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Since the founding of the school in 1945, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science faculty and researchers have undertaken cutting-edge research projects in a wide variety of areas. In the last century, engineering recorded its greatest achievements with the widespread development and distribution of electricity and clean water, automobiles and airplanes, radio and television, antibiotics and medical imaging, and computers and the Internet. Many of the discoveries at UCLA Engineering contributed to these modern day advancements. This section highlights some of the most interesting and innovative projects. Consider this just a snapshot of the school’s rich research history.


UCLA Engineering Deans


UCLA Engineering Milestones:

1941 – 1954
1955 – 1964
1965 – 1974
1975 – 1984
1985 – 1994
1995 – 2004
2005 – Present

Historical Research Highlights:

        Crump Institute for Medical Engineering
        Early Air Pollution Research
        Engineering Executive Program
        Faculty Pioneer Advanced Artificial Limbs
        First Demonstration of Reverse Osmosis
        Gadjah Mada Project
        Hydrogen Powered Car
        Human Heat Tolerance
        Institute for Transportation and Traffic Engineering
        ITTE Research Highlights
        Thinking Machines