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Baskin Engineering Leadership

Alexander Wolf

Alexander Wolf serves as dean of the Baskin School of Engineering and is a distinguished professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Alex’s research interests span the areas of distributed systems, networking, and software engineering. His achievements include seminal work in software architecture, business analytics, and information-centric networks. His more recent projects concern cloud computing, data-center networking, and service-based systems hosted on MANETs.

Anne Criss

Anne Criss is the assistant dean and chief of staff for Baskin Engineering. She has over 20 years of experience building and managing successful multidisciplinary teams and programs focused on climate change, sustainability and technology; fisheries ecology; toxics and water quality; and protected areas.

Anne has managed U.S. congressional and state legislative affairs, and has been called on to deliver testimony on a variety of scientific and technical subjects. She was appointed to four National Academy of Sciences research committees focused on impacts and adaptation to climate change and government policy approaches to transportation and climate change.

Jim Whitehead

Jim Whitehead is the associate dean for undergraduate affairs and a professor of computational media. Jim received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in information and computer science from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include procedural content generation for games, testing autonomous vehicles, automation of software testing, software repository mining, software bug prediction, and level design in computer games.

A leader in education about computer games, Jim led the creation of the B.S. computer science: computer game design degree, and was a key figure in the first five years of the games and playable media M.S. program. He served as chair of the Computer Science Department from 2010–14, and Chair of Computational Media from 2017–19.

Matthew Guthaus

Matthew Guthaus is the associate dean for graduate studies and a professor of computer science and engineering. He received his B.S. in computer engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering, all from The University of Michigan.

Matt is a Senior Member of ACM and IEEE and a member of IFIP Working Group 10.5. His research interests are in low-power computing and electronic computer-aided design including new circuits, architectures, algorithms, and software to address challenges in modern design flows. Matt is the creator of the OpenRAM memory compiler and has interests in open-source computer-aided design and design flows.

Marcella Gomez

Marcella Gomez is the inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion and an associate professor of applied mathematics. A first-generation, Mexican-American college graduate from Riverside, CA, Marcella received her B.S. in. mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in. mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Her research focus is on control and dynamical systems with applications to synthetic biology including modeling, analysis, and design of biological networks involved in gene regulation, metabolic engineering, and spatial patterning. She is a faculty affiliate of the UC Santa Cruz Research Center for the Americas, where her primary scholarly focus area is on “Climate Science, Environment, Ecology, & Nature Studies.” Marcella joined the Baskin School of Engineering in 2017.

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe is the associate dean for research for Baskin Engineering and a professor in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering.

Todd received a B.A in biology from Williams College and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics at Stanford University and joined Baskin Engineering in 2001 as one of the founding faculty members of the school’s Biomolecular Engineering Department. His lab at Baskin Engineering combines molecular biology and computational approaches to study how non-coding RNA is regulated and functions in humans, animals, and unicellular organisms.

Dean’s Council

photo of Dean's Council

Joe Burton, Chief Executive Officer at Telesign

Laura Bushnell, Partner at King & Spaulding LLP

Michael Hilton, Chief Innovation Officer at Accolade

Alexander Wolf, Dean of the Baskin School of Engineering

Ahmed Hamdy, MD, Chief Executive Officer at Vincerx Pharma

Brandon Allgood, Chief AI Office at Valo Health

Ed Schulak, Chairman at EdenRoc Sciences (not pictured)