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Frieder Seible Appointed Dean
Frieder Seible, a world-renowned expert in bridge design, structural systems, and earthquake engineering, has been appointed Dean of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.

“Dr. Seible is a visionary leader, an internationally acclaimed engineer, and a teacher who is deeply committed to students and education. He exemplifies the extraordinary credentials we seek in our academic leaders, and has the strategic talent to lead the Jacobs School during a pivotal period of growth,” said UCSD Chancellor Robert C. Dynes.


Student leaders discuss their idea for a school-wide MatLab workshop with Dean Frieder Seible during Trident Student Council meeting with the dean on April 30.
Seible is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and holds the Eric and Johanna Reissner Endowed Chair in Applied Mechanics and Structural Engineering. He joined the UCSD faculty in 1983, and served as the founding Chair of the Department of Structural Engineering from 1995 to 2001. As chair, he oversaw the development of the first nationally accredited program in structural engineering. Seible also developed the Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories, which have become a worldwide resource for large-scale structural testing. Many of the technologies used to retrofit California bridges and highways for earthquake safety were designed and tested in the Powell Labs. Seible was appointed Executive Associate Dean of the School in January 2002, and was subsequently appointed Interim Dean in July 2002.

“Our mission and our passion are to turn out the best qualified engineers. In addition to the engineering fundamentals, our goal is to teach our students to be life-long learners who can apply those fundamentals to ever-changing technology,” said Seible. “In the end, the quality of the education we provide, and the achievements of our alumni, will be the metric that will sustain the Jacobs School’s position as one of the best engineering schools in the nation.”

Seible has received numerous awards for his research, and has published more than 500 papers primarily focused on the seismic design of bridges and buildings. He is known for the development of large-scale structural testing techniques, the seismic assessment and retrofit of bridges, and the application of Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) materials in civil engineering structures. Seible is a member of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Seismic Advisory Board and has contributed to the Caltrans bridge seismic safety program through his large-scale testing and retrofit research. He has served on or led many Caltrans committees on bridge reconstruction and retrofit.

Seible received a Dpl. Ing. from the University of Stuttgart, a M.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, all in civil engineering.

Seible is the third dean of the Jacobs School, succeeding Robert Conn, who served as dean from 1994 to 2002, and Lea Rudee, the School’s founding dean, who served from 1982 to 1993.


Frieder Seible serves as a structural engineering consultant for some of the world’s long-span bridges including the Cooper River Bridge in South Carolina.