The New Face of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
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 Henry Samueli, the co-founder, chief technical officer and chairman of the board of Broadcom Corp., a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications.
Engineering was the first school to be “named” on campus, which was initiated when Samueli and his wife, Susan, donated $20 million in 1999; the largest single gift in UC Irvine’s history at that time. Additionally, 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."