DIscover UCLA Engineering - 2021

Welcome to your exclusive Discover UCLA Engineering virtual experience for transfer students!


Jayathi Y. Murthy, Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean

Watch the video on the right!


Event registration & review of recorded presentations

Prior to May 8 | Pre-register here

Register for the May 8 Discover Engineering for Transfers – interactive virtual sessions where you will have an opportunity to meet the Bruin Engineering community and ask any questions you may have.  Virtual events on May 8, 2021 will largely be interactive Q & A.  We encourage you to view recordings of formal presentations (see below) prior to May 8th and prepare your questions.

Discover Engineering for Transfers – interactive virtual sessions

May 8, 2021 | 9:00 – 2:00PM | Registration required

The day will be spent meeting and hearing from people in the UCLA Engineering community.  The morning will start off with an interactive Q & A session with faculty and students from your department.  A session will provide an opportunity to meet a few of the academic counselors and ask any questions you may have as you transition your learning from your previous institution to UCLA Engineering.  At 10:45, we will host a panel discussion with current engineering transfer students.  Hear about their experience in their first year and ask them questions you may have about what it’s like to be a Bruin Engineering transfer student.  Finally, we’ll conclude the day with our Student Organization & School Resource Fair.  Hosted on the Gatherly event app, participants will be able to freely move through the virtual event space and engage in conversation with anyone they approach.  Hear about the exciting projects and opportunities offered through our engineering organizations and design teams.  Also attending will be staff from the UCLA Samueli Undergraduate Internship and Research Program.  Visit with them to inquire about how to secure a summer internship or get involved in academic research! 


  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM | Meet Your Department Faculty & Students interactive Q & A session
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM | Q & A with Engineering Academic Counselors
  • 10:30 – 10:45 AM | Break
  • 10:45 – 11:45 AM | Current Engineering Transfer Student panel discussion with Q & A
  • 11:45 – 12:00 PM | Break
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM | Student Organization & School Resource Fair hosted on Gatherly

Discover Engineering for Transfers – follow-up Q & A sessions

The Engineering Transfer Center staff, current engineering transfers, UCLA Engineering Ambassadors, and leaders of our student organizations will be here to answer any of your questions!

Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM | Join us at this Zoom session link:

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Zoom session link:

Admitted students will have an opportunity to ask any additional questions prior to the SIR deadline.

Pre-event UCLA Engineering, Departments & School Highlights

We encourage you to view formal presentations from the engineering departments and prepare your questions for the Discover Engineering for Transfers event on May 8, 2021. Check out the recorded footage below.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Part 1

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Please review content prior to May 8, 2021 and Register for the Discover Engineering for Transfers Virtual Interactive event on May 8, 2021 here.

Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Click to open and enter the access passcode below to view the April 10th Recording.

Access Passcode: N$L*SM42

Please review content prior to May 8, 2021 and Register for the Discover Engineering for Transfers Virtual Interactive event on May 8, 2021 here


Get more detailed information about your UCLA Samueli School of Engineering departments.

Select your department to access presentations.


Wesley F. Uehara, Director Engineering Transfer Center & ETC Staff

Please visit our website or click this link to contact us with questions after the Discover UCLA Engineering for Transfers event.


Learn more about these summer programs and apply!

See details about the program on the summer 2021 Accelerator for eTransfers webpage.


Current eTransfers want to say congratulations!


with one of our student Ambassadors!


William Herrera, Director UCLA Engineering Undergraduate Internship & Research Programs

Learn about UCLA Samueli Engineering resources that help our students connect with valuable professional development opportunities.





Interested in studying abroad?


Enhance your academic experience. Classroom exposure is only a part of academic life. Being associated with UCLA Samueli gives you the opportunity to join engineering-focused student organizations that can take your career to the next level, or give you a chance to pursue interests outside of your major.


Learn more about our student organizations on our Student Organization & Resource Fair website.

Discover Engineering for Transfers - virtual interactive events

May 8, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

We encourage you to watch the recorded presentations in the UCLA Engineering, Departments, and School Highlights section above prior to attending the virtual events.

Meet the Faculty & Students

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Meet faculty and students from your department

Select your department to see a biography of your session hosts.

Bioengineering | 9:00 – 9:20 AM (session will end at 9:20)

Meet the Bioengineering Faculty & Students zoom session link:

Session hosts

Daniel Kamei, Professor

Dr. Kamei received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2001 and performed postdoctoral research in Biological Engineering at MIT from 2001 to 2003 before starting his faculty position at UCLA in the summer of 2003. His research group has been focused on developing point-of-care diagnostics for early disease detection, which is challenging due to the low concentrations of biomarkers that are present at the initial stages of disease. He received the Early Career Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, and was also selected to be a member of the inaugural class of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Fellows. Dr. Kamei has also received numerous teaching awards including the UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award.

Linnet Chang, BMES President

Hi everyone! I am a 4th year Bioengineering student and President of BMES for the 2020-2021 school year. During my freshman year, I joined the BMES electrocardiogram build team and fell in love with BMES’ mission and its people. Later on, I served as Community Outreach and Mentorship chairs and became a student instructor for Engineering 96: Electrocardiogram. I’m also part of the undergraduate research community–I currently work in a computational modeling lab.

Thamira Skandakumar, BMES External Vice President

Thamira is a 4th year bioengineering student originally from Vancouver, Washington. She is the External Vice President of the Biomedical Engineering Society and is involved in other engineering clubs such as Engineering Ambassadors and Tau Beta Pi. On her free time, she enjoys dancing with her team, ROOT[D Dance Co. and hanging out with her friends and exploring new locations. With her technical breadth in electrical engineering, Thamira will be working as an Electrical Engineer at Medtronic in the fall.

Shikha Mody, BMES Technical Vice President

Shikha Mody is a 4th year Computer Science student at UCLA, and Technical Vice President of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She has been involved in UCLA engineering organizations including Creative Labs, Engineering Ambassadors, and the Society of Women Engineers (along with BMES) during her four years at UCLA. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Science (also at UCLA) and work in the technology industry.

Mayilone Sathialingam, BMES Internal Vice President:

I am a fourth-year Bioengineering major and currently the Internal Vice President of BMES for the 2020-2021 academic school year. During my past two years on BMES board, I served as a Community Outreach committee member and chair, during which we focused on providing students from underserved communities exposure to creative hands-on scientific experiments. Aside from BMES, I am currently conducting wet-lab and computational research on creating neuroregenerative scaffolds for spinal cord injury. I am also involved in a couple of shadowing and clinical research undergraduate clubs, PULSE and CTSI-RAP, which has given me invaluable first-hand clinical experience of various specialties, which has helped foster my passion for medicine.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Meet the Chemical & Bio-molecular Biology Faculty & Students zoom session link:

Session hosts








Panagiotis Christofides, Distinguished Professor & Department Chair

Carissa Eisler, Assistant Professor

Carissa Eisler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and was an undergraduate student from 2006-2010. Her research centers around the understanding and manipulation of light emission from nanomaterials for sustainability, solar energy conversion, and new optoelectronic devices not possible with traditional materials. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, playing video games, making linocut prints, and spoiling her two cats.

Stephanie Du, Chemical Engineering Student and President of AIChE

Hi! My name is Stephanie and I’m a third year chemical engineer. I am currently the President of AIChE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Being involved in AIChE and creating a community with chemical engineers has really made my college experience. I also enjoy calligraphy and bullet journaling 🙂

Dolores Rodriguez, Chemical Engineering Student

Hello, I am Dolores Rodriguez. I’m a third year chemical engineering transfer. I transferred from Santa Barbara City College and I am about to finish my first year at UCLA.

Nadia Owen, Chemical Engineering Student

Hi, my name is Nadia, and I’m a 2nd year Chemical Engineering student. I’m a member of AIChE’s outreach project, Remote Reach, and technical project, Chem-E-Car, and a member of the Phi Sigma Rho Sorority for Women in STEM. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, and baking.

Alyssa Vu, Chemical Engineering Student (she/her)

My name is Alyssa, and I am a second year chemical engineering major from Orange County. I am involved in AIChE as the Mentorship Chair and one of the Chem-E-Car Co-Leads.

