Engineers make the impossible possible.
The 21st Century faces a range of challenges – cleaner and more efficient sources of energy; access to clean water; personalized and cost-effective healthcare; and computer and infrastructure security, just to name a few. To help solve these and other problems, UCLA Samueli delivers a world-class education for students who want to learn, create and make positive contributions to society.
For undergraduates, UCLA Samueli will prepare you for success in meeting the ever-changing demands of the engineering profession. The curriculum emphasizes breadth as well as depth. Classes are led by faculty members who are world leaders in their field. Numerous research opportunities are available for undergraduates. And the school has a thriving group of engineering student organizations, which offer undergraduates a chance to collaborate with their peers and make lifelong friends.
While a UCLA Samueli engineering degree often leads to an engineering career, it can also be a starting point for a wide range of career paths. UCLA Samueli alumni have successful careers in medicine, law, business, the arts, government, research, academics and other fields.
Plus, in addition to your engineering education, you can also enrich your experience in the intellectually vibrant and culturally energetic community of UCLA. The campus calendar is stacked with film festivals, lectures, art exhibitions, and more. Artists from around the world perform at Royce Hall, while UCLA Athletics offers a rich tradition with home venues that include the legendary Pauley Pavilion and the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and more NCAA team championships than any other school in the country.
And finally, UCLA is located in one of the world’s great cities – Los Angeles.
For an excellent, well-rounded educational experience, UCLA Samueli has it all.
Aerospace engineers conceive, design, develop, test, and supervise the construction of aerospace vehicle systems such as commercial and military aircraft, helicopters and other types of rotorcraft, and space vehicles and satellites, including launch systems.
Bioengineers solve problems in biology and medicine by applying principles of physical sciences and engineering while applying biological principles to create new engineering paradigms, such as biomimetic materials, DNA computing, and neural networking.
Chemical engineers work in the biochemical and petroleum industries, and in areas such as energy, nanotechnology, systems engineering, biotechnology and biomedical engineering, and advanced materials processing, as well as overseeing the chemical process in many industries.
Civil engineers plan, design, construct, and manage a range of physical systems, such as buildings, bridges, dams and tunnels, transportation systems, water and wastewater treatment systems, coastal and ocean engineering facilities, and environmental engineering projects, related to public works and private enterprises.
Computer scientists are concerned with the design, modeling, analysis, and applications of computer-related systems. They work in areas such as computer system architecture, computer networks, distributed computer systems, programming languages and software systems, information and data management, artificial intelligence, computer science theory, computational systems biology and bioinformatics, and computer vision and graphics
Electrical engineers develop circuits, devices, algorithms, and theories that can be used to sense data, analyze data, extrapolate data, communicate data, and take action in response to the data collected.
Materials engineers are concerned with the structure and properties of materials used in modern technology. They build on the foundation of materials science and work to improve the design, fabrication, and optimal selection of engineering materials, and create new materials.
Mechanical engineers apply principles of mechanics, dynamics, and energy transfer to the design, analysis, testing, and manufacture of consumer and industrial products. They create machines used in manufacturing, mechanical components of electronics, engines and power-generating equipment, vehicles and their components, artificial components for the human body, and many other products.
In 1973, UCLA computer science professor Jacques Vidal published a landmark paper, “Toward direct brain-computer communication” that both coined the term “brain-computer interface” and set the foundation for an emerging field.
UCLA computer scientists and their collaborators have devised a plan for the use of cloud computing and big data analysis to allow scientists in developing countries to jumpstart bioinformatics research programs.
Inspired by how dew drops form on spider webs, UCLA engineers and mathematicians have designed a unique and effective water vapor capture system that could be used to produce clean, fresh water, or to recycle industrial water that would otherwise be wasted.
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.
After being impacted by suicide in his senior year of high school, Sahen Rai, a first-year computer science student, is using his newly learned skills to put numbers to feelings.
The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering has received a gift of $5 million from alumna Stacey Nicholas to create a permanent funding source for a program to support women in engineering.