The University of Texas at Dallas

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


Dean’s Message

Welcome to the 2022-23 Academic Year

Dr. Stephanie Adams

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams

Welcome Back, Jonsson School

I want to extend a warm welcome to each of you as we begin this academic year in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas.

As an institution of higher learning, we embrace the free exchange of ideas and belief that we are better and stronger when we can discuss information vigorously and bring our life experiences — our most authentic selves — as we apply scientific principles to solve major problems. Indeed, research substantiates that diverse perspectives yield better solutions. Diversity in the Jonsson School includes diversity of nationality, race, ethnicity, philosophy, religion, class, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Some of the problems that we, as faculty and staff members and as students, must address are called “wicked” because they do not have an easy, straightforward answer and yet have significant consequences. We cannot begin to solve problems such as building sustainable energy systems, alleviating poverty, eliminating bias in AI or responding effectively to a global health crisis without working together.

To build on a base in which each individual feels safe and as if he, she or they belong, the recent appointment of Dr. Fatemeh Hassanipour, a Jonsson School professor and former Dean’s Fellow, as our inaugural assistant dean for diversity and strategic initiatives will help us move forward more consciously, actively and consistently in matters related to diversity, safety and belonging. I invite each of you to fully embrace the efforts she will spearhead, in addition to those offered through the University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Creating a welcoming environment and sense of belonging involves each of us. From acknowledging someone as you pass them in a hallway to being aware that members of the Muslim community may especially be hurting now because of recent violence in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we create the collective consciousness of the Jonsson School, and the expectation is that we will consciously create a community in which each member can express their most authentic selves and be welcomed.

While inclusion efforts can be emotionally stirring, they can also be fun! During the last academic year I created L.A.U.N.C.H. to call our attention to ensuring that students received what they needed from faculty and staff; I would like to launch this year as the Year of Gratitude. Foremost, I want to express gratitude to our faculty and staff who pivoted quickly at each of the turns over the last several years because of the pandemic, and then remained steadfast in going above and beyond to ensure a quality experience for students. Now, I am asking students to join me in thanking the faculty and staff who worked tirelessly and often went above and beyond expectations. Throughout the year, we will find small and not so small ways to express gratitude, so please be on the lookout for them. I hope each of you has an amazing and productive year.

Stephanie/Dean Adams

Stephanie G. Adams, PhD, F.ASEE
Dean and Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
The University of Texas at Dallas