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SPRING 2015, Issue No. 33

A New Landmark

FROM THE DEAN Engineers strive to create a better future. At the UCLA Henry Samueli School of

Engineering and Applied Science, the

future is here.

In March we held the grand opening

for the first phase of Engineering VI, a

beautiful new building that will enhance

Many hands have worked for many years

to build this vibrant hub of educational,

technological and entrepreneurial activity. On behalf of the school, we want to thank the UC Regents, our supporters across the

UCLA campus, research partners, and all of

the generous donors – from the 600 alumni

the school’s ability to serve as one of the

who so far have given $1,000 or more to our

research and education.

contributions are in the millions of dollars.

world’s great institutions of engineering Phase I will host state-of-the-art labs

for research in nanotechnology, green

energy and next-generation semiconductors,

Alumni Legacy Campaign to those whose You can learn more about them inside the magazine.

Engineering VI will be home to as-yet-

the school’s incubator for start-up companies

unimagined engineering breakthroughs

for the risk sciences, student conference

will propel the development of generations

and applied technologies, our new institute

and new technologies. More importantly, it

rooms and other exciting features.

of brilliant UCLA engineers who will spread

on Engineering VI’s 60,000-square-foot

the engineering profession, the nation and

On the same day we cut the ribbon

Phase I, we broke ground on the 90,000square-foot Phase II. When completed in

their wings to provide invaluable service to the world.

2017, this final phase of the building will


house our Computer Science Department, a

technology-enabled 250-seat learning center, labs for research on advanced materials for healthcare and industrial applications, an engineering alumni center and more.


Vijay K. Dhir

associate Deans

Richard D. Wesel

Academic and Student Affairs

Jenn-Ming Yang

Department chairs

Dwight C. Streit


Tsu-Chin Tsao

Benjamin Wu James C. Liao

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

International Initiatives and Online Programs

Jonathan P. Stewart

Research and Physical Resources

Jens Palsberg

Assistant Dean

M.C. Frank Chang

Jane P. Chang

Mary Okino

Chief Financial Officer

Civil and Environmental Engineering Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Vijay K. Dhir Dean

Materials Science and Engineering

ExternaL Affairs Communications

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Media Relations and Marketing Director

Office of ExternaL Affairs

Communications Manager and Writer

7256 Boelter Hall, Box 951600 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1600 310.206.0678 uclaengineering@support.ucla. edu

Bill Kisliuk

Matthew Chin

HauChee Chung Designer

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Risk and Reliability

Lab to Real Life

Risk Sciences opens its doors

launch Silicon Valley startup

The B. John Garrick Institute for the


Former students win top ISSCC award,

Innovation Station

A celebration for Engineering VI,

Cover: Engineering VI, Phase I, by Joanne Leung

the school’s new research hub.

2 By the Numbers 4 Breakthroughs 16 Meet Jayathi Murthy 18 New Faculty 29 Alumni Notes


— by the numbers —



scholarships were awarded in the

2014-15 school year.



21,882 638 students applied for freshman admission in Fall 2015

freshman students were enrolled in Fall 2014

The average SAT score, out of a possible 2400, for Fall 2014 enrollees is

The average weighted GPA of those enrolled in Fall 2014 is




affiliated faculty are

members of the National Academy of Engineering.




The graduate program is ranked

universities in the world by Times Higher

universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Overall, the graduate program is ranked

Education World University Rankings.

14th in the country. The school’s under-

United States and 9 in the world.

public universities and 18th overall.

Overall, the school is ranked 5th in the th


graduate program is ranked 10th among


in the world by Microsoft Academic Search

over the past 10 years for scientific influence.



The UCLA Engineering online

master’s degree program is ranked

in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


among engineering schools at public

among engineering schools at public


The school is ranked

The school is ranked



New Texture Capable of

Repelling All Liquids Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


dvancing the ability to maintain pristine surfaces in

p A computer simulation of a wake produced by an intense electron

bunch as it passes through an ionized gas.

power plants, solar cells and biomedical devices, UCLA researchers have created the first “superhydrophobic”

surface texture that can repel all liquids. Researchers

designed a microtextured surface shaped like thousands

of flathead nails on a board. The nails are placed about 100

micrometers apart. Each nailhead has a diameter of about

20 micrometers and a cross section resembling the letter

“T.” The secret is in the nanometer-scale overhangs around

A Milestone in

Accelerating Particles

the nailheads, which suspend any liquid – including water,

Chandrashekhar Joshi

oil or solvents. The pattern was demonstrated with glass,

metal and a polymer to emphasize the innovation is in the

surface texture, rather than the properties of Images: CJ Kim and T. Liu

the material.  n


Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering promising technique for accelerating electrons,

developed by researchers from UCLA and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, may

spur a new generation of shorter and more economical accelerators for use in medicine, industry and physics

research. The breakthrough uses waves in an ionized gas, or plasma, to accelerate charged particles. Researchers sent

two high-energy bunches containing billions of electrons



into a column of lithium plasma inside an oven. The first bunch blasted free electrons away from lithium ions,

forming a wave or a wake. While the first bunch lost energy

in forming the wake, the second bunch gained energy from the wake 400 to 500 times more rapidly than it would in a

p Images of

the superhydrophobic surface developed at UCLA Engineering.

conventional accelerator.   n


Lens-free Miscroscope

Detects Cancer Aydogan Ozcan

Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering researchers have developed a lens-free

microscope that can detect the presence of cancer or

other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy

as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. The

portable device also produces images several hundred

times larger in area, or field of view, than those captured

by conventional microscopes. The device uses a laser

or light-emitting-diode to illuminate a tissue sample.

