From the Dean - Spring 2011
As we begin another year, I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Our School continues to rise in scholarship, partnership and excellence, and I know that none of this is possible without the on-going support of alumni, industry partners, faculty, staff, students and friends.
This year marks the School's 55th Anniversary. Its tradition of excellence through these years can be seen in our partnership with industry, quality of our faculty members, and students and the excellent teaching and learning infrastructure, all which combined provide an environment for students to learn and be challenged. The graduate program in the School commenced in Fall 2009 and it has made a crucial difference in many ways: enrollment, student applicant pool quality, faculty scholarship, and School academic reputation. During the May 2011 graduation ceremony, over 20 students received their Masters of Science in Engineering Science degree: a major achievement. Our enrollment of 670 students this past fall is a sharp increase from just 515 students in 2009. Many of the undergraduate students enrolled are beginning their graduate work through our streamlined Blended Program.
Enrollment is not our sole area of growth. In line with our mission to develop future engineers and computer scientists, we have introduced new courses to our curriculum and continue to improve others through collaboration and feedback. Faculty partnerships and research continue to result in a significant number of publications. Alumni and industry partners have returned to campus to engage and connect with our current students. With all this and more, I am confident that the School will lead in the fields of engineering and computer science as we seek to serve crucial societal needs nationally and globally.
It has been a privilege and honor to serve as dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science since June 2000. As you know, I have announced my intention to retire from this position effective July 31, 2012. Involvement and support provided by alumni and friends of the School have been crucial to our success. Much of what we have accomplished was made possible by the extraordinary work of the faculty, support from the University administration, and alumni and friends of the School. Looking towards the future, the upcoming anniversary celebration will be a chance for you to see the many recent developments of the School and University on campus, to consider how you may invest in future engineers and computer scientists, and to know that the School welcomes your support as we move forward to address new and exciting challenges.
With best regards,
Ravi K. Jain
Dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science