CHIPS for America Taps UCLA Engineering Professor to Lead R&D Program Subramanian Iyer, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering with extensive experience in microelectronics and semiconductor packaging, has been appointed director of the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program at CHIPS for America’s Research and Development Office.
DOE Renews Funding for UCLA-Based Smart Manufacturing Institute The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute at UCLA, spearheaded by UCLA Vice Provost Emeritus Jim Davis, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will receive the five-year, $30 million grant to advance the adoption of smart manufacturing nationwide.
Robot Origami: Robots that Fold & Bend This episode of the NSF Science Now highlighted research conducted at the Laboratory for Embedded Machines and Ubiquitous Robots at UCLA, led by electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Ankur Mehta. The team eliminated bulky chips to create fully foldable robots that can perform complex tasks without relying on semiconductors.
Engineering Student and Faculty Recognized for Innovation and Mentorship Soulaimane Bentaleb, who earned his bachelor’s this year in bioengineering with a minor in neuroscience, was awarded a 2023 Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Research. Bioengineering assistant professor Jun Chen and computer science professor Rafail Ostrovsky each received a Faculty Mentor Award.
Packard Foundation Announces 20 New Fellows For 2023 Assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering Yuzhang Li is among the 20 early-career scientists and engineers who will each receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. Li’s research focuses on lithium and lithium metal batteries.
The Leonard Kleinrock Teaching Tree The internet pioneer and distinguished professor of computer science is featured in the fall issue of the magazine for his contribution to teaching over the years. Many of his former students have gone on to illustrious academic careers as highlighted in this piece.
LA County Supervisors to Vote on a Plan to Stop Beach Erosion Timu Gallien, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UCLA whose expertise is in coastal engineering, says studies predict stronger storms in Los Angeles County will lead to more beach erosion, but solutions to strengthen the shoreline could be implemented.
Reckoning 375: How New Orleans Prioritized People Over Pavement In this special series podcast by Detroit’s National Public Radio station, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering Regan Patterson discusses why community engagement during highway removal projects is important, as often communities of color are left with negative impacts.
Thermal Transistors Handle Heat With No Moving Parts Yongjie Hu, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and lead author on a study published in the journal Science, shares in this piece that there has been a strong desire from engineers and scientists to control heat transfer the same way we have controlled electronics.
ChatGPT Has Entered the Classroom: How LLMs Could Transform Education Wei Wang, a professor of computer science at UCLA, and her colleagues experimented with different ways to query two of ChatGPT’s bots, GPT-3.5 and GPT-4, and found GPT-4 underperformed when answering college-level questions regarding physics, chemistry, computer science and mathematics.