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UCLA engineering receives $6M to construct new state-of-the-art building
Date:10/6/2010

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science $6 million to support the construction of the new state-of-the-art Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology (WIN-GEM).

The new building will provide core research facilities that will serve UCLA Engineering's "centers of excellence" dedicated to advancing energy conservation technologies for microelectronics and nanotechnology.

WIN-GEM will include 35,000 square feet of laboratory space on four levels to support research on low-power, nonvolatile nanoelectronics; green manufacturing of novel nanomaterial-based energy technologies; and new materials for energy generation, storage and management. The roof of the building will include a solar-cell array for energy supply and power-management experimentation.

"We are grateful to NIST for the opportunity to be able to work on such a groundbreaking project as WIN-GEM," said Vijay K. Dhir, dean of UCLA Engineering. "The world-class facility will allow our faculty to continue their innovative research in areas that will advance essential energy conservation technologies."

The Western Institute of Nanoelectronics, one of the centers of excellence to be housed in WIN-GEM, is a consortium of major semiconductor companies in the U.S. and will partner with NIST to address the needs of electronics beyond today's mainstream CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) technology.

Currently, the institute focuses on alternate spintronics technology, with an objective of achieving non-volatile electronics by the year 2020 in order to resolve the critical challenges of reducing power dissipation for next-generation microelectronics, as well as green information technology.

The Western Institute of Electronics and the Center on Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA)
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Contact: Wileen Wong Kromhout
wwkromhout@support.ucla.edu
310-206-0540
University of California -- Los Angeles
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