CSU, Chico News

Jacquez Appointed Dean of College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management

Date: 06-04-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Ricardo Jacquez, dean of the college of engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been named dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management (ECC) at California State University, Chico.

Jacquez’s appointment concludes a months-long search for a permanent dean. He replaces Ben Juliano, who has served as interim dean of ECC since 2013. Jacquez starts his new position Aug. 1.

Jacquez began his 31-year career at NMSU as a civil engineering professor and later as head of the civil engineering department and as associate provost. He became dean in 2010, leading a college of 150 faculty and staff and serving 2,600 students. AT NMSU, he served as founding director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, which works to improve diversity among graduates of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. In 2012, he received a distinguished service award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence for his contributions to increasing diversity and access in higher education. He is also the recipient of a 2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the NSF.

Over the course of his career, he has served as principal investigator for more than 30 grants totaling approximately $40 million.

Jacquez holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering: a doctorate from Virginia Tech and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from NMSU. A registered professional engineer, his technical discipline is civil-environmental engineering and his research interest is the application of microbiology to treating wastewater.

“I am excited about my appointment to serve as dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management at CSU, Chico,” Jacquez said. “The college’s programs of study provide academic excellence, meaningful engagement and important pre-professional experience to our students as they prepare to serve the state of California and the nation. I look forward to working with the faculty and staff and I am committed to serving the students as the leader for the college.”

The College of ECC offers 11 undergraduate and two graduate degree programs preparing students for professional careers in applied science, engineering and technology. Graduates of the college are trained to work cooperatively with other scientists, engineers and business professionals to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. To learn more, please visit www.csuchico.edu/ecc.