The Alumnus of the Year Award is given for outstanding service to UCLA, and the Professional Achievement award recognizes distinguished career accomplishments

Henry Samueli Honored as UCLA Alumnus of the Year; Engineering Alumnus Ronald Sugar Garners UCLA 2005 Professional Achievement Award

Electrical engineering professor and engineering school namesake Henry Samueli (’75, ’76, ’80) has been chosen as UCLA’s 2005 Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year. The Alumnus of the Year Award is given for special and outstanding service to UCLA, and is awarded to individuals who have brought great honor and distinction to the University.

Samueli is co-founder, chairman, and chief technical officer (CTO) of Broadcom Corporation. The Office of the CTO is responsible for driving the vision of Broadcom’s research and development activities as well as helping coordinate corporate-wide engineering development strategies. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of communications systems engineering and digital signal processing.

Since 1985, Samueli has been a professor in the electrical engineering department at UCLA in the School that bears his name. He has supervised advanced research programs in broadband communications circuits and digital signal processing, and he has published more than 100 technical papers in these areas.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003 in recognition of his pioneering contributions to academic research and technology entrepreneurship in broadband communications, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Samueli also was named the UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year in 2000.

Also garnering a university-wide award this year is engineering alumnus Ronald Sugar (’68, ’69, ’71), chairman, president and CEO of Northrop Grumman, who has been chosen to receive UCLA’s 2005 Professional Achievement award. The honor recognizes Sugar’s sterling record of distinguished career accomplishments, complemented by outstanding contributions to his profession.

Sugar joined Northrop Grumman following its 2001 acquisition of Litton Industries Inc., a diversified defense and technology company. He previously served as Litton’s president and chief operating officer and as a member of its board of directors.

Prior to joining Litton, Sugar was president and chief operating officer of TRW Aerospace and Information Systems, and a member of the chief executive office of TRW Inc., a global automotive, aerospace and information systems company. Earlier, he ran TRW’s worldwide automotive electronics business and also served as TRW’s chief financial officer. TRW Inc. was acquired by Northrop Grumman in 2002.

Sugar was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2004 for major contributions to advanced space communication systems and leadership in innovative aerospace programs. In 1996, he was named the UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year.

Samueli and Sugar were both honored at the UCLA Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 15.