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fall 2010, issue no. 24
sixty-fivE yEars of driving innovation
from the dean
In the fall of 1945, UCLA’s college of engineering opened with an enrollment of 379 students, and did not yet have a permanent building to call home. Since those humble beginnings, the school has grown by leaps and bounds.
UcLa e Dean Vijay K. Dhir
This year, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science celebrates its 65th anniversary, and certainly there is so much that alumni, students, faculty, staff and supporters can be proud of. Over the past 65 years, UCLA engineers have developed the architecture of the Internet starting with the first node here in Boelter Hall; powered rockets that sent humans to the Moon and back; created tiny circuits for cell phones, which now tether us to the world; pioneered reverse-osmosis membranes for desalination and cleanup of brackish water; and contributed to many other achievements across a broad spectrum of new technologies. Today, UCLA engineers are continuing to conduct high-impact research for the 21st century, in areas such as renewable energy; health care; clean water; wireless networks and systems and cybersecurity. We are continuing to provide an excellent educational experience to all of our undergraduate and graduate students. At the 2010 commencement, we awarded 650 B.S. degrees, 375 M.S. degrees and 170 Ph.D.s. Our Ph.D graduate production per faculty is perpetually among the very highest in the country. Most of all, we can all be proud of the alumni, at 30,000-strong, who have fanned out across California, the U.S., and around the globe to contribute their knowledge and skills to advance technology for the benefit of society. This special issue of UCLA Engineer includes a few rarely seen photos from our archives; a remembrance of the school’s inception just after World War II by distinguished alumnus Paul Castenholz ’49, MS ’58; Q and A’s with a few longtime faculty, who are also alumni of the school, staff members, who have been an integral part of school’s growth; and a preview of the school’s commemorative video, celebrating 65 years of driving innovation. As always, you’ll be able to find articles on the latest research taking place here and highlights of a few of our exceptional faculty and alumni. Features include Eric Hoek’s innovative work to clean up the Gulf oil spill, Jin Hyung Lee’s research on new neuroimaging techniques and a profile of leading electronic energy-efficiency expert, Balu Balakrishnan MS ’76. I invite you to enjoy this commemorative issue of UCLA Engineer.
associate Deans Richard D. Wesel Academic and Student Affairs Jane P. Chang Research and Physical Resources assistant Dean Mary Okino Chief Financial Officer Department chairs Timothy J. Deming Bioengineering Harold G. Monbouquette Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Jiun-Shyan (JS) Chen Civil and Environmental Engineering Jens Palsberg Computer Science M.C. Frank Chang Electrical Engineering Jenn-Ming Yang Materials Science and Engineering Adrienne Lavine Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering UcLa engineer aDvisory BoarD Timothy J. Deming Vijay K. Dhir William Goodin Adrienne Lavine Mary Okino Richard D. Wesel externaL affairs commUnications Matthew Chin Communications Manager Wileen Wong Kromhout Director of Media Relations and Marketing office of externaL affairs 310.206.0678 www.engineer.ucla.edu email@example.com design: Leslie Baker Graphic Design
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Coffee Rings hold Potential
for New BioseNsors Matthew Chin
he field of biosensing has recently found an unlikely partner in the quest for increased sensitivity: coffee rings. The “coffee ring” phenomenon occurs with many liquids after they have evaporated, scientists have suggested that such rings can be used for examining blood or other fluids for disease markers by using biosensing devices. But a better understanding of how these rings behave at the micro- and nano-scale would probably be needed for practical bionsensors. “Understanding micro- and nano-particle transportation within evaporating liquid droplets has great potential for
As water evaporates from a droplet, particles that are suspended inside the liquid move to the droplet’s edges. Once all the water has evaporated, the particles are concentrated in a ring around the stain that is left behind. However, if a droplet is small enough, the water will evaporate faster than the particles move. Rather than a ring, there will be a relatively uniform concentration in the stain. “Knowing the minimum size of this so-called coffee ring will guide us in making the smallest biosensors
As coffee droplets evaporate, a ring is left on the surface. UCLA engineers are using this phenomenon to design new biosensing devices.
several technological applications, including nanostructure self-assembly, lithography patterning, particle coating, and biomolecule concentration and separation,” said Chih-Ming Ho, the Ben Rich–Lockheed Martin Professor and director of the UCLA Center for Cell Control. “However, before we can engineer biosensing devices to do these applications, we need to know the definitive limits of this phenomenon. ” A research group led by Ho, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has now found the definitive microscopic minimal threshold of coffee-ring formation, which can be used to set standards for biosensor devices for multiple disease detection, as well as other uses. The research appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B. The group also included post-doctoral scholar Tak-Sing Wong, and Xiaoying Shen, the paper’s lead author and a senior microelectronics major at Peking University in China
possible,” Wong said. “This means that we can pack thousands, even millions, of small micro-biosensors onto a lab-on-a-chip, allowing one to perform a large number of medical diagnostics on a single chip. This may also open the doors to potentially detecting multiple diseases in one sitting.” The researchers are currently optimizing the ring formation parameters and will then explore the application of this approach toward biosensing technologies that are being developed in Ho’s laboratory. The complete release is available online at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/uclaengineering-researchers-identify-157602.aspx
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New spiNtroNics material could help usher iN
next generation of microelectronics Wileen Wong Kromhout
CLA engineers describe the creation of a new material incorporating spintronics that could help usher in the next generation of smaller, more affordable and more power-efficient devices. While conventional complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS), a technology used today in all types of electronics, rely on electrons’ charge to power devices, the emerging field of spintronics exploits another aspect of electrons — their spin, which could be manipulated by electric and magnetic fields. “With the use of nanoscaled magnetic materials, spintronics or electronic devices, when switched off, will not have a stand-by power dissipation problem. With this advantage, devices with much lower power consumption, known as non-volatile electronics, can become a reality,” said the study’s corresponding author, Kang L. Wang, Raytheon Professor of Electrical Engineering, whose team carried out the research. “We’ve built a new class of material with magnetic properties in a dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS) system,” said Faxian Xiu, a UCLA senior researcher and lead author of the study, published in the April issue of Nature Materials. “Traditionally, it’s been really difficult to enhance the ferromagnetism of this material above room temperature. However in our work, by using a type of quantum structure, we’ve been able to push the ferromagnetism above room temperature.”
Ferromagnetism is the phenomenon by which certain materials form permanent magnets. In the past, the control of magnetic properties has been accomplished by applying an electric current. Unfortunately, using electric currents poses significant challenges for reducing power consumption and for device miniaturization. Ferromagnetic coupling in DMS systems, the researchers say, could lead to a new breed of magnetoelectronic devices that alleviate the problems related to electric currents. To achieve the ferromagnetic properties, Kang’s group grew germanium dots on a silicon p-type substrate, creating quantum dots on top of the substrate. Silicon and germanium are ideal candidates because of their excellent compatibility and ability to be incorporated within conventional CMOS technology. The quantum dots, which are themselves semiconductors, would then be utilized in building new devices. The study was funded by the Center for Functional Engineered Nano Architectronics (FENA), the Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN) at UCLA Engineering, and in part by Intel Corp. and the Australian government. The complete release is available online at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/newnanoscaled-magnetic-material-155269.aspx
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UCLA gets $5.5 MiLLion froM Defense AgenCy
to Create New rotatINg MICrosCale Motors Wileen Wong Kromhout
I 5-millimeter silicon rotary stage, fabricated by UCLA engineers
f you’ve ever used an iPhone, a Wii video game or an automobile airbag, you’ve benefited from micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, in which arrays of very tiny devices mounted on computer chips are able to sense and respond to changes in heat, light, motion, sound or other external stimuli. Now, UCLA Engineering has been awarded $5.5 million from the U.S. Defense Department’s central research and development agency to advance MEMS technology for use in defense systems. The four-and-a-half-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) will fund research to create electrically connected, rotating microscale motors for sensing and communications as part of the agency’s Information Tethered Micro Automated Rotary Stages program. Even with the progress of MEMS technology, the use of rotating microdevices has not been as widespread as might be expected, according to DARPA, primarily because most applications have used structures fabricated into rotary stages without the availability of active electrical power, limiting the utility of the stages. “Providing electric connections can be a little tricky, especially on continuous rotating platforms,” said Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim, a UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and principal investigator on the project. “You rarely see physically free objects electrically connected. You can’t have electrical wires protruding from an object that rotates endlessly. So that’s one of the challenges we are facing.”
Providing electrical power on a stage while allowing full rotation and precise position control of these components would lead to microsystems with much higher performance and functionality. The goal of the UCLA Engineering team is to demonstrate a MEMS-fabricated rotary stage that would enable free rotation coupled with electrical power and signal transfer. Thus far, Kim’s group has successfully created a rotary stage using liquid droplets as the mechanical element that serves as a bridge between two moving objects. The liquid droplets, formed into a series of rings, provide physical support as well as rotational lubrication to the stage and allow for multiple stable electrical connections. The team’s next step will be to use electric signals to rotate the stage. That step will be led by UCLA electrical engineering professor Ken Yang. Once the team shows proof of concept, they will concentrate on making the motorized rotary stage smaller, more accurate and more efficient. Other members of the UCLA team include Eric Chiou, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Sungtaek Ju, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Jason Woo, a professor of electrical engineering; and Chris Gudeman of Innovative Micro Technology (IMT), a company specializing in micromachines. The complete release is available online at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/uclaengineering-awarded-5-5-million-158376.aspx
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A schematic illustration of the surface nano-structured RO membrane.
Hold tHe salt:
ucla engineers develop revolutionary new desalination membrane Wileen Wong Kromhout
CLA Engineering researchers have unveiled a new class of reverse-osmosis membranes for desalination that resist the clogging which typically occurs when seawater, brackish water and waste water are purified. The highly permeable, surface-structured membrane can easily be incorporated into today’s commercial production system, the researchers say, and could help to significantly reduce desalination operating costs. Their findings appeared in the April issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry. Reverse-osmosis (RO) desalination uses high pressure to force polluted water through the pores of a membrane. While water molecules pass through the pores, mineral salt ions, bacteria and other impurities cannot. Over time, these particles build up on the membrane’s surface, leading to clogging and membrane damage. This scaling and fouling places higher energy demands on the pumping system and necessitates costly cleanup and membrane replacement. The new UCLA membrane’s novel surface topography and chemistry allow it to avoid such drawbacks. “Besides possessing high water permeability, the new membrane also shows high rejection characteristics and long-term stability,” said Nancy H. Lin, a UCLA Engineering senior researcher and the study’s lead author. “Structuring the membrane surface does not require a long reaction time, high reaction temperature or the use of a vacuum chamber. The anti-scaling property, which can increase
membrane life and decrease operational costs, is superior to existing commercial membranes.” The new membrane was synthesized through a three-step process. First, researchers synthesized a polyamide thin-film composite membrane using conventional interfacial polymerization. Next, they activated the polyamide surface with atmospheric pressure plasma to create active sites on the surface. Finally, these active sites were used to initiate a graft polymerization reaction with a monomer solution to create a polymer “brush layer” on the polyamide surface. “In the early years, surface plasma treatment could only be accomplished in a vacuum chamber,” said Yoram Cohen, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a corresponding author of the study. “But now, with the advent of atmospheric pressure plasma, we don’t even need to initiate the reaction chemically. It’s as simple as brushing the surface with plasma, and it can be done for almost any surface.” The team’s next step is to expand the membrane synthesis into a much larger, continuous process and to optimize the new membrane’s performance for different water sources. The complete release is available online at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/uclaengineering-researchers-develop-156227.aspx
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Henry Samueli ScHool of engineering and applied Science
1 professor frederick g. allen of the electrical Sciences and engineering department checks out carbon dioxide laser with piece of ceramic fiber, while graduate student chris Shelton watches in lab of professor a.T. forrester.
2 august 1967 – SdS Sigma 7 will permit ucla engineers to monitor, analyze, and evaluate the performance of several computers presently being used on campus and provide data useful in comparing computer performance and in devleoping new computer designs. pictured working on the
system is professor gerald estrin (left) and professor Bertram Bussell of the ucla department of computer Science.
3 an “intergrating sphere” to measure visual efficiency under controlled lighting is in use in the early 1950s.
4 Stationary 1965 school bus is rear-ended by 1960 plymouth traveling 60 miles per hour. iTTe engineers recommend that bus bumpers be lowered to prevent “underriding” of passenger car during rear-end collsions, as shown.
5 professor andrew f. charwat makes adjustments on long vertical tube, part of his 23-foot high model of a future floating station for generating electricity from the oceans. dr. charwat’s mist flow cycle unit reaches two stories high inside the ucla engineering building.
6 graduate student Toivo Kodas checks a molecular beam mass spectrometer, a device that allows scientists to detect the elemental composition of an air sample. it is part of a project at ucla headed by professor Sheldon friedlander (not pictured) that seeks to better control air pollution 1994.
7 professor algirdas avizienis of ucla’s computer Science department checks and old-fashioned SdS patch board. 1984.
8 physiologist W. Vincent Blockley demonstrates appartus worn in hot box experiments to measure oxygen intake and output.
9 inside TrW’s integration and test facility in redondo Beach, engineers work on the orbiting geophysical laboratory. photos collected by current UCLA students Karen Chu and Tom Krause
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1 Just before Voyager 2 swept past Uranus, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) gave 125 members of the Dean’s Council a behind-the-scenes look at its facilities, operations and current projects. In the photo, host Esker (Ek) Davis, a JPL executive and chairman of the Dean’s Council, explains details of Uranus mission while standing before a replica of the Voyager spacecraft.
2 Neutral beam studies: A graduate student in Electrical Sciences examines the ion source for neutral beam heating of fusion reactors.
3 First space ion engine is presented to National Air Museum of Smithsonian Institution by Electro-Optical Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Xerox Corporation, during ceremonies in late May. The engine, devloped during an extensive Air Force sponsored reserach and development program, will be placed in the museum’s aerospace section. In background is Agena rocket vehicle of type used for orbital ion engine test earlier this year. Participating in ceremony are (left to right): Joe C. Jones, Deputy for Development, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Reserach and Development; Jack Davis, Manager of Spacecraft Propulsion Program Office (EOS); Dr.
A. M. Zarem, President (EOS); Dr. A. T. Forrester, Manager of Ion Physics Department (EOS); and S. Paul Johnson, Director, National Air Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
4 Professor John D. Mackenzie of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at work in the nitrogen dry box, the most sophisticated controlled atmosphere processing system for infrared transmitting fibres at an American university. The development of these new ceramic fibers will have application in areas as diverse as laser surgery, communications, and electro-optical devices.
5 New Year’s Day 1999. UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock, one of the Fathers of the Internet, hosts an online chat while riding a Tournament of Roses Parade float.
6 Dean Russell R. O’Neill of the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science (far right) and Rockwell Corporate Manager of College Relations Allen Bormann (far left) among others are in attendance at the opening of the Minority Engineering Center in February 1983.
Dr. Evelyn Thoman addresses the press on behalf of the Crump Institute for Medical Engineering in 1982. To her right the baby in isolette is accompanied by a “breathing teddy bear” that monitors his vitals to reduce the likelihood of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Making a Difference in HealTH care:
cRuMP INSTITuTE FOR MEDIcal ENgINEERINg
he Crump Institute for Medical Engineering was established at UCLA in 1980 as a research center based on sophisticated technology and medical applications. Its innovative projects contributed greatly to the accomplishments of the school. Projects were conducted through close collaboration among faculty and other researchers in the engineering, medical, biological, physical and behavioral sciences. The Institute’s two-fold goal was to bring the disciplines of medicine and engineering together, and to bridge the gap between the university and industry, with emphasis on the discovery of useful techniques and instruments to advance the quality of the nation’s health care.
The original impetus and support for the institute stemmed from Ralph ’50 and Marjorie ‘46 Crump. A 1950 UCLA engineering alumnus and former San Fernando Valley engineer, Ralph Crump developed his cryogenic inventions into the successful Frigitronics, Inc. Crump, who was awarded the UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year award in 1967, became a force in the emerging biomedical industry, developing tiny refrigerators for medical procedures that involved the eyes, throat, mouth, prostate, cervix and thalamus. Crump, president of Crump Industrial Group, created twelve patents in various areas, including film lubrication and founded businesses in rapid prototyping, reverse osmosis water treatment, institutional furniture, bar code printers, soft contact lenses, and force and load sensors. These were later sold to the likes of Revlon, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson.
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A glIMPSE OF SOME SPECIAl gUESTS IN ThE UPCOMINg
65th anniversary viDeo
henry samueli ’75, ms ’76, PhD ’80 Co-Founder and CTO, Broadcom Corporation
Thatfoundationthatyougetasastudentiswhatyoubuild yourentirecareeroutof.TherewouldbenoBroadcomifit wasn’tforthebasicfoundationofknowledgethatIlearned notonlyasastudent(atUCLAEngineering)butthenevolved asafacultymemberworkingwithstudentswhohadjoinedas master’sandPh.D.studentstohelpmebuildaresearchprogram.”
John slaugher ms ’61 Professor of Education and Engineering, USC Former President and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
MygraduateprogramatUCLA(Engineering)waspivotalcertainly intheprofessionalsensebecauseitidentifiedthefieldthatIwouldpursueasanengineer.ButIthinkmoreimportantlyitwasthefactthatthe UCLAexperiencereallymademecometoappreciatetheimportanceof agraduateeducationandisthereasonIultimatelywentontoobtainmyPh.D.HadInothadthatexposureatUCLA,Iwouldnothavedonethat.Soitreallyhadasignificantimpactuponmylifeandcertainly hassetthedirectionsthatmyprofessionalcareerhasfollowed.”
aaron Cohen ’58 Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Technical Systems, Inc.
Thereweretwomajorsatthetime,civilengineering andgeneralengineering.Thosewereyourtwooptions.Ifyouwantedtospecialize,youhadtotransfer toBerkeley.Ithoughtageneraldegreewasgreat becauseI’mageneralistbypersonalityandnature.SoIfeltthedegreewasgreatasabasis forwhateverIwasgoingtodoinengineeringorinlifelater.I’vegoneintomanytypesof businesses,fromengineering,tothetestingofproducts,toresearchanddevelopment.Imust havebeenin15businessesinmylife.Theprogramtaughtmehowtoapproachaproblem. AtUCLAengineeringwelearnedhowtoputthefactstogetherandthatwasoneofthemost importantthingsIlearned.”
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“ The Beginning Years ” Paul Castenholz
Paul castenholz ’49, MS ’58 entered ucla under the gi Bill after serving with the u.S. navy in World War ii. He was a member of ucla engineering’s first graduating class. following graduation, he started a long and distinguished career in rocket propulsion systems at north american aviation, including as manager of the Saturn rocket engine program, and later as vice president and program manager of the Space Shuttle Main engines development team. castenholz was named ucla engineering’s alumnus of the Year in 1974. The following are a few of his thoughts on his ucla engineering days. The entire text of his article is available online at: www.engineer.ucla.edu/newsroom/more-news/archive/2010/castenholz/
he dean of the UCLA College of Engineering was Llewellyn Michael Kraus Boelter, a remarkable leader, and his insight into both the returning veteran students and the forthcoming scientific and engineering requirements of the country was reflected in his establishment of the curriculum. He did not feel that extensive ‘specialized’ degrees were warranted at this time, but that his students would be better equipped to handle the engineering problems of society by being capable of problem solving by analyzing and handling a wide collection of engineering basics and applying solid principles to a varied number of multi-discipline problems. Thus, our first year classes for all students consisted of mathematics, chemistry, physics, basic mechanics, basic electrical fundamentals and circuits, basic civil elements and several fields of reading and history. The proposed final curriculum was unique, interesting, and in my case, an outstanding opportunity. Specific advanced courses in mechanics, electrical circuits, materi-
als, and mathematics were prescribed and in addition a wide variety of special projects were available to the students. I fortunately was able to get the approval for several projects which required some research into propulsion theory and some foreign results that had occurred with real applications. With the help of the library, in both finding some excellent reports and having these reports translated (thanks to the university librarian, Dr. Lawrence Powell’s support), several of these led me to later propose and get approval to design a small air-breathing subsonic ram jet device. Once an experimental model was completed, I induced several of the incoming classes to come and see it fired. The response was outstanding: plenty of noise, smoke and fire from the combustion, and the ramjet developed the planned thrust which was measured during the combustion tests. Thanks must go to the many professors and instructors who supported all of us during this early period. Without their help and encouragement, we would never have succeeded.
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reflections AnD memories from Professor emeritus Ken nobe PhD ’56 Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Professor Nobe joined the UCLA Engineering Faculty in the 1950s. He received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 1962. It seems like engineers today are working on some of the same big-picture environmental issues that you started working on during the early days of the school. What’s changed and what’s stayed the same? Nothing much has changed, except an extension to broader issues such as climate change. Converting biomass to high-value products, and fuels and other energy sources was hot during the late 1970s and 1980s, and is now receiving substantial new funding from the Energy Department. What was Dean Boelter’s best quality, as far as helping the young engineering school establish itself? The establishment of the unified engineering
curriculum provided the right kind of education for the technical force needed by the Southern California aerospace and defense industries for the United States to prevail in the Cold War. However, as soon as he retired, the traditionalists deep-sixed it. What was your favorite undergraduate class to teach? And why? Thermodynamics — the challenge is to present the abstract concepts of thermodynamics in rigorous but simple and understandable ways. What’s been the most rewarding part of being on the faculty here for so many years? My intellectual development was greatly enhanced by interactions with students.
Ann r. KArAgoziAn ’78 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Professor Karagozian joined the UCLA Engineering faculty in 1982. She is the 2010-11 chair of the UCLA Academic Senate. In what ways is it different for women studying engineering today, versus when you were an undergraduate? The proportion of female students in our UCLA engineering courses is certainly higher today than it was in the mid-to-late 1970s. Having a greater proportion of female students means that it’s now rare for there to be only one or two female students in an engineering class; that situation was pretty common when I was a student, especially when I was in grad school at Caltech. What differences are there for engineering students here at UCLA today, versus years ago? Our curricula in engineering at UCLA are technically very rigorous, and that has always been the
case. Today we have specific professional designations for the majors, with considerable technical depth (e.g., B.S. in electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, etc.), in contrast to the “unified” engineering curriculum (B.S. in engineering) that was in place until the early 1980s. But we still have rather broad-based requirements for engineering students, and in many cases there is sufficient commonality among the requirements in the first two years of the majors to allow students to switch from one engineering discipline to another without too much difficulty. Our students are expected to learn and use contemporary tools for computations, design, and experiments in their classes. This rigorous background will be valuable for students who go on to grad school to pursue basic research or go to work in industry immediately after the B.S. degree. continued on page 33
the faCulty Chand Viswanathan Ms ’59, Phd ’64 Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Professsor Viswanathan has been a member of the ucla Engineering faculty since the early 1960s. He is a recipient of distinguished teaching awards from ucla and IEEE. What is the key to being an excellent instructor of engineering? I enjoy teaching and find it very therapeutic. Working with the bright and eager students is a great learning experience for the instructor also. I encourage the students to ask questions in the class and acquire real-time understanding. The questions and discussions that students raise provoke deep thinking in the minds of every one in the class and the students learn the subject better and understand complex concepts and ideas more clearly. Engineering is a logical subject and it is essential that students undergo real-time learning in the class. I come to the class well-prepared and do not lecture looking at notes or books during the lecture. I try to establish eye contact with every student whether the class is large or small. From the students’ reaction I am able to judge whether I am communicating effectively and whether I should go over the material again using a different approach. When I find students’ faces brighten up on understanding a tough topic or discussion, it gives me great satisfaction and encouragement. As a university professor our job is to teach and do research. You do not obtain results in research overnight and the effort takes a long time before we see much progress. Teaching is comparatively quick in giving satisfaction. When you walk out of the class after giving a good lecture you feel you are on the top of the world and it is in this sense I say that teaching is therapeutic. What is your perspective as a former Academic Senate chair for UCLA as well as in the UC system-wide operation? UCLA (and the entire UC system) is facing a financial crisis of immense proportions. Although UC is considered to be a statesupported institution, state support is dwindling year after year and pays for only a very small fraction of operating expenses. However, we are still operating in the same mode as we did in the earlier days. We need to privatize our operation, at least partially so that budget provisions for each department take into account the special needs that require more support than what comes from the state. UC has to take advantage of opportunities that arise with the expansion and growth in science, technology, art and professions. There are also bigger questions
that need to be tackled in a systematic and cautious manner. Do we need a big overarching administration? Do we need to teach every subject in each campus? Can we take advantage of the advances in IT and other high tech areas to be able to adopt new modes of delivery of lectures and knowledge? In what way can we bring down the high administrative costs? You are still active in the department after retirement. What keeps you coming back? I served as a faculty member for more than 44 years and was involved in leading the build-up of the department and its programs in various ways. The growth of the programs and the escalation of the prestige of the institution are a continuous and on-going process. Being a graduate of the UC system, I have a vested interest in enhancing and maintaining the quality of education in the UC system. The UC system expects rightly that the emeriti faculty contribute towards the university’s mission as long as it is physically possible. I have a parental interest in the department’s goals of academic excellence and community service. I feel that my time is better spent by being active in the department. Furthermore, I believe that the university needs older people to provide institutional memory and historical background for the department to make proper decisions in their actions and plans. What is the most rewarding part of being on the UCLA faculty? Simply stated, the job satisfaction of performing the work that you are enjoying is the highest reward. The intellectual stimulation from your learned colleagues who are typically world leaders in their chosen fields, the interaction with the brightest minds of the students and younger faculty as well as the service to the industrial and social community in Southern California have been the most rewarding part of my life at UCLA. My service in the Board of Regents as a faculty representative in 2000-2002 helped me to appreciate the magnitude of the responsibility that UC is bearing for providing top level education to Californians. This recognition of UC’s role in the growth and maintenance of California as a progressive state in the country makes me feel that my service to UC in general and UCLA in particular is the most rewarding experience.
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ReFlections and memoRies FRom Felipe lamug Manager, Café SEAS. At UCLA Engineering for “many years.” What year did Café SEAS start and what’s the story behind it? The Engineering Society at UCLA (ESUC) was just beginning around 1949-50. The fledgling society decided to raise some funds for their activities So they went the way of selling donuts and coffee. Then it grew from there and evolved to what Café SEAS is as we see it today. For many years, the café was on the fourth floor of Boelter Hall. Did the move to the fifth floor help? Yes, very much so. Because now we’re on the main floor of Boelter Hall, the Mathematical Sciences Building, and the rest of the Court of Sciences buildings where
many of the classrooms are located. Business expanded appreciably after the move. So how many cups of coffee does the café serve each week? We serve about 2,000 cups of coffee during an average quarter, and about 1,400 cups during the summer. What’s the busiest hour? It’s busiest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many people remember the café for selling cigarettes (which stopped in 2000). Do people still ask about that? Yes. We still get questions about a couple of times a month. But health-wise, it’s definitely a good thing it was stopped.
Julie austin Director, SEASnet, At UCLA since 1985. What’s a big part of SEASnet that students may not know about? Two of our most popular services are the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) program and our remote server. MSDNAA provides students with Microsoft software at no cost, allowing them to be proficient in various Microsoft applications when they graduate. The remote server allows students to access nearly all of the engineering software packages available in the labs from their home computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. About what is SEASnet’s computing power today versus when you started? It always amazes me to think of how far we’ve come from when I first started in SEASnet — all thanks to engineers. When I first started students had dumb terminals they logged into that connected to mainframes. Today SEASnet has 215 lab machines and more than 150 servers. Because of the advances in technology, we were able to reduce the size of the server room by 50 percent while increasing the number of labs.
What do today’s students need versus when you started? This hasn’t really changed over the years because engineering students have always needed a system with lots of memory, processing power, and disk space. What has changed is that computers are much more affordable and now it’s rare to find a student who doesn’t have a computer and some type of smartphone. What’s the busiest time of day? part of the quarter for the labs? Around 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We always see an increase in the number of students. Nothing is as busy though as the week before finals. It never ceases to amaze us how much use the labs get during this period. Students are busy trying to complete projects or assignments and our printers never cease working. How do you keep up with technology changes? SEASnet is very lucky to have dedicated staff who truly love what they do. I’m very proud to work with such an amazing group of individuals. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we only hire the best — that person helping you may be a UCLA Engineering alumnus!
thE stAff EnriquE Ainsworth Director, center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (cEED). at ucla Engineering since 1989. What does CEED do for UCLA students? for K-12 students in Los Angeles CEED’s mission is to recruit, retain, develop and graduate students from underrepresented populations (African American, Latino and American Indian students) with engineering and computing degrees. At UCLA, we offer several support programs for incoming freshmen, transfer students and continuing students that prepare them for success in their required science and math courses, and again for courses in their engineering majors. A beneficial side effect is that these students form friendships and a peer support network, which research has shown can help students succeed. We also offer two K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs to support
over 900 urban schools to increase their capacity to major in these subjects What progress have you seen on those goals at UCLA? Nationally out of every 100 underrepresented students who start in engineering, only 40 graduate in engineering. Our goal has been to develop research-based retention systems to improve those numbers. At UCLA, we’re 16 percent higher than the national average. Additionally, even if they change majors, 76 percent of students in the CEED program will graduate from UCLA. The entire Q and A with Enrique Ainsworth, including CEED’s highlight of the year and some recent success stories, is available online at: http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/ newsroom/more-news/archive/2010/ceed-ainsworth
JAn LABudA Director, Office of academic and Student affiars. at OaSa since 1988 and director/academic counselor since 2003. Are there characteristics that engineering undergraduates have in common? While our student population is diverse, engineering students do often show some common traits. They like a challenge and don’t run from the reality that the career path they have chosen will require a great deal of dedication and hard work. UCLA Engineering students are not only intelligent, but tend to also be passionate, inquisitive, analytical, detail-oriented and at times skeptical (all traits that contribute well to problem solving). What’s the toughest part of being an engineering student? Many students struggle to stay focused and motivated when expectations are high and the academics especially challenging. The quarter system moves quickly so using good time management is fundamental; however, utilizing support resources (e.g. tutoring, counseling, etc.) can be just as important. Successful engineering students understand that teamwork is crucial to their doing well — this can be a significant adjustment for those who are used to working on their own.
For student to really maximize their time here, both as engineering students and as part of the UCLA community, what other opportunities should they explore outside of the degree requirements? To get the most out of their education, it is advisable that students supplement their classroom learning by becoming involved in areas of interest that are not required as part of degree requirements. The school and UCLA provide endless opportunities for students to participate in research, internships and special programs and to become members and leaders in student organizations and community volunteer groups. Each year, the entire OASA staff organize the commencement ceremonies. What’s the best part? The best parts are watching each of our graduates accomplish such an important goal as degree completion, knowing how hard they worked, and our being able to plan the celebration! On commencement day, it doesn’t get any better than seeing the students, along with their friends and families, beam with pride.
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(l) Jin Hyung Lee in her laboratory. (r) Images showing the ofMRI technique.
