- UCLA Alumnus - Mukund Padmanabhan Adds $500,000 to Guru Krupa Fellowship
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science alumnus Mukund Padmanabhan MS ’89, PhD ’92, has announced that he will make an additional gift of $500,000 to support the Guru Krupa Foundation Fellowship in Electrical Engineering, bringing the foundation’s total support for UCLA graduate students in electrical engineering to $1.5 million.
Padmanabhan, founder of the Guru Krupa Foundation, said he was inspired to offer the fellowships based on his own experience. He received a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur before applying for graduate studies in electrical engineering at UCLA.
“My education at UCLA has served me very well,” he said. “But it almost didn’t happen. It was only because of a last-minute award of a fellowship that I was able to attend UCLA.”
The first two Guru Krupa Foundation gifts of $500,000 – made in 2009 and 2011 – were directed toward students working in the areas of integrated circuits and signals and systems. Fellowships funded by the third gift are available to students in any electrical engineering discipline.
“I set up the first two fellowships because I wanted to increase the odds of someone in my situation in India having the same opportunity I had,” Padmanabhan said. “Since then, I've had an opportunity to see the working of the process and meet with some of the fellowship recipients, and I feel that the fellowships are having the intended impact – hence the decision to extend the gift with a third fellowship.”
While at UCLA, Padmanabhan’s research focused on signal processing and analog integrated circuits. He then worked in the area of statistical speech recognition at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Today he focuses on statistical financial modeling for Renaissance Technologies, a New York-based hedge fund management firm.
The Guru Krupa Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of impoverished families, provide opportunities in higher education to those who could not otherwise afford it and support cultural and religious organizations in the United States and India.
The Guru Krupa Foundation Fellowship in Electrical Engineering is part of UCLA Engineering's Enhancing Engineering Excellence (E3) Initiative to raise funds for new endowed faculty chairs, graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships and capital projects.
“Scholarships and fellowships give talented students of limited means the opportunity to study at one of the finest engineering schools in the world,” said UCLA Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir. “We are grateful to Mukund and other alumni whose generous support allows students from all backgrounds to enrich our academic environment and take advantage of the great opportunities that UCLA Engineering offers.”
Professors Steve Jacobsen and Ken Martin are the advisors of Dr. Mukund Padmanabhan.
Re-printed from UCLA Engineering Newsroom (December 2, 2013), written by: Bill Kisliuk
- National Taiwan University (NTU) Honors Distinguished Alumni, Professors Frank Chang and Kuo-Nan Liou
Professors Frank Chang and Kuo-Nan Liou were honored by NTU with the Distinguished Alumnus Award during its 85th anniversary ceremony at the NTU Sports Center on November 15, 2013. The award celebrates alumni who have attained international recognition and contributed to the advancement of their chosen fields or industries.
Professor Frank Chang is chair and a distinguished professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Academia Sinica. Professor Chang is known for his leading researches in mm/sub-mm-wave (or Terahertz) CMOS integrated circuits for communication, interconnect and imaging systems. He invented and synthesized Digitally Controlled Artificial Dielectric (DiCAD) by using CMOS periodic metal structures to vary its permittivity in real-time (up to x20) for realizing reconfigurable multiband/mode radios. He developed a new class of Multi-Gbps Radio-on-a-chip at the 57-65GHz ISM band with unprecedented self-diagnosis/healing capabilities to boost/recover its system performance from temperature/process variations and from aging effects. He invented multi-band (N-band) RF-interconnect, beyond the traditional baseband-only interconnect, to enable inter-core communications in Chip-MultiProcessor (CMP) and inter-chip communications between CPU/Memories with N-times bandwidth, real-time re-configurability and unique multicast capabilities.
Professor Kuo-Nan Liou is a distinguished professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering, and Director of the UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering. He is also a member of National Academy of Engineering and a member of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. He is the recipient of the 2013 American Geophysical Union’s Roger Revelle Medal. Professor Liou has been the foremost pioneer in light scattering by ice crystals; his unified theory, encompassing all sizes and shapes, has transformed the field of cloud remote sensing. He discovered the backscattering depolarization principle to distinguish between ice crystals and water droplets, developed the theory and numerical scheme to retrieve atmospheric heating rates, and innovated a cloud-precipitation-climate model to investigate links between cloud particle sizes perturbed by greenhouse warming and air pollution, universally referred to as the second indirect effect in aerosol-cloud feedback.
- Professor Diana Huffaker is Elected Fellow of The Optical Society
Professor Diana Huffaker has been elected Fellow of The Optical Society for her remarkable achievements in the advancement of optics. Prof. Huffaker specializes in directed and self-assembled nanostructure solid-state epitaxy, optoelectronic devices including solar cells and III-V/Si photonics. She is the director of the Integrated NanoMaterials Core Laboratory which investigates subjects on optoelectronic devices enabled by atomic self-assembly at the heterointerface in novel compound III materials for Si photonics, single photon sources, MWIR applications and solar cells.
The Society is the premiere assembly for educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders, committed to excellence and long-term learning for all its initiatives. The Society was founded nearly a hundred years ago as The Optical Society of America and later evolved and opened its affiliation to the rest of the world. OSA will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.
- Professor Aydogan Ozcan is Elected Fellow of The Optical Society
Professor Aydogan Ozcan has been elected Fellow of The Optical Society for his pioneering contributions to computational imaging, sensing and holography technologies and instrumentation impacting bio-photonics and its applications to telemedicine and global-health.
His creation of a portable holographic lens-less microscopy with the use of smart phones has catapulted his research to various applications in addressing vital health issues especially in the resource limited remote communities. Professor Ozcan’s research accomplishments have drawn attention and commendation from peers, the government and the industry. His latest research finding on imaging of single nano-particle or virus appeared in this month’s issue of Scientific America and Big Think.The Optical Society is the premiere assembly of educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders, committed in excellence and long-term learning for all its initiatives. The Society was founded nearly a hundred years ago as The Optical Society of America and later evolved and opened its affiliation to the rest of the world. OSA will celebrate its 100th
anniversary in 2016.
- Professor Lara Dolecek is Honored with 2013 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award from HSSEAS
Professor Lara Dolecek is awarded 2013 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. The award honors junior faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to high teaching standards.
Prof. Dolecek was praised for her teaching style, organization in delivering course materials, and informative lectures. In Electrical Engineering Department, she teaches a variety of classes, ranging from large core undergraduate classes to advanced classes aimed at Ph.D. students. She supervises a vibrant research group of more than 10 talented graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, visitors and undergraduate researchers. Outside of UCLA, Prof. Dolecek has given several tutorials related to her research on reliable data storage and has continuously received admiration from diverse audience in industry and academia for clarity and content of her presentations.
Congratulations Prof. Dolecek!
- Fred Sala Received HSSEAS Edward K. Rice Outstanding Masters Student Award
At the recent UCLA Engineering Award Dinner, Frederic Sala was honored with an Edward K. Rice Outstanding Masters Student Award from HSSEAS. Sala is currently a Ph. D. student in Electrical Engineering Department, working in Dr. Lara Dolecek's Laboratory for Robust Information Systems. Sala's research interests are in the area of communications and information theory with a focus on channel coding with particular application to data storage devices such as non-volatile memories. He is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
"Fred is an all-around star. I am extremely impressed with his intellectual curiosity, mature and clear thinking, superb command of advanced topics in discrete mathematics, and outstanding written and presentation skills," praised by his advisor, Prof. Lara Dolecek.
Earlier this year, Fred received the best master thesis award in Signals and Systems and was a co-recipient of the award for the Best Performance on the Preliminary Examination from the Electrical Engineering Department.
Congratulations Fred on another impressive achievement!
- Congratulations to Chung-Tse Michael Wu for the 2013 APMC Best Student Paper Award
At the 2013 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference held in Seoul Korea on November 5 - 8, 2013, Chung-Tse Michael Wu (supervisor Professor Tatsuo Itoh) received Best Student Paper Award for the paper entitled "Negative Group Delay Circuit Based on a Multisection Asymmetrical Directional Coupler," authored by Chung-Tse Michael Wu, Sam Gharavi and Tatsuo Itoh.
- Professor Rahmat-Samii’s Co-Edited Historical Section is on the Cover of IEEE A&P Magazine
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii's is the guest co-editor of a historical section entitled, “High-Frequency Techniques in Diffraction Theory: 50 Years of Achievements in GTD, PTD and Related Approaches”. This appeared on the front cover of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine published in June 2013. He also contributed a paper in this section entitled, “GTD, UTD, UAT and STD: A Historical Revisit and Personal Observations”. This IEEE Magazine has a very large circulation and it is considered one of the premier IEEE magazines.
- UCLA Electrical Engineering is the Top One in the Microsoft Academic Search
For the second consecutive year, the Microsoft Academic Search portal has ranked the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department number one in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering across all continents – ahead of such institutions as MIT, Stanford, IBM and Intel. Over the past ten years, amongst institutions and organizations worldwide, UCLA Electrical Engineering has received the highest rating with a 54.
In addition, Professor Tatsuo Itoh is the number one author in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with over 10,261 citations and the highest field rating of 44 for all years. The Microsoft Academic Search maintains a log of 636,397 authors in their website.
The field rating is similar to the H-index in that it looks into the relation of the number of publications by an author and the distribution of citations to the publications.
The Microsoft Academic Search portal explores how scholars, scientists, students, and practitioners find academic content, researchers, institutions, and activities. Aside from indexing academic publications, it also displays the key relationships between and among subjects, content, and authors, highlighting the critical links that help define scientific research.
- Professor Behzad Razavi is honored as Chancellor’s Professor
Professor Behzad Razavi is named the Chancellor's Professor by the Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. This commendation is presented to faculty members who have attained international recognition for their distinguished achievements in teaching, research, and service.
Professor Razavi specializes in the design of integrated circuits for high-speed and RF communication systems. He heads the UCLA Communication Circuits Laboratory and has pioneered the use of CMOS technology for broadband transceivers through circuit and architecture innovations. He and his students have received six best paper awards at IEEE conferences such as the ISSCC, CICC, VLSI Circuits Symposium, and ESSCIRC.
The impact of Professor Razavi's research has earned him the 2012 IEEE Donald Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits and an H-index of 52. He has also published seven books, some of which are translated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese. His book Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits is the most widely cited microelectronics book of all time. Professor Razavi has also received three teaching awards from UCLA.
- Prof. Lara Dolecek Receives an Intel Labs Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award
Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is a recipient of 2013 Intel Early Career Honor Program Award for her work on reliable data storage and information processing system design. The recipients of this prestigious award are among an elite group who represent the brightest talent and future thought leaders in their respective areas of research – only 9 professors are selected for this award out of pool of more than 100 applicants nationwide. The rigorous selection process was championed by Intel senior technical leaders.
Prof. Dolecek’s research is focused on advancing the toolbox of fundamental mathematical discipline of coding theory to make emerging information systems ultra reliable and resource-efficient. Current focus of her research is on novel coding theoretic methods that embrace the intrinsic variability in modern data storage systems and memory devices for improved reliability, and on novel coding theoretic –inspired methods for data reduction and reconciliation, as demanded by Big Data applications.
“I am honored to be in this highly-selective group of Intel Awardees, and I look forward to future collaborations with Intel, “ said Prof. Lara Dolecek.
“On behalf of the Electrical Engineering Department, I congratulate Prof. Lara Dolecek on another impressive achievement. She is an energetic, talented academic with strong research initiative in emerging data storage technologies. We are very pleased that she is a member of our Department,” said Professor M.-C. Frank Chang, Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department.
Prof. Lara Dolecek joined UCLA as an assistant professor in 2010. She is a recipient of several prestigious awards for teaching and research, including 2013 Northrop Grumman Teaching Award from UCLA, 2013 University of California Faculty Development Award, 2013 Okawa Research Grant, 2012 NSF CAREER Award, 2011 Hellman Fellowship Award, and 2007 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize from UC Berkeley.
Prof. Lara Dolecek is a director of Laboratory for Robust Information Systems (www.loris.ee.ucla.edu) where she supervises a large, vibrant group of PhD and Masters students, post-doctoral researchers, undergraduate students and academic visitors. Most recently, she started a new research center at UCLA on Emerging Data Storage Systems, called CoDESS (www.uclacodess.org), which aims to push the frontiers in emerging data storage systems through integrated research program while cultivating graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to be highly-trained professionals in the subject. Prof. Dolecek also serves as the lead editor for IEEE JSAC Special Issue on Emerging Data Storage Technologies.For more information on Intel Early Career Program, visit https://www.intel-university-collaboration.net/news-blogs-and-announcements/2013_us_phd_ecfhp_awardees.
- Professors Christina Fragouli and Suhas Diggavi with Co-authors Received the 2013 ACM Mobihoc Best Paper Award
Professors Christina Fragouli and Suhas Diggavi with co-authors, Melisa Duarte, Ayan Sengupta and Siddartha Brahma are recipients of the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery Mobile and Ad hoc Networking and Computing (ACM Mobihoc) Best Paper Award for their journal entitled, “Quantize-map-forward Relaying: an Experimental Study.” The research explores the realm of design and evaluation of wireless system that exploits relaying in the context of a WiFi network.
The paper appears in the Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Symposium on Mobile and ad hoc networking and computing held in Bangalore, India in July 2013. Mobihoc is considered as one of the premier conferences which brings together researchers and professionals in the society dedicated to address challenges emerging from wireless networks.
- IEEE Information Theory & Comm. Society Best Paper award to Professor Suhas Diggavi and Co-authors
Professor Suhas Diggavi and co-authors, A. Salman Avestimehr and David N.C. Tse, received a 2013 Joint Paper Award from IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society for their journal article entitled, “Wireless Network Information Flow: A Deterministic Approach.” The article was published in the IEEE Transactions in Information Theory in April 2011.
The research focuses on the maximum rate of information flow achievable in a wireless network with a single source and multiple destinations and an arbitrary noisy wireless network. It demonstrates an approximate max-flow min-cut result that extends the classical results to noisy wireless networks. Underlying this result is a deterministic approximation approach to analysis and design of wireless communication networks.
"The Joint Information Theory Society and Communication Society Paper Award honors outstanding papers published in branches of information and communication theory. Papers published in the past three calendar years in any journal of the Information Theory Society or the Communications Society are eligible for this award".
- Professor Christina Fragouli and Co-authors are Recipients of the Second Best App Award in ACM Mobile App Competition
Professor Christina Fragouli with co-authors: Anh Le, Lorenzo Keller and Athina Markopoulou received the Second Best Mobile App Award at the 19th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking’s First Mobile App Competition for the project entitled, “VideoBee.” The award was presented in Miami Florida in September, 2013.
VideoBee is an android application that enables to download video multiple times faster by simultaneously using several of the networks around us: a single user can use both her WiFi and cellular connection, while a group of users can aggregate the wireless Internet resources of the group.
The ACM Mobicom is a premier international forum dedicated to address the challenges in the realm of mobile computing, and wireless and mobile networking. This year, 2013, the society launched the mobile app competition and added new sessions in the same area.
- Professor Suhas Diggavi Becomes an IEEE Fellow
Professor Suhas Diggavi has been elected fellow of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) early this year for his contributions to wireless networks and systems. This honor is bestowed to Senior Members of the society who have shown exemplary contributions to the electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of mankind and the profession.
Professor Diggavi is the Director of the Information Theory and Systems Laboratory which broadly studies information theory and its application to wireless and sensor networks, network data and compression storage, network encryption, machine learning and large scale data analysis algorithms.
IEEE is the biggest international technical professional society which fosters the advancement of innovation and technological excellence. This year, IEEE elevated 297 new fellows to the society. Election to IEEE fellow is limited as less than one-tenth of the 1 percent of total IEEE voting membership is considered.
- UCLA Leads the Way in Modern Data Storage Systems with a New Center
In September the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science launched a new center to push the frontiers in emerging data storage systems and to create highly-trained workforce of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The , started by electrical engineering professors Lara Dolecek and Rick Wesel, strategically places UCLA at the helm of modern data storage technologies, offers new pathways for innovations in research, and strengthens partnerships with industry.
“I applaud CoDESS team for their initiative and forward-thinking in creating the center on modern data storage technologies,” said Frank Chang, chair of Electrical Engineering Department and holder of the Wintek Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering. “Our department will greatly benefit from CoDESS presence in this important area of research and engineering.”
The center currently involves more than two dozen researchers, including four UCLA electrical engineering faculty members: Lara Dolecek, assistant professor; Rick Wesel, professor as well as the associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs; Dariush Divsalar, adjunct professor and a principal scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Dejan Markovic, associate professor. The center also includes more than 15 graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and several industrial and academic visitors.
The center’s current research thrusts span information and coding theory for ultra-reliable storage systems; enabling technologies for future recording paradigms and storage devices; data reduction algorithms and communication methods for cloud storage; and resource-efficient signal processing techniques and architecture optimization.
The inaugural day-long CoDESS kickoff meeting was held on Sept 19th, 2013 at UCLA with great success. The event included several presentations by faculty and graduate students on their most recent research.
“The on-going data revolution has placed unprecedented demand on data storage systems to be ultra reliable, affordable, and energy-efficient,” said Dolecek, CoDESS co-director. “These challenges have created an exciting opportunity to innovate at various system levels. With our recent state-of-the art results, broad experience and expertise in modern code design, CoDESS is ideally positioned to lead the way in modern data storage technologies.”
Experts from several leading data storage companies were in attendance for the kickoff meeting. Colleagues from industry were particularly impressed with the depth, quality, and range of research executed at UCLA.
“I really liked the deep involvement of the professors in the ongoing projects,” said Mustafa Kaynak, a senior staff engineer with Micron.
“UCLA has a very strong team… I most appreciated how the UCLA team has focused on practice-oriented mathematical solutions,” said Ivana Djurdjevic, principal engineer at LSI.
“Our new center is focused on using communication theory and information theory to provide solutions to the real problems in emerging storage systems,” said Wesel, CoDESS co-director. “It is a very exciting validation of our recent research to see this level of industry interest in our results.”
The new center further leverages ongoing storage-oriented activities at UCLA. Dolecek is the organizer and the editor-in-chief for a special issue on data storage for JSAC (Journal on Selected Areas of Communication) the leading IEEE journal focusing on cutting-edge communications and networking technologies. She is also the chair of Data Storage Symposia and data storage technical program chair for numerous premier IEEE conferences. Dolecek has given several tutorials on coding theory and practice for data storage applications in prominent academic and industrial venues. Her book on recent advances in channel coding with applications to emerging data storage and memories is expected to be published in 2014.
For more information on CoDESS, please visit their website at: .
Re-printed from UCLA Engineering Newsroom.
- Professor John Villasenor Co-authors Spectrum’s October Cover Feature
Professor John Villasenor co-authored the cover feature in the October issue of Spectrum, on the topic of counterfeit electronic components. Spectrum, the flagship magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has a print circulation of about 400,000 and gets about one million web visitors each month. A link to the cover is here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/magazine and a link to the article is here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/the-hidden-dangers-of-chopshop-electronics.
- Professor Aydogan Ozcan is Named Chancellor’s Professor
Professor Aydogan Ozcan has been named the Chancellor’s Professor by the Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. This distinction is bestowed upon faculty members who have obtained international recognition as an educator of exemplary ability as shown by his distinguished achievements of the highest level in teaching, research and service.
Professor Ozcan’s extensive research and seminal contributions in the development of smart phone-based lens-free microscopy has attracted attention and commendation from his peers, the industry and government agencies. He has conceived a powerful solution to address global health issues by use of compact and low-cost apparatus for societies with limited resources. The premier recognition he received for his research was the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2011.
His early research involved monitoring and characterization of micro-particles such as blood cells through holographic imaging which allowed detecting and diagnosing infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. The same principle was used to test water quality. His research then evolved to creation of a high accuracy level crowd-sourcing platform to diagnose malaria during scarcity or unavailability of medical practitioners. The research team discovered the ribbon-like movement of horse and human sperm cells which may contribute to a better understanding of its nature and its relation to fertilization. Recently, the research team has invented a handy common kidney testing device.
Professor Ozcan has attracted a growing number of graduate and undergraduate students in his research team. At an early age, his young undergraduate researchers are involved in substantial research and write papers together with the graduate students intended for publication in journals of professional societies.
Through his research, Professor Ozcan, together with his partners, founded Holomic LLC in 2011, an institution which commercializes advanced bio-photonics technologies invented by Professor Ozcan's research group at UCLA. It is the mission of the company to produce and distribute portable, inexpensive and high quality microscopes for telemedicine and address global health issues.
- Broadcom Integrated Circuits Fellowship Program Workshop
The Electrical Engineering department will hold its Broadcom Integrated Circuits Fellowship Program Workshop on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 9:30am to 1:30pm in the Tesla Room (53-125). This event is sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation.
The 2012-2013 Fellowship recipients will share the research that they have been working on for the past year. After, Dr. David Garrett, Associate Director of DSP Microelectronics at Broadcom Corp. will present the Broadcom perspective. Lastly, Prof. Asad Abidi (chair of the selection committee) will announce the 2013-2014 Fellowship Call for Proposal.
9:30am-9:40am Opening remarks
9:40am-11:45am Student presentations
"Sparse Signal Decoder for Compressive Sensing (CS) Applications" - Fengbo Ren
"Flexible DSP Architecture for Next-Generation Software-Defined Radios" - Fang-Li Yuan
"ZVS Contour PA with Automatic Linearization" - Jeffrey Lee
"High-Voltage Generation & Drive in Low-Voltage CMOS Technology" - Yousr Ismail
"A 177GHz to 300GHz Reconfigurable Active Bandpass Filter" - Yu-Hsiu Wu
11:45am-12:00pm Broadcom perspective/David Garrett
12:00pm-12:20pm Call for proposal 2014-2015 program/Asad Abidi
- First Qualcomm Fellowships at UCLA EE Dept.
The Qualcomm Fellowship committee chaired by Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii together with Professors Babak Daneshrad and William Kaiser has concluded the search for the winners of the first Qualcomm Fellowships in UCLA. The two outstanding graduate students are Long Kong (Advisor, Professor Behzad Razavi) and Paul Martin (Advisor, Professor Mani Srivastava).
The Qualcomm Fellowships select the most promising research proposals that would pioneer the advent of a new paradigm in the broad area of wireless technology. Both students will receive full graduate student research (GSR) support including non-resident tuition (NRT) fee for the 2013-2014 academic year and a possible paid summer internship in 2014 at Qualcomm.
Qualcomm has been a consistent supporter of the electrical engineering department for several years now through the Industrial Affiliates Program. Every year a team of Qualcomm engineers visit the department to recruit interns for their headquarters in San Diego. The Qualcomm Fellowship is a confirmation of Qualcomm's confidence in UCLA for educating top notch engineers who will lead in developing the future of wireless technology as demonstrated by Qualcomm's co-founder, Andrew Viterbi.
The Qualcomm Fellowship committee chair and members are known for their seminal contributions and extensive research in wireless systems and communications with applications in various fields of interest.
- Professor Ozcan's Group Has Invented a Device for Common Kidney Testing
Professor Aydogan Ozcan together with his research team has invented a common kidney telemedicine testing device capable to readily deliver data from an off-site location with cellular reception. The testing process runs for five minutes from sample preparation to data collection.
The device measures the amount of albumin protein in sample urine which is an indicator of kidney damage. This test is relevant to diabetes patients and those with chronic kidney ailments who would need consistent monitoring of their albumin levels. Testing can be performed at home or in areas far from health centers.
The team developed an opto-mechanical phone attachment, disposable test tubes and mobile apps for data transmission. The research was led by Professor Ozcan and researcher Ahmed Coskun together with co-authors, under grad students, Richie Nagi, Stephen Phillips and Kayvon Sadeghi. Their paper appears in the August edition of the journal, Lab on a Chip.
Professor Ozcan’s extensive research on the broad applications of lens-free microscopy using today’s powerful smartphones in addressing global health is continuously expanding and has attained successes in blood diagnostics, study on the movement of sperm cells, albumin testing and a crowd-sourced gaming application for malaria diagnosis.
- Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s Lens-Free Microscopy Received the 2013 Microscopy Today Innovation Award
Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s research on lens-free microscopy received the 2013 Microscopy Today Innovation Award at the Microscopy and Microanalysis conference in Indianapolis on August 4-8, 2013. The magazine, Microscopy Today, annually honors pioneering systems and devices which promote advancement in the field of microscopy.
Professor Ozcan’s lens-free microscopy technology is a cost-effective and handy alternative in studying micro- and nano-scale objects for biomedical solutions through the use of e.g., smart phones. This research has brought several commendations and attention from the academe, industry and government agencies. It has also propelled Professor Ozcan and his research team to further its applications and also resulted in a start-up company (Holomic LLC) that is based in Los Angeles.
- Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii, a Keynote Speaker at 2013IMOC
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was the keynote speaker at the 2013 International Microwave and Optoelectronics Conference, sponsored by the IEEE MTT-S, (SBMO IEEE MTT-S) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 4-7, 2013. This is the largest international conference on this topic held once every two years in South America. The title of Prof. Rahmat-Samii’s talk was, “Natured Inspired Optimization Techniques in Applied Electromagnetics: Modern Developments and Comparative Studies”.
- PhD Student Alon Greenbaum Received a Fellowship Award from The Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ph.D. student Alon Greenbaum, under the mentorship of Professor Aydogan Ozcan, joins the 42 recipients of the prestigious 2013 International Student Research Fellows awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Alon Greenbaum received his B.S. degree in Tel Aviv University. In 2010, he started his Ph.D. program in UCLA and joined the BioPhotonics Laboratory of Professor Ozcan specializing in lens-free on-chip microscopy. He is a recipient of the 2013 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship and was awarded a 2-year Summer Chancellors Award for Ph.D. studies by UCLA for years 2011-2012.
“This is the first time in the history of our school of engineering and the only HHMI fellowship award that UCLA got this year,” shares Professor Aydogan Ozcan.
The HHMI has identified that international students’ challenge is funding their research to complete their graduate program in U.S. universities. In 2011, HHMI established the International Student Research Fellows to support international graduate students who are on their third, fourth and fifth year of their graduate program and are not entitled for fellowships and training from federal grants. This is at a stage when they have chosen their advisor, determined a research project and have exemplified excellent laboratory skills.Since its inception, HHMI now supports 140 students from 35 countries whose research study include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology as well as interdisciplinary research. The award provides a fellow up to 3 years of support.
- Professor Lei He is Honored at DAC 2013
Professor Lei He was honored by the Electronic Design Automation Consortium at the Design Automation Conference 2013 as one of the top ten most prolific authors in the past decade and selected as a member of DAC 25.
DAC celebrated its 50th anniversary in Austin, Texas on June 2-6 with a theme “Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation”. Members and vendors were honored for their invaluable contributions in the advancement of the design automation community and its field of study. Professor He was among the several distinguished people who were recognized. He received two recognitions: the DAC Prolific Author Award which seats him at the DAC 25 Club for having authored more than 25 or more papers at the Design Automation Conference. DAC also presented him a Decade Award, the Top 10 of the 5th Decade with a citation “for being one of the top ten most prolific authors of DAC’s fourth decade.”
The Design Automation Conference is the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems and softwares. It is attended by an international community attracting over 1000 organizations showcasing latest development and trends, and emerging technologies in the field.
- Professor Kuo-Nan Liou is the 2013 AGU Roger Revelle Medalist
The American Geophysical Union has selected Professor Kuo-Nan Liou to receive the prestigious 2013 Roger Revelle Medal. The medal recognizes a single individual for their “outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate, or related aspects of the Earth system.” Celebration of all awards for the year will be held in conjunction with the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting during the Honors Ceremony and Banquet on December 11.
The Revelle Medal was established in 1991 in honor of Roger Revelle, who made substantial contributions to the awareness of global change. Revelle was internationally known for his significant contributions to the study of oceanography. Prior medalists include Ralph Cicerone (Atmospheric Chemist, President, National Academy of Sciences), James Hansen (Climate Scientist), Sherwood Rowland (Atmospheric Chemist, Nobel Laureate, 1995) and Edward Lorenz (Meteorologist, Pioneer of Chaos Theory and “The Butterfly Effect”).
Dr. Liou is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and jointly appointed by the Electrical Engineering Department. He is also the Founding Director of the UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE), a research institute with a mission to study and develop projects on global climate change and its impact on regional climate and environment. Professor Liou’s recent work focuses on radiative transfer and satellite remote sensing in mountain/snow regions and the deposition of black carbon and dust over these areas in association with surface temperature and snowmelt amplification and feedback. Professor Liou is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica (National Academy of Sciences, Taiwan).
- UCLA IEEE is the IEEE Outstanding Large Student Branch in Southern Area
UCLA IEEE student organization has been selected by IEEE to receive the Outstanding Large Student Branch for the Southern Area. The 2013 Southern Area awards will be held in conjunction with the Fall Area Meeting in September.
The UCLA IEEE outgoing chair, Calvin Cam gives a recap for the academic year 2012-2013:
Another successful year has ended for UCLA IEEE! UCLA IEEE would like to thank their sponsors, which included the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department, for believing in and funding what UCLA IEEE represents. Not only that, but UCLA IEEE would like to recognize important figures, Dr. Ethan Wang, Dr. Mike Briggs, and Dr. Bill Goodin, for their guidance and support. Lastly, thanks to all the members who participate in events and projects; without them, there would be no UCLA IEEE.
With support from those listed and more, UCLA IEEE has been able to accomplish so much to be recognized within UCLA as well as around the world. Please read the compilation below for all of UCLA IEEE’s accomplishments:
· UCLA IEEE hosted a successful Student Professional Ventures (S-PAVe) conference for over 70 participants with company representatives from Little Black Bag, Walt Disney Imagineering, Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin.
· UCLA IEEE hosted its 4th Annual Ethics Competition and won 1st place for the second consecutive time. UCI and UCSD also competed.
· UCLA IEEE hosted a total of 125 events (not including weekly officer meetings and project meetings) throughout the year. Events included were company infosessions, tech talks, professional development workshops, general meetings, Professor lectures, soldering workshops, tutorials, socials, K-12 outreach, and more.
o UCLA Engineering Student Group of Year Award
o IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Large Student Branch Award
· Still-pending awards
o IEEE Global Student Branch Web Site Contest
o IEEE Regional Exemplary Student Branch Award
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· At the ViaCar Competition in UCSD, UCLA teams Leslie, DHiZeL, and UpDog respectively placed 1st, 2nd, and 4th. There were 14 teams from UCLA, UCSD, UCSB competing.
· At the NatCar Competition in UCD, UCLA teams took 5 of the first 8 places. There were 25 teams from UCLA, UCB, UCD, UCSD, CSUF competing.
· UCLA IEEE hosted the first UCLA NatCar Competition on May 25. Team Dantastic from UCLA took 1st place with a tremendous run of 9.9 ft/sec. CSUF also competed.
· At the California MicroMouse competition in UCSD, UCLA team Green Giant took 1st place with an 8 second run. UCLA, UCSD, UCR, KSU, UNLV were competing.
· UCLA IEEE hosted the first All-America Micromouse Competition on 5/26. Team Green Giant V2.2 from UCLA took 1st place with a tremendous run of 6.55 seconds. A total of 10 teams from UCLA, UCSD, CSULA, and UCR competed.
Open Project Space (OPS)
· With new lab space, OPS was able to expand from 50 students to 100 students this year.
· “Lighting Up UCLA display” and the “LED Tilt sensor” were two completely free and open to public mini projects for this program this year (first come first serve basis).
· EAGLE tutorials were also provided to members.
MakerBot Replicator Dual Extruder 3D Printer
· With student contributions and funding support from Professor Briggs and the UCLA High Frequency Electronics Lab, UCLA IEEE was able to purchase a 3D printer for project usage.
· UCLA IEEE’s 3D printing services are also available for non-IEEE project usage for a small fee.
· Stay updated with cool 3D printing events at: http://ieee.ucla.edu/alpha/index.php/ieee-lab/3d-printer-recognition
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Thank you outgoing officers for a wonderful service to your engineering student body and welcome incoming officers; we look forward to the upcoming academic year!
Chair – Calvin Cam
External Vice Chair – Emily Cheung
Internal Vice Chair – My-Quan Hong
Treasurer – Jack Lei
Publicity Chair – Harsh Barbhaiya
Events Coordinator – Ian Chen
Mentorship Chair – Steven Weiss
HKN Liaison – Brian Hong
MicroMouse CoLead – Hui Wang
OPS Lead – Nathan Lai
Chair – Jingtao Xia
External Vice Chair – Ahmed Hassan
Internal Vice Chair – Derek Meng
Treasurer – Albert Chen
Secretary – Justin Pao
Corporate Relations – Keyur Lad
Events Coordinator – Hannah Chou
Events Coordinator – Alyssa Luo
Publicity Chair – Lonnie Zhang
Mentorship Chair – Jiawen Feng
Webmaster – Chie Tamada
Projects Manager – Julian Brown
MicroMouse CoLead – Justin Young
MicroMouse CoLead – Danny Li
NatCar CoLead – Alex Cheng
NatCar CoLead – Jeffrey Hwang
OPS CoLead – Shubham Gandhi
OPS CoLead – Kamal Kajouke
C3 CoLead – Jacob SharfC3 CoLead – Tania DePasquale
- Professor Rahmat-Samii – Lead Speaker at the Wireless Industry Day
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was the lead speaker at the "Wireless Industry Day" held in conjunction with the 2013 IEEE IMS/MTT International symposium, Seattle, Washington, June 5, 2013. He was the only person from the academia along with six other industrial speakers addressing modern aspects of the wireless technology developments from components to integrated systems including medical applications.
- UCLA’s Rod Kim Wins the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition
For two years in a row, UCLA wins first place in the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition. This year grad student Rod Yanghyo Kim’s research entitled "Hollow Plastic Cable and mm-Wave CMOS Transceiver Enabled High-Speed and Energy Efficient Data Link" attracts the interest and confidence of the judges by transferring data through a lightweight and inexpensive hollow plastic tube. Rod Kim’s advisor is Professor Frank Chang.
The Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition brings together highly brilliant grad students whose research has been funded by the Foundation in the previous year. The search committee selects the top twelve who will vie for cash prizes to further their research. Each student gives a 3-minute pitch presentation. Over 400 engineers at Broadcom vote based on the student’s technical ingenuity and communication skills for those who get the top 3 prizes. Click here
for more information on the competition.
- Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is Selected for a UCLA Faculty Career Development Award
Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek has been selected for a UCLA Faculty Career Development Award for academic year 2013-2014. The UCLA Faculty Career Development Award is a competitive, campus-wide award given to promising assistant professors. Prof. Dolecek’s specialization is in Signals and Systems with focus on coding and information theory, graphical models, statistical algorithms, and combinatorial methods, with applications to emerging systems for data storage, processing, and communication.
- Congratulations to 2013-2014 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients!
Ali Sayed, Advisor
Mihaela van der Schaar, Advisor
Lee Ngee Tan
Abeer Alwan, Advisor
- Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is a Recipient of an Intel Early Career Faculty Award
Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is a recipient of Intel Early Career Faculty Award and a UCLA Faculty Career Development Award for academic year 2013-2014. The Intel award is established to help Intel connect with the best and brightest early career faculty members at the top universities around the world. In addition to a cash gift, each awardee is also paired up with an Intel peer collaborator to help them network within the company. Prof. Dolecek along with other awardees will be honored at an awards ceremony in San Francisco next month.
- 2012-2013 Outstanding Student Awards
Bachelor of Science
Outstanding Bachelor of Science Degree Award: Justin Wong
Christina Huang Memorial Prize: Justin Wong
Master of Science
Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in Physical & Wave Electronics
Student: Shihan Qin
Advisor: Prof. Yuanxun Ethan Wang
Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in Signals & Systems
Student: Frederic Sala
Advisor: Prof. Lara Dolecek
Doctor of Philosophy
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Circuits & Embedded Systems
Student: ChengCheng Wang
Advisor: Prof. Dejan Markovic
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Physical & Wave Electronics
Student: Amir Ali Tavallaee
Advisor: Prof. Benjamin Williams
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Signals & Systems
Student: Yu Zhang
Advisor: Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar
- Professor Villasenor Provides Congressional Testimony
Professor John Villasenor provided testimony at a May 17 congressional hearing on "drones" and privacy. The hearing, which was held by the House Judiciary Committee, considered privacy from overhead observations in light of the Constitution, existing statutes, and pending legislation. Professor Villasenor's written testimony will become part of the congressional record.
- Prof. John Villasenor’s Paper Selected as One of the Most Significant Papers in IEEE FCCM
In the forthcoming 20th IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines this year, the society has compiled the 25 most significant papers from various areas in the conference over the years in a special volume. Professor John Villasenor’s paper released in 1996, entitled “Configurable Computing Solutions for Automatic Target Recognition” is included in the compilation. The co-authors to the paper are: Brian Schoner, Kang-Ngee Chia, Charles Zapata, Hea Joung Kim, Chris Jones, Shane Lansing and Bill Mangione-Smith.
The paper was endorsed by Mark Shand commenting, “this paper was highly influential in raising awareness to the potential of runtime reconfiguration, as evidenced by the citations it has received in the ensuing years”. Visit the FCCM20 webpage to see the roster of the 25 most significant papers.
- UCLA IEEE Students Wins the Ethics and ViaCar Competitions
The weekend of April 27-28, 2013 was a tremendous success for the UCLA IEEE student chapter for topping the Ethics and the ViaCar Competitions. UCLA was the host campus for the Ethics Competition; they went up against UC Irvine and UC San Diego. The winning team is composed of Harsh Barbhaiya, Ian Chen and
This is UCLA IEEE's 4th Annual Ethics Competition. IEEE student branches from around the area gather to compete. This is UCLA IEEE's second consecutive first place win and third total first place rank. The competition includes a presentation and a defense of a case analysis. The specific objectives of the program are to foster familiarity with the IEEE Code of Ethics and ethics concepts, to promote a model for discussing and analyzing ethical questions, and to provide experience in applying ethical concepts to typical professional situations. Our judges for this year included experienced engineers from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Analog Devices, and Raytheon.
The ViaCar competition was hosted by UC San Diego on April 28, 2013. 14 teams entered all from UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara. UCLA took first, second and fourth places with speeds of 7.14ft/sec, 6.58ft/sec, and 5.68ft/sec respectively. The first place went to the Wyth Team composed of Alex Cheng, Leslie Wong, Hooman Barekatain, David Yang and Anh-Vu Nguyen. The second place went to Team DHizel composed of: Danny Li, Nikhil Dua, Genya Zhdanov and Jeffrey Hwang. The fourth place went to Team Up Dog composed of: Shubham Gandi, David Garges, William Seto and Ian Chen.
ViaCar is an undergraduate design competition sponsored by ViaSat and hosted by UCSD IEEE, based on UC Davis's NatCar competition. Teams must design, build, and race an autonomous car which must follow an 80-meter track marked by 1-inch white tape on dark-colored carpet. Under the tape, there is a wire carrying a 100mA rms 75kHz sinusoidal signal.
- Professor Alan Willson is Selected for 2013 Vitold Belevitch Award
Charles P. Reames Professor Alan Willson has been selected to receive the 2013 Vitold Belevitch Award from the IEEE Circuit and Systems (CAS) Society. This award “honors the individual with fundamental contributions in the field of circuits and systems.” The award is only given every two years by the Society. Professor Willson will receive it during an IEEE CAS Society Conference later this year.
Prof. Willson’s research has been in theory and application of digital signal processing, including VLSI implementations, digital filter design and nonlinear circuit theory.
In recent years, Professor Willson has also received the 2012 Darlington Best Paper Award from the IEEE CAS Society and the 2010 Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award from the IEEE. He was also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2009 through 2011.
- Professor Ozcan’s Group Discovered a New Motion Type for Human and Horse Sperm Cells
The Ozcan Research Group's recent application of the lens-free holomic microscopy shows that human and horse sperm cells move in chiral ribbon patterns. The team observed two types of distinct patterns: "a helical ribbon path much like the stripes the wrap around a barber's pole and the second is a complex twisted ribbon pattern in which their bodies seem to follow the surface of a corkscrew".
This research finding could bring about a better comprehension on the nature of sperm cell movement and its relation to example fertilization. The authors of the research are: Dr. Ting-Wei Su and Associate Professor Ozcan with co-authors: Dr. Euan McLeod and undergraduate researchers Kalvin Huang, Inkyum Choi and Jaiwen Feng.
The study is published in Nature Scientific Reports and reported in the UCLA Newsroom.
