A Message from the Dean

Since it welcomed its first students 60 years ago, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has been at the forefront of advanced interdisciplinary research. Among other notable achievements, the school is known as the birthplace of the Internet, the first reverse-osmosis membrane for the desalination of water, and other collaborative activities that have changed the way we think about the world around us.

Our faculty and students are leaders in new frontiers of applied science and engineering research, in areas such as information technology, embedded systems and senor networks, bioengineering, nanomanufacturing, and micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems.

Located near the world-renowned David Geffen School of Medicine and the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, the School of Engineering is ideally situated to engage in interdisciplinary research and educational initiatives. The school 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 ever-changing demands of the engineering profession, our curriculum focuses on ensuring that ensure our graduates receive an education with the breadth and depth they will need to succeed in their careers. Undergraduate student research opportunities are widely available and we encourage our students to take advantage of them.

In addition to working with individual faculty, students may also choose to participate in the school's world-class interdisciplinary research centers. These include the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, the NASA Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration, the NSF Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing, the MARCO Functional Engineered Nano-Architectonics Focus Center, and the DARPA Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense. Our faculty and students are also active partners in the California NanoSystems Institute located at UCLA.

Our distinguished faculty is composed of recognized experts in their fields, including 21 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and many junior faculty who are widely honored for their work. Many faculty members are award-winning educators, and every faculty member, no matter how senior, teaches at least one undergraduate course each year.

We are seeking exceptional and dedicated students who share our desire to positively contribute to engineering, to society, and to industry. I invite you to consider becoming a UCLA engineer.

Vijay K. Dhir


Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science