eTransfer 101

a workshop series for incoming UCLA Engineering Transfers - do not miss this!

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.

Our job is to help you make the most of the next 2 – 3 years at UCLA Engineering to explore the world of engineering, to identify the areas you want to work in as a professional engineer and to help you gain the vital extra-curricular professional development experiences that will increase your chances of landing your first job or a seat in a competitive graduate program in engineering.  We have a lot of work to do and half the time than the freshman-admit students that have the full 4 – 5 years to accomplish this.  eTransfer 101 is designed to help you to ‘connect-the-dots’ and utilize the next years to accomplish your goals. 

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

Registration Fee – Free & open to all incoming 2024 Engineering Transfer students

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

Welcome & Overview

eTransfer Student Mixer

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Zoom session link

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. You will learn about important dates for year 1.  Bring your calendar to mark important dates so you don’t miss the boat!

Session slides


Pathways Guide for eTransfers
eTransfer Student panel discussion

Friday, June 7, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link (please note that the eTransfer Student panel portion of tonight’s session will NOT be recorded)

 eTransfer Student panel discussion: deconstructing 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.  This will be your opportunity to hear from and ask questions to engineering transfer students that experienced what you will in the fall.  Hear the ‘real-deal’ of what your year 1 experience could be like.

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!

Session slides

eTransfer Student Pathways Guide – Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 (click to view each quarter)
Please note – the Pathways Guide for eTransfer Students will be updated and provided at the eTransfer Welcome in the Fall.

Student panelist:

Didier Lucu
Electrical Engineering student
Learning Assistant Mentor
Transfer from Butte College

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

Saurav Thakulla Kshetri
Mechanical Engineering student
Transfer from Mt. San Antonio College

Takeo Torrey
Mechanical Engineering student
Transfer from West Valley College

Warnakulasuriya ‘Yogi’ Fernando
Electrical Engineering student
Transfer from Cypress College

Richard Jiang
Computer Science student
Learning Assistant Mentor

UCLA Career Center, Registering for your UCLA Handshake Account*

Wendy Nix, MBA
Assistant Director of Career Education & Development (Engineering, Pre-MBA, Pre-Law)

Meet Wendy Nix, Assistant Director of Career Education & Development, who will work with engineering students through the year.  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.

Academic Research Opportunities & Applying for Graduate School

Are you interested in research?  Considering graduate school?  Hear about what kind of opportunities are available.  Hear from students participating in research and applying for graduate school.  We will also share information about the summer NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and when to apply. 

Students interested in applying for graduate school should attend this session to learn about things you should do over your 2 years to explore research and make yourself more competitive in the application process.   International students wanting to remain in the US after graduation should attend this session.

Zoom session link
eTransfer 101 session slides
UCLA Career Center slides – part 1 & part 2 

Monday, June 10, 2024
6 – 9 PM

*Please note that a change in speakers for this evening sessions.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this causes. 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (paid summer research)*

Wes Uehara, Director Engineering Transfer Center

UCLA Engineering Undergraduate Internship & Research Program

William Herrera, M.S.
Director, UCLA Engineering Undergraduate Internship & Research Program

Meet William Herrera, Director of the UCLA Engineering Undergraduate Internship & Research Program.  He will share information about how his team will work to help you to connect with research labs and prepare for recruiting events that improve your chances of securing employment after graduation.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
*Please note that a change in speakers for this evening sessions.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this causes. 

eTransfer 101 slides
Undergraduate Internship & Research Program slides
Links shared by William Herrera:

Sample Linkedin Profiles

UCLA Engineering Undergraduate Internship Program Social Media

UIP/URP Resources:
Undergraduate Internship Program site
Undergraduate Research Program site
ENGR 23/24/26 course descriptions
Meet the peer advising team

Other Resources:
Engineering Society at UCLA (ESUC) Calendar link
Wes Uehara’s LinkedIn accountconnect with Wes
Will Herrera’s LinkedIn accountconnect with Will

Homework for next eTransfer 101 session:

  1. Bring an electronic copy of your resume or CV.


Creating an Engineering Resume eTransfer 101 session recording

Creating an Engineering Resume by William Herrera

LinkedIn Account: creating your brand

Fall Recruiting: Crafting your engineering-tailored resume

Wes Uehara
Engineering Transfer Center Director

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Session slides

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.

Incoming transfers need to go to these events in year 1.  Transfers do get internships in their first summer.  Additionally, you will want to learn from this experience to improve on your performance the following year.  Participating in an internship and doing a good job improves your chances at receiving a offer for full-time employment after graduation.  For some of you, missing the first fall recruiting season means participating for the first time in your graduating-year, trying to secure full-time employment.


Networking 101

Wes Uehara, Engineering Transfer Center Director

Thursday, June 13, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Session slides

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?

Students that participate in this session and HAcK will be invited to a practice Networking Session with alumni working in industry at the end of the summer.

Student panel on Fall Recruiting

Monday, June 17, 2024
6 – 9 PM

Session slides

What do I wear?  Do I skip class to attend?  Should I apply at the Career Fair or on company websites?  What happens after I speak with a recruiter?  Should I submit as many applications as I can?  What do I share with a recruiter?  Are interviews for CS students different – wot?!  This is overwhelming!

Hear from students that have participated in Fall recruiting.  Hear about strategies students have adopted to yield the outcomes they want.  

Engineering Scholarships

ABCs of Faculty Advising

Global Internship Program

Thursday, June 20, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM

eTransfer 101 Session slides

  1. Engineering Scholarships – hear about scholarships specifically engineering transfer students.  One application for all scholarships!
  2. 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?
  3. 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!


eTransfer 101 is open to all incoming engineering transfer students.  We encourage everyone to attend all sessions and to make the most of the summer before you begin to ensure you are able to get involved in the things you want to in year 1. 

All incoming engineering transfer students will receive an email with the Zoom session link each week of eTransfer 101.