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Message from the Dean

Greetings and welcome to the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, a remarkable place in so many ways.

Here, the Pacific Ocean provides a sublime context for heavyweight “content” in the form of excellent faculty, students, and facilities, strongly applied educational programs, and a collaborative spirit that drives bold cross-disciplinary research and has resulted in the current lofty stature of the CoE and the university as a whole. UCSB was ranked No. 5 among the nation’s public universities in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report listings, and our highly ranked departments — with two in the Top 10 among public universities — have contributed greatly to that recognition.

Our faculty, which includes many global leaders in their fields and several Nobel Laureates, ranks in the top one percent for research citations worldwide, according to the 2019 Times World University rankings. Eligible junior faculty receive more prestigious Young Faculty Awards per capita than their peers at all but a handful of top universities.

CoE researchers produce a great deal of first-principles science and theoretical research but also focus sharply on application and are known for moving theory rapidly into technology. Our deep ties with industry, which appreciates our collaborative orientation and our ability to provide indispensable technological advances, has placed the college among the top 0.5 percent of engineering programs worldwide in terms of per-capita industry funding, according to the Times rankings.

Because we are a relatively small college, engineering students find that our stellar faculty are accessible to a degree rarely found at top-tier schools. That accessibility, combined with a dedication to teaching and mentoring, enables the college to graduate innovative engineers who are grounded in the techniques, the knowledge, and the collaborative nature of the engineering profession. Our alumni work at such world-leading companies as Google, Northrop Grumman, Apple, Facebook, and Intel, to name a very few.

The college's deep well of scientific and applied-engineering prowess has resulted in a vibrant entrepreneurial community that has created more than 100 faculty-, student-, and alumni-founded startups, which have generated more than 10 billion dollars of shareholder value. The Technology Management Department allows entrepreneurially oriented students to extend their technical knowledge with invaluable business and management skills.

Collegial, truly collaborative, and consistently sharpening the cutting edge of engineering solutions, UC Santa Barbara is where success-bound engineers want to be. Whether you are a prospective student, parent, or partner, we welcome you and invite you to take advantage of all that awaits at this superb institution.

Rod Alferness
Dean, College of Engineering, UC Santa Barbara