College of Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management

Meet the Dean & Associate Dean

Ricardo Jacquez, Dean


Dr. Ricardo Jacquez has been the Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management since August 2015. Dr. Jacquez comes to CSU Chico from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where he has served as Dean of the College of Engineering since 2010. He has spent his career at NMSU, beginning as a Professor of Civil Engineering, serving as Department Head and Associate Provost before becoming Dean. His accomplishments include a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence for significant contributions to increasing diversity and access in the higher education community. He has also served as principal investigator for more than 30 grants totaling approximately $40 million. Dr. Jacquez earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and his master's degree at New Mexico State University. His technical discipline is civil-environmental engineering, and his research interest is the application of microbiology to wastewater treatment. He also received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Melody Stapleton, Interim Associate Dean

stapleton, associate dean

Dr. Stapleton has served as the Department Chair of Computer Science from Fall 2012 to Spring 2017 where she rebuilt the department, commensurate with the proud heritage of being the first Computer Science Department in the entire CSU.  She expanded the teaching pool from 3 tenured faculty to 10 tenure-track and tenured faculty.  She revived the Computer Science Industry Advisory Board, adding 30 new high-level CEOs, Vice Presidents or Directors of Software Development at major corporations, most of which are Chico State alumni.  Last year Dr. Stapleton stewarded the Department to receive a full 6 years of ABET accreditation for Computer Science.  She is passionate about facilitating the growth of junior faculty and building interdisciplinary partnerships between Colleges and Departments. 

Melody serves as a member of the Academic Senate, FASP, and the Campus Facilities Use Committee.  She has been a faculty member in Computer Science since 1981 after receiving her Ph.D. in Mathematics from UC, Riverside.  Her area of specialization is Database Management Systems, focusing on Performance Tuning.  Her consulting and industrial experience includes serving as Projector Director for many California State Agencies (Air Resources, Toxic Substances Control), Counties (Butte and Mendocino) and Cities, developing Information Systems Master Plans and Software Systems, as well as consulting for the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake (NAVAIR).  Recently, she has served as an expert witness dealing with both patent infringement cases and criminal cases involving Internet fraud while working for the US Attorney General.