From the Dean

Rajan Batta, interim dean.

Driving Innovation

So much has changed at UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences over the past 5 years that it is hard to keep up with the pace! Just in the last year, we added 26 new faculty, graduated over 1,700 students with BS, MS and PhD degrees, and increased our research portfolio to $74 million in expenditures.

There is great passion and a sense of urgency among the faculty, staff and students who are driven to seek solutions to some of the greatest problems that we face as a community, and to deepen our understanding of fundamental sciences.

It is with considerable excitement that this year we launched a new Department of Engineering Education under the leadership of Carl Lund, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and former chair of our Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The department will become distinctive by producing leading research on implementing, validating and advocating pathways for translation and scaling of the best tested engineering education research findings into broad practice across all of the engineering disciplines. 

Following the launch of the Boldly Buffalo Campaign for UB last April, we are excited to be in full fundraising mode in support of a new building that will provide a stimulating, collaborative learning environment for all of our undergraduate students under one roof. Our alums know well that we have never previously had dedicated space for undergraduates to build and collaborate within the SEAS footprint, and I am very excited about the plans to provide such space for the next generation of SEAS students. I hope you will help us to make this a reality!

Rajan Batta, PhD
Interim Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences