eTransfer 101

a workshop series for incoming UCLA Engineering Transfers

Want to know what to expect in year 1?  Want to meet fellow eTransfers prior to joining classes in the fall?  Want to know about opportunities in advance so you don’t ‘miss the boat’?  Want to make the most of your time at UCLA Engineering?  Join us at eTransfer 101!

The goal of these activities is to help incoming engineering transfer students understand important dates, events, an opportunities through their first year so they can decide what they would like to participate in, prepare for fall recruiting events, and provide an opportunity for eTransfer students to meet each other before joining returning students in fall quarter classes.

For questions on eTransfer 101, please contact the UCLA Samueli Engineering Transfer Center at

Registration Fee – Free & open to all incoming 2022 Engineering Transfer students

Please note – eTransfer 101 is not the same as New Student Orientation.

Welcome & Overview

eTransfer Student Mixer

Monday, August 1, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 PM

We will share the details of the eTransfer 101 experience and what to expect over the next weeks.  The program will conclude with a networking mixer for eTransfers to get to know one another.  Meet other incoming eTransfer students who are in your Department.

Homework for the next eTransfer 101 session:

  1. Come with a set of questions for our returning eTransfer student panelist.
  2. Bring your calendar to mark important dates.

Session slides
Recorded footage from the session can be viewed on the left. 



Pathways Guide for eTransfers
eTransfer Student panel discussion

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 PM

  1. eTransfer Student panel discussion: deconstruction perceptions – attendees will hear from returning transfer students about their experience in year 1.  Testimony will help you understand what to expect and guidance on what to do based on your experiences.  This will be your opportunity to hear from and ask questions to engineering transfer students that experienced what you will in the fall.
  2. Pathways Guide for eTransfer Students – participants will receive a week by week, quarter by quarter guide on what to expect in year 1.  Hear about important opportunities, dates, and deadlines before the year starts to do some forecasting of what you want to get involved with.  Prep starts now! Bring your calendar!

Homework for the next eTransfer 101 workshop:

  1. Watch the recorded presentation on Creating a LinkedIn account & Resume for Engineering positions (see below).
  2. Draft or update your resume for engineering positions.  You will have this peer-reviewed during part 2 of this workshop.

Session slides
2022 Pathways Guide for eTransfer Students (this document will be updated and posted in week 1 of the Fall quarter)
A recording of this session can be found on the left. 

Student Panelists

Bruce Qu
Electrical Engineering
Accelerator Learning Assistant & Mentor

Joe Jen ‘JJ’ Choon
Computer Science
Transfer from Mt. San Antonio College

Daniel Jaffe
Computer Science, B.S. (2022)
Transfer from College of the Canyons

Kenny Yip
Chemical Engineering
Transfer from UC Santa Barbara
Accelerator Learning Assistant & Mentor

Daniel Smith
Computer Science, B.S. (2022)
Transfer from Berkeley City College
Accelerator Learning Assistant & Mentor

Tyler Hackett
Computer Science and Engineering, B.S., (2022)
Transfer from Norco College

Didier Lucu
Electrical Engineering
Transfer from Butte College

Yini He
Mechanical Engineering
Transfer from UC Santa Barbara
Accelerator Learning Assistant & Mentor

Ganiru ‘Gigi’ Ekwekwuo
Electrical Engineering
Transfer from College of the Canyons
Accelerator Learning Assistant & Mentor

Overview of the UCLA Sameuli Engineering Undergraduate Internship & Research program presented at the annual Engineering Leadership Workshop

Creating an Engineering Resume

LinkedIn Account: creating your brand

Fall Recruiting: Creating your Engineering-tailored resume & LinkedIn Account

Peer Resume Review

William Herrera, Director Undergraduate Internship Program
Friday, August 5, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link for this event:

The Fall UCLA Engineering & Technical Career fair typically occurs in week 3 of the quarter.  At the exact time that students are gearing up for their first set of midterms.  Preparing your resume, LinkedIn accounts and other artifacts can be a time-consuming process.  Students will need to think about how to find out about positions, how to sell themselves, and what to say to recruiters.  Additionally, the career fair is only one of many recruiting events that happen in the fall and throughout the year.

Spending time during eTransfer 101 to start the process increases the likelihood of participating and gaining some experience marketing yourself in the engineering world.

Session part 1 – Q & A with Undergraduate Internship Program Director, Will Herrera

Session part 2 – Resume Review workshop 

Participants MUST complete the following to participate in this workshop:

  1. Watch the recorded presentations on the Undergraduate Internship & Research Program, Creating a LinkedIn account & Resume for Engineering positions (recordings are on the left).
  2. Draft or update your resume for engineering positions.  You will have this peer-reviewed during part 2 of this workshop.
  3. Come prepared to ask questions to the Undergraduate Internship Director

Homework for the next workshop:

Please prepare your questions about attending recruiting events, how to prepare, what recruiters are looking for and who is attending.

