Yousef Bozorgnia, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Dr. Yousef Bozorgnia is Professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA, and Adjunct Professor of civil engineering at UC Berkeley. Dr. Bozorgnia’s expertise includes earthquake engineering and ground motion hazard, with emphasis on multidisciplinary aspects of earthquake science and engineering. He has extensively published scientific papers on earthquake ground motion models, seismic hazard analysis, and structural earthquake engineering. Dr. Bozorgnia has developed earthquake ground motion models that are used worldwide for seismic analysis and design of buildings, bridges, dams, infrastructure and critical facilities. Bozorgnia received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and was the Executive Director (2009-2016) and the Associate Director (2004-2009) of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), a multi-university research center. Dr. Bozorgnia is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer (PE) in the State of California, has been a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1998, and is currently the Associate Editor of journal Earthquake Spectra, a scientific journal dedicated to earthquake engineering.

Henry V. Burton, Ph.D., S.E.

Dr. Burton joined the UCLA Engineering faculty in 2014. His research interests are in increasing the resilience of structures and communities in relation to natural hazards while incorporating sustainable practices in building construction, maintenance and operation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Specific areas of interest include (1) developing enhanced earthquake resistant building systems, (2) performance-based life-cycle design and assessment, (3) modeling the relationship between the performance of infrastructure systems within the built environment, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of socioeconomic disruption following extreme events such as major earthquakes. This work relies heavily upon large-scale experimental testing, high-performance computing for structural simulations and advanced probabilistic methods.

Ximin He, Ph.D.

Dr. He is an Assistant Professor in UCLA's Materials Science who's research focuses on biologically inspired materials based on stimuli-responsive polymers and micro/nano-structure fabrication, for applications in biomedicine, environment, and energy. The interdisciplinary research across “design – synthesis – properties – functions” involves polymer chemistry and physics, molecular design and synthesis, and studies of mechanical, optical and electrical properties of soft materials. Dr. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard and obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry/Nano Optoelectronics; University of Cambridge.

Subramanian S. Iyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Iyer is Distinguished Professor and Charles P. Reames Endowed Chair at UCLA's Electrical Engineering Department. His research and teaching interest include: System Scaling Technology, advanced packaging and 3D integration, technologies and techniques for the memory subsystem integration and neuromorphic computing. His pioneering development of embedded dynamic random access memory (eDRAM) has boosted the power of computer processors for applications ranging from high-end servers to gaming consoles and personal electronics.

Miryung Kim, Ph.D.

Professor Kim is an expert on software engineering, with focus on designing techniques to evolve large software systems and to improve software quality.

Xiaochun Li, Ph.D.

Professor Li is the Raytheon Chair in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department. His research interests are: scifacturing, interdisciplinary areas of innovative manufacturing and materials processing, solid freeform fabrication, nanoscience and nanotechnology, laser micro/nano materials processing, and process/system integration.

Reza Ahmadi, Ph.D.

Dr. Ahmadi is a Professor of Decision, Operations and Technology Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He joined UCLA after receiving his Ph.D. in Operations Management in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin and since then he has been with UCLA. Professor Ahmadi’s research interest is operations management, a part of management science that is concerned with designing and controlling production processes and business operations. In his research, he builds mathematical models to guide firms in the design planning and scheduling of their internal and external business processes. In the best traditions of his field, Dr. Ahmadi advances theory motivated by a real problem, and frequently follows through with a practical implementation of his theoretical research. He has made major contributions to scheduling and production planning, product and process design, and, more recently, to supply chain management. Over the years he has worked on a variety of problems in these three areas. Currently he works on supply chain management problems arising from business-to-business interactions.

Gaurav N. Sant, Ph.D.

Professor Gaurav is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and holder of the Edward K. and Linda L. Rice endowed chair in materials science. His research is focused on elucidating structure-property relations in inorganic materials including metallic, and non-metallic materials, and specifically understanding how reaction processes are formative, and/or destructive of microstructure. As thrust areas, the research, which spans from "atoms to infrastructure", seeks to: (i) quantify solute-solvent reaction dynamics at interfaces, (ii) monitor, manipulate and mitigate electrochemical corrosion processes and (iii) quantify and simulate coupled mass and ion transport processes in random porous media.

Nasr M. Ghoniem, Ph.D.

Professor Ghoniem's areas of interest are: Damage and Failure of Materials in Mechanical Design; Mechanics and Physics of Material Defects (point defects, dislocations, voids and cracks); Material Degradation in Severe Environments (e.g., Nuclear, Fusion, Rocket Engines, etc.); Plasma and Laser Processing; Materials Non-equilibrium, Pattern formation and Instability Phenomena; Radiation Interaction with Materials (neutrons, electrons, particles, laser and photons).

Jonathan P. Stewart, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Stewart's primary research interests are in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, with emphases on seismic soil-structure interaction, earthquake ground motion characterization, seismic ground failure, and the seismic performance of earth structures including structural fills and levee embankments. His research has involved: interpretation of earthquake strong motion data to gain insight into soil-structure interaction effects, characterize site effects, and to produce practical models for the prediction of ground motion intensity measures; cyclic field testing of earth structures and full-scale foundation components including shallow foundations, drilled shafts, and bridge abutment walls; advanced dynamic testing of soils in the laboratory; and case history studies of the seismic field performance of infrastructure in California, Taiwan, Turkey, Japan, Greece, Italy, and India. Results from his research group are widely utilized in engineering practice, including a 2012 NIST guidelines document for soil-structure interaction, ground motion prediction equations used for the USGS National Seismic Hazard Maps, ASCE-7 (for new structures), ASCE-41 (existing structures) and additional guidelines documents for landslide risk and tall building design.

Majid Sarrafzadeh, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor Sarrafzadeh's research interests are: Wireless Health and Biomedical Devices, Embedded and Reconfigurable Systems, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, and Data Analytics.

Chee Wei Wong, Ph.D.

Professor Wong advances the control of photons in mesoscopic systems, involving nonlinear, ultrafast, quantum and precision measurements.

Milos D. Ercegovac, Ph.D.

Professor Ercegovac specializes in research and teaching in digital arithmetic, digital design, and computer system architecture. His recent research is in the areas of approximate arithmetic, composite algorithms, complex arithmetic, design for low power and arithmetic in application-specific architectures.

Bahram Jalili, Ph.D.

Professor Jalili's research and teaching interests are: Silicon photonics and fiber optic communication, real-time streaming data acquisition and processing, biophotonics, rare cell detection, blood screening, nondestructive material testing and characterization, rogue wave phenomena.

Ertugrul Taciroglu, Ph.D.

Professor Taciroglu's research interests lie within the broad area of computational solid and structural mechanics. He is currently working on topology optimization of smart material systems, soil-structure interaction in deep and shallow foundation systems, wave propagation in continuous media, inverse problems—with various applications in system identification, structural health monitoring as well as surveillance—and simulation of structural response under extreme loadings such as explosions, and ballistic impact.

Arash Naeim, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Naeim is trained in health services research with an emphasis in cost-effectiveness and decision-making in older cancer patients, and his research focuses on aging and cancer. In recent years, Dr. Naeim has been involved in developing informatics in hematology/oncology. He has an interest in how electronic databases and medical records can be used in outcomes research, patient/physician education, and healthcare interventions.

J.R. DeShazo, Ph.D.

Dr. DeShazo is the Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Public Policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, where he is an expert in economics, public finance, and organizational governance.

Yuval Tamir, Ph.D.

Professor Tamir founded and is currently directing the UCLA Concurrent Systems Laboratory. His research interests include hardware, software, and algorithmic issues related to the design and implementation of computer systems. Most of his work is focused on techniques for achieving high performance and high reliability for parallel and distributed systems. Current research projects include: resilient virtualization, fault injection, fault-tolerant cluster managers, fault tolerance for distributed applications, networks-on-a-chip for chip multiprocessors, hardware support for checkpointing, memory hierarchy in multicore chips. More details.

Scott Brandenberg, Ph.D.

Professor Brandenberg's research interests are geotechnical earthquake engineering, geophysical imaging, data acquisition and signal processing, and numerical analysis. His current research projects are: (1) developing fragility functions for bridges in liquefied and laterally spreading ground, (2) developing design guidelines for pile foundations in liquefied ground, (3) evaluation of the seismic levee deformation by destructive cyclic field testing, (4) centrifuge modeling of the large-strain site response behavior of soft clays, (5) CPT-based ultrasonic imaging of jet grout columns, and (6) developing correlations between shear wave velocity and penetration resistance at Caltrans bridge sites.

Ramin Ramezani, Ph.D.

Dr. Ramin Ramezani is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Department of Computer Science, and managing technical director at CTSI, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. He was formerly the Chief Technologist in the Big Data and Analytical Unit within the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, leading a multidisciplinary group named Big Data and Analytical Unit. The center was designed with the aim to apply a combination of computer science and engineering techniques to investigate and better understand ongoing problems in healthcare such as obesity or adverse events in hospitals. This unit is within the Institute for Global Health Innovations at Imperial College, led by UK’s former minister of health. Ramin received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. He received his MSc with distinction in Digital Signal Processing from University of Lancaster, and BSc with honors in Computer Science.

Jason Woo, Ph.D.

Professor Woo's research interests are wave and solid state electronics, CMOS and bipolar device/circuit optimization, novel device design and modeling of integrated circuits, VLSI fabrication.