May 13, 2015
Last month Jim Liao, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of
Chemical Engineering and chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering Department, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences
in recognition of his “distinguished and continuing achievements in
original research.” Jim, who in 2013 was elected to the National Academy
of Engineering, is most deserving of this extraordinary recognition.
As the 2014-15 academic year nears completion, many of our students
also have received national honors, such as prestigious graduate
research fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Qualcomm.
These awards are reflections of the quality of our students, the rigor
of the education that our world-class faculty provide, and the school’s
reputation as a national leader in research and education.
On June 13, the school will hold its 51st commencement ceremony. NAE President C.D. Mote, Jr., will deliver the keynote address.
Dr. Mote, previously president of the University of Maryland, College
Park, and before that a long-time member of the UC Berkeley faculty,
cares deeply about the future engineers of this country and the role
they will play. I’m honored that he will share words of advice with our
Vijay K. Dhir
||UCLA Engineer Spring 2015
Spring Issue of UCLA Engineer magazine is now available online. It
includes a feature on the Engineering VI opening and groundbreaking
celebration; a Q-and-A with the next UCLA Engineering dean; research
breakthroughs, updates on alumni and more.
||EE Grad Students Named Qualcomm Innovation Fellows
pair of UCLA electrical engineering graduate students – Sidhant Tiwari
and Zhi (Jackie) Yao – have received a 2015 Qualcomm Innovation
Fellowship of $100,000 for their proposal on a new way to design
microscale antennas using specialized magnetic materials.
||Brandenberg Receives ASCE Huber Prize
J. Brandenberg, professor of civil and environmental engineering,
received a 2015 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from
the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Prize honors notable
achievement in research with an emphasis on researchers who are 40 years
old or younger.
||Ozcan Honored for Post-doctoral Mentorship
Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering,
received the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars Mentoring Award from the
UCLA Graduate Division. The award recognizes faculty mentors who have
gone above and beyond requirements in helping post-doctoral scholars in
||EE Grad Student Represented UCLA at UC-wide "Grad Slam"
electrical engineering graduate student Jean Paul Santos engaged in a
brief, but intense battle of words with graduate students from across
the UC system. Santos talk was titled "How to Talk to Mars."
||UCLA Team Prepares for ACM Collegiate Programming Finals in Morocco
UCLA computer science students will head to Morocco this month to
participate in the world’s most prestigious computer programming
||UCLA Undergraduate Research Week
May 11-15, UCLA Undergraduate Research Week 2015 showcases and
celebrates undergraduate research and creative projects across
||Carnegie Mellon To Honor AI Pioneer Pearl
Pearl, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence and a
professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of
Engineering and Applied Science, will receive an Honorary Doctor of
Science and Technology degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
|The Los Angeles Times
Tesla Plugs into New Markets with Batteries for Electricity Storage
can look at the battery as an asset on the grid and then you can start
to figure out the financial opportunities,” said Rajit Gadh, director of
UCLA's Smart Grid Energy Research Center.
university's magazine features reflections from long-time faculty
members on how the campus has changed over the years. Mario Gerla M.S.
’70, Ph.D. ’73, who came to UCLA as a graduate student from Milan in
1969 and joined the faculty of the Computer Science Department in 1977,
distinctly remembers the composition of his first class. “I would say
one-third of the students were from the aerospace industry, with crew
cuts and shirt and tie."
A Phone With the Ultimate Macro Feature
you thought scanning one of those strange, square QR codes with your
phone was somewhat advanced, hold on to your seat. Researchers at UCLA
have recently developed a device that can turn any smartphone into a
DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope. Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor's
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, is featured.
Smaller and Cheaper Particle Accelerators?
recent years, scientists experimenting with so-called "plasma
wakefields" have found that accelerating electrons on waves of plasma,
or ionized gas, is not only more efficient, but also allows for the use
of an electric field a thousand or more times higher than those of a
conventional accelerator. Warren Mori, professor of electrical
engineering and physics, is quoted, and Chan Joshi, distinguished
professor of electrical engineering, is cited.
Innovation Crush (audio)
Dennis Hong: Robots, Magic and Happiness
technology podcast interviews UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Professor Dennis Hong on robotics research and education as well as how
he got into the field. Hong is leading team THOR at the DARPA Robotics
Challenge finals, to be held in June in Pomona, Calif.
Share your news with your fellow alumni.
Alumni notes are published on the UCLA Engineering website and/or in
upcoming issues of UCLA Engineer magazine. Please e-mail your news to the Office of External Affairs.
Update your Information
Keep your contact information updated to ensure that you receive the school's latest news and event invitations.
UCLA Engineering Online Masters
program is designed for the working professional who is keenly
interested in maintaining up-to-date knowledge of cutting-edge
engineering and technology. For more information, click here.
Graduate Student Dinner
UCLA Faculty Center
Senior Class Dinner
Boelter Society Celebration
UCLA Engineering 2015 Commencement
More events, including school departments and centers.
You can make a real difference for the school's students and faculty. Make a gift online to ensure engineering excellence at UCLA. www.engineer.ucla.edu/giving.