2018-2019 General Information

Facilities and Services

Teaching and research facilities at UCLA Samueli are in Boelter Hall, Engineering IV, Engineering V, and Engineering VI, located in the southern part of the UCLA campus. Boelter Hall houses classrooms and laboratories for undergraduate and graduate instruction, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, the SEASnet computer facility, specialized libraries, offices of faculty and administration, Shop Services Center, and the Student and Faculty Shop. The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) building hosts additional school collaborative research activities.

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 12 million volumes, and over 112,000 serial titles are received regularly. Nearly 53,000 serials and databases are electronically available through the UCLA Library Catalog, which is linked to the library homepage.

Science and Engineering Library

The combined Science and Engineering Library (SEL) collections contain more than half a million print volumes; subscriptions to nearly 5,400 print or electronic journals, many with full archival access; a large collection of online technical reports; and tens of thousands of e-books. The library offers access to online databases covering each discipline.

The SEL/Boelter location (formerly Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection), 8270 Boelter Hall, focuses on engineering, mathematics, statistics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, and atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and is the location of most librarian and staff offices. The library also offers laptop checkout, a group study room, two spaces for collaborative group work (the Learning Commons and the Research Commons), and quiet areas for study.

The SEL/Geology location, 4697 Geology Building, focuses on earth and space sciences with materials in geochemistry, geology, hydrology, tectonics, water resources, geophysics, and space physics. The William C. Putnam Map Room includes U.S. and international topographic and geologic maps.

The SEL website is the access point to all of the above resources. The site also supplies information on course reserves, laptop lending, interlibrary loan, document delivery, news and events, and a staff directory. Librarians are available for consultations and to provide course-related instruction on using electronic and print resources including journal article databases, the UCLA Library catalog, Web search engines, research impact metrics, research data management and curation, scholarly communication, copyright, and open access publishing.


Computing Resources

Nicodemus Wibowo, SEASnet Director

UCLA Samueli maintains an advanced computing facility and local-area network to support its education, research, and administrative activities. A total of 16 full-time positions and 30 lab consultants support the school’s computing needs.

A network of over 158 enterprise servers supply a wide array of critical services. Eight Network Appliance NFS servers supply reliable storage for users’ personal data and e-mail, and offer nearly instant recovery of deleted files through regular snapshots.

More than 100 Unix/Linux servers, including 20 virtual machines, supply both administrative and instructional support to ensure smooth operation of approximately 700 Linux and Windows workstations. The Unix servers handle back-end services such as DNS, authentication, virtualization, software licensing, web servers, interactive login, database, e-mail, class applications, and security monitoring.

Thirty Windows servers make up the backbone for all instructional computing labs, and allow students to work remotely with resource- and computationally intensive applications. There are four computer labs and one instructional computer lab with 200 Windows workstations.

A high-speed network that links the entire infrastructure ensures latency-free operation for users from UCLA and around the world. It consists of dual fiber uplinks to a Cisco core router, which feeds and routes 20 networks and over 150 switches. The network serves over 8,000 users across four buildings.

For backup and disaster recovery, large-capacity LTO tapes are used to back up servers and selected user workstations regularly, and incremental backups are done to online disk storage. Tapes are sent to off-site storage monthly.

The servers are protected by two high-capacity UPS units along with seven racked UPS for short-term power outages. Campus emergency power keeps critical equipment running during extended downtime.

Students and faculty have access to retail Microsoft software, through the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MS DNAA) program; MathType software; and Abaqus, through a download service at no charge. Faculty and staff have access to Microsoft Office software at no charge through the same service and the Microsoft Consolidated Campus Agreement (MCCA). Adobe software is also available to tenure-track faculty and staff. Microsoft Imagine Premium, Autodesk, and Ansys programs offer additional software at no charge to all UCLA engineering students.

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, Windows, and Macintosh workstations. The school is connected to the Internet through high-speed networks. Computing resources at the national supercomputer centers are also available.

Shop Services Center

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

Continuing Education

UCLA Extension

10960 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1600

Department of Engineering
Varaz Shahmirian, Ph.D., Director
Vivian Taslakian, M.B.A., Program Director

Department of Digital Technology
Bruce Huang, Ph.D., Director

The UCLA Extension Engineering and Digital Technology departments offer one of the nation’s largest selections of continuing engineering education programs. A short-course program of 150 annual offerings draws participants from around the world for two- to four-day intensive programs. Many of these short courses are also offered on-site at companies and government agencies. The acclaimed Technical Management Program has been offered for more than 60 years.

The Information Systems program offers over 200 courses annually in applications programming, database management, information systems security, Linux/Unix, operating systems, systems analysis, data science, and Web technology.

The engineering program offers over 250 courses annually, including 10 certificate programs in advanced plumbing systems design, biotechnology engineering, communication systems, construction management, contract management, information technology management, government cost estimating and pricing, medical device engineering, recycling and solid waste management, and supply chain management. In addition, the department offers EIT and PE review courses in mechanical engineering. Most engineering and technical management courses are offered evenings on the UCLA campus, or are available online.

Career Services

UCLA Career Center
501 Westwood Plaza, Strathmore Building
Erin Haywood, Engineering Undergraduate Counselor
David Blancha, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Services

The UCLA Career Center assists UCLA Samueli undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni, in exploring career possibilities, preparing for graduate and professional school, obtaining employment and internship leads, and developing skills for conducting a successful job search.

Services include career education and counseling; skill, values, personality, and interest assessments; workshops; industry-specific programming; employer information sessions; career fairs; targeted networking opportunities; and drop-in counseling. Annual engineering and technical fairs, held in fall and winter quarters, feature more than 100 top national and local employers. Students can discover internship and job opportunities, access career resources, and register for events through Handshake.

The Career Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-in counseling is available Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; engineering-specific drop-ins are available Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 6288 Boelter Hall. Counseling appointments are scheduled through Handshake.

Health Services

Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center
221 Westwood Plaza

The Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center is a full-service medical clinic available to all registered UCLA students. Most services are subsidized by registration fees, and a current BruinCard is required for service. Its clinical staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses is board certified. It offers primary care, specialty clinics, and physical therapy. The center has its own pharmacy, laboratory, and optometry and radiology sections. Visits, core laboratory tests, X-rays, and preventive immunizations are all prepaid for students with the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UCSHIP).

The cost of services received outside the Ashe Center, such as emergency room services, is each student’s financial responsibility. Students are required to purchase medical insurance either through the UCLA-sponsored UCSHIP or other plans that provide adequate coverage. Adequate medical insurance is a condition of registration.

Consult the Ashe Center website for specific information on its primary care, women’s health, immunization, health clearance, optometry, travel medicine, and mind-body clinics, as well as on dental care available to students at discounted rates.

For emergency care when the Ashe Center is closed, students may obtain treatment at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Emergency Room on a fee-for-service basis.

For specific UCSHIP benefits tier structure and coverage information, see the Ashe Center website and select Insurance or send e-mail to the insurance contact.

The Ashe Center website processes students’ proof of immunity to Hepatitis B prior to enrollment. Information about this requirement is available on the Ashe website; for questions, send e-mail to the immunization contact.

The plan year deductible is waived for services provided at the Ashe Center and for payable emergency room visits, urgent care visits, and network provider office visits. A copayment applies for these services. All fees incurred at the Ashe Center are billed directly to students’ BruinBill accounts. The cost of services received outside the Ashe Center is each student’s financial responsibility. Students who waive UCSHIP need to ensure that they are enrolled in a plan qualified to cover expenses incurred outside of the Ashe Center, and are responsible for knowing the benefits of and local providers for their medical plan.

A student with UCSHIP who withdraws during a term continues to be eligible for health services for the remainder of the term on a fee basis.

The Ashe Center is open Monday through Friday during the academic year.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Center for Accessible Education
A255 Murphy Hall
voice 310-825-1501, TTY 310-206-6083

The Center for Accessible Education (CAE) is the only campus entity authorized to determine a student’s eligibility for disability-related accommodations and services. Academic support services are determined for each regularly enrolled student with documented permanent or temporary disabilities based on specific disability-based requirements. CAE policies and practices comply with all applicable federal and state laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and are consistent with University policy.

Services include campus orientation and accessibility, note takers, reader service, 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 appeals, referral to the UCLA 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.

International Student Services

Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars
106 Bradley Hall

The Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars assists students with questions about immigration, employment, government regulations, financial aid, academic and administrative procedures, cultural adjustment, and personal matters. The center seeks to improve student and community relationships; helps international students with language, housing, and personal concerns; and sponsors cultural, educational, and social programs. It also offers visa assistance for faculty members, researchers, and postdoctoral scholars.