Samueli Foundation Endowed Chair Match



The Samueli Foundation has made a $10 million gift to help establish as many as 20 new endowed faculty chairs in the school of engineering.

The matching gift comes as the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science launches a plan to expand by 50 faculty members and 1,000 students over the next five-to-seven years.

The Samueli Foundation match doubles the impact of gifts for endowed chairs, making it possible for other donors to create a chair in the name and engineering discipline of their choice with a gift of $1 million for a permanent chair or $500,000 for a five-year term chair.

Henry Samueli ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 said the gift is designed to encourage other UCLA Engineering alumni and donors to help shape the school’s expansion.

“UCLA already is home to one of the top engineering schools in the world,” said Samueli, who co-founded the foundation with his wife, Susan Samueli. “The next few years present an opportunity to take it to another level. We want to do everything we can to ensure that the most promising engineers working in the most dynamic fields continue to come to UCLA to teach and pursue research.”

“Both Valerie and I were fortunate to receive UC Regents Scholarships to attend UCLA, and our education here launched us on successful and rewarding careers. We gave back by endowing a faculty chair in order to help ensure that future UCLA engineers will learn from the very best.”

Sugar_80x80Ronald Sugar, ’68, M.S.’69, Ph.D. ’71
Chairman Emeritus and former CEO, Northrop Grumman
Donor, Ronald and Valerie Sugar Chair in Engineering

“Our lab is developing promising new technologies to be game-changers in solar technology. We need great student researchers and top-of-the-line equipment to do this, and the Tannas Chair has allowed me to invest in success.”

yang_yang_80x80Yang Yang Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr., Chair in Engineering


“The University of California has made it possible for me to live my dream, and my goal today is to encourage and support others as they seek to live their dreams. Providing a matching gift for an endowed chair at UCLA Engineering is one of the key steps I have taken to ensure that the school keeps pace with the challenges ahead.”

englekirk_80x80Robert Englekirk, MS ’65 PhD ’70 Donor, Englekirk UC Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering


“UCLA is a leader in the risk sciences and is helping to create safer vehicles, medical technologies, industrial processes and much more. The Evalyn Knight Chair has given me significant flexibility to pursue high-impact research and to enhance collaboration with others on new initiatives.”

Mosleh_80x80Ali Mosleh Evalyn Knight Chair in Engineering Director, B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences


For more information on the Samueli Foundation Endowed Chair Match, contact Executive Director of External Affairs Brandon Baker at 310.206.5303 or .