#engineerchange Newsletter Archive


June 2024 newsletter

June 2024

UCLA Samueli Commemorates Class of 2024 Bruin Engineers
Nearly 1,800 graduating engineering and computer science students of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Class of 2024 celebrated their milestone accomplishments in two commencement ceremonies held in Pauley Pavilion June 15-16.

May 2024 newsletter

May 2024

Internet Pioneer Leonard Kleinrock Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Distinguished professor emeritus Leonard Kleinrock of computer science has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors.

april 2024

April 2024

UCLA Samueli Announces 2024 Rising Professional Achievement Award
Every year, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering selects and recognizes outstanding achievements by a number of its alumni, faculty members and students who have excelled in various fields.

March 2024

March 2024

UCLA and Equatic to Build World’s Largest Ocean-Based Plant for Carbon Removal
The $20 million full-scale demonstration plant is supported by Singapore’s national water agency PUB and its National Research Foundation, as well as by UCLA’s Institute for Carbon Management led by civil and environmental engineering professor Gaurav Sant, with collaborations from David Jassby and Dante Simonetti, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.


February 2024

UCLA’s Online Engineering Master’s Program Again Ranked No. 1 in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report has awarded the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering program the top spot in its online engineering rankings for the second year in a row and the sixth time in 10 years. The Master of Science in Engineering Online program is delivered entirely online, allowing professionals to earn a master’s degree while holding a full-time job.

January 2024

January 2024

UCLA Launches New Quantum Innovation Hub to Advance Quantum Science and Engineering
Part of the new UCLA Research Park housed in the former Westside Pavilion shopping mall in Los Angeles, the hub will be directed by UCLA’s Center for Quantum Science and Engineering, where electrical and computer engineering faculty Mark Gyure and Kang Wang are executive director and director, respectively.

December newsletter 2023

December 2023

2 UCLA Engineers Named to 2023 National Academy of Inventors
Eric P. Y. Chiou — a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering — and Paul Weiss — a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and materials science and engineering — have been elected as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. They both have faculty appointments in bioengineering.

November newsletter archive

November 2023

$7.5 Million in Federal Funds to Establish Mobility Center of Excellence at UCLA
The five-year grant will support research on the impacts of new mobility technologies and highly automated vehicles on the evolving transportation system. Associate professor of civil and environmental engineering Jiaqi Ma will serve as the center’s director.


October 2023

Fall Quarter Kicks Off with UCLA Engineering Welcome Day for New Students
More than 600 first-year and new transfer students attended the annual event, which featured inspirational speeches from school leadership, student club expos and a tour of the school led by engineering student ambassadors.


September 2023

A Message from Dean Alissa Park
Ah-Hyung “Alissa” Park began her appointment as the Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean of the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering September 1. In this video, Dean Park shared her thoughts on her new role and what she hopes to accomplish in the coming months as the eighth dean of the school.


August 2023

UCLA Bioengineering Receives $1M NSF Grant to Transform Undergraduate Education
Project-based learning and real-world problem solving will be integrated into the curriculum under the National Science Foundation-funded initiative led by chair Song Li and Jacob Schmidt, vice chair of undergraduate studies and the faculty director of UCLA Samueli makerspace.

July 2023 newsletter

July 2023

UCLA Engineering Welcomes Five New Computer Science Faculty Members
Blaise-Pascal Tine, Saadia Gabriel, Sam Kumar, Remy Wang and Eunice Jun bring expertise in developing computer architectures, fairness in machine learning, security and networking, and tools for big data analysis. They also have experiences in mentoring students and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion.


June 2023

UCLA Samueli Commemorates Class of 2023 Bruin Engineers in Two Ceremonies
More than 1,700 engineering and computer science students of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Class of 2023 gathered in Pauley Pavilion to celebrate their milestone accomplishments in two commencement ceremonies held on June 17 and 18.

May archive

May 2023

UCLA Samueli Honors 2023 School Awardees in Official Ceremony
On May 6, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering presented the 2023 schoolwide alumni, faculty and student awards to 13 recipients in recognition of their outstanding achievements at an event as captured in this video.


