Home » About


Baskin Engineering courtyard

An engineering school for the 21st century

Baskin Engineering courtyard

Alexander Wolf, Dean of the Baskin School of Engineering 


The Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz is unique among public engineering schools. By offering future-looking programs of study and opportunities to engage in collaborative research across campus and with industry partners in Santa Cruz and nearby Silicon Valley, Baskin Engineering is a school of engineering for the 21st century.

Founded in 1997, in the age of the internet, the Baskin Engineering community is deeply committed to addressing the most important engineering challenges posed by our modern world. Faculty and students pursue novel, visionary research guided by a mission to create positive societal impact.

Meet Alexander Wolf, Dean of the Baskin School of Engineering 

Who We Are

The faculty, staff, researchers, and students of Baskin Engineering share a passion for learning, research, and discovery. We strive to be the best educators, engineers, and administrators that we can be; to lead the way in our fields, like big data, cyber-physical systems, genomics, and computational media; and to work together to provide opportunities to collaborate, contribute, and grow within our community.

We are Baskin Engineers.

What We Do

We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in Applied Mathematics, Biomolecular Engineering, Computational Media, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Statistics as well as masters degrees in Natural Language Processing and Human Computer Interaction. A collegial atmosphere encourages collaborative interaction as faculty and students carry out joint research projects with other academic divisions and with other universities as well as industry and government research laboratories. Our faculty and students work with Silicon Valley companies, including Amazon, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and the rapidly expanding tech industry in Santa Cruz provides additional opportunities for exciting collaborations.

Where We Reside

Our scenic Santa Cruz campuses are located less than an hour from Silicon Valley, a world renowned hub for research and innovation. In addition to the residential campus in Santa Cruz, the Westside Research Park hosts genomics and electrical and computer engineering labs and interdisciplinary research. Collaborative research also takes place in nearby Marina at the Monterey Bay Education Science and Technology Center. Our Silicon Valley campus is home to faculty, graduate students, and professional master’s programs with deep connections to surrounding technology industries.

See all of our locations.

Group of people smiling

Baskin Leadership

The Baskin School of Engineering is helmed by our dean and associate deans, who bring decades of expertise in research and education to their leadership roles. Our leadership works closely with faculty, students, and staff to ensure that Baskin Engineering’s visionary research and interdisciplinary curriculum improve the world and our place in it through bold and socially responsible innovation.

Meet our leaders


Faculty members in the Baskin School of Engineering are leaders in their fields, with active research portfolios and engaging teaching programs. Many of our faculty have strong ties to industry, including nearby Silicon Valley as well as right here in Santa Cruz. Some of our faculty lead thriving research centers, others run international summer programs, while still others bring together large groups of interdisciplinary scholars to solve global challenges. We invite you to get to know our faculty and their research.

Meet our faculty


Baskin School of Engineering staff are an integral part of the school. Whether they’re helping students navigate the sometimes knotty world of engineering degrees, assisting faculty with course materials, or facilitating engagement with the wider community, Baskin Engineering staff are dedicated to the education and research endeavors of the school.

Meet our staff


The students at the Baskin School of Engineering are hardworking, innovative, and engaged. They participate in hands-on learning and research in classrooms and laboratories and benefit from a collaborative and supportive environment. Many of our students thrive in student-run organizations such as Slugbotics or Girls Who Code, and often take on leadership roles in which they learn and share professional skills and connect with their peers to form the foundations of a strong professional network.

Meet some of our students