December 10, 2014
The end of the year traditionally marks a time for reflection, and
for giving thanks. With that in mind, on behalf of the faculty and
students here at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and
Applied Science, I want to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to
all of the staff for their hard work, dedication, professionalism and
In many ways and on every day, staff members make vital contributions
to the school’s three-part mission of teaching, research and service.
At this time, I’d like to recognize them:
* Staff at building services and materiel management services, who
maintain complex equipment and keep the school running on a daily basis.
* Counselors and academic affairs staff, who help all of our students from acceptance to graduation.
Department, research center, institute, dean’s and school staff, who
support administration, faculty and students across many areas.
* External Affairs staff, who advocate on behalf of the school with our alumni, friends and industry partners.
* Outreach specialists, who lead programs that connect us to K-12 schools and young students.
Staff of the R&D Shops and nano and micro fabrication laboratories,
who create critical parts and materials for research and teaching.
* Researchers and engineers, who work on advanced experiments at the cutting edge of knowledge.
* SEASNet technical staff, who oversee the school’s computing resources.
Finally, I would like to wish all of you happy holidays and best wishes for 2015.
Vijay K. Dhir
||New Semiconductor Device Could Lead to Better Photodetectors
researchers, led by Yang Yang, UCLA's Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr.
Professor of Engineering, have developed a perovskite photodetector that
could reduce manufacturing costs and improve the quality of medical and
commercial light sensors.
||New Method for Methanol Processing Could Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions
led by James C. Liao. UCLA's Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of
Chemical Engineering, have developed a more efficient way to turn
methanol into useful chemicals, such as liquid fuels. The method also
could reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
||HKUST Awards Honorary Doctorate to Chih-Ming Ho
Chih-Ming Ho, UCLA's Ben Rich Lockheed Martin Professor of Engineering, received a Doctor of Engineering honoris causa from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Ho was also recently elected as a Fellow of the International Society of Nano Manipulation, Manufacturing and Measurement.
||Airbus Americas Gives School Cutting-Edge Aircraft Part
mechanical and aerospace engineering students will be able to analyze
the composition, structure, thermal and other properties of a piece of
cutting-edge commercial aircraft equipment, thanks to a donation from
||UCLA Engineering 2014 Alumnus of the Year Video
John Garrick MS '62, PhD '68 was honored at the UCLA Engineering Awards
dinner with the Alumnus of the Year award. The video highlights his
pioneering work in the risk sciences.
||2014 UCLA Engineering Highlights Video
2014 UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science video
highlights the school's accomplishments and new initiatives. The video
spotlights the school's robotics faculty, Tech Camp, and the Center for
Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED).
'Bed of Nails' Surfaces Just Won’t Get Wet
from UCLA Engineering reported that they’ve engineered glass and metal
surfaces to repel virtually all fluids. To do so, they etched the
surfaces to resemble a bed of nails, with the heads of the nails—each 20
micrometers across—facing up. The UCLA researchers included Chang-Jin
“CJ” Kim, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and
post-doctoral scholar Tingyi “Leo” Liu, a Ph.D. alumnus of the school.
The news was also carried in: LiveScience; Yahoo! News; Fox News; Nautilus Magazine; the Daily Mail (U.K.): Die Welt (Germany); the Daily News; Phys.org; R&D Magazine; Long Beach Press-Telegram; and the Santa Monica Mirror.
Designing Robots to Help in Disasters
Hong, a UCLA roboticist, is one of several engineers racing to make
robots that can come to the rescue in disasters. He and others from
academia, industry, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and DARPA traveled to
Fukushima this spring to see what they were up against.
Precision Plasma Wakefield Acceleration
based on plasmas, which can sustain electric fields orders of magnitude
larger than conventional accelerators, could one day be a smaller and
cheaper alternative. But the precision engineering required to
accelerate particles efficiently and uniformly has been a challenge. Now
UCLA's Chandrashekhar Joshi and colleagues at the SLAC National
Accelerator Laboratory have made a leap forward.
Los Angeles Times
Medical and Tech Researchers See Smartphones as Health's Next Frontier
clinical settings, researchers and technologists are trying to assemble
the empirical evidence needed to persuade health systems and insurers
to embrace — and pay for — large-scale mobile health systems. Dr. Bruce
Dobkin, co-director at UCLA's Wireless Health Institute, is quoted in
the article, which is the first in a series.
Los Angeles Times
UCLA-Backed M-Health Project Aids At-Risk Women Using Fitness App
Many mobile health, or "m-health," programs are in their infancy. But
researchers and advocates for underserved, hard-to-reach patient groups
hope they soon will contribute to major advances in the treatment of
diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions. Nabil Alshurafa, a
Ph.D. student and researcher at UCLA's Wireless Health Institute, is
cited in the article, which is the second in a series.
Laser Focus World
High Power Terahertz Radiation at Room Temperature
at UCLA, led by Mona Jarrahi, associate professor of electrical
engineering, have used plasmonic photomixing to develop a
room-temperature terahertz source with not only high spectral purity and
broad tunability, but with nearly 1 mW of optical power at terahertz
frequencies—significantly higher than previously demonstrated
photomixing-based terahertz radiation sources.
Keyssa Promises to Let You 'Kiss' Your Cords Goodbye
magazine profiles Keyssa, a company spun out of technology developed by
Frank Chang, UCLA’s Wintek Professor of Electrical Engineering and
chair of the Electrical Engineering Department.
Free Bitcoin for Students: How Will they Spend It?
happens when you hand college students free cash? That's the question
behind an experiment playing out in Cambridge, Mass. Starting last
month, $100 worth of bitcoins were being given to students at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John Villasenor, UCLA professor
of electrical engineering and public policy, is quoted.
Justine Bateman on Pulling Off a Major Midlife Career Pivot
Justine Bateman. I’m 48. I’m a college junior at UCLA." So reads the
header on Justine Bateman’s Tumblr page (titled "College Life"), where
for the last three years the former "Family Ties" star has been
chronicling what it’s like to not only go to college later in life, but
to go to college for something really, really hard. In 2016, Bateman
will graduate with a degree in digital management and computer science,
having slogged through classes in everything from Java to C++ to CS111.
UCLA Local Hack Day Offers Programming Experience for Students
was one of 33 schools that participated in Local Hack Day events across
the country Dec. 6. The UCLA Association for Computing Machinery
organized the event at UCLA, which was free and open to anyone
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