A sensor array on a common microchip captures the

pattern of shadows created by the sample. The device

then processes these patterns as a series of holograms,

forming 3-D images

to a molecule of tobramycin, UCLA researchers created a powerful new antibiotic drug molecule.

An Antibiotic That

Bacteria Just Can’t Resist Andrea Kasko, Associate Professor of Bioengineering


Gerard Wong, Professor of Bioengineering

ioengeering researchers have developed a method

of engineering “terminator” antibiotics that kill so-called

persister bacteria, which are capable of surviving antibiotic

of the specimen. The

treatment by slowing their own metabolism and shutting

invention may prove

down intake of drugs. By adding a few amino acids to

especially useful in

tobramyacin, a commonly used antibiotic, researchers

remote areas and

created Pentobra, a new compound that penetrates the

when large numbers

membranes of persister cells that comprise the ancestors

of samples must be

of resistant strains. Importantly, Pentobra can

examined quickly.  n

kill persister cell strains 10,000-to-1-million times more

especially important given the diminishing resource of effective antibiotics.  n

p An illustration of a

tissue sample image created by a lens-free microscope developed at UCLA.


effectively than tobramycin. New design concepts to

renovate existing antibiotics into super-antibiotics are



p By adding amino acids



Photo: Joanne Leung

Engineering VI opens in the heart of campus

UCLA leaders and prominent alumni gathered in March to celebrate the new jewel of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Engineering VI. The building will feature state-of-the-art labs for research into renewable energy sources, next-generation semiconductors, nanotechnology, and new materials for healthcare and other applications, as well as the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, and the technology-enabled 250-seat Dr. William M. W. Mong Memorial Learning Center. It will be home to the UCLA Computer Science Department and the engineering school’s start-up incubator, the Institute for Technology Advancement. The 60,000-square-foot north wing is complete and is expected to be occupied in May. The 90,000-square-foot south wing is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Construction is being funded by donors, the engineering school and the UCLA campus, without support from the State of California. Donors have pledged or given $45 million for the building so far, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology made a $6 million grant. When Engineering VI is complete, UCLA Engineering will have added more

Courtesy Moore Ruble Yudell

than 250,000 square feet of research and teaching space in the span of a decade.

A rendering depicting Engineering VI when complete.

Participants in the ribbon cutting included, from left: Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. and Carol Tannas; Phyllis Easton and Jim Easton; UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor Scott L. Waugh; Dean Vijay K. Dhir; National Institute of Standards and Technology Director of Special Programs Richard Cavanagh; UCLA Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Physical Resources Jane P. Chang; Henry Samueli; John Garrick and Amelia Garrick; and Sam Iacobellis, representing Rockwell Collins.

Ribbon-Cutting for a Landmark Building On March 19, UCLA Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir

to come.” He thanked the UC Regents, campus

led a group of supporters who cut the ribbon for

leadership, engineering faculty and staff, alumni

the first phase of Engineering VI, its north wing,

and friends of the school, architects and laborers

and dug shovels into the dirt to launch construction

for their dedicated efforts.

members, alumni, students and friends of the

Scott L. Waugh said, “With this remarkable, new,

school were on hand.

thoroughly modern structure in place and with


Engineering VI, Dhir said, is “a building that


UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Phase II under way, the epicenter of barrier-

the entire UCLA community can take great pride in,

breaking innovation will continue to be right here at

and it will be an anchor for innovation for decades

UCLA Engineering.”

UCLA Engineering leaders and donors perform a ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase II of Engineering VI. The second and final phase is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Photos: Tsutsumida Pictures

of the second and final phase. More than 200 faculty

A Model of Advanced Engineering Dedicated to educating generations of UCLA engineers and developing breakthrough technologies, Engineering VI is itself an example of advanced engineering. Six laboratories feature concrete slabs that are isolated from the rest of the building for vibration control. Three labs have welded plates on all sides to shield against electromagnetic interference. Two of these labs feature concrete tanks that sit on isolators, further reducing environmental influence on research measurements. Extensive modeling resulted in features that are expected to result in a 30 percent reduction in estimated energy use and costs. The roof features 6,000 square feet of space for solar panels. Water that is normally wasted in reverse-osmosis and deionization processes, as well as excess water from sinks, will be recycled for other non-potable purposes. The school is seeking LEED Gold certification for Phase I, and LEED Platinum certification for Phase II. Phase II would be the first LEED Platinum building on the UCLA campus. Moore Ruble Yudell is the building architect. Jeffrey Averill is the UCLA Campus Architect. Jane P. Chang is the UCLA Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Physical Resources.

Major Contributors $5 Million and up David Mong ’84 and Emmy Mong The National Institute of Standards and Technology Rockwell Collins Henry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 and Susan Samueli $1 Million to $4,999,999 Aaron S. Cohen* ’58 and Nancy Cohen Marjorie Crump* ’46 and Ralph Crump ’50 Jim Easton ’59 and Phyllis Easton B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68 and Amelia Garrick Mukund Padmanabhan MS ’89, PhD ’92 Lawrence E. Tannas ’59, MS ’61, and Carol A. Tannas, Parents ’85, MS ’88 $500,000 to $999,999 Leslie M. Lackman Fang Lu MS ’88, PhD ’92 and Jui-Chuan Yeh MPH ’96 $250,000 to $499,999 Mark Berman MS ’92, PhD ’95 and Sharon B. Berman ’91 Ivan Catton ’59, PhD ’66 and Susan Catton, Parents ’88 Jane J. Yang PhD ’71 and Tien-Tsai Yang PhD ’68, Parents ’92


