Engineers are problem solvers. At UCLA, we have not shied away from challenges presented by COVID. Our computer scientists and engineers have been collaborating with colleagues at the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health to develop urgently needed personal protective equipment, cutting-edge testing methods, predictive models adopted by the CDC, and vaccine boosters. And there are numerous creative efforts by students and alumni as well.
Following are highlights of UCLA Samueli COVID-related research projects and press coverage:
UCLA Machine-Learning Model is Helping CDC Predict Spread of COVID-19
A machine-learning model developed at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict the spread of COVID-19.
Biotech Company Founded by UCLA Engineers Helps Increase Accuracy in COVID-19 Testing
A biotech company founded by UCLA Samueli School of Engineering bioengineers has launched a product to look for COVID-19 more accurately than conventional tests by extracting RNA from patient samples.
A Virtual Workforce to Tackle COVID-19: Q&A with Muddu Sudhakar
Alumnus and serial entrepreneur Muddu Sudhakar’s company, Aisera, offers a virtual AI-based workforce available 24/7. With customers such as Autodesk, Ciena, Unisys and McAfee on board, the company is now gearing up to tackle COVID-19.
To the Rescue: UCLA Bioengineers Create Reusable COVID-19 Face Shields
First responders and health care workers have been putting their lives on the line to treat the tidal wave of COVID-19 patients flooding emergency rooms and intensive care units.
UCLA Web App Enlists Public Support to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19
The public is encouraged to help fight the spread of the coronavirus by using Stop COVID-19 Together. The web-based app is a simple 5-minute survey about exposure and symptoms.
UCLA Engineering Graduate Student Develops Low-Cost Ventilator
UCLA electrical engineering graduate student Glen Meyerowitz is developing a low-cost ventilator in collaboration with medical professionals at UCLA Health.
UCLA Samueli Engineers Step Up in COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Bioengineering professor and director of the Makerspace demonstrates laser-cutting face shields and 3D-printing headbands, while electric engineering doctoral student Glen Meyerowitz showcases a ventilator prototype he designed using everyday household materials.
UCLA Engineers Step Up to Help Health Care Workers
With a deluge of patients suffering from COVID-19 expected to flood hospitals in the very near future, UCLA engineers are part of a quickly growing team working to build up supplies of personal protective equipment for health care workers.
Artificial Intelligence Separates Conspiracy Theory From Conspiracy Fact | Spectrum News 1 | 12.23.2020
Anatomy of a Vaccine | UCLA Newsroom | 11.20.2020
UCLA gets FDA authorization for coronavirus testing tech that can simultaneously process thousands of samples | KTLA News | 10.8.2020
UCLA Health scientists pioneer faster, cheaper COVID-19 testing technology | Science Megazine | 10.8.2020
UCLA’s new $10 COVID test can process thousands of results in a day | Fox News | 10.7.2020
Naturally occurring enzyme holds potential as low-cost therapeutic to treat COVID-19 | Medical Life Science News | 9.29.2020
Common antioxidant enzyme may provide potential treatment for COVID-19 | Phys Org | 9.29.2020
Models used to predict how coronavirus will spread in San Diego County, statewide | CBS 8 News | 8.11.2020
UCLA professor receives grant to develop coronavirus vaccine booster | Daily Bruin | 8.3.2020
UCLA Engineering Dean Leading Efforts to Address Shortage of PPP, Other Medical Supplies | India-West | 5.28.2020
UCLA researchers develop Breathalyzer-like diagnostic tool to test for COVID-19 | KTLA News | 5.26.2020
UCLA Professor Leading Team to Develop Breathalyzer-Like Tool for Rapid COVID-19 Test | NBC Los Angeles News | 5.23.2020
UCLA team compiles coronavirus-related data, creates statistical modeling tool | Daily Bruin | 5.22.2020
Team to develop breathalyzer-like diagnostic test for COVID-19 | Science Blog | 5.21.2020
UCLA Scientists Say They Have Developed More Accurate COVID-19 Test | NBC Los Angeles News | 5.12.2020
California Set the Tone on Coronavirus Shutdowns. What’s Its Next Move? | The New York Times | 4.14.2020
COBOL, a 60-year-old computer language, is in the COVID-19 spotlight | Fast Company | 4.10.2020
With diving gear and plumbing supplies, California labs fashion Covid-19 masks and ventilators | STAT News | 4.9.2020
“Like a sneeze guard at the salad bar.” | Inverse | 4.7.2020
Inventors Are Whipping Up Homemade Ventilators to Fend Off a Shortage. Some Doctors Are Wary | Time | 4.6.2020
Grad Student Builds Ventilator Using Home Depot Supplies | NBC News | 3.31.2020
Column: If Trump alone can fix our coronavirus crisis, then why the hell hasn’t he? | Los Angeles Times | 3.29.2020
Coronavirus: UCLA Engineers Developing Surgical Face Shields For Area Hospitals | KCAL CBS Los Angeles News | 3.26.2020
UCLA engineers using 3-D printing in race to get coronavirus face shields to hospitals | Daily News | 3.26.2020