UCLA Engineering 2014 Tech Forum – Emerging Trends in Technologies

Discussions will delve into the future of aerospace and defense research.

Thursday, February 06, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Covel Commons, UCLA

To register, for detailed information about the schedule, speakers and topics, and directions and parking information, visit the Tech Forum website.


10 a.m.   Plenary Session
12 p.m.     Lunch and Student Poster Session and Competition
2 p.m.     Technical Sessions
        • Computing and Cybersecurity
        • Energy and the Environment
        • Sustainability and Manufacturing
        • Engineering in Medicine
4:20 p.m.  UCLA Engineering Centers of Excellence Poster Sessions
5 p.m.     Wine and Cheese Reception & Student Poster Awards

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science presents its annual Tech Forum. This year's daylong conference, "Emerging Trends in Technologies," features a keynote address by Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and one of the world's leaders in engineering innovation. 

A panel discussion will examine a topic with significant impact for Southern California: Aerospace and Defense Research in the Coming Decade.

Other event highlights will include more than a dozen talks by UCLA Engineering faculty on their cutting-edge research in computing and cybersecurity, energy and the environment, engineering in medicine, and sustainable manufacturing; a poster session with UCLA Engineering students displaying information and answering questions about their research; and a separate poster session highlighting work being done at UCLA Engineering’s eight national centers of excellence — externally funded centers in areas including green energy, nanoengineering, wireless healthcare technologies and new Internet architecture.

Raytheon is the event's title sponsor; other Tech Forum sponsors are Lockheed Martin, Aerospace Corp. and the intellectual property law firm Cislo and Thomas.

Forum speakers will include:

Vijay Dhir (welcome remarks)
Dhir is the dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Arati Prabhakar (keynote address)
Prabhakar was selected in 2012 by President Obama to serve as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which seeks to maintain the superiority of the U.S. military through research and creation of innovative technologies. 

The following experts will participate on the Aerospace and Defense Research in the Coming Decade panel:

Robert Candler, professor of electrical engineering, UCLA (moderator)
Allen Adler, vice president of enterprise technology strategy, Boeing
Timothy Frei, vice president of communications systems, Northrop Grumman
Neil Kacena, vice president of technology innovation and strategic pursuits, Raytheon
Ann Karagozian, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, UCLA
Rafail Ostrovsky, professor of computer science and mathematics, UCLA  

The Tech Forum 2014 chair is Christopher Lynch, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA.