Message from the Interim Dean

Ping HsuThe practice of engineering has one overarching goal: to benefit humankind and our environment. That’s why I chose to become an engineer, and that’s the driving force behind the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San José State University (SJSU).

As the largest contributor to the technology workforce in Silicon Valley, we are ideally positioned to address 21st century challenges such as clean energy, smart transportation, sustainable production, and cybersecurity. Our location in Silicon Valley is a unique advantage, placing our students squarely within an exploding technology market. Our students learn and contribute research as new technology and tools are invented, tested, and built --­­ and equally, they learn important ethical questions and how tough business lessons play across the Valley’s public stage.

Our college stands on the Pacific Rim; our history flows within California’s robust environmental and feminist movements, and we proudly inherit our state’s championship of equality for all. Thus: global perspective, sustainability, inclusiveness, and diversity are not just buzz words here, but they are, in fact, how we operate at SJSU.

We have steadily been growing our student body, particularly our graduate programs, and expanding the size of our faculty. This has been part of our strategic five­-year plan that clearly outlines the College of Engineering’s direction and goal of growth to better serve California and the world. We will continue to follow and build on that strategic plan for some time to come, truly being "student­-centric" in everything we do.

Our outstanding, award-­winning faculty build immersive, hands-­on learning environments that stretch beyond traditional classroom models. Our students take advantage of these online and classroom opportunities to form collaborative project teams, explore core engineering theories and principles, and propose fresh ideas to solve real­world problems. Although our backgrounds and methods are diverse, we share a unified commitment to inclusive academic excellence, practical education, and social responsibility.

70 Years of EngineeringI am excited about the future of SJSU Engineering, and I invite you to join us and become part of our next 70 years.

Thank you,
Ping Hsu 
Interim Dean of Engineering