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TANMS Research Team Devises New Ferrobotic System

posted Mar 5, 2020, 7:47 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Mar 16, 2020, 8:44 AM ]

Announced in a recent publication by Science Robotics titled "A ferrobotic system for automated microfluidic logistics", TANMS research team led by Professor Dino Di Carlo in UCLA Department of Bioengineering in collaboration with the UCLA Interconnected and Integrated Bioelectronics Lab led by Professor Sam Emaminejad has successfully devised a robotic system that uses a network of individually addressable ferrobots, each performing designated micro-/nanofluid manipulation-based tasks in cooperation with other robots.  This breakthrough provides a solution to resolving major bottlenecks encountered in fields such as medical diagnostics, -omics, drug development, and chemical/material synthesis.  Congratulations to the team for their outstanding work!

Publication Abstract
Automated technologies that can perform massively parallelized and sequential fluidic operations at small length scales can resolve major bottlenecks encountered in various fields, including medical diagnostics, -omics, drug development, and chemical/material synthesis. Inspired by the transformational impact of automated guided vehicle systems on manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution industries, we devised a ferrobotic system that uses a network of individually addressable robots, each performing designated micro-/nanofluid manipulation-based tasks in cooperation with other robots toward a shared objective. The underlying robotic mechanism facilitating fluidic operations was realized by addressable electromagnetic actuation of miniature mobile magnets that exert localized magnetic body forces on aqueous droplets filled with biocompatible magnetic nanoparticles. The contactless and high-strength nature of the actuation mechanism inherently renders it rapid (~10 centimeters/second), repeatable (>10,000 cycles), and robust (>24 hours). The robustness and individual addressability of ferrobots provide a foundation for the deployment of a network of ferrobots to carry out cross-collaborative logistics efficiently. These traits, together with the reconfigurability of the system, were exploited to devise and integrate passive/active advanced functional components (e.g., droplet dispensing, generation, filtering, and merging), enabling versatile system-level functionalities. By applying this ferrobotic system within the framework of a microfluidic architecture, the ferrobots were tasked to work cross-collaboratively toward the quantification of active matrix metallopeptidases (a biomarker for cancer malignancy and inflammation) in human plasma, where various functionalities converged to achieve a fully automated assay.

Source: Science Robotics 26 Feb 2020: Vol. 5, Issue 39, eaba4411 DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aba4411

TANMS Faculty Receives Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award

posted Feb 26, 2020, 10:33 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Feb 26, 2020, 10:33 AM ]

On February 22, 2020, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering hosted its annual UCLA Samueli Awards Dinner where the UCLA Engineering Family gather to celebrate the school's impact and honor accomplished alumni, faculty and students.  This year, Professor Rob Candler, TANMS Faculty and 3D Thrust Lead, was recognized with the Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award.  The Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award honors the achievements of a senior faculty member who have proven records of offering students the best possible engineering education through innovative and inspirational teaching methods, curriculum development and support of student academic efforts.   

TANMS is honored to have Professor Candler as part of our family and congratulates him on this well-deserved recognition.  

TANMS Recognizes the 2019 CLIMB Award Recipients

posted Feb 24, 2020, 12:17 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 12:18 PM ]


In Spring 2019, the Chen & Liang Inspiring Multiferroic Brilliance Awards (CLIMB) awards were established through the initiative and generous contributions of TANMS Alumni, Cai Chen and Cheng-Yen Liang to recognize the accomplishments and potentials of talented TANMS undergraduate and graduate students committed to making a positive impact in the world through engineering research, scientific and technological advancement, leadership and education. 