Photos: Joanne Leung


Major Features, Phase I The Institute for Technology Advancement The Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology The B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences The Mark and Sharon Berman Conference Room The Fang Lu Optical Nanostructures Laboratory The Mukund Padmanabhan Systems Scaling Technology Laboratory The Jane and Tien-Tsai Yang Conference Room

Major Features, Phase II The Computer Science Department

The Nancy and Aaron Cohen Student Study Room The Marjorie and Ralph Crump Garden The Easton Innovation Laboratory The Dr. Leslie Lackman Family Executive Suite The Lawrence and Carol Tannas Engineering Alumni Suite



The Novak Zuber and Ivan Catton Library

Courtesy Moore Ruble Yudell

The Dr. William M. W. Mong Memorial Learning Center

Join the Alumni Legacy Campaign Through the Alumni Legacy Campaign for Engineering VI, more than 600 UCLA Engineering alumni have contributed $1,000 or more to build Engineering VI. These generous contributions are vital to the construction of the building. The names of donors to the Alumni Legacy Campaign will be commemorated in Phase II of Engineering VI. Engineering VI is much more than bricks and mortar. It represents a milestone in the history of the school. Gifts from alumni connect the school’s legacy of engineering excellence to the generations of brilliant engineers who will learn, teach and perform research here in the coming decades. To participate in the Alumni Legacy Campaign:

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Clockwise from top left: Rica Reyes and Asha Mehta-Yee; Mark, Sharon and Jordan Berman; Phyllis and Jim Easton with Henry Samueli; Douglas and Marion Lee, Sam Iacobellis, and Alan Cutter with Professor Michael Dyer.

Photos: Tsutsumida Pictures

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Risk and Reliability

UCLA Engineering launches the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences to improve resilience and prevent failures of complex natural and manmade systems and processes.

“The risk sciences require knowledge in specialized fields – such as civil engineering, manufacturing or dealing with hazardous materials – as well as disciplines rooted in logic, plausible reasoning and probabilistic inference.” — Ali Mosleh


By Bill Kisliuk

rom tiny medical devices to systems as vast and

complex as nuclear power plants, engineers are called upon to develop technologies that maximize efficiency and reliability while minimizing the potential of harm to people, property or the planet. Creating a premiere center for the field of risk and reliability engineering, in the fall of 2014 the

UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science launched the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences. The Garrick Institute aims to bring together

The Garrick Institute will collaborate with researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine and several other UCLA departments, as well as national laboratories and research centers.

top researchers from across disciplines and university campuses to address risk and reliability

systems of interacting hardware, software and the

engineering in its many permutations: To increase

human element.” UCLA’s Evalyn Knight Chair in Engineering and

manage and prepare for challenges stemming from

a distinguished professor of materials science and

industrial failures and natural disasters; and model

engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering,

the reliability of complex systems ranging from next-

and electrical engineering, Mosleh has a 30-year

generation automobiles to cybersecurity solutions.

history in the risk sciences. He has worked with organizations ranging from NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration

manufacturing or dealing with hazardous materials

to large utilities and manufacturers. In 2010 he

– as well as disciplines rooted in logic, plausible reasoning and probabilistic inference,” said Ali Mosleh, MS ’78, PhD ’81, the director of the Garrick

was elected to the National Academy of Engineers, the highest honor for engineers in the United States. The institute’s founder and senior advisor is

Institute. “Our work in reliability engineering

B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68. Garrick is a

focuses on the enormous complexities posed by

pioneer in the risk sciences who has served on


“The risk sciences require knowledge in specialized fields – such as civil engineering,


safety for patients in healthcare settings; prevent,

Goals of the Garrick Institute

and chaired committees of the National Academies addressing topics including terrorism, space


Conduct seminal research in the risk sciences

exploration, chemical weapons, marine systems and


Collaborate on research projects with federal agencies, industry partners and researchers at UCLA and other U.S. and international universities

the National Academy of Engineering “for making

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automobile safety. In 1993 Garrick was elected to quantitative risk analysis an applied science and a

Be a resource for independent technical review and assessment of the performance of complex systems

fundamental part of engineering design.”

Provide a world-class repository of risk sciences information

appointed by President George W. Bush to serve

In 2004, both Mosleh and Garrick were on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board,

Promote, distribute and when possible commercialize methods and technologies developed by institute researchers

Garrick as chairman. They continued to serve until

Organize and co-sponsor workshops and conferences, and publish fundamental research on theoretical foundations and applications of risk management

environment has increased dramatically in the 20th

Develop student fellowship programs through industrial affiliates and government agencies

thinking, methods, tools and applications.”

Offer awards, including the institute’s highest prize in the name of the founder, recognizing excellence in risk research


Offer a master’s degree and graduate certificate in risk analysis and reliability engineering


Provide continuing education classes and training for working professionals

2012 under President Obama. “The complexity of risks to society and the and 21st centuries,” Garrick said. “We must meet the challenge of managing these threats with new Still in its early stages, the Garrick Institute has created a Senior Fellows program to attract veteran researchers from academia and industry, and is engaging in discussions with a variety of manufacturers and agencies developing new technologies. More than 15 faculty from the school of engineering

Garrick Institute goals include preventing, managing and preparing for challenges stemming from industrial failures and natural disasters.

Ali Mosleh, director of the Garrick Institute, shown with the patented hybrid causal logic (HCL) methodology he developed for risk analysis of socio-technical systems.

months to include researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine and other UCLA schools and departments including environmental science, social sciences, psychology, economics and public policy. The institute is also in discussion

UCLA is perfectly positioned to tap its rich cross-disciplinary resources to lead the way to more safety and security.

with several national laboratories and prominent centers in other countries to establish collaborative

systems become more complex, than ever before.

research programs.

With this institute, UCLA is perfectly positioned

“Risk and reliability engineering have had a

to tap its rich cross-disciplinary resources to lead

profound impact on industry and society,” Mosleh

the way to more safety, more security and greater

said. “Every day, we become more connected, and

achievements in this field.”  n


and the list is expect to grow in the next few


are now formally affiliated with the institute,

Interview with

Jayathi Murthy In February, UCLA announced that Jayathi Murthy, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, will serve as the next dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. She will join the school in January 2016. How did you become interested in engineering?

I am the daughter of a civil engineer. My father belonged to the first generation of engineers to graduate after India’s independence. He built the first railway bridges in some of the most remote and desperately poor parts of that fledgling nation. As a child, I lived in those places – no running water, no electricity, no hospitals, no schools… My father’s work utterly transformed these places. Engineering has the power to transform lives. This is why I am an engineer.



What, in your view, is the role and responsibility of engineers?

Engineers must use their skills, knowledge and creativity to address the most pressing technological problems facing society – problems with energy, water, food, health, and the environment – and to do it in a sustainable, ethical and humane way. Engineering schools must give students hard technical skills, but also breadth. Students must be able to appreciate the social, historical and political contexts in which they practice their profession so that they can make real impact.

Prior to her work at the University of Texas, Murthy was a professor at Purdue University and Carnegie Mellon University, and previously worked in industry. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Recently, Murthy answered questions about her career and her goals in engineering education and research.

What opportunities and challenges are ahead in engineering education?

I believe engineering education is in a period of extraordinary transition. India and China together will graduate over half a million engineers this year. The U.S. will graduate about 80,000. How do we maintain our historical leadership in engineering education and research in the face of all this competition? Our response to this challenge must play out in a time of severe financial constraints. Inflation in higher education has been between 5 and 10 percent a year. Meanwhile, middle class wages are stagnant and state appropriations are falling. So it is a real challenge to provide high-quality education at an affordable price. Then there are enormous transformations being wrought by technology – witness the huge excitement about online education. Some have claimed this will make traditional brick-and-mortar universities irrelevant. Whether that comes to pass or not, I have no doubt there are huge opportunities to transform the way we teach engineering, and even who we teach it to.

Another challenge for us is to create academic structures that are frictionless, that allow creative interactions to flourish across the university. And then there are demographics. Our country is undergoing big demographic shifts, and some groups are not well

“Engineering has the power to

transform lives. This is why I am an engineer.” – Jayathi Murthy

represented in the engineering enterprise. We need to ensure that the promise of engineering education is accessible to all our citizens. What is your vision for UCLA Engineering?

I think of UCLA as one of the “public Ivies.” One the one hand, like the Ivies, UCLA Engineering does cuttingedge research and supports a large research infrastructure. On the other hand, it is our charter to deliver high-quality engineering education to a much larger student body than any Ivy does. I believe our greatest contributions lie in a creative merger

of these two aspects. Our location in L.A. – the gateway to the Pacific Rim and to Latin America – gives us an enormous advantage. Specific initiatives I have been thinking about include growing the size and quality of our research enterprise, broadening our undergraduate curriculum, expanding our international footprint, growing our online and executive programs and achieving greater diversity. I want to say how lucky I am to be building on what Dean Vijay Dhir has accomplished already.

used the world over, and this is a source of great pride and satisfaction for me. In academics, I believe I’ve made important contributions to the development of computational algorithms for nanoscale transport. I was the director of the PRISM center, funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration. We made significant strides in developing uncertainty quantification frameworks for microsystem simulation.

I love teaching, and am always tinkering with my courses and experimenting with new ways to get my ideas across. But the greatest sources of pride for me have been the spectacular initiatives the faculty has led during my time as department chair at UT Austin. These are truly creative efforts by faculty to expand hands-on learning, develop innovative online courses and materials, and promote a diverse student body. n

Please describe your research interests.

I started my career in computational fluid dynamics, devising algorithms for simulating fluid flow and heat transfer for industrial applications – to determine, for example, the aerodynamic performance of cars, how much your laptop will heat up, etc. Over the last few years, I have been working in the area of nanoscale heat transfer. Recently, I have also become very interested in merging decision sciences with engineering simulation and experiments – I believe this effort is essential if simulation is to be embedded deeply in industrial practice.


The early third of my career was spent in a start-up called Fluent Inc., today a world leader in commercial fluid dynamics software. I was one of the earliest employees of Fluent, and my algorithmic work undergirds many of their software products today. My work is


Please describe your accomplishments in research and education.


UCLA Engineering New Faculty


Subramanian Iyer Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering


Ph.D. UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

ubramanian Iyer returns to UCLA Engineering to teach and pursue research and development

in the fields of systems scaling technology, memory integration, neuromorphic computing and

chip security. An IBM Fellow, Iyer was most recently director of the Systems Scaling Technology department at IBM. His accomplishments include the development of the first silicon-germanium



heterojunction bipolar transistor used in mobile communication; embedded DRAM, a dense, highperformance memory integrated in all IBM Systems products; and eFUSE, used for redundancy and repair of chips. He led the development of 45 nanometer technology, which spawned the first generation of smartphones and tablets, and is currently developing three-dimensional stacking of chips. Iyer is a distinguished alumnus of IIT Bombay and received the 2012 IEEE Daniel Noble Award for Emerging Technologies. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech, and he studies Sanskrit and Indian history in his spare time.  n

Raghu Meka Assistant Professor of Computer Science Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


aghu Meka’s research is in theoretical computer

science with interests in complexity theory, learning theory,

Silicon Valley. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science at Rutgers University. In 2011, Meka earned the Bert Kay Dissertation Award, the top award for a computer science Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin.   n