April 2023

From Disney Parks to Space Vehicles: Bruin Engineer and Virgin Galactic Executive Shares Career Journey

Dave Crawford ’95, vice president of engineering at Virgin Galactic, headlined the Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series, where he spoke about lessons learned from decades of entertainment magic and, more recently, commercial spaceflight.

march 2023

March 2023

ARTEMIS – UCLA’s Most Advanced Humanoid Robot – Gets Ready for Action

The five-time RoboCup championship team led by Dennis Hong, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is ready to return to the international competition in France this July with its latest robot capable of walking on uneven terrain as well as running and jumping.

feb 2023 newsletter

February 2023

UCLA’s MSOL Program Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report
In U.S. News’ 2023 list of best online master’s in engineering programs, UCLA moved up from the No. 2 spot last year, regaining the top position it held in 2020 and for three years in a row from 2015 to 2017.

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January 2023

New Flexible Polymer Hydrogel Electrode Makes for Improved Bioelectronics
Led by materials science and engineering associate professor Ximin He, a UCLA team designed a hydrogel electrode that could help advance bioelectronics that require direct tissue contact for health monitoring and therapies.


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December 2022

UCLA-led Research Unearths Obscure Heat Transfer Behaviors
Led by Yongjie Hu, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, UCLA researchers and their colleagues have discovered a new physics principle governing how heat transfers through materials, and the finding contradicts the conventional wisdom that heat always moves faster as pressure increases.


November 2022

10 UCLA Engineers Among World’s Most Influential Researchers

The 2022 Clarivate highly cited UCLA Samueli-affiliated researchers are Nasim Annabi, Jun Chen, Bruce Dunn, Yu Huang, Richard Kaner, Yuzhang Li, Aydogan Ozcan, Michael Sofroniew, Yang Yang and Zipeng Zhao.

october newsletter 2022

October 2022

Annual UCLA Engineering Welcome Day Kicks Off Fall Quarter for New Students

The school hosted 850 first-year and new transfer students at its annual Engineering Welcome Day Sept. 21. The daylong event, which took place at the Court of Sciences, included presentations, a scavenger hunt, a student organization fair and campus tours..


September 2022

Interim Dean Bruce Dunn Welcomes New and Returning Students to UCLA Samueli for Fall 2022

In his video message, Interim Dean Bruce Dunn invited students to explore the many school and campus resources and opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations. An alum and a member of the faculty for more than 40 years, Dunn also shared some thoughts on his experiences at UCLA and his outlook for the school over the next year in this exchange.

UCLA Samueli August Newsletter

August 2022

Farewell, Dean Murthy!

Distinguished Professor Jayathi Murthy officially stepped down as the Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science on July 31 to become the president of Oregon State University beginning Sept. 9. On June 7, UCLA Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Michael Levine announced the appointment of then-Associate Dean for Research and Facility Resources Bruce Dunn as the interim dean, effective Aug. 1, and the school will soon begin a nationwide search for its next permanent dean.
july 2022 newsletter

July 2022

UCLA Scientists Develop Durable Material for Flexible Artificial Muscles

Qibing Pei, a professor of materials science and engineering, worked with colleagues to develop a new material and manufacturing process for creating artificial muscles that are stronger and more flexible than their biological counterparts.
June 2022 Newsletter

June 2022

UCLA Samueli Celebrates 1,600 Class of 2022 Graduates in Two In-Person ceremonies

The 2022 commencement for the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science returned to its traditional home in Pauley Pavilion, following two years of online ceremonies due to the pandemic.
May 2022 Newsletter

May 2022

2021 UCLA Samueli Awards

UCLA Samueli held its annual awards dinner May 7 at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center celebrating alumni, students and faculty for their outstanding achievements.
April 2022 newsletter

April 2022

UCLA to Host Regional Artificial Intelligence Program in Collaboration with Break Through Tech

UCLA will be the first public university to host a Break Through Tech AI hub — part of a national program designed to teach artificial intelligence to college students from underserved groups across Southern California. The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering will run the hub, with computer science professor Glenn Reinman as the faculty director.
March 2022 Newsletter

March 2022

$2 Million From Pritzker Foundation Establishes Chair in Sustainability at UCLA Samueli

Los Angeles philanthropists Tony and Jeanne Pritzker have pledged $2 million to UCLA Samueli through their charitable foundation. The funds will create the Pritzker Chair in Sustainability and support the faculty excellence fund, designed to attract and retain outstanding engineering professors. Gaurav Sant, director of the Institute for Carbon Management at UCLA and a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been appointed as the inaugural chairholder.
February 2022 newsletter

February 2022

UCLA Engineering Receives $21 Million Pledge from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has committed to donating $21 million over three years to the UCLA Institute for Carbon Management led by civil and environmental engineering professor Gaurav Sant to support the institute’s mission of developing new carbon removal technologies designed to combat climate change.
January 2022 newsletter

January 2022

Winter Quarter 2022

UCLA Announces Remote Instruction through Jan. 28. Due to the rapid transmission of the omicron variant, UCLA has extended the winter quarter’s remote instruction through Jan. 28. Please visit UCLA Samueli’s COVID-19 info page for the latest update concerning testing, masking, isolation and quarantine requirements for students, staff, faculty and visitors.


December 2021 newsletter

December 2021

UCLA Researchers Develop Improved Computational Model to Analyze Antibody Patterns

Bioengineering assistant professor Aaron Meyer and colleagues at UCLA created a new approach to analyzing antibody levels in the human body. The advance could help guide the development of more effective vaccines and antibody therapies, as well as deepen the understanding of the immune system’s response to diseases.
Nov 2021 newsletter

November 2021

UCLA and Amazon Join Forces to Create Science Hub for Humanity and Artificial Intelligence

Amazon and UCLA have collaborated to establish the Science Hub for Humanity and Artificial Intelligence, marking the technology company’s first such alliance with a public university.
Oct 2021 newslettter

October 2021

Engineering Welcome Day Fosters Community for New Students amid Pandemic

The Engineering Society at UCLA (ESUC) hosted more than 1,300 new freshmen and transfer engineering students Sept. 22 at its annual — and once again, in-person — Engineering Welcome Day.
September 2021 newsletter

September 2021

2021-22 Welcome Message from Dean Jayathi Murthy

As the 2021-22 academic year is set to begin, Dean Jayathi Murthy offered a brief video welcome message to students.
August 2021 newsletter

August 2021

UCLA Engineers Clinch First Place in Global Sustainability Innovation Competition

Researchers from the UCLA startup SeaChange, including Prof. Gaurav Sant of civil and environmental engineering, took home the top prize of S$1 million (US$735,000) at the 2021 Liveability Challenge for their work using seawater as a medium for carbon removal.
July 2021 newsletter

July 2021

Engineering in Action Speaker Series Addresses Transportation Equity

The second of a three-part “Engineering in Action” series featured a multidisciplinary panel of transportation experts, including LA Metro Chief Sustainability Officer Cris Liban.
June 2021 newsletter

June 2021

UCLA Samueli Honors Class of 2021 at In-Person Celebration and Virtual Commencement

The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science recognized its Class of 2021 with an in-person, engineering procession at Drake Stadium on June 12 and a virtual commencement on June 13. NASA astronaut and aerospace engineering alumna Megan McArthur ’93 is this year’s commencement speaker. She delivered her remarks from aboard the International Space Station.
May 2021 newsletter

May 2021

In-Flight Conversation with SpaceX Crew 2 aboard the International Space Station

Two UCLA engineering students conducted a live interview from Earth to space with aerospace engineering alumna and SpaceX Crew-2 mission pilot Megan McArthur ’93 and commander Shane “Kim” Kimbrough.
April 2021 newsletter

April 2021

UCLA Engineering Team Wins $7.5 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

Led by civil and environmental engineering professor Gaurav Sant, the UCLA CarbonBuilt team won the grand prize for a first-of-its-kind, eco-friendly approach turning carbon into concrete.
March 2021 newsletter

March 2021

Women in Engineering at UCLA Celebrates Women’s History Month

WE@UCLA is in the midst of a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month with social content highlighting notable engineering students and alumnae by department.
Feb 2021 newsletter

February 2021

UCLA Samueli Hosted ASCE Lifelines 2021 Conference

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1971 San Fernando Earthquake, UCLA Samueli hosted a virtual webinar featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, engineers from the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and others on the importance of lifeline resilience.
newsletter January 2021

January 2021

New Year’s Message from Dean Jayathi Murthy.

