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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.
A UCLA-led research team has identified a chemical cocktail that enables the production of large numbers of muscle stem cells, which can self-renew and give rise to all types of skeletal muscle cells.
UCLA aerospace engineering alumna and NASA astronaut Megan McArthur ’93 will pilot the SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) this spring.
For many UCLA students, their first interaction with Facebook might have been their parents sharing their baby pictures or elementary school photos with friends and family, perhaps much to their dismay.
UCLA aerospace engineering alumna, Melony Mahaarachchi ’09, can add another win to her career achievements with the successful landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover in February.
COVID-19 has forced much of student life online, but this has not deterred UCLA’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) from making progress on their community development initiatives, both within the U.S. and across the globe.
Tatsuo Itoh, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, died at home on March 4 at the age of 80.