July 9, 2014
This country needs smart and creative young people to head into
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is playing a
vital role in this important effort by offering several exciting
outreach programs to high school students year-round. Programs under way
for Summer 2014 include Tech Camp and the High School Summer Research
Program (HSSRP), both offered through the school’s Engineering Science Corps Outreach Program (esc.seas.ucla.edu), and programs offered through our Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (www.ceed.ucla.edu/programs/k-12).
Also, individual faculty members and UCLA Engineering research centers
are offering high school and undergraduate students one-of-a-kind summer
On a separate note, I’d like to thank every one of our alumni,
friends, and industry partners who have made a big difference for our
students and faculty through donations to the school. We have seen our
alumni participation rates increase this year, but I think we certainly
have much room to improve. I encourage all of our alumni to support
their alma mater, and there are many ways to do so. Please take a look
at our Giving Page (www.engineer.ucla.edu/giving) to find out how you can be a difference maker for UCLA Engineering.
Vijay K. Dhir
||UCLA Engineering Toasts More Than 1,100 Graduates at 2014 Commencement
floor of Pauley Pavilion filled with more than 1,150 graduates of the
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science on June 14,
2014, for the school’s 50th commencement ceremony. Boeing CEO W. James
McNerney delivered the keynote address. Faiz Malik, B.S. in Civil
Engineering, was the student speaker.
||Professor Named to Academia Sinica
C. Liao, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of Chemical
Engineering and chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Department, was named this month to Taiwan's Academia Sinica, the
preeminent academic institution in the Republic of China. There are now
five UCLA Engineering faculty members who have been elected as
||Professor named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
engineering professor Diana Huffaker has been selected by IEEE as a
Distinguished Lecturer for year 2015 in the area of photonic devices. A
distinguished lecturer helps lead the Photonics Society in technical
developments that will shape the global community through lectures and
networking at various society and technical council meetings.
||Professor Selected for the 2014 Booker Fellowship in Radio Science
United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio
Science (USNC/URSI) has selected electrical engineering associate
professor Mona Jarrahi for the 2014 Booker Fellowship. This award is
presented to an outstanding American researcher in the early years of
his/her career, who has made outstanding contributions to radio science.
||Willson Received the 2014 HKN Distinguished Service Award
2014 HKN Distinguished Service Award was presented to Prof. Alan
Willson, Jr., the founding faculty advisor for the Iota Gamma Chapter,
and member of Eta Kappa Nu for 55 years.
||UCLA Inventions Show Range of Innovation at UC forum
Kaner, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and materials science
and engineering, and a team of UCLA Engineering graduate students, were
two of among 20 UC inventors to present their innovative research at
UC’s annual Technology Commercialization Forum held recently in San
||UCLA BEAM’s First Culmination Showcase
than 100 elementary school students, parents, and educators roamed
UCLA's Bruin Plaza and South Campus for BEAM’s first Culmination
Showcase, held in May. Building Engineers and Mentors (BEAM) is a UCLA
student-run organization that brings engaging hands-on science and
engineering activities to Los Angeles elementary and middle schools.
||Undergraduate Research Week Celebrated Diverse Accomplishments
Lopez, who received his bachelor's degree last month, was profiled in a
recent story on undergraduate research at UCLA. Lopez, the 2014 outstanding
B.S. student in aerospace engineering, was conducting research on fuels under professor Ann Karagozian.
What is Project RoseLine? (podcast)
is everything, and getting both the time right and making sure it stays
synchronized across unreliable networks for the Internet of Things is
the key challenge behind a recent NSF grant. The grant’s principal
investigator, Mani Srivastava, professor of electrical engineering and
computer science, is featured in this podcast. The news on RoseLine was
also carried in Campus Technology and New Electronics (U.K.).
Zócalo Public Square
Could Drinking Seawater Be Good For Us?
Cohen, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering,
authored a column in Zócalo Public Square on how desalination of
seawater and brackish water is an under-utilized resource in the United
States, including California, which is currently undergoing a historic
drought. Reverse osmosis membrane technology will continue to be
improved and prices will drop accordingly, he wrote.
The Korea Herald
Google Planning OS for Robots
Hong, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was
interviewed by the Korea Herald on rising interest in robotics, his
specialty, and on advice to young people considering careers in
Researchers Develop New Spin-Orbit Torque Configuration
at UCLA have created a nanoscale magnetic component which they believe
could improve the energy efficiency and scalability of memory devices
significantly. The approach is based on spintronics, in which an
electric current switches the polarity of an adjacent magnetic material.
In existing spin-orbit torque devices, say the researchers, this
usually needs an adjacent magnetic field to complete the switch.
Congress Debates Whether You Can Resell Digital Content
United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Judiciary held a
hearing last month on “digital resales” in their Subcommittee on
Intellectual Property and the Internet, which yielded debate that could
affect all consumers. John Villasenor, UCLA professor of electrical
engineering and public policy, provided expert witness testimony on the
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