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Former Associate Dean Tony Sebald Retires

Tony Sebald (center) with his former students David Fogel ('92, CEO, Natural Selection, Inc.) and Ken Kreutz-Delgado ('85, Prof, ECE).

After nearly 30 years of service to UCSD, ECE professor Tony Sebald retired this year. Sebald served as associate dean for the Jacobs School from 1996 to 2002 and was instrumental in a number of education innovations throughout the school. He joined UCSD in 1976 as one of only two assistant professors in engineering at the time.

"It has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch and collaborate in the creation of a whole new university from the ground up. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and that has fostered an incredible sense of ownership among the faculty and staff," says Sebald, whose research interests include intelligent systems for solar energy and energy conservation. "We need to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit that sets UCSD apart and embrace it as the university matures."

For his part, Sebald was committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education and most of the educational innovations he and his colleagues adopted are still in practice today. In 1995, he helped introduce a revamped ECE curriculum starting with foundational engineering courses and hands-on design in the freshman year followed by an upper division sequence containing both core courses and an elective area of specialization. As associate dean, he helped other Jacobs School departments implement similar curricula enhancements. He also contributed to the adoption of a master's of engineering program to provide continuing education for professional engineers.

"Tony's door was always open to me," says Jacobs School alumnus David Fogel ('92). "He taught me that there was no limit to what I could try to accomplish."