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32:1 spring 2009
The University of ArizonaCollege of EngineeringP.O. Box 210072Tucson, AZ 85721-0072
By Jeff Goldberg, Interim DeanCollege of Engineering
I’m sure some of you were expectinga different photograph on this page.I’m Jeff Goldberg and I became deanon Jan. 1, 2009, when my good friendand colleague Tom Peterson went toWashington, D.C., to lead the National
The Future: Mission Possible
New school and departmentwill secure College’s future
Science Foundation’s Directoratefor Engineering. Since then, I havebeen working with faculty, staff andstudents to chart our direction duringthe next 5 years while Tom has beendeciding how to spend the engineeringdirectorate’s share of the NSF’s$3 billion stimulus package.My role as dean is to develop aninfrastructure that will enable us tobest perform our mission of education,research, service and outreach. As Ievaluate how we currently work—andhow we might work in the future—Iremain focused on creating anenvironment that attracts the beststudents, faculty and staff.Many changes are under way atthe UA and College, including thecreation of a Department of BiomedicalEngineering, and the establishment ofthe School of Sustainable EngineeredSystems, or SSES, which will consistof the departments of Civil Engineeringand Engineering Mechanics,Mining and Geological Engineering,Chemical and EnvironmentalEngineering, Materials Science andEngineering, and Systems andIndustrial Engineering.The SSES will focus on criticallinkages between systems inenvironment, energy, waterand materials. The school will bringtogether more than 50 faculty membersand draw on expertise throughoutthe campus. We see SSES as thecornerstone in using basic science andknowledge to bring problem-solvingsystems and devices that considerpublic policy and market challenges.One of the many strengths of theschool is the inclusion of Systemsand Industrial Engineering. Taking thesystems approach, rather than tacklingindividual components, will enable usto design interfaces, understand andquantify unexpected consequences,and consider large-scale models—all
critical for solving difcult problems.
Biomedical engineering is an areaof tremendous potential for Tucsonand Arizona. We are already strong inmedical imaging, nanomedicine, andcardiovascular and neural engineering.Bringing in faculty from the colleges ofMedicine, Science, and Agriculture andLife Sciences will intensify that strength.I look forward to working with each of
you as we continue to rene and enrich
the College of Engineering. Please feelfree to contact me and please drop in ifyou are in the neighborhood.