2018-2019 A Message from the Dean

Dean Jayathi Y. MurthyThe UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has a long legacy of excellence in research, education, and service to society.

Great challenges lie ahead! Engineers seek to improve society and better the lives of many. In the twenty-first century this includes fostering a more sustainable planet, developing new medicines and health care technologies, and finding hidden insights from a deluge of data. A new generation of engineers is needed to tackle these complex problems. At UCLA we are proud to teach students who are creative, brilliant, and bring an exemplary work ethic to their studies.

The school offers a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in industry. Many of our graduates use their engineering education to pursue other professions, become entrepreneurs, or enter a career in academia. Our classes are taught by faculty members who are among the best in the world in their respective fields.

And beyond just engineering, UCLA is a vibrant campus unlike any other. For nearly a century, this University has been home to daring risk-takers and bold game-changers. From the arts and sciences to medicine and here in engineering, UCLA has always been at the forefront.

For our prospective students, let me offer three points beyond the curriculum on what this great University offers.

First, you will meet some extraordinary people in your fellow students. In engineering and the sciences and in the humanities and arts, the talent, smarts, outside-the-box thinking, and collaborative can-do energy at UCLA are unparalleled.

Second, UCLA isn’t just a great university in isolation. It is an integral part of one of the world’s great cities. Los Angeles is a tech capital. World-leading firms in aerospace and defense, semiconductors, biotechnology, and other areas are headquartered in Southern California or have a major presence here. The region also has a major startup scene in which so many UCLA engineers play a part. Los Angeles sets the agenda in design, arts and entertainment, sustainability, the environment, and more.

Third, there are amazing research opportunities for undergraduate students here. Our faculty members are world leaders in their fields, and undergraduate students are a part of many of their laboratories. Some of our students collaborate with the medical school and leaders in other disciplines as they pursue new knowledge.

Finally, UCLA Samueli is entering an extraordinary period of growth with significant expansion in the number of faculty members and students. The school already is world-renowned, but we are reaching for new heights. With this growth will come extraordinary new opportunities for our students to have significant impact on our society and the world.

This is a truly exciting time to study at UCLA Samueli. I invite you to be part of it.

Jayathi Y. Murthy

Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean of UCLA Engineering