Steven Moran ‘16

The Berman Family Undergraduate Scholarship has had a tremendous impact on my career as a student at UCLA. I come from a middle-class family that does not qualify for financial aid, so the scholarship eases the burden on my family and allows me to focus more fully on my studies instead of searching for a job or other sources of income.

I chose to go to UCLA because it has an amazing engineering program as well as a beautiful campus. I visited UCLA for the first time about four days before I received my acceptance letter. I fell in love with the campus and immediately submitted my Statement of Intent to Register. UCLA not only has amazing educational programs, but also has an endless selection of diverse extracurricular activities.

I carry a 3.7 GPA in electrical engineering, with interests in analog circuitry and communications systems. I also am a proud member of UCLA student organizations including Building Engineers and Mentors (BEAM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) honor societies. For two consecutive years I have been a recipient of the Berman Scholarship.

I’m finishing up my third year here and I’ve enjoyed my time here so far. I’m learning more than I could have ever imagined. I am being exposed to so many new things and making new friends along the way. I have been challenged by my peers to study harder than I ever have before.

After I finish my bachelor’s degree, I plan on working in industry for a couple of years. At some point, I would like to go back to school and work towards my master’s degree. I see myself focusing on the analog side of electrical engineering. Later on in my career, I see myself potentially pursuing a management or business-side role in the company I will be working for.

While stressful at times, the competitive environment at UCLA Engineering has encouraged me to work harder and learn more. It has also shown me that there is always room for improvement.