Samueli School of Engineering Strategic Plan

Developing Human Connections to Reach the Top 25 by 2025

We are at a critical moment in the history of the Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. The campus is under a mandate to grow and plans a major buildout over the next decade. Our engineering school plays a vital role in this expansion. We see it as an opportunity to strengthen our existing programs and develop initiatives that raise our national profile, elevating us to the top 25 by 2025.

The strategic plan is our roadmap for excellence, and the true strength of our school’s future resides in human connections. These connections imply improved communications, coordination and collaboration across all units of the Samueli School. This is imperative for creating a shared awareness of our strengths and weaknesses, and will inform decision-making at all levels.

Human connectivity represents the signature element for all of our academic programs and gives priority direction for both research and education. We will build upon our distinctive Anteater engineering experience to ensure all students have the knowledge, skills and leadership to tackle today’s global grand challenges. Together, we will address societal needs, such as water and energy sustainability, human health, advancing communications and mobility, and innovating new materials and technologies. By engineering novel solutions for these challenges, we are poised to influence economic growth, create job opportunities and further national prosperity.

Finally, human connections are a mechanism by which we shape and sustain excellence. We encourage our partners — on and off campus — to join us in this pursuit. Through academic advancement, dynamic discovery, external engagement and laudable leadership, our plans for the future are within reach.