American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- What is AISES?
AISES stands for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and we aim to increase the representation of minorities, including Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders, etc., in STEM-related fields by providing opportunities and resources for our members and the communities we serve.
- What does AISES do?
- Professional Development
- Company Info Sessions
- Research Lab Networking Sessions
- Professional Networking Events
- National Conferences
- Interview Prep
- Community Outreach
- Middle school and high school tutoring
- Large scale outreach events to middle school students known as Youth Motivation Day (YMD).
- Recruitment and Retention
- Tabeling at recruitment events
- Bearospace at UCLA
- Rockets teams competes in two competitions: NASA First Nations Launch (where teams must design, manufacture, and launch a high-powered rocket) and NASA Student Launch (research-based competition where members conduct cost-effective relevant research to support the Space Launch System (SLS).
- Professional Development
- Who can join?
Anyone can join! You do not have to be affiliated with any tribe, race, or ethnicity to join nor do you have to be a STEM Major
- How can I get involved?
We have general meetings every two weeks. Furthermore, you can join in any of our community outreach projects (YMD, Project Impulse, Tutoring) or join our rockets team (Bearospace)!
Meet some of our members:
Natalia Ramirez (President of AISES@UCLA) – I am a 4th year Civil Engineering Major with an interest in Structural Engineering and I am going on to get a Masters in Structural Mechanics. I enjoy crafts, horseback riding, and exploring new places!
Ryan Rio (Rockets Liaison of AISES@UCLA, Structures Lead of Bearospace at UCLA) – I am a 4th year undergraduate studying Aerospace Engineering with an interest in aircraft and rocket vehicle propulsion, as well as volleyball!
Gillian Vaughn (Treasurer of AISES@UCLA) – I am a 2nd year Electrical Engineering Major with an interest in Machine Learning and Signal Processing. I enjoy photography, hiking, and beading.
Anabella Noguera (Secretary of AISES@UCLA) – I am a 2nd year Civil Engineering Major with an interest in structures and sustainability. I enjoy painting, anime, and smoothies. Photo size 300px by 180px
Q1: Do I need to be an aerospace engineering major to join?
A1: No! We welcome students from all majors. Though the majority of our team is Aerospace or Mechanical engineers, we have also had members who studied Physics, Math, Computer Science, Chemistry, and Design Media Arts, just to name a few.
Q2: Can I join even though I have little to no experience in aircraft or engineering?
A2: Yes! We welcome everyone as long as they are interested in learning and participating in the club. Most of our members join with no experience, so you are not required to have any previous knowledge. We will teach you everything you need to know!
Q3: How much time, on average, do people commit for Design Build Fly?
A3: During the different phases of the competition, the time committed by members vary greatly based on what subteam they are on and how invested they are in the project. We understand that everyone is a student first and that you may have other extracurricular commitments outside of DBF, but we expect members to complete the work that they have signed up for. The time commitment ranges anywhere from 1-2 hours during light weeks to 10-15 hours as we approach deadlines and competition, but each member can choose how many hours they want to commit during any time of the year; there are no requirements.
Q4: How do you decide the design of the aircraft?
A4: Every year, the national AIAA DBF committee releases a new design challenge and set of rules for that year’s competition. Based on the requirements and missions an aircraft must complete, we use different models and sensitivity analysis to choose the design of the aircraft to maximize competition score. Refer to https://www.aiaa.org/dbf for more information regarding the competition.
Q5: Does it fly?
A5: Yes it does! If you are interested, please also watch our welcome video to see our planes in action!
Meet some of our members:
Oliver Lam – 3rd year Aerospace Engineering major with an interest in commercial aircraft design and Peanut comic strips. Currently the President of AIAA at UCLA and the Vice Project Manager of Design Build Fly – AIAA.
Catie Vitella – 3rd year Mechanical Engineering major with an interest in nontraditional aerospace applications and biomechanics, as well as hiking and skiing. I am currently the Computer Aided Design Lead of Design Build Fly – AIAA and the External Vice President of the UCLA Club Swimming Team.
Kaylee Siu – 3rd year Aerospace Engineering major with an interest in military aircraft and UAVs and basketball. Currently the Treasurer of AIAA at UCLA and the Chief Engineer of Design Build Fly – AIAA.
Jane Liu – 2nd year Mechanical Engineering major with interests in additive manufacturing and 3D modeling, as well as wood carving and drawing. Currently Lab Manager of Design Build Fly – AIAA and technician at UCLA Engineering Innovation Lab.
Megan Jones – 1st year Mechanical Engineering major with interest in design, reading, and writing. Currently a team member of the CAD and Structures sub-teams in Design Build Fly (AIAA) and the Club Swim team.
Ian Pascual – 1st Year Aerospace Engineering major with an interest in Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Currently a team member of the CAD team in Design Build Fly (AIAA) and also the Club Swim team.
Paul Hawkins – 1st year Aerospace Engineering major with an interest in aerodynamics and data analysis. Currently a member of the Aerodynamics, Propulsion, and Manufacturing sub-teams in Design Build Fly (AIAA).
Sarah Ni –1st year Aerospace Engineering major with an interest in CAD and manufacturing. Currently a member of the CAD and Manufacturing sub-teams in Design Build Fly (AIAA).
- What major should I be if I want to join this club?
UAS@UCLA is actually a majority software club. The most recognizable thing to outsiders is our amazing airframe (comprised of Aerospace, MechE, Materials, and open to Civil engineers) team and the designs they manufacture, but their work is matched by the work done by EE, CE, CSE, and CS majors in our other three subteams. They get practical experience with autonomous controls, vision recognition algorithms, and many other developing fields used from Amazon’s delivery drones, to NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover.
- How much time commitment is UAS@UCLA?
Typical members are expected to attend a general club meeting every other week, and their subteam meeting each week. That comes out to roughly 2 hours per week. We’re not asking anyone to dedicate their lives to UAS, but for people who can and do spend more of their free time working on club projects, they get opportunities to go to the field for flight testing, or even attend our annual competition in Washington DC on the club’s dolar. The people who spend the most time also find they get the most out of the club (the president of the club in 2019-2020 spent on average 6 hours per week on UAS@UCLA work, some weeks less, some weeks … much more)
- How much work can a first-year actually do with so many other experienced members?
UAS@UCLA will be holding our second annual training program, UASpire (pronounced “you aspire”) at the start of Fall quarter this coming year. We’ve thrived by the work of our first-year contributors historically, and our leadership team is very focused on making sure people always have meaningful work. Every member is on the varsity team, and no one should be left doing menial work ever. Additionally, we switch between building a plane and quadcopter every two years so that everyone is constantly learning together and as a team.
- What is the “goal” of the club?
UAS@UCLA competes annually in the AUVSI SUAS competition at the end of UCLA’s Spring quarter. What that messy acronym means is, we build an autonomous plane or quadcopter to fly a course over a Navy base in Maryland, use vision software to recognize and tag ground targets, safely drop an autonomous ground vehicle from over 100ft, and more all in a time constraint with no do-overs. Did we mention that’s all autonomous?
We’re also looking into adding a research wing to apply for NASA grants, or work with professors and graduate students on campus to further develop the growing field of autonomous drones.
- What are the subteams? Why are they so important?
Every member of UAS@UCLA is a part of one of four subteams. Each subteam meets separately in addition to general meetings, and takes one of the large tasks associated with designing an autonomous drone. Those are airframe, controls, ground, and vision.
Airframe: Designs and builds the UAV and supporting equipment
Controls: Uses a blend of computer science and mechanical engineering to create a custom flight software which will tell every electronic on the drone what to do
Ground: Builds and develops software for the ground communications and background connecting software between the drone and our laptops.
Vision: Builds a custom vision pipeline from the camera taking a picture of a target to sending off a fully recognized and tagged image to the judges.
If you want a more detailed look at each of those teams or have any further questions , visit our website (uasatucla.org) or send us an email ()!
Meet some of our members:
David Thorne – 3rd Year Aerospace Engineering major interested in going into the commercial space industry and a section leader in the UCLA marching band. Currently the President of UAS@UCLA, former airframe director and treasurer, as well as External Vice President of AIAA.
John Tabakian – 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering major interested in robotics. Currently the Internal Vice President of UAS@UCLA. Also an officer in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Ryan Alexander – 3rd Year Aerospace Engineering major. Currently the External Vice President of UAS@UCLA, and led our crowdfunding effort to raise $10,000 this year. Spent the Fall quarter studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- Who can join and how often does AIChE meet?
Anybody can join! While we often have more chemical engineering specific events, all of our events and projects are open to anyone regardless of major or year. In particular, our professional events such as our Annual Career Fair, numerous company and graduate school infosessions, and professional development workshops are useful for any engineering major.
You can be as involved in AIChE as you would like! We hold general meetings twice in fall quarter, and once in the winter and spring. These are meant for everyone to get together and enjoy some free food while we briefly go over the main events for the quarter. Besides these, we host social and professional events and you can choose to attend any which interest you. Our technical projects often meet on a weekly or biweekly basis.
- What technical projects does AIChE offer and who can join?
We currently offer three technical projects: ChIP, LEAP, and Chem-E-Car. Any major can join our projects and no prior technical experience is needed.
The goal of the Chemical Engineering Introductory Project (ChIP) is to provide freshmen, sophomores, and first year transfer students with hands-on technical experience. Participants learn and apply chemical engineering principles, such as process design and process controls, by building a small-scale chemical engineering system in teams. Students also explore the principles of circuit design, computer-aided design, and 3D printing. In previous years, teams have built coffee machines and cooling towers. This project lasts through fall and winter quarter.
The Lifetime Engineering Applications Project (LEAP) provides students with more knowledge about industry. Students work in teams to model real-life industrial processes using PRO/II, a process simulation software. These projects involve a variety of unit operations, such as distillation columns and reactors, along with economic analysis techniques. After completing each project, students give a technical presentation to display their understanding of the concepts involved. Each quarter is a different project so anyone can join at the start of any quarter.
In Chem-E-Car, students research, design, experiment, and collaborate with team members to build a shoebox-sized car fueled and stopped purely by chemical reactions. Every year, two of our Chem-E-Car teams compete in the regional Chem-E-Car competition, allowing students to apply their chemistry and engineering knowledge to a tangible engineering problem. Teams are composed of 8-9 students who are sophomores/second-year transfer students and above and are chosen each spring.
- How can I get an internship?
We offer many professional events to help students secure an internship and a job after graduation. Our Annual Career Fair in the fall attracts around 200 students to speak to the ~15 companies represented. We also have many infosessions in the fall and winter quarter ranging from a variety of industries.
- What else does AIChE offer outside of professional development?
Through our mentorship program, freshmen and first-year transfer students are paired with a mentor of similar interests and placed into families. Through over 100 mentor-mentee pairings annually, upperclassmen can provide insight and advice critical to the success of new members. Our program guides new students in their transition to life as chemical engineering undergraduates. Our family heads host events such as KBBQ, a trip to the Getty Museum, kayaking at Marina del Rey, game night, and many more throughout the quarter for members to get together and connect outside of classes.
Q&AIChE: Project Leads
Friday, April 10 (4-5pm PDT)
Q&AIChE: General Session
Saturday, April 11 (1-2pm PDT)
We hope to see you in the Fall!
President | AIChE at UCLA
Meet some of our members:
- Corinna Lee
Hi everyone! I’m a 2nd year chemical engineering major from sunny San Diego, CA. I am currently the President of AIChE at UCLA, and I was the Alumni and Outreach Chair last year. I’ve also been involved with two projects under AIChE: ChIP during my first year and now Chem-E-Car. I am also a mentor under MentorSEAS and I currently serve on the board with the Transfer Team. I’m interested in pursuing a career in the biotech or food industry, but my interests also include pharma and water conservation. I also enjoy hiking, playing tennis, and exploring different places to see and eat.
- Richa Ghosh
Hi my name is Richa and I’m a 4th year Chemical Engineering major from Irvine, CA! On campus I have been involved with AIChE at UCLA, WE@UCLA, instructing two E96A courses, and MentorSEAS. I have been President and Mentorship chair of AIChE at UCLA in addition to being involved with two of the club’s projects: Chem-E-Car and ChIP. I have also done undergraduate research in two chemical engineering laboratories for the past 4 years and have had internships at NASA JPL and Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Outside of engineering, I am a member of UCLA’s Taekwondo club and enjoy kayaking in Marina del Rey and bullet journaling. After graduation I will be pursing a PhD in Chemical Engineering.
- Kiko Galang
I am second year Filipino student who spends my time here with the filipino community, marching band, and AIChE! Despite all the things I am involved in, I still find time to get 8 hours of sleep and go to the gym. I am interested in carbon capture methods and energy generation. In my time here I joined the filipino acapella group and spent a quarter in a traditional gospel choir. I am also in the UCLA Marching Band. I’ve been a part of two projects in AIChE: ChIP and LEAP.
- Mitchell Rogers
Hello! My name is Mitchell and I’m a 2nd year chemical engineering major originally from Irvine, CA. I have recently added a minor in environmental systems and society and hope to work in the renewable energy sector in the future. For fun, I love to play music, explore L.A., and teach. I’ve been a part of ChIP and LEAP.
- Brandan Taing
Hello there! My name is Brandan Taing, and I am a second-year chemical engineering student at UCLA, originally from San Diego, California. I’m interested in pursuing an industry position or a PhD program after my time at UCLA in an energy-related field. I currently serve on the AIChE board and have participated in its technical projects. Apart from AIChE, I also am a part of undergraduate research, Tau Beta Pi, the Learning Assistant program, and some culturally based organizations. I love meeting new people and am happy to answer any questions you have! Engineering Interests: Energy (production, storage, management), Nanotechnology, Sustainability Non-engineering Interests: Watching the Padres and Rockets, Reading, Tennis, Hiking, Trivia, Chess Projects with AIChE: ChIP, LEAP, Chem-E-Car, Projects Committee, EVP, Treasurer
- Pavni Misra
I’m a second-year chemical engineering major who loves to dance and explore new places! I aspire to get involved in renewable energy consulting in the future. The AIChE projects I have been involved in include ChIP and Chem-E-Car.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
How can I get involved in the chapter?
It’s really easy to become involved in our chapter! I would recommend attending our Fall General Meeting during Week 1 to learn more about all the events we have in the fall and when all our project workdays occur. All you have to do is fill out an annual membership form and pay the annual membership fee and then you have access to all our events. Getting involved is as easy as just attending general events (industry recruitment events, community service events, intramural teams, social events, etc.) and joining any of our 12 technical projects that interest you. We post all our events and workdays regularly on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Everything is also on our official calendar (www.ascebruins.org/calendar.html)!
Do you need experience to join a technical project?
No, not at all! Our project managers are happy to teach you everything you’ll need to know to be successful and help make a meaningful contribution to a project. All you need is an interest in the project and a can-do attitude.
Can I be involved in more than one technical project?
Yes, you definitely can! We really encourage all our new members to try out any and all projects that interest them. As you become more involved in the project and maybe even think about taking on a leadership role in the project the next year, you can evaluate how much time you have and how you’ll split that time between projects, school, etc. However, joining multiple projects at first is a great way to meet even more people and form connections while also learning more about the different aspects of civil engineering. If you’re concerned about how manageable it is, I was a project director for multiple projects my sophomore and junior year so it’s definitely doable.
How can I go about obtaining an internship?
Active members of our chapter have a really high percentage rate of receiving both summer (or even part-time) internships while they are students and full-time job offers once they are graduating seniors. ASCE has a ton of opportunities for networking and job-hunting through our 15+ company info sessions, two networking nights, and two career fairs. In the past few years, we’ve had around 20 companies attend each Networking Night and 45 civil engineering and construction management companies attend each Career Fair. Attending these events and speaking with the industry reps there are great ways to secure an internship. We also host events like resume and mock interview workshops to help people best prepare for the Career Fair.
How can I balance school work and extracurriculars?
I think most UCLA Engineering students would say time management and learning to prioritize. Obviously school comes first, and anyone in club leadership understands this as it’s true for them too. In other words, no project manager or officer will be upset or not understand if you can’t go to a workday/event because you need to study for a midterm. In terms of balance, time management is everything. Many of us use calendars to schedule our daily activities or have running lists that are organized into schoolwork and different club responsibilities. I think it’s important to sit down every week and forecast what you need to get done from what assignments are due to what events are happening during the week. It’s definitely a learning curve at first with the quarter system and transitioning from high school to college, but we all learned pretty quickly and so will you! And always remember, we’re always happy to help if you’re ever struggling to balance everything at once
Meet some of our members:
Claire Killian Hello!! I’m a 4th year CEE major from Petaluma, CA with a focus in structural and earthquake engineering. I currently serve as the President of ASCE at UCLA, as well as the Vice President of Chi Epsilon and a Director of Tours for the Engineering Ambassadors program. Some of my non-engineering hobbies are running, taste-testing my roommate’s baking, and creating overly organized spreadsheets for things that don’t require spreadsheets. Congrats on your acceptance to UCLA and go Bruins!
Eliot Yang Hello, I am a 3rd year CEE major from Woodland Hills, CA with a concentration in water resources engineering and an interest in construction management. I am the current Project Manager of the Seismic Outreach Project in ASCE at UCLA. Feel free to ask me more about this community service project of ours! I am also a Co-Social Chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). When I’m not studying or doing engineering-related activities, I’m usually playing basketball or soccer, hiking, running, or baking cookies. Congratulations on your acceptance, and I hope to see you around next year!
Emily Story Hey there! I am a 2nd year CEE major (and Spanish minor) from San Jose CA with a focus in Environmental/Water Resources Engineering. I was the secretary for ASCE at UCLA in 2019 and I am a member of the Environmental Design project. I am also a tour guide for Engineering Ambassadors. I was admitted to UCLA as an undeclared engineering major and I declared my major at the beginning of my second year, so if you have any questions about how to declare/change majors, feel free to ask me! I’m also involved in a dance group on campus so if I’m not doing homework, I’m likely either at dance practice or binge watching crime tv shows. Congratulations on your acceptance to UCLA, I hope we will see you there next year, it’s truly an amazing school!
Soham Gupta Hi everyone! I am a 3rd year CEE major from Tracy, CA with a focus in Structural Engineering and an interest in Construction Management. I am currently the Project Manager for the Seismic Design Team and I also serve as an Engineering Ambassador for the Samueli School of Engineering! Aside from engineering, I am part of Camp Kesem, a camp focused on kids who have been affected by their parents’ cancer. In my free time, you can find me relaxing on Janss Steps, at the Wooden Center, grilling food, or tossing a football on the IM fields. Congratulations on your acceptance to such a prestigious university. Looking forward to seeing you around campus as a fellow Bruin!
Yuen Lenh Hello! My name is Yuen and I am a 3rd year Civil Engineering major with an interest in water resources and environmental engineering. I was originally born in Hong Kong, but I am from Sacramento, CA. I am currently the Vice President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Marshal for Chi Epsilon. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching movies, playing puzzle games like Tetris and Sudoku, and cooking. Congratulations on being accepted into UCLA! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to say hi!
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
What is ASME?
ASME stands for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. That said, anyone is allowed to join! ASME is a national organization that sets standards for the engineering industry, and also serves to connect communities of students, professionals, and academic scholars across mechanical engineering.
At UCLA, ASME is a student-run organization that provides its members with technical and professional opportunities that are crucial in order to succeed after college. We want all our members to gain technical skills and stay informed about the progress of their academic careers. UCLA does not offer a lot of hands-on learning in its engineering curriculum, but ASME’s technical projects aim to counter that by providing members with important practical skills. Our goal is that, by the end of their senior year, our members are well-rounded engineers equipped with both theoretical and technical knowledge and experience.
What technical projects does ASME offer? Do I need any experience before joining?
ASME has three main technical projects: Fabrication and Design Essentials, Combat Robotics, and X1 Robotics. We are also in the process of adopting the Bruin Underwater Robotics (BUR) team as one of our technical projects and provide them with the support of our club and its resources.
Fabrication and Design Essentials (F.A.D.E) is a year-long training program that introduces students to Computer-Aided Design, machining, and electronics. No experience is required to join FADE, and we welcome all majors!
In Combat Robotics, student teams conceptualize, design, manufacture, and assemble 3 lb. arena-combat robots to compete in an annual competition in the Spring. Students will get hands-on exposure to the entire design and manufacturing process. No experience is necessary to join Combat Robotics!
X1 Robotics is a unique project because every year involves a completely new robotics concept. In the beginning of the year, students brainstorm and pitch their ideas. Once a project has been chosen by a diverse team of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and computer science students, we then start a cycle of research, development, and iteration. 2018’s project was a recreation of a Guardian robot from the Legend of Zelda video game series; it featured a life-like 6-legged gait, organic behavior, and target-following software. In 2019, we started working on BruinBot, a friendly human-interaction robot that roams around campus greeting students and handing out snacks. Since it is a higher-level project, some experience is preferred when joining X1, but all members are encouraged to challenge themselves!
Bruin Underwater Robotics is ASME’s newest initiative, focused on the development of robots capable of carrying out complex tasks in underwater environments. These robots have a myriad of real-world applications, ranging from shipwreck investigation to deep-sea biological research. Through the design process, members will gain experience in a wide variety of fields, including electronics, CAD, and controls. And as a newly founded team, next year’s members will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles and make a meaningful impact on the project. All majors and experience levels are welcome!
Do you offer any professional development opportunities?
We offer plenty of professional development opportunities! We help plan the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Career Fair every Fall, attracting companies that are offering both internship and full-time opportunities. We also host on-campus infosessions and workshops with companies such as Arconic and Marathon Petroleum so that students can further network! Moreover, we also host in-house Resume and Interview Workshops in which our more experienced officers offer one-on-one feedback to help you land your dream job!
What kind of social events does ASME hold?
We believe that harboring a community that supports each other like family is vital to the success of our members. This is why we value having occasional social events that take us out of the engineering mindset and allow us to support each other as friends.
Some annual traditions are ice blocking by Janss Steps, our general member retreat, and outings to the Griffiths observatory. Many times, small groups of our members will meet up to go out for dinner after their meetings. Throughout the quarter, we will also hold game nights at the lab, and at each end of the quarter, we also camp out at the dining halls to study together for finals.
Due to recent global events, we have not been able to meet up in person, but that hasn’t stopped us from holding social events. Our Discord channel is always active with conversation, and we even have a private Minecraft server that the members can play in! We are continuing to plan for many other online social events via Zoom or other multiplayer games.
Do I have to be a mechanical engineering major to join?
Absolutely not! Anyone interested in our technical projects, professional development opportunities, or social events can join. Our technical projects and professional events cater mostly to mechanical engineering majors, but we still have many opportunities for those in computer science, electrical engineering, and more. For example, there are many electrical engineers and computer science students in X1 Robotics due to the diverse skills needed for that project. Additionally, our close-knit community has attracted students from even outside of STEM to join, and we are happy to welcome anyone who wants to be a part of ASME!
How do I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to sign up for our newsletter, which can be found on our official website https://www.asmebruins.com/. We send one out at the beginning of every week with the locations, dates, and times of all our meetings and events, which are open to anyone trying to be involved with ASME. At the beginning of every quarter, we also hold a general member meeting where the officers present an overview of the quarter’s events.
For technical projects, since there are time-sensitive deadlines and competition dates, we highly encourage you to get involved at the beginning of the year or quarter, but this is not a hard cutoff — we want you to be a part of the ASME family!
For social or professional development events, you are welcome to show up to any and all of them. Just make sure to sign in with ASME!
Meet some of our members:
Gabriel Alpuerto: I am a 4th year mechanical engineering student who is currently serving as the President of ASME at UCLA and served as one of the Fabrication and Design Essentials (FADE) lead last year. I have also been involved in FADE and 3 – lb Combat Robotics my 1st year and Flagship Combat Robotics my 2nd and 3rd year. I also work in the Boelter Hall Makerspace as a Staff Member where I help students use the machines and help manage the space and its resources. Post graduation I am interested in working in manufacturing, robotics, or consulting. Outside of academics and work, I really enjoy comic books and graphic novels, video games, and dungeons and dragons.
Rebecca Celsi: I am a 2nd year Mechanical Engineering student and ASME’s Internal Vice President. I have participated in Combat Robotics and X1 Robotics during my time in ASME. I am also an employee of the UCLA Makerspace with a special interest in prosthetics, robotics, graphic design, and costume making!
Erin Hall: I’m a second year mechanical engineering student, and one of the technical leads of ASME’s Combat Robotics program. I enjoy working on robotics and controls projects, and love to spend time at the beach, hike, and hammock.
Sruti Munagala: I’m currently a second year mechanical engineering student and am ASME’s Secretary this school year! I participated in FADE my freshman year and was part of our Combat Robotics and X1 Robotics projects this year. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and exploring different parts of LA.
Alyssa Yu: I’m a second year mechanical engineering student, and am currently the lab manager of ASME! I’ve been a member of our Combat Robotics program for the past two years, and participated in FADE my first year. In my free time, I like to try new baking recipes, watch engineering videos on Youtube, and cuddle with my cat.
Ethan Brandt: I am a 3rd year mechanical engineering student and I am one of the founders/leads for ASME’s newest project, Bruin Underwater Robotics (BUR). I have spent my junior year getting the team up and running and planning for our future projects, but in my first two years at UCLA I was a part of the UCLA Rocket Project. Outside of engineering clubs, I work as a mechanical technician at UCLA’s recreation facilities and am involved in the marching band and jazz ensembles. After graduation, I hope to work in the robotics or aerospace industries. My hobbies include hiking, music, video games, and reading.
Ethan Cai: I’m a 3rd year mechanical engineering student, I’m currently a co-lead for the new Bruin Underwater Robotics program in ASME, and I was in ASME’s FADE training program last year. Besides that, I have been working at the UCLA Bike Shop for 2 years where I teach people about tools, mechanics, and techniques for fixing their bikes. I’m also volunteering at a materials science research lab here by shadowing graduate students studying aluminum alloy nanocomposites. Outside of engineering, I’m involved in a Christian fellowship and play trumpet in the UCLA Marching Band.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
What does ACM do?
ACM is the largest computer science organization on campus. With over 600 members, we explore the vast array of topics that computer science has to offer. We are composed of 8 committees that each have a different focus: ACM Hack, ACM-W, ACM AI, ACM Game Studio, ACM ICPC, ACM Cyber, ACM Design, and ACM Teach LA. Whether you’re looking to build the next big mobile app, crack through codes with cybersecurity, become a machine learning whiz, or start conversations about diversity in tech, we have all that and more here at ACM. Learn from fellow students who have done research, internships, and even founded their own companies. Find out more about us at uclaacm.com.
What is the purpose of ACM Committees?
ACM AI: To nurture curiosity in artificial intelligence and machine learning
ACM Game Studio: To create a community for developers interested in game development and virtual reality
ACM ICPC: To both prepare for ICPC competitions and teach students algorithms and problem solving skills in order for them to excel both at the competition and technical interview levels.
ACM Hack: To empower UCLA students to influence their world through code by teaching them mobile and web development
ACM-W: To advocate for the full engagement of all who are interested in CS and aims to increase diversity in the technical field
ACM Cyber: To facilitate interest in cybersecurity through exploration of cryptography, web hacking, and other related topics
ACM Teach LA: To empower elementary, middle, and high school students with access to CS education.
ACM Design: To foster a community passionate about design and user experience
Don’t know where to start? No problem! Head over to ACM Board and we’ll break it down!
How can I join ACM?
ACM values inclusivity and exploration, and we do not require applications to join! Our workshops and events are open to all. We send out weekly newsletters and post regularly on Facebook and Instagram, so if you see an event that interests you, you are more than welcome to join us! We will have a kickoff Fall General Meeting at the beginning of Fall quarter that will give more details.
Do I need experience to join ACM?
No! We welcome students of all experiences and backgrounds. Whether you have been coding since you were in elementary school or you have no idea what computer science is, we have events catered to all experience levels! Many of our committees host workshops with both beginner and advanced tracks to better cater to the diverse skill sets of our members.
Do I need to be a Computer Science major to be in ACM?
No! We welcome students of all majors. Across our committees, we delve into topics that are not limited to computer science. All workshops and events are specifically catered to those with varying degrees of experience — we’ll teach you what you need to know!
How much of a time commitment is ACM?
Here at ACM, you get what you put into it. On average, each committee hosts weekly 2-hour meetings, as well as larger one-off events. Our officers are always here to give you support and help you out! While we encourage all members to come out to weekly sessions, we do not have any mandatory attendance. The more you attend, the more you will learn!
Meet some of our members:
Rucha Patki (she/her/hers): Rucha is a 3rd year CS major interested in using technology for social good, with a special focus in product management. Outside of this, Rucha loves drawing, athletic training, and public speaking.
William Chern (he/him/his): William is a 2nd year CS major interested in using technology to make a positive impact and create delightful experiences. He also enjoys watching UCLA sports and interested in eventually getting into business/stocks.
Katherine Chong (she/her/hers): Katherine is a 2nd year CS major who is interested in 3D computer graphics, video games, and drawing. She enjoys finding creative and impactful outlets for her skills.
Julia Baylon (she/her/hers): Julia is a 3rd year CS major interested in creating a welcoming space for everyone interested in tech! She also enjoys creative writing 🙂
Cindy Zhang (she/her/hers) – Cindy is a 2nd year CSE/Math double major, interested in exploring new things!
Preethika Kiruveedula (she/her/hers) – Preethika is a 3rd year CSE major, interested in creating an inclusive environment and loves to travel/meet new people.
Monica Bellare (she/her/hers) – Monica is a 2nd year CS major interested in entrepreneurship and encouraging diversity in tech!
ACM Teach LA
Matthew Wang (he/him/his): Matthew is a 2nd year CS & Math-Economics major interested in using computers to empower people. He’s also recently got into reading Murakami!
Arjun Subramonian (he/they): Arjun is a 2nd year CS major passionate about self-supervised and meta-learning research, and devoted to increasing representation in artificial intelligence research through youth outreach. Loves hiking and running, and can whistle really well!
Tomoki Fukazawa (he/him/his): Tomoki is a 3rd year CSE Major, interested in exploring how technology can impact our lives through good design.
Hakan Alpay (he/him/his): Hakan is a 3rd year CS Major and is interested in creating games, web apps, and designs for interesting experiences.
John Dang (he/him/his): John is a 2nd year CS Major interested in using AI for creating positive impact in the world. He also enjoys singing, playing guitar, and watching stand-up comedy!
ACM Game Studio
Evan Charfauros (he/him/his): Evan is a 3rd year CS major interested in coding, designing, and playing games and using them to spread happiness.
Kade Adams (he/him/his): Kade is a 2nd year CS major interested in coding, playing games, and developing games!
Athena Dai (she/her): Athena is a 2nd year CS & Ling major who loves sacrificing her sleep schedule to work on everything game design related, from music to art to coding!
Rajeshwari Jadhav (she/her/hers): Rajeshwari is a 2nd year Math of Computation major and is interested in entrepreneurship, impactful tech, and calligraphy!
Jody Lin (she/her/hers): Jody is a 2nd year CS Major with an interest in Web Dev and learning to speak different languages!
Elena Escalas (she/her/hers): Elena is a 5th year computer science major interested in advanced algorithms and teaching! She came into UCLA with no prior coding experience, so she enjoys teaching technical interview preparation workshops to students who aren’t familiar with the process using the knowledge she’s gained from her internships at Intel, Microsoft, and Amazon. Outside of Computer Science, Elena enjoys swimming, cycling, and bullet journaling!
Sanjana Sarda (she/her/hers): Sanjana is a 3rd year EE Major and is interested in breaking applications and devices, as well as reading high fantasy books.
Kimberly Shi (she/her/hers): Kimberly is a 2nd year CS Major interested in computer graphics and animation and also loves to hike and travel!
Ellie Cheng (she/her/hers): Ellie is a 3nd year Computer Science and Engineering major interested in artificial intelligence and security. She spends most of her time coding, reading, drawing, or watching anime.
Yunfan Zhong (she/her/hers): Yunfan is a first-year Computer Science major interested in front-end development and cybersecurity.
Alyssa Wang (she/her/hers): Alyssa is a 2nd year Computer Science and Engineering major interested in learning how to both build and break software. When she is not staring at a screen, she likes to teach kids math and English with other cool clubs at UCLA 🙂
Disha Zambani (she/her/hers): Disha is a 2nd year Computer Science and Engineering major interested in systems and architecture but also hopes to break into the nanoengineering sphere someday. In her free time, she loves to draw and paint.
Henry Chang(he/his/him): Henry is a first year computer science major who is interested in infrastructure and breaking video games. He first got interested in cybersecurity after he got permanently banned on a Minecraft server.
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
We hope Discover Engineering Day was helpful to those of you who could make it and that you were able to gather useful information regarding the Bioengineering program offered here at UCLA. If you were unable to make the event or have any questions that were unanswered, please feel free to send an email to so that we may better assist you with your needs by connecting you to a current Bioengineering student. Our goal is to help direct you in the best path for your engineering education and career. If you do plan on sending an email, please include “Prospective Student” as the subject.
We look forward to hearing from you, and once again, we hope you enjoyed Discover Bioengineering as much as we did!
UCLA BMES (the student society for bioengineering)
- What does BMES do?
BMES caters to almost every part of the student experience. From helping students network with industry professionals and company representatives through our BMES Career Fair and various company infosessions to creating a close knit community of supportive students through our mentorship program, we have you covered! We also provide community outreach opportunities where students can go to local, underserved middle schools to teach kids STEM topics and get them excited about higher education. The BMES Technical Projects teams give students the opportunity to gain experience working on hands on engineering projects. The teams are geared towards a wide range of skill levels, from students with no experience to students who have worked on design projects before.
- Who can join and how do I get involved?
Anyone with an interest in bioengineering can join our organization! While we hold a lot of events geared towards bioengineers, like class planning workshops, we have plenty of social and professional development events useful for any engineering major.
You can get involved by joining us at any of our General Meetings (held fall, winter, and spring quarter) to learn about the events being put on each quarter and showing up to any and all that you can! In order to join a technical project or be a part of one of our committees in helping host the over 50 events we put on each quarter, please apply during fall quarter.
- How do I hear about events?
Check out our website: http://bmes.seas.ucla.edu/
Look at our Facebook for more event details/pictures: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uclabmes/
Please join our Slack channel to learn more about our org and to engage with club members: https://join.slack.com/t/bmes-hq/shared_invite/zt-d61cfofn-FtuZ~legparaTKUm7iAmCg
Meet some of our members:
Izabella Samuel: I am a 4th year bioengineering major and the President of BMES for the 2019-2020 school year. I joined BMES during my freshman year and also served two years as the club’s social chair. I am an undergraduate researcher in a tissue engineering lab, and my research is focused on biomaterials and regenerative medicine. Outside of engineering, I work for UCLA Undergraduate Admissions as a campus tour guide. As far as outside experiences go, I spent the summer before my senior year as a Consulting Analyst at Accenture. After I graduate, I will be attending Johns Hopkins for a masters in Bioengineering Innovation and Design. During my four years at UCLA, I have loved participating in IM sports and trying new food places around LA, and my favorite Bruin tradition is Spring Sing!
Natalie Maxwell: I am a 4th year bioengineering major and the Internal Vice President of BMES for the 2019-2020 school year. I have been involved in BMES since my freshman year when I joined the ECG Build Team, but furthered my involvement by becoming historian and a mentorship family head the following years. I was an undergraduate researcher in a tissue engineering lab for two years and focused my efforts on studying biomaterial implants and cardiac tissue regeneration. The second half of my college life is divided between the UCLA Snowteam, the official Club Ski and Snowboard Team on campus and my job as a front desk agent at one of the residential halls here on campus. After I graduate, I would like to utilize my computer science tech breadth and background in bioengineering by pursuing a career in UI/UX design for biotech companies. In my spare time, I love exploring the outdoors, taking nature and portrait photos, and singing while playing my ukulele.
Nicole Kuntjoro: My name is Nicole Kuntjoro — I am a 4th year bioengineering major and the External Vice President of BMES for the 2019-2020 academic year, and have been a board member in the Community Outreach division since my freshman year. I am also a student instructor for the Engineering 96: 3D Printing of Pharmaceuticals, an undergraduate researcher in translational medicine development, and clinical researcher at Ronald Reagan Medical Center. I previously interned at Microsoft for program management, and will be returning full-time in the fall. At UCLA, I’ve been lucky enough to also design for the Daily Bruin and perform in a showcase dance team! In my spare time, I love eating new foods and going to Disneyland.
Smiti Narayanan: Hi! I am a 4th year bioengineering major and the Technical Projects Vice President of BMES for the 2019-2020 school year. I joined BMES my freshman year and over the last four years, it has become one of the most defining aspects of my college experience! I have been involved in BMES in the community outreach and technical project divisions. I work in a neural engineering lab at UCLA as an undergraduate researcher. I am interested in the electrical engineering side of bioengineering and my lab work involves circuit and hardware design. Previously, I was a regulatory affairs intern at Varian Medical Systems in 2018 and an engineering R&D intern at Medtronic this past summer. Next year, I will begin a Master’s program in biomedical engineering with a concentration in neural engineering. One of my favorite UCLA experiences was joining a dance team in my freshman year! In my free time, I enjoy knitting and climbing mountains in the Angeles National Forest.
Linnet Chang: Hi everyone! I’m a 3rd year Bioengineering major and President of BMES for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. In my freshman year, I joined the BMES electrocardiogram build team and, consequently, fell in love with BMES and its people. Later on, I served as Community Outreach and Mentorship chairs and became a summer student instructor for Engineering 96: Electrocardiogram. I’m also part of the undergraduate research community–I currently work in a lab that focuses on creating computational models and pairing its results with wet lab experiments. Outside of engineering, I wrote articles for Spoon University and took part in this year’s production of Taiwanese Culture Night. Outside of university life, I work part-time at an autoimmune digital health and patient advocacy company, and am excited to intern this summer at Accenture as a Technology Analyst. During my free time, I love to bake desserts, play the ukulele, and play board games with my friends.
Mayilone Sathialingam: I am a third-year Bioengineering major and will be the Internal Vice President of BMES for the 2020-2021 academic school year. During my past two years on BMES board, I served as the Community Outreach committee and chair, in which we focus on providing students from underserved communities exposure to creative hands-on scientific experiments in addition to supporting our surrounding community, through food drives and fundraisers. This year, we started the Reaching and Inspiring Students in Engineering (RISE) program, in which we made consistent visits to a class of eighth grade students and guided them through building and analyzing circuits. 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, from electrophysiology to pediatrics to cardiology. In my free time, I love all things sports, especially basketball (Lakers for life), and routinely participate in IM sports nearly every quarter.
Thamira Skandakumar: I am a third year bioengineering student from Washington state and the External Vice President of BMES for the 2020-2021 academic school year. I joined BMES during my freshman year, both as a general memeber and as a member of the industry committee; I then served as Industry Chair and Mentorship Coordinator in the coming years. Coming into UCLA, I thought I was pre-med, but soon realized that track did not excite me as much as the medical device track. I am currently (and have been since freshman year) an undergraduate researcher in a bio and nano photonics lab where we utilize aspects of electrical, computer, mechanical and bioengineering to develop lab-on-a-chip based devices. Last summer, I was a student instructor the Engineering 96 series at UCLA and taught a course on Electrocardiograms. This summer I will be interning at Medtronic, a medical device company, as an electrical engineering intern at the Carlsbad location. Although I am heavily involved in engineering at UCLA, I am also a captain of a project South Asian Urban dance team titled ROOT[D. During my time at UCLA, I have worked for UCLA housing, participated in Indian Student Culture Nights and was a part of the UCLA Taekwondo Club Team. You can usually find me exploring LA and hanging out with friends during my free time.
