Expanding the engineering profession to all.
We doubt the critics, reject the status quo and see opportunity in dissatisfaction. Our campus, faculty and students are driven by optimism. It is not naïve; it is essential. And it has fueled every accomplishment, allowing us to redefine what’s possible, time after time.
This can-do perspective has brought us 13 Nobel Prizes, 12 MacArthur Fellows, more NCAA titles than any university and more Olympic medals than most nations. Our faculty and alumni helped create the Internet and pioneered reverse osmosis. And more than 140 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA.
What inspires MacArthur Fellows and Rhodes Scholars? What gave Jackie Robinson the courage to become the first African American in Major League Baseball? What was the catalyst that spurred Vint Cerf and Leonard Kleinrock’s dream of the Internet?
The answer is optimism. And it is in our DNA.
It is what enables us to push forward and redefine what’s possible. It pervades our focus on education, research and service and, in turn, opens limitless opportunities to every student.
And through its eye-opening lens, we see beyond the classroom, allowing us to engage with the world right now.
As UCLA moves onward, we leverage our history to define our future. Every achievement and breakthrough we have made justifies our optimism, calling us to build upon our past. And as we near the end of a century of excellence, we steadfastly pursue future endeavors with the same optimism that brought us here.
This is UCLA.
These are the grounds of optimism.
On Feb. 18, UCLA electrical engineering graduate student Mark Nasielski, held a jar of peanuts tightly in his hand for good luck as he watched the NASA Perseverance rover descend into Mar’s Jezero Crater.
A group of UCLA engineers has become the first university team to win the grand prize in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE global competition.
From the First Four to the Final Four, the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team advanced to the national semifinals of the 2021 NCAA Tournament in one of the most riveting runs since the team’s last Final Four appearance in 2008.
A perfect blend of nervousness, excitement and fulfillment ran through her as UCLA mechanical engineering alumna Ny Sou Okon ’02 watched NASA’s Perseverance rover land on Mars on February 18.
On a Saturday morning in late January, more than 200 people from across the globe hopped online to participate in QWER Hacks, UCLA’s first-ever LGBTQIA+ hackathon.
UCLA mechanical engineering alumna Anais Zarifian ’16 has had an amazing career “win” with the recent Mars Perseverance rover landing.