport Beach couple will be used to launch a new institute at UCLA, the university recently announced. The B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences will study how to save lives, property and the environment during large-scale threats such as earthquakes or tsunamis, and man-made disasters such as industrial accidents. Also carried in the Orange County Business Journal.

Symmetry Magazine
Scientists Progress Toward Plasma Acceleration

Scientists have proven that a technique for accelerating particles on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical particle accelerators. UCLA Engineering's Chan Joshi led the team that developed the plasma source used in the experiment. Computer simulations used in the experiments were developed by Warren Mori’s group at UCLA. News on the research, which was published in Nature, was also carried in ScienceThe Conversation (U.K.); Scientific American; and ArsTechnica.

Huffington Post
A Mobile Health Innovation That Could Help Stop Ebola

There's a movement out there to harness the power of that giant community of cellphone users to help people living in the poorest countries on Earth. Aydogan Ozcan is a member of that movement. The UCLA engineering professor is turning mobile phones into diagnostic centers that can be used thousands of miles away from labs with expensive hospital equipment.

What It Was Like to Capture the Hubble Space Telescope

NASA Astronaut K. Megan McArthur, a UCLA Engineering alumna, writes about her experience in preparing for spaceflight, and her role in the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

The Christian Science Monitor
Virgin Galactic and Antares Crashes: What Now for Commercial Space Efforts?

“I don’t think this spells doom for so-called commercial space,” said Ann Karagozian, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA. “Many different companies are developing concepts that are experiencing a lot of success.” Karagozian was also quoted on the topic in The Verge.

Marketplace radio
A Surprising Contributor to Climate Change: Concrete

Making concrete takes a ton of energy. As much as 10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions come from the production of concrete. So scientists and engineers are looking to reduce its environmental impact. Mathieu Bauchy, UCLA assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and student Gabe Falzoni are featured.

CBS News
45 Years Ago Today (Oct. 29): First Message Sent Over the Internet

Exactly 45 years ago on October 29, 1969 the first electronic message was sent between two computers. The exchange took place over ARPANET, one of the world's first computer networks and the precursor to what we know as the Internet today. The exchange took place when UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock and his student and programmer Charley Kline set up a message transmission to go from the UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute.
Also carried in Popular Mechanics; Motherboard; and Gizmodo's Paleofuture.

KPCC 89.3 FM
Secret Trails Near Downtown L.A. Require Smart Phone to Find Them
Excessive screen time with electronic devices is the bane of many parents who wish their kids would spend more time in the fresh air and sunshine. A new website, developed at UCLA's Interpretive Media Laboratory, is embracing mobile technology as a way of encouraging people to get out and explore urban Los Angeles.

India West
India-West Debuts Its Successful College Fair in SoCal
Vijay K. Dhir, dean and distinguished professor at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, delivered a keynote address at a college and education fair in Cerritos earlier this month. The event was organized by India West, a weekly newspaper and online portal for Indian Americans.

The Korea Times

UCLA Professor Assures Strength in S. Korean Tech Despite Falling Profits
Dennis Hong, a U.S. robotics professor from UCLA considered one of the most promising researchers in the field, said South Korean tech firms still have a bright future despite their recent lackluster earnings as the country gains a stronger voice in the industry.

The Daily Bruin
Students Create Website Encouraging the Exploration of L.A. by Bus

Two students aim to pop the “UCLA bubble” using a website they built to share iconic and interesting locations in Los Angeles accessible by bus. UCLA students Byron Pang and Zheng Sun teamed up over the summer to create, which highlights more than 100 locales across the city along nine different bus routes that run through west L.A. Pang is a mechanical engineering major, Zheng is majoring in computer science.


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The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

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