The New Face of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

School monument sign unveiled on

East Peltason Drive


The Henry Samueli School of Engineering monument sign was recently unveiled on

East Peltason Drive,
completing the Oct. 19, 2000 formal dedication and naming of the engineering school after Dr. Henry Samueli, the co-founder, chief technical officer and chairman of the board of Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications.  

Engineering was the first school to be “named” on campus, which was initiated when Dr. Samueli and his wife Susan donated $20 million in 1999; the largest single gift in UC Irvine’s history at that time.  Additionally, Dr. Samueli gave another gift of $1.5 million to support the founding of the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing.

Shortly after the dedication in 2000, plans to build a monument sign were developed, a location was selected, and funding for the project was secured. However, the groundbreaking was delayed because of other construction projects planned in close proximity to the proposed site.

Construction of the sign commenced in September 2006 and the project was recently completed, placed at the front entrance to the engineering quad area.  Designed to welcome students, faculty, staff, colleagues and visitors, the monument is also a visible reminder of the innovative research and leading-edge technology taking place daily as The Henry Samueli School of Engineering continues to "engineer the future."