Shikha Mody: I am a 3rd year computer science major and the incoming Technical Projects Vice President of BMES for 2020-2021. I entered UCLA as a bioengineering major, and decided to switch to computer science after gaining more exposure to the field through BMES’s Build Team during my freshman year. After that, I have stayed involved in BMES’s technical projects division through the more advanced Design Team (member and project manager). I am also an instructor for a hands-on engineering class (ENGR 96), where we teach students how to build an electrocardiogram. I am involved in a variety of clubs and organizations within the School of Engineering, including Engineering Ambassadors and Creative Labs. I have interned at a variety of technology companies during past summers, including Aveva (industrial software) and Credit Karma (financial technology). This summer, I will be interning at Microsoft in their Cloud and AI division. Outside of engineering, I have been involved in intramural sports (beach volleyball champion!) and different cultural events through the Indian Student Union. I enjoy spending time with friends and exploring Los Angeles in my free time. Ultimately, I am excited to make a positive difference in the world by being an engineer, and hope to inspire others to do the same!
Bruin Spacecraft Group
What is Bruin Spacecraft Group?
We are a group of students who aim to make the dream of space exploration more accessible to the UCLA campus community. We provide a creative and supportive environment for space missions design and development at UCLA and are a unique opportunity for you to develop real-world engineering skills. You can find out more about us at https://bruinspace.com/
If you love Space, then Bruin Spacecraft Group is the club for you!
What does your club do?
We are home to 5 amazing and talented sub-teams: Rapid, Reach, Overseer, Endeavor and Forge.
- Rapid is our flagship project team. We build CubeSats designed to fly on commercial rockets. Currently working on a 3U CubeSat that can accomodate the MiXi ion engine. Past projects include a magnetohydrodynamic pump experiment that flew on board a Blue Origin rocket!
- Reach builds CubeSats designed to be flown on amateur rockets. Currently working on SPARTAN: a pathfinder mission for a 100% modular CubeSat payload. Curious? Come ask us what that means!
- Overseer builds high-altitude balloons that test out new and experimental technology. Past projects include many successful launches touching altitudes of 100,000 feet+. Currently testing out a shiny new ground station and maybe some solar panels for their next launch!
- Endeavor is Bruin Space’s science project. If you’re more into research and answering life’s unanswered questions, Endeavor’s the team for you! Currently working on a Muon detector that will fly on board an Overseer balloon soon as well as experiments involving the Magnetohydrodynamic pump.
- Forge is Bruin Space’s educational outreach arm. Forge hosts workshops and talks open to the UCLA engineering community to spread the knowledge and open access into space technology. We are also running some classes on cube-sat development (ask us more about this!).
Who can join?
Anyone! We are constantly seeking out engineering talent to join any of our sub-teams. Teams are typically composed of Aerospace Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Computer Science majors and Physics majors but we are open to recruiting anyone who is interested in space and is looking for an opportunity to contribute! Many of our projects don’t even need prior experience and we have many programs in place to get you up to speed with the skills you need.
What is the time commitment?
There is no minimum time-commitment that is set in stone. Your Bruin Space experience is what you make of it, but the more you put in – the more you get back!
Meet some of our members:
- Karthik Pullella (President)
- Hirday Gupta (Vice President – External Affairs) – 3rd Year CS major with an interest in building awesome software and cooking.
- Kyle Johnson (Vice President – Internal Affairs) – 4th year aerospace engineering major who wants to build a cubesat and is in the UCLA debate union.
- Justin Neal – 3rd year aerospace engineering major with an interest in Electrical Spacecraft Propulsion and Hiking.
- Zefyr Scott
- Lorraine Nicholson
Building Engineers and Mentors (BEAM)
Q: What does BEAM do?
A: BEAM (Building Engineers and Mentors) is a STEM outreach organization that teaches hands-on science activities to students at local underserved elementary schools. We believe science should be accessible to all students, and we encourage our students to see how science can be fun and creative.
Q: What schools do you work with?
A: We currently teach at two local schools: Melrose Elementary (5th grade students) and Crescent Heights Elementary (4th grade students). We visit each school once a week for an hour-long hands-on lesson.
Q: What kind of lessons do you teach?
A: All of our lessons are STEM-focused and target the California science standards for 4th and 5th grade. We cover a broad range of topics, including robots, microscopes, 3D printing, earthquakes, and oobleck! The bulk of our lessons are spent on hands-on activities so that our students can learn by doing.
Q: Why should I join BEAM?
A: If you like working with kids, enjoy science, and want to meet some awesome new people then this is the club for you! Being involved with BEAM is a great way to give back to the LA community and mentor the next generation of scientists and engineers. Joining BEAM will introduce you to a tight-knit community on campus and give you the opportunity to take on a leadership role.
Meet some of our members:
Laurel Woods – Laurel is a 2nd-year cognitive science major (who came in as a computer science major). She still loves to code and enjoys turning data into cool visualizations. Away from her computer, she enjoys hiking and martial arts!
Vivian Wang – Vivian is a 4th-year computational and systems biology major with interests in sustainability and fermentation.
Kristi Richter – Kristi is a 4th year computer science student who is originally from the Bay Area. Aside from BEAM, she is also involved in the Society of Women Engineers at UCLA. In her spare time she likes to bake, learn languages, and travel (when it’s safe to do so again).
Aidan Montiel – Aidan is a 4th-year mechanical engineering major. He’s interested in the applications of engineering within healthcare and he loves comics!
Engineering Society at UCLA
What is the Engineering Society at UCLA?
We are the umbrella organization across all engineering student groups that seeks to connect the School of Engineering, student organizations, and the undergraduate body. Our primary goals are to see the professional, academic, and personal development of our members and to advance the impacts that UCLA Engineering has on our community.
What does the Engineering Society do?
The primary way we seek to accomplish our goal is through hosting events. We host a wide variety of events from Engineering Welcome Day, our beginning-of-the-year introduction, to Engineers Week, a week-long celebration of the engineering community. These events all have a different purpose, but they seek to develop our undergraduate community and School of Engineering in any way possible.
How can I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to come to Engineering Welcome Day next fall. We’re the group that hosts this event! This is an event where all incoming engineers will have a chance to meet student organizations and hear speeches from key members of the School of Engineering. In addition, feel free to check out our website at www.esuc.ucla.edu or shoot us an email at . Go Bruins!
Meet some of our members:
Nicholas Lin – Nicholas is a 3rd year Computer Science Major who is also pursuing a minor in mathematics. He is the President of the Engineering Society at UCLA, and this is his third year as a part of the organization. In his free time, he enjoys photography and spending time with friends.
Stephanie Tamayosa – Stephanie is a 3rd year BioEngineering Major and the External Vice President of the Engineering Society. She has also been a part of the organization for all three years! In her free time, she loves to dance and bake.
Supreethi Penmatcha – Supreethi is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering Major and the Internal Vice President of the Engineering Society. Like Nick and Stephanie, Supreethi has also been a part of the Engineering Society for all three years of her undergraduate career. In her free time, Supreethi enjoys cooking and reading.
Etta Kappa Nu (HKN)
- What is exploretech.la?
exploretech.la is an annual event held at UCLA that aims to encourage and inspire high school students from underserved communities in the Greater Los Angeles area to pursue possibilities in computer science and technology. Through a day full of exciting panels, interactive workshops, and booths representing UCLA student organizations as well as industry, we hope to make computer science and technology more accessible and exciting to local high school students.
- How can I become involved with exploretech.la?
Within exploretech.la, you can be a part of 4 separate teams: Operations, Content, External, or Design. If event management and coordination is something you enjoy, consider being a part of our Operations team who manages all the coordination and execution for our event! If you have a more technical background that you want to apply, then craft the actual workshops students attend as a part of our Content team! To put on such a large event we need people to reach out to companies, secure funding, and coordinate with high schools. If that interests you, then join our External team! Lastly, if you have any sort of artistic passion, or just want a hand in creating our image, then apply for our Design team! Applications for staff positions on our Operations and Content teams will be open during the beginning of Fall Quarter 2020, and applications for staff positions on our External and Design teams will be open as early as Spring Quarter 2020 for current UCLA undergrads in preparation for our next event.
- Do I need any engineering experience to join exploretech.la?
No engineering experience is required to be a part of exploretech.la! While we are putting on a engineering-oriented event, it takes a much broader set of skills to accomplish everything to pull off such an event. Whatever major you may be a part of, we encourage you to apply and join our family!
Meet some of our members:
Vivian Doan (She/Her/Hers): Vivian is a 3rd year CSE student who is interested in the intersection of design and technology as well as ed tech. She is passionate about making STEM accessible to everyone. In her free time, she enjoys doodling and trying out new coffee shops!
Bonnie Lee (She/Her/Hers): Bonnie is a 3rd year Ling & CS major who is interested in product management and exploring the role of technology across industries. In her free time, she likes going to concerts, checking out new restaurants and sleeping!
Jack Gardner (He/Him/His): Jack is a 2nd year CSE major who is fascinated by the marriage of entertainment and advanced technology with interests in volumetric imaging and mixed reality. He also enjoys creating intricate lighting displays and climbing rocks!
Kaylie Bair (She/Her/Hers): Kaylie is a 2nd year Computational & Systems Biology student. She is interested in structural biology, protein modeling, and finding new TV shows!
Katherine Chong (She/Her/Hers): Katherine is a 2nd year CS major who is interested in 3D computer graphics, video games, and drawing. She also enjoys finding creative and impactful outlets for her skills!
Advisor/Former Executive Director
Connie Chen (She/Her/Hers): Connie is a 3rd year CS major and Cognitive Science minor interested in doing stuff with education and/or sustainability! She also enjoys reading, hand lettering, and dancing 🙂
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Q: What is IEEE?
A: IEEE stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: the world’s largest technical professional organization. Our student branch of IEEE at UCLA maintains ties with the national organization while focusing on enhancing the experiences of students majoring in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, and Computer Science. We offer technical projects, social activities, professional development opportunities, and workshops that will help you find friends and build your UCLA community while preparing for and landing internships.
Q: I heard something about the IEEE Lab. What is it? And how do I get there?
A: The IEEE Lab is a shared space with tables, 3D printers, soldering irons, electrical components, and prototyping materials where you can do homework, work on IEEE projects, and hang out with friends between classes. Normal lab hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, but the lab is also often open outside of those hours whenever an officer is present. Our website has info for how to find the IEEE Lab at http://ieeebruins.com/lab since this may be tricky your first time.
Q: What projects does IEEE work on?
A: IEEE has three main projects. These projects give participants opportunities to apply what they learn in various areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering and develop hands-on project skills that are valuable for internships and full-time jobs. Our introductory project is called OPS (Open Project Space) and is designed to teach participants with little to no experience in electrical engineering the skills they need to join one of our more advanced projects. Our advanced projects consist of Aircopter Project and Micromouse. In Aircopter, teams design, build, and program mini quadcopters. Micromouse is a project where teams design autonomous robotic mice and use them to race against teams from UCLA and other schools in intercollegiate competitions.
Meet some of our members:
Alex Graening, President: 4th year EE major with interests in circuits, machine learning, and basketball.
Erica Xie, Internal Vice President: 3rd year CE major with interests in space physics/cubesats and dancing!!
Michelle Lam, External Vice President: 3rd year CE major with interests in embedded systems and graphic design.
Michelle Tan, External Vice President: 3rd year EE major with interests in digital logic design and painting.
Justin Jianto, Treasurer: 2nd year CE major with interests in Computer Architecture and hip hop.
Jay Park, Secretary: 2nd year CSE major interested in website development and making ramen.
Fred Chu, Events Coordinator: 2nd year CE major from New York interested in FPGAs, digital design, and travelling.
Albert Han, Publicity: 2nd year CS major with interests in operating systems and graphic design.
Natasha Sarkar: 4th year CS major with interests in distributed systems and music.
David Baum, Project Manager: 3rd year EE major with interests in RF communication and detective fiction.
Kenny Chan, Project Manager: 4th year CE major with interests in DIY projects and cooking.
Evan Brown, Workshops Manager: 4th year EE major with interests in microwave circuits and rock climbing.
Henry Kou, IEEE Workshop Manager: 3rd year EE major with interests in circuit boards, embedded systems, frisbee, and being a youtube creator.
Bryan Wong, OPS Lead: 2nd year CSE major whose hobbies include eating, music, rock climbing, and TFT.
Jacqueline Lam, OPS Lead: 3rd year CE major with interests in Internet of Things and dogs.
Caleb Terrill, Micromouse Lead: 2nd year CE major with interests in FPGAs, computer architecture, and running.
Chester Hulse, Micromouse Lead: 3rd year CE major with interests in firmware and tennis.
Zac Cadarette, Aircopter Lead: 3rd year EE major with interests in analog circuits and playing Super Smash Bros.
Peter Oh, Aircopter Project Lead: 3rd year EE major with interests in signal processing and rock climbing
Kathy Daniels, Webmaster : 3rd year CSE major with interests in music, sustainability, and web development
IEEE Women Advancing Technology through Teamwork (WATT)
- What is IEEE WATT?
- Can those who do not identify as women or who are not EE/CE majors join the club?
YES, we welcome everyone! Our club is open to those who would like to advocate for minorities. While we may be focused on EE/CE, we do not discriminate based on major, gender, race, age, etc.! If you are interested in EE/CE but not in the major, WATT is the perfect place to get exposure to EE and test the waters before attempting to change your major.
- What is EE?
Electrical Engineering is a very broad discipline – it includes many different fields on a spectrum of software (more CS based, think of applications on your phone and laptop that don’t require a physical component) to hardware (these are more Mechanical Engineering based, like robotics and physical components that make up devices like a drone). On the more software side, Electrical Engineering consists of projects that are referred to as Digital Signal Processing (DSP). This portion of EE bleeds into CS a lot, especially when Machine Learning is thrown into the mix. On a high level, DSP projects include image and audio processing – from natural language processing to recognizing handwritten numbers. In the middle, we have a physics approach to EE. A lot of the principle engineering behind semiconductors starts with physics and electromagnetics. This part of EE overlaps with Material Science Engineering, as we go into detail about silicon and its properties. While it may sound a little boring, it is the basis of every chip in every single appliance we own – from smart watches to laptops to calculators. Last but not least, we have the hardware side of EE which overlaps with Mechanical Engineering. This side involves lots of circuitry, robotics, and a little bit of coding (for the chip to control your project).
- What kind of technical projects do you have?
We like to focus on where creativity and EE intersect so a couple of our popular projects we have done are wearables and paper crafts. These two are small workshops where you can display your knowledge of basic circuit theory and show off your artsy side! The wearables workshop consists of using conductive thread to sew LEDs on your chosen material (hat, shirt, bag, etc.). The paper crafts workshop uses conductive paint to light up LEDs that can be used in greeting cards, thank you cards, or a decorative wall piece for your dorm. In addition to these two, we’ve done a workshop that takes sound (a clap, or maybe music with very strong bass beats) and lights up an LED everything the sound sensor detects a strong beat (allowing you to make your own sound reactive LED strip).
In addition to these fun projects, we also have more academic projects. From playing with FPGA boards to learning about Verilog we have done a variety of projects in the past. In the future, we hope to utilize some of the FPGA boards (shout out to Intel for sponsoring us!) and Raspberry Pis to have two separate tracks of long term projects.
- How much should I know about EE/CE before coming to UCLA?
If you don’t know anything, you’ll be fine! The purpose of all of the lower divisions courses is to even out the playing field. While some students might have had unique opportunities in their high schools like computer science courses, robotics courses, maybe even parents with a background in EE/CE, others might not have had those opportunities. Although it might seem like people have an advantage in the lower division courses, the upper division courses are fair game because no one teaches upper division material in a high school setting. Just pay attention and join clubs to learn more about applying the theory you learn in class and you’ll do fine!
Meet some of our members:
Jennifer Seki: Jennifer is a 4th year EE major graduating in June. She is the President of WATT and when on campus, she enjoyed playing soccer and taking Muay Thai classes in her free time. While staying at home, she is currently obsessed with animal crossing and KPOP.
Nisha Sharma: Nisha is a 4th year EE major and 2nd year transfer student, and she is the Secretary of WATT. During the school year, she likes getting coffee and sitting on Janss steps in between classes. When she’s home, she enjoys playing video games and binge watching Netflix shows such as The Witcher.
Isabel Ketner: Isabel is a 3rd year CE major. She currently is the Publicity Chair of WATT, as well as the Technical Director for another on-campus organization, the Society of Women Engineers. In her free time (pre-COVID), she loves to try new foods with her friends and attend concerts. Now at home, she is currently learning how to play the bass guitar and annoy her sister in new and inventive ways.
Siranush Martirosyan: Siranush is a 4th year EE major graduating in June. She is currently the Events Coordinator of WATT and held previous positions as Secretary and Treasurer. During her free time, she likes to cook, bake, try new recipes, dance salsa, attend zumba classes and explore the outside world (before Coronavirus). She is currently enjoying her time home and getting ready to graduate.
Anreeta Saseetharran: Anreeta is a 2nd year CE major, and one of the Workshops Chairs for WATT. She is also a Membership Chair for HKN. While on campus, she likes to enjoy the sunlight and scenery while doing coursework. During her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, crafting, and sleeping in.
Tammie Yang: Tammie is a 3rd year EE major. She’s been on WATT board for 2 years as Mentorship Chair and Social Chair. She was also a part of IEEE for 2 years, doing technical projects like OPS and Aircopter. In her free time, she likes to play video games, attempt to learn how to cook, binge read manga, and zoom call friends randomly.
Meena Nagappan: Meena is a 4th year EE major. She has been on WATT board for 3 years – as Mentorship Chair, Publicity Chair, and now as Vice President. Aside from WATT, she has also volunteered for various events hosted by Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and loves to eat out in Westwood. Pre-COVID, she typically spent her time trying to bake new dessert recipes (usually a success!), eating chocolate, and procrastinating on assignments. Oh and consuming lots of sugar (if that wasn’t obvious).
Christina Lee: Christina is a 2nd year EE major and is the Mentorship Chair for WATT. She was in IEEE OPS program last year, and is a member of a Christian fellowship called AACF. In her free time, she likes to sleep, catch up with friends, and write cards.
Samiha Rahman: Samiha is a 4th year CE major. She has been on WATT board as this year’s Advocacy & Wellness Chair and was last year’s Workshops chair. While she commuted from home during the school year, she has been using her extra time at home during the social distancing era to catch up on anime and to bake with her sister.
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
What is ITE?
ITE is the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the only undergraduate transportation engineering student organization on campus. Because UCLA doesn’t have a transportation engineering program (yet! They’re working on it!), ITE serves as the gap between UCLA students and the transportation engineering profession. We have technical projects, networking events, social events, and we help students travel to conferences as well so that you can gain all the skills and resources you need to succeed in transportation. We’re open to all majors who are interested in using their skills to solve transportation problems.
How can I get involved?
It’s really easy to become a member! We recommend attending our Fall General Meeting, usually held the first or second week of the quarter. At our meetings, you’ll learn more about what we do, what kind of events we put on, and how you can help us with our projects that we take to competitions all across SoCal and beyond! You do NOT need any experience or prior knowledge of transportation to come to our project workdays and events.
Follow our social media and check out our website for more information about who we are and what we do!
Facebook: ITE at UCLA
Meet some of our members:
I’m Joce, a 4th year civil engineering major and urban planning minor going into Transportation Planning and Engineering. I am the current president of ITE at UCLA. I’m also a member of ASCE and the former project manager of Steel Bridge. Outside of engineering, I like knitting, reading, journaling, and I was also a member of UCLA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu all four years of undergrad. Congrats on getting into UCLA, and go Bruins!
Hi, I’m Nathan V. I’m a second year civil engineering major interested in going into transportation engineering, specifically working on large infrastructure projects. I’m one of the project directors for ITE at UCLA, and I’m also active in ASCE. Outside of school, I enjoy watching and playing basketball, researching, and listening to film music. Congrats on your acceptances, and I hope to see you in the fall!
Hello I’m Camille, and I’m a 3rd year civil engineering major. I am the current treasurer for ITE at UCLA. I am also a seismic outreach director for ASCE. Other than those extracurriculars, I love spending my time bullet journaling, doing carpentry, or binging TV shows! Congrats to you and all your hard work, and can’t wait to see you next year!
Hey! I’m Alyssa, a 4th year civil engineering major and Co-Social Chair of ITE. I’m also ASCE’s Construction Management project manager. In my free time, I enjoy watching plays and exploring UCLA’s campus. Fun fact: there are glow in the dark stars and moons on Boelter’s roof.
Hello, I’m Nathan S, a second year civil engineering major and one of three project directors for ITE. I love playing the piano, playing bass, running, watching baseball, and getting lost on Google Maps. Also, I can answer some questions about Hillel at UCLA. UCLA will challenge and reward you in its own wonderful, mysterious way, so have fun and can’t wait to see you in the fall!
Hi! I’m Sophia and I’m a 2nd year Civil Engineering major. I’m one of the project directors for ITE and Historian for ASCE. If you ever see me around with a camera, please smile! When I’m not focused on school, I enjoy all the really important self-care activities such as drinking boba, binge watching Disney+, doing face masks, and gardening. Congrats on your acceptance and I hope to see you all in the fall!
HELLO! I’m Ada, and I’m currently a 3rd year civil engineering major. This year, I was part of the planning/coordination team for the 2020 ITE Student Leadership Summit, which was at UCLA this year! When I’m not doing school or ITE/ASCE things, I love playing the guitar (I’m currently learning how to play the ukulele), watching British game shows, baking, watching sports (I’m a big SF Giants fan), and playing Overcooked. Big props to all of you for making it into UCLA, and I hope to see y’all in the fall!
Hello! I’m Andrew, and I’m a 2nd year civil engineering major. I was conference coordinator for ITE and helped organize the annual Student Leadership Summit, which we hosted! I love doing things with ITE, from going on road trips to national parks to taking the Metro to Union Station. Outside of ITE I paddle for the concrete canoe team in ASCE, and I also paddle on the UCLA Dragon Boat team. I’m from SF, and dragon boat is pretty popular there! I love going out into the ocean to see seals and wildlife up in Alameda, and down here I go out to Long Beach on the weekends. Congratulations on UCLA and I am excited to meet you!
Materials Research Society (MRS)
- What is MRS?
The Materials Research Society (MRS) at UCLA is the premiere organization for any major interested in learning about the field of Materials Science and Engineering. We aim to provide members with professional and social support. We do everything from company info sessions and career fairs to kayaking expeditions and game nights!
- How do I join?
Our chapter has no dues or fees. To join, simply come to our events! Our club is low time commitment. To be considered an active member, we ask that you come to at least one event a quarter.
- How do I hear about events?
Our most recent event news is posted on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MRSUCLA/), but our newsletter, website, and bulletin board in Boelter Hall all contain information on our events. To sign up for our newsletter, visit our website (http://www.seas.ucla.edu/mrs/).
- Do you have any technical, hands-on projects?
We do! Our MRS chapter is home to a SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineers) chapter as well. Any students (regardless of year or experience) can join us in designing and manufacturing our composite beams. This previous year we had over 60 participants and worked with various materials such as carbon, glass, and natural fiber. Additionally, we compete our beams at the international SAMPE conference, traveling to locations such as Long Beach, Charlotte, and Seattle!
Meet some of our members:
Catherine Barrie – I am a 4th year Materials Engineering major and the current president of MRS at UCLA. Post-graduation I am pursuing a PhD in Material Science at Johns Hopkins studying structural materials. Outside of engineering I love to play water polo or binge a good TV show (I recently finished Law & Order: SVU).
Rayna Mehta – I’m a 3rd year Materials Science and Engineering major and one of the two Tech Directors for MRS at UCLA. As part of MRS’s technical project, I’ve built beams out of carbon and glass fiber that can support thousands of pounds even though they weigh less than two pounds! Besides engineering, I love sports (catch me at any and every UCLA game!), practicing taekwondo, and reading.
Megan Bokhoor – I’m a third year materials engineering major and the current mentorship chair for MRS and composites design lead for Bruin Formula Racing. After my freshman year, I studied abroad in Barcelona. This past summer I worked at Spirit Aerosystems in the Composites M&P team, and this coming summer I will be interning at Sandia National Laboratory. I love exploring LA as well as trying to cook and bake different dishes with my roommates!
Annie Zhao – I am a 2nd year Materials engineering major. I am on the board of Materials Research Society as Professional Chair where I organize the career fair, infosessions, guest talks, and professional development workshops. Last year I interned at PPG and I will continue their program this summer at their Research and Development sector. Outside of engineering, I love sewing and dancing. Freshman year I joined swing dancing as a joke and now I can’t get enough of it!
Meredith Sanderson – I am a fourth year Materials Engineering student and the current vice president of the Materials Research Society. I will be finishing my degree in the fall quarter before entering industry. Beyond MRS, I am a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and love to spend my time baking pies and teaching myself how to play guitar! I am also very passionate about sustainability and try to incorporate this into my daily life and my education in materials science.
National Society of Black Engineering (NSBE)
What is NSBE at UCLA?
NSBE at UCLA is the UCLA chapter for the National Society of Black Engineers. We are a part of a national organization that is split up into regions, ours being Region VI. Our mission statement is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”
What does NSBE do?
There are three main things that we focus on: professional development, community outreach, and recruitment and retention.
- Industry Info Sessions
- Professional Networking Events
- Regional/National Conferences
- Interview and Resume Workshops
- Hands-on Science (currently working with local homeschooled kids)
- Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Day
Recruitment and Retention
- Cultural Events
- NSBEmon Recruitment Program (https://nsbemon.com)
- Movie and Game Nights
Where can I get more information?
- Feel free to contact us through email at
- Visit our website! https://nsbebruins.wixsite.com/nsbe
- Follow us on Instagram 🙂 @uclansbe
Meet some of our members:
Jessii Chun – Hi everyone! I am a 4th year bioengineering major and the President of NSBE for the 2019-2020 school year. I have been involved in NSBE since my freshman year, becoming Secretary and also Finance Chair. At UCLA, I am involved in research, working with Dr. Annabi in the Chemical Engineering Department and Dr. Sturm, a urologist from Ronald Reagan Medical Center, on tissue engineering a urethra. In my free time, I like to travel and learn about different cultures, which is why I was so eager to work for Boston Scientific in Minnesota one summer (I’m an LA native). Next year, I plan on getting a Master’s degree in Data Science Engineering while working abroad.
Daniel Ferguson – Hello everyone. I’m a 3rd year Electrical engineering major and the Vice President of NSBE for the 2019-2020 school year. I have been involved in NSBE since my first year through the coordinator program and then becoming Treasurer. Within UCLA engineering, I am also involved in the SOLES Lunabotics project and last summer I did research in the LEMUR lab. I spend most of my time doing music through ensembles in school, bands in the area and my own projects.
Michael Buck – Hi guys! I am a 2nd year electrical engineering major and the Pre-Collegiate Initiative Chair of NSBE. I’m from Santa Clarita, Ca and I joined NSBE’s Board as a coordinator during my first year. Since being at UCLA, I have done research in the Internet of Things under the electrical engineering department, and I currently work as a group tutor for the E96C – Internet of Things class. Outside of NSBE, I am also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers where I’ve worked on a robot. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing the guitar, and skateboarding and my favorite Westwood restaurant is Fat Sals. I have loved my time in UCLA Engineering, and I hope to see you guys in the fall!
Anthony Tate – Hey everyone. I’m a second year computer science major and treasurer of NSBE. I’m from San Leandro, California, in the Bay Area. I am on the club ultimate frisbee team here at UCLA. I also like to run and work out. Last summer I interned at Google in Mountain View and this summer I will be interning again virtually.
Malcolm Francisco – What’s up, everyone! I’m an Electrical Engineering major, in my second year, and the Finance Chair of NSBE. This was my first major position within NSBE and I look forward to running again for this upcoming year. I’m originally from Bakersfield, CA in the central valley. My pursuit of engineering really took off when I competed on the robotics team in high school. I performed research on the Internet of Things and worked on a maze-solving car during my first year. Last quarter, I served as a Learning Assistant for a physics laboratory and this summer I look forward to a software internship with Google. Outside of class you can find me playing video games (add me on Xbox), working on cars, or skateboarding.
Bradley Pickard – Hey there! I’m a second year Computer Science student hailing from sunny San Diego, and I am the NSBE Secretary. When I’m not doing homework or writing emails, I work for the Computer Vision team of X1 Robotics and do web development for the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity. This summer, I’ll be working in Google’s Zoom division as a software intern. I’m grateful for all the opportunities UCLA has offered me as an engineer and I hope you all decide to make Westwood your home!
Renewable Energy Association (REA)
Some things to know about REA:
- REA uniquely combines engineering-related technical skills, organizational and financial business acumen, and sustainability expertise to provide exciting leadership opportunities for passionate students at UCLA.
- Members of REA technical teams work closely with campus faculty and staff on issues that directly affect the way UCLA deals with sustainability issues such as solar panel installation and UCLA’s zero waste goal, which involved UCLA’s leading officers on sustainability and facilities management.
- REA is constantly growing and developing new technical and professional opportunities, which means that new ideas are always welcome! It’s easy to pitch and take charge of new initiatives. There are even positions on the executive board that train newer members to take on larger roles, but everyone has an equal say in the running of the organization!
- REA collaborates with other student organizations in Waste Awareness Week, sustainability awareness events, and technical workshops, all of which allow members to explore other clubs and expand their professional network.
Meet some of our members:
Chirine is a 4th year Civil and Environmental Engineer, focused on waste and water management, and passionate about music and film. She is REA’s current President!