Diya Kapur, Chemical Engineering Student

My name is Diya and I am a first year here at UCLA studying chemical engineering. I am involved in AIChE as well as SWE, both of which have been very valuable communities. I hope to continue contributing to that effort and actively help build communities for others in the chemE space.


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Meet the Civil & Environmental Faculty & Students zoom session link:

Session hosts








Ertugrul Taciroglu, Professor & Department Chair








Jian Zhang, Professor & Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs



Computer Science

Meet the Computer Science Faculty & Students zoom session link:

Session hosts








Richard Korf, Professor & Vice-Chair of Undergraduate Studies

Joshua Lee, CS Student

Hello! My name is Josh and I’m a current UCLA transfer student from the Bay Area studying computer science. Since transferring, I’ve been involved with multiple CS organizations, and am currently co-President of ACM Cyber. I’m a sports fan (Go Warriors!) and a foodie, and would love to talk about my experiences as a transfer or anything else that comes to mind!

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Meet the Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty & Students zoom session link:

Session hosts

Ken Yang, Professor & Department Chair

Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Greg Pottie, Professor

I’ve been a professor in the ECE Departments since 1991, working on communications systems, sensor networks, and interactive systems such as education and games.

Materials Science and Engineering

Meet the Materials Science & Engineering Faculty & Students zoom session link:

Session hosts








Bruce Dunn, Professor & Department Chair








Suneel Kodambaka, Professor 

Graduated from IIT Madras, India; did PhD at UIUC, Illinois; been at UCLA since 2007.

Garret May, Student

My name is Garret May and I am a third year Materials Science and Engineering Student from Twin Falls, ID. I am the current Social Chair and incoming president of Materials Research Society. I have been a Resident Assistant the last two years. Congratulations on getting into UCLA and I look forward to meeting you!

Emily MacInnis, Student

My name is Emily MacInnis and I’m a junior at UCLA studying materials engineering with a concentration in electronic materials. Outside of class, I am a research assistant in Professor Subramanian Iyer’s lab, the Internal Vice President of the Materials Research Society, and a news writer for the Daily Bruin. This summer, I will be interning at IBM studying heterogeneous integration.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Meet the Materials Science & Engineering Faculty & Students zoom session link:

Session hosts

Jeff Eldredge, Professor & Vice Chair Undergraduate Education

I am a professor in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Programs.

Lisa Kong, Student

I’m in the class of 2023 (like you) as a mechanical engineering major and geography minor. I chose my major because I love physics and math, and also its flexibility with future careers. Even though I’ve had more Zoom university than in-person school, I love UCLA for how it has expanded the way I view the world and also given me so many fun memories. Outside of academics, I like avocado toast, running, and watching sunsets.

Bethany Chang, Student

Mechanical Engineering Transfer Student! I make soap and art in my free time 🙂


10:00 – 10:30 AM

Meet your academic counselors!

Select your Department for the zoom session link.
Bioengineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, & Materials Science and Engineering

Zoom session link:









Erkki Corpuz, Academic Counselor

Screen reader support enabled.
Civil and Environmental & Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Zoom session link:









Elizabeth Ceja, Academic Counselor

My name is Elizabeth Ceja and I am an academic counselor for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my Master’s in College Counseling and Student Services. I work with chemical engineering, bioengineering, and civil engineering majors.

Computer Science & Electrical and Computer Engineering

Zoom session link:









Cynthia Moraga, Academic Counselor

I have worked in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for 11 years. I have been a CS/CSE/EE/CE counselor the past 4 years.








James Washington, Academic Counselor

Hi I’m from TX. I have lived in CA for about 6 years now. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. I am an SAO at UCLA.


10:30 – 10:45 AM


10:45 – 11:45 PM

Meet current engineering transfer students from your Department.

Zoom session link:
Awa Kologo, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Transferred from San Bernardino Valley College

Awa is a third-year civil engineering student. She transferred from San Bernardino Valley College. She is passionate in construction and sustainability.

Brett Woltz, Computer Science
Transferred from Moorpark College

Brett is a fourth-year UCLA student majoring in Computer Science. He transferred in fall 2019 from Moorpark College. In his time off, He likes to read or go outside with his dog. If you ever have any questions regarding the transfer experience, or you are just looking for someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to him.



Jacob Chigbrow, Mechanical Engineering
Transferred from American River College

Jacob is a Mechanical Engineering major student and he transferred to UCLA in the Fall of 2020. He joined Rocket Project, the Tri-team, and he rushed Kappa Sigma. If you have any questions about anything related, he would be happy to help!



Kamil Hassan, Electrical Engineering
Transferred from Whatcom Community College

He is a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student, and he transferred from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington and is also an international student from Malaysia. Kamil enjoys playing badminton, watching movies (action, thriller, Marvel), and stand-up comedies. He is passionate about robotics, and electrical engineering as a whole.


Rayo Suseno, Bioengineering
Transferred from Whatcom Community College

I am an international student from Indonesia who transferred from a community college in Washington State. Currently, I’m on my 4th year of bioengineering undergraduate study and I’m planning to continue my study at UCLA through their MS program. I have been focusing my interest in medical imaging, radiology, and genomic sequencing work as that’s the type of work that I’d be interested in. I was a part of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and am currently a part of the MentorSEAS organization.


Yaser Khokar, Bioengineering
Transferred from Moorpark College

Current 4th year bioengineering major. Proud transfer from Moorpark College. Passionate about the intersection of engineering and medicine. I aim to use my dual engineering and science background to advance patient care as an aspiring physician.


11:45 – 12:00 PM


12:00 – 1:30 PM

Our fair will be hosted by the Gatherly event app.  Participants will be able to move freely through the virtual event space and speak to exhibitors and other students.  Members from our student organizations, design teams, the Undergraduate Internship & Research Program, and student staff from the Engineering Transfer Center are here to answer your questions.


Visit the Student Organization & Resource Fair website for more information and to access the event. We encourage you to check out the site before our event to learn more about tech requirements for the Gatherly app and to learn more about our exhibitors.

Gatherly event link:

You will not be able to access the event on your tablet or phone.  Please use a desktop or laptop.


Other Ways to Experience UCLA Samueli

Common Questions from New eTransfers

Latest info on plans for Fall 2021
UCLA Samueli will be adhering to guidelines as set by the UCLA Campus.  Bookmark this page for the latest: UCLA return to campus.
How do I find information on scholarships & financial aid?
There are several opportunities for scholarships at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.  The criteria for eligibility varies by award, but typically we are able to award all levels, all majors, domestic, international, freshmen admits, transfer admits, new, and continuing engineering students.
Some scholarships will just use your admission application, so already when you apply to UCLA you are being considered for awards for which you are eligible and you do not need to do anything extra.
Some scholarships require a separate application, like the opportunities found here:  You can fill out one general application and it will try to match you with available opportunities at UCLA both for prospective students and continuing enrolled students.
Or the additional scholarships through the school of Engineering that has an application in the Fall Quarter that is open to all currently enrolled Engineering students.  For this one you will need to be admitted and begin attending before you will be eligible.
If you have any additional questions, you can connect with the Financial Aid office at one of their Bruin Bound Sessions and you can check out the information for Prospective students available on the Financial Aid and Scholarships site.  To connect with Engineering specifically, we invite you to reach us at the email
How do I get help planning my schedule?
When you attend orientation in the summer, you will meet in small groups with an Engineering counselor from your major.  At that time, we will assess any college credits you may have coming in (AP, IB, Community College, etc.) and make recommendations on what to enroll in for your fall quarter.
I am an incoming transfer student. What credit will be granted towards my major?

A tentative review of your credit has already been made.  During orientation you will be presented with what you officially have completed via your transfer coursework.  If you cannot attend orientation then a PDF of your credit will be emailed to you.  For more information, please email with any questions or concerns you may have. Please do not send multiple emails, we will respond as soon as possible.  You can also visit the New Incoming Student FAQs on School of Engineering’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs website.


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For questions about the Discover UCLA Enginering for Transfers event, please email us at If you are having technical difficulties on the day of the event, please call 213-290-3144.