The first things engineers devise are ideas. From there, they put together technologies, processes and materials to make things anew. And if they are engineers and students at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, they then apply their innovations to world-changing work going on in a number of other fields.
Under the leadership of outgoing Dean Vijay K. Dhir, engineering at UCLA has risen remarkably in stature. Ranked among the top 10 public engineering schools in the country, the school has seen a dramatic rise in the number of faculty members elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the field’s highest professional honors. At an event held Nov. 6, 2015, to celebrate UCLA Engineering’s exciting successes and Centennial Campaign momentum, Henry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 said, “I could not be prouder to have my name associated with this school.”
Consider these accomplishments advanced by outside funding and brought to you by UCLA Engineering: interactive apps that serve as pocket physician assistants, tracking, testing and collecting data that will help people and their doctors predict and prevent disease and manage chronic conditions. A device that enables your mobile phone to detect allergens, such as peanuts and gluten, in food. Research that is helping to make concrete buildings better able to withstand earthquakes. Artificial limbs with more sensation. Devices to predict and protect the brain from injury. Evidence-based input that informs national cybersecurity and technology policies. And robot THOR-RD, designed for disaster response and able to perform complex, dangerous tasks without putting human lives at risk.
In short, UCLA engineers and engineering students are collaborating to devise better lives. And philanthropists are among our most important collaborators, propelling innovation through financial contributions. Generosity continues to engender many of our engineering successes. Our school had a record-breaking year for fundraising in the first year of the campaign, raising nearly $42.6 million.
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