The University of Texas at Dallas

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


Dean’s Message

The academic year is off to another promising start.

This year, my guiding principle is to continue our efforts in teaching and research. I want our faculty and students to know that they are supported in their endeavors that prioritize learning and innovation. University administration and staff are here to aid these efforts that fuel the Jonsson School’s growth and success, and I hope that each and every student and faculty member feels supported and encouraged.

The Jonsson School is on a prosperous path: our students have achieved success beyond the Dallas area, bringing recognition at national and global levels. Outside rankings testify to the health of our programs; I believe that QS World University Rankings, which named UT Dallas as one of the top 50 schools under 50 years of age in 2017, is the best indicator of the quality of our engineering and computer science specialties. The US News and World Report also puts our undergraduate engineering programs in the top 50 among public institutions in the nation.

As Interim dean, I hope to make decisions and increase opportunities that support student success; to that end, we have created more avenues for community and alumni engagement – I look forward to working with all members of our community toward our goal of championing student achievement.  

Dr. Poras Balsara

Dr. Poras T. Balsara
Interim Dean, The Jonsson School
Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering



Balsara is a longtime Jonsson School faculty member now serving as interim dean. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, author, patent holder, and startup technical advisor who has received University and Jonsson School awards for teaching, service, education and research mentoring.