Santa Clara University

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Dean's Message

Daniel Pitt

The new year has begun with a rush! Our freshman enrollment this year is up, way up, to 158. Three years ago it was 101 and has climbed ever since. Half of our new students are from outside California and 10 percent from east of the Mississippi. We are clearly a national draw. Of this large class, 27 percent are women—nearly twice the national average.

It could be the makeup of our faculty that contributes to this gender demographic. Our percentage of female faculty is three times the national average, up from No. 5 to No. 4 in the U.S., and that was before we hired two more tenure-track women this summer. Our three new faculty members will astonish you with their accomplishments; I hope you can meet these thrilling three.

As for projects, the School is now engaged in the largest project it has ever undertaken: the Solar Decathlon. We are proud to have been selected from the 160 applicants to compete as one of only 20 universities—among them, powerhouses MIT, Georgia Tech, and Illinois. Read more about the Solar Decathlon in this issue, and e-mail me if you or your company wishes to support this fabulous venture. With the enthusiasm of a large new class of freshmen, the excellence of our outstanding faculty, and the thrill of participating in the Solar Decathlon, we are off to a great start, and I look forward to an exciting year. Please visit the School of Engineering Web site.

—Daniel Pitt
Dean, School of Engineering