DebuggIng the bRaIn CIRCuIt:
ofMrI holds Matthew Chin
Since the early 1990s, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has been used to give insight to the inner workings of the brain. This powerful tool has been used in numerous research studies, starting in medicine and science, but has even branched out into social and cultural topics, such as views of food or religious beliefs. A special type of MRI, an fMRI measures the blood and oxygenation level in the brain (BOLD). Areas of heightened blood oxygenation level are correlated with brain activity. The vivid contrasting colors of the brain scan imagery show that there is activity in areas of the brain, but are these BOLD signals directly caused by the activity of neurons? More specifically, which neuronal element can trigger the BOLD response? These topics have been controversial in the field. Now, research lead by Jin Hyung Lee, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science sheds light on this topic with a powerful new imaging tool. By combining fMRI with optogentics (ofMRI), a novel technology that allows genetically specified neurons to be activated through light, the researchers now
show that very specific neuronal elements can be triggered and monitored. The group introduced two genes into rat brain cells called excitatory neurons. One of the genes uses a fluorescent jellyfish protein gene to show where the cells responded. The other was a gene from an algae that reacts to light. Using a light source to stimulate the excitatory neurons, the group looked for the resulting response of the brain, which showed similar response shape to that generated using traditional fMRI. “This technology shows that BOLD signal can be generated causally by excitatory neurons,” Lee said. “And also, it gives you a new platform to analyze and debug your brain circuit.” Lee’s research has shown that ofMRI has the potential to be a far more powerful and precise neuroimaging tool — one that can discern the brain’s specific internal structure, wiring, and function in much greater detail than currently available. The research was published in the journal Nature in June.
GReat PRoMIse Traditionally, fMRI were used to monitor effects caused by sensory stimulus — for example, by showing a picture then watching the brain’s reactions, or more directly by using electrodes to stimulate regions of the brain. But those could not selectively stimulate based on cell types or wiring topology of the brain, making it difficult to understand how the different regions are related. Lee’s research demonstrated the capability of the new ofMRI technology with two different types of specificity. First they showed that ofMRI can reveal responses caused by cell body location and genetic cell type specific stimulation. These experiments were also verified using electrode readings at the motor cortex and thalamus. The ofMRI response very closely mirrored the electrophysiological measurements at both regions.
axonal fibers in the thalamus by shining light to the axonal fibers. This experiment showed that such specific stimulation also gives rise to robust ofMRI signal. “This shows we can achieve a triple layer of unprecedented specificity — genetic identity, cell body location, and wiring.” Lee said. For future research, Lee is working in several areas that will continue to bridge engineering and biomedical imaging to enable advanced applications for medical research. “We’re working on further improving this technology to have more capability,” Lee said. “At the same time, we’re also working on figuring out brain circuitry associated with neuropsychiatric disease and also looking to apply findings to help cure those diseases.”
It gives you a new platform to analyze and debug your brain circuit.” Some brain cells have fibers, called axons, that connect to other regions of the brain, and even other parts of the body, much like wiring does for a classical electrical circuit. In another experiment, the researchers selectively stimulated excitatory neurons with cell body in the motor cortex and
Lee also holds faculty appointments in psychology and biobehavioral sciences, and radiology, both in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. This contributes important aspects in leading her interdisciplinary research to success.
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UCLA EnginEEring ProfEssor Works CLosELy
Clean up the Gulf Wileen Wong Kromhout
As fate would have it, when the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded last June, causing the massive oil spill in the gulf of Mexico, UCLA Engineering’s Eric M.V. Hoek was celebrating a feat achieved at UCLA just a week before. Hoek, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, had been working for the previous eight months on refining a cutting-edge technology designed to separate crude oil from water. One week before all eyes in the nation were drawn to the oil-streaked waters off the Louisiana coast, Hoek and his team at UCLA were able to improve the ability of a high-tech liquid-to-liquid centrifugal separator to remove enough oil to achieve a water purity level up to 99.99 percent. The timing couldn’t have been more critical for the people who had put their hearts and their money into a project that started in 1993 when actor Kevin Costner purchased a patent from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory that eventually became the liquid-to-liquid centrifuge now produced by CINC Industries Inc. of Carson City, Nevada. “Partly in response to the Exxon Valdez, I resolved to commit personal resources to engineer a product that would be effective in cleaning up oil spills,” Costner told the House Science and Technology Committee at a June 9 hearing. “Like fire extinguishers, oil-water separators could be stationed on every boat, harbor and port where oil was present. I envisioned the machine as a safety device — compact and portable enough that it could be deployed on a small craft, and rugged enough to operate reliably in rough seas. The CINC oil-water separator can do all this.” Patent in hand, Costner hired researchers, invested more than $20 million in the company and spent the next 15 years improving and refining the centrifuges and trying to garner interest in the technology from oil companies. At the time, not only were oil companies not interested, but government
agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard often blocked the technology from being tested because of concerns over water purity. Hoping to change all that, Costner and his business partner, Patrick Smith, asked Hoek to evaluate the technology. “Since Kevin had such a hard time getting his oil-water separator accepted by the oil industry and government officials responsible for oil spill clean-up, we started out looking at different applications — like treating ‘produced water,’ which is the oily and often brackish water that comes up during oil and gas production,” said Hoek. Working with a laboratory-scale version of the centrifuge, Hoek and his team learned how to optimize the device, which utilizes the force generated from rotating an object around a central axis. By spinning two fluids of different densities within a rotating container, heavier liquids are forced to the exterior walls of the rotor while lighter fluids are forced to the center. A novel collection system at the top of the spinning chamber extracts oil and water through separate outlets.
With kEvin costnEr’s ocEan thEraPy solutions to “The machines were basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water and separate at unprecedented rates,” said John Houghtaling of Ocean Therapy Solutions (OTS), the company formed by some local Louisiana businessmen, Costner and Smith to market and deploy the CINC centrifuges in connection with efforts to clean up the oil leak that resulted from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. “They were initially developed from older centrifuge technology. Normal centrifuge machines are very
how well the centrifuge could separate oil from seawater. It worked great in the lab, but no one really had any idea how it would work in the Gulf.” Two weeks after the Deep Water Horizon platform sunk, Hoek was in New Orleans demonstrating the centrifuge as part of Costner’s team. “No one had ever attempted to do something like this before. The demo went well, but we had to conduct a number of field trials over the next month with BP to learn how to overcome the variable conditions of the
(l) Eric Hoek with the centrifuge at the first successful field demonstration with BP at Fort Jackson, La. The system was tested on a D&L Salvage barge, “The Hammerhead.” (r) Most of the UCLA team were unaware that actor Kevin Costner was involved in the oil-separation project they were working on until he showed up to board a plane to the Gulf. From the left: postdoctoral researcher Minghua Li; Patrick Smith, COO and co-founder of Ocean Therapy Solutions (OTS), doctoral student Greg Guillen; Costner, OTS co-founder; doctoral student Gil Hurwitz; doctoral student Jinwen Wang; and Professor Hoek. slow and sensitive to different ratios of oil to water mixtures at intake.” In contrast, the largest of the CINC units can clean water at a rate of 200 gallons per minute. That means one such centrifuge, which can be taken into the spill area by barge, can clean up 210,000 gallons of polluted water per day. Once separation has occurred, the oil is stored in tanks and the water is considered clean enough of crude to allow it to be returned to the Gulf of Mexico. Almost immediately after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred, Hoek asked his team of students and postdoctoral scholars “to all pitch in and lend a hand. The team worked diligently day and night for more than a week to figure out
oil and to cope with various health and safety issues for the operators.” Following rigorous testing, BP, impressed with the capabilities of the centrifugal separator, decided by mid-June to lease and deploy a total of 32 devices through OTS to assist with ongoing clean-up efforts in the Gulf. Due to the time required to produce the centrifuges and to modify and outfit the barges and supply vessels, OTS deployed 21 centrifuge systems on six oil spill recovery vessels in the Gulf (at the time of printing). The system developed by Hoek and OTS’ teaming partners in the Gulf actually went beyond just using the centrifuge on oil spill recovery vessels. The centrifuge was combined with state-of-the-art booming continued from page 33
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Power Integrations’ LinkSwitch and TopSwitch products and EcoSmart technology (top right). The EcoSmart technology acts as a brain for the power supply, managing the flow of power and maintaining high efficiency regardless of load, drastically reducing standby consumption. When there is no load, EcoSmart technology effectively shuts down the power supply, resulting in near-zero consumption.
Balu Balakrishnan Ms ’76
EnErgy EfficiEncy Wileen Wong Kromhout
alu Balakrishnan MS ’76 is chief executive officer of Power Integrations, a leading supplier of high-voltage analog integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion. The company’s chips are used mainly in AC-DC power supplies, powering all sorts of electronic products such as mobile phones, TVs and computers. Balakrishnan is the chief inventor of the company’s TOPSwitch, TinySwitch and EcoSmart technologies, which make power supplies simpler, smaller and more energy-efficient. He has received both the Discover Award for Technical Innovation and the TechAmerica Innovator Award, in recognition of the environmental benefits of his EcoSmart technology, which has saved billions of dollars in standby energy waste and prevented millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 1998. Balakrishnan joined Power Integrations in 1989, less than a year after it was founded. Before long, the venture-backed company was struggling to stay afloat. “We went through layoffs and almost lost the company once or twice,” said Balakrishnan. “I was hired to do inte-
grated-circuit design and it became very clear in the first couple of years that the company’s initial products were not very cost-effective.” Realizing the company would need to do something drastically different, Balakrishnan came up with a plan that would involve a simpler power supply chip that could cater better to the bulk of the market. Unfortunately, the rest of the company didn’t agree. “Half of them didn’t believe it would even work — they thought I was crazy. And the other half was very skeptical. I was actually very disappointed and shocked that the whole company was against it,” recalled Balakrishnan. At that point, Balakrishnan thought it would be best to leave. But the company’s investors had a different plan for him. “They told me if I quit, they would have to close the company’s doors and they weren’t ready to do that yet,” said Balakrishnan. “They told me they didn’t know if I was right or wrong, but they believed in my intuition. So they promised to support my research and gave me one integratedcircuit designer and one application engineer to work with.” Two years later, in 1994, Balakrishnan emerged from his lab with TOPSwitch, a high-voltage silicon technology that has radically changed the way power supply chips are built. TOPSwitch was an instant success, with four million units sold in its first six months on the market. Demand grew so quickly that the
Visionary and lEadEr company could barely keep up, and by 1999 the company’s annual revenues exceeded $100 million. “When the product began to take off and it was obvious it was a success, it created a lot of friction in the company. The whole company was initially against the idea and thought I worked on a project that was never approved. It was probably the most difficult time for me and again I thought it would be best to move on.” But instead, Balakrishnan was asked to stay and a new CEO was brought in to take the company public and groom Balakrishnan for the top job. In 1998, Balakrishnan created TinySwitch, a new power-supply chip featuring an innovative switching technique that enabled high efficiency at reduced levels of output. The chip dramatically reduces the power wasted when an electronic device is in standby mode. Balakrishnan, who became president of the company in 2001 and CEO in 2002, explained that TinySwitch was a “light bulb” moment for them: “Although efficiency was not yet a priority for most electronics manufacturers, we committed that from that point on, every new Power Integrations product would include this energy-efficiency technology, which we call EcoSmart.” At a very early age, Balakrishnan remembers being fascinated by electronics. As a youth growing up in India, he regularly visited a junkyard to salvage old World War II equipment for components. “Growing up I preferred playing with my gadgets over studying,” said Balakrishnan. “I built various gadgets including electric trains, audio amplifiers, radios, intercoms. I built my own test equipment such as an oscilloscope, and testers for transistors, diodes and crystals. I also became a ham-
radio operator as a teenager. I bought a communications receiver from the junkyard, retrofitted it with new tubes, and built a transmitter from scratch.” When Balakrishnan came to UCLA Engineering, his life changed. At the school, he found a great mentor in Professor Siegfried Knorr, who came from industry and was a circuit design engineer. Knorr had the practical experience Balakrishnan was yearning for and said his time at UCLA, earning his master’s, was the most interesting and exciting part of his education. “The biggest thing UCLA helped me with was my self confidence. In India, it was the opposite experience. Creativity was always suppressed. Whereas here, I realized it was okay to think completely out of the box. I got that liberation from my professors at UCLA,” said Balakrishnan. Thinking out of the box has proven to be an extremely successful practice for Balakrishnan. Today Power Integrations has grown into a company of 400 employees, with annual revenues approaching $300 million. It has twice been named one of the world’s top 20 sustainable stocks and been awarded more than 300 U.S. patents and almost 200 nonU.S. patents. Balakrishnan himself holds 120 U.S. patents. “Energy efficiency is going to be a tailwind for us for a long time to come, and we’ll continue to expand our product portfolio to address a wider power range, as well as new applications like LED lighting,” Balakrishnan said. “Our goal is to be in every power supply. We’re currently shipping at a rate of a billion power supply chips a year, which sounds like a lot, but it still represents less than 20 percent of the market. I’m looking forward to significant growth for the company in the next ten to 15 years.”
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UCLA’s JAmes LiAo reCeives
Presidential Green Chemistry ChallenGe award from ePa Wileen Wong Kromhout
ames C. Liao, the Chancellor’s Professor of
D.C., which also recognized four other winners. Former
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at
UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research Robert Peccei and
UCLA Engineering, was awarded the 2010
UCLA Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir also attended
Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
the ceremony. Liao, the first UCLA professor to receive the award in its 15-year history, is being recognized for his groundbreaking work recycling carbon dioxide for the biosynthesis of higher alcohols. This process turns CO2 — a greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels — into products that can be used in alternative transportation fuels or chemical feedstock, reducing greenhouse emissions and providing for cleaner, greener energy worldwide. In the last few years, Liao has received widespread attention for his work in developing methods for the production of more efficient biofuels by genetically modifying E. coli bacteria, and, most recently, for modifying cyanobacterium to consume CO2 to produce the liquid fuel isobutanol. The reaction is powered directly by energy from sunlight, through photosynthesis. “The release of CO2 from the use of petroleum as a source of fuel and chemicals has contributed significantly to climate change in the past few decades,” Liao said. “To alleviate this problem, it is essential to develop a renewable source to replace petroleum as the major chemical and
Professor James Liao receives the award from the EPA.
energy source. I am honored that our work is being recognized with this award from the EPA.”
The award promotes research on and development of
Over the past 15 years, the work of those honored with
less-hazardous alternative technologies that reduce or
the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
eliminate waste — particularly hazardous waste — in
has led to the elimination of more than 1.3 billion pounds
of hazardous chemicals and solvents, nearly 43 billion
Liao was presented with the award by EPA Chief Lisa Jackson at a June 21 ceremony in Washington,
gallons of water, and about 450 million pounds of carbon dioxide.
new fACULtY ProfiLes Professor DwiGht C. streit
Phd – ucla henry samueli school of engineering and applied science Professor of materials science and engineering, director, institute of technology advancement (ita) Dwight Streit joined UCLA Engineering in July after
research from UCLA into technology development and
many years as a technology executive in the defense
industry. He was vice president of microelectronics
Streit has received numerous honors for his work, including
technology and technical development at Northrop
election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 for
Grumman Space Technology, where he directed $90
“contributions to the development and production of hetero-
million in research and development activity in ad-
junction transistors and circuits.” Streit has more than 350
vanced semiconductors, microelectronics, radar, com-
technical publications and conference presentations. He holds
munication and satellite payload electronics.
22 U.S. patents and 10 foreign patents.
At UCLA Engineering, Streit will also be the director
Streit received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from
of the Institute of Technology Advancement, which
UCLA in 1986. He was named the UCLA Engineering
accelerates the transition of high-impact innovative
Alumnus of the Year in 2003.
AssistAnt Professor GAUrAv sAnt
Phd – Purdue university the edward K. and linda rice term chair in cementitious materials Gaurav Sant’s research centers on devel-
additions for structural service-life extension and carbon foot-
oping sustainable cementitious materials
print minimization of construction materials.
with an emphasis on: establishing funda-
Prior to joining UCLA, Sant was a research scientist at the
mental constituent chemistry-microstruc-
laboratory of construction materials at the Ecole Polytech-
ture-engineering property relationships,
nique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, where he conducted
geochemical chemistry and its simulation,
research on hydration and volumetric response mechanisms
mitigating shrinkage and cracking in
of rapid-set materials. At Purdue’s School of Civil Engineer-
early-age concrete, the thermodynamics
ing, Sant was a graduate researcher with the Civil Engineering
of solid-liquid interfaces, organic polymer
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NSF awardS $7.5 millioN For Boelter Hall
“Collaboratories” Wileen Wong Kromhout
ore mechanical, electrical and plumbing infra-
graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for research
structure at UCLA’s Boelter Hall will be reno-
training. The outcomes of some of these research activities
vated to create state-of-the-art collaborative labs
could translate into new technologies.
and alternative energy production and storage, sustain-
and Reinvestment Act of 2009
— or “collaboratories” — for research on renewable
The NSF award was funded under the American Recovery
able infrastructure, and environmental engineering. Within Boelter Hall, which currently houses UCLA Engineering’s departments of chemical and biomolecular engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and computer science, four research collaboratories will be constructed — one for sustainable water systems, a second for energy frontier research, a third for sustainable infrastructures and a fourth for biomolecular engineering–enabled sustainability. Among the research goals for the new laboratories: • The development of technologies for the biosynthesis of pharmaceuticals, to replace current processes involving organic solvents, and the conversion of renewable resources into pharmaceuticals. • A study of the effect of biofuel combustion products on mammalian cells. • The discovery, development and optimization of new methods for designing metabolic pathways, enzymes for biosensors and biodegradable polymers. • The biotransformation of pollutants, nanoparticles and pathogens to solve hazardous-waste problems and improve public health.
Boelter Hall, viewed from across the Court of Sciences “What we are doing here will definitely stimulate the local economy through intensive renovation and construction,” said Jane Chang, UCLA Engineering’s associate dean of research and physical resources. “By creating stateof-the-art research space for the faculty in the form of a collaboratory, they can consolidate their research activities and establish more collaboration. And as their research program expands, they’ll hire more graduate students and postdoctorates.”
“The four collaboratories will be designed to the specs
The total budget for the renovation project approaches
with input from the faculty,” said Jane Chang, UCLA
$12 million with UCLA Engineering and the campus com-
Engineering’s associate dean of research and physical
mitted to providing the necessary resources to ensuring that
resources. “The end-users will also be monitored by
the project is completed in three years.
sensors in terms of their energy and utility consumption. This information will then be centralized to
The complete release is available online at:
enable our fifth, ‘virtual’ collaboratory on embedded
In addition to providing infrastructure for research, the renovated facilities will be used by undergraduates,
New eNdowed chair iN civil eNgiNeeriNg
established with $1.5M gift Wileen Wong Kromhout
he UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has announced the establishment of the Richard G. Newman AECOM En-
dowed Chair in Civil Engineering, made possible by a $1.5 million gift from members of AECOM’s executive team. The chair was established in recognition of New-
man’s leadership and service to AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management-support services. Newman was the company’s chairman for more than two decades and its CEO until 2005. The new endowed chair will support the research, teaching and public service of a distinguished faculty member in the school’s department of civil and environmental engineering and will fund research projects that can translate into enhanced training opportunities for engineering students and fellows. The chair also serves as the basis for a lasting partnership between
Richard G. Newman
AECOM and UCLA Engineering, as well as the univer-
however, is that AECOM and the Samueli School
sity as a whole.
have further strengthened their partnership to en-
“We are extremely grateful to AECOM for their
sure the future success of our industry by fostering a
generous support,” said Vijay K. Dhir, dean of UCLA
creative, challenging and innovative technical learn-
Engineering. “With this endowment, the chair-holder
ing environment for the engineers of tomorrow.”
will continue to push the boundaries of technological
“We are proud to support UCLA, an institu-
innovation, use skills and knowledge for the greater
tion that plays a crucial role in creating tomor-
benefit of society, and mentor the next generation of en-
row’s industry leaders, by honoring a true industry
gineers, much like Mr. Newman has during his career.”
visionary in Dick Newman,” said John M. Dionisio,
AECOM is one of the largest and most respected
president and CEO of AECOM. “UCLA’s Henry
firms of its kind. Since its launch as an independent
Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
company in 1990, Newman led the firm’s worldwide
serves as a vital gateway to the future of our profes-
expansion and oversaw its transformation into a mul-
sion — and we look forward to partnering with
tifaceted corporation that offers services ranging from
UCLA through this chair.”
financing, strategizing and planning to procurement, design, construction management and operations. “I am both humbled and honored by this recognition,” Newman said. “What is most gratifying to me,
The complete release is available online at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/uclaengineering-establishes-new-158559.aspx
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Wan Nien “Money” Lin
Businessman and PhilanthroPist Wan nien “money” lin
estaBlishes neW FelloWshiP For
Wileen Wong Kromhout
he UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineer-
is a major component of our Enhancing Engineering
ing and Applied Science has received
Excellence initiative. Gifts like this are essential in
$1 million from businessman and philanthro-
helping to fulfill the school’s mission on many levels.”
pist Wan Nien “Money” Lin to establish the Wan
The school’s goal is to raise $25 million in fellow-
Nien Fellowships in support of graduate students
ship funds, enough to provide financial assistance to all
first-year doctoral students. The Wan Nien Fellowships
The fellowships will enable students with degrees
are part of UCLA Engineering’s Enhancing Engineering
from Taiwan’s National Chung Hsing University to
Excellence (E3) initiative, a $100 million fundraising
pursue advanced engineering degrees at UCLA.
effort aimed at generating new endowed faculty chairs,
Lin, who graduated from National Chung Hsing University with a degree in economics, is the president and CEO of Spacy Industrial Co., Ltd., which
graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships, as well as funds for capital projects and diversity initiatives. The fellowships are also part of UCLA’s Bruin
he founded with his wife, Jennifer Liang. The com-
Scholars Initiative, aimed at generating $500 million for
pany sources, imports and exports hand tools and
graduate student fellowships and undergraduate scholar-
power tools, hardware, and machinery from Taiwan,
ships by 2013.
Japan and China to the United States, Europe and many other parts of the world. In 2007, Lin was awarded an honorary doctorate
“I believe the best gift one can give is education,” Lin said. “To me, UCLA is a welcoming environment for students from around the world, and a beacon of
by his alma mater. His son is currently a first-year
opportunity. These fellowships are intended to offer
graduate student in the department of materials sci-
worthy students an opportunity to study at a premier
ence and engineering at UCLA Engineering.
“We are very thankful to Mr. Lin for his generosity,” said Vijay K. Dhir, dean of UCLA Engineering.
The complete release is available online at: http://news-
“Increasing the level of funding for graduate students
HiGH Speed electronicS laboratory
receives $1 million gift
Wileen Wong Kromhout
CLA Engineering professor M.C. Frank Chang’s advanced research on
technology in Taiwan and was one of the lead engineers in
high-speed electronics has received
the monumental CMOS technology transfer from RCA to
a $1 million boost, thanks to Hyley Huang, chairman of the Wintek Corp. Huang’s gift commitment will support Frank Chang
Huang pioneered CMOS integrated circuits and LCD
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute. “Hyley has been a generous supporter of the school, and we are once again grateful for his gift,” said Vijay K. Dhir,
Chang’s research on electronic displays and
dean of UCLA Engineering. “The support of outstanding
wireless integrated circuit designs at high
scholars and their work greatly enhances the types of contri-
data rates and high frequencies. The Taiwan-based Wintek
butions our faculty can make to advance technology for the
Corp. is a manufacturer of small-to-medium sized LCD panels
benefit of society.”
used in digital cameras, cell phones, PDAs and video cameras. Chang, chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, is
The complete release is available online at:
also the inaugural holder of the Wintek Endowed Chair in
traUgott and dorothea frederking endowed cHair in cryonGenicS eStabliSHed Wileen Wong Kromhout
CLA Engineering recently established the Traugott and
ics. Born in Germany, Frederking received
Dorothea Frederking Endowed Chair in Cryogenics.*
a master’s from the University of Hannover
The gift was made possible through the generosity of
and a doctorate from the Swiss Institute of
Dorothea Frederking, who will leave the couple’s estate to the
Technology in Zurich. He worked in the area
school. Initially, the chair will support junior faculty for terms
of miniaturized heat exchangers and made
of up to five years as they build their careers in
significant contributions to the design and
the area of cryogenics
performance of the devices. Later he turned his
Upon distribution of the estate, a senior faculty member,
Traugott and Dorothea Frederking
attention to super conducting magnets at temperatures suffi-
conducting experimental research in the cryogenics field and
ciently low enough to result in “lossless” operation. He passed
recognized by the cryogenics community, will be permanently
away in 2001.
appointed to the chair. Traugott Frederking, was professor emeritus of chemical engineering and a world-renowned expert in the field of cryogen-
The first fellow of the American Cryogenics Society, Frederking’s work in this field had an impact on a wide range of areas, including space, medical and clean energy research. *Pending approval of the Academic Senate
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UCLA EnginEEring 2010 CoMMenCeMenT
1 UCLA graduates receiving honors at commencement gather for a group photo.
2 UCLA Chancellor Gene Block introduces Henry Samueli who received the UCLA Medal at the 2010 commencement.
3 Students applaud at the start of the ceremony.
4 A civil engineering graduate get creative with his cap. 5 The Class of 2010 walks into Arthur Ashe Stadium. 6 The national anthem was sung by Manda Paul â€™10. 7 The student speaker was Sharrukin Bernardine Josephson â€™10.
Henry Samueli receiveS ucla medal
enry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80, was awarded the UCLA Medal at the commencement ceremony for his namesake school — the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science —Samueli is the co-founder of Broadcom Corp. and a recognized expert in the field of broadband communications circuits. The UCLA Medal is awarded to those who have made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to their professions, to higher education, to society and to the university. Samueli, co-founded Broadcom in 1991 with another UCLA Engineering alumnus, Henry Nicholas, and built it into one of the world’s leading semiconductor businesses. Samueli is currently chief technical officer of the firm. The Samueli family owns the Honda Center (formerly Arrowhead Pond) and the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Both the Samueli family and Broadcom have played a vital role in the economic and cultural development of Orange County. “He has not only donated generously to the school and institution but continues to give tirelessly of his time,” Dean Vijay K. Dhir said. “His philanthropic endeavors also extend far into the Southern California community. There is no one more deserving of this honor.” Samueli and his wife, Susan, have contributed more than $35 million to UCLA, primarily to the School of Engineering, which was named in his honor in 1999, and to Intercollegiate Athletics. Samueli also recently agreed to serve on the volunteer committee of the Pauley Pavilion renovation effort. Previous medal recipients have included former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; planetary physicist Carl Sagan; writers Neil Simon and Isaac Bashevis Singer; and business leaders Lloyd Cotsen, Richard Ziman, and Eli and Edythe Broad.
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senior dinner The UCLA Engineering Senior Dinner is a tradition that has grown
in the SEASnet computing
tremendously in the past few years.
labs and the ESUC Lounge. More than 60 percent of engineering
The 2010 event was held at UCLAâ€™s Covel Commons, with more than 400 graduating seniors celebrating their achievements
seniors donated to the gift, making it the highest participation rate since the campaign started in 2004.
together. The event included the Order of the Engineer
The Senior Class Gift organizing committee included co-chairs:
ring ceremony, where seniors take a vow to be ethically
Owen Lutje and Navid Shirazi; and committee members Armando
Cendejas, Amgad Ellaboudy, Louis Frausto, Mallika Ghurye, Marie
The Class of 2010 also presented its gift to the school. This year,
Gonzalez, Andrew Look, Tiffany Tsao, Chi Shing Tsai, and Jin Yu
the organizers raised $20,000 for new printers and computers
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Front row: Debra Bergman-Duran (PW/Rocketdyne), Asha Parikh, Amita Parikh, Sanjay Parikh, and Prof. Ann Karagozian. Second row: MAE Chair Adrienne Lavine, Dr. Shawn Phillips (Air Force Research Lab, propulsion directorate), Prof. Richard Wirz, Dr. Munir Sindir (PW/Rocketdyne), Mike Huggins (Air Force Research Lab, propulsion directorate), Associate Dean Rick Wesel, and Jan LaBuda from the HSSEAS Student Affairs office.
New ScholarShip hoNorS
the MeMory of outstanding aerospace student Matthew Chin
ishal Parikh, an exceptional UCLA aerospace
ment with Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engi-
engineering senior who passed away in April
neering’s Outstanding Aerospace Engineering B.S. Student
2009 after a valiant battle with cancer, will
Award. On his behalf, his parents and sister Amita received
continue to inspire his fellow students for many years to come, thanks to a new scholarship that has been established in his memory. Parikh’s family; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; and
his posthumous B.S. degree, summa cum laude. “Vishal was an extraordinarily gifted student and a talented researcher,” said Karagozian. “It was a joy and privilege to have taught and worked with him, and we were
the Propulsion Directorate of the Air Force Research
blessed to have him as part of our research group. We are
Laboratory (AFRL) established the Vishal Parikh Me-
immensely grateful to the Parikh family, to Pratt & Whitney
morial Scholarship and Research Internship in March
Rocketdyne, and to the Air Force Research Lab for establish-
at a ceremony.
ing this special memorial for Vishal.”
Parikh’s parents Sanjay and Asha, noted at the
A component of the Parikh scholarship includes a summer
ceremony that even though other prestigious universi-
internship at the Air Force Research Lab. The internship
ties wooed their son, who was a National Merit
will involve rocket propulsion systems, a field in which he
Finalist and the valedictorian of his high school class,
had special interest. through a class he took from Professor
he never wavered in his desire to come to UCLA to
study aerospace engineering. At UCLA, Parikh was a Regents Scholar and con-
At the inaugural ceremony, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne officials Munir Sindir and Debra Bergman-Duran presented
tinued his excellence in academics, earning top grades
memorial plaques to both the Parikh family and the MAE
in very challenging lower and upper division courses.
Department. Mike Huggins and Shawn Phillips, the chief
He was active in the American Institute of Aeronautics
and deputy chief of Space and Missile Propulsion at AFRL,
and Astronautics (AIAA) student group and also joined
were also present for the ceremony.
the UCLA Energy and Propulsion Research Laboratory, headed by professors Ann Karagozian and Owen
Information on engineering undergraduate scholarships
Smith, as an undergraduate researcher.
is available at: http://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu/student-
Parikh’s exemplary academic achievements were
recognized at the 2009 engineering school commence-
UCLA EnginEEring ProfEssor Works to CLEAn UP thE gULf continued from page 19 and skimming equipment as well as membrane technology to enhance the oil spill recovery and further protect the environment — said OTS officials. “It has been very exciting to be a part of this project,” said Hoek. “While I would be much happier if the spill never happened, it did. While this was a team effort, I can honestly say that I played a part in the overall response to one of our country’s worst environmental disasters. It was great to work with Kevin, Pat and people from the local engineering and offshore service companies. There was a real passion to save the Gulf by everyone involved, and I worked with a lot of good-hearted, no-nonsense, talented people.” Hoek will continue working with OTS to help it continue its oil-water separation and clean up efforts in connection with BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill efforts, establishment of “first response” capabilities in the event of future oil spills in the Gulf or elsewhere in the U.S., and will also continue to work with Costner, Smith and others, including a company known as Blue Planet Solutions, in connection
with efforts to utilize the centrifuge and related technology to assist with oil-water separation applications, including oil spill clean up, and other environmental applications, in other parts of the world. He’s been invited to participate in many government and industry workshops and conferences to discuss his involvement with the Gulf oil spill. “I have lived with a level of frustration over the past several years that would be hard to explain, knowing that a solution to this everyday occurrence and the technology to combat it was sitting on the shelf,” said Costner. “I can only say now that my disappointment is matched by my enthusiasm, and I feel fortunate to have taken on partners like Pat Smith and Eric Hoek. “Eric, in particular, has brought an energy and scientific approach to the problem that the industry will be able to enjoy in the future,” said Costner. “He has been a champion of the technology and a champion of the environment and the people it was designed to protect. I thank him and UCLA for moving this dream of protection forward.”
faculty interviews: Ann r. kArAgoziAn ’78 continued from page 19 What has been the most rewarding part of being on the faculty here? I thoroughly enjoy working with students on basic research, where we pursue challenging projects with important engineering applications that don’t have a simple answer...you can’t just draw a box around the solution and say, “done.” There are always subtleties in truly challenging technical problems that lead to more questions and more challenges. There is a certain kind of elegance to these types of technical problems. I also really enjoy teaching, at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. If you don’t enjoy teaching, a career in engineering academia is definitely not for you. As the chair of the UCLA Academic Senate for 2010-11, what do you see as the single biggest issue facing the university? And what role can the senate play in addressing it? Surely the single biggest issue facing UCLA in particular
and the UC system in general is the severe reduction in state support that the university has been experiencing in the last year or so. Currently our state support constitutes only a small fraction of what it actually costs to educate a UC student. Coupled to these state budget cuts has been declining private support due to the economic downturn, yet at the same time UCLA is experiencing record enrollments. Thus we currently face unprecedented challenges to our educational mission. Now, more than any other time in our history, it is crucial that the voice of the UCLA faculty be heard while decisions are being made that can profoundly affect our future. The Faculty Senate historically has worked very well with the administration in moving UCLA forward through shared governance and shared decision-making. So, despite the challenges, we are in a good position to move forward productively.
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societ y celebration
1 tt PhD ’68 and Jane Yang PhD ’71 with UClA engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir.
4 Boelter Society members await the featured lecture. Professors emeriti Gerry and thelma estrin both in the foreground.
2 Sonny and Jerome Hollander ’48 with Dean Dhir.
5 Bruce ’57, MS ’62 and Beverly Gladstone ’59 at the pin ceremony.
3 Boelter Society members who were new in 2009-10; who reached their
6 Ioanna Kakoulli, associate professor of materials science and engineering
five-year or ten-year anniversary; or who are lifetime members, received a commemorative pin.
and archeology, gives the featured lecture.
7 Dean Dhir with professor emeritus William Van Vorst PhD ’53. 8 Norton rodman ’53.
ArEAs • Advanced Structural Materials • Aerospace Engineering • Computer Networking • Electronic Materials • Integrated Circuits • Manufacturing and Design • Mechanics of Structures • Signal Processing and Communications • Systems Engineering DistinctivE FEAturEs oF thE ProgrAm • Each course is fully equivalent to the corresponding on-campus course and taught by the faculty members who teach the on-campus course.
the primary purpose of this program is to enable employed engineers and computer scientists to enhance their technical education beyond the 60 Bachelor of science level, and to enhance their value 50 to the technical organizations in which they are employed. additional information and online applications available at www.msengrol.seas.ucla.edu
• The online lectures are carefully prepared for the online student.
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John Brooks slaughter ms â€™61:
Finding the Path to SucceSS in education Wileen Wong Kromhout
John Brooks Slaughter MS â€™61, professor of engineering and education at uSc, has had an illustrious career both as an engineer and an academic leader. Before arriving at uSc, Slaughter was president and ceo of the national action council for Minorities in engineering (nacMe). Previous to nacMe, Slaughter was the president of occidental college, transforming the school during his 11-year tenure into the most diverse liberal arts college in the country. he was also the first african american to direct the national Science Foundation (nSF), leaving his position as academic vice president and provost of Washington State university at the time. after two years as head of the nSF, he returned to higher education to become chancellor of the university of Maryland, where he made major achievements in the recruitment and retention of african american students and faculty. How and why did you make the transition to academia? Did you always want to go into higher education?
ing schools must do a better job of reaching out to students in
I always loved college campuses and the collegiate environ-
middle and high schools to inform and inspire them to think
prepared to compete effectively in the global society. Engineer-
ment but I never had aspirations for an academic career.
about and consider engineering as a possible field of study. Too
I worked for the Navy for nearly 14 years and my work
few young people are aware of engineering until too late. And,
came to the attention of the Applied Physics Laboratory
certainly, engineering schools must show a commitment to ad-
(APL) at the University of Washington. APL was a facility
dressing the underrepresentation of minority students
supported primarily by the Navy and they offered me the
position of director of the laboratory. I was also made a tenured professor in electrical engineering. That was my entrance to academic life.
For those in engineering school hoping to start a teaching career, what advice would you give them? Beyond obtaining a doctorate in the field, I think it is impor-
What should a school educating the next generation of engineers be thinking about today?
tant for those hoping to teach to spend some time practicing
Engineering schools should be very concerned about what
ence as an engineer if a person is to teach engineering.
they are offering their students and, also, they should be concerned about the fact that too few American students are choosing to study engineering. Engineering education must recognize that students need a broad education and not just training if they are to be successful in a rapidly changing world. Certainly they need a rigorous engineering education but they also need to understand and appreciate the connections between engineering, the humanities and arts, and the social sciences. They must be
engineering. There is, in my opinion, no substitute for experi-
For those currently teaching and aspiring to become an academic leader, what are some of the things they should be thinking about? The most important thing, in my opinion, is the need to develop leadership skills. Being an expert in your field is not enough. It is necessary for the person to have courage, integrity, good interpersonal skills, humility, the ability to communicate clearly and, most importantly, a sense of humor.
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ALUMNI CLASS NOTES 1940s Louis Gianotti Walters ’47, MS ’49, PhD ’51 relished his years as an
assistant and adjunct associate professor (1951-1958), where he participated in forming the early UCLA Engineering curriculum, under the innovative leadership of Dean L.M.K. Boelter. He retired in 1980, after five years on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, as a member of the Space Surveillance, Asteroids and Comets Study Committee, where he developed improvements to safety and security in space operations. He now lives in Camas, Wash and in Keauhou, Hawaii with his wife of 51 years, Virginia. James “Jim” R. Ford ‘49 worked in RADAR, Precision Tracking
Systems, Satellite Communications and associated activities in most of the major missile systems developed — with primary activities in the Navy’s Polaris, Poseidon and Trident missile systems Test and Evaluation systems on the submarines, on land, and on support ships, until his retirement in 1984. He also has a patent for a dual side-band precision tracking system which allows most transmission and dynamic errors to be corrected on the ground, providing on-going dynamic missile/satellite ‘clock’ details for even ephemeral corrections, which was used by Naval Research Lab to precisely know and maintain satellite position. From 1952 to present his volunteer activities centered on developing small, light weight and multi-powered audio tape players for use in developing countries to help both missionaries and national workers to better reach out to their own villagers that otherwise are basically ignored or forgotten.
help an estimated three to five million patients, mostly cancer survivors, cope after cancer treatment. He has written a bill that was introduced in Congress by North Carolina Congressman Larry Kissell, H.R. 4662 the Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Saving Act of 2010. Bill Bowers ’58 is enjoying retirement and family life with his
wife, Joanne, three children, and five grandchildren. Bill also enjoys counseling entrepreneurs and small business people through membership in Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Before retiring, he spent 22 years growing an electronics company that he co-founded and started out in his garage — MSI Data Corporation. The company was a $100 million public company when he sold it in 1988. Gary MacDougal ‘58, the 1978 Alumnus
of the Year, and his wife, Charlene, just returned from one of their many trips to Bulgaria where Gary co-chairs the $425-million America for Bulgaria Foundation, which is the largest foundation in Eastern Europe. One of the main efforts of the foundation is helping Bulgarian Roma improve their situation. Lawrence “Larry” E. Tannas, Jr., ‘59, MS ‘61, is still active in a busi-
ness venture to make custom size liquid crystal displays by literally cutting mass-produced LCDs to unique sizes for the aerospace and signage industry. He has been awarded four patents this year and has a total of 15 patents and patents pending for resizing LCDs. Tannas has been selling the product internationally and is now going to license his process to offshore manufacturers. He has been invited to be keynote speaker at “SID Vehicles and Photons 2010” held in October at University of Michigan, Dearborn.
Harry J. Krueper ’51 has been the president of Krueper Engineer-
ing & Associates, Inc. in San Bernardino since 1965. Over the last few years, he has been working as an expert witness in both the civil engineering and traffic engineering fields. Donald E. Cole ‘56, MS ‘65 spent more than 35 years with General
Dynamics performing mathematical and computer analyses on the design and evaluation of weapon systems in seeker subsystems, guidance and navigation policies, and flight control systems. Cole is now retired to an active adult community, where he enjoys golf, tennis, dance lessons, being involved in some of its clubs, and is on a few of its boards. Robert Weiss MS ’57 is a retired aerospace engineer, who has begun a new career as a lymphedema patient advocate to
1960s William F. Vietinghoff ME ‘62 has established a
publishing company, Writers Annex. The first book planned for release in winter 2010 is his humorous novel, The Interceptor Program, that parodies his experiences in project activities in the aerospace industry. He is the author of the “Incredible Facts About the Space Shuttle Main Engine” that includes the articles, “Develops the Power of 23 Hoover Dams” and “Can Empty a Family-Size Swimming Pool in 25 Seconds” reported on countless space-related Web sites.
Neal Pepper ’63, PhD ’71 and Monica Slone are the proud parents of Mike and Bill Slone-Pepper, who are current UCLA students who will graduate in 2013. William F. Roberts ME ’63 moved to Pennsylvania in 1968 and became an entrepreneur, founding several companies. He retired in 1987, then moved to Gainesville, Fla., where he now lives with his wife, Constance. He credits the information and confidence gained from the Engineering Executive program for much of his transition from engineer to entrepreneur. He regrets losing touch with the great classmates from that period of his life and is looking to reconnect with his friends.
vice Medal. Charles has an asteroid named in his honor, and was cited by the international magazine Spaceflight as the leading designer of deep-space missions. He still consults for several different space missions. He is a published author, an exhibited photographer and digital artist, and believes in blending art and science for maximum public engagement. He lives in Pasadena, Calif., and has two daughters, three grandchildren, and a great dog named Hannie. Leon Presser PhD ’68 and his wife, Blanca,
recently hosted an informal ‘reunion’ of the classmates that attended UCLA during the ‘birthplace’ era of the Computer Science Department. None of the men had seen each other in more than 40 years.
Ken Bondy ’63, MS ’64, with 24 other individuals who had made “sig-
nificant long-term contributions to the development of the posttensioning industry in North America”, was inducted as an inaugural member into the Post-Tensioning Institute Hall of Fame — “Legends of Post-Tensioning”. The awards ceremony and dinner were held during the annual PTI Engineering Conference at the Westin Tabor Center Hotel in Denver, CO on May 16, 2005. At the Spring Convention of the American Concrete Institute in Chicago, IL held on March 21, 2010, Ken also received the Joe Kelly Award, “In recognition of your outstanding contributions to the education of structural engineers in the field of post-tensioned concrete design both at an academic level and as an educator of practicing structural engineers.” William Scott Jackson, MS ‘66 recently published his book titled,
Architecting Resilient Systems: Accident Avoidance and Survival and Recovery from Disruptions. William serves on the national Task Force for Disasters and Resilience, working to make our infrastructure resilient to natural and human-made disasters, such as terrorist attacks. Greg Wood ’67, MS ’71 has earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution
from Pepperdine School of Law, Straus Institute in 2010. He is the author of Building Trust in Mediatio (2010) and co-author of eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel (2010). Wood was recently selected to serve on the Attorney Settlement Officer Panel on the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. James Doane ’68 , the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD)
Commissioner, was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Engineering and Land Surveying by Gov. Ted Kulongoski. As a member of the Board, James will help regulate Oregon’s engineering and land surveying practices. In his spare time, James has served on numerous committees, and has served on the Washington County Education Services Board, and serves as a camp counselor at youth camps each year. charles Kohlhase ME ’68 has led the design of deep-space robotic missions to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, including close encounters with many of their moons and rings. For his major contributions to scientific return over nearly half a century, Charles received NASA’s highest award, the Distinguished Ser-
Michael V. Frank ’69, PhD ’78 was recently promoted to the posi-
tion of director of engineering at Washington Closure Hanford LLC. The company is decontaminating and environmentally remediating hundreds of square miles of Department ofEnergy’s Hanford site which was used to produce plutonium for the nation’s weapons programs. W. craig Racine ’68, MS ’71 has been elected to the Board of
Directors of AESC, Inc., an engineering consulting firm specializing in energy conservation and advanced energy technologies. He also is a director of the Adrian Family Foundation, which is improving the quality of life in Latin American farming communities through agroforestry, community development, and small business support.
1970s William Finkelstein ’71, MS ’71 recently returned from six years and 20,000 miles of sailing. He retired in 2004 after more than 35 years in banking and high tech. His last position was at Cisco Systems, leading the financial services practice in the Internet Business Solutions Group. He also worked at Wells Fargo, where he led the team that built the world’s first Internet banking capability. Van N. Schultz ’74, MS ’75 began a two-year term as chair of the Board on the UCLA Alumni Association on July 2010. This follows a three-year term as a director on the Board, where he served as president of the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association from 2004-2006. James M. McDonough Ma ’75, PhD ’80 has been appointed director of graduate studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is also the director of the Graduate Certificate Curriculum in Computational Fluid Dynamics.
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Richard Becker ’76 is a registered civil engineer in California and is semi-retired after working in the construction industry for more than 30 years. Becker now resides in British Columbia, where he is developing educational and networking projects. A. Michael Misik ’77 grew up working in his father’s manufactur-
ing business learning the packaging industry and building equipment for the Southern California market place. After graduating from UCLA, he eventually became president of Belco Packaging Systems Inc., where he now works with his wife and two brothers building shrink packaging and medical tray sealing equipment used by companies worldwide. This family-owned business just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Geoffrey E. Mariki PhD ’78 became a professor of electrical engi-
neering and computer sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Penn, and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He later joined the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria, in 1985, and became the regional director of UNIDO based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was appointed as the chief executive officer of the Fair Competition Commission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in March 2010. He is also currently the deputy chairman of the Board of Directors of the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA), a public utilities regulator overseeing the electricity, petroleum, natural gas and water sectors.
1980s Robert M. Burks ’80 is the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company chief engineer for the Strategic and Missile Defense Systems line of business, overseeing approximately 2,000 engineers, and over $2 billion in annual sales. The span of programs includes Fleet Ballistic Missile, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures, Airborne Laser, Minuteman, Prompt Global Strike, and international Battle Management systems MEADS and LEAPP. Janie Sue Nagy ’81 has retired from TRW/Northrop Grumman after 32 years of software development and system engineering. She has started a second career selling residential real estate with Shorewood Realtors. Joseph Alekshun MS ‘82 has co-authored two text books that were later editions to earlier books published by lead author Vladimir A. Chobotov titled, Orbital Mechanics and Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control. He was also inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jim Bailey MS ’82 is still working at Raytheon, Space and Air-
borne Systems and is now a director. He also won the RTN / SAS Business Development Excellence Award for 2009. Bailey is happily married to wife, Linda. They have two kids, Mckenna, 11, and Cade, 10. Debby Hight (Rosenthal) ’82 has accepted a position as the assistant
director of public works for the City of St. Helena, Calif. in Napa Valley. Prior to this post, she worked for 20 years at Triad Engineering, first as a project and design engineer and then as Napa branch manager. Mark Joseph MS ’83, PhD ’88 , who founded the Project 6 Research
company in 2004, has shipped its first product the XJR™ SDK, which is a suite of component based C++ libraries. Thomas Nadal ’83 is president and CEO of OC Health & Fitness, Inc. He recently celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the opening of two Snap Fitness 24/7 Health Clubs located in Orange, Calif. He also works products as director of business development with A&M Biomedical, which helps medical device companies save money and expedite innovative products to market. Sandra M. (Gehrt) Kradas ’84 was recently promoted to director of technical support at Hamilton Sundstrand, a division of UTC. The global company has various business units that design, manufacture and support aerospace and industrial products for worldwide markets and is the prime contractor for NASA’s space suit/life support system. Jane Kucera (Gienger) MS ’84 has published a book about reverse osmosis titled, Reverse Osmosis: Design, Processes, and Applications (2010). The book is for water plant mangers, engineers, and consultants that deal with industrial reverse osmosis. It covers basics of design, applications, operations, and troubleshooting. Jane is currently a senior technical consultant for the Nalco Global Equipment Solutions Division of Nalco Company located in Naperville, Ill. Edmundo Albuquerque de Souza e Silva PhD ’84 was elected to the Brazil-
ian National Academy of Sciences (2008) and received the Medal of the National Order of Scientific Merit (2008). The award is given by the President of Brazil. Neeraj Agrawal ’86 has received two patents in the field of Home-
land Security and Medical Diagnosis for Osteoporosis. He is presently working in the design of non-invasive medical diagnostic equipment for human and veterinary applications. Neeraj is married to his wife, Varsha, and they have three children ages 13, nine, and five years old.
