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News Item Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was the coordinator and one of the lecturers at a very successful UCLA extension course on "Modern Microwave Antenna Measurements".

Yahya Rahmat-SamiiDistinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was the coordinator and one of the lecturers at a very successful UCLA extension course on "Modern Microwave Antenna Measurements".

This course brought nearly 30 participants from all over the world (including local industry). The course spanned four days from May12-15, 2015. Among the course lectures were also leading industry experts who have pioneered some of the topics presented in the course. Additionally a tour of the UCLA High Frequency Center and Professor Rahmat-Samii's antenna laboratory and student poster presentations were arranged in the afternoon of May 14, 2015. Some of the topics presented in the course were electromagnetic view of antenna measurements, scattering matrix description of antennas, near field planar, cylindrical and spherical measurements of high performance satellite and radar antennas, optimal sampling in characterizing antennas, compact ranges and wireless testing. By all accounts this course was a great success and provided a dynamic forum for high-level and creative exchanges among the participants. Professor Rahmat-Samii intends to repeat the course in 2016.

News Item Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii co-edited a 600-page book entitled, "Advanced Computational Electromagnetic Methods and Applications" published by Artech House in March 2015.

Yahya Rahmat-SamiiDistinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii co-edited a 600-page book entitled, "Advanced Computational Electromagnetic Methods and Applications" published by Artech House in March 2015.

As one reviewer wrote, "This book provides a timely and authoritative account of recent advances. It will be a welcome addition to the library of anyone interested in the forefront of computational electromagnetics". Topics covered in the book are: novelties of spectral domain analysis in antenna characterizations, higher-order and GPU accelerated FDTD methods, domain decomposition methods for finite element analysis of large scale electromagnetic problems, fast electromagnetic solver based on randomized pseudo-skeleton approximation, manipulations of EM waves based on unique metamaterials, statistical methods and computational EM applied to human exposure assessment, etc. Professor Rahmat-Samii has co-authored and co-edited four other books, "Electromagnetic Band Gap Structures in Antenna Engineering", "Implanted Antennas in Medical Wireless Communications", "Electromagnetics Optimization by Genetic Algorithms", and "Impedance boundary conditions in electromagnetics".

News Item Professor Aydogan Ozcan is a 2015 Blavatnik National Awards Finalist.

Aydogan OzcanProfessor Aydogan Ozcan is a 2015 Blavatnik National Awards Finalist.

Chancellor’s Professor Aydogan Ozcan, has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Blavatnik Awards National Competition. This competition recognizes his revolutionary research work in photonics with his lens-free microscopy, in application to bio and nano imaging, which impacts  on the accessibility and transmission of medical diagnosis and providing a platform for global health mapping. Professor Ozcan is the only finalist from UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


News Item Professor Jarrahi receives the Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award from IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for her pioneering contributions to plasmonic antennas and optical phased arrays for terahertz and microwave systems.

Mona JarrahiProfessor Jarrahi receives the Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award from IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for her pioneering contributions to plasmonic antennas and optical phased arrays for terahertz and microwave systems.

The Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes the technical accomplishments and future potential of an outstanding woman of mid-career status in the field of antennas and propagation, whose prior technical accomplishments and future potential earmark them as current and future leaders in the field of antennas and propagation, as well as role models for future generations of women in the field.

News Item Nezih Tolga Yardimci from Prof. Mona Jarrahi's group, has been awarded an SPIE Scholarship in Optics and Photonics.

Nezih Tolga Yardimci from Prof. Mona Jarrahi's group, has been awarded an SPIE Scholarship in Optics and Photonics.

SPIE awards scholarships to outstanding individuals, based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants are evaluated and selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee.

News Item EE Grad Students Receive Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Tiwari_yaoA pair of UCLA electrical engineering graduate students – Sidhant Tiwari and Zhi (Jackie) Yao – have received a 2015 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship of $100,000 for their proposal on a new way to design microscale antennas using specialized magnetic materials. Their joint research proposal is titled "Bulk Acoustic Wave Resonators for Antenna Applications through Multiferroic Coupling.” Simply, it uses mechanical stress instead of an electric current to generate radio waves with an antenna much smaller and thinner than their conventional counterparts. Out of 146 submitted proposals, 35 finalist teams were chosen to present their proposal to Qualcomm in San Diego. Four UCLA Engineering teams, the most of any school, were among the finalists – three from Electrical Engineering and one from Computer Science. Eight winning teams, including Tiwari and Yao, were selected.

News Item Professor Ali H. Sayed has been voted to serve as President-Elect of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Ali H. SayedProfessor Ali H. Sayed has been voted to serve as President-Elect of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the two-year period Jan 2016 through Dec 2017. 

The position of President-Elect automatically succeeds to President for the two-year period Jan 2018 through Dec 2019. The IEEE Signal Processing Society is the first technical society established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the world’s premier international organization for signal processing scientists and professionals since 1948. It is also one of the largest IEEE societies with close to 18K members worldwide, 160+ US and international chapters,15+ wholly-owned and jointly-published journals, and several conferences, workshops, and seasonal schools.

News Item Professor Rahmat-Samii’s student Jean Paul Santos wins UCLA Grad Slam Champion

Yahya Rahmat-SamiiJean Paul Santos, UCLA's Grad Slam champion, and Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii designed an antenna to improve communications between Earth and other planets. His TED-style talk about the antenna made him the champion of the UCLA-wide Grad Slam competition.

Santos’ speech, “How to Talk to Mars,” helped earn him a $3,000 prize at UCLA’s Grad Slam finale on April 16, 2015, and the honor of competing in the UC-wide contest. In all, 58 UCLA students competed in the campus’s inaugural Grad Slam. Santos won the preliminary round and advanced to the semifinal round to face 19 other graduate students. To become the UCLA Grad Slam champion, Santos had to out-talk five other finalists. The contest aims to provide graduate students with career-building skills so that they can communicate clearly about their work with people outside their field, and give the public a glimpse of the groundbreaking research they do.


News Item Professor Alan Willson presented a lecture entitled “How to Make a Good Direct Digital Frequency Synthesizer” at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University.

Alan N. Willson, Jr.On April 23, 2015,  Professor Alan Willson presented a lecture entitled “How to Make a Good Direct Digital Frequency Synthesizer” at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,  Pennsylvania State University.  He was the “Penn State 2015 Invited Speaker” in their “Raj Mittra Distinguished Speaker Series.” 

After the lecture, he received a Penn State Nittany Lion award.


News Item Professor Mona Jarrahi has been selected to attend the 2015 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering.

Mona JarrahiThe German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium brings together a selected group of outstanding engineers under the age of 45 from the United States and Germany to meet and discuss cutting-edge developments in their fields. The event facilitates international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promotes the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourages the creation of a transatlantic network of world-class engineers.


News Item Professor Itoh receives honorary degree from Universit Autònoma de Barcelona


Itoh_TatsuoTatsuo Itoh, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Northrop Grumman Chair in Microwave Electronics, has received an honorary doctorate from the Universit Autònoma de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. The award, announced March 19, is the first honorary degree ever bestowed by UAB’s engineering school.

The honor is in recognition of Itoh’s groundbreaking research in microwaves, antennas, millimeter waves and numerical electromagnetics. His work has led to breakthroughs that were “unthinkable until a few years ago,” according to a UAB statement.

The statement also noted that Itoh has been an “inspiration and a collaborator” with researchers at the UAB engineering school.

Itoh, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969, joined the UCLA faculty in 1991. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and winner of numerous IEEE awards.

He is the author or co-author of more than 250 journal publications, 475 refereed conference presentations, and 48 books or book chapters. His work is cited more often than that of any other electrical engineering researcher in the world, according to Microsoft Academic Search.


News Item Prof. Jarrahi was a Keynote Speaker at SPIE Photonics West

Mona JarrahiProfessor Mona Jarrahi was a keynote speaker at the SPIE Photonics West Conference held in San Francisco, CA, February 7-12, 2015.  The title of her talk was "Plasmonic Terahertz Optoelectronics."








News Item Distinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M Madni was the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automation Robotics and Applications

Asad M. MadniDistinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M Madni was the Keynote Speaker on the topic of Emerging Technologies at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automation Robotics And Applications (ICARA), sponsored by the University of Massey and IEEE. The conference was held in Queenstown, New Zealand from February 17 through February 19th.






News Item Markovic, former students win ISSCC Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper

Wang_ChengChengYuanFangLiProfessor Dejan Markovic and two of his former doctoral students, Cheng C. Wang Ph.D. ’13 and Fang-Li Yuan Ph.D. ‘14, have won the 2014 Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The award was announced Feb. 23. 

The group conceived of, developed and tested a new design of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The design allows microprocessors to handle more complex tasks — for example, algorithm-intensive software applications such as digital signal processing, datacenter acceleration and high-speed networking — with greater flexibility while using less energy than today’s chips.

Wang and Yuan are lead authors on the paper. Markovic is principal investigator. Tsung Han-Yu Ph.D. ‘13, who has since joined Qualcomm, is a co-author.

That same research helped Wang and Yuan launch a new company. They are the first two employees of Flex Logix Technologies, a Mountain View startup headed by veteran technology entrepreneur Geoff Tate. Markovic is a consultant to the firm.

The researchers worked with UCLA Engineering’s Institute for Technology Advancement and the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property in order to develop and protect the intellectual property related to the work.



News Item Jalali receives IET Achievement Medal

Bahram JalaliProfessor Bahram Jalali, Northrop Grumman Opto-Electronic Chair in Electrical Engineering, has been awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology 2014 Achievement Medal.

In making the award, IET cited Jalali’s “pioneering contributions to silicon photonics and real-time instrumentation and their application in cancer detection.”

Jalali, who has joint appointments with the Bioengineering Department, the California NanoSystems Institute and the UCLA School of Medicine Department of Surgery, has been a member of the faculty since 1992. In 2003 Jalali’s lab demonstrated the first silicon optical amplifier, and in 2004 reported the first silicon laser. In 2007, his lab developed a new type of camera that can record 100 million frames per second, and technology is in clinical testing stage for detection of rare cancer cells in blood samples.

Among other honors, Jalali is also a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and IEEE. He is the recipient of the Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America for the invention of the first silicon laser.

Based in the United Kingdom, IET supports technological innovation to meet the needs of society by providing expert advice, publishing journals and other materials, and offering scholarships and medals. The organization has nearly 160,000 members worldwide.




News Item Professor Chee Wei Wong is Advancing On-Chip Optics Information Transfer

Wong, Chee WeiA breakthrough by a team of researchers from UCLA, Columbia University and other institutions could lead to the more precise transfer of information in computer chips, as well as new types of optical materials for light emission and lasers. This work has been selected and featured by the Department of Energy Office of Science. 

The researchers were able to control light at tiny lengths around 500 nanometers — smaller than the light’s own wavelength — by using random photonic crystal lattice structures to counteract light diffraction. The discovery could begin a new phase in laser collimation — the science of keeping lasers precise and narrow instead of spreading out. This effect, known as Anderson localization, was first theoretically proposed in 1958 by Nobel laureate Philip Anderson, and now first observed by the UCLA-lead team of Prof. Chee Wei Wong, experimentally in on-chip optics. 

“This study allows us to validate the theory of Anderson localization in chip-scale photonics, through engineered randomness in an otherwise periodic structure,” Wong said. “This study provides a new path in controlling light propagation at the wavelength scale, that is, delivering structure arising out of randomness.”

It was published in Nature Physics on February 2, 2015, with DOI: doi:10.1038/nphys3211 :




News Item Grad Student Yibo Zhang Received the 2015 SPIE Translational Research Award

Yibo Zhang, a graduate student from Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s research group, received the 2015 SPIE Translational Research Award for the paper “Pathology slide imaging using wide-field lens free microscopy.”

The paper, published in December 2014, illustrates the performance of a computational lens-free, holographic on-chip microscope that uses the transport-of-intensity equation, multi-height iterative phase retrieval, and rotational field transformations to perform wide-FOV imaging of pathology samples with comparable image quality to a traditional transmission lens-based microscope. By providing high-resolution images of large-area pathology samples with 3D digital focus adjustment, lens-free on-chip microscopy can be useful in resource-limited and point-of-care settings.

Yibo Zhang presented their paper at the Translational Research Forum on Sunday, February 8, at the 2015 SPIE Photonics West in the Moscone Center, San Francisco.SPIE_2015logo




News Item Two Members of UCLA EE Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

two membersThe National Academy of Engineering recently announced the election of 67 new members, including two members of the UCLA Electrical Engineering family, and 12 foreign associates.  NAE membership is considered to be one of the highest professional honors accorded to an engineer.

Distinguished Emeritus Professor Gabor Temes was elected for contributions to analog signal processing and engineering education. As a professor at UCLA from 1970 to 1990 and the department chair from 1975 to 1979, Professor Temes is widely regarded as the preeminent force in establishing UCLA Electrical Engineering as one of the worldwide leaders in integrated circuit design.  The Spring 2013 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine featured Professor Temes and his illustrious career and his profound impact on future generations of IC designers.

Alumnus Dr. Dan Goebel was elected for contributions to low-temperature plasma sources for thin-film manufacturing, plasma materials interactions, and electric propulsion. Dr. Goebel received his BS degree in physics (1977), MS degree in electrical engineering (1978), and PhD degree in applied plasma physics/electrical engineering (1981), all from UCLA.  Dr. Goebel is a Senior Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a member of the UCLA EE Alumni Advisory Board.




News Item Congratulations to the 2015 Preliminary Exam Fellowship Recipients


Signals and Systems

Mehrdad Showkatbakhsh

Advisors: Professor Suhas Diggavi and Professor  Paulo Tabuada




Circuits and Embedded Systems

Guanrong Hou

Advisor: Professor  Behzad Razavi





Physical and Wave Electronics

Mustafa Daloglu

Advisor: Professor  Aydogan Ozcan

News Item Dr. Shu-Wei Huang is a Recipient of the 2015 Air Force Young Investigator Award

Huang_Shu-WeiPost-doctoral scholar Dr. Shu-Wei Huang has been selected recipient of the 2015 Air Force Young Investigator Award for developing the world's fastest frequency microcomb oscillator, demonstrating mode-locking on the chip-scale, and ultrafast spectroscopy. The CMOS-foundry chip is based on nonlinear frequency mixing in high-Q microresonators, spanning over 65 THz, and serves as the key architecture for RF photonics, optical clocks, and ultrafast precision measurements.

Dr. Huang is a member of Professor Chee Wei Wong’s Mesoscopic Optics and Quantum Electronics Laboratory. He received his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 in the area of Ultrafast Optics.

The Airforce Young Investigator Award fosters creative basic research in science and engineering, enhances early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increases opportunities for the young investigators. The AFOSR selected 57 proposals, out of over 200 received, which are valued at $16.6 million in grants over a period of 3 years.




News Item Professor Jason Cong and Dr. Yan Zhang Received the 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper From ASPDAC 2015

Jason CongA paper by Professor Jason Cong and his former PhD student Dr. Yan Zhang, entitled “Thermal-Driven Multilevel Routing for 3D ICs,” was selected as the 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper in the 20th Asia and South-Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC 2015).

While most of the integrated circuits (ICs) used today are laid out on a two-dimensional surface, it is expected that future ICs will be implemented in three dimensions (3D) for achieving a much higher computing density. Design of such 3D ICs has many challenges, including heat dissipation. This paper presented a pioneering approach for a highly scalable and automated approach for interconnecting signals in a complex 3D IC with consideration of thermal management.

On the same occasion, Professor Cong also received the ASP-DAC Frequently Cited Author Award. The awards were presented at the opening ceremony of ASP-DAC 2015 on January 20, 2015 in Chiba/Tokyo, Japan.

The ASP-DAC is an annual international conference on VLSI design in Asia and the South Pacific, one of the most active regions of design and fabrication of silicon chips in the world. The conference provides opportunities for presenting the latest advancements and the future directions in technologies related to electronic design and automation.



