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Dean's Column

The Jacobs School is on the Move

It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to write my first dean's column at the Jacobs School of Engineering. These first months have been incredible. Each week, I encounter more great things happening here in education, research, entrepreneurism and positive impact on industry and society. This is truly a world-class engineering school.

At the same time, I see opportunities for us to take the Jacobs School to the next level of excellence. One important step in this process is building a leadership team that shares my enthusiasm and my dedication to the School. I am honored to welcome three accomplished and highly regarded professors as associate deans. Please join me in congratulating Pamela Cosman, Jan Talbot and George Tynan. Together we will engage the entire engineering community through our focus on students, faculty, and research – and on identifying resources to support new initiatives in these areas.

In this issue of Pulse, we highlight several education and outreach projects aimed at increasing and broadening the pool of engineering students. I'd like to thank each person involved in this work for their passion and dedication. You will be hearing much more about engineering education at the Jacobs School in the near future.

We also feature, in this issue, a taste of the Jacobs School's research enterprise, which is deeply rooted in both fundamental inquiry and practical applications. I am very much enjoying the process of learning what is happening in all of our labs, interdisciplinary research groups and Centers. There are so many exciting projects to share in upcoming issues of Pulse.

This issue's cover story discusses several exciting prospects for incorporating RF MEMS into handsets. Some of the fundamental research that is enabling the transition to consumer technologies happened here at the Jacobs School – and this is just one of our many wireless communications success stories.

We also touch on a few "omics" projects – the Jacobs School is at the forefront of today's omics revolutions, which are built upon genomic sequencing. Our leadership role can be attributed at least in part to the long-standing collaborations on this campus between engineers, computational scientists and medical researchers. These kinds of collaborations will be even more important in the future, and I look forward to many exciting advances at the interface of engineering, life sciences and medicine.

I'd like to close my first column with an opening. As I have said several times since I arrived on Sept.1, I am a big believer in honest and constructive two-way communication. I look forward to hearing from you. My leadership team and I are working hard to make the Jacobs School the very best engineering school in the nation. This will require conversation, collaboration and innovation on many levels. I can be reached at:

Albert P. Pisano, Dean
Jacobs School of Engineering

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