$2 Million From Pritzker Foundation Establishes Chair in Sustainability at UCLA Samueli Los Angeles
philanthropists Tony and Jeanne Pritzker have pledged $2 million to UCLA
Samueli through their charitable foundation. The funds will create the
Pritzker Chair in Sustainability and support the faculty excellence
fund, designed to attract and retain outstanding engineering professors.
Gaurav Sant, director of the Institute for Carbon Management at UCLA
and a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been
appointed as the inaugural chairholder.
Plaque Honoring School Namesake Henry Samueli Unveiled in front of Boelter Hall A plaque marking the
50th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 as
a first-year engineering student was unveiled in March at a small
ceremony. Samueli, Broadcom’s co-founder and chair of the board who has
made a series of landmark gifts to support his alma mater, attended the
event along with Chancellor Gene Block, Dean Jayathi Murthy and others.
Celebrating UC Excellence in Honor of National Engineers Week On Feb. 21-25, all
nine UC campuses that have engineering schools and colleges came
together to celebrate one another’s achievements from the past year.
This year, the guiding theme of National Engineers Week is “Reimagining
the Possible” — an umbrella under which countless UC-created innovations
“Time Zone King”: How One UCLA Computer Scientist Keeps Digital Clocks Ticking If you’ve ever looked
at the clock on a computer, smartphone, smartwatch or practically any
other digital screen — and the time has been correct — you owe Paul
Eggert, a senior lecturer of computer science, a debt of gratitude.
Eggert manages the international time zone database, which ensures all
devices connected to the internet run on time.
Engineering and Basketball: Problem Solving On and Off the Court An episode of UCLA
Athletics’ biweekly video series following the UCLA men’s basketball
this season featured center and engineering graduate student Myles
Johnson and his faculty advisor Dejan Markovic. Markovic, a professor of
electrical and computer engineering, answered a few questions about his
own past connections to NBA games and his relationship with Johnson.
UCLA Team Develops Ultrathin Films for Stretchable and Sturdy Bioelectronic Membranes UCLA researchers,
including professor and chair of the Material Science and Engineering
Department Yu Huang, have developed a unique design for ultrathin films
that are highly flexible yet mechanically robust bioelectronic
membranes. The discovery could pave the way for diagnostic on-skin
sensors that fit precisely over the body’s contours and conform to its
Research on Catalyst Reveals Critical Atomic Structural Change in Reaction A team of chemists and
engineers from universities in the U.S. and Japan have discovered how
an important industrial chemical catalyst — rhodium — undergoes
structural changes during chemical reactions for production of chemicals
and fuels. The study was co-led by Phillipe Sautet, a professor of
chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry and biochemistry at
UCLA Professor Wins Prestigious Optical Engineering Prize Electrical and
computer engineering professor Aydogan Ozcan has received the 2022
Joseph Fraunhofer Award and Robert M. Burley Prize for optical
engineering. He is the first UCLA faculty member to win the award since
its inception in 1982.
Student Hackathon Brings Tech to the Outdoors Design, build, program
and pitch a device that enhances the outdoor experience in 36 hours.
Think you are up to the challenge? Meet the UCLA students who did just
that at the eighth annual IDEA Hacks competition.
‘Climatarian’ Support the Planet through Food Choices
While a few meals and crackers might seem insignificant in the fight
against climate change, civil and environmental engineering professor
Jennifer Jay shared her insight in this interview about the power of
individual choices at the grocery store.
Black Files Declassified Professor Veronica
Santos of mechanical and aerospace engineering was featured in the
program’s season two premiere (segment starts at 31:58) on the
development of robots with a sense of touch at the UCLA Biomechatronics
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Tech Uses Sweat to Show Stress Levels The program featured a
device that measures stress by monitoring the cortisol levels in the
user’s sweat. The research was led by Sam Emaminejad, an assistant
professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of the
California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA.
Airborne Spiders Drift on Multiple Silk Threads Research from M.
Khalid Jawed, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering, and a colleague at Notre Dame was highlighted in this
article showing how certain spiders fly using web-spun balloons.