- Professor Bahram Jalali Honored by the Engineers’ Council
The Engineering Council honored Professor Bahram Jalali with a Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award presented in February 2013. The citation of the award reads: “For seminal contributions in establishing the field of silicon photonics and for time stretch techniques resulting in a new generation of real time high throughput instruments.”
In mid-2012, Professor Jalali surprised the technology world with his research on the world’s fastest laser scanner capable to record images in a dim environment. The technology is called STEAM “Serial Time-Encoded Amplified Microscopy”. With collaboration with the Di Carlo Laboratory, they reported blood screening with record sensitivity in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.
The Engineers’ Council was founded in 1955 with a mission to “1) Advance the art and science of engineering for the general welfare of humankind, 2) Advance the welfare of the general public through the creative resources and abilities of the engineering professions, 3) Inform the general public of the advantages and capabilities of engineering in advancing human welfare, and 4) Provide suitable public recognition of engineering achievement through the coordinated efforts of: Academia, Corporate, Government Agency, Individual, and Technical Society Affiliates.” Beyond its “Honors and Awards Banquet”, the society provides scholarship, high school mentoring and middle school math and science programs.
- UCLA Wins 2013 IEEE Transactions on THz Science and Technology Best Paper Award
The paper entitled, “Radiation Model for Terahertz Transmission-Line Metamaterial Quantum Cascade Lasers”, authored by Philip Hon, Amir Tavallaee, Qi-Sheng Chen and Professors Ben Williams and Tatsuo Itoh has been selected as the 2013 IEEE Transactions on THz Science and Technology Best Paper Award by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.
The society recognizes UCLA’s paper as “the most significant contribution by a published paper in the THz journal to the field of interest THz science and technology in the previous year”. The paper was published in the IEEE Transactions on THz Science and Technology, vol. 2, pp. 323-332 on May 2012.
The authors will be honored at the Society Awards Banquet held during the International Microwave Symposium in Seattle, WA on the week of June 2-7, 2013. The MTT Society has also invited the authors as guest to their IMS Chairman’s Dinner.
The Microwave Theory and Techniques Society is a 60 year old society of engineering professionals which “promotes the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, including RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz technologies”. In 2011 Prof. Tatsuo Itoh was honored with a Microwave Career Award “for a Career of Leadership, Meritorious Achievement, Creativity and Outstanding Technical Contributions in the Field of Microwave Theory and Techniques”.
- Prof. Jason Cong Received Best Paper Award from FPGA 2013
The paper entitled Polyhedral-Based Data Reuse Optimization for Configurable Computing, by Louis-Noel Pouchet, Peng Zhang, P. Sadayappan and Jason Cong was awarded the Best Paper at the 21st ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA'13). The paper was published on ACM Press, February 2013, pp. 29-38.
About FPGA'2013: "The ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays is the premier conference for presentation of advances in all areas related to FPGA technology. In 2013, for its twenty-first edition, the FPGA conference received 106 technical submissions from 21 countries. The program committee accepted 24 full papers and four short papers, leading to an acceptance rate of 26%."
- Distinguished Professor Asad Madni awarded a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree, honoris causa, from California State University and California State University, Northridge
The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) upon the recommendation of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has selected Distinguished Professor Asad Madni to receive a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree, honoris causa. The degree which will be jointly awarded by CSU and CSUN is “ in recognition of his pioneering research work and achievements in science, engineering and technology, particularly in the aerospace, military, automotive, commercial, and industrial fields, and his distinguished record of leadership and service at the university and in the community.”
The degree will be formally conferred during the commencement ceremony of the College of Engineering and Computer Science on May 22, 2013 at the Manzanita Hall Lawn in CSUN. Following the commencement, Dr. Madni will be surrounded by family and friends at a special reception hosted by the University in his honor.
In the prior year he received a Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) degree, honoris causa, from the Technical University of Crete, and the 2012 IEEE AESS Pioneer Award. Early this year he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- Dr. Rani Ghaida is a Recipient of EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award 2012
Recent Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Rani Ghaida ‘12 (Advisor: Prof. Puneet Gupta) has been selected to receive the 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of "New directions in physical design, design for manufacturing and CAD for analogue circuits and MEMS" from the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) for his dissertation "Design Enablement and Design-Centric Assessment of Future Semiconductor Technologies." The award, one of the most prestigious in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for Ph.D. dissertations, will be presented at the DATE
2013 conference in Grenoble, France. The award includes a monetary prize and an offer to publish the dissertation in the Springer EDAA Outstanding Monographs series.
While still at UCLA, Rani attracted interest from top semiconductor companies in his research work on computational frameworks and mathematical models for exploring, defining, optimizing, and enabling semiconductor technologies in a digital design context. He was a recipient of the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department Fellowship and a number of awards including IBM Invention Achievement Plateau Award, IBM First Patent Application Award, and SRC Inventor Recognition Award.
Dr. Rani Ghaida is currently a Principal Engineer at GlobalFoundries in the Technology Enablement Division. His current research is focused on pattern-based Design for Manufacturability (DFM).
- Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii has been elected Fellow by Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii has been selected as ACES Fellow by the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), the world's largest society in the area of computational electromagnetics (www.aces-society.org). ACES is the premier international computational society which serves scientists and engineers in industry, academia, and government working in a wide variety of fields related but not limited to EM scattering by complex objects, advanced numerical techniques and modern antenna designs. ACES Fellows are chosen for their distinguished efforts to advance computational techniques in electromagnetics and antennas. Professor Rahmat-Samii was honored for his pioneering contributions in the areas of spectral theory of diffraction, natured inspired evolutionary optimization techniques in electromagnetics, and reflector antenna synthesis and analysis. The author of more than 800 scholarly publications and four books, Prof. Rahmat-Samii has given numerous courses on these topics including two IEEE e-courses. Professor Rahmat-Samii will receive the recognition at the ACES conference awards banquet in Monterey, March 24-28, 2013.
- Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan is Elected Fellow by SPIE
Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan is elected Fellow by the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) for his seminal contributions in pursuit of photonics based telemedicine technology. His extensive research on the subject has attracted tremendous interests and recognitions from both the academia, government and the industry.
SPIE is the premiere international photonics society which serves scientists and engineers in industry, academia, and government working in a wide variety of fields that utilize some aspect of optics and photonics, the science and application of light.
Professor Ozcan will receive the recognition at the Photonics West conference in San Francisco which opens on February 2, 2013. The Photonics West Conference is one of the top five conferences of the SPIE.
Recently Professor Ozcan and the Ozcan research team had another major breakthrough in detecting virus and other nanoscale objects through lensfree microscopy. The results are published in Nature Photonics and featured on UCLA Newsroom.
- Professor Ali H. Sayed is co-recipient of the 2012 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Professor Ali H. Sayed is co-recipient, with former PhD student Zhi Quan and co-author Dr. S. Cui, of the 2012 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for their article by Z. Quan, S. Cui, and A. H. Sayed, ''Optimal linear cooperation for spectrum sensing in cognitive radio networks," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 28-40, Feb. 2008. The article has generated considerable interest since its publication and already shows close to 500+ citations on Google Scholar.
- Emeritus Professor Francis Chen addressed the IAEA Fusion Energy Conference
Emeritus Professor Francis Chen gave an "unconventional", entertaining opening plenary talk, entitled “Fusion is Now and Forever”, at the biennial Fusion Energy Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency of Austria held last October 2012 in San Diego, CA. The audience included 921 fusion experts from 48 countries around the world. Frank was chosen because of his book "An Indispensable Truth".
Professor Chen has devoted a career spanning over 56 years on the study of magnetic fusion, laser fusion, plasma diagnostics, basic plasma physics and low temperature plasma physics. Though formally retired he holds an active research laboratory and continues to write.
- ISSCC Honors Top Paper Contributors from UCLA
Distinguished Professor Asad Abidi is part of an elite group of 16 engineers who will be honored at the 60th Anniversary of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference for their strong and sustained contributions to this most prestigious gathering of the semiconductor industry. The recognition will be presented at the ISSCC Plenary session on February 18, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.
With the invention of wireless telegraphy and its development to radio or transistor circuit design with other performance enhancing electronic mechanisms, professionals in the field, specifically in solid-state circuits, instituted an arena where innovations and research are presented to further stimulate the advancement of technology. To date ISSCC is continuously at the forefront of presenting research to the industry. This year’s conference theme is entitled “60 Years of (Em)Powering the Future”.
Professor Abidi’s latest involvement was with the group that has won the ISSCC 2012 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper. Dr. David Murphy (PhD ’12) is principal author with Professors Frank Chang and Asad Abidi, and with a team of co-authors who are all UCLA alumni: Dr. Ahmad Mirzaei (PhD ’06), Dr. Mohyee Mikhemar (PhD ’09), Dr. Hooman Darabi (PhD ’99) and Dr. Amr Hafez (PhD ’12). The paper is entitled “A Blocker-Tolerant Wideband Noise-Cancelling Receiver with a 2dBb Noise Figure”, which also appears in the December, 2012 issue of IEEE Journal on Solid-State Circuits.
- Professor Ali H. Sayed Has Been Awarded the 2012 Technical Achievement Award
Professor Ali H. Sayed has been awarded the 2012 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for his ``fundamental contributions to adaptive and statistical signal processing.'' IEEE's first society and one of the largest, the Signal Processing Society is the world’s premier professional society for signal processing scientists and professionals since 1948. The Technical Achievement Award honors a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the Society, as demonstrated by publications, patents, or recognized impact on the field. The prize will be presented at the Society’s Awards Ceremonies to be held in Vancouver, Canada, May 2013.
- Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan Received the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award
Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan will be honored with the first Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award in recognition of his seminal contributions to computational imaging, sensing and bio-photonics technologies impacting telemedicine and global health challenges.
The Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, established in 2012, is presented annually for extraordinary achievements in biophotonics technology development that show strong promise or potential impact in biology, medicine, and biomedical optics. The award targets achievements that span disciplines and may include elements of basic research, technology development, and clinical translation.
The award will be presented at the BiOS Hot Topics session at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco on February 2, 2013. Prior to this award, Professor Ozcan was honored with the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in 2011.SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.
- PhD Graduates David Murphy and Amr Hafez To Receive ISSCC 2012 Jack Kilby Award
Recent PhD graduates David Murphy and Amr Hafez, Prof. Frank Chang, with Prof. Asad Abidi, and collaborators at Broadcom have been selected to receive the ISSCC 2012 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper for the paper "A Blocker-Tolerant Wideband Noise-Cancelling Receiver with a 2dB Noise Figure". The award will be presented at the ISSCC conference in San Francisco, February 2013.
The paper was the recipient of the Distinguished Technical Paper Award at ISSCC 2012 and was recently featured in the 2011-2012 UCLA EE Annual Report. Both Dr. Murphy (Sr. Staff Scientist) and Dr. Hafez (Staff Scientist) joined Broadcom full-time upon graduation. Collaborators at Broadcom are also all UCLA alums (Ahmad Mirzaei (PhD '06) , Mohyee Mikhemar (PhD '09), Hooman Darabi (Ph'D '99).
- Professor Rahmat-Samii Received the NASA Group Achievement Award
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was awarded the NASA Group Achievement Award, “For exceptional contributions to the Juno Step 1 and Step 2 exemplary winning proposal efforts leading to the start of mission developments”. This award was endorsed by Mr. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator. Professor Rahmat-Samii provided the original design of the 5 x 5 radiometer array antenna which was then completed at JPL. The instrument will measure the thermal radiation emanating from deep within Jupiter’s atmosphere.Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission to planet Jupiter and was launched on August 5, 2011 with arriving date of around July 4, 2016. The spacecraft will travel roughly over a total distance of 2.8 billion kilometers.
- Distinguished Professor Asad Madni is Elected Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Distinguished Professor Asad Madni has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) "For seminal contributions and distinguished leadership in the development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace, transportation and commercial aviation".
AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. AIAA Fellows are persons of distinction who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. New fellows will be honored with a certificate and pin at the AIAA Fellows Dinner on 7th of May 2013.
During his career, Dr. Madni led the development and commercialization of intelligent micro-sensors, systems and instrumentation for aerospace, commercial aviation, and transportation including the Extremely Slow Motion Servo Control System for Hubble Space Telescope’s Star Selector System and the revolutionary Quartz MEMS GyroChip technology which is used worldwide for Electronic Stability Control and Rollover Protection in passenger vehicles.
- Professor Ali H. Sayed has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship
Professor Ali H. Sayed has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship for three years from The Leverhulme Trust, a foundation established in 1925 in the United Kingdom in support of scholarly research and education. The objective of the Leverhumle Trust awards is to enable distinguished academics from overseas to visit and pursue research collaborations with universities in the United Kingdom. Professor Sayed will be hosted by Newcastle University during his visits and will be interacting with researchers and students from the host institution and from other universities in the UK.
- Professor Rahmat-Samii is on the Cover of IEEE A&P Magazine
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii's paper entitled, "On Understanding the Radiation Mechanism of Reflectarray Antennas: An Insightful and Illustrative Approach" was the front cover of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine October 2012. Co-writers are his former Ph.D. students: Dr. Harish Rajagopalan and Dr. Shenheng Xu.In June 2012, Prof. Rahmat Samii’s paper entitled, “Reflector Antenna Distortion Compensation using Sub-Reflectarrays: Simulation and Experimental Demonstration”
was the front cover of the same magazine.
- Professor Panagiotis Christofides is Named AAAS Fellow
Professor Panagiotis Christofides is named American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. He was honored for "the development of rigorous methods for analysis and control of nonlinear, hybrid and distributed parameter processes." His research interests are in the areas of control, dynamics and optimization, including both theory and applications; computational process modeling and simulation; and applied mathematics. His laboratory seeks to develop new methods for the systematic and rigorous solution of complex process-control and systems-engineering problems. He is a professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and of Electrical Engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.