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Welcome to ITA. Our mission at the UCLA Engineering Institute for Technology Advancement is to support the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in three coordinated areas.

First, ITA helps to enable the development of major new multi-disciplinary research efforts for UCLA.  We provide business development support and strategic direction to increase overall UCLA research funding. ITA helps to identify new research opportunities and associated funding sources. We work with UCLA faculty and students to shape, propose, and win new research programs.

ITA also provides facilities and funding to start and grow new companies. These spin-out companies leverage UCLA technologies to provide long-term benefits and returns to UCLA. The on-going Student Entrepreneur Venture Competition is one such example, where we are promoting and supporting students to leverage their ideas and inventions into new companies.

In addition to starting new companies and helping UCLA win new programs, ITA also has the charter to facilitate industry access to UCLA engineering expertise. In this role we direct proprietary R&D projects to support near-term industry needs. This in turn helps UCLA faculty and students gain funding and experience with new and unique research opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them.

We are here to help. Please feel free to contact me or any member of the ITA team if you have questions about the institute, or would like to explore additional opportunities with UCLA Engineering.

Dwight Streit