As part of the College of Engineering’s 50th anniversary, Dean Forouzan Golshani outlined the state of the college and a vision for the future that includes increasing diversity, raising retention rates and boosting the college’s visibility and rankings.
“The College of Engineering is on the move,” said Golshani. “We have had a great past and we are going to continue to build on that. In the past, this college has been ranked among the top 50 engineering schools by U.S. News and World Report. It has competed with great engineering schools for students. I like being in that company. It is my hope that we will continue to get better.”
Golshani’s vision, which will drive the decisions being made within the college, are in line with the university’s strategic plan. Efforts over the next few years are aimed at:
- Increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups, particularly women. In particular, the goal is to boost the ratio of women in the incoming class from 20 percent to 40 percent.
- Increasing student enrollment by 7 percent annually.
- Increasing retention rates by providing more advising, offering tutoring, tracking student progress and creating additional opportunities for students to become actively involved in the college whether it is through research or student organizations.
Improving the quality of education by bringing in new equipment in classrooms, labs and research centers, enhancing course outlines, supporting faculty research and ensuring faculty are keeping up with the latest developments in their field.
Increasing collaboration among students, faculty and staff within the college and throughout the university.
Enhancing facilities through facelifts, the removal of outdated equipment and re-instrumentation of major instructional laboratories.
Building the college’s visibility regionally, nationally and internationally, boosting its reputation as a top ranked school and obtaining greater external funding.
“When you take out the details, it all boils down to three things,” Golshani said. “Attract a diverse group of quality students, better prepare students to continue their education or begin their careers, and give them a good time while they are here.”
COE Turns 50
College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani highlighted his vision for the College and the work currently being conducted in its departments, research centers, and labs to a crowd of students, faculty and staff at the College of Engineering Turns 50, an event that featured Alumnus Michael Niggli, who is currently the chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric and the Southern California Gas Company.
The event was one of several organized this year to celebrate the college’s anniversary. The yearlong celebration will culminate on April 26 with an event that will bring current students and faculty together with alumni and retired faculty for the dedication of a monument, the burial of a time capsule and more from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Engineering quad.