Last week, the UCLA
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science held the
2008 Engineering Awards Dinner.
At this annual event, we honored outstanding UCLA Engineering alumni for achievements in their professional career, for achievement in academia, and for service to the school. The Lockheed Martin Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Northrop Grumman Distinguished Teaching Award, were given to faculty members who are exemplary in the classroom. And we recognized outstanding bachelor’s, master’s and PhD students with the Edward K. Rice Student Awards.
Every year, I am very impressed by our winners. And this recognition is even more special, as the caliber of the nominees each year is so high.
Our 2008 Alumnus of the Year was Armond Hairapetian ’87, MS ’88, PhD ’93. Dr. Hairapetian is an innovator in optical communications, a visionary business leader, and a great friend to the school.
Dr. Hairapetian and our other 2008 awardees truly represent excellence in engineering. I encourage you to click on the link below to read about all of this year’s winners.
Vijay K. Dhir
UCLA Engineering Alumni, Faculty and Students Honored at Annual Awards Dinner
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science held its annual awards dinner on November 7, 2008 at the Beverly Wilshire - A Four Seasons Hotel. Six Alumni, three faculty members and four students were honored for their achievements and contributions.
Researchers discover method for mass production of nanomaterial graphene
Yang Yang, a professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Richard Kaner, a UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry, have developed a method of mass-producing the nanomaterial graphene. Graphene is among the strongest materials known and has an attractive array of benefits. These sheets — single-layer graphene — have potential as electrodes for solar cells, for use in sensors, as the anode electrode material in lithium batteries and as efficient zero-band-gap semiconductors. Kaner and Kang's co-authors on the research were doctoral students Vincent Tung, from Yang's lab, and Matthew Allen, from Kaner's lab. Kaner holds a joint appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. The study was published in the Nov. 9 issue of the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
Earthquake demonstration on Nov. 13 at UCLA to illustrate seismic improvements
As part of the Great Southern California ShakeOut on November 13, the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation at UCLA (nees@UCLA) will conduct a laboratory demonstration to illustrate recent improvements made to design requirements for reinforced concrete structures. The demonstration will be conducted by civil and environmental engineering professor John W. Wallace, nees@UCLA principal investigator, and Bob Nigbor, nees@UCLA co-principal investigator. The demonstration will be carried on the Web. See the link above for the details.
Evening With Industry to be held Jan. 26, 2009 at Covel Commons
Evening With Industry is an annual corporate networking event, organized for UCLA Engineering students by the Society of Women Engineers at UCLA. The program allows students the unique opportunity to network with representatives from a wide range of leading technical companies over a three-course dinner, which is immediately followed by a career fair.
Evening with Industry is open to ALL engineering undergraduate and graduate students. It will be held on the evening of Monday, January 26, 2009 in the Grand Horizon Room, Covel Commons. Tickets will be sold in Boelter Hall and at Society of Women Engineers' general meetings beginning in January. (*new date is now Jan. 26)
Northrop Grumman Corporation recently sponsored scholarships for the UCLA Department of Computer Science. To read more, click here.
Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Professor Chih-Ming Ho, of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, received an honorary research chair professor from National Taiwan University, his alma mater.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Ann Karagozian was elected as vice-chair of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics. In subsequent years, Karagozian will serve as chair elect, then chair of the division.
MEDIA WATCH: UCLA ENGINEERING IN THE NEWS
News Focus: Biofuels. Eyeing Oil, Synthetic Biologists Mine Microbes for Black Gold
Biotechnology researchers want to reengineer microorganisms to turn agricultural products into gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. The article profiles several research groups, including James Liao, Chancellor's Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Dean Ho, Northwestern Universitynoon, 2101 Engineering V
"On Modeling Evaporation of Sessile Drops"
Nebojsa Murisic, UCLA Mathematics
noon, 38-138 Engineering IV
Topic to be announced
Zhenan Bao, Stanford University
1:30 p.m., 8500 Boelter
Harm Anton-Klok, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerlandnoon, 2101 Engineering V
Electrical Engineering Seminar
"Tractable Methods for Inference on Graphical Models"Alan Willsky, MIT
1 p.m., 54-134 Engineering IV
November 18Jon Postel Distinguished Lecture
"A Brand New Wireless Day"
Jan M. Rabaey, UC Berkeley
4:15 p.m., 3400 Boelter Hall
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Seminar
"Nanomanufacturing for Medicine and Energy"
Shaochen Chen, program director for nanomanufacturing, US National Science Foundation noon, 38-138 Engineering IV
November 24Electrical Engineering Seminar
"'Seeing' Through Walls - A Signal Processing Perspective"
Moeness Amin, Villanova University
1 p.m., 54-134 Engineering IV
Jack P. Moehle, UC Berkeley
4 p.m., 1425 Physics and Astronomy Building
"Water Resources Systems Analysis: The Contributions of William Yeh"
9:00 a.m., CNSI Conference Facility
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