Engineering has the power to transform lives. This is why I became an engineer and why our students at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science are so passionate about pursuing an engineering education.
My vision for UCLA Engineering is to establish it as the preeminent center for teaching, research and entrepreneurship in the world.
Today engineering education and research are in a period of extraordinary transition. Our school too is undergoing an exciting transformation. Over the next few years we will grow our student body and expand the size of our faculty. This expansion will allow us to better serve the people of California and to accommodate many more of the talented applicants who seek to attend UCLA Engineering.
Engineers must address the most pressing problems facing society – challenges regarding energy, water, food, health, and the environment – and do it in a sustainable, ethical, and humane way. You already know of UCLA Engineering as the Birthplace of the Internet, and indeed the school has been home to this and many other breakthroughs. We will expand our research enterprise to address our nation’s most difficult and pressing technological problems.
And then there are the radical transformations being wrought by technology – witness the enormous excitement about online education. I believe there are huge opportunities to transform the way we teach engineering, and even who we teach it to. We will bring the latest educational technologies to our classrooms and build on the successes of our top-ranked online and executive education programs.
Our location in Los Angeles, at the gateway to the Pacific Rim and to Latin America, is a unique advantage. We will exploit our extraordinary location to engage our own neighborhood and the world, and to grow our international footprint.
Finally, the full promise of UCLA Engineering will not be realized unless we are inclusive and diverse. We must provide access to all – women, members of underrepresented groups, and those who are disadvantaged socio-economically. Here, leadership and commitment are essential, and we are working with local high schools and community colleges to cultivate a strong and diverse pipeline of talent.
I am very excited about the future of UCLA Engineering, and I look forward to working with our students, faculty, alumni and friends to lead our school to new heights.
Over the next few years we will grow our student body and expand the size of our faculty. This expansion will allow us to better serve the people of California and to accommodate many more of the talented applicants who seek to attend UCLA Engineering.