Students are encouraged to participate in UCLA extracurricular activities, especially those relevant to engineering such as the student engineering society (Engineering Society, University of California), student publications, and programs of the technical and professional engineering societies in the Los Angeles area.
The student body takes an active part in shaping policies of the school through elected student representatives on the school Faculty Executive Committee.
Women in Engineering
Among UCLA engineering students, women make up approximately 24 percent of the undergraduate and 23 percent of the graduate enrollment. Today’s opportunities for women in engineering are excellent, as both employers and educators try to change the image of engineering as a males-only field. Women engineers are in great demand in all fields of engineering.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), recognizing that women in engineering are still a minority, has established a UCLA student chapter that sponsors field trips and engineering-related speakers (often professional women) to introduce the various options available to women engineers. The UCLA chapter of SWE, in conjunction with other Los Angeles schools, also publishes an annual résumé book to aid women students in finding jobs; and presents a career day for high school students.
Continuing education in engineering is developed and administered by the UCLA Extension (UNEX) Engineering and Technology Department in close cooperation with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The department offers evening classes, short courses, certificate programs, special events, and education and training at the workplace.