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October 8, 2014

Last week, the Times Higher Education world rankings of engineering and technology schools placed UCLA first amongst U.S. public universities, fifth overall in the country, and ninth in the world for 2014-15. ( The criteria include teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. This recognition is an affirmation for the faculty, students, alumni and staff here at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, who each day strive toward excellence in the pursuit of new knowledge, in developing future engineers, and serving society with distinction.

Along with the 1,300 new students who started classes last Thursday, nine new faculty members joined us this academic year. With two others who joined in the middle of last school year, UCLA engineering now has 164 full-time faculty members, the most in its history.  You can learn a little more about our new faculty members here (







Vijay K. Dhir


UCLA Engineering Ranked Top Public School in U.S.
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is the highest-ranked public university in the United States for engineering and technology, according to the Times Higher Education 2014-15 World University Rankings. The rankings were released Oct. 1. The school is ranked fifth among all U.S. engineering programs, and ninth among programs worldwide.

New Faculty Join UCLA Engineering
Profiles of 11 new faculty members who have joined the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science over the past several months. The school now has 164 full-time professors, the most in the school's history.


Healthcare Firm Launched with UCLA Engineering Tech receives $1.65M Grant
SELFA Inc., a healthcare technology company co-founded and based on research by Professor Chi On Chui, recently won a $1.65 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Fast-Track Award from the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

other news

UCLA Scientists Engineer Antibiotics for Improved Drug Resistance
Scientists are not developing new antibiotics as fast as bacteria are developing antibiotic resistance. But new research from UCLA, led by professors Gerard Wong and Andrea Kasko, has made important progress toward solving this problem.
UCLA Researchers Use Liquid Inks to Create Better Solar Cells
Solar cell film made from kesterite or perovskite absorbs energy more efficiently and is cheaper to manufacture than currently use materials. The research was led by Yang Yang, the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Professor of Engineering at UCLA.
Voters help UCLA Grand Challenge Project Win $100,000
The UCLA Grand Challenge project to make Los Angeles completely self-sufficient and sustainable in energy and water by 2050 has been awarded $100,000 after winning the popular vote in a competition sponsored by the Goldhirsh Foundation.
Alumnus Receives NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
Avi Okon, '02, MS '05, mechanical engineering, received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for providing essential contributions to the development and successful  operation of the MSL drilll used on Mars rovers.
Professor Was Keynote Speaker at Nanotech Conference
Electrical engineering professor Mona Jarrahi was a keynote speaker at the 14th International Conference on Nanotechnology, held in Toronto in August. One of the largest nanotechnology conferences in the world, it is organized by the IEEE Nanotechnology Council.
EE Graduate Students Named Inaugural MediaTek Fellows
MediaTek and the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department announced the inaugural MediaTek fellows, Hsinhung Alvin Chen and Zuow-Zun Joseph Chen, last month. The MediaTek Fellowship provides full grad student researcher support.
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Grad Student Receives Doctoral Research Award
Electrical engineering graduate student Shang Hua Yang has been selected to receive a Doctoral Research Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for his research project on antennas for terahertz generation.

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Times Higher Education
World University Rankings 2014-2015, Powered by Thomson Reuters

The 2014-2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Engineering and Technology table judges world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Released last week, UCLA is ranked as the top U.S. public school, fifth in the U.S., and 9th in the world. The rankings are .

The New York Times
Can We Build a Safer Internet?

UCLA electrical engineering professor Mihaela van der Schaar, whose research deals with online social norms, was quoted in The New York Times opinion pages. “One method that I’ve been looking at is to build some form of reputation,” a way for people in a social network to rate how well their fellow users are following the norms.

Water-Repelling Surfaces Made Stable

Superhydrophobic surfaces, like those on certain water bugs, repel water by trapping air between tiny protrusions. Engineers are looking at superhydrophobic coatings as a way to reduce drag in pipes and on boats. However, in most lab tests, the trapped air escapes within an hour. Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim and his graduate students at UCLA, wanted to see if artificial superhydrophobes could be made more stable.

Los Angeles Times
UCLA Launches Effort to Bolster Inventions and Revenues

UCLA launched a new, not-for-profit affiliate and advisory board that will seek to increase the number of patents stemming from faculty research, then get the inventions and discoveries into the commercial realm faster.

Daily Breeze
Southern California Universities Foster Student Innovation with Tech Incubators

“Most of the time, when these companies become very successful, the founders are associated with the university and become major donors over time. It creates a positive feedback loop.” -- Dwight Streit, chair of the UCLA  Materials Science and Engineering Department and director of the UCLA Engineering Institute for Technology Advancement.

Daily Bruin
Newly Developed Biosensor Can Monitor Post-Surgery Disorders

Just as a stomach grumble can indicate hunger, some vibrations of the intestine – many undetectable to the human ear – can indicate whether a person is ready to be fed. Over the past two and a half years, UCLA researchers have developed a device, called an AbStats biosensor, that detects these sounds.

The Wall Street Journal
University of California Approves Venture-Capital Fund to Back Its Own Startups

The University of California's Board of Regents voted last month to approve the creation of a $250 million venture-capital fund to finance startups targeting the university's own research for investment and commercialization.


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UCLA Innovation Week
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UCLA Parents' Weekend 2014
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Nov. 5
UCLA Advanced Materials Partnering Conference
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Nov. 21
UCLA Engineering 2014 Awards Dinner
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