On the morning of January 29, in front researchers representing academia, industry, and government entities attending the TANMS Annual Research Strategy Meeting (ARSM), TANMS Education Director, Dr. Pilar O'Cadiz recognized the four 2019 CLIMB Award recipients: Kevin Fitzell, Sidhant Tiwari, Ka'Toria Edwards, and Christina Seeholzer.  These four award recipients, two doctoral students, and two undergraduate students, were selected from the pool of applicants for their exceptional commitment and achievement in the following areas:
  • Research—application-driven and cutting-edge research within a TANMS partner institution and laboratory
  • Collaboration—cross-disciplinary cooperation with scientists and engineers
  • Innovation—contribution to investigations leading to the invention of new devices
  • Education—commitment to educational activities including mentoring and outreach in the community
Congratulations again to Kevin, Sidhant, K'Toria, and Christina for their outstanding accomplishments.  Applications for the 2020 CLIMB Awards are now being accepted.  Awards will be announced in June 2020.  

For additional information, go to http://slc.tanms-erc.org/climb-award . 





TANMS Successfully Hosts the 6th Annual Research Strategy Meeting

posted Feb 24, 2020, 10:46 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 11:01 AM ]

On January 28-29, researchers representing academia, industry, and government agencies gathered for the 6th Annual Research Strategy Meeting (ARSM).  This annual event has been generating growing interest in the potentials of multiferroic applications since its first meeting in 2014.  The 2020 meeting with the theme focused on advancing low frequency antennas may be the most successful yet.  As a result of this meeting, TANMS Center Director, Professor Greg Carman, organized a committee of leading experts in the field to propose a potential topic for the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

We look forward to hosting this successful event again next year!

TANMS Doctoral Fellow, Alexandria Will-Cole, to Represent TANMS at the NSF ERC Perfect Pitch Competition

posted Sep 27, 2019, 2:25 PM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee

36 postdocs and graduate students from across 6 TANMS institutions competed for the top spot at the 2019 TANMS Perfect Pitch Competition in September.  Most postdoctoral and graduate students are accustomed to presenting their research on a poster at conferences or symposiums; however, it requires a completely different set of skills to "pitch" their research in 90 seconds flat while succinctly addressing three key questions -- What is the real-life problem that their research addresses? How does their research solve the problem in an unique way? What is the impact on society and in achieving the Center's mission? 

Students affiliated with an NSF Engineering Research Center are given opportunities to develop their pitching skills biennially.  Each of the 19 ERCs across the nation hosts their local competitions and the winners represent their centers at the national competition that takes place at the NSF ERC Biennial Conference.  In 2017, TANMS alum, Stephen Sasaki took second place at the national competition.  This year, TANMS Doctoral Fellow, Alexandria Will-Cole of Professor Nian Sun's group at Northeastern University, will represent TANMS at the national competition in October.  

We had some great entries at the TANMS Perfect Pitch Competition and it was not an easy decision for the judges.  In second place is Armin Razavi, Ph.D. Candidate at UCLA and worthy of recognition are our Honorable Mention winners Victor Estrada, John Nance, and Shreya Patel.  

Congratulations to all our winners and we look forward to seeing Alexandria onstage at the NSF ERC Perfect Pitch Competition on October 25 in Washington D.C.!

   










TANMS 2019 Perfect Pitch Competition 1st Place Winner,
Alexandria Will-Cole, Northeastern University

TANMS Proudly Announces the Establishment of the New CLIMB Student Awards

posted Jul 24, 2019, 8:29 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Jul 24, 2019, 9:24 AM ]



TANMS is honored and is proud to announce the establishment of the new Chen & Liang Inspiring Multiferroic Brilliance Awards.  The CLIMB awards were established through the initiative and generous contributions of TANMS Alumni, Cai Chen and Cheng-Yen Liang to recognize the accomplishments and potentials of talented TANMS undergraduate and graduate students committed to making a positive impact in the world through engineering research, scientific and technological advancement, leadership and education. 


