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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 (, and programs offered through our Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity ( Also, individual faculty members and UCLA Engineering research centers are offering high school and undergraduate students one-of-a-kind summer experiences.

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 ( to find out how you can be a difference maker for UCLA Engineering. 






Vijay K. Dhir



UCLA Engineering Leads NSF Project on Timekeeping for 'Internet of Things'
The National Science Foundation has announced a $4 million "Frontier" award to a UCLA-based team that will tackle the challenge of timekeeping in cyber-physical systems (CPS) — often called the "Internet of Things" — in which objects and devices are equipped with embedded software and are able to communicate with and be controlled by wireless digital networks.

UCLA Engineering Researchers Named to Highly Cited List
Six UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science researchers are among the scholars with the greatest impact in the world in their fields, according to a new ranking compiled by Thomson Reuters.


Ozcan Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor’s Professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, has been named a 2014 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, recognized for his breakthrough research and innovative approach to undergraduate education.

other news

UCLA Engineering Toasts More Than 1,100 Graduates at 2014 Commencement
The 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
James 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 academicians.
Professor named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
Electrical 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
The 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
The 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
Ric 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 Francisco.
UCLA BEAM’s First Culmination Showcase
More 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
Brett 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. 

media watch

What is Project RoseLine? (podcast)
Timing 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?
Yoram 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

Dennis 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 engineering.

New Electronics
Researchers Develop New Spin-Orbit Torque Configuration

Researchers 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

The 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 issue.


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