Dean's Message

#9 Engineering School in the Nation 

March 2021

Albert P. Pisano

I am proud to share this news: the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego is #9 in the nation, according to the US News & World Report Rankings of Best Engineering Schools.

This is the second year in a row (and the second year ever) that we—the Jacobs School of Engineering—have broken into the top ten. (Or as I've been saying for a year now, we broke into the top nine!)

In the video embedded here, I share a few thoughts (safely distanced from my backyard) on how and why we are leveraging our rising reputation.

But first…

To everyone inside and outside the Jacobs School—staff, students, faculty, industry partners, donors, friends, alumni—THANK YOU. You have built and sustained the excellence and momentum this #9 ranking reflects. It's been a tough twelve months, and as I've said many times, I'm inspired by your grit and resilience in the face of multiple headwinds. (I'm honored to repeat my thanks to Jacobs School staff, students and faculty in this video.)

I see rankings as recognition rather than definition. We have defined ourselves at the Jacobs School by growing and strengthening our research enterprise. We have defined ourselves by investing in our students and their educational experiences inside and outside the classroom. We have defined ourselves by our renewed culture-building efforts aimed at creating and sustaining equitable and welcoming learning and working environments for all our students, staff and faculty. We have defined ourselves through new partnerships, initiatives and projects, including Franklin Antonio Hall. Our new building will serve as a national model for the future of collaborative academic engineering research.

In many different ways over the last 12 months, I've been reminded more clearly than ever of the incredible good that can come from our work as engineering and computer science educators and researchers. But realizing this potential, and avoiding pitfalls, takes incredible hard work and collaboration across sectors. I'm ready for the challenges ahead, and I look forward to tackling them with you.

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