Dean's Message

In the Top Ten, again!

March 2022

Albert P. Pisano

I'm proud to announce that for the third year in a row, we are in the top 10 in the influential US News & World Report Best Engineering Schools rankings. We gave it our all and ranked #10 after two years in the #9 spot. Three years in a row in the top 10 is great for all of us here at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. It's great for the San Diego region, for California and for the nation. 

I see these exciting rankings as nationwide recognition of the efforts of our students, faculty and staff. I thank you all for your sustained excellence, creativity and dedication. You are world-class engineers, computer scientists, and professionals. Together with our industry and public-sector partners, we are leveraging engineering and computer science for the public good.  

I'm thrilled to announce that we are opening Franklin Antonio Hall this spring. We have the keys to the building! As we wrap up finishing touches and the teams prepare to move in, I can already feel the rising energy. I am sensing the enthusiasm and creativity that will soon pulse through this incredible facility. Thank you to EVERYONE who is making this possible, and a special thanks to our philanthropic community who stepped up to help us realize the vision of Franklin Antonio Hall. We couldn't do this without you.

Franklin Antonio Hall is truly a machine for innovation. Every square foot is designed to encourage the circulation of people and ideas. All the research facilities are organized into thematic collaboratories where multiple, complementary research groups can work in different disciplines yet occupy the same labs. I can barely wait to hear of the new research breakthroughs they are sure to have. This is, literally, how we make bold possible. (Here's a link to the collaboratories list, more details to come.)   

I would like you and your ideas to be part of the grand circulation in Franklin Antonio Hall. I assure you that the building is breathtaking, inside and out. Please enjoy this video of Franklin Antonio Hall, and I hope it tempts you to come to campus and experience this machine for collaborative research and education for yourself! If you plan to come to our Research Expo on April 14, you can take a look, after talking tech with graduate students at the poster session in Bear Courtyard.

Read the full April 2022 email as a PDF.

As always, I can be reached at

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