Samueli School of Engineering


Founded in 1965, the Samueli School of Engineering educates more than 4,000 engineers each year (3,119 undergraduates and 898 graduates) with an integrative approach that blends fundamentals, research and hands-on experience. The school’s mission is to unleash ingenuity, create opportunities and inspire ingenuity. The Samueli School’s faculty members are leaders in their disciplines who have achieved worldwide recognition for their research and dedicated teaching. The school includes five academic departments: biomedical engineering; chemical engineering and materials science; civil and environmental engineering; electrical engineering and computer science; and mechanical and aerospace engineering. Under the leadership of Dean Gregory Washington, the school pursues research that is timely, socially responsible and cutting edge, and works in partnership with industry and state and federal agencies to promote the transfer of research to applications that benefit society. Current research thrusts include communications and information technology; engineering for human health; energy and sustainability; advanced manufacturing and materials.

Focused Research

The school is equipped with excellent experimental facilities and a state-of-the-art computational infrastructure, occupying more than 295,000 square feet. It offers numerous research centers, institutes and facilities, including the Center for Pervasive Communications & Computing, The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, the UC Irvine Combustion Lab, the Center for Embedded Computer Systems, the Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing, the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, the Center for Engineering Science in Design, and the Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics.

The school’s faculty also is active in the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Networked Systems Center, the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, the Urban Water Research Center, and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, the school is an integral part of the California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology (Calit2), one of four Institutes for Science & Innovation within the University of California.

By the Numbers (2013-14)

Full-time faculty: 113
Undergraduate enrollment: 3,119
Graduate enrollment: 898
Ranked 37th in U.S. News & World Report’s current listing of best engineering graduate schools