Kayli is a second-year chemical engineer with a specific interest in creating sustainable fuels from discarded waste. She enjoys cooking, binge-watching, and musicals. She coordinates REA’s project teams as the Internal Vice President.
Breana is a second year chemical engineering major excited about exploring the legislative side of sustainability and loves baking and exploring the outdoors! She serves on the executive board as part of the Marketing and Membership team.
Joe is a second year bioengineering major who is passionate about using modern technology to spread awareness of pressing environmental issues, and he loves to backpack, rock climb, and play piano. He handles professional contacts as the External Vice President of REA.
Joanna is a second year materials engineering major who is aiming for a career in furthering sustainability! They enjoy playing viola, tennis, making art, have many academic interests outside of the engineering sphere, and love meeting new people. They serve as REA’s Administrative Director and work with logistics of events planning.
Min Sang Cho is a third year chemical engineering major who aims to enter the business side of the renewable industry after college. He loves to travel and plans to visit Iceland next. In his free time, he loves to play soccer and take pictures. Min serves as the professional development programming director for REA.
Amanda is a 4th year Environmental Studies major and Urban Planning minor, excited about sustainability planning. She loves traveling and exploring new cultures. She serves on the executive board as a Programming Director.
Pavni is a second-year chemical engineering major who loves to dance and explore new places! She aspires to get involved in renewable energy consulting in the future. She is one of the programming directors.
Tim is a 2nd-year Chemical Engineering major interested in pursuing a career in renewable energy! In his spare time, he likes to cook, work out, and travel. Tim plans and coordinates technical workshops as the Technical Programming Director of REA.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
- What is SASE?
SASE stands for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers and we aim to increase the representation of minorities, including Asians, in STEM-related fields by providing opportunities and resources for our members and the communities we serve.
SASE was founded in 2007 as the only national pan-Asian professional organization of its kind whose impact and influence are directly related to extensive member participation and corporate sponsorships. With collegiate and professional chapters nationwide, SASE pushes for individual success while celebrating diversity and promoting community contributions.
With around 3000 student and professional members, the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) provides professional development, networking, and leadership opportunities to help scientists and engineers of Asian heritage achieve their full potential.
- What does SASE do?
- Professional Development
- Company Info Sessions and Tech talks
- Company on-site visits
- SASE National and Regional Conferences
- Research Lab Networking Sessions
- Professional Networking Events
- Workshops: Interview Prep, Resume review, etc
- Recruitment and Retention
- SASE Resume Book: Have your resume added
- Socials and Retreats
- Tabeling at recruitment events
- Intern with SASE
- Professional Development
Interns can be promoted to board members after 2 quarters
- Who can join?
Anyone can join and everyone is welcome at our events! You do not have to be affiliated with any race or ethnicity to join nor do you have to be a STEM Major.
- How can I get involved?
We have general meetings every quarter. Furthermore, you can join in any of our events. We post about all events on our Facebook page and group.
You can also apply to be a SASE intern and get the opportunity to be promoted to a board member after 2 quarters. Applications are open all-year round.
- Where can I get more information?
- Attend general meetings or any of our events
- Feel free to email board members at
- Join our newsletter
- Visit our website! https://saseucla.weebly.com/
Meet some of our members:
Srishti Pal (President of SASE@UCLA)
- I am a 3rd year Computer Science and Engineering Major.
- My favorite SASE memory: When we went on a retreat to San Diego.
- Hobbies: I enjoy reading, watching movies, badminton and exploring new places!
Ryan Sun (Secretary of SASE@UCLA) – I am a 3rd year Biology major.
Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES)
- What is SOLES?
- SOLES (Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists) is the local UCLA student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
- What does SOLES do?
- Community Outreach
- K-12 STEM outreach activities (campus tours, STEM workshops, student panels)
- Middle school and high school tutoring
- Professional Development
- Access to Companies and Recruiters
- Financial support for attendance to regional and national SHPE conferences
- Chapter Development
- Exploration of the fun activities LA has to offer as a familia
- Academic Development
- Weekly study nights
- Lunabotics team, a practical application of classroom engineering learning
- Leadership Development
- First Year Coalition
- Committee-based Event Planning
- Executive Board Positions
- Community Outreach
Meet some of our members:
4th year, Aerospace Engineering – Aeronautics Track
SOLES|SHPE at UCLA President
I am on the AE aeronautics track with an interest in entrepreneurship and politics.
4th year, Aerospace Engineering – Space Track
SOLES|SHPE at UCLA Internal Vice President
I am on the AE space track with an interest in entering the aerospace industry as a systems engineer for human spaceflight missions. I also love to go out salsa dancing!
4th Year, Aerospace Engineering – Space Track
SOLES|SHPE at UCLA Tutoring Director
I’m currently finishing my undergraduate curriculum in aerospace engineering and will begin graduate studies in the MAE department next fall, focusing on the application of control theory to quadcopters. Outside of school, I enjoy tourism and playing piano!
Graduating Senior, Mechanical Engineering
SOLES|SHPE at UCLA Member
I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree, and already have a full time offer for after I graduate. One of my favorite ways to exercise is running!
Society of Women Engineering (SWE)
Meet some of our members:
Sharvani Jha – I’m a third year computer science student and am this year’s Publicity Chair for SWE! I’m also involved with UCLA ELFIN CubeSat and ACM. I love space, sushi (I once ate 75 plates of it with my friends), and alliteration!
Kelly Nguyen – Hello all! I am a second year mechanical engineering student interested in aerospace and thematic entertainment! In addition to serving as SWE’s secretary, I’m also involved with ELFIN CubeSat research and AI Robotics Ethics Society here at UCLA. I enjoy running, hikes, foodie runs, listening to new music, and rewatching Marvel films!
Allison Chen – Hi! I’m a second year computer science student originally from Chicago, Illinois! I’m really interested in applying computer science and technology for positive social or environmental impact! At UCLA, I’m involved with Society of Women Engineers, Bruin Racing, Creative Labs, and dance! Outside of academics, I love exercising, learning about nutrition, checking out food events around LA, and anything Harry Potter 🙂
Ikaasa – Hello! I’m a fourth year Computational & Systems Biology major and President of SWE this year. 🙂 I’m super passionate about using STEM as a tool for social change. In particular, as an aspiring physician, I’m very interested in using machine learning to improve and make more accessible medical technology––ultimately, with the goal of decreasing healthcare disparities. Beyond SWE, I’m involved in clinical research at UCLA Ronald Reagan and study computational neuroscience in the Physics Department here at UCLA. And beyond campus involvement, I love Muay Thai boxing and coffee shop-hopping!
What does DevX do?
If you’ve ever thought of an app idea, a useful tool, or a practical service, DevX is the place for you. DevX is a brand new program dedicated to building out practical applications. Build out real-world projects to help tackle pressing problems frustrating the UCLA community, grow your technical skills by pairing up with experienced students, and build a network that lasts beyond graduation. We recruit every quarter!
What can I learn/gain from DevX?
We focus on a wide variety of projects and develop solutions for the most popular initiatives by the community. By joining DevX, you’d have the opportunity to work alongside experienced student engineers and be exposed to industry-style production. You can learn to write code with a team on a source-controlled project, learn new languages and tech, as well as make lasting relationships with other, driven students.
What has DevX accomplished?
We’ve built a myriad of projects, and we’ve helped students to gain the experience required to get offers for internships and jobs. Some of our projects include a machine learning prediction algorithm to predict the effects of medications, an event discovery app for UCLA, as well as an application to find the best study spots on campus.
Meet some of our members:
Meera Rachamallu – President: 4th year CS major with an interest in Product Management, Entrepreneurship, and iOS app development. Outside of school, I love cooking and playing all kinds of sports 🙂
Yifan You – External Vice President: 2nd year CS major with an interest in Machine Learning, Entrepreneurship and solving cool problems.
Terrence Ho – Internal Vice President: 4th year CS major with an interest in Distributed Systems and Cooking!
Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE)
What is UPE?
Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an international honor society created to recognize academic excellence in the Computing and Information Disciplines. The members of our UCLA chapter are among the most outstanding undergraduate Computer Science students at UCLA. Our chapter holds events for students aiming to help them gain the skills and information that will help grow both professionally and academically.
What does UPE do?
Upsilon Pi Epsilon events include course review sessions, tech talks, mentorship events, and company information sessions. UPE also holds tutoring open to all students from weeks 3-9 from 9 am – 5 pm.
How do I become a member of UPE?
Every spring and fall quarter, UPE inducts new members who meet the following requirements.
Can I attend UPE events even if I am not a member?
Yes! Weekly tutoring, course review sessions, tech talks, mentorship events, etc. are open to all students.
Meet some of our members:
Austin Guo (he/him/his): Austin is a 4th year computer science major interested in machine learning and big data systems. He will be going to Affirm full-time working on platform infrastructure and cloud operations. Outside of school he enjoys playing guitar and piano, dancing, and cooking.
Chloe Jiang (she/her/hers): Chloe is a 3rd year computer science major with a minor in urban and regional studies and an interest in the intersection of technology, business, and public policy. She also enjoys watching Bon Appetit test kitchen videos, cooking, reading, and writing.
Leo Liu (he/him/his): Leo is a 3rd year computer science major with an interest in computer networking, cybersecurity, and application development. Outside of academics, he enjoys hiking, listening to music, ceramics, and napping. Feel free to ask him about UPE, his experiences at UCLA, or anything that comes to mind!
Nikhita Shanker (she/her/hers): Nikhita is a 2nd year computer science major and a proud Bruin. She is a tutoring chair for UPE and is part of the Society of Women Engineers Development Team. In her free time, she likes dancing, playing basketball, and doing crafts. Feel free to ask her about anything!
Nikki Woo (she/her/hers): Nikki is a 3rd year Computer Science and Engineering major with both internship and research experience. She’s also been a part of various organizations on campus including UPE and the UCLA Game Lab and currently serves as a Resident Assistant. In her free time, Nikki enjoys dancing, baking, and eating. Feel free to ask her about anything!
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