University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Department of Aerospace, University of California, Los Angeles, is dedicated to Air Force reserve officer training corps (AFROTC) Detachment 055, located at the UCLA itself. The curriculum provides students with elective courses ranging from leadership and management to national security. Candidates who are able to complete the ROTC curriculum successfully receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant after graduation.

Apart from the master’s and doctorate programs, Samueli School of Engineering, UCLA, also offers courses with mechanical engineering under the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). The fields of expertise that are offered encompass disciplines like manufacturing and design, fluid mechanics: heat and mass transfer, structural and solid mechanics, nano and microelectromechanical systems, systems and control and dynamics.

The Samueli’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has managed to achieve an ideal balance between structured learning and providing design-oriented opportunities to its students with the ‘robots to rockets’ curriculum. In this endeavor, a constant reassessment of teaching material is done in order to embrace the most recent developments and approaches of the technical world. The ‘robots to rockets’ curriculum strive to lay emphasis on data fusion, machine learning, and sustainability with an aim to churn out graduates ready to take on the constantly changing technology in the world.

Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Dynamics
  • list items Nanoelectromechanical/Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • list items Fluid Mechanics
  • list items Heat and Mass Transfer
  • list items Manufacturing and Design
  • list items Structural and Solid Mechanics
  • list items Systems & Control
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    The biotechnology department of the University of California Los Angeles is established in order to offer comprehensive graduate, undergraduate, and research programs. The programs encapsulate multiple disciplines including biological chemistry, bioinformatics, bioengineering, biomedical, biomathematics, and biostatistics. The department of bioengineering provides pioneer programs for molecular and cellular engineering, tissue engineering and regenerative medicines, and biomaterials.

    The graduate students from the chemical and bioengineering department (CBE) of the UCLA are benefited with the courses in chemistry, life sciences, and medicines on the UCLA campus itself. The CBE has strong ties with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, which offers students an opportunity to work with physicians to understand the dealing of clinically significant problems. The collaborative fields of expertise include semiconductor manufacturing, bio-system science & engineering, chemical engineering, biomolecular engineering, biomedical instrumentation, molecular cellular tissue therapeutics, and neuro-engineering.

    The bioinformatics at UCLA offers interdepartmental programs with specializations in bioinformatics, biomedical signal and image processing, and medical image informatics. Students at the bioinformatics department are also benefited from the intellective environment of the Institute for quantitative and computational biosciences and the Institute for pure and applied mathematics. Students also receive extensive fellowship support from a wide array of training grants at the UCLA which also include the NIH training grant in biomedical big data and big data computing.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Neuroengineering
  • list items Biosystems Science and Engineering
  • list items Molecular cellular tissue therapeutics
  • list items Medical Imaging Informatics
  • list items Biomedical Instrumentation
  • list items Biomedical Signal & Image Processing & Bioinformatics
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    The introduction of biotechnology led the university to convert the Department of chemical engineering into the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The department which is a division of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been a guide in finding long-lasting solutions to many problems of societal importance. In addition to the core chemical engineering courses, students can also choose specialized domains like semiconductor manufacturing, environmental chemical engineering, and biomolecular engineering.

    UCLA offers undergraduate, graduate, and research programs in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering in compound domains covering bio-molecular engineering, biochemistry, and material sciences. Including biochemistry, chemistry, and material sciences, the university has more than fifteen hundred majors. The undergraduates opting for the chemistry materials science interdepartmental program can pursue a major that embraces both engineering and physical sciences. This program makes graduates ready to pursue a career in fields that deal with the synthesis and processing of new materials based on chemical methods.

    These fields include:

  • list items microelectronics
  • list items aerospace
  • list items biomedical and energy industries.
  • The broad areas of expertise of the department are system engineering, semiconductor manufacturing, chemical engineering, and biomolecular engineering.

    Areas of Expertise

  • list items System Engineering
  • list items Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • list items Chemical Engineering
  • list items Biomolecular Engineering
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    Taking into account the societal necessity of the civil engineering department of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA has been renamed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The department provides courses in five sub-disciplines which are civil engineering materials, environmental engineering, Geotechnical engineering, hydrology and water resources engineering, and structural mechanic and earthquake engineering.

    The department offers regular undergraduate and graduate programs in the above-mentioned specializations. Each subdivision has multiple research areas. The current research area in civil engineering materials is inorganic, random porous material with a focus on developing next-generation construction material. The research in environmental engineering focuses on the process development for water and wastewater treatment systems and investigation of the fate and transport of environmental contaminators.

    Geotechnical engineering is currently dealing with the effects of soil and soil deposits on the performance, stability, and safety of civil engineering constructions.

    Research in hydrology and water resources engineering focuses on the subjects of surface and ground-water processing, hydrometeorology, watershed responses to disturbances, and optimization of conjunctive use of surface and ground-water. The department also offers an online program with a degree of Master of Science in Engineering with a certificate of specialization in sustainable water engineering.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
  • list items Civil Engineering Materials
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items Geotechnical Engineering
  • list items Structures (structural mechanics and earthquake engineering)
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    Computer Science

    The Department of Computer Science at UCLA is one of the top five places known for computer science and computer engineering education and research. The department intends to deliver excellent comprehensive educational programs and research in the discipline. The computer science department offers graduate and doctorate courses.

    The graduate division students can opt for any combination of courses from artificial intelligence, computer science theory, computer system architecture, computational system biology, information and data management, graphics and vision, software systems, network systems, and programming languages and systems.

    The applicants for doctorate programs are automatically considered for departmental funding. The department also houses an exclusive center for embedded networked sensing. Students who enroll for the computer science engineering programs can avail the benefits of the department’s elite affiliated partners with companies like Google and Facebook on the list. To facilitate research and development, the computer science department along with other departments of UCLA and different universities has acquired the in-house support of various research centers for encrypted facilities, domain-specific computing, intelligent networked systems, and information & computation security.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Artificial Intelligence;Computer Science theory;Software Systems;Computer Network Systems;Computer System Architecture;Graphics and vision;Computational Systems Biology;Information & Data Management
  • list items List of Labs: Center for Embedded Networked Sensing
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    The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the most shining divisions of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA. In spite of being a young division, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has managed to find a place in the top five places for engineering education, much ahead of the other seasoned departments.

    The department offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of communication, control, and operational research, thereby covering almost all the fields of study in electrical and computer engineering.  It lays focus on three areas - Circuits and embedded systems, Physical and wave electronics, and signals and systems, providing dedicated supervision and guidance in each area. The department has partnerships with many leading companies of the industry to provide a wide range of job openings to the students. 

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Embedded Computing Systems; MEMS/nano;Communications and Telecommunications; Control Systems;Integrated Circuits and Systems; Signal Processing;Solid State Electronics; Electromagnetics;Photonics and Optoelectronics; Plasma Electronics;Engineering Optimization/Operations Research
  • list items List of Labs: Western Institute of Nanoelectronics
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    The Department of Environmental Science and Engineering provides one of its kind professional doctorates, Doctorate of Environmental Science and Engineering (D.Env.). Students can conduct off-campus doctoral residency with government, public and non-profit organizations, private consultancies and NGOs. Students can select from a wide variety of courses offered by UCLA departments like atmospheric & oceanic science, ecology & evolutionary biology, and many more.

    Areas of expertise that are available at the department are Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Structure (structural mechanics and earthquake engineering), Geotechnical engineering, Civil engineering materials, and environmental engineering. Environmental science and engineering students can avail financial support in the first two years. Additional fellowship and stipend for educational and living expenses are also available for exceptional students. Students who start with their residency after two years find well-paid and competitive positions.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
  • list items Civil Engineering Materials
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items Geotechnical Engineering
  • list items Structures (structural mechanics and earthquake engineering)
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    Material Science

    The Department of Material Science and Engineering (MSE) at UCLA focuses on blending material sciences with the present challenges of the world encompassing energy, environment, communications, health, and infrastructure.

    Students enrolled with the MSE department have the option to choose their area of expertise from the fields: Electronic and Optical Materials, Structural Materials, and Ceramic and Ceramic Processing.

    The department is affiliated with a number of research labs like Electronic thin film lab, In situ microscopy lab, soft material research lab, etc. Affiliation with research groups namely the Archaeomaterials group, Electronic Materials Group, and research group for Organic Electronic Materials and Devices contributes towards young researcher’s education and training. The presence of research centers like the center for function accelerated nanoMaterial engineering within the UCLA reflects the level of participation in the said field. Additionally, the MSE department has received funding from DOE, NSF, NIST, NASA, DOD, and other federal, state, and industrial sources.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Electronic and Optical Materials;Structural Materials;Ceramics and Ceramic Processing
  • list items List of Labs: Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering
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    The mechanical division of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UCLA, is a compound division at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Students can enrol in both undergraduate (BS) and graduate (MS) programs. Students can pursue research and specialize in any of the following areas - Manufacturing and Design, Fluid Mechanics: Heat and Mass Transfer, Structural and Solid Mechanics, Nanoelectromechanical/Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, Dynamics, and Systems & Controls.

    Practical education in these fields is assisted by the department’s links with a number of research labs. Ties with research centers like Smart Grid Energy Research Center and Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems is an asset for students in their education and research. The MAE department is also known to conduct career fairs where students get the opportunity to get selected in their dream companies and pursue their careers. To enlighten students with the technological needs of the time and making them job-ready, the department has an industrial advisory board enriched with elite dignitaries from different companies and organizations.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Dynamics; Nanoelectromechanical/Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems; Fluid Mechanics; Heat and Mass Transfer; Manufacturing and Design; Structural and Solid Mechanics; Systems & Control
  • list items List of Labs:  Smart Grid Energy Research Center; Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems