Dean's Message


October 2021

Albert P. Pisano

I finally got to meet (in person!) many of the 27 faculty we hired into the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering in '20/21. 

At the outdoor event to celebrate their arrival, as I exhorted them to be bold, I could see they were already engaged. I didn't need to encourage them at all, they were raring to go.

I was pleased to sense the camaraderie among them. Despite the pandemic, the new faculty have already started to self assemble into a productive ecosystem. This truly thrills me. I am firmly convinced that these young faculty will succeed: when problems arise, they will draw upon the interpersonal energy that flows among them. Imagine the second wave of energy that will pulse through the Jacobs School when this group of faculty, with its unity of purpose, gets fully integrated in our community. 

This energy will have a wonderful home in Franklin Antonio Hall. Despite the pandemic, following strict safety measures, we managed to build this powerful new node for the Jacobs School's education, research and innovation ecosystem. I can't wait to see the dynamism our wonderful new faculty bring to it.

Just before the pandemic hit, we broke into the top 9 engineering schools in the nation. And twelve months later, despite the headwinds, we held that position. Indeed, just a couple of weeks ago, we celebrated that our bioinformatics undergraduate program jumped from #2 to #1 in the nation.

In my close out remarks at the new faculty celebration, I shared that I see them as an integral part of the nearly 140 faculty we've hired into the Jacobs School over the last 8 years. We are a young, powerful school because we have added cohort after cohort of energetic, imaginative, bold new faculty.  

I am very much looking forward to this new academic year, focused ever more on engineering and computer science for the public good. 

As always, I can be reached at

Read the October 2021 Jacobs School news email as a PDF.

Albert ("Al") P. Pisano, Dean
UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering