UCI’s engineering school was renamed The Henry Samueli School of Engineering in 1999 after Samueli, co-founder, chairman and chief technical officer of Broadcom Corp., made a generous donation.
Samueli, who earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA, began his career at TRW, Inc., where he was responsible for the development of military broadband communications systems. Later, he was chief scientist and co-founder of PairGain Technologies, Inc. a telecommunications equipment manufacturer.
In 1985, he joined the UCLA electrical engineering faculty, and in 1991, he co-founded semiconductor company Broadcom with his former student, Henry Nicholas. The company became publicly traded in 1998.
Samueli, who is also a distinguished adjunct professor in UCI’s electrical engineering and computer science department, has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of communications systems engineering and digital signal processing. He is a named inventor in 73 U.S. patents. In 2011, the Global Semiconductor Alliance named him the winner of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, and in 2012, he was awarded the Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
With his wife, Susan, Samueli owns the Anaheim Ducks professional hockey team and is a well-known philanthropist. The Samueli Foundation supports a wide range of innovative, entrepreneurial and sustainable causes, including at-risk children, foster youth and other underserved populations locally and abroad.