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UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science


UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
UCLA Seal (Trademark of the Regents of the University of California)
Motto Birthplace of the Internet
Established 1945
Parent institution
Dean Vijay K. Dhir
Academic staff
164 (2014)
Students 5709 (2014)
Undergraduates 3395 (2014)
Postgraduates 2314 (2014)
1084 (2014)
Location Los Angeles, California, United States
Website .edu.ucla.engineerwww

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) is the school of engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is famously known as "the birth place of the internet".[1] It opened as the College of Engineering in 1945, and was renamed the School of Engineering in 1969.[2] Since its initial enrollment of 379 students, the school has grown to approximately 5700 students. The school is ranked among the top 10 public engineering schools in the United States.[3] 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.


  • History 1
  • Departments and programs 2
  • Undergraduate admissions 3
  • Enrollment (2013) 4
  • Alumni 5
  • Deans 6
  • Faculty 7
  • Research centers 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


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.[4] Samueli is co-founder, chairman, and chief technology officer of Broadcom and a philanthropist in the Orange County community. He and his wife Susan donated $30 million to the school in 1999.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Engineering I was demolished in August 2011, to be replaced by Engineering VI, which will house the Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology (WIN-GEM) in 2014.[7] 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.[8]

The school is credited as the birthplace of the 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." [11] 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).[12]

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

HSSEAS 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:

Program B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Other
Aerospace Engineering * * *
Bioengineering *
Biomedical Engineering * *
Chemical Engineering * * *
Civil Engineering * * *
Computer Science * * *
Computer Science and Engineering *
Electrical Engineering * * *
Engineering * 1
Engineering and Applied Science 2
Manufacturing Engineering *
Materials Engineering *
Materials Science and Engineering * *
Mechanical Engineering * * *
  1. Online M.S. Degree
  2. Graduate Certificate of Specialization

Undergraduate admissions

Admission rate (2014): 13.1%[13]

Median weighted grade point average (2014): 4.45[14]

Median SAT Reasoning scores (2014):[14]
Test Score Percentile[15][16]
Mathematics 760 98
Critical Reading 690 94
Writing 710 97
Composite 2160 98

Median SAT Mathematics II score (2014): 790[14]

Enrollment (2013)

Entrance to Boelter Hall
Undergraduate major Enrollment[17]
Aerospace Engineering 180
Bioengineering 263
Chemical Engineering 344
Civil Engineering 351
Computer Science 433
Computer Science & Engineering 240
Electrical Engineering 682
Materials Engineering 147
Mechanical Engineering 389
Undeclared Engineering 131
Total 3160

Graduate students: 1854[17]

