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The school academic departments include Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as well as the recently added Department of Computational Medicine, which is affiliated with both the David Geffen School of Medicine and Samueli. In addition, UCLA Samueli offers the Master of Science in Engineering Online program and a Master of Engineering professional degree program.
In 2000, the engineering school was re-named in honor of alumnus Henry Samueli, following a $30 million gift that supported capital improvements as well as fellowships for graduate students and early career faculty. In 2019, Samueli and his wife Susan gave another gift of $100 million to support the school’s expansion well into the next decade.
The school’s facilities include four major buildings — Boelter Hall, Engineering-IV, Engineering-V and Engineering-VI. Recent renovations have added the Student Creativity Center — home to many of its student organizations, and the Innovation Laboratory — a makerspace for hands-on learning and creativity.
The school is ranked No.1 public university (No. 2 in 2021 overall) for its online master’s program by U.S. News & World Report.
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.