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

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Zoom session link
Session slides

We will share the details of the eTransfer 101 experience and what to expect over the next weeks.

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!


Welcome & Orientation recording

Pathways Guide for eTransfers
eTransfer Student panel discussion
Department Mixer

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)
Session slides
Pathways Guide for eTransfer Students – week by week, quarter by quarter guide of what to expect.

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!

Department Mixer with current engineering transfer students – participants will get to meet other incoming students from their Department as well as some current engineering transfer students!


Student panelist:

Didier Lucu
Electrical Engineering student
Transfer from Butte College

Emilia Leverick
Bioengineering student
Transfer from Saddleback College

Jaelyn Fan
Computer Science student
Transfer from De Anza College

Ryan Carney
Computer Science student
Transfer from San Diego Mesa College

Seoyeon Kong
Bioengineering student
Transfer from Seattle Central College

Sina Ghadimi
Computer Science student
Transfer from West Valley College

Pathways Guide presentation recording
(The Student Panel & Mixer was not recorded)

Professional Development: industry internships & academic research

Monday, June 10, 2024
6 – 9 PM
Zoom session link

Guest speakers:

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.

Undergraduate Internship & Research Program

Are you interested in research?  Considering graduate school?  Hear about what kind of opportunities are available and how the UCLA Engineering Undergraduate Research Program can help you to connect with a research lab.

Participating in a summer internship with industry is probably the best way to improve your chances of securing a job at graduation. Learn how the UCLA Engineering Undergraduate Internship Program can help you to sell yourself to a company recruiter.  Learn about the recruiting events, career fairs, and how you can develop your brand over the years you are at UCLA to increase your chances of having a job offer at graduation.

Session slides

UCLA Career Center & Resources
UCLA Engineering Undergraduate Internship & Research Programs
Presentation recording

Applying to graduate school: a graduate student panel discussion

Are you interested in learning more about graduate school?  Want to know the differences between our Masters program, the MS Online program, and the Masters in Engineering programs?  Want to hear from current graduate students about how they decided to pursue graduate-study and what programs to apply to?  Join us for this workshop!

Exceptional Student Admission Program (ESAP) & other UCLA Master’s programs

Learn about guaranteed admission to the UCLA Samueli Engineering Masters of Science program for outstanding UCLA Engineering undergraduates!

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (paid summer research)

Wes Uehara, Director Engineering Transfer Center

The National Science Foundation provides funding for universities and national labs across the country to offer paid summer research experiences to undergraduates that are US Citizens or Permanent Residents.  Learn about these programs and when to apply!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link
Session slides

Karina Mitchell
Biomedical Engineering, Dartmouth College (2023)
M.S., Bioengineering, UCLA (2023 – present)

01/2nd LT; 250th QM CO XO, United State Army Reserve (2023 – present)

Kumar Saunack
Masters in Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, UCLA (2023 – present)
CORe, Harvard Business School (2023)
B. Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2016 – 2020)

Associate Software Developer, Morgan Stanley Capital International (2020 – 2023)
Product Manager, Nintee Pvt. Ltd., (2023)


Fall Recruiting: Crafting your engineering-tailored resume

Wes Uehara
Engineering Transfer Center Director

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link
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.

Engineering Student Organization nuts, bolts, and opportunities!

Friday, June 14, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link
Session slides

You’ve been encouraged to get involved with our engineering student organization.  What’s the difference between a Professional Engineering organization and a club?  What is a design team?  Why do I need to get involved?  Did you know there is a correlation between being active in a student organization and having a job offer at graduation?

Hear some testimony from current engineering students on what they got out of their involvement and learn what student organizations have to offer.

There is a correlation between involvement in an engineering student organization and securing a job offer at graduation.

Student organization session recording.

Networking 101
Student panel on Fall Recruiting

Monday, June 17, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link
Session slides

Networking 101: 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?

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

What do I wear?  Do I skip class to attend?  Should I apply at the Career Fair or on a company website?  Should I submit as many applications as I can?  What does it mean when there are no job skills listed on a job posting? Is it better to attend the big career fairs or the smaller department career fair events?  What about company info-sessions?  Are interviews for CS students different — wot?!  

Networking 101 recording.  The student panel portion of the event was not recorded.

Engineering Scholarships

Flannery Weiss, Academic Counselor, UCLA Engineering Office of Academic & Student Affairs
Hear about scholarships specifically engineering transfer students.  One application for all scholarships!

UCLA Engineering Scholarships slides

Global Internship Program

Ana Arrellano, Global Internship Program Coordinator, UCLA International Education Office
Here is another opportunity for eTransfers to get some valuable technical experience. Come and learn more about this program!

Global Internship Program slides

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?

ABCs of Faculty Advising slides

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session link


UCLA Engineering Scholarships, Global Internship Program & ABCs of Faculty Advising recording.


There is no registration required for eTransfer 101.  Sessions are 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.