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Engineering School Shared Governance

The academic governance of the School of Engineering (SoE) at UC Merced is administered through the following shared governance structure.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the Dean of the School, ex-officio, and up to the larger of the number of undergraduate programs and six (6) voting members of the faculty, elected annually, a vice-chair, and a chair. The responsibility of the Executive Committee is to consult with and advise the dean on all aspects of the school’s academic administration, including budget and fiscal matters, faculty recruitment and mentoring, research, and student recruitment and success.

2021-22 Roster

  • Catherine Keske (MCS), Chair
  • Mark Matsumoto, Dean
  • Bioengineering (BioE) - Victor Muñoz
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) - Ming-Hsuan Yang
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) - Wolfgang Rogge
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) - Sarah Kurtz
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) - Yanbao Ma
  • Management of Complex Systems (MCS) - John Abatzoglou

Department Chairs

2021-22 Chairs

  • Bioengineering (BioE) - Eva de Alba
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) - Shawn Newsam
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) - Tom Harmon
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) - Ashlie Martini
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) - Sarah Kurtz
  • Management of Complex Systems (MCS) - Anita Bhappu

Graduate Program Chairs

2021-22 Chairs

  • Bioengineering (BioE) - Changqing Li
  • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) - Alberto Cerpa
  • Environmental Systems (ES) - Martha Conklin
  • Materials and Biomaterials Science & Engineering (MBSE) - Sarah Kurtz
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) - YangQuan Chen
  • Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MIST) - John Abatzoglou

Associate Deans

  • Associate Dean for Research - Joshua Viers
  • Associate Dean for Student Success - Anita Bhappu



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