CLIMB awards aim to inspire new discoveries in the field of nanoscale magnetism through the encouragement of TANMS Engineering Research Center students who demonstrate promise and exceptional commitment and achievement in the following areas:Research—application-driven and cutting-edge research within a TANMS partner institution and laboratory
  • Collaboration—cross-disciplinary cooperation with scientists and engineers
  • Innovation—contribution to investigations leading to the invention of new devices
  • Education—commitment to educational activities including mentoring and outreach in the community
For additional information, go to http://slc.tanms-erc.org/climb-award . 
 









TANMS Team Wins Poster Presentation Award at the National Emerging Researchers National Conference

posted Mar 1, 2019, 5:24 PM by Michelle Schwartz Servan   [ updated Mar 4, 2019, 2:52 PM ]

Congratulations to Nery Arevalos, Naim Wright and Connie Valles (pictured left to right) for being selected as the winners of the Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Poster Presentations, at the 2019 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Washington, DC. The three TANMS REM students completed the research project entitled, Growth and Characterization of Designer Magnetostrictive Thin Films for High Frequency Applications, in the laboratory of Professor Jane P. Chang with the guidance from graduate student mentor, and TANMS Fellow, Adrian 
Acosta.                                                                                                                                                                    
Joining the Chang Team at the 2019 ERN Conference were six additional particpants made up of 
community college and high school student from the REM 2018 program. Congratulations to all of the REM students for proudly representing TANMS!

TANMS Graduate Student Receives Best Student Presentation Award at 2019 Joint MMM-Intermag Conference

posted Feb 13, 2019, 8:45 AM by Michelle Schwartz Servan   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 9:10 AM ]

Zhuyun (Maggie) Xiao of Professor Rob Candler’s research group was recently awarded the Best Student Presentation Award at the 2019 Joint MMM-Intermag Conference.  The conference includes a wide range of topic on magnetism and magnetic materials, and has historically drawn more than 1800 conference registrants, of which more than 500 are students.  The pool of student presenters was narrowed to five finalists, and from this group Maggie’s work on single domain magnetism for particle and cell manipulation was chosen for the Best Student Presentation Award.  Congratulations Maggie!


New Start-up Co-founded by TANMS Alum Joins TANMS IAB

posted Jan 18, 2019, 11:28 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 11:29 AM ]

TANMS welcomes Sonera Magnetics Inc. as the newest member of our Industrial Advisory Board.  Co-founded by TANMS alumnus, Dr. Dominic Labanowski, former graduate student in the Salahuddin Group at UC Berkeley, Sonera Magnetics is developing a magnetometer that can operate at room temperature and in portable form factors with sensitivity comparable to the best magnetic sensors available today.  The core technology of Sonera Magnetics is a magnetic sensor based off of results from Dr. Labanowski's graduate studies at UC Berkeley on acoustically-driven ferromagnetic resonance.  This sensor leverages the strong interaction between GHz-frequency sound waves and magnetic thin films where the coupling enables a device with comparable performance to SQUID and SERF magnetometers, but has the capability to operate in ambient environmental conditions.  

Source: Cyclotron Road http://www.cyclotronroad.org/sonera (May 2018)

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TANMS Education Director Joins Advisory Committee for UNESCO Chair

posted Jan 18, 2019, 10:42 AM by Tsai-Tsai O-Lee   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 12:43 PM ]

TANMS Education Director, Dr. Pilar O'Cadiz, has been selected to join the Advisory Committee for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education.  Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is a strategic area of UNESCO’s Education Sector program that aims to instill in learners the values, attitudes and behaviors that support responsible global citizenship: creativity, innovation, and commitment to peace, human rights and sustainable development. The Advisory Committee serves the inaugural UNESCO Chair for GCE, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Education Carlos Alberto Torres, in "[promoting] an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on global learning and global citizenship education and foster excellence and innovation in research and practice." (https://bostonglobalforum.org/2016/02/ucla-establishes-new-unesco-chair-in-global-learning-and-global-citizenship-education/

TANMS is honored to have Dr. O'Cadiz as part of our team.

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