Strategic Vision

Creating a sustainable world through socially responsible engineering.


The academic departments offer undergraduate and graduate education in the fundamental engineering of their disciplines while preparing students to creatively address society’s most challenging technological problems. The faculty, who are often national or international leaders in their disciplines, engage students in a research mission that advances the leading edge of engineering knowledge.


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.

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.

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.

The Strategic Leadership Board is a distinguished group of thought-leaders who represent, inspire and honor the vision of the College of Engineering mission: “Innovative research and quality education will make life better for everyone.”

The Dean’s Executive Committee is composed of executive-level leaders, including venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs. The Dean’s Executive Committee works closely with staff and faculty to assist the College of Engineering through advocacy, prospective donor identification and cultivation, and personal philanthropy.

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