MAE postdoc Dr. Elijah Harris and PhD student Andres Vargas involved in new UCLA-led study showing COVID-19 transmission risks rise during heavier breathing during maternal labor and delivery

UCLA researchers recommend that all health care providers in the labor and delivery room have access to proper PPE. Some medical procedures can put health care workers at higher risk for contracting...
Lihua Jin Receives NSF CAREER Award

Lihua Jin Receives NSF CAREER Award

Lihua Jin, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the agency’s highest honor for faculty members in the early stages of their teaching and...

DNA Nanotechnology Creates Dynamic Cytoskeleton for Artificial Cells

DNA Nanotechnology Creates Dynamic Cytoskeleton for Artificial Cells

Study provides a toolkit for custom nanoscale materials that mimic lifelike functions in synthetic cells. Using DNA and RNA molecules, UCLA engineers have built a tiny artificial molecular scaffolding system that resembles the complex network of interlinking protein...

Reinventing Solar Sail Technology to Push Space Exploration Boundaries

Reinventing Solar Sail Technology to Push Space Exploration Boundaries

Improvements may enable propulsion five times faster than record held by Voyager 1 space probe. Enhancement on spacecraft propulsion technology “solar sails” will likely lead to novel interstellar missions. UCLA Engineering professor Artur Davoyan led a team of...

Novel Heat-Management Material Keeps Computers Running Cool

Novel Heat-Management Material Keeps Computers Running Cool

UCLA engineers have demonstrated successful integration of a novel semiconductor material into high-power computer chips to reduce heat on processors and improve their performance. The advance greatly increases energy efficiency in computers and enables heat removal...

UCLA Professor Launches YouTube Channel on Compliant Mechanisms

UCLA Professor Launches YouTube Channel on Compliant Mechanisms

While browsing through science videos on YouTube one day, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Jonathan Hopkins experienced a lightbulb moment. Hopkins found himself inspired by the many creative ways YouTube channels are used to share scientific information...

Soft Focus: A Flexible Future for Robots

Soft Focus: A Flexible Future for Robots

UCLA engineers lay the groundwork for machines with astounding abilities. Picture a robot. In your mind’s eye, do you see a shiny protocol droid from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? Perhaps a large, moving steel arm from our industrial present? Or even an...

Veronica Santos Part of Avatar Team Advancing to $10M XPRIZE Semifinals

Veronica Santos Part of Avatar Team Advancing to $10M XPRIZE Semifinals

A multidisciplinary team developing an immersive avatar system that enables remote human connection has advanced to the semifinals for the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition. XPRIZE announced on April 5 that 38 teams from 16 countries were selected out of 77...