  • M.S. students: 914
  • Ph.D. students: 940


Winners of the UCLA Engineering Alumni of the Year award [18]
Name Degrees Distinctions
Paul Baran M.S. ’59 Internet Pioneer (1926 - 2011)[19]
Aaron S. Cohen ’58 Vice Chairman and Founder, National Technical Systems
Linda P.B. Katehi M.S. '81, Ph.D. '84 Awarded for "distinguishing herself in both academia and in integrated circuits and systems."[20] (Previous Provost and Vice Chancellor of UIUC, Current Chancellor of UC Davis)
Henry T. Nicholas III Ph.D. '98
Asad M. Madni M.S. '72
Vint Cerf M.S. '57, Ph.D. '70 Google Internet Evangelist, creator of TCP/IP
Dwight Streit Ph.D. '86
Henry Samueli Ph.D. '80 Co-founder of Broadcom
Jack S. Gordon M.E. '76
Ronald D. Sugar Ph.D. '71 Former Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman
Robert F. Graham B.S. '55
Richard S. Simonsen B.S. '55
Peter Staudhammer (?) '55, Ph.D. '57 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medalist, 2002 (1935 - 2008)
John (Jack) F. Gifford B.S. '63 Co-founder of AMD and Maxim Integrated Products (1941 - 2009)[21]
Gerald A. Johnston M.S. '72
James L. Easton B.S. '59 Chairman and CEO of Jas. D. Easton Inc., now merged into Easton-Bell Sports
Edsel D. Dunford M.E. '73
Eugene C. Gritton Ph.D. '66
John F. Cashen Ph.D. '71
Edward P. Smith B.S. '57
Russell R. O'Neill Ph.D. '56 Dean Emeritus (1916 - 2007)
Ben Rich M.S. '50
Brien D. Ward Ph.D. '67
Sam F. Iacobellis M.S. '63
Gary E. MacDougal B.S. '58
John B. Slaughter Ph.D. '71
Robert N. Parker M.S. '56
Leonard F. Buchanan Ph.D. '68
Jacob B. Frankel Ph.D. '51
Paul D. Castenholz M.S. '58
Norman E. Friedmann Ph.D. '57
Myron Tribus Ph.D. '49
Robert Bromberg Ph.D. '51
Ralph E. Crump B.S. '50
Raymond M. Hill B.S. '55
Trude C. Taylor B.S. '49 (? - 2008)
Armond Hairapetian B.S. '87, M.S. '88, Ph.D. '93
Josephine M. Cheng B.S. '75, M.S. '77
B. John Garrick MS '62, PhD '68
Other notable alumni



Faculty members: 164[23]

National Academy of Engineering members: 28[23]

Faculty distinctions:
Name Department Distinctions
Asad Ali Abidi Electrical Engineering CMOS RF circuits, National Academy of Engineering
Birgitte Ahring Civil and Environmental Engineering First woman to receive the Villum Kann Rasmussen Award
Mau-Chung Frank Chang Electrical Engineering Semiconductor materials, RF circuits, National Academy of Engineering
Thomas Connolly (1923 – 2006) Nuclear Engineering American Nuclear Society
Vijay K. Dhir Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Deborah Estrin Computer Science National Academy of Engineering
Thelma Estrin Computer Science Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame
Sheila Greibach Computer Science Greibach normal form
Chih-Ming Ho Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Tatsuo Itoh Electrical Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Leonard Kleinrock Computer Science Internet pioneer, 2007 National Medal of Science
Alan Kay Computer Science 2003 Turing Award
John Kim Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Tung Hua Lin (1911 – 2007) Civil and Environmental Engineering China's first twin engine aircraft, National Academy of Engineering
David Okrent (1921 – 2012) Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Nuclear Reactor Safety, National Academy of Engineering
Henry John Orchard (1922 – 2004) Electrical Engineering Filter design
Judea Pearl Computer Science Bayesian network, 2012 Turing Award, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering
Jason Speyer Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering National Academy of Engineering
Demetri Terzopoulos Computer Science 2006 Academy Award, Royal Society of London, Royal Society of Canada, European Academy of Sciences

Research centers

See also


  1. ^ On October 29, 2009, UCLA Engineering will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Internet, UCLA Engineering, October, 2009
  2. ^ UCLA Engineering School Timeline
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ Remembering Dean Boelter, UCLA Engineer, Fall 1999
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ Bill Kisliuk, UCLA Engineering Celebrates Opening of Engineering VI, UCLA Engineering, March 20, 2015
  9. ^ 1969 -- First On the 'Net
  10. ^
  11. ^ White House News Sept. 29, 2008
  12. ^ Beginning of the Internet commemorated in new UCLA museum, Southern California Public Radio, July 19, 2011
  13. ^
  14. ^ a b c
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ a b
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^ Former UCLA Baseball Player Jack Gifford Passes Away,, January 16, 2009
  22. ^ Engineering Deans, UCLA Engineering
  23. ^ a b

External links

  • UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • KIHC – The Kleinrock Internet History Center at UCLA
  • Enrollment and Degree Statistics
  • Samueli's biography at the UCLA Department of Electrical Engineering
  • The Samueli Foundation
  • The first Internet connection, with UCLA's Leonard Kleinrock on YouTube

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