From the Dean

Greetings!

The big, defining questions of our time require diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and we enter this fall with a renewed commitment to inclusive excellence. At the UCI Samueli School of Engineering, we pride ourselves on our multidisciplinary, collaborative approach. Organized around the four broad themes of environmental sustainability, human health, materials and manufacturing, and mobility and communications, our faculty and students produce world-class scholarship with far-reaching impact.

While we are proud of our research portfolio, our Anteater engineers’ academic success and career readiness always comes first. Our graduates leave our programs ready to enter the world as the next-generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, educators and policy makers. To that end, the student experience is front and center in everything we do, from problem-based, hands-on engineering courses, to challenging research opportunities.

I arrived as the Stacey Nicholas Dean in the Samueli School in a rather roundabout way. Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, my educational journey has gone from philosophy and linguistics, via engineering physics and applied mathematics, to a research and teaching career in robotics. This nonlinear journey has influenced how I think about the role of engineers as a force for good in the world. As fearless innovators and tinkerers, they have the potential to enhance the human experience through rigorous problem solving and creative application of a wide range of disciplines.

As we emerge from a complicated and sometimes solitary year, I am optimistic about the direction of the UCI Samueli School of Engineering. I look forward to working together, strengthening our partnerships, locally as well as globally. To that end, I welcome your creative ideas, constructive feedback and compelling stories.

Best,

Magnus Egerstedt, Ph.D.
Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering
UCI Samueli School of Engineering