The Samueli School pursues research that is timely, socially responsible and trendsetting. Building on a strong foundation of fundamental engineering areas, ranging from mechanics to electronic devices, four thrust areas have been identified to shape the future of research in the Samueli School. These thrust areas catalyze pioneering research by engaging a broad spectrum of School faculty, drawing researchers from outside of engineering, attracting the most talented graduate students and focusing attention and resources on the most important engineering challenges of our times.

Research Thrusts

  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Engineering for Human Health
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

Focused Research
The School is equipped with excellent experimental facilities and a state-of-the-art computational infrastructure, occupying nearly 295,000 assignable square feet.  It offers numerous research centers, institutes and facilities, including the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing, The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, the UC Irvine Combustion Lab, the Center for Embedded Computer Systems, the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing, the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, the Center for Advanced Monitoring and Damage Inspection, the Center for Engineering Science in Design, the Structural Engineering Test Hall and the Micro/Nano Fluidics Fundamentals Focus Center.

The School’s faculty is also active in the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Networked Systems Center, the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, the Urban Water Research Center, and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, the School is an integral part of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), one of four Institutes for Science and Innovation within the University of California.