UCLA Career Center, Registering for your UCLA Handshake Account

Danit Havton, M.A., Assistant Director, Career Education and Development
Monday, August 8, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Hear about the UCLA Career Center resources for engineering students, register for your UCLA Handshake (gateway to all things recruiting), and hear the up-to-the-minute details of the Fall UCLA Engineering and Technical Career Fair.

The second half of this workshop will feature a panel discussion with returning transfer students on their experience with recruiting events.

Session slides

Homework for the next eTransfer 101 workshop: 

  1. Please watch the recorded footage on the Undergraduate Research Program (coming soon) and prepare your questions.

Academic Research & Graduate Student panel

Q & A with the Undergraduate Research Program Director

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Check back for Zoom session link:

Are you interested in research?  Considering graduate school?  Join us at this session to hear from students that participated in the School’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, what kind of research they did and what they are doing today.

Following this panel discussion, there will be a Q & A with William Herrera, Director of the Undergraduate Research Program

Participants should take a look at the UCLA Samueli Engineering Undergraduate Research Program website: and prepare questions for the URP Director prior to this workshop.

Session slides

Networking 101

Friday, August 12, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Gain some insight on speaking about yourself as an engineer.  What are the important things to talk about?  What kinds of questions can ask recruiters.  If you had 30 seconds to speak about yourself, what are the most important things you would talk about?

This session is a pre-requisite to the Networking Practice with alumni and industry representatives.

Session slides (see slides for prep required for Networking Practice)

Engineering Student Organization nuts, bolts, and opportunities!

Monday, August 15, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link for this event:

You’ve been encouraged to get involved with our engineering student organizations.  Now hear some testimony from current engineering students on the value of those experiences.  We will start off with testimony from current members of our student organizations on their experiences and the value of being a part of their organizations.

Session slides

Ava Asmani
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Electrical Engineering student

Niva Shrestha
Transfer Outreach Chair
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Civil & Environmental Engineering student
Transfer from Woodland Community College

Emika Saito
Engineering Society at UCLA (ESUC)
Bioengineering student

Ramtin Sharaf
Project lead
Wireless Analog RF Project (WRAP)
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Electrical Engineering student

Hannah Wang
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Materials Science & Engineering student

Yu Chieh ‘Jessica’ Chang
Workshops Manager
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Electrical Engineering student
Transfer from Foothill College

ABCs of Faculty Advising

Global Internship Program

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link for this event:


  1. ABCs of Faculty Advising, Wes Uehara, Engineering Transfer Center Director – Okay, all students are required to do Faculty Advising.  Join us to learn how  to make the most of these opportunities and why would I want to do it?
  2. Global Internship ProgramAndrew Bottom, Associate Director, Global Internship Program, UCLA International Education Office – Here is another opportunity for eTransfers to get some valuable technical experience. Come and learn more about this program!

ABCs of Faculty Advising session slides

Networking practice with Alumni & Industry Reps

Thursday, August 18, 2022
6:00 – 8:00 PM
By invitation only – participants MUST attend the Networking 101 session on August 12, 2022.

Networking is a crucial skill in the professional environment and securing your first job. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice their networking skills and get some feedback. Gain some experience speaking about yourself as a budding engineer and expressing your professional goals.

Attendees MUST spend time preparing their talking points and questions for this event.  

Lena Downar-Herron, P.E.
Environmental Engineering Associate II, City of Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division
Environmental Engineering, B.S. (UC RIverside 2006) &
Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering Specialization (UC Boulder 2009)

Gerardo Franco
Mechanical Systems Engineer, The Boeing Company
Mechanical Engineering, B.S. (UCLA 2017), Mechanical Engineering, M.S. (UCLA 2018)
Transfer Student from Cerritos College

Gerardo Franco has conducted research at three different institutions on astronomy, solar energy, and maritime transport. He’s a published co-author in the scientific journal New Astronomy, and his research on maritime transport was highlighted in a TEDxUCLA talk. Gerardo is also a two-time TEDx speaker. His first TEDx talk was on combining two unrelated disciplines to provide a competitive career advantage, while his second talk discussed lowering greenhouse emissions in shipping by reducing the water drag ships experience. Always one to pay it forward Gerardo has been president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) South Bay Los Angeles professional chapter for four years. Through SHPE he has elevated the Hispanic community in Los Angeles by providing STEM awareness, access, and support to students and professionals through organized events. These are personal development events that are designed to welcome students and professionals to grow into better versions of themselves. Outside of SHPE, he’s an engineer at The Boeing Company with a role in the development of commercial satellites. Prior to Boeing he spent six years at Raytheon Technologies where he designed, built, and tested NASA weather satellites. Gerardo is a double Bruin, having earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from UCLA. He was selected to be the Commencement Student Speaker for UCLA’s engineering graduating class of 2018.


Joslyn Garcia
Manufacturing Electromechanical Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Mechanical Engineering, B.S. (UCLA 2019) & M.S. (UCLA 2020)

Hi! My name is Joslyn Garcia and I’m a manufacturing engineer for RF satellite microelectronics. I studied mechanical engineering for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at UCLA. I really couldn’t imagine going to graduate school when I first started at UCLA, but discovered and developed my passion for problem-solving and couldn’t resist staying longer. I’ve worked in various engineering fields from automotive, consumer electronics, and amusement parks to now space and government programs. I have practiced through countless interviews and hope to bring my knowledge to help the incoming engineering students of my alma mater. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!


Spencer Jin
Software Engineer, TikTok
Computer Science, B.S. (UCLA 2022)
Transferred from DeAnza College

SeanLiam McCarthy
Trail Engineer, Rivian
Mechanical Engineering B.S., (UCLA 2021)

Hello, my name is SeanLiam. I started as a Freshman at UCLA in 2017, where I joined the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and Bruin Racing. However, I was not very involved, as much of my time was spent working as a Dining Services Office Assistant and later as a Peer Learning Facilitator. In the Summer of 2021 I graduated from UCLA while working for MicroVention, a Medical Devices company in Orange County. After graduating, I started at that company full time until January of this year, where I began an engineering rotational program at Rivian called Trail. Since then, I have worked on Automotive Body Structures and Body Closures. I am looking forward to speaking with as many of you as I can.


Florina Patron
R & D Chemist, PPG Aerospace
Chemical Engineering, B.S. (UCLA, 2021)
Transferred from Glendale Community College

I graduated from UCLA in 2021 with a B.S in chemical engineering after transferring from Glendale Community College. After graduation, I was an intern with L’Oreal for six months in the packaging engineering team. Then, I joined my current role as a R&D chemist in the primer product development team at PPG Aerospace. I am originally from Colombia so Spanish is my first language. On my free time I like to play the piano, puzzles, and watching baking shows.

Margaret M. Paulin
Campus Relations Manager, Lockheed Martin

Margaret Paulin is a Campus Relations Manager for Lockheed Martin. She has worked over 30 years in the aerospace & defense field, serving in various University Relations and HR roles for three major employers. During her career she has worked closely with students, alumni,  faculty and administrators; she continues to identify talent and collaborate with various student organizations and campus programs on behalf of Lockheed Martin.

She has served on career services and diversity engineering advisory boards at USC, UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly SLO, UCI, VA Tech and MIT.  Margaret is a founding member of the Student Leadership Workshop (SLW) for STEM diversity organization e-board members and is a member of professional organizations, Mountain Pacific Assn. of Colleges and Employers (MPACE) and National Assn. of Colleges and Employers (NACE).


Richard Southerland
Environmental Engineer, City of Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
Civil Engineering, B.S. (Cal Poly Pomona 2015), Structural Engineering, M.S. (CSUN 2017)

I attended Cal Poly Pomona for my undergraduate degree in civil engineering. My classes did not focus on a particular emphasis and I completed the general option offered by the university. By the time I had obtained my undergraduate degree I knew that civil engineering was a field that I could have a lasting career in and enjoy the work it offered. Upon graduating, I began working full-time for the City of Los Angeles. I started working at the public counter for the Department of Public Works. While working at the public counter, I pursued a master’s in structural engineering, my favorite part of civil engineering. After working two years at the counter with the public and issuing permits, I rotated to construction management for large sewer capital improvement projects. The size of these projects ranged from $1 million to $100 million dollars. Here my communication, coordination, and conflict resolution skills were really tested and improved. I worked in this position for approximately 5 years where I promoted and ran a small construction management team for the division. Recently, I transferred to help supervise the engineering group for two of the City’s water reclamation plants. This position has been a breath of fresh air. It has forced me to sharpen my environmental engineering skills and presented a lot of new challenges. I am extremely grateful for how my education prepared me for my professional career and the opportunities the City of Los Angeles continues to offer for the development of my career. Looking forward to meeting and talking with all of you.

Janet Valencia-Samala
Environmental Engineering Associate, City of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment
Regulatory Affairs Division

Janet Valencia-Samala is an Environmental Engineering Associate with LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN). She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Chemical Engineering and also a Graduate Program in Manufacturing Engineering at UCLA with Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Janet is currently Engineer in Training (EIT) and is working on getting her license as a Professional Engineer and also in the process of completing her Master’s in Business Administration at CA State University Los Angeles.

Prior to joining LASAN, Janet worked as a Director of Process Engineering in global personal care and cosmetic industries for over 10 years. Janet started working for LASAN in 2018 as an Environmental Compliance Inspector at Industrial Waste Management Division and was promoted as an Environmental Engineering Associate in 2019 working in the Regulatory Affairs Division. Janet is currently the technical advisor for the LASAN’s Biosolids program including the Terminal Island Renewable Energy Project and land application of biosolids at Green Acres Farm.  Janet is currently the biosolids co-chair for the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and also the co-chair for Southern California Association of Publicly Owned Treatment Works. Janet is also the regulatory liaison and is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board to ensure that the City’s permits are in compliance and is protective of the environment and public health.