2004-2005 A Message from the Dean

Since it first opened its doors to students in 1945, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has consistently been at the forefront of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. Among other notable accomplishments, UCLA is home to the first node of the Internet and the first reverse-osmosis membrane.

We are engaged in a relentless pursuit of high-quality education and research in new frontiers of applied science and engineering, with demonstrated preeminence in such multidisciplinary areas as information technology, bioengineering, nanomanufacturing, national infrastructure renewal, and the protection of our environment and natural resources.

Located next to the world-renowned UCLA Medical Center, and home to many cutting-edge research centers, the School of Engineering is ideally situated for interdisciplinary research and education. UCLA also benefits from its proximity to the Los Angeles entertainment and media industries, Silicon Valley, the defense and aerospace industries, and a growing biotechnology sector.

To prepare our students for the fast-paced changes occurring in the engineering profession, we are focusing on curriculum reforms that ensure our graduates receive an education with the breadth and depth they need to succeed. We are broadening the curriculum and are considering a three-course minor in a discipline different from the student's major. In addition, our recently established Bioengineering Department welcomes its first freshman class in Fall Quarter 2004. Undergraduate student research opportunities are widely available and we encourage our students to take advantage of them.

Our distinguished faculty is composed of recognized experts in their fields, including 15 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Many faculty members are award-winning educators; and every faculty member, no matter how senior, teaches at least one undergraduate course each year.

The School has several world-class interdisciplinary research centers including the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), the Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration (CMISE), the Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing (SINAM), the Functional Engineered Nano-Architectonics Focus Center (FENA), and the Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense (CNID). Our School is also an active participant in the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), located at UCLA. These centers offer ample opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research.

We are seeking exceptional and dedicated students who want to contribute to the community, to engineering, and to industry. I invite you to consider becoming a UCLA engineer.


Vijay K. Dhir


Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science