UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, informally known as UCLA Samueli School of Engineering or UCLA Engineering,[2] is the school of engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It opened as the College of Engineering in 1945 and was renamed the School of Engineering in 1969.[3] Since its initial enrollment of 379 students, the school has grown to approximately 6,500 students. The school is ranked 16th among all engineering schools in the United States.[4] The school offers 28 degree programs and is home to eight externally funded interdisciplinary research centers, including those in space exploration, wireless sensor systems, and nanotechnology.

UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Parent institution
University of California, Los Angeles
DeanBruce Dunn (interim)
Academic staff
191 (2022)
Students6,584 (2021)[1]
Undergraduates4,081 (2021)[1]
Postgraduates2,503 (2021)[1]
1,117 (2021)[1]

34.0688°N 118.4443°W / 34.0688; -118.4443


Engineering IV building

The school was renamed for its alumnus and professor Henry Samueli, who received his B.S. (1975), M.S. (1976), and Ph.D. (1980) in Electrical Engineering there.[5] Samueli is co-founder, chairman, and chief technology officer of Broadcom Corporation and a philanthropist in the Orange County community. He and his wife Susan donated $30 million to the school in 1999.[5] It was at UCLA that Dr. Henry Nicholas and Dr. Henry Samueli met and later formed Broadcom.

The main building is Boelter Hall (Engineering II and III), named after Llewellyn M. K. Boelter, a Mechanical Engineering professor at UC Berkeley who became the first Dean of the school. He "often took an active role in the lives of the school's students, and his approach to engineering impacted many of their careers," according to the school.[6] He retired in 1965 and was succeeded by Chauncey Starr, a pioneer in nuclear power development.

HSSEAS is housed in two other buildings: Engineering IV, and Engineering V, which houses the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.[7] Engineering I was demolished in August 2011, to be replaced by Engineering VI, which houses the Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology (WIN-GEM) in 2014.[8] The ground breaking ceremony for Engineering VI building was held October 26, 2012 with Congressman Henry A. Waxman and Henry Samueli. On March 19, 2015, Engineering VI phase I was dedicated and phase II broke ground with the help of James L. Easton, class of '59 alumnus.[9] Engineering VI was completed and opened in 2018.[10]

The school is credited as the birthplace of the Internet,[11] where the first message was sent to a computer at Stanford University on October 29, 1969, by Professor Leonard Kleinrock and his research team at UCLA.[12][13] On September 29, 2008, President George W. Bush presented the 2007 National Medal of Science to Kleinrock for "his fundamental contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks, and for the functional specification of packet switching, which is the foundation of Internet technology. His mentoring of generations of students has led to the commercialization of technologies that have transformed the world."[14] Room 3420 at Boelter Hall, where the first message was sent, has been converted into The Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive (renamed KIHC – The Kleinrock Internet History Center at UCLA).[15]

UCLA conferred its first Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in 1947, its first Master of Science degree in 1948, and its first Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1950. Annual Engineering commencement ceremonies are held in June at Pauley Pavilion.

Departments and programs

The Samueli School of Engineering has seven departments and one interdepartmental program, which are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The school offers the following degrees:

Aerospace Engineering***
Chemical Engineering***
Computer Engineering*
Civil Engineering***
Computer Science***
Computer Science and Engineering*
Electrical Engineering***
Engineering and Applied Science2
Manufacturing Engineering*
Materials Engineering*
Materials Science and Engineering**
Mechanical Engineering***
  1. Online M.S. Degree
  2. Graduate Certificate of Specialization

Undergraduate admissions

For Fall 2019, UCLA Engineering received 25,804 freshman applications and admitted 2,505 for an admission rate of 9.7%.[16]

For Fall 2015 admitted students had a median weighted grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 and a median SAT score of 2190.[17]

The breakdown of SAT scores by subject is as follows:[17]

Critical Reading69095[18]

Median SAT Mathematics II score: 790[17]

For Fall 2020, UCLA Engineering received 24,039 freshman applications and admitted 2,640 for an admission rate of 11.0%.[20]

Admitted students had a median unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 4.00, a median weighted GPA of 4.59, and a median SAT score of 1540.[21]

Enrollment (2018)

Entrance to Boelter Hall
Undergraduate MajorEnrollment[1]
Aerospace Engineering254
Chemical Engineering312
Computer Engineering117
Civil Engineering356
Computer Science1,039
Computer Science & Engineering249
Electrical Engineering528
Materials Engineering143
Mechanical Engineering632
Undeclared Engineering141

Graduate Enrollment: 2,503[22]

  • M.S. Students: 1,386
  • Ph.D. Students: 1,117

Total HSSEAS Enrollment: 6,584[1]


