Dean's Message

$1.54 Billion...Talk about a heavy lift

September 2021

Albert P. Pisano

UC San Diego recently announced $1.54 billion in sponsored research funding for the 2021 fiscal year. Talk about a heavy lift!

This is the largest sponsored research amount ever for UC San Diego and the 12th consecutive year the campus has earned more than $1 billion in research funding.

Everyone who worked so hard for these incredible results despite the headwinds deserves a lot of credit. I'm particularly proud because this is the Jacobs School of Engineering's home ecosystem...and we are fully engaged. 

I have a simple schematic that conveys my perspective on the connectivity of the UC San Diego research ecosystem.

What I find so exciting about engineering and computer science is that we get to collaborate to expand knowledge, solve problems, and find cures AND we get to build systems and tools that allow others to do all that and more. These cycles of fundamental and applied research projects combined with tool building and invention are only possible when we intensively collaborate. 

I often focus on how the Jacobs School knows how to collaborate with industry partners. That's true. It's also true that we apply the same intensity to collaborations within UC San Diego. Campus collaborations expand the scope of our intellectual inquiry. They broaden our perspective and make us more effective in our bedrock mission of leveraging engineering and computer science for the public good.  

If you'd like to talk about ways to connect with the Jacobs School, I can be reached at


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