Philip A. Romero Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Ph.D. California Institute of Technology


hilip Romero’s research interests are in understanding the

design principles of proteins and how these principles can be applied to engineer new proteins with useful properties. He focuses on integrating experimental and computational

methods to study how proteins function. Romero’s honors include a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship and a NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award. Romero joins the school following a post-doctoral fellowship at UC San Francisco’s Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences.  n


Engineering, Meka was a member of Microsoft Research


algorithm design and data mining. Prior to joining UCLA

Lab to Real Life In February, Wang and Yuan received the 2014 Lewis

Winner Award for Outstanding Paper at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. Wang

and Yuan are lead authors on the paper. Markovic is the

principal investigator. Tsung-Han Yu, Ph.D. ’13, who joined Cheng C. Wang, Professor Dejan Markovic and Fang-Li Yuan.


any researchers dream of bridging the gap between academic achievement and entrepreneurial impact.

Electrical Engineering Professor Dejan Markovic and two of his former students are seeing that dream come true.

In February, Cheng C. Wang and Fang-Li Yuan, who

earned their doctorates in electrical engineering in 2013

and 2014, respectively, won the top award at the world’s most prestigious conference on integrated circuits. The

recognition came nearly a year after Wang co-founded a

Silicon Valley semiconductor firm, Flex Logix Technologies,

joined a few months later by Yuan. Markovic is a consultant

to the startup, which is headed by veteran technology

entrepreneur Geoff Tate.

Their innovation lies in reconfigurable hardware within

field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), semiconductors that power everyday devices such as computers and

cellphones. Yuan and Wang conceived of, developed and

chipmaker Qualcomm after leaving Markovic’s lab, is a co-author.

In doing the research, the team developed five chips

with variations of the new design and did extensive

testing of software to make sure the chip was programmable. They utilized the support of UCLA Engineering’s Institute for Technology Advancement and the UCLA

Office of Intellectual Property, which assist student and

faculty researchers in securing patents, forging licensing agreements and promoting new technologies.

Since its founding in 2008, ITA has helped launch more

than 20 companies built on UCLA Engineering research, and a dozen more are in the pipeline, according to ITA

business strategist Schaffer Grimm.

“The goal for a lot of Ph.D. students is to do some

research, earn a degree and get out,” said Wang. “That

wasn’t our goal. We knew this was something that we were going to keep working on for many years.”  n

tested a new design of FPGAs that allows microprocessors to handle complex tasks — for example, algorithm-



intensive software applications such as digital signal

processing and high-speed networking — with greater flexibility, while using less energy than today’s chips.

The key to their achievement is making integrated

circuits reconfigurable, saving chip developers from

spending years and tens of millions of dollars ensuring that

their products will run smoothly alongside new applications or with increased power demands.

The new semiconductor chip design created in Professor Dejan Markovic’s lab.

You Can Fund the Future. UCLA Engineers are conducting research that

will develop sources of renewable energy, improve the ability to detect and cure diseases, enhance

cybersecurity and make our physical infrastructure

stronger and safer. Supporting the UCLA Engineering Fund enables faculty and students to make a positive impact on the world.

Make a gift to the UCLA Engineering Fund today. Call: 310.206.0678

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The UCLA Engineering Fund Enhancing Engineering Excellence

In Memoriam: A.V. Balakrishnan (1922-2015) A.V. Balakrishnan, distinguished professor emeritus of electrical engineering, passed away March 16, 2015. He was 92.

Bal, as he was widely known, was from Chennai, India. He earned his

master’s degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in mathematics from USC. After graduating, he joined RCA as a project engineer, and

worked as a researcher at Space Technology Laboratories in Redondo

Beach. He joined the UCLA Engineering faculty as an associate professor in 1961. He also held an appointment in Mathematics.

Laboratory at UCLA. He supervised 54 master’s students, 18 Engineer

degree recipients, 54 Ph.D. graduates, and authored several books. He

was named a Fellow of IEEE in 1966 and a Life Fellow in 1996. He also received the NASA Public Service Medal in 1996.  n


Science, a precursor to the Electrical Engineering Department, and for

several years was the director of the NASA-supported Flight Systems


Balakrishnan twice served as chair of the Department of Systems


News Awards Dinner GALA Honors Garrick, Viswanathan and Shyu



Friends of the school from across many decades and disciplines gathered at the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Nov. 21 for the 2014 UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Awards Dinner.

UCLA Engineering Awards Winners 2014 Alumnus of the Year B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68 Lifetime Contribution Award Chand Viswanathan MS ’59, PhD ’64 Alumni Professional Achievement Award Hon. Heidi Shyu MS ’81, Eng ’82 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award Alexander Sherstov, Assistant Professor in Computer Science Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award Izhak Rubin, Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering Edward K. Rice Outstanding Doctoral Student Elias Bareinboim PhD ’14 Edward K. Rice Outstanding Master’s Student Helen Durand ’11, MS ’14 Edward K. Rice Outstanding Bachelor’s Student Shannon Wongvibulsin ’14


Risk sciences pioneer B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68, a National Academy of Engineering member who has been a dedicated supporter of the school, was named UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year. In his acceptance speech, Garrick addressed his decades of involvement with UCLA Engineering, from his student years to the founding in 2014 of the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences. Longtime professor Chand Viswanathan MS ’59, PhD ’64 received a standing ovation as he walked to the stage to accept the Lifetime Contribution Award from Dean Vijay K. Dhir. Viswanathan, a full-time faculty member from 1962 to 2005, is known as an exemplary teacher who played a key role in the formation and achievements of the Electrical Engineering Department. He also served on the UC Academic Senate and as a faculty representative on the UC Board of Regents. Upon receiving the award, Viswanathan said, “UCLA will always be my love, my life, my destiny.” The Hon. Heidi Shyu MS ’81, Eng ’82, assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, won the Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Shyu spent more than 30 years at Southern California firms including Hughes Aircraft, Litton Industries and Raytheon before accepting her current appointment. She thanked her many friends and mentors in attendance, emphasized the importance of the Army’s $2.4 billion science and technology budget, and thanked U.S. soldiers. “It is the engineering mind that allows us to be the pre-eminent army in the world,” she said. The emcee for the evening was television personality Suzanne Sena. Sponsors of the awards dinner include Ralph Crump ’50 and family; Benton Bejach ’45 and Wanlyn Bejach; Lawrence Tannas, Jr., ’59, MS ’61 and Carol Tannas, Parents ’85, MS ’88; Edward K. Rice and Linda Rice; Raytheon, a gold sponsor; Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Symantec, silver sponsors; Aerospace Corp., Broadcom, Intel, Lockheed Martin, RAND, SanDisk, Schneider Electric, TMX Engineering and Xerox, blue sponsors.  n

Associate Dean Rick Wesel with student award winners Elias Bareinboim, Helen Durand and Shannon Wongvibulsin.


Associate Dean Jane P. Chang with teaching award winners Izhak Rubin (above) and Alexander Sherstov (center).



Robots Take Center Stage at Tech Forum 2015

the age of highly functional robots working in a variety of settings is just around the corner.


obots led the way at Tech Forum 2015, the annual showcase for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Feb. 3 event, sponsored by Raytheon, drew more than 500 people to the Northwest Auditorium and Carnesale Commons on the UCLA campus. Marc Raibert, co-founder of leading robotics firm Boston Dynamics, offered the keynote address and showed videos displaying the remarkable agility, durability and computer vision of quadripedal robots developed by the company. Raibert said the age of highly functional robots working in a variety Marc Raibert, co-founder of leading robotics of settings is “just around the corner.” The main remaining technological firm Boston Dynamics. challenge, he said, is improving the power supply of robotic devices. Dennis Hong, a UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, offered an entertaining and informative demonstration of his lab’s robots. Hong brought to the stage THOR-OP, a humanoid robot that will compete at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in June in Pomona. The competition will test researchers’ ability to design robots to perform disaster-response tasks in situations too dangerous for humans. Veronica Santos and Jacob Rosen, mechanical and aerospace engineering professors who specialize in rehabilitative and surgical robotics, respectively, also presented their work. In the poster session, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, UCLA Engineering students presented more than 160 posters depicting their cutting-edge research for an audience of faculty, alumni and industry representatives. During the afternoon breakout sessions, sponsored by Cislo & Thomas and Lockheed Martin, UCLA Engineering faculty highlighted their recent innovations in fields ranging from big data analytics and sustainable energy technologies to seismic safety and the use of wireless sensors in medical care. UCLA Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir presented Excellence in Corporate Top: Professor Dennis Hong and THOR-OP Philanthropy awards to three firms with a long track record of supporting the Bottom: The poster session at Tech Forum 2015. school and engineering education: Microsoft, Broadcom and CTS Cement.  n

Poster contest winners with Dean Vijay K. Dhir.



Overall: Nicole Darling, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Application: Phuong Nguyen, Bioengineering Engineering: Andrew Pan, Electrical Engineering Fundamental Science: Diana Chien, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Poster Design: Jingming Dong, Computer Science Verbal Presentation: Eugenia Zah, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Tech Forum Poster Session Competition Winners 2015

Kamei Wins UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award




By Matthew Chin

aniel T. Kamei has been named a winner of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015, one of only six faculty members across campus to receive the honor. An associate professor of bioengineering and vice chair of the Bioengineering Department, Kamei attended public schools in his hometown of Monterey Park and earned his bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley. He said teaching is his way of giving back to the state’s public schools. “The students I teach at UCLA and those I see during my outreach activities remind me of myself and my friends, as many come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Kamei. “To educate and inspire these students is a responsibility that I do not take lightly, and I have been thoroughly committed to providing an enriching educational experience for these students.” Kamei uses real-world examples in his classes, and peppers students with questions to encourage them to think on their feet. “He has a gift of unraveling a very complicated concept in a clear and logical manner,” said Edward Pham ’14, a former student and undergraduate researcher for Kamei who is now in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Stanford University. In 2007, Kamei received UCLA Engineering’s Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award and was named Professor of the Year by the Engineering Society for the University of California at UCLA. Kamei received his B.S. from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. from MIT, both in chemical engineering. He joined the UCLA faculty in 2003, following a post-doctoral fellowship in biological engineering at MIT.  n

Distinguished Teaching Award Winners from UCLA Engineering 2015 Daniel Kamei, Bioengineering 2012 Jonathan P. Stewart, Civil and Environmental Engineering 2011

Yahya Rahmat-Samii, Electrical Engineering

2007 Behzad Razavi, Electrical Engineering 2005 Keith Stolzenbach, Civil and Environmental Engineering 2003 Joseph DiStefano III, Computer Science 1986 Leonard Kleinrock, Computer Science 1985 David F. Martin, Computer Science 1983 Robert S. Elliott, Electrical Engineering 1979 Chand Viswanathan, Electrical Engineering 1973 Nhan Levan, Electrical Engineering 1971

Vernon E. Denny, Chemical Engineering

1964 Moshe F. Rubinstein, Civil and Environmental Engineering 1962 Ken Nobe, Chemical Engineering

Photo: Matthew Chin

A Gift for Instruction

UCLA Engineering:

