September 10, 2014
On behalf of the faculty and staff at the UCLA Henry Samueli School
of Engineering and Applied Science, I want to extend the warmest of
welcomes to the incoming classes of freshmen, transfer and graduate
students. They hail from all over California, from 32 other U.S. states
including the District of Columbia, and 39 countries. They have
demonstrated that they have the potential to be exceptional engineers,
and we are eager to educate and guide them. Our curriculum emphasizes
analytical thinking, collaboration, ethics, creativity and service to
society. As engineering educators, our biggest reward is seeing young
students soak up knowledge, harness their skills and become engineers
who are responsive to the great challenges of our times.
Also, I want to congratulate Stan Osher, a UCLA professor of
mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering, who last month
received the Gauss Prize at the International Congress of
Stan was recognized for “influential contributions to several fields in
applied mathematics, and his far-ranging inventions have changed our
conception of physical, perceptual, and mathematical concepts, giving us
new tools to apprehend the world.” This is the highest honor in applied
Finally, I want to recognize two alumni families for their
extraordinary generosity that will mean so much to the school and our
students for many years to come.
Ernst and Sara Volegenau have donated $2 million to support an endowed faculty chair. [http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/2-million-gift-from-sara-and-ernst-volgenau-establishes-endowed-chair-at-ucla-engineering]
Ernst, a distinguished Ph.D. alumnus of the school, is an accomplished
engineer and executive, and this new chair will help the school attract
and retain excellent faculty.
Professor Oscar Stafsudd Jr., a triple alumnus of UCLA and a member
of the engineering faculty for 47 years, along with his wife Jacqueline,
also a UCLA graduate, have given an estate gift worth $1 million to
support the Electrical Engineering Department. [http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/professor-and-family-give-1-million-to-ucla-engineering]
Both families have emphasized how much UCLA has meant in their lives
and careers. At this time, I want to encourage all of our alumni to
think back to how the school has helped shape their lives. Wherever you
are in your career, you can make a difference for UCLA Engineering.[http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/giving].
Vijay K. Dhir
||UCLA-led Consortium to Develop New Internet Architecture
and corporations are working together
to promote the adoption of Named Data Networking. The NDN team’s goal
is to build a more secure and flexible replacement for TCP/IP, the
current underlying approach to all communication over the Internet. UCLA
team members include professors Lixia Zhang, Van Jacobson and Jeff
||UCLA Researchers Win $2M Grant to Study Nanoscale 2DL Materials
researchers, led by Yu Huang, associate professor of materials science
and engineering, has received a $2-million grant from the National
Science Foundation to explore new approaches to assembling nanoscale
materials, known as two-dimensional layered materials, or 2DLMs.
||Institute for Technology Advancement Tapped for New NSF Innovation Center
Engineering's ITA is part of a new center to translate scientific and
engineering research into technology for the marketplace. The new center
is part of the NSF Innovation Corps initiative, which is aimed at
fostering innovation throughout the U.S.
||Faculty Voice: Earthquakes Pose a Hazard to California's Water Supply
quake close to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta could affect
supplies of fresh water for 25 million Californians. The op-ed, by Scott
J. Brandenberg and Jonathan P. Stewart of UCLA's Civil and
Environmental Engineering Department, appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
||Superhydrophobic Surfaces – Slippery Even Under Turbulence
led by mechanical and aerospace engineering professor CJ Kim, have
proven super-hydrophobic surfaces perform well under turbulent
conditions. Microscale grooves trap a film of air and allow water to
“slip” over the engineered surface, rather than “stick” to the surface.
||Breaking the Code for 3-D Printing
team led by Pirouz Kavehpour, associate professor of mechanical and
aerospace engineering, has defined precise parameters for a 3-D printing
process, which could give users of the technology control over what
they print down to microscopic resolutions.
||Engineers Collaborate on Light-Emitting Semiconductor on Silicon Using Graphene
Engineering researchers, led by Professor Kang L. Wang, in
collaboration with colleagues at UC Irvine and UC Riverside, developed a
new growth technique using ultra-thin graphene.
||Wireless Health Institute Develops Biosensor for Post-Surgery Treatment
study: A disposable plastic listening device that attaches to the
abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative
patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may
improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs and shorten hospital stays.
||UCLA Undergrads Build Entire Satellite on Campus
conduct research on space weather, an enterprising group of UCLA
undergraduates is manufacturing the first satellite built entirely on
the UCLA campus.
UCLA, Cisco & More Join Forces to Replace TCP/IP
name academic and vendor organizations unveiled a consortium that's
pushing Named Data Networking (NDN), an emerging Internet architecture
designed to better accommodate data and application access in an
increasingly mobile world. UCLA has been particularly involved in the
NDN effort. The news was also carried in GigaOm and Slashdot.
Los Angeles Times
Op-Ed: Earthquakes Pose a Hazard to Much of California's Fresh Water
quake close to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta could affect
supplies of fresh water for 25 million Californians. Co-authors are
Scott J. Brandenberg and Jonathan P. Stewart, vice chairman and
chairman, respectively, of the UCLA Department of Civil and
Could the Next Big Earthquake Rock the U.S. Economy?
doesn't really have a mandatory seismic upgrade ordinance covering any
kind of building," said Thomas Sabol, a professor at UCLA''s Civil and
Environmental Engineering Department. "That's usually left to the
discretion of cities and counties."
Los Angeles Times
USC, UCLA, Caltech get Joint Grant to Fuel Tech Start-Ups in L.A.
funding from the National Science Foundation, three of the top
universities in Southern California are teaming up to supply
instruction, events and research aimed at helping technology start-ups
flourish. Professor Dwight Streit, director of the Institute for
Technology Advancement (ITA), was quoted in the article.
Chemical & Engineering News
Peptide-Drug Conjugate Kills Persistent Bacterial Cells
Adding a peptide that penetrates cell membranes to an existing
antibiotic allows the drug to enter bacterial sleeper cells that can
cause chronic infections. The research was led by UCLA bioengineering
professors Gerard Wong and Andrea Kasko.
Nanoparticles Find New Role in Process Control
are different in many ways from their macro-scale counterparts. That’s
why they are interesting and useful for new technology. A new technique
actually uses nanomaterials to control macro-scale processing. In a
paper entitled, “Rapid control of phase growth by nanoparticles,”
researchers at UCLA describe how the process works.
Mathematical Obfuscation Against Hackers Is Focus of New Cybersecurity Center
computer code into a kind of math puzzle may hold the key to protecting
software from hackers. A consortium of universities developing the
idea, called mathematical obfuscation, recently received a $5 million
grant from the U.S. government as part of a broader cybersecurity
initiative. The center is headquartered at UCLA and led by computer
science professor Amit Sahai.
Baseball Bat With an Axe Handle Brings More Power, Fewer Injuries
biomechanical study by UCLA engineering professor Vijay Gupta showed
that a baseball bat with an oval-shaped axe handle is more comfortable,
delivers more power and speed, and reduces injuries when compared with
traditional bats. The news was also featured in USA Today.
Researchers Show New Way of Growing III-V Layers on Si
researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC Irvine and UC
Riverside, have come up with a new way of depositing smooth GaAs films
on silicon substrates using graphene buffer layers in between. The
principal investigator on the research was Kang L. Wang.
NBC Today Show
'Bald So Hard': Cancer Patient Channels Jay-Z in Funny Rap Video
do you pass the time when cancer treatment means you're largely
confined to your hospital room for weeks on end? Tom Gillin, a
19-year-old civil engineering student at UCLA, made a less-than-obvious
choice: He filmed a funny rap video channeling Jay-Z via the cancer ward
at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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