The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego has named Albert P. Pisano as its dean.

Pisano is a professor at UC Berkeley and a mechanical engineer who specializes in MEMS, or microelectromechanical systems. The term refers to technology developed at the micro and nano scale for a wide range of applications, including medicine, energy and communications.

He will take the job Sept. 1.

Pisano previously served as acting dean of Berkeley’s engineering school. He also served as a program manager for the Pentagon’s research arm, DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Pisano has been credited with co-founding 10 companies.

Much of Pisano’s current research involves the use of MEMS to develop sensors that function in harsh and punishing environments such as within gas turbines, geothermal wells, jet engines and tires. One of his new projects is development of an inexpensive yet rugged sensor system that will predict landslides in the Philippines, a country that often has to deal with landslides.

Pisano will serve as the fourth dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering. He follows Frieder Seible, who is now an academic vice president, and dean of engineering and information technology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

— SDBJ Staff Report