About Break Through Tech
Launched in 2016, Break Through Tech is an initiative that works at the intersection of academia and industry to propel more women and underrepresented communities into technology degrees and careers.
About Break Through Tech AI
The Break Through Tech AI Program helps students gain the skills they need to get jobs in the fastest-growing areas of tech: data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Los Angeles has long been America’s gateway to the Pacific Rim and is the entertainment capital of the world. A cultural mecca of nearly 4 million people with diverse backgrounds, L.A. is the largest metropolitan in California — the fifth largest economy in the world. The city is also home to many leading tech companies and startups in various industries, including aerospace, robotics and gaming. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Los Angeles placed sixth in a ranking of global startup ecosystems, feeding off of the diverse talent of several large research universities. We believe the next generation of leaders should reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of the city itself.
“We are delighted to be a host of Break Through Tech’s AI program, which will help expand equitable access for students from diverse backgrounds to harness the power of AI for the good of humanity,” said Jayathi Murthy, the Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean of UCLA Samueli.
Ranked the #1 public university for the fifth straight year, UCLA is a powerhouse in research breakthroughs, and lends its innovative approach to Break Through Tech students through our new collaboration. Known as the birthplace of the internet, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is also where countless other fields took some of their first steps — from artificial intelligence to reverse osmosis, from mobile communications to human prosthetics. In 2021, UCLA became the first university to win an XPRIZE led by a civil engineering team that was awarded a $7.5 million grand prize in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. UCLA Samueli is consistently ranked in the Top 10 among U.S. public engineering schools. In 2021, the school launched its Science Hub for Humanity and Artificial Intelligence in collaboration with Amazon Science to address humanity’s pressing challenges through cross pollination of academic and industry research that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Break Through Tech AI at UCLA
The Break Through Tech AI Program helps students gain the skills they need to get jobs in the fastest-growing areas of tech: data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Developed by industry and academic leaders, students begin with a summer ML Engineering curriculum that teaches the critical, practical skills that help qualify candidates for entry-level jobs in the field including skills in building data analysis pipelines, training and validating ML models, while gaining experience with common ML/AI libraries.
Next, students join the AI Studio where they work in teams to solve industry challenges and develop a portfolio of AI projects that demonstrate their capabilities. Throughout the program, students receive career coaching, mentorship and summer internship placement support, all aimed at helping participants successfully launch their AI tech career.
Break Through Tech AI Los Angeles Hub Officers at UCLA