2006-2007 A Message from the Dean

Since it welcomed its first engineering students more than 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 well-known as the birthplace of the Internet, for developing the first reverse-osmosis membrane for the desalination of water, and for other collaborative activities that have changed the way we interact with 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 microand nanoelectromechanical systems.

The UCLA School of Engineering is ideally situated to engage in interdisciplinary research and educational initiatives with others on campus and across Southern California. It benefits from proximity to the world-renowned David Geffen School of Medicine and the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, as well as the Los Angeles entertainment and media industries, Silicon Valley, the defense and aerospace industries, and a growing biotechnology sector.

Our newly-revised curriculum -- with its emphasis on br eadth of knowledge as well as depth -- will pr epare our students for success in meeting the everchanging demands of the engineering profession. In addition, undergraduate student research opportunities are widely available and we encourage our students to take advantage of them.

Students may choose to work with individual faculty or to participate in any of 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, the DARPA Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense, and the NRI Western Institute of Nanoelectronics. 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 22 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and many junior faculty who are widely acclaimed 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 the engineering profession and society. I invite you to consider becoming a UCLA engineer.


Vijay K. Dhir


UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science