UCLA Engineering Day

Thursday, November 16, 2023 & Friday, November 17, 2023 

Session 1: 2:00 – 5:00 PM (Thursday)
Session 2: 9:00 – 11:45 AM (Friday)

The Engineering Transfer Center at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is happy to announce UCLA Engineering Day for prospective transfer students.  A day where we invite current community college students who are interested  to learn more about Bruin Engineering.

Register to join us here: UCLA Engineering Day registration
UCLA Engineering Day is a virtual event hosted on Zoom.  Please register by Wednesday, November 15, 2023 to receive the session link. Please note that UCLA Engineering Day features many student panel discussions and will NOT be recorded.


Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM (session 1)

Zoom session link: https://ucla.zoom.us/j/98718421635
Session slides


eTransfer Student panel

eTransfer Student panel
2:00 – 3:25 PM

Hear from current engineering transfer students about their experience as an engineering transfer student at UCLA Samueli Engineering.  Ask questions to our panelist about their experiences.

Responding to attendee’s questions help to make UCLA Engineering Day a richer and more meaningful experience. We would like to ask attendees to prepare questions for our engineering transfer student panelist.

Here are some topics that will help you think of questions to ask: why UCLA Engineering, what was like to start UCLA Engineering as a 3rd year student, did courses transfer, the rigor of the UCLA quarter system, what are things to know before you apply, etc. Please note that we will have an admissions presentation at the end of the day.  Please save your questions about applying for that session.


Andrew Kunkler, Mechanical Engineering transfer student from Pasadena City College

Hello!  I’m Andrew Kunkler, a 2nd year transfer student studying Mechanical Engineering. I transferred from Pasadena City College and participated in the summer Accelerator program for incoming UCLA Engineering transfer students and have had 3 industry internships with Tesla and Ford Motor Corporation.  In my free-time, I enjoy rock-climbing, motorcycle riding and restoration, and cooking!  Looking forward to answering any questions you may have. 

Jaelyn Fan, Computer Science transfer student from De Anza College

Jaelyn is a 2nd year transfer student from De Anza College studying Computer Science.  When she is not working at the Engineering Transfer Center, she enjoys listening to music, reading, and watching movies.

Ryan Carney, Computer Science transfer student from San Diego Mesa College

Ryan Carney is a 1st year transfer student from San Diego Mesa College studying Computer Science.  Ryan is currently our youngest staff person at the ETC and serves as the editor of the Engineering Transfer Center’s weekly newsletter. 

Seoyeon Kong, Bioengineerig transfer student from Seattle Central College


Seoyeon is a 2nd year transfer student studying Bioengineering from Seattle Central College.

Engineering Research Presentations & Panel

Engineering Research Presentations & Panel
3:30 – 4:15 PM

What is engineering research?  How does participating in research help to secure employment or a seat in a competitive engineering graduate program?  What do you need to get involved? 


We would like to ask attendees to prepare questions for our panelist.  This can be about their research, how they joined their lab, their experience, the value of that experience, how this helps them as an engineering student, why they would recommend research, etc…


Ananya Kodali, Chemical Engineering student


Ananya Kodali
Research Title: Concrete and Carbonization
Institute for Carbon Management

Julia Stoneburner, Bioengineering student


Julia Stoneburner
Research Title: Stability and Protein Absorption of Lipid-Coated Porous Silicon Nanoparticles
San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure REU program

Kate Oberlander, Aerospace Engineering student

Kate Oberlander
Research Title: In-Situ IR Laser Spectroscopic Analysis of HF Production through PTFE Combustion
Spearrin Lab of UCLA 

Julia Chow, Civil Engineering student

Julia Chow
Research Titles:

  • Graphene Oxide Concrete, Institute for Carbon Management
  • Shell Hash Beach Nourishments, Coastal Flood Lab
  • Silicone Grippers for Precision Agriculture, Structures – Computer Interaction Lab



Engineering Transfer Center

Engineering Transfer Center
4:20 – 5:00 PM

What?!  UCLA Engineering has it’s own Transfer Center?  Yes we do!  Hear about how the ETC is working to help our transfers maximize their time at UCLA and prepare for life as a professional engineer.


Friday, November 17, 2023 | 9:00 – 12:00 PM (session 2)

Zoom session link: https://ucla.zoom.us/j/98668033259
Session slides


Maximizing the UCLA Samueli Engineering experience

Maximizing the UCLA Samueli Engineering experience
9:00 – 10:30 AM

What happens after transfer?  Transfer students have half the time to at UCLA Engineering.  How do I make it work for myself to prepare for life after graduation?  Hear from our students about our Design Courses, Student Organizations, Design Teams, and Industry Internships. Join us to learn about extra-curricular activities that help students to identify the area within engineering they are interested in pursuing after graduation and leverage these activities to demonstrate their abilities as future engineers.


Elizabeth van Blommestein, Undergraduate Instructor, Engineering 96: Design Course

Elizabeth van Blommestein
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 96: Go-Karts instructor

Kate Oberlander, President, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at UCLA

Kate Oberlander
Aerospace Engineering
President, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a global organization of over 31,000 members that serves to link together professionals, educators, and students of the aerospace industry.

Each year, AIAA sponsors a large number of technical conferences and student competitions across the nation; it also publishes a variety of books — including the AIAA Education Series of textbooks – and nine research journals.

Organizationally, AIAA is composed of seven regional offices, sixty-four local sections, and over 160 student branches. You can find more information here.

Melanie Zarate, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at UCLA

Melanie Zarate
Aerospace Engineering transfer from Ventura College
External Vice President, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Siddhant Gupta, President, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at UCLA

Siddhant Gupta
Computer Engineering
President, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at UCLA

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the primary professional society of the electrical engineering profession. It has more than 330,000 members worldwide; including 52,000 student members. It publishes more than 40 technical journals and sponsors or co-sponsors more than 1,000 scientific conferences and meetings around computer engineering, computer science, and related fields. The IEEE has a student branch in every major university in curriculum. Getting involved with the IEEE worldwide organization is highly encouraged, and can provide you with many resources to jump-start an engineering career and expand your network.

Our student organization was founded by a group of students united by the belief that that hands-on experience is foundational in becoming a successful engineer. Since then, we have devoted our time and energies towards providing project experience that compliments UCLA’s engineering coursework. In addition to tools, our organization provides like-minded and experienced project leads that provide fundamental background knowledge, as well as guide students through challenging and interesting projects.

Sujay Jain, President, Association of Computing Machinery at UCLA

Sujay Jain
Computer Engineering
President, Association for Computing Machinery at UCLA

As a student chapter of the international Association for Computing Machinery,  ACM at UCLA is the largest Computer Science student organization at UCLA and in Southern California. We welcome students of all backgrounds and skill levels to join our community and share our love for technology!

With events such as infosessions, workshops, speaker panels, hackathons, and competitions, we cover a variety of topics including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cybersecurity, mobile and web development, diversity initiatives, community outreach, and much more. Our events are open to everyone, regardless of major or experience!


UCLA Engineering Admissions

10:35PM – 11:35 AM

Hear from our admissions counselor, Erkki Corpuz from Office of Academic and Student Affairs, about information specific to applying to UCLA Samueli Engineering.  Learn important information on admissions requirements, hear important information on processing your application, and ask your questions. 


Feedback Survey

Please help us to improve UCLA Engineering Day by submitting a feedback survey.  The form also allows attendees to ask questions that we were unable to answer during the event.  Here is the link to the feedback survey.

Contact with UCLA Engineering Transfer Center for more questions regarding this event.