When Albert "Al" P. Pisano, the new dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, recently described UC San Diego, he said, "This is a campus of energy. It's a campus of surging forward. It's a campus of collaboration. This campus feels like home to me. I think it's a great place, and I'm very happy to be here." A highly accomplished mechanical engineer, educator, entrepreneur and administrator, Pisano began serving as dean of the Jacobs School Sept. 1, 2013.
The Bioengineering Department is consistently ranked among the top three in the nation, and is emulated by universities worldwide. The department leads in frontier areas including systems biology, regenerative medicine, and multi-scale bioengineering focused on understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. In addition to offering four undergraduate degree programs in Bioengineering, two Master degrees and a Ph.D degree program, Bioengineering also administers UCSD's interdisciplinary graduate program in bioinformatics and offers M.D./Ph.D. and M.D./M.S. degrees with the UCSD School of Medicine.