Dean's Message

A fast start in 2023

January 2023

Albert P. Pisano

Hold on to your hats! We're off to a fast start in 2023 here at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. On January 5, we announced the founding of the PRISM center with $50.5 million in funding. PRISM stands for Processing with Intelligent Storage and Memory, and this center will find ways to make computing orders of magnitude faster and more efficient. UC San Diego computer science professor Tajana Simunic-Rosing leads this center through a $35 million grant from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) via the JUMP 2.0 program, which brings together SRC, DARPA and industry and academic stakeholders. With her continuing leadership, a group of 10 universities banded together to create the $50.5 million PRISM center. 

Tajana's entrepreneurial spirit represents the best of the Jacobs School of Engineering – she achieved a great goal at remarkable speed, building success upon success. By the way, Tajana holds the John J. and Susan M. Fratamico Endowed Chair here at UC San Diego. Creating new endowed chair professorships is critical for our sustained excellence and for our next surge forward. Just look at what Tajana did with her endowed chair.  

As I said, 2023 is off to a fast start – and I sincerely hope that we will be making additional great-news announcements at the scale of PRISM as we move through the year. 

I believe that speed is fundamental to both the art and science of engineering. Optimizing and innovating in the face of uncertainty is what we do as engineers. My own working style as an engineering dean is to move fast. It's born out of my professional responsibility to empower everyone at the Jacobs School to make the biggest positive impact possible. My job is to help unlock doors, so that our students, staff, faculty and collaborating partners can fully engage and achieve the greatest results possible. 

As we look ahead, I'm honored to also reflect back and share some of our 2022 Jacobs School institutional highlights and student highlights. Together, let's make use of engineering and computer science to solve our toughest shared challenges.

Read our full January 2023 newsletter here

As always, I can be reached at

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