UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Coordinates: 34°04′08″N 118°26′39″W / 34.0688°N 118.4443°W / 34.0688; -118.4443
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UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Parent institution
University of California, Los Angeles
DeanAh-Hyung “Alissa” Park
Academic staff
191 (2022)
Students6,584 (2021)[1]
Undergraduates4,081 (2021)[1]
Postgraduates2,503 (2021)[1]
1,117 (2021)[1]

34°04′08″N 118°26′39″W / 34.0688°N 118.4443°W / 34.0688; -118.4443

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, informally known as UCLA Samueli School of Engineering or UCLA Engineering,[2] is the school of engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It opened as the College of Engineering in 1945 and was renamed the School of Engineering in 1969.[3] Since its initial enrollment of 379 students, the school has grown to approximately 6,500 students. The school offers 28 degree programs and is home to eight externally funded interdisciplinary research centers, including those in space exploration, wireless sensor systems, and nanotechnology.


Engineering IV building

The school was renamed for its alumnus and professor Henry Samueli, who received his B.S. (1975), M.S. (1976), and Ph.D. (1980) in Electrical Engineering there.[4] Samueli is co-founder, chairman, and chief technology officer of Broadcom Corporation and a philanthropist in the Orange County community. He and his wife Susan donated $30 million to the school in 1999.[4] It was at UCLA that Dr. Henry Nicholas and Dr. Henry Samueli met and later formed Broadcom.

The main building is Boelter Hall (Engineering II and III), named after Llewellyn M. K. Boelter, a Mechanical Engineering professor at UC Berkeley who became the first Dean of the school. He "often took an active role in the lives of the school's students, and his approach to engineering impacted many of their careers," according to the school.[5] He retired in 1965 and was succeeded by Chauncey Starr, a pioneer in nuclear power development.

HSSEAS is housed in two other buildings: Engineering IV, and Engineering V, which houses the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.[6] Engineering I was demolished in August 2011, to be replaced by Engineering VI, which houses the Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology (WIN-GEM) in 2014.[7] The ground breaking ceremony for Engineering VI building was held October 26, 2012 with Congressman Henry A. Waxman and Henry Samueli. On March 19, 2015, Engineering VI phase I was dedicated and phase II broke ground with the help of James L. Easton, class of '59 alumnus.[8] Engineering VI was completed and opened in 2018.[9]

The school is credited as the birthplace of the Internet,[10] where the first message was sent to a computer at Stanford University on October 29, 1969, by Professor Leonard Kleinrock and his research team at UCLA.[11][12] On September 29, 2008, President George W. Bush presented the 2007 National Medal of Science to Kleinrock for "his fundamental contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks, and for the functional specification of packet switching, which is the foundation of Internet technology. His mentoring of generations of students has led to the commercialization of technologies that have transformed the world."[13] Room 3420 at Boelter Hall, where the first message was sent, has been converted into The Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive (renamed KIHC – The Kleinrock Internet History Center at UCLA).[14]

UCLA conferred its first Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in 1947, its first Master of Science degree in 1948, and its first Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1950. Annual Engineering commencement ceremonies are held in June at Pauley Pavilion.

Departments and programs[edit]

The Samueli School of Engineering has seven departments and one interdepartmental program, which are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The school offers the following degrees:

Program B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Other
Aerospace Engineering * * *
Bioengineering * * *
Chemical Engineering * * *
Computer Engineering *
Civil Engineering * * *
Computer Science * * *
Computer Science and Engineering *
Electrical Engineering * * *
Engineering * 1
Engineering and Applied Science 2
Manufacturing Engineering *
Materials Engineering *
Materials Science and Engineering * *
Mechanical Engineering * * *
  1. Online M.S. Degree
  2. Graduate Certificate of Specialization

Undergraduate admissions[edit]

For Fall 2019, UCLA Engineering received 25,804 freshman applications and admitted 2,505 for an admission rate of 9.7%.[15]

For Fall 2015 admitted students had a median weighted grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 and a median SAT score of 2190.[16]

The breakdown of SAT scores by subject is as follows:[16]

Subject Score Percentile
Mathematics 770 98[17]
Critical Reading 690 95[17]
Writing 730 98[17]
Composite 2190 98[18]

Median SAT Mathematics II score: 790[16]

For Fall 2020, UCLA Engineering received 24,039 freshman applications and admitted 2,640 for an admission rate of 11.0%.[19]

Admitted students had a median unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 4.00, a median weighted GPA of 4.59, and a median SAT score of 1540.[20]

Undergraduate Enrollment (2022)[edit]

Entrance to Boelter Hall
Undergraduate Major Enrollment[citation needed]
Aerospace Engineering 230
Bioengineering 303
Chemical Engineering 298
Computer Engineering 132
Civil Engineering 357
Computer Science 1,057
Computer Science & Engineering 202
Electrical Engineering 532
Materials Engineering 142
Mechanical Engineering 647
Undeclared Engineering 145
Total 4,045

Graduate Enrollment: 2,503[21]

  • M.S. Students: 1,386
  • Ph.D. Students: 1,117

Total HSSEAS Enrollment: 6,584[1]


Winners of the UCLA Engineering Alumni of the Year award [22]
Name Degrees Distinctions
Ahmadreza Rofougaran[23][24] B.S. '86, M.S. '88, Ph.D. ’98 Pioneering RF CMOS & mmWave Radios, Co-founder of Movandi Corporation and Innovent System Inc
Paul Baran M.S. ’59 Internet Pioneer (1926 - 2011)[25]
Aaron S. Cohen ’58 Vice Chairman and Founder, National Technical Systems
Linda P.B. Katehi M.S. '81, Ph.D. '84 Awarded for "distinguishing herself in both academia and in integrated circuits and systems."[26] (Former Provost and Vice Chancellor of UIUC, Former Chancellor of UC Davis)
Henry T. Nicholas III Ph.D. '98
Asad M. Madni M.S. '72
Vint Cerf M.S. '57, Ph.D. '70 Google Internet Evangelist, creator of TCP/IP
Dwight Streit Ph.D. '86
Henry Samueli Ph.D. '80 Co-founder of Broadcom Corporation
Jack S. Gordon M.E. '76
Ronald D. Sugar Ph.D. '71 Former Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman
Robert F. Graham B.S. '55
Richard S. Simonsen B.S. '55
Peter Staudhammer (?) '55, Ph.D. '57 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medalist, 2002 (1935 - 2008)
John (Jack) F. Gifford B.S. '63 Co-founder of AMD and Maxim Integrated Products (1941 - 2009)[27]
Gerald A. Johnston M.S. '72
James L. Easton B.S. '59 Chairman and CEO of Jas. D. Easton Inc., now merged into Easton-Bell Sports
Edsel D. Dunford M.E. '73
Eugene C. Gritton Ph.D. '66
John F. Cashen Ph.D. '71
Edward P. Smith B.S. '57
Russell R. O'Neill Ph.D. '56 Dean Emeritus (1916 - 2007)
Ben Rich M.S. '50
Brien D. Ward Ph.D. '67
Sam F. Iacobellis M.S. '63
Gary E. MacDougal B.S. '58
John B. Slaughter Ph.D. '71
Robert N. Parker M.S. '56
Leonard F. Buchanan Ph.D. '68
Jacob B. Frankel Ph.D. '51
Paul D. Castenholz M.S. '58
Norman E. Friedmann Ph.D. '57
Myron Tribus Ph.D. '49
Robert Bromberg Ph.D. '51
Ralph E. Crump B.S. '50
Raymond M. Hill B.S. '55
Trude C. Taylor B.S. '49 (? - 2008)
Armond Hairapetian B.S. '87, M.S. '88, Ph.D. '93
Josephine M. Cheng B.S. '75, M.S. '77
B. John Garrick MS '62, PhD '68
Joanne M. Maguire MS ’78 Former executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems between 2006 and 2013
Tyson Tuttle Ms '92 Former Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Labs, 2012 to 2022
K. Megan McArthur, ’93
Other notable alumni



Faculty members: 164[29]

National Academy of Engineering members: 28[29]

Faculty distinctions:

Name Department Distinctions
Asad Ali Abidi Electrical Engineering CMOS RF circuits, National Academy of Engineering
Birgitte Ahring Civil and Environmental Engineering First woman to receive the Villum Kann Rasmussen Award
Mau-Chung Frank Chang Electrical Engineering Semiconductor materials, RF circuits, National Academy of Engineering
Thomas Connolly (1923 – 2006) Nuclear Engineering American Nuclear Society
Vijay K. Dhir Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Deborah Estrin Computer Science National Academy of Engineering
Thelma Estrin Computer Science Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame
Sheila Greibach Computer Science Greibach normal form
Chih-Ming Ho Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Tatsuo Itoh Electrical Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Leonard Kleinrock Computer Science Internet pioneer, 2007 National Medal of Science
Alan Kay Computer Science 2003 Turing Award
John Kim Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Tung Hua Lin (1911 – 2007) Civil and Environmental Engineering China's first twin engine aircraft, National Academy of Engineering
David Okrent (1922 – 2012) Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Nuclear Reactor Safety, National Academy of Engineering
Henry John Orchard (1922 – 2004) Electrical Engineering Filter design
Judea Pearl Computer Science Bayesian network, 2012 Turing Award, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering
Jason Speyer Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Demetri Terzopoulos Computer Science 2006 Academy Award, Royal Society of London, Royal Society of Canada, European Academy of Sciences

Research centers[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Style Guide". UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. Retrieved 2022-11-03.
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  10. ^ "UCLA: Birthplace of the Internet". UCLA Conferences & Catering. 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2022-08-10.
  11. ^ 1969 -- First On the 'Net Archived May 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "35th Anniversary of the Internet". Internetanniversary.cs.ucla.edu. 2004-10-29. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  13. ^ White House News Sept. 29, 2008
  14. ^ Beginning of the Internet commemorated in new UCLA museum Archived 2013-02-16 at the Wayback Machine, Southern California Public Radio, July 19, 2011
  15. ^ Corpuz, Erkki. "Report to the University-Wide Council on Engineering Education (UCEE)". UCLA Engineering Office of Academic and Student Affairs. UCLA. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
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  17. ^ a b c "SAT® Percentile Ranks" (PDF). The College Board. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  18. ^ "SAT® Percentile Ranks for Males, Females, and Total Group" (PDF). The College Board. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  19. ^ "2020 UCEE Report" (PDF).
  20. ^ "Incoming freshmen share why they are #uclabound2022". UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. UCLA. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  21. ^ Washington, James. "Report to the University-Wide Council on Engineering Education (UCEE)" (PDF). UCLA Engineering Office of Academic and Student Affairs. UCLA. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Past Engineering Award Recipients". Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  23. ^ "UCLA Samueli honors alumni, faculty, and students at 2018 awards dinner | UCLA Samueli School Of Engineering". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  24. ^ "2018 Alumnus of the Year: Reza Rofougaran - YouTube". www.youtube.com. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  25. ^ "In Memoriam: Paul Baran MS '59". UCLA Engineering web site. Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  26. ^ "UCLA Engineering Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Awards Dinner". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  27. ^ Former UCLA Baseball Player Jack Gifford Passes Away Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine, UCLABruins.com, January 16, 2009
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