Announcement: Dean of the College of Engineering

August 1, 2023

Dear Campus Community, 

We are writing today to share the important news that Tsu-Jae King Liu has been reappointed for a second term as dean of the College of Engineering. Tsu-Jae was first appointed in 2018, becoming the 13th dean and first woman to hold the position. 

During her tenure, Tsu-Jae has been committed to transforming the culture of engineering to be more welcoming and inclusive. She aims for students to thrive and become socially engaged engineering leaders by supporting their well-being and providing a holistic education, one that cultivates a growth mindset, effective communication and empathetic leadership skills, multidisciplinary and multicultural competencies and entrepreneurship. Her efforts have supported increases in the population and diversity of the college, notably with women-identifying and first-generation college students.

Over the years, Tsu-Jae has built collaborative partnerships across campus. She is known as an engaged and exceptionally effective leader who has expanded support for students, faculty and staff. Her relationships have nurtured existing joint programs and launched new ones with other decanal units, including the Haas School of Business, the College of Environmental Design, the College of Chemistry and the Social Sciences Division to meet growing demand for interdisciplinary higher education.

Tsu-Jae has also worked in collaboration with faculty and staff colleagues to forge stronger ties with industry and to engage alumni, parents and friends in the university’s mission. These efforts resulted in over a half billion dollars in new support for campus, including a record-breaking $152 million raised in fiscal year 2022 from more than 5,200 donors — the largest number in the college’s history. 

Additionally, Tsu-Jae has led efforts to build collaborative university-industry-government networks at the state and national level to advance STEM education. As a member of both the Industrial Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Directorate for Engineering Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation, Tsu-Jae advises federal investments in engineering education and innovation, including for curriculum development, new faculty hiring and research infrastructure.

Looking forward, Tsu-Jae will continue to support the welfare and success of students, faculty and staff by building collaborative relationships to transform the culture of engineering, educate tomorrow’s engineering leaders, accelerate technological innovation and expand campus resources. Future initiatives include a multidisciplinary focus on resilient infrastructure and sustainable engineering, and continuing to expand the reach and impact of the college.

You can read more about Tsu-Jae’s achievements and plans on the Berkeley Engineering website. We extend our sincere congratulations to Tsu-Jae on her reappointment, effective as of July 1, 2023. Her exceptional leadership, vision and unwavering commitment to the college and to UC Berkeley have set a remarkable precedent, and we look forward to seeing Berkeley Engineering’s continued growth and success under her leadership and guidance.


Carol T. ChristChancellor

Benjamin E. Hermalin

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost