General Information

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Facilities and Services

Teaching and research facilities at HSSEAS are in Boelter Hall, Engineering I, and Engineering IV, located in the south of campus. Boelter Hall houses classrooms and laboratories for undergraduate and graduate instruction, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (http://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu), the SEASnet computer facility (http://www.seas.ucla.edu/seasnet/), and offices of faculty and administration. The SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Library is also in Boelter Hall. Additional faculty offices and laboratories, the Shop Services Center, and the Student and Faculty Shop are in the Engineering I building.

Library Facilities

University Library System

The UCLA Library, a campuswide network of libraries serving programs of study and research in many fields, is among the top 10 ranked research libraries in the U.S. Total collections number more than 7.6 million volumes, and more than 79,000 serial titles are received regularly. Some 15,000 serials and databases are electronically available, and the UCLA Library Catalog is linked to the library's homepage at http://www.library.ucla.edu.

Science and Engineering Library

Collections and services of the Science and Engineering Library (SEL) support research and programs in all departments and related institutes of HSSEAS and the Physical Sciences Division, College of Letters and Science.

The SEL site in Boelter Hall houses the engineering, mathematics, statistics, astronomy, and atmospheric sciences collections; most public service staff and librarians; and divisions for administration, collection development and public services. Other SEL collections covering chemistry, geology-geophysics, and physics are housed in Young Hall and the Geology Building.

The SEL collection contains over 577,000 volumes, subscriptions to 5,251 current serials, and over 4,000,000 technical reports. "Questions? Ask Us" online live chat, e-mail, and in-person reference assistance is provided Monday through Friday.

Faculty, students, and staff can e-mail questions to the library at sel-ref@library.ucla.edu. Librarians are available to provide instruction for teaching assignments requiring the use of library resources.

The library provides access to a variety of resources, including e-journals, e-books, and article databases, in addition to paper equivalents. Copy machines, Internet printers, and microform readers/printers are available at each SEL location. Reserve, interlibrary loan, and document delivery, as well as other services and useful engineering and science resources, are featured on the SEL website. See http://www.library.ucla.edu/sel/.

Services

Instructional Computer Facility

HSSEAS maintains a network of 16 Sun Fire V120/V440 and Sun Enterprise 220/280 servers, 25 Sun Solaris Ultra 5 computers, six Dell Poweredge multi-processor Windows servers, two Network Appliance RAID NFS servers and four Linux RAID NFS servers connected to a high-speed backbone network. The machines function as cycle, file, and application servers to approximately 600 Unix and Microsoft Windows workstations. Four open computer laboratories and one classroom for computerized instruction house 210 of the PC workstations. Remote access to HSSEAS coursework applications is provided via Microsoft Terminal Server.

In addition, UCLA Academic Technology Services (ATS) operates a 40-node, dual-processor Beowulf cluster that is used for performing lengthy, numerically intensive computations and for programs that can utilize parallel computing resources. ATS also provides assistance to groups and individuals wishing to parallelize their codes or establish their own local Beowulf cluster.

The school's manufacturing engineering program operates a group of workstations dedicated to CAD/CAM instruction, and the Computer Science Department operates a network of SUN, PC, and Macintosh computers. The school is connected via high-speed networks to the Internet, and computing resources at the national supercomputer centers are available.

Shop Services Center

The Shop Services Center is available to faculty, staff, and students for projects.

Continuing Education

UCLA Extension

Department of Engineering, Information Systems, and Technical Management

Frank E. Burris, Ph.D., Director
William R. Goodin, Ph.D., Associate Director

The UCLA Extension (UNEX) Department of Engineering, Information Systems, and Technical Management (540 UNEX, 10995 Le Conte Avenue) provides one of the nation's largest selections of continuing engineering education programs. A short course program of 141 annual offerings draws participants from around the world for two- to five-day intensive programs. The acclaimed Technical Management Program holds its seventieth offering in September 2005 and seventy-first in March 2006.

The Information Systems program--offering 205 classes annually, including six certificate programs and four sequential programs in evening, day, weekend, and online formats--covers a broad range of information technologies.

Each year, the department offers 130 classes in engineering disciplines that include manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, astronautical engineering, construction management, and PE review classes. In addition, 91 technical management offerings complement the engineering offerings. Most engineering and technical management classes are in a quarter-length, evening format. Call (310) 825-3344 for short course programs, (310) 825-3858 for the Technical Management Program, (310) 825-4100 for information systems programs, and (310) 206-1548 for engineering or technical management classes, or fax (310) 206-2815. See http://www.uclaextension.edu.

Career Services

Engineering and Science Career Services

Engineering and Science Career Services, a branch of the UCLA Career Center, assists HSSEAS undergraduate and graduate students and alumni explore career possibilities, prepare for graduate and professional school, obtain employment and internship leads, and develop skills for conducting a successful job search.

