October 22, 2021

Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

I write to share with you the formation of the search advisory committee for our next Dean of the College of Engineering. In my previous memo, I shared with you that after ten years of extraordinary leadership and service as our Dean of Engineering, Rod Alferness decided to retire. We are grateful that Professor Tresa Pollock has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Dean of our College of Engineering as we search for our next dean.

Following consultation with our faculty of the College of Engineering, Academic Senate Chair, Executive Vice Chancellor, administrative colleagues, and other members of our campus community, I am pleased to announce the search advisory committee for our next Dean of the College of Engineering. I am grateful that Professors Glenn Fredrickson and Linda Petzold have graciously agreed to serve as the co-chairs of the committee. I am also grateful to our committee members listed below for their willingness to devote their valuable time and wisdom to help our campus with this important task.


Henry T. Yang

Search Advisory Committee for Dean of the College of Engineering
Glenn Fredrickson
, Co-chair; Mitsubishi Chemical Professor, Chemical Engineering
Linda Petzold, Co-chair; Mehrabian Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science
Divyakant Agrawal, Distinguished Professor, Computer Science
John Bowers, Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology; Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Materials; Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency
Cesar Castillo, Associated Students representative; Mechanical Engineering major
Steven DenBaars, Mitsubishi Distinguished Professor, Materials; Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Co-Director, Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center
João Hespanha, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Howard, Graduate Student Association representative; PhD candidate, Materials
Paul Leonardi, Duca Family Professor and Director, Technology Management
Kyle Lewis, Chair and Professor, Technology Management
Robert McMeeking, Tony Evans Distinguished Professor, Materials; Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Beth Pruitt, Professor, Mechanical Engineering and BioMolecular Science and Engineering; Director, Center for Bioengineering
Susannah Scott, Academic Senate Chair; Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair, Sustainable Catalytic Processing; Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ram Seshadri, Fred and Linda R. Wudl Chair, Materials Science; Distinguished Professor, Materials and Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sharon Tettegah, Professor, Black Studies and Computer Science; Director, Center for Black Studies Research; Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
William Wang, Mellichamp Chair, Artificial Intelligence and Designs; Director, Center for Responsible Machine Learning; Associate Professor, Computer Science
Pierre Wiltzius, Susan and Bruce Worster Dean of Science; Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science; Professor, Physics
TBD, Staff representative

Ex Officio
Ricardo Alcaíno, Director, Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Prevention