William Newman ’86 recently published his first book titled, Under-
Michael Stiber MS ’90, PhD ’92 was named director of the Comput-
standing Enterprise Performance Management, a collaboration with software partner SAP focused on the closed-loop enterprise performance management process, highlighting such strategic areas as corporate sustainability, business planning and forecasting, and supply chain effectiveness. Newman serves as managing principal of Newport Consulting Group, an independent management and technology consulting firm. He is also on the graduate adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan, College of Business and the McKinsey Quarterly Executive Panel. William lives in Clarkston, Mich. and is married with four children.
ing and Software Systems (CSS) Program at the University of Washington, Bothell. The program is a software engineeringbased computer science department with more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students. Joe Wang ’91 is living in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoying
working as a patent attorney in San Jose. William E. Winters MS ‘91 celebrated his fifth year as managing partner of Patent Law Professionals, P.C., a patent and technology law firm he founded in the Silicon Valley in 2006. Farzad Etemad-amini MS ’93 is still working as an intellectual
Richard Paul ’86 was promoted to system engineering IPT Lead for
a large missile defense program at Raytheon Missile Systems. He oversees more than 100 engineers.
Kerop Janoyan ’93, MS ’95, Engineer ’99, PhD ’01 is the executive officer of
ljiljana Trajkovic PhD ’86 was awarded the Outstanding Service
Awards from the IEEE Vancouver Section and CAS Society IEEE Vancouver Section. Greg Walker ’86 is now a Certified Information Systems Auditor
(CISA). This certification is awarded by ISACA, the pre-eminent audit professional association for information systems and technology. Odilyn l. Santamaria luck ’88 and her husband, William “Bill”,
welcomed their first child, Amelia, born in April. Both Odilyn and Bill are engineers at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Nirmal Keshava ’89 is the group leader for the Applied Signal
Processing and Image Exploitation Group at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass. He was recently awarded a Department of Defense research grant on post-traumatic stress disorder using in-vivo MR brain spectroscopy. Michael a. Zeitzew ’89, MS ’90, Ma ’92, PhD ’95 was appointed manager
of Intelligent Mobile Equipment Systems, NavCom Technology, Inc., a John Deere Company.
1990s Michael conching MS ’90 opened four companies dedicated to
increased awareness and better compliance with environmental regulations. His latest company, StormWater Online, Inc. (SWO), has become a strong influence in the development of industry specific storm water regulations and public awareness. Marvin SooHoo ’90 is a senior partner and executive vice president
of Sparta Consulting, an SAP Systems Solution Provider based in Folsom, Calif. The company was recently merged with KPIT Cummins Ltd. in a $38M deal to form a 5,000 employee company to help serve Fortune 100 to 1000 companies with their SAP ERP needs.
Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University and was elected By-Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University, where he spent his sabbatical stay in 2009. Douglas luftman ’93 has joined CBS Interactive, Inc. as vice president and chief patent counsel, after five years as Palm, Inc.’s chief intellectual property counsel. In his new role, Luftman is the senior most patent counsel within the CBS family of companies and is responsible for enhancing and managing CBS’s worldwide patent program, including defining the company’s patent strategy, orientation, functional coverage and geographic footprint; overseeing all patent prosecution activities; advising on patent-related transactional matters and licensing opportunities. Patrick chit-Yeung Tam ’93 and his business partner, Patrick luu ’93 , are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their firm, ProActive Consulting Group, a full-service environmental engineering and management firm based in Huntington Beach.Their specialties are in environmental regulatory consulting and treatment system design, with a mission to serving the industry and protecting the environment. Many clients still retain ProActive as their primary environmental consultant since the very inception of their business a decade ago. Needless to say, they are indebted and grateful to UCLA for their excellent education. carlo Van den Bosch ’93 started his fourth year as co-chair of the in-
tellectual property law group of Sheppard Mullin, a 550-lawyer firm in Los Angeles. Van den Bosch has been practicing law for 14 years and manages a team of 65 patent lawyers and IP professionals. He and his wife Candace have three young children and live in Orange County. Mazen chmaytelli ‘94, MS ‘95 received his 25th USPTO
issued patent. He is enjoying an innovative 15 yearcareer at Qualcomm where he is a senior director of business development.
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Joel Elad ’95 has published his seventh non-fiction book, Facebook Advertising for Dummies (2010). He is also preparing the second edition to his best-sellers, LinkedIn for Dummies. Hanchen Huang PhD ’95 was named professor in sustainable
energy at the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut in 2009. He is also a recipient of the Royal Society of London KTP Visiting Professorship (2010). His group’s research has led to an article titled “Surface Science Breakthrough: Reason for Nanorod Growth Discovered,” which was featured in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Weekly, and multiple Internet Web sites. Their discovery has answered and further reveals a new generic length scale in surface processing, beyond nanorod fabrication. Francis Soriano ’95 is enjoying his second career as owner and
administrator of several homes for developmentally disabled adults. He is planning to open one for mentally ill adults. He has been a member of the Toastmasters Executive 412 Club for over a year, and is now serving as its vice president of education. Enrico Zio MS ’95 has been appointed director of the chair
on Complex Systems and the Energy Challenge at Ecole Centrale Paris and Supelec, Fondation Europeenne pour l’Energie Nouvelle — EdF adjunct professor, University of Stavanger, Norway adjunct professor, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile. Dan Benyamin ’97, MS ’99 along with fellow UCLA Engineering
alumni Vince Busam ’00, Michael Hall ’01, and Aaron Chu MS ’09, have launched CitizenNet, a social monitoring platform that analyzes short messages from Twitter and Facebook for trends, topics, and sentiment. The platform handles both the volume and the nature of the content. This is Benyamin’s second company comprised of UCLA engineers — the first, PhatNoise, which was sold to Harman International. Jon Hahn MS ’97 joined Semtech Corp., headquartered in
Camarillo, Calif. in May 2010 as the vice president and chief information officer. The company is a leading supplier of high-quality analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. Prior to Semtech, he was the vice president and chief information officer at Telmar Network Technology (2001 to 2010) Semtech Corp. Gaurav Bhasin MS ’98, MBA ’06 is working in the investment
banking field following the completion of his MBA. He is currently a vice president at Pagemill Partners, a company focused on M&A / capital raises for growth technology companies.
Alejandro R. Diaz ’98, MA ’04 has been awarded the 2010 Luminary
Award by Great Minds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (GMiS). The award is presented to top Hispanic professionals in engineering, science, and technology. Eric Figueroa ’98 passed the Patent Bar Exam in 2009 and passed
the California Bar Exam in 2010. He became registered to practice law before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in the state of California. He is currently at an intellectual property law firm in Westlake Village, Calif. Guogen Zhang PhD ’98 has been appointed IBM Distinguished
Engineer, a technical executive position, for his outstanding technical achievements in advancing DB2 for z/OS, with special focus in the areas of native XML support (pureXML) and SQL complex queries. Guogen will continue to be responsible for setting the product strategy and direction in the area of XML and SQL query technology. Lan Wang MS ’99, PhD ’04 has been promoted to associate profes-
sor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Memphis. He also recently received an Early Career Research Award from the College of Arts and Science at University of Memphis. Jun Yang ’99, MBA ’06 was recently awarded the Top 40 Engineers Under 40 Award by Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine. This award is given to building industry professionals who stand out in their academic, professional, personal, and community achievements.
2000s I-Lin Liu ‘00, MBA ‘08 has been working in Zurich,
Switzerland since December 2009. After eight years with AT&T and Raytheon Technical Services Company, she joined Farmers Insurance/Zurich Financial Services to represent the U.S. in the Global Associate Program. After completing the program in 2009, she relocated to Switzerland to work as a process manager for IT Finance. Campbell Chiang ‘01 is employed as associate patent counsel
at Qualcomm in San Diego, Calif. Cheston Chiu ’01 and Angie Wang ’01 were married in March 2008 and they are now expecting their first child in November 2010. Tova Fuller ’02, MS ’04, PhD ’10 was accepted into UCLA’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) and has since received a Ph.D. in Human Genetics. She is currently in her third year of medical school.
Ryan Havens ’03 is a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, Calif. He and his wife, Anna Metichecchia, welcomed the birth of their son, Orrin Michael Havens in April. Jessica Mubaraki ’03 was featured in the Diversity Careers
in Engineering and Information Technology magazine. In the article, she details her experience in an engineering rotation program, which placed her in four different departments in two years. Besides her work for Raytheon, Mubaraki is the college relations chair of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Milton Wu ’03 is working as a technical account manager
for Google. Scott campbell ’04 married his long time sweetheart, Bella,
in March 2010. They currently live in Chicago with their three cats and dog. Gary a. M. Soe ‘04 married Mary Margaret V. Larrazabal, on
August 8, 2010. The newlyweds are moving to Buckhead, Georgia to start their lives together. Jeong-Yeol Yoon PhD ’04, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Biomedical Engineering GIDP BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, is currently receiving numerous media attention for his “lab-on-a-chip” research. In addition, his PhysOrg article has been cited by numerous other Web sites, including Innovation Watch, Topix, Zmarter, EnterPrise Post, Tipspad, and World News Network. Michael Flynn ’05 founded Opportunity Green, a national
sustainable technology, design, and operations conference. The conference took place in September 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif. in partnership with the Anderson School of Management, and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship. An incredible mix of more than 800 speakers and participants attended, including the John Woolward, CEO of Brightsource Energy and Steve Westly, CSO of PG&E and noted venture capitalist. Steven lin ’05 contributed to the world’s fastest static digital
frequency divider and wrote an article that appeared in the 2009 IEEE CSIC journal. Tony Pereira MS’05, PhD ’09 , Quetsol’s chief sustainability advisor, will be leading its 2010 summer internship program. He recently gave five lectures at the most prestigious Guatemalan university. He is also the postdoctoral researcher in the Fuel Cell Research Center for Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Pascal Pinet MS ’05 recently graduated with a diploma in architecture from Beaux Arts de Paris (ENSAPM.). Onesun Steve Yoo MS ‘05 has become an assistant professor
at University College London (UCL) and will join their Management Science and Innovation Department this fall. After earning his M.S. in electrical engineering, he received his Ph.D. in management from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2010. Stephanie Neuscamman (Neuman) ’06 together with husband, Eric Neuscamman ’06 , welcomed the birth of their daughter, Alice
Summer Neuscamman in May. aleksandr “alex” Rabinovich ’06 founded a socially conscious
baby and children’s clothing company called “Big Heart Baby.” Fifty percent of all profits are donated to various children’s charities, including those benefiting the fight against: autism, children’s cancer, juvenile diabetes, child hunger, pediatric AIDS, and congenital heart defects. adam Razak ’06, MS ’10 has obtained his Profes-
sional Electrical Engineer License from the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. He has worked for the City of Los Angeles as a communications engineer for the past two years. Michael Baes ’07 immediately began
working as an engineer for C.C. Myers, Inc., a bridge building contractor in California. He has been the lead project engineer of the San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge project since November 2009. Philip Kao ’07 is engaged to fellow Bruin, Ruth chiang ’06. He
recently completed his third project at Accenture Technology Consulting, after returning from volunteer water resource projects in Taiwan, China, and Guatemala. He will be applying for master’s programs in civil engineering in 2011. Duy le ’07 was recently promoted to mechanical engineering leader at Microfabrica, a Van Nuys, Calif. company that makes high performance micro-machines and precision based parts. amarjeet Singh MS ’07, PhD ’09 has joined Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi as an assistant professor. Together with two of his colleagues, they formed a research group in mobile and ubiquitous computing.
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Dariush Seif ’07, MS ’10 was awarded a Department of Energy
Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) fellowship in support of his current doctoral studies. Andrew Chao ’08 in collaboration with UCLA and UC Berkeley friends, has built a collaborative to-do list, cloudList, on Android that has recently been featured on the Android Market. Neil Huang ’08 was recently promoted to software development
engineer. Jeanne Lopez ’08 is engaged to marry her fiancé, Michael
Caoile, in August 2011. Johann Ly ‘08 is working at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), where she is developing software tools for PlayStation 3 developers. Golita MacIntyre MS ’08 is honored to announce that she is em-
ployed as a Software Design Leader at General Motors. Jamila Saifee ’08 earned her master’s degree in chemical
engineering at MIT and got married in 2009. She recently moved to Hartford, Conn. and will start her Ph.D. studies in chemical engineering at Yale University this fall. Donald Soon ’08 has been promoted to program manager for
HP Consumer PC products. He programs and manages several cross functional teams from R&D, marketing, and supply chain. Benjamin Farahmand ’09 is attending graduate school for indus-
Brian Maring ’09 was awarded a scholarship to study Advanced Simulation Methods for CO2 Capture at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He will begin his studies in August 2010. Mike Safyan ’09 joined the Aerospace Research and
Technology Centre (CTAE) in Barcelona, Spain for a summer internship. His main efforts are contributing toward the Barcelona Moon Team’s entry to the Google Lunar X-Prize, an international competition to send a privately-funded robot to the moon. He is conducting preliminary design studies for the team’s rover, including mobility, power, and communications subsystems. Luiz Filipe M. Vieira PhD ’09 has been nominated professor at
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.) Shannon E. Clark ’10 has published her second book titled, Roses
on Parade (July 2010), which is about California history. Clark’s new book serves as a sequel to her last book, The Alameda, The Beautiful Way (2006). Bart Forman PhD ’10 recently accepted a NASA Postdoctoral
Fellowship award to work at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, in an effort to study the utilization of satellite-based measurements of the Earth’s gravitational field for the purpose of freshwater resource estimation.
trial design at the University of the Arts at Philadelphia.
william R. Goodin MS ’71, PhD ’75, MEng ’82 William (Bill) Goodin, director of Short Courses and Management Programs at UCLA Extension, will receive the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award at the Annual Conference for Women Engineers on November 5, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. The award celebrates the work of a man or company who has made a significant contribution to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering. Bill, who has been an alumni advisor to SWE since 1999, will be receiving his award for being an ardent supporter of women engineers, both collegiate and professional. Past recipients of the award include Neil Gillespie, senior partner, leads missile defense business, Booz Allen Hamilton; Rear Admiral Wayne Shear, Jr., commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command; and Sam Angelos Jr., vice president and general manager, Hewlett-Packard.
As director of Short Course and Management Programs, Bill oversees more than 150 engineering and technical management courses on the UCLA campus and at company sites around the world. In his role, he ensures representation from a dynamic cross-section of industries, including significant participation of women in engineering. In 2004, Bill worked with the Boeing Women in Leadership group to develop a “Leadership Program for Women.” The following year, he expanded the program to Northrop Grumman in collaboration with the Women in Northrop Grumman group. Women in this program have described how the courses helped them develop confidence in both their careers and personal lives. Bill’s initiative, perseverance and perspective have been key to the continued success of these programs and of UCLA’s SWE.
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3 Phuc Nguyen ‘80 and Melinda Nguyen ’10 (Psychology) 4 Parviz Moieni MS ’80, ENG ’81, PhD ’83 and Mona Moieni ’10 (Psychobiology)
5 Julie Hast ’79 (Kinesiology), Timothy Hast ’11 (Psychobiology), and Steven Hast ’90
6 autumn Burdick ’10 (English) and Garry Burdick ’89 7 Thomas Nalevanko MS ’72, MBa ’80 (Management) and alexandra Nalevanko ’10 (Political Science)
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2009-10 ANNUAL REPORT EnrollmEnt 2009-10 Undergraduate 3,205 Master’s 757 PhD 878 Total 4,840
DollArs by pUrposE 2009-10 program research 51% capital 26%
DEgrEEs AwArDED (2010 projEctions) Bachelor’s 650 Master’s 375 PhD 170 Total 1,195
student support 12%
Full-time Faculty: 160 Faculty 4%
phd:Faculty ratio: 5.1:1
gifts to UclA Engineering: $13,555,919 publications: UCLA Engineering faculty published five books, 14 chapters, 299 articles in journals and 298 conference proceedings. Editorial postions: UCLA Engineering faculty held 36 editorships at professional journals and 55 associcate editor posititions. research Expenditures: $92,714,351
fAcULTy AwARds 2009-10 James c. Liao, Chancellor’s Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was awarded the 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Liao also received two major awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE): the James E. Bailey Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Biological Engineering and the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research.
yu Huang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the United States government to young engineers and scientists. Huang also received the prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award and was named a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow.
Henry samueli, co-founder and CTO of Broadcom Corporation and professor of
electrical engineering, received the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Ivan catton received the Max Jakob Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock was a recipient of the 2010 Dan David Prize, which honors unique, profound contribution to humanity, on a global scale. He was recognized for his contributions to the future of computers and telecommunications.
Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Vasilios Manousiouthakis received the Lawrence K. Cecil Award from AIChE.
Aydogan Ozcan, assistant professor of electrical engineering was named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers. Ozcan also received an NSF CAREER Award, was named as one of 10 “Netexplorateurs of the Year” by the France-based organization Netexplorateur, and was named to the Technology Review magazine’s TR35 list.
Computer science professor Judea Pearl received the 2010 Rumelhart Prize from the Cognitive Science Society.
Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor yi Tang received the Allan P. Colburn Award for Excellence in Publications from AIChE.
Electrical engineering professor Alan willson received the 2010 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Mohamed Abdou was named the “2010 Einstein Professor” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Eric P. Bescher, an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering, received a two-year appoint as the Distinguished Professor of the Zhejiang California International NanoSystems Institute.
Scott J. Brandenberg, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded the 2010 Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from the American Society of Civil EngineersGeo-Institute.
albert carnesale, Chancellor Emeritus and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering will serve on a high-level national commission that will work on developing a safe, long-term solution of managing the nation’s nuclear waste.
chi On chui, assistant professor of electrical engineering, was recently named the firstever winner of the Early Career Award from IEEE Electron Device Society.
Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Yoram cohen was appointed to a Blue Ribbon Committee of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which will advise on future water demands.
Timothy J. Deming, professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering, was elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Vijay K. Dhir, dean and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been appointed to the National Research Council Steering Committee for the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.
Dino Di carlo, assistant professor of bioengineering, has received the Walter H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Award
Computer science professor Deborah Estrin, director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) has received a Google Focused Research Award for the use of mobile phones as data collection devices for public health and environment monitoring. Estrin was also the recipient of The Association of Computing Machinery’s SIGMOBILE group’s 2010 Outstanding Contribution Award.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Nasr Ghoniem was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics.
Puneet Gupta, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received the 2010 Outstanding New Faculty Award from the Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Design Automation.
Civil and environmental engineering professor Jiann-Wen “Woody” Ju was named a fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor ann Karagozian was recently selected to chair a major study for the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) on the subject of future launch vehicle systems.
The Complex Fluids & Interfacial Physics group of mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Pirouz Kavehpour won the Gallery of Fluid Motion Exhibit, at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics.
The Committee on Space Research has presented the 2010 William Nordberg Medal to Kuo-Nan liou, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering.
christopher lynch, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was appointed as the chair of the ASME Aerospace Division Executive Committee.
Rupak Majumdar, associate professor of computer science, has been named a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow.
Webb Marner, adjunct professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received the 2009 ASME Edwin F. Church Medal
Electrical engineering assistant professor Sudhakar Pamarti received a 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
laurent Pilon, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was awarded the 2009 Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiation Transfer Young Scientist Award in Radiation Transfer.
Electrical engineering professor Yahya RahmatSamii, holder of the Northrop Grumman Chair in Electrical Engineering/Electromagnetics, has received the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Award.
Computer science professor amit Sahai was selected as one of five “Faces of Modern Cryptography.”
Jonathan Stewart, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
A research group led by Jenn-Ming Yang, professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received a 48th annual R&D 100 Award, which recognizes the 100 most significant technological commercial products of the past year.
2009-10 PhD alumni New academic appointments Mark Brynildsen, PhD ’08 Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University Adviser: James C. Liao. Joseph coe PhD ‘10 Civil and Environmental Engineering The Citadel Advisor: Scott Brandenberg Gianfranco Doretto Computer Science and Electrical engineering University of West Virginia Advisor: Stefano Soatto Michael Durand Earth Sciences The Ohio State University Advisor: Steven Margulis Jaafar a. El-awady PhD ‘08 Mechanical Engineering Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Nasr Ghoniem christian Grothoff PhD ‘06 Computer Science Technical University Munich, Germany Advisor: Jens Palsberg Qun Jane Gu PhD ‘07 Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Florida Advisor: M.C. Frank (JS) Chang Pai-chen Guan PhD ‘09 College of Engineering National Taiwan Ocean University Advisor Jiun-Shyan (JS) Chen Jinsong Huang PhD ’07 Mechanical Engineering University of Nebraska, Lincoln Advisor: Yang Yang Joohyon Kang PhD ’05 Civil and Environmental System Engineering Dongguk University, South Korea Advisor: Michael Stenstrom annie Kwok, PhD ’07 Civil Engineering National Taiwan University Advisor: Jonathan P. Stewart Kuo-chang lu PhD ’08 Materials Science and Engineering National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan Advisor: King-Ning Tu
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David Naish PhD ’10 Civil & Environmental Engineering California State University Fullerton Advisor: John Wallace Heemin Park, PhD ’06 Multimedia Science Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul Advisor: Mani Srivastava Hyunggon Park PhD ’08 Electronics Engineering Ewha Womans University, South Korea Advisor: Mihaela van der Schaar Yiyu Shi, PhD ’09 Electrical and Computer Engineering Missouri University of Science and Technology Advisor: Lei He Thomas Schmid, PhD ’09 Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Utah Advisor: Mani Srivastava Amarjeet Singh, PhD ’09 Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-Delhi), India Advisor: William Kaiser Jitkomut Songsiri, PhD ’10 Electrical Engineering Chulalongkorn University, Thailand Advisor: Lieven Vandenberghe Nathan Sturtevant, PhD ’03 Computer Science University of Denver Advisor: Lixia Zhang Fariborz Tehrani Civil Engineering California State University, Fresno Advisor: Jiann-Wen “Woody” Ju Zhiqiang Wang PhD ’04 Materials Science and Engineering University of North Texas Advisor: Nasr Ghoniem Keiji Yanase Mechanical Engineering Fukuoka University, Japan, Advisor: Jiann-Wen “Woody” Ju Lap Yeung PhD ’10 Electrical Engineering Chinese University of Hong Kong Advisor: Y. Ethan Wang Dongdong Wang PhD ’03 Xia Ming University, China Advisor: Jiun-Shyan (JS) Chen
Post-Doctoral Scholars Appointments Tom Jing Research Scientist, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany, State University of New York Post-Doctoral Advisor: Lei He Zhibo Li Chemistry The Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences post-doctoral Advisor: Timothy Deming Sungkyu Seo Electronics and Information Engineering Korea University, South Korea Post-doctoral Advisor: Aydogan Ozcan Eftychios Sifakis Computer Science University of Wisconsin Advisor: Demetri Terzopoulos Yajun Yan Biochemical Engineering University of Georgia post-doctoral advisor: James C. Liao Kechun Zhang Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Dept. University of Minnesota Post-doctoral Advisor: James C. Liao
Endowed Chair Holders Ben Rich Lockheed Martin Advanced Aerospace Tech Chih-Ming Ho Charles P. Reames Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering Alan Willson, Jr Edward K. and Linda L. Rice Endowed Term Chair in Civil Engineering Materials Gaurav Sant Jonathan B. Postel Chair in Networking Deborah Estrin Nippon Sheet Glass Company Chair Materials Science Bruce S. Dunn Norman E. Friedmann Chair in Knowledge Sciences Carlo Zaniolo
Northrop Grumman Chair in Electrical Engineering/Electromagnetics Yahya Rahmat-Samii Northrop Gruman Chair in Electrical Engineering Tatsuo Itoh Raytheon Chair in Electrical Engineering Kang Wang Rockwell International Chair in Engineering J. John Kim William Frederick Seyer Endowed Chair in Materials Electrochemistry Jane P. Chang Wintek Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering M. C. Frank Chang
Chancellor’s Professors Jiun-Shyan (JS) Chen Jason Cong James C. Liao Demetri Terzopoulos
UCLA Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council Mr. Madhavan Balachandran Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Amgen Inc. Dr. William F. Ballhaus, Jr. CEO (Retired) The Aerospace Corporation Ms. Janice Durbin Chaffin MBA ’81 Group President, Consumer Business Unit Symantec Corporation Dr. Frank M. Chang Professor, Electrical Engineering UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Dr. Dwight C. Streit Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Director, Institute for Technology Advancement UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Mr. Aaron S. Cohen ’58 Vice Chairman and Founder National Technical Systems Mr. Lucien “Al” Couvillon, Jr. ’62, MS ’66 Vice President, Integration and Knowledge Sharing Boston Scientific Corporation Mr. Richard A. Croxall Vice President and Chief Engineer (Retired) Northrop Grumman Corporation
Dr. Vijay K. Dhir Dean UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Mr. James l. Easton ’59 Chairman and President Jas D. Easton, Inc. Dr. B. John Garrick MS ’62, PhD ’68 President & CEO (Retired) PLG, Inc. Dr. Eugene c. Gritton ’63, MS ’65, PhD ’67 Vice President National Security Research RAND Corporation Mr. Benjamin a. Horowitz MS ’90 Co-Founder Andreessen Horowitz Mr. Sam F. Iacobellis MS ’63 Deputy Chairman (Retired) Rockwell International Corporation Dr. William a. Jeffrey President and CEO HRL Laboratories, LLC
Dr. Kevin Riley President Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC
right/left handed (CRLH) hybrid ring couplers and a patent for composite right/ left handed couplers.
Dr. Henry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer Broadcom Corporation
Majid Sarrafzadeh, professor of computer science, Foad Dabiri, Tammara Massey and Hyduke Noshadi were awarded a patent for a foot pressure alert and sensing system,
Mr. Gerald Solomon Executive Director Samueli Foundation Dr. Ronald D. Sugar ’68, MS ’69 PhD ’71 Chairman Emeritus Northrop Grumman Corporation Mr. lawrence E. Tannas, Jr. ’59, MS ’61 Electronics Consultant Tannas Electronics Mr. Murli Tolaney Chairman MWH Global, Inc. Mr. Stephen Trilling cERT ’00 Vice President, Security Technology and Response Symantec Corporation
leonard Kleinrock, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Computer Science UCLA Engineering
Mr. Nicholas M. uros ME ’84, cERT ’93 Vice President, Advanced Concepts and Technology Raytheon Systems Company
Dr. leslie M. lackman Director, Industrial Relations UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Dr. David a. Whelan MS ’78, PhD ’83 Vice President, General Manager, and Deputy to the President The Boeing Company
Mr. Jeff lawrence ’79 President and CEO Clivia Systems
Faculty Patents 2009-10
Dr. Steven D. liedle Project Manager Bechtel Power Corporation Mr. Rajeev Madhavan Chairman and CEO Magma Design Automation, Inc. Ms. Joanne M. Maguire MS ’78, cERT ’89 Executive Vice President Lockheed Martin Space Systems Group Mr. Pankaj Patel Senior Vice President and General Manager Cisco Systems, Inc. Dr. Rami R. Razouk ’75, MS ’75, PhD ’80 Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology The Aerospace Corporation Mr. Edward K. Rice Chairman CTS Cement Manufacturing Company
Eric Pei-Yu chiou, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Ming C. Wu were awarded a patent for systems and methods for optical actuation of microfludics based on opto-electrowetting. chiou, Wu and Aaron Ohta were awarded a patent for optoelectronic tweezers for microparticle and cell manipulation. Junghoo cho, associate professor of computer science, Alexandros Ntoulas and Petros Zerfos were awarded a patent for method and apparatus for retrieving and indexing hidden Web pages.
Ingrid Verbauwhede, adjunct professor of electrical engineering, and Kris J.V. Tiri, were awarded a patent for dynamic and differential CMOS logic with signal independent power consumption to withstand differential power analysis. Benjamin Wu, associate professor of bioengineering and materials science and engineering, was awarded a patent for expression system of Nell peptide. Wu was also awarded a patent for composition for promoting cartilage formation or repair comprising a Nell gene product and method of treating. Ya-Hong Xie, professor of materials science and engineering was awarded a patent for a quantum dot-based optoelectronic device and method. Xie and Bin Shi were awarded a patent for optical transceiver integratable with silicon VLSI. Yang Yang, professor of materials science and Jianyong Ouyng were awarded a patent for memory devices based on electric field programmable films.
The 2010 Boelter Society Honor Roll LifEtimE mEmbErs This honor roll gratefully acknowledges those who have given $100,000 or more to support the students and faculty of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science over the course of their lifetime or through their estate. Degrees listed include UCLA alumni and parents of current engineering students. Robert B. Allan
lei He, professor of electrical engineering was awarded a patent for low power FPGA circuits and methods.
Paul Baran MS ’59
Tatsuo Itoh, professor of electrical engineering, Christophe Caloz, and I-Hsiang Lin, were awarded a patent for composite
Mark Berman MS ’92, PhD ’95 and Sharon B. Berman ’91
Harold S. Becker ME ’59 and Marilyn L. Becker
Bernard L. Beskind ’62, ME ’66 and Lois R. Beskind
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Mukund Padmanabhan MS ’89, PhD ’92
Dean’s scholars – $50,000 to $99,999
Vinton G. Cerf MS ’70, PhD ’72 and Sigrid L. Thorstenberg
Michael W. Phelps ’71, MS ’71
Gerald J. Friedman and Dorothy R. Friedman
Charles Reames MS ’80, ENG ’82, PhD ’85 and Deborah A. Reames
Aaron S. Cohen ’58 and Nancy D. Cohen
Richard W. Phillips ’68, MLS ’75
Edward K. Rice and Linda L. Rice
Edward K. Rice * and Linda L. Rice *
Henry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 and Susan F. Samueli
Shioupyn Shen PhD ’91 and Waishan Wu
Shioupyn Shen PhD ’91 and Waishan Wu
John B. Slaughter MS ’61
Shiva Shivakumar ’94
Myra L. Westphal
Alfred W. Sommer
Marc A. Wood ’69, ME ’85
Gerald Estrin and Thelma Estrin
Oscar M. Stafsudd, Jr. ’59, MS ’61, PhD ’67 and Jacqueline Stafsudd ’69
boelter Investors – $25,000 to $49,999
Christopher Ferguson ’86, PhD ’99
Eugene P. Stein ’68 and Marilyn L. Stein
Barry J. Forman ’60, MS ’62
Ralph E. Crump ’50 and Marjorie L. Crump ’46
David E. Storrs ’82, MS ’83
Dorothea H. Frederking
Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr. ’59, MS ’61 and Carol A. Tannas, Parents ’85
Dennis J. Drag MS ’69, PhD ’82 and Leslie A. Drag
Brian L. Cochran ’54 and Nancy A. Cochran ’58 Robert N. Crane MS ’65, PhD ’70 Ralph E. Crump ’50 and Marjorie L. Crump ’46 Noel J. Deitrich ’67 James L. Easton ’59 and Phyllis F. Easton
Norman E. Friedmann ’50, MS ’52, PhD ’57 and Irene C. Kassorla ’63, MS ’65, PhD ’68
Aaron S. Cohen ’58 * and Nancy D. Cohen *
Mark J. Handzel MS ’81 and Janet Handzel
Raymond Taylor, Jr. ’62, MS ’66, MBA ’86
Pankaj S. Patel, Parent ’06
H. P. Gillis
Spyros I. Tseregounis MS ’82, PhD ’84 and Linda P. Katehi MS ’81, PhD ’84
Tien-Tsai Yang PhD ’68 and Jane J. Yang PhD ’71
Bruce E. Gladstone ’57, MS ’62 and Beverly J. Gladstone ’59
Sumermal Vardhan and Raj Vardhan, Parents ’92, ’98
boelter Fellows – $10,000 to $24,999
Victoria F. Goldberg ’87, MBA ’93
V. M. Watanabe ’72
Paul Baran MS ’59
Hisayo Graham MS ’60, PhD ’69
Tien-Tsai Yang PhD ’68 and Jane J. Yang PhD ’71, Parents ’92
Raymond S. Beggs
Richard L. Gay ’73, MS ’73, PhD ’76
Armond Hairapetian ’87, MS ’88, PhD ’93 and Elena Hairapetian ’96
William W. Yeh
Mark Berman MS ’92, PhD ’95 and Sharon B. Berman ’91
Terry Cheng, Parent ’03, ’06
Kevin G. Hall, Parent ’06
2009 – 2010 MeMbers
Larry B. Gratt ’62, MS ’64, PhD ’69
Robert Hawley MS ’91, PhD ’97 Jerome Hollander ’48 and Sonya Hollander Jau-Hsiung Huang MS ’85, PhD ’88 Hyley Huang, Parent ’09 Pearl Illg ’70 B. V. Jagadeesh Anonymous Elizabeth Argue Knesel Anonymous Jeff Lawrence ’79 Terence Lim ’92 Robert P. Lin and Lily W. Lin W. N. Lin, Parent ’12 Fang Lu MS ’88, ENG ’89, PhD ’92 and Jui-Chuan Yeh MPH ’96
This honor roll gratefully acknowledges gifts made to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. * Member for 10 consecutive years or more. + Member for 5 consecutive years or more.
Mario Gerla MS ’70, PhD ’73 Eric S. Johnson and Peggy L. Johnson, Parents ’11 Andrew E. Katz ’69, JD ’72 and Denise L. Katz Huan X. Lin Rosita N. Mal Rebecca R. Rhoads
Dean’s Visionaries – $1,000,000 or more
Edwin B. Stear PhD ’61 and Jo Ann Stear
W. N. Lin, Parent ’12
Lee M. Stewart ’67 + and Sue G. Stewart +
Henry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 and Susan F. Samueli
Spyros I. Tseregounis MS ’82, PhD ’84 and Linda P. Katehi MS ’81, PhD ’84
Dean’s Ambassadors – $100,000 to $999,999 Anonymous James L. Easton ’59 and Phyllis F. Easton
Ernst Volgenau PhD ’66 and Sara L. Volgenau Pamela A. Wickham Anne C. Wang Yee ’89 and Russell G. Yee Benjamin C. Wang ’90
Dorothea H. Frederking +
Feng C. Wang MA ’65
Fang Lu MS ’88, ENG ’89, PhD ’92 and Jui-Chuan Yeh MPH ’96
Allen M. Yourman, Jr. ’76, MS ’78 and Kimberley E. Yourman ’73
Mukund Padmanabhan MS ’89, PhD ’92
boelter sponsors – $5,000 to $9,999
Stacey E. Nicholas ’85, MS ’87
Charles Reames MS ’80, ENG ’82, PhD ’85 and Deborah A. Reames
Andrew D. Africk ’88 and Jackie Africk
Tracy Nishikawa MS ’85, PhD ’88 and Gail Masutani MS ’81, PhD ’88
Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr. ’59, MS ’61 + and Carol A. Tannas, Parents ’85 +
Daniel C. Lynch MA ’65 Anonymous Henry T. Nicholas, III ’82, MS ’85, PhD ’98
Charles R. Baker MS ’63, PhD ’67 David C. Banks ’80, MS ’81 + and Judy Banks, Parents ’12 +
James D. Barrie ’83, MS ’85, PhD ’88 * and Leslie A. Momoda ’85, MS ’87, PhD ’90 *
Ernest R. Harris ’49 +
Henry W. Burgess MS ’75
Carl E. Hess and Tracy L. Pirnack, Parents ’11
Josephine Cheng ’75, MS ’77 Alan P. Cutter ’61, MBA ’64 +
Jeffrey A. Houck and Monica C. Houck, Parents ’11
Janice D. Chaffin MBA ’81 and J. Steven Chaffin
Bob English ’82 and Anna M. Zara
Kuan-Cheng Huang MS ’92
Jim J. Chang, Parent ’11
Robin B. Joshi ’89, MS ’91, PhD ’95 and Celia Joshi ’89
Shen-Su H. Huang
Leang-Kai Chang and Li-Chu Wu, Parents ’13
Michele A. Kerchman, Parent ’11
Stanley E. Charles ’56, MS ’68
Leslie M. Lackman
Jeff Lawrence ’79 *
Sandro H. Lee ’75 and Eleanor S. Lee, Parents ’08
Keith R. Leonard, Jr. ’84, MBA ’95 and Nanette L. Leonard ’84
Nan-Rong Chen MS ’85, ENG ’87, PhD ’90 and Ming L. Chen
Jerry Y. Ogawa ’69 +
Kenneth H. Ma ’83, MS ’84
Chii-Fa Chiou and Ellia W. Chiou, Parents ’07, ’10
Rica Orszag ’93 and Jonathan M. Orszag
Carol L. Massey, Parent ’12
Wesley W. Chu and Julia Chu
Chulanur P. Ramakrishnan and Latha Ramakrishnan, Parents ’10
Pankaj Mody and Kalpana Mody, Parents ’12
Abraham Chuang ’97
Carey S. Nachenberg ’95, MS ’95
Christopher A. Clark, Jr. ’08
Kenneth W. Privitt ’77, MS ’80 + and Nancy G. Privitt ’78 +
Marvin Rubinstein ’53 + Tom Shiokari ’50, MS ’60 and Nobuko Shiokari
Frank M. Chang, Parent ’02
James G. Rheinwald and Krystal L. Rheinwald
Henry M. Conversano and Mary C. Conversano, Parents ’10
Thierry R. Sanglerat, Parent ’12
Richard A. Croxall
Peter B. Sender + and Haya S. Sender, Parents ’09 +
Curtis L. Dahlberg ’73
William H. Swanson and Cheryl K. Swanson
Noel A. Shenoi and Deborah A. Shenoi, Parents ’13
Patrick Dennis ’76, MS ’78, MBA ’82, JD ’82 and Nancy Dennis ’79
Akira Shinoda ’67
Joe Donahoo and Luisa Tam
Robert M. Webb ’57, MS ’63, PhD ’67 and Dorothy Webb
William R. Snow and Judy S. Snow, Parents ’11
Emily R. Dunkel ’01
Eugene P. Stein ’68 + and Marilyn L. Stein +
Paul R. Eggert MS ’77, PhD ’80 + and Stacey Byrnes +
Ning C. Sizto and Minda S. Sizto, Parents ’10 Michael K. Stenstrom George S. Stern ’58, MA ’59, PhD ’64 and Adele R. Stern
Yang Yang and Danmei Lee Boelter Associates – $2,500 to $4,999 William F. Ballhaus, Jr. and Jane Ballhaus Robert J. Barker ’68, MBA ’70 Gary H. Burdorf ’87, MS ’89, PhD ’93 + and Sherry L. Burdorf ’86, MBA ’90 + Paul H. Chandler MS ’74 and Kathleen R. Chandler Eddie C. Chau ’89 Stephen R. Clapp ’82 and Mari M. Clapp ’83, Parents ’12 Douglas G. Corbett ’73 Bovornrat Darakananda, Parent ’11 Michael Deutsch ’78, MS ’80 and Elena Deutsch Vijay K. Dhir Stanley B. Dong , Parent ’89 Anna Filatova and Maxim Belousov Ken I. Friedman ’61 + Richard L. Gay ’73, MS ’73, PhD ’76 William Goodin MS ’71, PhD ’75, ME ’82 * and Caroline Dockrell * Gene C. Gritton ’63, MS ’65, PhD ’67 * and Gwendolyn O. Gritton *
David K. Triolo ’80 Ben M. Wu and Betty Wu Boelter Contributors – $1,000 to $2,499 John S. Adams ’62 + and Arlene G. Adams +
H. Richard Denison
Charles H. Eldredge and Melissa M. Eldredge, Parents ’13 Mark A. Ethington ’86
Darren Aghabeg ’89 and Angela Aghabeg
Robert E. Felderman MS ’86, PhD ’91 and Eve M. Schooler MS ’88
Richard E. Arnell and Cynthia A. Arnell, Parents ’12
Gregory A. Fountain and Annette C. Fountain, Parents ’12
Ethan Aronoff PhD ’71 and Barbara Aronoff
Arnold J. Gaunt ’86
Rajive L. Bagrodia and Anju Bagrodia Pramod P. Bansal PhD ’72 and Manju Bansal
Rodney C. Gibson MS ’66, PhD ’69 + and Nancy P. Gibson +, Parents ’92
Lisa L. Barker ’84
Stephen J. Gilbert ’55 + and Suzanne P. Gilbert +
John R. Barr MS ’70, PhD ’78 and Mary E. Barr
Albert J. Glassman PhD ’71
R. Sam Baty PhD ’70 +
Robert A. Green ’72, JD ’75 * and Judy A. Green, Parents ’03 *
Bryan T. Bebb ’82 Benton Bejach + and Wanlyn Bejach + John Bell Stevan A. Birnbaum ’65 Catherine H. Blades Glen Boe ’60 and Jean E. Boe Richard A. Bordow and Liz K. Bordow, Parents ’09 Per G. Borgstrom and Eva B. Borgstrom, Parents ’04, ’05, ’08
Thomas P. Goebel PhD ’69
Gagandeep S. Grewal ’93 and Ramanjit K. Grewal Donald G. Gumpertz ’41 Les C. Guthrie, Jr. ’48 + and Maryann C. Guthrie + Arnold Hackett ’87 + Choong Ki Han and Hee Soon Park, Parents ’11 William Hant PhD ’70 and Myrna A. Hant ’64, PhD ’87, Parents ’96
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Frank J. Hanzel, Jr. ’79, MS ’81
Kenneth W. Nam and Elena Nam, Parents ’11
Adam D. Harmetz ’05
Richard Nesbit ’58, MS ’60, PhD ’63 + and Rose Marie Nesbit ’57 +
Lawrence J. Harrington John M. Haworth Paul J. Heinrich ’82 and Sharron L. Heinrich ’82, Parents ’08 Wai K. Ho ’78, MS ’79 Yasukazu Hoshino MS ’94, PhD ’02 Hsiou-Ling C. Hsiang, Parent ’13 Linden Hsu ’91 + Paul J. Jansen and Deborah K. Jansen, Parents ’13 Reginald Jue MS ’80 and Kathryn C. Jue Henry G. Jung ’87 Paul Kazimiroff and M. Renee Mc Reynolds, Parents ’13 Sheryl A. Kelly, Parent ’13 David W. Kim ’98, MS ’01 Patrick G. Kim MS ’94, PhD ’98 Sheung K. Kim PhD ’82 Yong U. Kim MS ’83, PhD ’87 Francis H. Kishi ’53, MS ’58, PhD ’63 Kevin M. Kolnowski and Shirley M. Kolnowski, Parents ’12 Russell W. Krieger, Jr. ’70
Andrew K. Newman MS ’95, PhD ’05 and Amy Lam ’94 Howard S. Nussbaum ’71, MS ’72, PhD ’76 and Deborah M. Nussbaum Seiki Ogura MS ’67, PhD ’69 and Helen K. Ogura ’66
Yuk C. Lo ’84 Gary E. MacDougal ’58 + and Charlene MacDougal + Asad M. Madni ’69, MS ’72 + and Gowhartaj A. Madni, Parents ’08 + Roxann M. Marumoto ’85, MS ’87 and David H. Julifs
Shengquan Ou PhD ’05
Yuji Toriyama and Teruko Toriyama, Parents ’11
Bill Overman ’73, PhD ’81 + and Rita Overman +
Leonard L. Tucker ’76 and Elvira Tucker
Asha S. Parikh, Parent ’09
James M. Venturino and Heike A. Kilian, Parents ’11
Chan K. Park ’91 and Cindy S. Park
Robert E. Vitali ’76, MS ’78
Brian D. Pasion ’98, MS ’00
John B. Wagner ’80, MS ’83, MS ’85
Christopher G. Peak and Jacquelyn J. Weber, Parents ’12
Fusheng Wang MS ’00, PhD ’04 and Hua Gan PhD ’04
John B. Peller MS ’66, PhD ’68
Charles E. Wilcoxson ’85, MBA ’94 and Jeanine W. Wilcoxson
Daniel C. Pappone ’77 and Syndie B. Meyer
Daniel J. Peterson ’80 Russell F. Pinizzotto, Jr. ENG ’77, PhD ’78 and Robin W. Johnson Edward J. Pope ’83, MS ’85, PhD ’89
Fei Ren PhD ’06 Joseph J. Rice ’88 + Dennis E. Rosenfeld, Parent ’11 Sumio Sakka Van N. Schultz ’74, MS ’75 + and Susan R. Schultz ’75, Parents ’04 + Hermann D. Schurr ’82, MS ’85 and Juliet N. Schurr ’82, MS ’86, Parents ’85 Michael J. Shearer ’86, MA ’90, PhD ’95 and Jeanne M. Shearer ’86
John D. Mc Donnell ’60, MS ’65
Philip M. Shigemura ’69, MS ’71 and Joyce M. Shigemura
Scott Mishima ’87
Takashi Shiozaki ’69
Craig R. Moles MS ’89 * and Nancy L. Moles *
Michael W. Sievers ’73, MS ’75, PhD ’80 and Charlene M. Sievers
James A. Murray ’70, MS ’71 + and Carol L. Donald +
Winny Tan MS ’04, PhD ’07 David Ting ’93, MS ’01 and Grace H. Ting ’93
Steven D. Powell ’00
Shawmo E. Lin and Grace Lin, Parents ’12
Jeremy L. Switzer ’98, MBA ’07 and Midco Kit-Lui Switzer Vijayakumar Tella MS ’88
Robert C. Leamy ’70 +
Kun Y. Lin and Wan M. Lee, Parents ’13
Dwight C. Streit MS ’83, PhD ’86 + and Deborah Streit +
Robert Oshiro ’81
Taylor W. Lawrence
Ralph C. Levin ’51 and Phyllis R. Levin
Ronald S. Squires and Sherri L. Squires, Parents ’12
Sallie B. O’Neill +
Dodd R. Portman and Lucia Portman, Parents ’13
Robert G. Lepore ’76, MS ’78 and Lori E. Lepore, Parents ’14
Alex Spataru ’70, MBA ’79 and Anne-Marie Spataru MBA ’78
N. Richard Wilcoxson ’89 James W. Winchester MA ’72, PhD ’80 and Diana J. Ford ’83 John Suihon Wong ’74 and Ruth Manling Wong Kin W. Wong PhD ’77 Philip H. Wong ’67 William S. Wong ’90 Luhua Xu William W. Yeh * Wei Chen Yeh and Ty Yeh, Parents ’06 Farouk Youssef and Laila Hanna, Parents ’10 Kejun Zeng and Wei Q. Peng
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Yet M. Siu ’53, Parent ’75, ’77, ’78 *
Roger P. Murry, Sr. ’73, MS ’76
Bruce J. Smith ’65 and Cynthia C. Smith
Don S. Myers ’64
David P. Smith MS ’68
Mas Nagami ’53 +
Craig W. Somerton ’76, MS ’79, PhD ’82
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