Dean's Welcome Message

Alexander Wolf

The Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz offers unique opportunities for education and research. Founded in 1997 to meet the increasing demand for highly educated engineering graduates, we have grown beyond expectations and have won praise from industry and government leaders as the engineering school of the 21st century. Since inception, we have more than tripled the number of outstanding faculty and increased our student body to almost 4,000. We offer undergraduate degree programs in Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computational Media: Computer Game Design, Electrical Engineering, Network and Digital Technology, Robotics Engineering, and Technology & Information Management. We also offer MS and PhD degree programs in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Bioinformatics and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Network Engineering, and Technology and Information Management, as well as professional MS degrees in Games &  Playable Media and Scientific Computing & Applied Mathematics.

With a combination of expertise and innovation, the Baskin School of Engineering seeks new approaches to some of the most critical challenges of the 21st century, thriving within the domains of data science, genomics, biotechnology, statistical modeling, high performance computing, sustainability engineering, human-centered design, networking and technology management. By leveraging the novel tools that often emerge from changing technologies, we have pioneered new engineering approaches and disciplines, examples of which include biomolecular engineering, computational media, and technology and information management.

Faculty and staff in the Baskin School of Engineering are dedicated to providing first-rate education that instills strong basic knowledge for sound practice in science and engineering for the well-being of society. Our courses of study nurture creative thinking and prepare students for productive and rewarding careers. Our Corporate Sponsored Senior Projects Program provides real-world engagement for undergraduates working with industry leaders on projects that matter. At the graduate level, we engage with companies in collaborative research across all our engineering disciplines.

Our students are involved in many aspects of campus life: study abroad, the entrepreneurship program, the honors program, extracurricular activities, participation in faculty research, and internships in high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley region and elsewhere. Our research centers and institutes provide unique research and learning opportunities for students at all levels.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Baskin School of Engineering as we continue to grow and enhance our programs to maintain national eminence. I encourage students to fully embrace and take full advantage of the rich learning environment available at UC Santa Cruz. For supporters and potential collaborators in industry, federal laboratories, and elsewhere, I enthusiastically welcome your interest in the Baskin School of Engineering. Please do not hesitate to contact me, our staff, or any of our faculty members to pursue opportunities for collaborations.

Alexander Wolf
Dean of Engineering