News Item UCLA Research Found Environmental Concerns Motivate People to Save Energy

William J. KaiserProfessor William Kaiser is a co-principal investigator of the multidisciplinary research ENGAGE study in determining effective motivation in conserving energy. The research shows that messages on eliminating pollution and health-related issues are a more dominant motivator than messages on cost savings.

The sample group who received messages on how much money they could have saved had almost no change since savings for cutting back energy use would only be $4 to $6 per month, while people who received messages focused on environmental health benefits cut their energy usage by an average of eight percent. The study also showed that the environmental messages proved most effective in situations where there were children at home, where there was 19 percent reduction in energy consumption.

Electricity is generally invisible to man. Professor Kaiser’s group helped in the design and creation of smart metering systems installed in the residences of the sample group. The devices were connected to a website where the residents could see historical and real-time electricity use. It also provided the energy use of individual appliances. The residents could see the energy use as it peaked when a fridge door was opened, or the plateaus during late night work on the computer, and the power dips when people were out for the day.

The research has been a collaboration of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Engineering and UCLA Anderson, experts from economics, psychology and business, and UCLA Housing and Hospitality. The research supports UCLA’s first Grand Challenge project, which aims to move Los Angeles to renewable energy and local water by 2050 while protecting biodiversity.



News Item UCLA Alumnus Dr. Mukund Padmanabhan Gave a $2.5 Million Donation for a Laboratory in the New Engr. IV Building

PadmanabhanMukund_newThe Mukund Padmanabhan Systems Scaling Technology Laboratory in the new Engineering VI Building, under construction, will open in 2017 through the generosity of UCLA EE Alumnus Dr. Padmanabhan, who donated $2.5 million gift to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The laboratory will be at the cutting edge of technology, developing performance, cost-effective and energy efficient heterogeneously integrated systems, including 3D integrated circuits and assemblies. It is envisioned as an incubator of next-generation components for computing and mobile devices as well as equipment used in sophisticated healthcare, military and space applications.

Dr. Padmanabhan, who earned his master’s degree (‘89) and doctorate (‘92) in electrical engineering at UCLA, has been supporting international students through the Guru Krupa Foundation fellowship. Seeing the quality and progress in the work pursued by the graduate students, he was inspired to further his commitment to the school by funding the laboratory.

The electrical engineering department is truly grateful for the outpouring generosity from its alumni who give back to their alma mater to help prepare the next generation of engineers.




News Item Professor Asad Abidi Selected by UC Berkeley to Receive its 2015 EE Distinguished Alumni Award

Asad A AbidiDistinguished Chancellor’s Professor Asad Abidi has been chosen as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015 by the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received both his master and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering.

The award is in recognition of the valuable contributions of the most distinguished alumni.  Selection is based on a record of outstanding performance, as evidenced by sustained excellence in one or more of the following areas:  research and engineering achievements, leadership in the profession and in public affairs, service and/or support to UC Berkeley.

Professor Abidi is widely recognized for his seminal contributions in the area of integrated circuits and was responsible for the development of the RF CMOS technology which revolutionized wireless communications.  As an educator, he has the dedication and passion to bring out the best in his students to make their mark in the field. From student awards, his former students are now technology leaders at leading communication IC companies in the world.

The award presentation will take place in conjunction with the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) on Thursday, February 12, 2014.



News Item Prof. Sayed and Dr. F. Cattivelli Received a Best Paper Award

SayedCattivelliProfessor Ali H. Sayed and former PhD student Federico S. Cattivelli received the 2014 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for their article "Diffusion LMS strategies for distributed estimation," published in the IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, March 2010. This is one of the original works that show how to perform continuous adaptation and learning by networked agents. The paper has motivated variations and studies by many authors since its publication.IEEE_SignalProcessing




News Item Professor Mona Jarrahi is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

Mona JarrahiProfessor Mona Jarrahi has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society for the years 2015-2017. The Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, via the Technical Coordinating Committee, each year carefully selects a group of Distinguished Microwave Lecturers who are recognized experts in their fields to give seminars at IEEE MTT-S chapters worldwide.mmt-s





News Item Professor Dolecek Received the 2014 IBM Faculty Award

Dolecek LaraProfessor Lara Dolecek is a recipient of the 2014 IBM Faculty Award. This competitive worldwide program is intended to foster collaborations between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations. In particular, Prof. Dolecek will collaborate with the IBM team in Zurich on the development of novel mathematical methods to improve the reliability of emerging memory technologies.IBM_logo





News Item Cancer Detection Through Lens-free Microscopy

AydoganOzcanChancellor’s Professor Aydogan Ozcan and his research team have enhanced the use of their lens-free microscope to detect cancer and other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as expensive optical microscopes. This latest development is the first lens-free microscope capable of producing a high-throughput 3-D tissue image relevant in the study of diseases. Furthermore, the output image is more than two orders of magnitude larger in area than conventional bright-field optical microscopes.

The device was tested using Pap smears that indicate cervical cancer, tissue samples of cancerous breast cells, and blood samples of sickle cell anemia. In a blind test with a board-certified pathologist, diagnosis using the lens-free technology proved accurate 99 percent of the time.



News Item Three Teams from UCLA EE are Finalists to the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2015-2016

Qualcomm has announced the 35 U.S. finalists of the 2015-2016 prestigious Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, of which, 3 teams are from the electrical engineering department.  The finalists from UCLA EE graduate students are:

Zhi Yao and Sidhant Tiwari, students of Professors Ethan Wang and Rob Candler, proposed a “Bulk Acoustic Wave Resonators for Antenna Applications Through Multiferroic Coupling,” which investigates strain-mediated multiferroic coupling as a new radiation mechanism for a better antenna size scaling than conventional low-profile antennas. 

Frederic Sala and Clayton Schoeny, students of Professor Lara Dolecek, submitted “Coding Techniques for Next-Generation 3-D Flash Memories,” which focuses on improving the reliability and extending the lifetime of next-generation Flash memories through new coding and information-theoretic techniques.

Qiming Shao and Lei Pan, students of Professor Kang Wang, will investigate on “Topological Insulator-Based Spin Wave Logic and Universal Memory,” working on the premise that giant spin orbit torques generated by topological insulators can be utilized to realize energy efficient non-volatile magnetic random access memory, and together with magnetic insulators, information can be potentially processed even without electric current, which will enable the ultralow power, high speed and reconfigurable spin logic with built-in universal memory.

UCLA has a total of 4 finalists making it the institution with the second most number of finalists; the fourth team is from the computer science department.

The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship enables students to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas.  

The finalist presentations will be in San Diego, CA, where fellowships will be awarded to eight winning teams.



News Item UCLA Engineers First to Detect and Measure Individual DNA Molecules Using Smartphone Microscope

Aydogan OzcanUCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) researchers report the first imaging and sizing of individual DNA molecules using a lightweight, compact and cost-effective optical attachment making an ordinary smartphone into an advanced fluorescence microscope. The team led by Aydogan Ozcan, CNSI associate director and Chancellor’s Professor of electrical and bioengineering at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, published their results online Dec. 10 in ACS Nano.

 The inexpensive, 3-D-printed unit uses the phone’s camera to visualize and measure the length of single-molecule DNA strands. An included attachment creates a high-contrast, dark-field imaging setup using an inexpensive external lens, thin-film interference filters, a miniature dovetail stage and a laser diode that excites the fluorescently labeled DNA molecules.

An accompanying app connects the smartphone to a UCLA server, which measures the DNA length. The molecules are labeled and stretched on disposable chips that fit in the attachment. The measurement results are seen on the phone and computers linked to the server.

“The ability to translate these and other existing microscopy and sensing techniques to field-portable, cost-effective and high-throughput instruments can make possible myriad new applications for point-of-care medicine and global health,” said Ozcan, who is also an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Shaun Mason, CNSI



News Item Distinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M. Madni Elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Asad M. MadniIn recognition of his 69 issued or pending patents, Distinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M. Madni has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for “demonstrating a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”

The NAI Fellows Luncheon and Induction ceremony will be held at the California Institute of Technology on March 20, 2015, concluding the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors. The fellows will be inducted by Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patent Operations from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, Andrew Faile.

The National Academy of Inventors was established in year 2010 to honor academic invention; recognize and encourage inventors; enhance the visibility of university and non-profit research institute technology and innovation; encourage the disclosure of intellectual property; educate and mentor innovative students; and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society and mankind.

In UCLA's EE department, in addition to Professor Madni, Professors C. Kumar Patel and Tatsuo Itoh have been inducted into this prestigious professional society of inventors.NationalAcademyofInventors





News Item Professor Mona Jarrahi has been Named a 2014 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences

Mona JarrahiProfessor Mona Jarrahi has been named a 2014 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. The Kavli fellows program honors young scientists who are considered leaders in their fields and have made significant contributions to science. Fellows are invited to attend, present and network at U.S. and international Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia, at which some of the world's brightest young scientists convene to share the exciting research taking place in their fields. Professor Jarrahi was invited to attend the 14th Japanese-American Frontiers of Science Symposium held in Tokyo this year, December 4 to7.

About the Kavli Fellow Program:
Kavli fellows are selected by the advisory board of The Kavli Foundation and members of the National Academy of Sciences from young researchers who have already made recognized contributions to science, including recipients of major national fellowships and awards and who have been identified as future leaders in science. More than 150 Kavli fellows have been elected into the NAS and 10 have been awarded Nobel Prizes. TheKavliFoundation



News Item UCLA and JPL Develop Spectrometer Chip Based on CMOS Smartphone Technology for Future NASA Instruments

Mau-Chung Frank ChangUCLA faculty Frank Chang in collaboration with NASA Jet Propulsion Lab researchers Adrian Tang, Goutam Chattopadhyay, and Brian Drouin have developed an extremely low-power (less than 0.2 W) wideband spectrometer processor chip capable of detecting trace gases for future NASA instruments. The developed chip uses the same CMOS system-on-chip technology found in smartphones and tablets, allowing the spectrometer processor to be compact, and extremely energy efficient. This efficiency will enable future NASA spectrometer instruments to be flown on much smaller platforms (UAVs and cube satellites) as well as in deep space planetary science missions where power and payload size are extremely limited.

The demonstrated spectrometer chip occupies only 15 cm3 of volume and weighs less than 200 grams while its GHz-wide bandwidth makes it applicable to a wide range of Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics applications. The single chip contains a wide range of functions including analog amplification and signal conditioning, calibration functions, analog-to-digital conversion, and signal processing to compute detected chemical spectra. UCLA graduate students Rod Kim and Li Du and visiting scholar Frank Hsiao also participated in the development of the spectrometer chip.NASA-JPL-logo




News Item High power terahertz radiation sources developed by Professor Jarrahi’s group are highlighted in the Laser Focus World Magazine

Mona JarrahiWork by Professor Mona Jarrahi’s research group on plasmonic photomixers has been highlighted in the Laser Focus World Magazine.

The team has demonstrated a high-performance source of continuous-wave terahertz radiation that can generate record-high radiation powers with extreme frequency tunability, while operating at room temperature.

This has been achieved by incorporating plasmonic nanostructures into a photomixer to offer significantly higher quantum efficiencies than that of previously demonstrated devices.  Moreover, this device is designed to operate at standard telecommunication optical wavelengths, which can be incorporated into a relatively compact and inexpensive setup.

The principal investigator on the research is Professor Mona Jarrahi and other authors include Christopher Berry, a former student of Jarrahi’s at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Mohammad R. Hashemi, a UCLA post-doctoral scholar; Sascha Preu, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany); Hong Lu, a researcher at UC Santa Barbara; and Arthur C. Gossard, Professor of Materials, Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara.

News Item Professor Ozcan was a Keynote Speaker at NanoBioTech- Montreux 2014

AydoganOzcanProfessor Ozcan gave an Invited Keynote Lecture at the 2014 NanoBioTech-Montreux international conference for micro- and nanotechnology biological, chemical and medical applications, held in Montreux, Switzerland, November 17 to 19, 2014.NanoTechBio


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