#engineerchange Newsletter Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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



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



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



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



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




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




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




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




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



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



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