The dean is the administrative head, providing academic leadership, managing resources and representing the College of Engineering to the Chancellor, the Provost, UC Davis and wider communities. The dean is also a member of the faculty of the College.
Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Jean VanderGheynst
Interim Dean
(Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, Dean, effective November 1, 2015)
Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Phone: 530-752-4980
Website: VanderGheynst Lab



Investigating a diverse array of biological systems to address relevant problems in fields such as plant biotechnology, biofuels, and pest management.
Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1997
M.S., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1994
B.S., Chemical Engineering, with Distinction, Syracuse University, 1991



Stacy N. Miller, Interim Executive Assistant Dean, Administration and FinanceStacy Miller
Interim Executive Assistant Dean for Administration & Finance

Phone: 530-752-3158

In this role, she serves as a key adviser to the dean and the leadership team of the school. Miller leads in financial reporting, forecasting and policy setting on administrative matters, organizational development, risk management and operations.

With more than 15 years’ experience in administration, budgeting and human resources within institutions of higher learning, Miller brings a fresh perspective with a a critical eye on the mission and vision of organizations she serves. Most recently serving as Chief Administrative Officer in the Department of Neurology at the UC Davis School of Medicine, she previously served as the Associate Director for Administration & Finance at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in Portland Oregon.


MPH, Policy & Administration concentration, Portland State University, 2002
BA, Management, Northwest Christian University, 1998

Associate Deans

The associate deans, also faculty members, provide leadership in matters related to the academic mission, faculty, instruction and student services. They report to the dean of the College.    

Jean-Pierre Delplanque
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Phone: 530-752-0556



Multiscale modeling and numerical simulation of complex processes and systems. Applications are interdisciplinary in nature, crossing the boundaries between Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science. Examples of specific projects range from the strain-assisted microstructural development of polycrystalline materials to the dynamics and condensation of exhaled aerosols.


Ph.D., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1993
M.Sc., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1989
Diplôme d’Études Approfondies, National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France, 1987
Engineer Diploma, Energy and Processes, Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics Department, ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France, 1987


Jim Schaaf
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Advising
Continuing Lecturer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Kemper Hall 1050
Phone: 530-752-1979

Since 1993, Jim Schaaf has been a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering where he has been actively involved in curriculum development, program assessment, and undergraduate advising. Prior to returning to UC Davis, Jim was the first recipient of the Lee Hunter Assistant Professorship of Mechanical Design at the Washington University in St. Louis. In 1989-90, Jim spent a year as an NIDRR research fellow at MIT’s Newman Biomechanics Laboratory and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Biomechanics Laboratory. Jim’s primary teaching interests are in design and dynamics.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1988
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1983
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1981


Karen McDonald, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UC Davis

Karen McDonald
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Co-Principal Investigator and Faculty Director, UC Davis ADVANCE

Phone: 530-752-8314


Using the tools of genetic engineering, recombinant proteins can be produced using a variety of expression systems and hosts, including microbial, mammalian, insect, plant or algal cells grown in bioreactors as well as transgenic animals and plants. Our laboratory is developing novel expression systems (i.e. the genetic instructions that direct the host cell to produce the non-native protein) and bioprocess engineering technologies to produce recombinant proteins, including human therapeutic proteins, enzymes for cellulose degradation, and biopolymers for materials applications, using whole plants, harvested plant tissues or plant cells grown in-vitro in bioreactors.


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1985
M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1980
B.S., Stanford University, 1979

S. Felix Wu
Associate Dean, Academic Personnel and Planning
Professor, Department of Computer Science

Phone: 530-754-7748


Social informatics and computing; Computer and network security; Social-aware operating systems; Future Internet architecture and experimentation; Software-Defined Anything (SDx); Anomaly detection and explanation.


Ph.D., Computer Science, Columbia University, 1995
M.S., Computer Science, Columbia University, 1989
B.S., Computer Science, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan, 1985


Academic chairs are faculty members and have critical leadership roles in their units, acting as liaisons to higher administration and serving to advance the research, teaching and service missions of their departments.



Bryan Jenkins
Biological and Agricultural Engineering


Jinyi Qi
Biomedical Engineering

Roland Faller
Co Chair
Chemical Engineering and Material Science


Subhash Risbud
Co Chair
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Amit Kanvinde
Civil and Environmental Engineering


Nina Amenta
Computer Science


Kent Wilken
Electrical and Computer Engineering

C.P. van Dam
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering