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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.




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