The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $2.5 million gift from alumnus Mukund Padmanabhan (M.S. '89, Ph.D. '92) for construction of a semiconductor lab in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
To be located in a $130 million, 150,000-square-foot building currently under construction, the Mukund Padmanabhan Systems Scaling Technology Laboratory will be dedicated to improving the performance, cost-effectiveness, and energy efficiency of heterogeneously integrated microsystems, including 3-D integrated circuits and assemblies. Such systems have extensive commercial and industrial applications, ranging from cell phones and computers to equipment used in healthcare, military, and space applications. The lab and other research and teaching centers will move into the building this spring, after the first phase of construction is completed.
Padmanabhan is co-founder of the Guru Krupa Foundation and has made three previous gifts of $500,000 each to the school, establishing and supporting the Guru Krupa Foundation Fellowships in Electrical Engineering.
"I see the quality of the work being done by the students who benefit from the Guru Krupa Foundation Fellowships, and I feel very satisfied that research is progressing full speed ahead at UCLA," said Padmanabhan, whose research at UCLA focused on integrated circuits and signal processing. "When I learned that UCLA wanted to advance the frontiers of 3-D integrated circuit design, I felt that this was the right project to further extend my commitment to the school. I look forward to the lab making great advances and cementing UCLA's role as a premier research institution."