The new year brings the promise of vaccines against COVID-19 and the hope that we can return to normal soon. While we welcome the great news of vaccines being deployed to our front-line health care workers and the most vulnerable in our community, we began the winter quarter this week remotely in accordance to public health guidelines.


November 2020 #EngineerChange

December 2020

Four UCLA Engineering Researchers Named to National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) announced its 2020 class of fellows, including four UCLA Samueli School of Engineering faculty members. There are now 18 UCLA Samueli-affiliated NAI fellows.
November 2020 #EngineerChange

November 2020

UCLA Samueli Announces 2020-21 New Faculty

The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is proud to welcome prominent new faculty members to its growing roster of nearly 200 full-time faculty.
October newsletter

October 2020

UCLA Samueli to Offer One-Year Master of Engineering Degree

The new on-campus, self-supporting program, which debuts fall of 2021, will address the needs of students who wish to pursue technical management positions with both technical and management training.
September 2020 newsletter

September 2020

2020-21 Welcome Message from Dean Jayathi Murthy

As the 2020-21 academic year is set to begin, Dean Jayathi Murthy offered a brief video welcome message to students.
August 2020 newsletter

August 2020

UCLA Computer Scientists Set Benchmarks to Optimize Quantum Computer Performance

Their research has revealed that improving quantum-compilation design could help achieve computation speeds up to 45 times faster than currently demonstrated.

July 2020 newsletter

July 2020

Researchers Receive DOE Grant to Transform Carbon Dioxide into Construction Materials

A UCLA research team led by Prof. Gaurav Sant has received a two-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a process to convert carbon dioxide emissions into construction materials.

June 2020 newsletter

June 2020

2020 UCLA Samueli Commencement

UCLA Samueli recognized more than 1,700 graduating students at its 2020 virtual commencement. Jason Droege, who led Uber Eats, was the ceremony’s distinguished speaker. Imani Chantal Elston ’20 delivered remarks on behalf of the graduates.

May 2020 newsletter

May 2020

Dean’s Message to Class of 2020

Dean Jayathi Murthy addresses the 2020 graduates of the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, acknowledging the difficulties during the current pandemic.

April 2020 newsletter

April 2020

Discover Engineering for Prospective Students Makes Impact in Online Format

UCLA Samueli transitioned its annual Discover UCLA Engineering recruitment event to a comprehensive virtual experience for admitted students. Alina Haas, an academic counselor who led the effort, shares her experience.

March 2020 newsletter

March 2020

A Letter from the Dean to the UCLA Samueli Community

These past few weeks have seen a whirlwind of changes that impact each of us at school, at work, in our homes and throughout communities around the globe. I am writing to share with you, especially our students and their parents, what we have been doing here at UCLA Samueli to adapt to this dynamic situation.

February 2020 newsletter

February 2020

2020 UCLA Engineering Awards Dinner

The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering held its annual celebration of excellence by alumni, faculty and students at its 2020 Awards Dinner.

January 2020 newsletter

January 2020

UCLA Engineering Online Master’s Program Ranked No. 1

The online master’s degree program at UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2020 list of best online engineering programs.


December 2019 newsletter

December 2019

Innovative Wind Turbine Design Takes Cue from Biplanes

UCLA engineers led by Prof. Richard Wirz have designed a biplane-like blade that could lead to next-generation wind turbines.

November 2019 newsletter

November 2019

Internet50 – Looking Toward the Future

On Oct. 29, 50 years to the day when the first message on the internet was sent from UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock’s lab, a packed Royce Hall saw dozens of tech pioneers, business leaders and activists share the stage to examine the history and current state of the internet, and offer ideas on how it can improve.

October 2019 newsletter

October 2019

Internet 50 program announced

The program of A-list speakers at UCLA Samueli’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Internet has been unveiled.

September 2019 newsletter

September 2019

Welcome New Faculty

As we continue to expand, 11 new faculty members are joining our team in fields as diverse as quantum engineering, intelligent materials and personalized health care.

August 2019 newsletter

August 2019

Founders to Futurists: 50th Anniversary of the Internet

Join UCLA Samueli on Oct. 29 at Royce Hall as we celebrate 50 years to the day when Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Leonard Kleinrock’s team sent the first message over the Arpanet from 3420 Boelter Hall. That historic moment transformed his mathematical theory of packet-switching into what would become the modern internet.

July 2019 newsletter

July 2019

Moonshot…and back

As we celebrate 50 years since the moon landing, Prof. Jason Speyer shares his story on Apollo’s autonomous navigation system and the engineers who built it.

June 2019 newsletter

June 2019

Congratulations to the Centennial Class of 2019!

We celebrated another class of newly-minted Bruin Engineers on June 15. A little advice for grads from commencement speaker Chuck Lorre: “Stop sharing your life [on social media], and start living it.”

May 2019 newsletter

May 2019


Celebrating 100 Years, and Looking Toward the Future

An inspirational light show spanning 10 decades of UCLA’s history kicked off our centennial celebration this month. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Leonard Kleinrock, alumnus Vint Cerf, and Gaurav Sant, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, represented the impactful research of UCLA Samueli.

April 2019 newsletter

April 2019


Year One: What’s it like being a Bruin Engineer?

Last year, we asked newly admitted freshmen why they selected UCLA Samueli. A year later, after their fall and winter quarters, we followed up on what they thought of their first year as Bruin Engineers.

March 2019 newsletter

March 2019


Over the airwaves: A Hollywood icon and UCLA professor share the same frequency

This Women’s History Month, we profile electrical engineering professor Danijela Cabric, who shares an interest with iconic Hollywood glamour queen Hedy Lamarr: wireless communications.

February 2019 newsletter

February 2019


NSF-funded scholarships support engineering student success

Thanks to a recent five-year grant to the Center for Excellence in Engineering in Diversity, 42 UCLA Samueli undergraduates have received academic scholarships of up to $5,000 each.

January 2019 newsletter

January 2019



Happy New Year and hang on to your party hats—this year is one for celebration!

Beginning in May, the UCLA community will come together to commemorate our university’s 100th anniversary, a celebration that will continue through June 2020.


December 2018 newsletter

December 2018



As we near the holidays and get ready to welcome a new year of engineering excellence at UCLA Samueli, following are a few of the many highlights of 2018. A heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to our combined success, and best wishes for a happy holiday season!
November 2018 newsletter

November 2018



As part of our strategic initiative to expand by 50 faculty members and 1,000 students in five years, UCLA Samueli welcomes our newest batch of distinguished scholars to the No. 1 public research university in the country.
October 2018 newsletter

October 2018



Whether you took these past months to relax, work, or further your research, we extend a warm welcome to our new and returning students. As we start the school year, here is a snapshot of how UCLA Samueli continues to excel.
September 2018 newsletter

September 2018




How do we save the planet for future generations? We can start by cleaning up our oceans and bringing potable water to areas that desperately need it — which is exactly what the engineers at UCLA Samueli are pursuing.
August 2018 newsletter

August 2018




With school officially in summer session, we caught up with a few of our students to find out what they are up to. From volunteering to internships, not surprisingly, many are spending time engineering change.
July 2018 newsletter

July 2018




We believe the entrepreneurial spirit is vital to engineer change. Learn how a few of our current and former student entrepreneurs are pursuing their visions for a better world.
June 2018 newsletter

June 2018




As newly minted Samueli engineers go off to pursue great things, two class members share their stories on how access to educational and financial resources, an engaged support system, and hard work prepared them for graduation and life beyond UCLA.
May 2018 newsletter

May 2018



With a median GPA of 4.59 (weighted), 4.00 (unweighted), and a median combined SAT score of 1540, the admitted students for the engineering Class of 2022 had their pick of universities. So Why UCLA Samueli?


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April 2018 newsletter

April 2018



The building houses some of the world’s leading labs in metrology, optics and quantum electronics, nano-manufacturing, tissue engineering, and advanced materials, as well as the school’s Computer Science Department.