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Winter 2003
Sensing the Future
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Building Centers of Innovation
In addition to the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has been the locus in the last two years for four other competitive research centers that have received funding from the federal government and private industry. Each center reflects a campuswide effort that involves a diverse group of scholars pursuing groundbreaking research that spans multiple disciplines to develop emerging technologies. All told the centers, including CENS, have attracted more than $94 million in funding. "The awarding of these centers represents a remarkable concentration of new technology and enterprise on the UCLA campus," says Vijay Dhir, the school's dean. "Collectively, they will have a profound impact on technology and business in Southern California."

The Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense (CNID)

Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Defense MicroElectronics Activity
$8 million over 2.5 years
Director: Eli Yablonovitch, professor of electrical engineering
Established July 2002

CNID is a joint effort with UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside to facilitate the rapid transition of research in the nanosciences into applications for the defense sector. Students gain industrial research experience and CNID faculty researchers keep companies informed of the latest developments in science and technology.
 
The Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration (CMISE)

Funded by NASA
$15 million over 5 years
Director: Chih-Ming Ho, professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering
Established September 2002

CMISE researchers combine bio-, nano- and information technologies to aid humans and machines in space. By mimicking the cell's information-processing abilities, CMISE will establish a model for space-system design that will redefine space-exploration technology.
 
The Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics Focus Center (FENA)

Funded by the Semiconductor Industry Association and the Department of Defense
$13.5 million over 3 years
Director: Kang Wang, professor of electrical engineering
Established September 2003

FENA researchers hope to extend semiconductor technology further into the realm of the nanoscale by seeking new technology solutions based on advances in nanotechnology, molecular electronics and quantum computing.
 
The Center for Scalable and Integrated Nano-Manufacturing (SINAM)

Funded by the National Science Foundation
$18 million over 5 years
Director: Xiang Zhang, professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering
Established October 2003

SINAM combines fundamental science and technology that will transform laboratory science into industrial applications in nanoelectronics and biomedicine. Researchers want to create the next generation of nanotools and build them into systems that will enable cost-effective nanomanufacturing.

— Chris Sutton

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