June 5, 2023

Susan and Henry Samueli gift $50M to engineering school

I am delighted to announce that Susan and Henry Samueli, the largest benefactors in our history, have made a new investment in the excellence of UC Irvine by committing $50 million to The Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

As UCI continues to grow and develop, it is vital that we increase our capacity to address a broad range of global challenges, working together on multidisciplinary projects that will change lives for the better. These new funds will support the creation of three new multidisciplinary research institutes in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Unified under the banner “Engineering+,” the Engineering+Health Institute, Engineering+Society Institute and Engineering+Environment Institute will allow researchers from diverse disciplines to conduct transformational research addressing the most important issues facing humanity today.

In addition, a portion of the gift will be used to create the Office of Inreach, dedicated to the well-being, academic success, sense of belonging and career opportunities for undergraduate students in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

The endowment created by this generous gift will also fund research and teaching; workshops, speaker series and events; administrative staff and infrastructure; research grants and faculty retention; and graduate student fellowships, among other needs connected to the broader Engineering+ theme.

You can read more about the Engineering+ programs in the press release.

We are fortunate and thankful to have such generous partners as Susan and Henry Samueli, who share UCI’s vision of converging on society’s greatest needs and tackling them in extraordinary ways. Please join me in expressing our utmost gratitude to them for their continued unwavering support of our institution.

Fiat Lux,

Chancellor Howard Gillman