What is Bruintech?

Mission Statement

The BruinTech mission is to share technical knowledge and experience, encourage innovation and promote participation among all Bruin technologists. Our vision is to establish community relationships and foster professional development throughout the UCLA technical community while promoting digital citizenship through our work with students, faculty, researchers, and staff.

"To explore strange new ideas and new technologies, to seek out new ways to promote digital citizenship, and to find our path to new prosperous frontiers. Together, we can boldly go where no campus has gone before."

Core Values

Community. Knowledge. Service.

Community. Knowledge. Service.

History of BruinTech

BruinTech is a combination and expansion of the groups formerly known as the UCLA Computing Support Coordinator Program and the UCLA Help Desk Consortium. Watch "pechakucha" presentations on the creation and development of BruinTech.

Computing Support Coordinator Program

Support for computing within departments and at the desktop is highly decentralized at UCLA. In the years following the 1985 decision to decentralize computing resources, nearly all of the schools and academic divisions have created Local Support Centers, providing support for academic and administrative computing infrastructure within their domain. In addition to providing instructional computing support with computer labs and classrooms, these LSCs maintain school- and division-wide local area networks and, in most cases, provide technical support services to their faculty, staff and students.

In late 1988, recognizing the growing need for technical support within UCLA departments and a consistent interface between central support organizations and departmental computing support staff, Administrative Information Systems (now named Information Technology Services) and the Academic Technology Services (now named Office of Information Technology), joined forces to develop the Computing Support Coordinator (CSC) program. 

With the forming of the Help Desk Consortium, many of the discussions from the CSC group were integrated with the HDC.

Help Desk Consortium

The HDC was formed in 2008 to promote collaboration among the numerous help desks at UCLA. The group aimed to:

  • Share expertise, solutions, ideas and resources to increase efficiencies
  • Develop IT best practices and operating standards
  • Encourage more specialization and innovation
  • Establish cooperation in navigating IT bureaucracy
  • Facilitate Help Desk IT projects across campus
  • Align IT with the University's mission & vision
  • Increase responsiveness to end-users and customers
  • Encourage professional development for IT staff

Since its conception, the HDC was mostly made up of help desk staff and focused on help desk related issues. As technology evolved, the line between help desks and other specializations of IT have become blurred and many staff now play multiple roles within their organization. The focus of the HDC has broadened beyond help desk issues and has become a forum for staff from different areas of IT to share knowledge.

BruinTech

During 2012-2013, the HDC Executive Board launched a rebranding effort to expand the group to include all Bruin “Technologists,” meaning anyone who works in technology, is interested in technology, or considers themselves to be a “techie.” Whether you are in a one-person shop or a part of a large IT organization, you have a place in the new BruinTech group!