Summary: Detection and Diagnosis
Q&A with Pierre Wiltzius
THIRTEEN, SUMMER 2009
The Magazine of Engineering and the Sciences at UC Santa Barbara
(I'm pre-empting my colleagues Pierre Wiltzius and David Awschalom here, for reasons that will soon be apparent...)
Last issue, we quoted Isaac Asimov saying, "The only constant is change..." This issue brings still more change--it's
the last in which I'll be involved. After a very rewarding ten years as dean of the College of Engineering, it's time for
me to turn the helm over, and to get back to spending more time on my research and teaching.
It's been a very good ten years: In 1999, our graduate program in engineering was ranked 25th in the nation. We're
now firmly in the top 20 at 18th, with two departments in the top 10, and our program ranks 12th among those at
public universities. In growing our faculty from 104 to 145, we made 70 new hires, including several international
superstars, such as Shuji Nakamura, and many young stars of the future. Strongly reflecting the quality of our faculty,
our research funding tripled over the same period, from $33 million in 1999 to about $90 million this year.
We also established five new major interdisciplinary research centers, including the Solid State Lighting and
Energy Center, the California NanoSystems Institute, the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB), and
the Mitsubishi Center for Advanced Materials, which collectively bring about $25 million of new research funds to