Services include career consulting and counseling, skills assessments, workshops, employer information sessions, and a multimedia collection of career planning and job search resources. Bruinview? provides seniors and graduate students with opportunities to meet one-on-one with employers seeking entry-level job candidates and offers 24-hour access to hundreds of current full-time, part-time, seasonal, and internship positions. An annual career fair for HSSEAS students is held Fall Quarter, and HSSEAS students are also welcomed at all Career Center-sponsored job fairs.

The Career Center's Engineering and Science staff also provides consultation services to HSSEAS student organizations. Engineering and Science career services are available at the UCLA Career Center, 501 Westwood Plaza, Strathmore Building, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by appointment only. For more information call (310) 206-1915 or see http://career.ucla.edu.

Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center

The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center (Student Health Service) is the campus health service and an outpatient health facility for all registered UCLA students. Most services are subsidized by registration fees, but there are minimal fees for all services. Visit, core laboratory, and X-ray fees for students with the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) are written off by SHIP. There are co-pays for pharmaceuticals. Service fees for students without SHIP are billed directly to students' BAR accounts.

If students withdraw during a term, the Ashe Center continues to be available for the remainder of the term on a full-fee basis from the date of withdrawal. If students withdraw with no refund, SHIP is maintained and services remain available as described above.

The cost of services received outside the Ashe Center is each student's financial responsibility. Students who waive out of the UCLA Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) need to ensure that they are enrolled in a plan adequate to cover expenses incurred outside of the Ashe Center.

Office hours during the academic year are weekdays 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. except Friday, when service begins at 9 a.m. Patients without appointments (walk-ins) are seen on the first floor. Patients with appointments are seen on the first, second, or third floor. Physical therapy and the insurance office are on the fourth floor. Located at 221 Westwood Plaza; see http://www.studenthealth.ucla.edu.

For emergency care when the Ashe Center is closed, students may obtain treatment at the UCLA Medical Center Emergency Room on a fee-for-service basis. It is the student's responsibility to have insurance billed.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) provides a wide range of academic support services to regularly enrolled students with documented permanent or temporary disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and University policies. Academic support services are determined for each student based on specific disability-based requirements. Services include campus orientation and accessibility, note takers, readers, sign language interpreters, Learning Disability Program, registration assistance, test-taking facilitation, special parking assistance, real-time captioning, assistive listening devices, on-campus transportation, adaptive equipment, support groups and workshops, tutorial referral, special materials, housing assistance, referral to UCLA's Disabilities and Computing Program, and processing of California Department of Rehabilitation authorizations. There is no fee for any of these services. All contacts and assistance are handled confidentially. Located at A255 Murphy Hall, voice (310) 825-1501, TDD (310) 206-6083; see http://www.saonet.ucla.edu/osd/.

Fees and Financial Support

Fees and Expenses

The 2005-06 annual UCLA student fees listed below are current as of publication. See the quarterly Schedule of Classes for breakdown by term or see http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/fees/ for updates.

Students who are not legal residents of California (out-of-state and international students) pay a nonresident tuition fee. See the UCLA General Catalog appendix or the frequent questions residence section at http://www.registrar.ucla.edu for information on how to determine residence for tuition purposes; further inquiries may be directed to the Residence Deputy, 1113 Murphy Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1429.

In addition to the fees below, students should be prepared to pay living expenses for the academic period.

Living Accommodations

Housing in Los Angeles, both on and off campus, is in great demand. Students should make arrangements early.

The UCLA Community Housing Office, 360 De Neve Drive, Box 951495, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1495, (310) 825-4491, http://www.cho.ucla.edu, provides information and current listings for University-owned apartments, cooperatives, private apartments, roommates, rooms in private homes, room and board in exchange for work, and short-term housing. A current BruinCard or a letter of acceptance and valid photo identification card are required for service.

For information on residence halls and suites, contact the UCLA Housing Assignment Office, 360 De Neve Drive, Box 951381, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1381, (310) 825-4271; see http://www.housing.ucla.edu/myhousing/. Newly admitted students are sent UCLA Housing , which describes costs, locations, and eligibility for both private and UCLA-sponsored housing.

The Dashew International Center for Students and Scholars, 106 Bradley Hall, (310) 825-1981, http://www.intl.ucla.edu, provides personalized housing assistance for international students. Additionally, the center helps students adjust to the UCLA community and sponsors social activities.

2005-06 Annual UCLA Graduate and Undergraduate Fees

Fees are subject to revision without notice

 

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Resident

Nonresident

Resident

Nonresident

University registration fee

$       735.00

$       735.00

 $       735.00

$       735.00

Educational fee

6,162.00

6,429.00

5,406.00

5,922.00

Undergraduate Students Association fee

 

 

119.73

119.73

Graduate Students Association fee

39.00

39.00

 

 

Ackerman Student Union fee

7.50

7.50

7.50

7.50

Seismic fee for Ackerman/Kerckhoff

113.00

113.00

113.00

113.00

Wooden Center fee

39.00

39.00

39.00

39.00

Student Programs, Activities, and Resources Complex fee

84.00

84.00

84.00

84.00

Mandatory medical insurance

930.00

930.00

558.00

558.00

Nonresident tuition

 

14,694.00

 

17,304.00

Total mandatory fees

$     8,109.50

$    23,070.50

$     7,062.23

$    24,882.23

Financial Aid

Undergraduate Students

Financial aid at UCLA includes scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. Applications for each academic year are available in January. The priority application deadline for financial aid for the 2006-07 academic year is March 2, 2006. With the exception of certain scholarships, awards are based on need as determined by national financial aid criteria. California residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International students in their first year are ineligible for aid. Continuing undergraduate international students are asked to submit a separate Financial Aid Application for International Students.

Information on UCLA's financial aid pro-gram is available at the Financial Aid Office, A129J Murphy Hall, (310) 206-0400; see http://www.fao.ucla.edu.

Scholarships

All UCLA undergraduate scholarship awards are made on a competitive basis, with consideration given to academic excellence, achievement, scholastic promise, and financial need. Scholarships are awarded to entering and continuing undergraduates. The term and amount of the award vary; students are expected to maintain academic excellence in their coursework.

Regents Scholarships are awarded to students with an outstanding academic record and a high degree of promise. Regents Scholars receive a yearly honorarium if they have no financial need. If financial need is established, other scholarships and/or grants are awarded to cover that need. Need is determined according to financial aid criteria legislated by Congress.

The following scholarships are available only to HSSEAS undergraduates:

Altera Scholarship. For computer science, computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering students; four $4,750 scholarships

ARCO Products Company Scholarship. For students in chemical engineering

James W. Binns Scholarship. For a sophomore, junior, or senior in any HSSEAS major, with financial need and a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Eugene Birnbaum Scholarship. For sophomore engineering students with interest in research

Stanley Black Scholarship--Sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation. For an engineering student with high academic achievement.

L.M.K. Boelter Scholarship Fund. For students in the field of engineering

Chevron U.S.A., Inc., Scholarship. For students in chemical engineering

Charles Martin Duke, Jr., Scholarship in Structural Engineering. For a junior in the field of structural engineering

Engineering Senior Gift. For a sophomore or junior HSSEAS student who has completed at least two quarters at UCLA and is involved in student organizations, programs, projects, or community service.

General Motors Scholarship. For aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering majors.

Audrey and James Gilstrap Scholarship. For engineering students

W. Brandt Goldsworthy Scholarship. For students studying composite materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Haller Scholarship. Field of electrical engineering; to provide significant assistance, primarily for students 25 years old or over

William J. Knapp Scholarship in Ceramics. For a junior or senior in materials engineering for achievement in studies related to ceramics

Michael J. Kuhlman Memorial Scholarship. For a junior or senior in the electrical engineering field

Paul H. Lane Perpetual Engineering Scholarship. For juniors or seniors (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) in the field of civil (nontransportation), electrical (power option), or mechanical (nonaerospace) engineering; sponsored by the Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power

Lear Siegler Scholarship. For a junior or senior (must be U.S. citizen) selected by priority from aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering (CAD/CAM emphasis), computer science and engineering

Maxim Scholarship. For a student from northern California in electrical engineering; four-year award

Joseph W. McCutchan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Field of engineering

Richard B. Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund. For civil engineering students with an interest in structures

Rhone-Poulenc Contribution to Excellence Scholarship. For a junior or senior in the field of chemical engineering

Dick and Pat Stern Scholarship. For an engineering student with high academic achievement

Texaco Scholarship. For chemical, civil, and mechanical engineering majors with interest in the petroleum industry

For more scholarship information, see http://seasoasa.ucla.edu/fee.html.

Grants

Cal Grants A and B are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission to entering and continuing undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and California residents. Based on financial need and academic achievement, these awards are applied toward educational and registration fees.

Federal Pell Grants are federal aid awards designed to provide financial assistance to those who need funds to attend post-high school educational institutions. Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens are required by the University to apply.

Detailed information on other grants for students with demonstrated need is available from the Financial Aid Office, A129J Murphy Hall, (310) 206-0400.

Federal Family Education Loan Program

Federal loans are available to undergraduate or graduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and who are carrying at least a half-time academic workload. Information on loan programs is available from the Financial Aid Office, A129J Murphy Hall, or on the web at http://www.fao.ucla.edu.

When graduating, transferring, withdrawing, or taking a leave of absence, UCLA students who have received campus-based loans must complete an exit interview with Student Loan Services. The exit interview is provided to help students better understand and plan for loan repayment. Failure to complete an exit interview results in a hold being placed on all university services and records. In addition, if the campus-based loans become delinquent following separation from UCLA, all university services and records will be withheld. For further information concerning loan repayment, visit the Student Loan Services Office, A227 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-9864; see http://www.loans.ucla.edu.

Work-Study Programs

Under Federal Work-Study , the federal government pays a portion of the hourly wage, and the employer contributes the balance. When possible, work is related to student educational objectives. Hourly pay rates comply with minimum wage laws and vary with the nature of the work, experience, and capabilities. Employment may be on or off campus. To be eligible, undergraduate and graduate students must demonstrate financial need and be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Submission of the financial aid application is required.

Community Service is a component of the Federal Work-Study program. Students who secure a community service position are eligible to petition for an increase in work-study funds of up to $5,000 while at the same time reducing their Perkins and/or Stafford loan by the amount of the increase. Most community service positions are located off campus.

Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units for undergraduates, 4 for graduate students) and not be appointed at more than 50 percent time while employed at UCLA. Students not carrying the required units or who exceed 50 percent time employment are subject to Social Security or Medicare taxation.

Graduate Students

A high percentage of HSSEAS graduate students receive departmental financial support.

Merit-Based Support

Three major types of merit-based support are available in the school:

  1. Fellowships from University, private, or corporate funds (465 positions).
  2. Employment as a teaching assistant (about 473 positions).
  3. Employment as a graduate student researcher (about 1513 positions).

Fellowships usually provide stipends competitive with those of other major universities, plus registration and nonresident tuition fees (where applicable). These stipends may be supplemented by a teaching assistantship or graduate student researcher appointment. The awards are generally reserved for new students.

Teaching assistantships are awarded to students on the basis of scholarship and promise as teachers. Appointees serve under the supervision of regular faculty members. Half-time salaries (50 percent time) range from $14,573* to $17,086*, depending on experience.

*Nine-month 2004-05 salaries
†Eleven-month 2004-05 salaries

Graduate student researcher (GSR) appointments are awarded to students on the basis of scholastic achievement and promise as creative scholars. Appointees perform research under the supervision of a faculty member in research work. Half-time salaries (49 percent time) range from $14,628† to $28,668†, depending on experience. Full-time employment in summer and interterm breaks is possible, depending on the availability of research funds from contracts or grants.

Since a graduate student researcher appointment constitutes employment in the service of a particular faculty member who has a grant, students must take the initiative in obtaining desired positions.

GSR appointments are generally awarded after one year of study at UCLA.

Applicants for departmental financial support must be accepted for admission to HSSEAS in order to be considered in the 2005-06 competition. Applicants should check the deadline for submitting the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission and the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students with their preferred department.

Need-Based Aid

Unlike the awards above, which are based solely on merit and administered by HSSEAS, the University also provides work-study and low-interest loans based on financial need exclusively.

Need-based awards are administered by the Financial Aid Office in A129J Murphy Hall. Financial aid applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Continuing graduate students should contact the Financial Aid Office in December 2005 for information on 2006-07 application procedures.

International graduate students are not eligible for need-based University financial aid nor for long-term student loans.

School of Engineering Fellowships

Fellowship packages offered by HSSEAS may include fellowship contributions from the following sources:

AT&T Fellowships. Supports doctoral study in electrical engineering; must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident; optional summer research at AT&T

Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Fellowship. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; supports study in chemical engineering

William and Mary Beedle Fellowship. Department of Chemical Biomolecular Engineering; supports study in chemical engineering

John J. and Clara C. Boelter Fellowship. Supports study in engineering

Leon and Alyne Camp Fellowship. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; supports study in engineering; must be U.S. citizen

Deutsch Company Fellowship. Supports engineering research on problems that aid "small business" in Southern California

GTE Fellowship. Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering; supports study in computer science and electrical engineering

IBM Doctoral Fellowship. Supports doctoral study in computer science

Les Knesel Scholarship Fund. Department of Materials Science and Engineering; supports master's or doctoral students in ceramic engineering

T.H. Lin Graduate Fellowship. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; supports study in the area of structures

Microelectronics Innovation and Computer Research Opportunities (MICRO). Supports students in electrical engineering, computer science, and materials science and engineering with interest in microelectronics who intend to remain in California after graduation; must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Microsoft Fellowship. Supports doctoral study in computer science

NCR Fellowship. Department of Computer Science; supports doctoral study in computer science

Martin Rubin Scholarship. Supports two undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering

Henry Samueli Fellowship. Department of Electrical Engineering; supports master's and doctoral students

Semiconductor Research Corporation Fellowship. Department of Electrical Engineering; supports doctoral students in microelectronics; must be U.S. citizen

Sun Microsystems Fellowship. Department of Computer Science; supports incoming graduate students in computer science

Texaco Scholarship. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; supports research in the area of environmental engineering

Many other companies in the area also make arrangements for their employees to work part-time and to study at UCLA for advanced degrees in engineering or computer science.

Special Programs, Activities, and Awards

Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity

The HSSEAS Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED) seeks to create a community of collaborative and sustainable partnerships that increase academic opportunities for urban, disadvantaged, and underrepresented students. CEED supports students in precollege, undergraduate, and graduate science, engineering, mathematics, and technology curricula.

Precollege Outreach Programs

Science and Mathematics Achievement and Research Training for Students (SMARTS). A six-week commuter and residential summer program, SMARTS provides a diverse group of 50 to100 ninth to twelfth graders with rigorous inquiry-based engineering, mathematics, and science enrichment. Tenth and eleventh graders receive an introduction to the scientific process and to laboratory-based investigation through the Research Apprentice Program, sponsored by faculty and graduate research mentors in engineering. Students continue their involvement during the school year by participating in the Saturday Academy Series in Fall and Spring Quarters.

MESA Schools Program (MSP). Through CEED, HSSEAS partners with middle and high school principals to implement MSP services, which focus on outreach and student development in engineering, mathematics, science, and technology. At individual school sites, four mathematics and science teachers serve as MSP advisers and coordinate the activities and instruction for 1,400 students. Advisers work as a team to deliver services that include SAT preparation. MSP prepares students for regional engineering and science competitions and provides an individual academic planning program, academic excellence workshops, CEED undergraduate mentors, field trips, and exposure to high-tech careers. The MSP goal is to increase the numbers of urban and educationally underserved students who are competitively eligible for UC admission, particularly in engineering and computer science.

Students are provided academic planning, SAT preparation, career exploration, and other services starting at the elementary school level through college. HSSEAS/CEED currently serves 18 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District and seven schools in the Inglewood Unified School District.

Undergraduate Programs

CEED currently supports some 250 underrepresented and disadvantaged engineering students. Components of the undergraduate program include

CEED Summer Bridge. A two-week intensive residential summer program, CEED Summer Bridge provides advanced preparation and exposure for Fall Quarter classes in mathematics, chemistry, and computer science.

Freshman Orientation Course. Designed to give CEED freshmen exposure to the engineering profession, "Engineering 87--Engineering Disciplines" also teaches the principles of effective study and team/community-building skills.

Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW). Providing an intensive mathematics/science approach to achieving mastery through collaborative learning and facilitated study groups, workshops meet twice a week for two hours and are facilitated by a Ph.D. student.

Bridge Review for Enhancing Engineering Students (BREES) . Sponsored by Hewlett Packard. A 14-day intensive summer program designed to provide CEED students with the skills and knowledge to gain sufficient mastery, understanding, and problem solving skills in the core engineering courses. Current CEED students and incoming CEED transfer students take part in lectures and collaborative, problem-solving workshops facilitated by UCLA graduate students.

The UCLA/Hewlett-Packard Computer Science/Engineering Retention Project , coordinated by CEED, is a pilot effort to improve student retention through the redesign of and integration of technology into core engineering courses. In particular, the effort utilized a HP-donated wireless mobile classroom (a wireless laptop cart) to facilitate instruction and interaction in special sessions of EE 10 and EE 115A. A joint effort between the Electrical Engineering Department and UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation designed and assessed these special sessions to improve instructor feedback and engage students in a significantly enhanced instructional environment. Overall, the pilot effort has proved promising, and continued collaboration is in place to fully integrate the redesign into core engineering courses.

Academic Advising and Counseling. CEED counselors assist in the selection of course combinations, professors, and course loads and meet regularly with students to assess progress and discuss individual concerns.

Tutoring. Review sessions and tutoring are provided for several upper division engineering courses.

Career Development. Presentations by corporate representatives and field trips to major company locations are offered. Other services include summer and full-time job placement and assistance.

Cluster Systems. Common class sections that team students, Cluster Systems facilitate group study and successful academic excellence workshops.

Student Study Center: A three-room complex with a study area open 24 hours a day, the Student Study Center also houses academic workshop rooms and a computer room and is used for tutoring, presentations, and engineering student organizations. The center has an electronic message board for campus, student organization, and CEED activities and numerous bulletin boards for scholarships and employment opportunities.

Step-Up

Funded by the National Science Foundation, STEP for Underutilized Populations (STEP-UP) is a regional initiative designed to increase the number of students from Los Angeles urban core populations obtaining baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Awarded in Fall 2004, this five-year, $1.8 million inter-institutional and multi-disciplinary initiative is led by UCLA's Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Regional partners include California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and a number of community colleges in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The U.S. production of domestic engineers and physical scientists has declined since the high point of the mid-1980s, while that of other countries has increased dramatically. The fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population need to be prepared to enter these vital fields.

Nearly 80 percent of the 700,000 K-12 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are African-American and Latino, yet a miniscule number of these students attempt post-secondary STEM fields, and fewer enroll in and complete degrees in these areas. The UCLA STEP-UP project provides academic learning communities and career-oriented intervention programs to improve access, counseling, and preparation for students with high interest in these subjects. The NSF has funded over 30 STEP projects across the country to address the growing imbalance between the need for technical talent and the U.S. production of engineers and computer and physical scientists.The NSF goal is to strengthen national and economic security by increasing the number of engineers from populations that under-participate in these fields.

Graduate Programs

OMEGA. The last letter in the Greek alphabet, OMEGA symbolizes the highest level of educational achievement. The organization is a partnership with engineering faculty and CEED to increase the number of UCLA CEED and other engineering undergraduates who are interested in graduate study.

The OMEGA Research Program provides stipends for CEED undergraduates to conduct engineering research with engineering faculty mentors.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science also participates in the NACME and GEM scholarships. The CEED Industry Advisory Board and support network provide significant contributions to program services and scholarships. Information may be obtained from the CEED director.

Student Organizations

UCLA's CEED supports student chapters of three engineering organizations: the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), the UCLA chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). These organizations are vital elements of the program.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Entering its fourteenth year on campus, AISES encourages American Indians to pursue careers as scientists and engineers while preserving their cultural heritage. The goal of AISES is to promote unity and cooperation and to provide a basis for the advancement of American Indians while providing financial assistance and educational opportunities. AISES devotes most of its energy to its outreach program where members conduct monthly science academies with elementary and precollege students from Indian Reservations. Serving as mentors and role models for younger students enables UCLA AISES students to further develop professionalism and responsibility while maintaining a high level of academics and increasing cultural awareness.

National Society of Black Engineers

Chartered in 1980 to respond to the shortage of blacks in science and engineering fields and to promote academic excellence among black students in these disciplines, NSBE provides academic assistance, tutoring, and study groups while sponsoring ongoing activities such as guest speakers, company tours, and participation in UCLA events such as Career Day and Engineers Week. NSBE also assists students with employment through the publication of a résumé book, cosponsored by AISES and SOLES, and their industry sponsored annual Awards and Installation Banquet. Through the various activities sponsored by NSBE, students develop leadership and interpersonal skills while enjoying the college experience. See http://www.seas.ucla.edu/nsbe/.

Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists

Recognized as the national Chapter of the Year for three consecutive years by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), SOLES promotes engineering as a viable career option for Latino students. SOLES is committed to the advancement of Latinos in engineering and science through endeavors to stimulate intellectual pursuit through group studying, tutoring, and peer counseling for all members. This spirit is carried into the community with active recruitment of high school students into the field of engineering.

SOLES also strives to familiarize the UCLA community with the richness and diversity of the Latino culture and the scientific accomplishments of Latinos. SOLES organizes cultural events such as Latinos in Science, Cinco de Mayo, and cosponsors the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Day with AISES, NSBE, and SWE. By participating in campus events such as Career Day and Engineers Week, the organization's growing membership strives to fulfill the needs of the individual and the community. See http://www.seas.ucla.edu/soles/.

Women in Engineering

Women make up about 23 percent of the undergraduate and 18 percent of HSSEAS graduate enrollment. Today's opportunities for women in engineering are excellent, as both employers and educators try to change the image of engineering as a "males only" field. Women engineers are in great demand in all fields of engineering.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), recognizing that women in engineering are still a minority, has established a UCLA student chapter that sponsors field trips and engineering-related speakers (often professional women) to introduce the various options available to women engineers. The UCLA chapter of SWE, in conjunction with other Los Angeles schools, also publishes an annual résumé book to help women students find jobs and presents a career day for women high school students. See http://www.seas.ucla.edu/swe/.

Student and Honorary Societies

Professionally related societies and activities at UCLA provide valuable experience in leadership, service, recreation, and personal satisfaction. The faculty of the school encourages students to participate in such societies and activities where they can learn more about the engineering profession in a more informal setting than the classroom. For more information, see http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/academics/organization.html.

EGSA Engineering Graduate Students Association

ESUC Engineering Society, University of California. Umbrella organization for all the engineering and technical societies at UCLA

ACM Association for Computing Machinery

AIAA American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

AIChE American Institute of Chemical Engineers

AISES American Indian Science and Engineering Society

ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers

ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers

BMES Biomedical Engineering Society

Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering honor society

Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering honor society

EWB Engineers Without Borders

IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

MRS Materials Research Society

NSBE National Society of Black Engineers

Phi Sigma Rho Engineering social sorority

PIE Pilipinos in Engineering

SAE Society of Automotive Engineers

SOLES Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists

SWE Society of Women Engineers

Tau Beta Pi Engineering honor society

Triangle Social fraternity of engineers, architects, and scientists

Student Representation

The student body takes an active part in shaping policies of the school through elected student representatives on the school's Executive Committee.

Prizes and Awards

Each year, certificates and award monies are presented at the HSSEAS annual commencement ceremony to recognize outstanding students who have contributed to the school.

Russell R. O'Neill Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an upper division student in good academic standing who has made outstanding contributions through service to the undergraduate student body, student organizations, and furtherance of the undergraduate engineering program, with emphasis on extracurricular activities.

Harry M. Showman Engineering Prize is awarded to a UCLA engineering student or students who most effectively communicate the achievements, research results, or social significance of any aspect of engineering to a student audience, the engineering professions, or the general public.

The Engineering Achievement Award for Student Welfare is given to undergraduate and graduate engineering students who have made outstanding contributions to student welfare through participation in extracurricular activities and who have given outstanding service to the campus community.

Additional awards may be given to those degree candidates who have achieved academic excellence. Criteria may include such items as grade-point average, creativity, research, and community service.

Departmental Scholar Program

The school may nominate exceptionally promising juniors and seniors as Departmental Scholars to pursue bachelor's and master's degree programs simultaneously.

Minimum qualifications include the completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA, or the equivalent at a similar institution, the current minimum grade-point average required for honors at graduation, and the requirements in preparation for the major. To obtain both the bachelor's and master's degrees, Departmental Scholars fulfill the requirements for each program. Students may not use any one course to fulfill requirements for both degrees.

For details, consult the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in 6426 Boelter Hall well in advance of application dates for admission to graduate standing.

Official Publications

This Announcement of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science contains detailed information about the school, areas of study, degree programs, and course listings. The UCLA General Catalog (http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/catalog/), however, is the official and binding document for the guidance of students. UCLA students are responsible for complying with all University rules, regulations, policies, and procedures described in the catalog. Engineering students are advised to purchase it from the UCLA Store.

For rules and regulations on graduate study, see http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu.

Grade Disputes

If students believe that they have been graded unfairly, they should first discuss the issue with the instructor of the course. If the dispute cannot be resolved between the student and the instructor, the student may refer the issue to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, 6426 Boelter Hall.

The associate dean may form an ad hoc committee to review the complaint. The ad hoc committee members are recommended by the appropriate department chair and the associate dean. The student receives a copy of the ad hoc committee's report as well as a copy of the associate dean's recommendation. The student's file will contain no reference to the dispute.

The associate dean informs the students of their rights with respect to complaints and appeals at UCLA.

Nondiscrimination

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State Laws and University Policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth), disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the UCLA Campus Counsel, 3149 Murphy Hall, Box 951405, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405, (310) 825-4042. Speech- and hearing-impaired persons may call TTY (310) 206-6083.

Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may be directed to Karen Henderson-Winge, Coordinator of ADA and 504 Compliance, A239 Murphy Hall, UCLA, Box 951405, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405, voice (310) 825-7906, TTY (310) 206-3349; http://www.saonet.ucla.edu/ada.htm.

Students may complain of any action which they believe discriminates against them on the ground of race, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age and may contact the Office of the Dean of Students, 1206 Murphy Hall, and/or refer to Section 111.00 of the University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students (available in 1206 Murphy Hall or at http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/coordrev/ucpolicies/aos/toc.html) for further information and procedures.

Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Every member of the University community should be aware that the University will not tolerate sexual harassment and that such behavior is prohibited both by law and by University policy. See http://www.sexualharassment.ucla.edu.

Definitions

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when

  1. a. A student who is also an employee of the University makes submission to such conduct, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other University activity over which the student has control by virtue of his or her University employment; or
  2. b. A student who is also an employee of the University makes submission to or rejection of such conduct a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting an individual, when the student has control over such decisions by virtue of his or her University employment; or
  3. c. Such conduct by any student has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile and intimidating environment sufficiently severe or pervasive to substantially impair a reasonable person's participation in University programs or activities, or use of University facilities

In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be given to the record of the incident as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the location of the incident and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. In general, a charge of harassing conduct can be addressed under the UCLA Code only when the University can reasonably be expected to have some degree of control over the alleged harasser and over the environment in which the conduct occurred.

Complaint Resolution

Experience has demonstrated that many complaints of sexual harassment can be effectively resolved through informal intervention. Individuals who experience what they consider to be sexual harassment are advised to confront the alleged offender immediately and firmly.

Additionally, an individual who believes that she or he has been sexually harassed may contact the alleged offender's supervisor and/or a Sexual Harassment Information Center counselor for help and information regarding sexual harassment complaint resolution or grievance procedures at one of the locations listed below as determined by the complainant's status at the University at the time of the alleged incident:

  1. Campus Human Resources/Employee and Labor Relations, Manager, 200 UCLA Wilshire Center, (310) 794-0860
  2. Center for Student Programming, Associate Director, 105 Kerckhoff Hall, (310) 825-7041
  3. Center for Women and Men, Director, B44 Student Activities Center, (310) 825-3945
  4. Chancellor's Office, Sexual Harassment Coordinator, 2241 Murphy Hall, (310) 206-3417
  5. David Geffen School of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Graduate Medical Education, 12-139 Center for the Health Sciences, (310) 825-6774; Dean's Office, Special Projects Director, 12-138 Center for the Health Sciences, (310) 794-1958
  6. Graduate Division, Office Manager, 1237 Murphy Hall, (310) 206-3269
  7. Healthcare Human Resources, Employee Relations Manager, 400 UCLA Wilshire Center, (310) 794-0500
  8. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Campus Resource Center, Director, B36 Student Activities Center, (310) 206-3628
  9. Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Administration/Human Resources Associate Director, B7-370 NPI&H, (310) 206-5258
  10. Office of the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, 1206 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-3871
  11. Office of International Students and Scholars, 106 Bradley Hall, (310) 825-1681
  12. Office of Ombuds Services, 105 Strathmore Building, (310) 825-7627
  13. Office of Residential Life, Judicial Coordinator, Residential Life Building, 370 De Neve Drive, (310) 825-3401
  14. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Healthcare Human Resources Director, 1250 16th Street, Santa Monica 90404, (310) 319-4351
  15. School of Dentistry, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, 10-135A Dentistry, (310) 825-2615
  16. Staff Affirmative Action Office, Staff Affirmative Action Officer, 1050 UCLA Wilshire Center, (310) 794-0691
  17. Student Legal Services, Director, 70 Dodd Hall, (310) 825-9894
  18. Student Psychological Services, Director, Wooden Center West, (310) 825-0768
  19. UCLA Extension, Human Resources Director, 629 UNEX Building, (310) 825-4287; Student Services Director, 214 UNEX Building, (310) 825-2656

Other Forms of Harassment

The University strives to create an environment that fosters the values of mutual respect and tolerance and is free from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, and other personal characteristics. Certainly harassment, in its many forms, works against those values and often corrodes a person's sense of worth and interferes with one's ability to participate in University programs or activities. While the University is committed to the free exchange of ideas and the full protection of free expression, the University also recognizes that words can be used in such a way that they no longer express an idea, but rather injure and intimidate, thus undermining the ability of individuals to participate in the University community. The University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students (hereafter referred to as Policies; http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/coordrev/ucpolicies/aos/toc.html ) presently prohibit a variety of conduct by students which, in certain contexts, may be regarded as harassment or intimidation.

For example, harassing expression which is accompanied by physical abuse, threats of violence, or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person on University property or in connection with official University functions may subject an offending student to University discipline under the provisions of Section 102.08 of the Policies .

Similarly, harassing conduct, including symbolic expression, which also involves conduct resulting in damage to or destruction of any property of the University or property of others while on University premises may subject a student violator to University discipline under the provisions of Section 102.04 of the Policies .

Further, under specific circumstances described in the Universitywide Student Conduct Harassment Policy (http://www.deanofstudents.ucla.edu), students may be subject to University discipline for misconduct which may consist solely of expression. Copies of this Policy are available in the Office of the Dean of Students, 1206 Murphy Hall, or in any of the Harassment Information Centers listed below:

  1. 1. Center for Women and Men, B44 Student Activities Center, (310) 825-3945, http://www.thecenter.ucla.edu
  2. 2. Office of Fraternity and Sorority Relations, 105 Kerckhoff Hall, (310) 825-6322, http://www.greeklife.ucla.edu
  3. 3. Office of International Students and Scholars, 106 Bradley Hall, (310) 825-1681, http://www.intl.ucla.edu
  4. 4. Office of Ombuds Services, 105 Strathmore Building, (310) 825-7627, http://www.saonet.ucla.edu/ombuds/
  5. 5. Office of Residential Life, Residential Life Building, 370 De Neve Drive, (310) 825-3401, http://www.orl.ucla.edu
  6. 6. Student Psychological Services, Wooden Center West, (310) 825-0768, http://www.sps.ucla.edu

Complaint Resolution

One of the necessary measures in our efforts to assure an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect is the establishment of procedures which provide effective informal and formal mechanisms for those who believe that they have been victims of any of the above misconduct.

Many incidents of harassment and intimidation can be effectively resolved through informal means. For example, an individual may wish to confront the alleged offender immediately and firmly. An individual who chooses not to confront the alleged offender and who wishes help, advice, or information is urged to contact any of the Harassment Information Centers listed immediately above.

In addition to providing support for those who believe they have been victims of harassment, Harassment Information Centers offer persons the opportunity to learn about the phenomena of harassment and intimidation; to understand the formal and informal mechanisms by which misunderstandings may be corrected and, when appropriate, student perpetrators may be disciplined; and to consider which of the available options is the most useful for the particular circumstances.

With regard to the Universitywide Student Conduct Harassment Policy, complainants should be aware that not all conduct which is offensive may be regarded as a violation of this Policy and may, in fact, be protected expression. Thus, the application of formal institutional discipline to such protected expression may not be legally permissible. Nevertheless, the University is committed to reviewing any complaint of harassing or intimidating conduct by a student and intervening on behalf of the complainant to the extent possible.