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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 seven (7) 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.

2022-23 Membership Roster

  • Florin Rusu, Chair | Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
  • Abbas Ghassemi, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
  • Bioengineering (BIOE) - Anand Subramaniam
  • Electrical Engineering (EE) - Mukesh Singhal
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) - Valerie Leppert
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) - Yanbao Ma
  • Management of Complex Systems (MCS) - John Abatzoglou
  • Rakesh Goel, Dean (ex-officio member)

Department Chairs

2022-23 Chairs

  • Bioengineering (BIOE) - Wei-Chun Chin
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) - Shawn Newsam
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) - Marc Beutel
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) - Ashlie Martini
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) - Valerie Leppert
  • Management of Complex Systems (MCS) - Anita Bhappu

Graduate Program Chairs

2022-23 Chairs

  • Bioengineering (BioE) - Changqing Li
  • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) - Alberto Cerpa
  • Environmental Systems (ES) - Marc Beutel  (Jul-Dec 2022) | Emily Moran (Jan-Jun 2023)
  • Materials and Biomaterials Science & Engineering (MBSE) - Sarah Kurtz
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) - Mehmet Baykara
  • Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MCS/MIST) - John Abatzoglou

Associate Deans

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

Faculty Equity Advisor

  • Josué Medellín-Azuara, School of Engineering FEA representative


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