Alumni and Friends

The Office of Development and External Relations (DER) has two primary functions: Development (“developing” mutually beneficial relationships for the School); and External Relations (“communicating” information about the School, focusing on faculty research and teaching).

Development includes identifying financial resources from our industry partners, corporate and private foundations, community leaders and alumni to further the mission of the School. In partnership, we assist industry with various research initiatives and facilitate internships, often a source of new employee engineers. Community support has assisted the Samueli School in achieving excellence by providing funds for the continued growth of programs and enabling our students to have access to high-caliber faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. With 61 percent of students receiving financial aid, community support is critical and plays a pivotal role as we continue our ascent to the top ranks of engineering schools.

External Relations includes communicating information about the Samueli School through publications such as e-newsletters, websites, press releases and social media (Facebook, Twitter). We use these interactive “social” networking platforms to communicate with current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public to learn more about the Samueli School.

An important resource for outreach and advice to the Dean, is the Engineering Leadership Council (ELC), currently consisting of over 40 business and community leaders who generously offer their support. They know that a great community, as a place to live and conduct business, is enriched by a great university. Furthermore, the ELC understands that science and engineering are at the heart of the development, wealth and growth of the nation, the state of California and Orange County.

As part of our outreach, an annual dinner and awards banquet is held to recognize prominent community leaders with the Engineering the Future award and to celebrate accomplished faculty with the Fariborz Maseeh Outstanding Research and Teaching awards.

The School’s growing alumni ranks are part of an exceptional technological community which continues to develop new traditions and welcome individuals worldwide. The School is experiencing tremendous growth, developing innovative advancements each year that help promote UC Irvine as an interdisciplinary, world-class research university.


Marilyn Huynh
Assistant Director of Development
(949) 824-8546 Direct
(949) 824-9968 Fax