It’s interesting that while fall is the time of the year when nature begins to cool off in preparation for the dormancy of winter, in the life of an academic institution things are just heating up.
That is certainly the case for the School of Engineering at SCU this year. Having begun my tenure here as Dean this past August, I am excited by the enormous potential I see in our students, faculty, and staff. Add to that the pace at which our new STEM complex, the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation, is taking shape in the middle of campus and though the temperature is dropping, there is definitely a spring-like feeling of growth and renewal on campus.
As I get to know my colleagues in the School and across campus, I am heartened by the creativity, compassion, collaborative spirit, and aspiration I encounter. Over the next few months, we will be rolling up our sleeves, reviewing the School’s organizational structure, forming Faculty and Staff Councils, and codifying and filing school policies and procedures.
This fall SCU was ranked among the top 15 percent of universities worldwide. We are a national university and we strive to be a leader in engineering academic excellence in and out of the classroom and through our research. I am honored to be Dean of the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University and I look forward to working with this tremendous community of scholars to advance Engineering with a Mission.
Elaine P. Scott, Ph.D.
School of Engineering