I'm a staunch advocate for all of our students, and in these difficult times, standing up for students is absolutely critical. As I prepare this message, the situation for our international students is both fluid and concerning. I'd like to personally emphasize the contributions our international students make and recognize the added stresses caused by uncertainty surrounding new policy guidance from ICE. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla's message, immigration policy updates from our campus and updates from UC all point to efforts toward a positive resolution of this latest challenge facing our students. Once options are set, Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons' office will work closely with colleges, divisions and academic advisors to help students. In the meantime, if you are a student or staff member with questions or concerns, you can reach me at DeanPisano@eng.ucsd.edu.
We landed an NSF MRSEC
I'm thrilled to share that UC San Diego won an NSF MRSEC. These are prestigious materials science center grants funded by the National Science Foundation. The six-year $18 million award comes with the possibility of renewal and affirms yet again that UC San Diego in general, and the faculty of the Jacobs School of Engineering in particular, have grown into a world-class destination for materials science research and education. I am particularly proud of the MRSEC plans to provide research opportunities for our transfer students.
Engineering problem solving for high school students
Thanks to a gift from Buzz Woolley, we've launched a program to teach technical problem solving to high school students and teachers from under-resourced schools. Technical problem solving is a doorway to good jobs. It's a transferable skill that everyone deserves access to.
You make engineering matter
Engineering and computer science education and research matter more now than ever before. I'd like to thank the Jacobs School staff and faculty for the incredible work that each of you do — so much of it behind the scenes. Your efforts make all the difference.
Take care and stay safe. We are all in this together
Albert ("Al") P. Pisano, Dean and
Walter J. Zable Distinguished Professor
Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego