Made through the Samueli Foundation, the largest gift to the engineering school since its founding in 1945 will support an expansion project that includes plans to enroll at least seven thousand undergraduate and graduate students by 2028, up from fifty-three hundred in 2016, and hire an additional hundred professors in emerging research fields such as engineering in medicine, quantum technologies, and sustainable and resilient urban systems. As part of the expansion project, the school has added two buildings over the past dozen years, including the 150,000-square-foot Engineering VI building, which opened in March 2018 and houses the university's computer science department and multidisciplinary research laboratories.
The engineering school was named in Henry Samueli's honor in recognition of a $30 million gift in 2000; the Samuelis have since given the school $10 million to create endowed professorships and $20 million to fund undergraduate scholarships and internships. Samueli earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from UCLA and was a full-time professor of electrical engineering at the school before co-founding semiconductor and infrastructure software company Broadcom Corporation, where he currently chairs the board.
"Susan and I are thrilled to be able to support the continued expansion of the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering," said Samueli. "The demand for engineering graduates has continued to grow unabated, so it is exciting to see UCLA's significant commitment to increase the number of students and faculty, and expand research and entrepreneurship within the school. Such a commitment will ensure that UCLA Samueli remains among the elite engineering schools in the world, with an ever-growing impact on our society's greatest challenges."