Elisa Franco Receives NSF Grants for Molecular Manufacturing and Computing

Elisa Franco, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has received two research grants totaling $3.6 million from the National...
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...

Khalid Jawed Receives NSF CAREER Award to Create Soft Robot Simulation

Khalid Jawed Receives NSF CAREER Award to Create Soft Robot Simulation

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

NASA Selects Artur Davoyan’s Solar Sail Concept

NASA Selects Artur Davoyan’s Solar Sail Concept

Space agency NASA has announced selection of seven concepts for future space exploration—and they include some exceptionally creative ideas. Among these is Artur Davoyan’s concept of breakthrough space exploration with CubeSat solar sails. Space missions take decades...

UCLA Samueli Alumna Shares Experience Landing Mars Rover Amid Pandemic

UCLA Samueli Alumna Shares Experience Landing Mars Rover Amid Pandemic

UCLA mechanical engineering alumna Anais Zarifian ’16 has had an amazing career “win” with the recent Mars Perseverance rover landing. Zarifian is a NASA system testbed engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and helped test the rover’s mobility systems prior to its...