The Bruin family is about to get bigger. To help more students get an engineering education and lead tomorrow’s groundbreaking research, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering aims to grow to nearly 250 faculty and 7,000 students by 2028. It’s an ambitious vision — made possible by one of its own.
A Bruin Makes His Biggest Donation
Henry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 and his wife, Susan, have given their largest contribution to UCLA: $100 million from their family’s Samueli Foundation. The gift will advance research to solve societal problems, attract a wide range of star faculty, and expand entrepreneurship programs and facilities that bring innovative ideas to market, all things the Samuelis know a lot about.
“Susan and I are thrilled to support continued expansion,” says Henry Samueli, who graduated from UCLA engineering student to research professor to Broadcom-founding entrepreneur. “It is exciting to see UCLA’s significant commitment to grow students, faculty, research, and entrepreneurship within the school.”
Gifts That Bring Growth
The couple already has helped his eponymous school make major strides, giving more than $188 million to UCLA overall. Since their 1999 gift of $30 million to name UCLA Samueli, enrollment has increased from 3,500 students to more than 6,100 in 2018, boosted by a $20 million contribution for scholarships in 2017. And the couple’s $10 million matching gift for chairs in 2016 has furthered faculty growth: Over the past three years, the school hired 36 new faculty, bringing the current roster to a record 180.
The family’s latest gift will galvanize even greater progress toward making UCLA Samueli the best engineering institution possible. It also sparks a spirited start to UCLA’s second century, lighting the way not only to a stronger school but also to a stronger society.
Published June 2019