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UCLA Extension Instructor Ming Lu Receives Prestigious CPA Educator Award

Former 'Big Four' Accounting Pro Awarded for Impact on UCLA Extension Accounting Program

Ming Lu

It’s official: The California Society of CPA's 2021 Outstanding Educator Award is going to one of our very own instructors at UCLA Extension, Ming Lu! This award is given out annually to teachers and mentors who demonstrate excellence in innovating curriculum, case studies and new programs and/or who have had articles published in academic journals.

Other criteria considered are the ways in which the winner is involved in academic societies (and other related activities). For his part, Mr. Lu prepares tax returns free of charge for low-income families as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program in addition to working as a faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi (the accounting honor society). He has thrived as an instructor at Santa Monica College, UCLA and UCLA Extension during the last stretch of his remarkable career.


By investing my time with the students, ​​my hope is that students will not only find the job that they desire, but also immediately take the CPA exam to obtain their CPA license. The most rewarding experience is to get thank you emails from students and requests to join them on LinkedIn – it means you’ve made an impact.

Ming Lu
UCLA Extension Accounting Instructor

Having worked for Deloitte, KPMG, Northrop Grumman and Merrill Lynch prior to joining UCLA, Mr. Lu’s substantial knowledge is matched only by his significant contributions made to students and in the cultures of Accounting firms. Mr. Lu routinely makes time for UCLA Extension students looking to further their education and/or enhance their skills in Accounting, helping make new practitioners out of anyone eager to learn.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in addition to a master’s degree in business taxation from the Leventhal School of Accounting at the USC Marshall School of Business.

As an instructor for UCLA Extension, Mr. Lu has developed a passion for passing on his expertise to students in our Accounting Certificate program. On behalf of the staff here at Extension – and the many students he has helped along in their careers – we want to congratulate Ming Lu on his 2021 Outstanding Educator Award!


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