Join the Club Not all engineering education takes place in the lab or classroom. The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science hosts nearly 50 student-run engineering clubs. These clubs offer a wide range of benefits to undergraduate and graduate students. Participants: n Gain leadership opportunities n Meet other students with similar engineering and cultural interests n Gain information and opportunities for jobs and internships n Do hands-on work with projects in their area of interest n Perform service via outreach to younger students and engineering projects that benefit underserved communities n Gather resources to help navigate student life n Learn communication skills that are crucial for success in industry and entrepreneurship n Network with alumni and members of industry n Participate in competitions against groups from other engineering schools n Collaborate with faculty and partners on research projects For more information: Visit n Visit the Student Organizations link on the Current Students page at n Pick up an Engineering Student Groups brochure from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, 6426 Boelter Hall n

Major Donors Making a Difference  |  October 2014 – March 2015

Mukund Padmanabhan


Mukund Padmanabhan, MS ’89, PhD ’92, made a gift of $2.5 million to create the Mukund Padmanabhan Systems Scaling Technology Laboratory in Engineering VI. The million donation is the fourth Padmanabhan has made to his alma mater, and the largest. His three previous donations, of $500,000 each, support the Guru Krupa Foundation fellowships in Electrical Engineering.


B. John and Amelia Garrick






B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68, and his wife, Amelia Garrick, committed $9 million to launch the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences and help build Engineering VI. The Garricks have previously supported school research, and B. John Garrick, elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993, is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council.

alumni Notes 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

In Memoriam

Dimitris Chorafas MS ’54 passed away in the fall of


Miguel A. Mariño PhD ’72, a distinguished professor

2014. An advisor to top financial institutions and the

emeritus of hydrologic sciences, civil and environmental

management, finance and other topics, Chorafas worked

UC Davis, has had a prolific career with significant contri-

management. In 1992 he created the Dimitris N. Chorafas

large-scale hydrosystems.

author or co-author of dozens of books on business

engineering, and biological and agricultural engineering at

in computer systems, financial engineering and risk

butions to subsurface hydrology and the management of

Foundation, based in Switzerland, which

Dan M. Goebel ’77, MS ’78, PhD

annually awards scholarships for

’81, a senior research scientist at

innovative research in engineering and

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,

other disciplines to students at the

was elected to the National

foundation’s 20 partner universities.

Academy of Engineering for

Several UCLA Engineering Ph.D.

“contributions to low-temperature

students have been recipients of the awards.

plasma sources for thin-film

manufacturing, plasma materials interactions, and electric

the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department’s alumni

had a long and distinguished career

advisory board.

named Patriot of the Year for 2014

Susan Estrada ’78 was induct-

in electronics and computing, was

and 2015 in Laguna Beach’s Patriot’s Day Parade. He has also written

a book on his experiences in World

ed into the Internet Hall of Fame as

a Pioneer. Estrada founded CERFnet, one of the original regional IP

War II, “Flying with Biscuit Bomber

networks, in 1988. CERFnet served

Transport in the Pacific,” published

communities in California. As its

Bob: the untold story of WWII Air by Dockside Sailing Press.

the academic and commercial

executive director, she used NSF funding of $2.8 million to grow the network from 25 sites to hundreds of sites.

CERFnet developed a number of notable Internet firsts,


Robert R. Mosier ’50, who has

of mechanical and aerospace engineering, an adjunct

professor of electrical engineering at USC and serves on



propulsion.” Goebel is also a UCLA adjunct professor

including the first deployment of dial-up IP and accounting

promotes diversity and inclusion, and for reaching out to

commercial Internet traffic via the Commercial Internet

as a lead advanced thermal engineer at General Motors in

reports for customers, as well as being a part of the first

Exchange. Today, Estrada continues to consult on Internet

infrastructure, in particular looking to increase older adult

the next generation of women engineers. Karlsson works

Warren, Mich.

Carey Nachenberg, MS ’95,

use of the Internet.

an adjunct professor of computer


science and chief architect of Security Technology and

Paul W. Martin MS ’84 was appointed President

Response at Symantec, has

of the OPM Aerospace & Industrial Division at Oxford

authored a new techno thriller,

Performance Materials in August. OPM is a leader in 3D

printing and high-performance additive manufacturing. Martin’s division uses proprietary technology to deliver lightweight, high performance, cost-competitive,

3D-printed thermoplastic parts.

Michael Torres ’89, was

selected in 2014 by U.S. Navy Naval

Air Systems Command as a NAVAIR Fellow. Of the 6,500 scientists

and engineers in the Navy, there are only 45 full NAVAIR fellows.

Torres is the chief developmental

engineer for the U.S. Navy and Air Force for the High Speed

Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), Aircraft Launcher Interface

Computer (ALIC), and their associated support equipment.


in the novel takes place in Boelter Hall and the Ronald

Reagan UCLA Medical Center. All proceeds from sales

of the book will go to charity, including UCLA Engineering Computer Science

Department scholarships for low-income

students and UCLA UniCamp, a summer

camp program. For more information, visit

Alexis Bernard MS ’98 PhD ’02 was named chief

technology officer of Knowles Corp., a supplier of advanced

micro-acoustic solutions and specialty components.

experience in technology development included a stint as CTO of Audience. He also worked

has been named associate dean of

at Nokia and Texas Instruments.

the School of Science, Technology,

numerous patents and author of

the University of Washington Bothell.

digital communications and

research and graduate studies for Engineering, and Mathematics at


PC, Alex Fife uncovers a plot to decimate the computing

infrastructure of the United States. Some of the action

Prior to joining Knowles, Bernard’s more than 15 years of

Michael Stiber MS ’90, PhD ’92


“The Florentine Deception.”