Winners of the UCLA Engineering Alumni of the Year award [23]
Ahmadreza Rofougaran[24][25]B.S. '86, M.S. '88, Ph.D. ’98Pioneering RF CMOS & mmWave Radios , Co-founder of Movandi Corporation and Innovent System Inc
Paul BaranM.S. ’59Internet Pioneer (1926 - 2011)[26]
Aaron S. Cohen’58Vice Chairman and Founder, National Technical Systems
Linda P.B. KatehiM.S. '81, Ph.D. '84Awarded for "distinguishing herself in both academia and in integrated circuits and systems."[27] (Former Provost and Vice Chancellor of UIUC, Former Chancellor of UC Davis)
Henry T. Nicholas IIIPh.D. '98
Asad M. MadniM.S. '72
Vint CerfM.S. '57, Ph.D. '70Google Internet Evangelist, creator of TCP/IP
Dwight StreitPh.D. '86
Henry SamueliPh.D. '80Co-founder of Broadcom Corporation
Jack S. GordonM.E. '76
Ronald D. SugarPh.D. '71Former Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman
Robert F. GrahamB.S. '55
Richard S. SimonsenB.S. '55
Peter Staudhammer(?) '55, Ph.D. '57NASA Distinguished Public Service Medalist, 2002 (1935 - 2008)
John (Jack) F. GiffordB.S. '63Co-founder of AMD and Maxim Integrated Products (1941 - 2009)[28]
Gerald A. JohnstonM.S. '72
James L. EastonB.S. '59Chairman and CEO of Jas. D. Easton Inc., now merged into Easton-Bell Sports
Edsel D. DunfordM.E. '73
Eugene C. GrittonPh.D. '66
John F. CashenPh.D. '71
Edward P. SmithB.S. '57
Russell R. O'NeillPh.D. '56Dean Emeritus (1916 - 2007)
Ben RichM.S. '50
Brien D. WardPh.D. '67
Sam F. IacobellisM.S. '63
Gary E. MacDougalB.S. '58
John B. SlaughterPh.D. '71
Robert N. ParkerM.S. '56
Leonard F. BuchananPh.D. '68
Jacob B. FrankelPh.D. '51
Paul D. CastenholzM.S. '58
Norman E. FriedmannPh.D. '57
Myron TribusPh.D. '49
Robert BrombergPh.D. '51
Ralph E. CrumpB.S. '50
Raymond M. HillB.S. '55
Trude C. TaylorB.S. '49(? - 2008)
Armond HairapetianB.S. '87, M.S. '88, Ph.D. '93
Josephine M. ChengB.S. '75, M.S. '77
B. John GarrickMS '62, PhD '68
Joanne M. MaguireMS ’78Former executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems between 2006 and 2013
Tyson TuttleMs '92Former Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Labs, 2012 to 2022
Other notable alumni


  • Llewellyn M.K. Boelter, 1944-1965[29]
  • Chauncey Starr, 1967-1973
  • Russell R. O'Neill, 1974-1983
  • George L. Turin, 1983-1986
  • A.R. Frank Wazzan, 1986-2001
  • Vijay K. Dhir, 2003 - 2015
  • Jayathi Murthy 2016 - present


Faculty members: 164[30]

National Academy of Engineering members: 28[30]

Faculty distinctions:

Asad Ali AbidiElectrical EngineeringCMOS RF circuits, National Academy of Engineering
Birgitte AhringCivil and Environmental EngineeringFirst woman to receive the Villum Kann Rasmussen Award
Mau-Chung Frank ChangElectrical EngineeringSemiconductor materials, RF circuits, National Academy of Engineering
Thomas Connolly (1923 – 2006)Nuclear EngineeringAmerican Nuclear Society
Vijay K. DhirMechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNational Academy of Engineering
Deborah EstrinComputer ScienceNational Academy of Engineering
Thelma EstrinComputer ScienceWomen in Technology International's Hall of Fame
Sheila GreibachComputer ScienceGreibach normal form
Chih-Ming HoMechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNational Academy of Engineering
Tatsuo ItohElectrical EngineeringNational Academy of Engineering
Leonard KleinrockComputer ScienceInternet pioneer, 2007 National Medal of Science
Alan KayComputer Science2003 Turing Award
John KimMechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNational Academy of Engineering
Tung Hua Lin (1911 – 2007)Civil and Environmental EngineeringChina's first twin engine aircraft, National Academy of Engineering
David Okrent (1922 – 2012)Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNuclear Reactor Safety, National Academy of Engineering
Henry John Orchard (1922 – 2004)Electrical EngineeringFilter design
Judea PearlComputer ScienceBayesian network, 2012 Turing Award, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering
Jason SpeyerMechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNational Academy of Engineering
Demetri TerzopoulosComputer Science2006 Academy Award, Royal Society of London, Royal Society of Canada, European Academy of Sciences

Research centers

See also


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