Associate Dean, Research and Physical Resources
Robert Candler is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, with joint appointments in the departments of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and bioengineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. Beginning September 1, 2023, he also serves as the school’s associate dean for research and physical resources.
Prior to his appointment as an associate dean, Candler served as the chair of the UCLA NanoLab Advisory Committee and helped lead the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded multi-institutional Engineering Research Center TANMS (Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems), which celebrated its decade of innovation in 2022. Candler was also the faculty director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s Fast Track to Success program for incoming undergraduate students
A full professor since 2019, Candler teaches upper division classes on electromagnetics and microelectromechanical systems. He received the Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020 and the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors and a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, among others.
Candler received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University in Alabama, and M.S. and Ph.D. in the same field from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow.
Before joining UCLA in 2008 as an assistant professor, Candler served as a research engineer at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, California, and a consulting assistant professor at Stanford University.