About the Program

In Fall 2015, the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department (now Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.) inaugurated the Fast Track to Success program for incoming undergraduate students. The main purpose of this program is to recruit a pool of highly talented high school students and provide them with a supportive environment and opportunities so that they can challenge themselves to succeed in their future careers as engineers in industry, academia and entrepreneurship.

The first Fast Track class consists of 21 students; 8 females and 13 males. Of these, 3 are from overseas and 2 others are non-California resident U.S. students. The rest are from California high schools. The students in this group will be encouraged to enroll together in at least one honors/advanced standing class every quarter to encourage them to excel in a supportive peer group environment. The students are expected to maintain an accumulated GPA of at least 3.3 and take at least 30 units worth of honors/advanced standing classes during their 4 years at UCLA. These students will also be considered for summer internships, starting in their freshman year, with faculty members in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and present their work in a special forum at the end of the summer.

Program Requirements

  • The Fast Track student will maintain an aggregate GPA of at least 3.3 at the end of each academic year.
  • If a student fails to be in good standing at the end of the year, he/she will be placed on probation for two quarters. If the student fails to improve his/her GPA to above 3.3 he/she will be dropped from the fast track program.
  • The FT students must take certain honors classes that will be offered each year. To complete the FT program the student will have completed a total of at least 30 honors course units. These classes are as follows:
    • Freshman Year: At least 1 (2 preferred) out of Physics 1AH, 1BH and 1CH (Physics 1BH preferred); and E 96.
    • Sophomore Year: EE 102, EE2 and EE10/11L
    • Junior Year: EE 110/111L and 1 additional class to be determined. More classes are expected to be added to this list.
  • In the sophomore and junior years those Fast Track students with an aggregate GPA of 3.5 will be given preference for paid summer internships with EE faculty or with Industry. While every effort will be made to place the Fast Track students in the “summer research experience for the undergraduates” (REU) program, the EE department does not guarantee placement for all the students.

Professor Chandrashekhar (Chan) Joshi is the faculty mentor for the Fast Track Group. He meets the students once every month to discuss academic and/or social issues and advise students on career opportunities.

 

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