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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.

2020-21 members

  • Catherine Keske (MCS), Chair
  • Eva de Alba (BioE)
  • Marc Beutel (CEE)
  • Yanbao Ma (ME)
  • Christopher Viney (MSE)
  • Ming-Hsuan Yang (CSE)
  • Mark Matsumoto, Dean

Department Chairs

2020-21 Chairs

  • BioEngineering (BioE) -  Tom Peterson
  • Computer Science Engineering (CSE) - Stefano Carpin
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) - Tom Harmon
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) - Jian-Qiao Sun
  • Materials Science Engineering (MSE) - Christopher Viney
  • Management of Complex Systems (MCS) - Paul Maglio

Graduate Program Chairs

2020-21 Chairs

  • BioEngineering (BioE) - Victor Muñoz
  • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) - Shawn Newsam
  • 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) - Anita Bhappu


(vers. 07.30.20 - dbq)