Engineering

Leadership

Dean

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.

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis joined UC Davis in October 2015 as the eighth dean of the College of Engineering.

 

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis
Dean

Email: jscurtis@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-0554

Research: Flow behavior of particles, with applications ranging from food processing, pharmaceutical manufacture, and the aerospace, energy and mining industries to natural processes such as debris flows and sediments. Her work has made important contributions to understanding how fluids and solid particles behave together.Prior to joining UC Davis, Jennifer Sinclair Curtis served as Associate Dean for Research at the University of Florida College of Engineering. She has served on the faculty at Lafayette College, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Arizona and Purdue University, in addition to visiting professorships at the University of Minnesota; and at Monash University and the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education and has served on numerous national advisory boards and committees, including currently co-chairing the National Academies Chemical Science Roundtable.

Education

Ph.D., M.S., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 1989
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 1983


Jessie Catacutan, Executive Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance

Jessie Catacutan
Executive Assistant Dean for Administration & Finance

Email: jfcatacutan@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-3158

Catacutan serves as a key adviser to the dean and the leadership team of the school. This position leads in financial reporting, forecasting and policy setting on administrative matters, organizational development, risk management and operations.Prior to joining the UC Davis College of Engineering, Catacutan served as the director of grants, budget, finance and administration at the UC Office of the President. In this role he was responsible for budget forecasting, including development of annual budgets for the Regents; overseeing resource allocation and recharge models for the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO); and facilitating office and facility management, business operations and financial reconciliations. Prior to his employment at the UC Office of the President, Catacutan served as the director of budget, finance and space for the UC Davis Office of Research. In this position he provided overall leadership and direction for training related to facilities resource information systems, including the campus space inventory and the divisional space usage information system. His responsibilities also included serving as a liaison between the Office of Research, the Office of Resource Management and Planning, Architects and Engineers and research units for space-related issues and questions.

Certified Public Accountant  – State of California (CPA # 66358 – May 1994 – present (inactive status))

 

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.

White,-Dean-Bruce-R-304Bruce R. White
Executive Associate Dean
Emeritus Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Email: brwhite@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-4270
Website: http://research.engineering.ucdavis.edu/wind/2014/03/04/bruce-r-white/

Research

Since establishing in 2010, Bruce White has been the Director of the Engineering Technology Translational Center (ETTC) (http://engineering.ucdavis.edu/research/ettc/), assisting College of Engineering faculty establish startup companies based on their UC Davis research and also, since establishing in 2013, he has been the Director of the Engineering Student Startup Center, assisting engineering students establish startup companies, with over 20 startups have been developed. Bruce White also continues his research in wind engineering specializing in environmental applications.

Education

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, 1974
M.S., Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1972
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1971


Schaaf

Jim Schaaf
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Lecturer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Kemper Hall 1050
Email: engrugasctdean@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-0556

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.

Education

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


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Jean VanderGheynst
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Email: jsvander@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-1650
Website: VanderGheynst Lab

Research

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

Education

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



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

Website: http://web.cs.ucdavis.edu/~wu/
Email: sfwu@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-754-7748

Research

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.

Education

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



C.P. “Case” van Dam
Associate Dean for Facilities and Capital Planning
Warren and Leta Giedt Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Email: cpvandam@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-7741

Research

Wind tunnel testing of airfoils, wings, and wind energy conversion systems; computational fluid dynamic analysis of airfoils, wings, aircraft, and rotors; and full-scale aerodynamic testing. Involved in UC Davis work started in the late 1990s on active control of the aerodynamic loads on wind turbine blades that is now a major field of research in Europe and the United States.

Education

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas, 1983
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 1979
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas, 1978
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 1975


Chairs

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.

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Bryan Jenkins
Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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Jinyi Qi
Biomedical Engineering

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Roland Faller
Co Chair
Chemical Engineering and Material Science

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Subhash Risbud
Co Chair
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Amit Kanvinde
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Nina Amenta
Computer Science

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Kent Wilken
Electrical and Computer Engineering

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C.P. van Dam
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering