Celebrate eTransfers 2020!

eTransfer Highlights

We invite you to listen to stories from eTransfers and celebrate in their accomplishments through the academic year of 2019 – 2020.

Helping to Amplify the Voices of Transfer Students

Geronimo Gudino

Chemical Engineering
Graduating Summer 2020
Transferred from Fullerton College

“To help incoming transfers, I became a mentor for MentorSEAS and the Transfer Representative for the Society Of Latino Engineers (SOLES).”

 

Read my story!

As a transfer student, it is hard to find useful sources of information, which can lead to a lot of missed opportunities. To help incoming transfers, I became a mentor for MentorSEAS and the Transfer Representative for the Society Of Latino Engineers (SOLES). Through these roles I was able to bring awareness to what it is that transfers want and need when they are new to the school, as well as give transfers information I wish I would have had when I transferred. I hope I was able to help make people’s transition easier and to inspire them to help others in the same situation.

Getting Over My Fear of Programming

Tara Mellor

Aerospace Engineering
Graduating Spring 2022
Transferred from Laney College

“I would have never envisioned myself saying any of this a year ago!”

Read my story!

MATLAB was the worst class I took in community college.  It was the only class in my life that I felt I could never get at all. I even cried during the final. I didn’t use MATLAB again for over a year until the Transfer Bridge to UCLA Samueli program last summer. Since we weren’t getting graded, I was able to re-learn MATLAB without any anxiety. I spent hours by myself at night coding to finish the assignments and got a lot of help from my summer bridge peers and mentors. I was able to get over my fear of MATLAB thanks to the Summer Bridge program. When I took M20 last winter here at UCLA, it was an easy A for me. Now, I use MATLAB all the time in all of my classes and I think of MATLAB as my best friend! I have come a long way since transferring to UCLA, I would have never envisioned myself saying any of this a year ago!

The Key to Playing with Fire

UCLA AFRL Scholarship Recipient 

Christopher Webber

Mechanical Engineering
Graduating Winter 2022
Transferred from Folsom Lake College

“My time in the research lab has been an amazing experience, and I recommend everyone to try it even if graduate school isn’t your goal because you’ll be surprised how much you can learn.”

Read my story!

There are many doors around UCLA waiting to be opened.  One I recommend everyone try is opening the door to research. I got the amazing opportunity through the Air Force Research Lab to work in the Energy and Propulsion Lab headed by Professor Karagozian. She is an extremely smart professor that was very helpful in getting me situated in the lab. Within a week I got a key to the lab, met some of the graduate students I would be working with, background information on all their experiments, and an offer to work as much as I wanted; even through the summer. The research projects they are running are very interesting to me and I enjoyed every day I went into the lab. In addition, I was learning a lot along the way about topics in upper-level classes I have yet to take. My favorite experiment was about how sound affects combustion. Did you know you can use speakers to put out a flame? We were experimenting on how raising input voltage, thus increasing amplitude could extinct a flame or cause other interactions between the flame and sound waves. This data was recorded at high speed and inputted into MatLab to then break down the images and normalize the data to analyze. The application of this research is in jet propulsion where the acoustics from propulsion can cause extinction within the combustion chamber and cause loss of power. Through a better understanding of acoustics on combustion, fuel-efficiency along with power can be increased. My time in the research lab has been an amazing experience and I recommend everyone to try it even if graduate school isn’t your goal because you’ll be surprised how much you can learn.

Train your Brain and Earn those Bucks

Rayo Suseno

Bioengineering
Graduating Spring 2021
Transferred from Whatcom Community College

“If you’re lucky, like myself, research positions might also pay you :)”

Read my story!

Research is a great way to figure out what you’ll be comfortable doing. I am currently a part of the UCLA Health MRRL (Magnetic Resonance Research Lab) implementing deep neural network for spectra reconstruction. Previously, I was involved in Dr. Meyer lab and realized that his work might not align with my field of interest. Even so, it was such a great learning experience for me! In both labs, I’m a part of what they call a “dry-lab,” which essentially is the coding side of research. Being involved with research labs also helped me make connection with students who’s been admitted to UCLA since their freshmen year, allowing me to get connected to resources that I was not aware of in my first quarter here as a Junior! If you’re lucky like myself, research positions might also pay you 🙂

Heading to FM Global: my next chapter!

Pardis Habibi

Chemical Engineering
Graduating Spring 2020
Transferred from Irvine Valley College

“This was the opportunity I was waiting for my entire college career, and it finally happened!”

 

Read my story!

I got a job offer from FM global at the end of winter quarter after months of applying and getting nowhere! The entire process took about 4-5 days, while for other candidates the entire interview process happened over a 3 month period.  I was fortunate to meet the recruiter a week before the final interviews were happening. She loved my resume and asked me to do a phone interview the next day! After the phone interview, I conducted an in-person interview, wrote an essay, a cover letter, and had to send in a recommendation letter all in the span of a weekend! The final interview took about 6-7 hours, but at the end I had a very good feeling about the position and the company! I found out I got the position later that week and I could not be more grateful! This was the opportunity I was waiting for my entire college career, and it finally happened! 

Sometimes you need to jump into the fire

UCLA AFRL Scholarship Recipient 

Andrew Mourad

Aerospace Engineering
Graduating Fall 2021
Transferred from College of the Canyons

“I accepted an opportunity that I was not certain of, and it blossomed into a number of incredible opportunities”

Read my story!

I was in a workshop for improving my resume when an opportunity was presented to me. If I submitted my resume that night I’d get the chance to earn an Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Scholarship, work with a research lab on campus, and be considered for an internship over the summer with AFRL. I immediately started working on my resume, not even waiting to get back to my house before I finished editing and submitting it to the Engineering Transfer Center Director. In the days following, I felt uncertain if I was ready for this jump in responsibility. I realized that this was a real opportunity, I wouldn’t just be another face in the classroom, rather it would be me and a supervisor handling tasks. However, in the time it took to get accepted, I decided to try. Even if I don’t want to, even if I am uncertain in my abilities, I owe it to myself and the work that I’ve done, to take that first step into the workforce. I have not regretted that decision. After going through two quarters of working in the UCLA Plasma and Space Propulsion lab, learning many new skills and accepting a summer internship through AFRL, I am happy that I took that first step.

Building a Race Car at UCLA

David Hill

Mechanical Engineering
Graduating Fall 2020
Transferred from Clovis Community College

“Through my time with Bruin Racing, I learned how a prototype race car is designed and built.”

 

Read my story!

At Transfer Bruin Day in 2018, I heard a lot about how student design organizations can be helpful in giving you practical skills and experiences that help you secure internships and jobs after graduation. Through my time with Bruin Racing, I learned how a prototype race car is designed and built. As part of the Composites sub-team, I also learned various lay-up and molding techniques and used them to help manufacture the nose cone, undertray, and other carbon-fiber components. I gained insight into the field of Composites Manufacturing and solidified my understanding of Strength of Materials and Manufacturing theory with some practical experience.

This is not Goodbye; this is See You Later!

Abigail Edwards

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Graduated Winter 2020
Transferred from City College of San Francisco

“One of the most important lessons I take away from UCLA was learning how to get back up in face of adversity. UCLA has prepared us to be resilient mermaids to swim in the sea of life.”

Read my story!

I am finally at the milestone of graduating from UCLA. It’s not quite how I imagined it to be graduating into a global pandemic; but things are never quite how we imagine it to be. Overall I am just so grateful for my journey that has led me here. When I finished high school I remember feeling so lost about what I wanted to study. I attended my local community college, City College of San Francisco for 5 years before transferring to UCLA. During my first two years I took classes from multiple subjects to figure out what I wanted to major in. The only thing consistent in my schedule was math; specifically the calculus series. I knew I liked learning math and I knew no matter what I decided to major in; math would never hurt for me to learn. The first time I was introduced to engineering as a field of study was when my calculus professor, Jamey Bass, asked me if I had considered engineering as major. From there I began to learn more about engineering and the different disciplines to specialize in. I remember feeling “safe” inside my community college bubble because everyone that was majoring in STEM took all the same core classes. It wasn’t until I got accepted into UCLA and walked through the halls of Boelter did I truly feel that I was an engineering student. That was also the first time I experienced imposter syndrome. I had some serious doubts on whether I could be successful in engineering as I received my first F on my midterm exam during my first quarter. I was also met with doubt by family members as I was being asked, “Are you sure you want to do engineering, it requires a lot of math”. After a rough first quarter, I had some thoughts about leaving UCLA. However, I took some time to reflect and realized that at its core I just felt afraid. I was afraid I was not “smart” enough to be an engineer; I was afraid to fail. From there I made the active decision that I rather try again and fail than to runaway in fear. I am grateful for my support network that has encouraged me throughout my UCLA career.

One of the most important lessons I take away from UCLA was learning how to get back up in face of adversity. UCLA has prepared us to be resilient mermaids to swim in the sea of life.

Thank you to my friends and professor for supporting me through this journey, special shout out to my mom that has supported me since before birth.

WE HAVE OFFICIALLY GRADUATED FROM UCLA!

Air Force Research Scholarship Recipient

UCLA AFRL Scholarship Recipient 

Sam Newcomer

Aerospace Engineering
Graduating Spring 2022
Transferred from Shasta College

“While at UCLA, I received a scholarship to conduct research from the Air Force Research Laboratory. I decided to join the Zhong Hypersonics and Computational Aerodynamics group where I am conducting research on Linear Stability Theory!”

 

Read my story!

Hi, Im Sam Newcomer! I transferred from Shasta Community College which is located in Redding California. I decided to commit to UCLA after attending Bruin Day and seeing how supportive UCLA is to transfer students. Before the year even started I was able to make a ton of amazing and supportive friends, such as Tara, Chris, Andrew and David, while participating in the Transfer Bridge Program. While at UCLA, I received a scholarship to conduct research from the Air Force Research Laboratory. I decided to join the Zhong Hypersonics and Computational Aerodynamics group where I am conducting research on Linear Stability Theory.

Going into my first lab meeting, I was terrified. I was asked to compose a presentation on the Boundary-Layer Linear Stability paper by Mack. This paper was so dense it took me roughly 8 hours to read the first 3 pages. I went into the presentation expecting Professor Zhong and his 4 Ph.D students to ask tons of questions I didn’t know how to answer. Since it was my first presentation, my second slide had an about me section talking about where I grew up. My professor started asking questions about hiking trails near where I lived that I didn’t know about. I thought to myself, well we are off to a good start. I managed to survive my first presentation and got complements from my lab-mates on my delivery. 

Breaking through Walls!

Persistence. Perseverance. Grit.

Do you remember what it was like to learn how to ride a bike? Have you ever been stuck on solving a math equation? Ever curse software that wouldn’t do what you wanted? These things may have seemed impossible to master.

Through persistence, you eventually figure it out.  You ‘break through that wall’ and it is no longer an obstacle.  You learn to not only ride the bike; but, it becomes an enjoyable experience.  You’ve learned the theory and solving mathematical equations are second-nature. The computer program becomes a tool that you regularly use with ease.

It is important to help our eTransfers understand the value in these experiences, to appreciate the grit it took to get through these challenges, and to celebrate their persistence in achieving their goals.

 

 

Shahrul Kamil bin Hassan
Electrical Engineering

Balancing between my personal life,  physical therapy commitments, and work, I’m proud of getting a 4.0 for my first 2 quarters here at UCLA! (Hoping for a third this spring)

Whatcom Community College
Graduating Winter 2022

Sarah Richards
Electrical Engineering

I’m very shy, so I feel incredibly lucky to have connected with my UCLA friends so soon after transferring. They fill my days with laughter and love and support and all those warm, mushy things! I love them so much, and I can’t wait to see them again!

Diablo Valley College
Graduating Spring 2021

Wesley Uehara
ETC Director

With campus going remote and the creation of virtual events and services, I had to break through the WordPress wall to push-out a host of new websites.  Even this old guy continues to BREAK THROUGH WALLS!

 

Future eTransfers at Partnering Community Colleges

Celebrating accomplishments of future eTransfers studying at our partnering community colleges.

UCLA IEEE Brings Hands-on Workshop to Engineering Students at El Camino College

El Camino College

“El Camino College recently welcomed a group of UCLA students who ran an Arduino-based workshop for 17 ECC engineering students who have backgrounds in calculus, physics and computer science”

“Through another component of our UCLA partnership, three ECC students who completed research at UCLA over the summer will travel to Washington, D.C. in February 2020 to participate in the annual Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM”

Read our story!

El Camino College recently welcomed a group of UCLA students who ran an Arduino-based workshop for 17 ECC engineering students who have backgrounds in calculus, physics and computer science. Linked to an existing ECC-UCLA partnership, the activity was designed to support the development of our engineering program. ECC students learned applications of Arduino software, and the importance of collaboration with hands-on projects, which provides a foundation for our future circuits course. We look forward to more interaction and activities with UCLA on behalf of engineering faculty and students.

Through another component of our UCLA partnership, three ECC students who completed research at UCLA over the summer will travel to Washington, D.C. in February 2020 to participate in the annual Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM. Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program and the National Science Foundation, the conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities. Each of the El Camino College students – Bryant Espino, Daniele Carmelo, and Brandon Illescas – was mentored by a UCLA grad student; in turn, each of our students mentored two high school students.

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Congratulations to our 2020 eTransfer Student Graduates!

Congratulations to you on the enormity of your accomplishments! Good luck on your next chapter and come back and visit us!

* UCLA Samueli Engineering Transfer Center staff

+ Engineering Transfer Center Student Advisory Board

Peter Abdou
Bioengineering

Sara Abou Karroum
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Adedimeji Adeyemo
Materials Science & Engineering

Nazreen Ahmad Sabri
Civil & Environmental Engineering

David Akeley
Computer Science

Waleed Al Jashaami
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Neilvon Albertan
Electrical Engineering

Bader Alfahad
Electrical Engineering

Frederick Alfian
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Qotayba Alrayes
Mechnical Engineering

Diego Arce Amaya
Electrical Engineering

Arthur Arutyunyan
Computer Science

Afsaneh Ataei
Chemical Engineering

Harish Athavan
Electrical Engineering

Myo Aung
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Erick Avalos
Electrical Engineering

Shabnam Bahmanyar
Computer Science

Rahaf Barrkoudi
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Juan Barron Ramirez
Electrical Engineering

Benjamin Bowen
Electrical Engineering

Kyle Brisacher
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Zilin Cai
Electrical Engineering

Marcelo Cannitello
Chemical Engineering

Blanca Carrera
Chemical Engineering

Jose Castano
Electrical Engineering

Danni Chen
Computer Science

Eric Chen
Computer Science

Hongyi Chen
Electrical Engineering

Yujie Chen
Electrical Engineering

Vincent Chendrawan
Mechnical Engineering

Brandon Chiang
Chemical Engineering

Connie Cho
Mechnical Engineering

Johnson Chou
Computer Sci & Engineering

Kai-Tung Chuang
Electrical Engineering

Zohar Cohavy
Computer Sci & Engineering

Xuesen Cui
Computer Science

Thanh Dang
Chemical Engineering

Shayan Darian
Electrical Engineering

Joel Davidson
Computer Sci & Engineering

Ryan Deleon
Mechanical Engineering

Gurveer Dhillon
Aerospace Engineering

Jacob Dipietro
Aerospace Engineering

Gabriela Djuhadi
Chemical Engineering

Tien Doan
Electrical Engineering

Maxwell Dolensky
Electrical Engineering

Ho Dong
Electrical Engineering

Brian Du
Computer Science

Duy Duong
Computer Science

Abigail Edwards*+
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Stanislav Eilhart
Chemical Engineering

Gibreel El-Halabi
Mechanical Engineering

Omar Elayyan
Electical Engineering

Ali Emami
Electrical Engineering

Sokchetra Eung
Computer Engineering

Benjamin Feng
Computer Science

Likun Feng
Computer Science

Christopher Flores*
Mechanical Engineering

Patrick Fox
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Yu Gao
Electrical Engineering

Yibin Gu
Electrical Engineering

Yizhen Guan
Chemical Engineering

Geronimo Gudino
Chemical Engineering

Michael Guerrero
Bioengineering

Yang Guo
Electrical Engineering

Yuheng Guo
Electrical Engineering

Lesley Guzman
Electrical Engineering

Pardis Habibi+
Chemical Engineering

Carl Handelin
Electrical Engineering

Christopher Harris
Electrical Engineering

Saman Hashemipour
Computer Science

Emmanuel Hayrapetian
Electrical Engineering

Arin Hayrapetian
Aerospace Engineering

Hui He
Computer Sci. & Engineering

Xu He
Electrical Engineering

Yan He
Computer Science

Zhaojiang He
Mechanical Engineering

Jacob Hernandez
Chemical Engineering

Fong Ho
Electrical Engineering

Junya Honda
Computer Science

Wai Htun 
Computer Science

Jiayu Hu
Computer Science

Junjia Hu
Aerospace Engineering

Yansong Huang
Computer Science

Yong Huang
Electrical Engineering

Ting Hui
Electrical Engineering

Jeannie Hur
Electrical Engineering

Nguyen Huynh
Computer Science

Ka Ieong
Computer Science

Gabriele Isidoro
Electrical Engineering

Sharuf Islam
Electrical Engineering

Arash Jalili Kalhori
Electrical Engineering

Nurul Jamaludin
Chemical Engineering

Shayan Javid Yazdi
Computer Sci. & Engineering

Hae Jeong
Computer Science

Yewon Jeong
Chemical Engineering

Albert Jian
Electrical Engineering

Gilbert Johnson
Aerospace Engineering

Amar Kamal Hakim
Mechanical Engineering

Jason Kao
Electrical Engineering

Minali Karapetian
Electrical Engineering

Stephen Kashani
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Sameer Khan
Mechanical Engineering

Kiana Khezri Zartoshty
Electrical Engineering

Sarina Kiani
Aerospace Engineering

Erdi Kidane
Computer Sci. & Engineering

Daeho Kim
Electrical Engineering

Ga Kim
Computer Science

Hong Kim
Materials Science & Engineering

Jong Kim
Computer Science

Joshua Kim
Mechanical Engineering

Hyuk Kwon
Chemical Engineering

Mingchao Lai
Electrical Engineering

James Lam
Mechanical Engineering

Willis Lam
Computer Science

Byung Lee
Computer Science

Jeffrey Lee
Electrical Engineering

Jongwon Lee
Mechanical Engineering

Nate Lee
Aerospace Engineering

Samuel Lee
Aerospace Engineering

Huiying Li
Computer Science

Yipeng Li
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Wilson Lin Wei
Electrical Engineering

Hongde Liu
Electrical Engineering

Jiacheng Liu
Electrical Engineering

Jianjun Liu
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Xiaotong Liu
Computer Sci. &  Engineering

Xinyu Liu
Computer Science

Yanyin Liu
Computer Science

Yuze Liu
Electrical Engineering

Haiwei Lu
Computer Science

Huanhua Lu
Electrical Engineering

Nikita Lukyanenko
Computer Science

Jiacong Luo
Aerospace Engineering

Junting Luo
Computer Science

Yunhui Ma
Electrical Engineering

Zhiheng Ma
Electrical Engineering

Marc Magana
Aerospace Engineering

Nina Maller
Computer Science

Joshua Manesh
Civil & Environmenal Engineering

Moutasem Mansi
Chemical Engineering

Nicholas Marks
Electrical Engineering

Xiaoran Mei
Computer Science

Aris Menachekanian
Electrical Engineering

Liz Menendez Suarez
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Nlemchi Metu
Mechanical Engineering

Juhyeok Min
Computer Sci. & Engineering

Ali Mirabzadeh
Computer Science

Jonathan Mitchell
Aerospace Engineering

Siti Mohamad Izham
Electrical Engineering

Paulo III Moralez
Chemical Engineering

Cole Morter
Mechanical Engineering

Jordan Murti
Electrical Engineering

Felipe Nanni Mendes
Mechanical Engineering

Aryeh Newman 
Aerospace Engineering

Jordan Murti
Electrical Engineering

Dat Nguyen
Mechanical Engineering

Hoang Nguyen
Computer Science

Zachary Nobles+
Mechanical Engineering

David Norris*
Aerospace Engineering

Megan Oliveros*+ 
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Leila Omar
Computer Science

Juan Ortiz Nieves
Electrical Engineering

Sean Padgett
Bioengineering

David Padlipsky
Computer Science

Pooya Pahlevani
Electrical Engineering

Preni Paichuk
Electrical Engineering

Yiming Pan
Electrical Engineering

Man Pang
Electrical Engineering

Junu Park
Computer Science

Salekh Parkhati
Computer Science

Shiyang Peng
Aerospace Engineering

Diandra Pukarta
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Di Qu
Computer Science

Kirch Quijano
Chemical Engineering

Srivishnu Ramamurthi
Computer Sci. & Engineering

Harry Ramli
Computer Science

Anthony Rasca
Aerospace Engineering

Analisse Reyes+
Computer Science

Amir Saad
Computer Science

Atharv Sakhala
Computer Sci. & Engineering

Syahmi Salleh
Aerospace Engineering

Pariya Samandi
Computer Science

Baldeep Sandhu
Mechanical Engineering

Marphy Santos
Computer Sci. & Engineering

Irfan Sattar
Computer Science

Jonathan Schultz
Computer Science

Abush Semahegn
Electrical Engineering

Kanisha Shah
Computer Science

Taixing Shi
Computer Science

Kevin Shohat
Chemical Engineering

Harkuver Sidhu
Aerospace Engineering

Cooper Simpson
Electrical Engineering

Prabhjot Singh
Computer Science

Facundo Sirri
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Ertheo Siswadi
Computer Science

Sichen Song
Computer Science

Rio Sonoyama
Computer Science

Zijun Sun
Electrical Engineering

Zhenhua Tan
Computer Science

Yvonne Thoy
Aerospace Engineering

Jayden Tjuatja
Mechanical Engineering

Omar Tleimat
Computer Science

William Tsang
Computer Science

William Turner
Chemical Engineering

Amir Uejad
Electrical Engineering

Jacob Valdez
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Joseph Vera
Chemical Engineering

Varit Vichathorn
Mechanical Engineering

Christopher Wang
Mechanical Engineering

Yibo Wang
Electrical Engineering

Trey Weber
Mechanical Engineering

Hasantha Weerasekara Arachchi
Electrical Engineering

Aaron Wissing
Electrical Engineering

Chi Wong
Computer Sci. & Engineering

I-Lin Wu
Electrical Engineering

Chonglin Xu
Computer Science

Dongyang Xu
Electrical Engineering

Deyu Yang
Electrical Engineering

Yourong Yang
Electrical Engineering

Xiangshen Yao
Electrical Engineering

Seonghae Ye
Mechanical Engineering

Wenxuan Ye
Mechanical Engineering

Weilan Yu
Computer Science

Ziying Yu
Computer Science

Shouzheng Yue
Bioengineering

Pyae Zaw
Electrical Engineering

Ziying Yu
Computer Science

Shouzheng Yue
Bioengineering

Fuwei Zhang
Computer Science

Xiaoxin Zheng
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Qianwen Zhong
Electrical Engineering

Yingge Zhou
Computer Science

Li Zhu
Chemical Engineering

Hao Zhuang
Computer Science

Jiehao Zhuang
Aerospace Engineering