Spurred by the discovery of a strange clue on a discarded

Silvia Karlsson MS ’93 has been elected a Fellow of the

Society of Women Engineers.

Karlsson was recognized for her career-long dedication to SWE, for technical leadership that

Bernard is an inventor on

more than 25 publications in speech technology.

Sandhya Murthy ’98, after working for Hewlett-Packard

as a consultant, then with start-ups including her own, is

now a Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors of Los Gatos, Calif.


Amarjeet Singh MS ’07, PhD

’09, an assistant professor of

Ryan Havens ’03 and his wife Anna had their second

electrical engineering at IIIT Delhi

child in 2014. Havens is a senior systems engineer at Lock-

in India, has co-founded an energy

heed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, Calif.

data analytics company, Zenatix.

Zenatix uses real-time data from

ShurjiL Husain ’03 made a career

head of marketing and communications for the IBM-Mobily Alliance. He is based

in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Tony Huang PhD ’05, a professor of engineering science and mechanics at Pennsylvania State University, received the IEEE 2014 Sensors Council Technical Achievement

Award. He was cited “for outstanding contributions in the

areas of microfluidics, optofluidics, ultrasonic tweezers and

identify energy wastage in daily operations. He reports the

company’s first customers have been able to save 5 to 15

percent on energy costs.

Cong Shen PhD ’09 has accepted an appointment as a

professor at the University of Science and Technology of China, which is located in Hefei.

Tak-Sing Wong PhD ’09, an assistant professor of

mechanical and aerospace engineering at Pennsylvania

State University, was named to MIT Technology Review’s

acoustic focusing.”

2015 list of innovators under 35 years old and was an invitee

Katherine Pendergraph MS ’06, a project engineer

Engineering conference. Wong’s research is in biologically

at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, received the Most Promising Engineer of the Year Award at the

14th annual Asian-American Engineer of the Year award

ceremony, held in Los Angeles in March. Pendergraph is

responsible for verification and validation of development

and operational software for a communications system.

She has also supported missile

and high-altitude, long-endurance

(HALE) programs. She is active as a mentor to minority men and

to the National Academy of Engineering’s U.S. Frontiers of

inspired engineering with applications in materials science, water, health and energy.


Juan Pablo Cortes ’10, MS ’13 recently started a Ph.D.

program in electronic and biomedical engineering at the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM), in

Valparaiso, Chile.

Brothers Brian Roizen ’10, MS ’11 and Robert Roizen

women as part of the Northrop

’13 have launched PerfectLeads, a tool that allows small

Associates program.

professionals to rapidly find and research business

Grumman Systems Engineering

Hamid Rafati PhD ’06 has opened Mazarine Coffee in

San Francisco, at the corner of Market and Kearny streets.

The coffee shop is named after the oldest library in France, Bibliothèque Mazarine in Paris.

business owners, sales teams and business development


Jeff Almario ’11 recently founded the Professional

Advancement of Control Systems group in Bechtel’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals global business unit. In addition, he joined

the board for the Bechtel Young Engineering Unit. Almario was recently admitted to Carnegie Mellon University’s

Tepper School of Business and will pursue his MBA.


Global Technology Services Division as

energy and related sensors to


change in 2013 and is working at IBM’s

Alan Terranova ’11 recently joined

Nicholas Jansen ’13 married

Google Irvine’s office as a software

Angela Atencio on July 12, 2014,

development teams. Before joining

an engineer for Form Factor in

senior engineer at Qualcomm for

his graduate studies at UCLA.

engineer, working with its mobile

Google, he had been promoted to his contributions to Zeroth, the

company’s neuromorphic machine learning initiative.

Terranova said he looks forward to visiting UCLA for career

in Concord, Calif. He works as

Livermore Calif., and is continuing

Robert B. Hamilton PhD ’14,

co-founder and vice-president

fairs and basketball games.

of research and development for Neural Analytics, reports

Torrey Umland ’11 has been working at Symantec

recently closed a $3 million round of seed funding. The

since graduation and is currently a supervisor in software engineering. He is involved in the security company’s

the company, focused on improving concussion diagnoses,

company, co-founded with UCLA Anderson students, has 11 full-time employees and is seek-

recruiting efforts, including many visits to UCLA. In 2014

ing to raise $12 million in Series

Umland and his wife Grace, also a UCLA graduate, married

A funding later this year. Neural

and bought their first home in Torrance. This year he

Analytics was a winner of the

spoke at a CS201 seminar on “shipping rugged software

2013 UCLA Engineering Institute

to the masses.”

for Technology Advancement

Student Entrepreneur Venture

Merriam Blum ’12 recently

accepted a promotion to systems engineer with General Atomics

Aeronautical Systems, in San

Diego. Blum was previously with

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

in Palmdale, Calif. Blum and his

fiancée, Marine Torre, are getting married in May in France.


Matthew Kurihara ’14 is at Tesla Motors, working on the company’s stationary storage project.

Jonathan Lim ’14 won the 2014

Asian Architects and Engineers Foundation Scholarship for his

involvement with Engineers

Crystal Lin ’12 is a process engineer at Starbucks in

Without Borders. Lim submitted

company’s VIA instant coffee products.

assessment trip to build a school-

Seattle. Lin is helping to design the process for the

a report on a January 2014 site house in Nicaragua.

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UCLA Engineer Spring 2015  

UCLA Engineering holds ribbon-cutting for north wing of cutting-edge new research building, Engineering VI, and groundbreaking for second wi...

UCLA Engineer Spring 2015  

UCLA Engineering holds ribbon-cutting for north wing of cutting-edge new research building, Engineering VI, and groundbreaking for second wi...