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SCU appoints new dean of engineering, Daniel Pitt

SANTA CLARA, Calif.- March 28, 2002- This week, Daniel Pitt, a former vice president at Nortel Networks, was selected as dean of Santa Clara University's School of Engineering starting July 2002.

Last spring, Terry Shoup, current dean of the engineering school, announced his plans to step down as dean, prompting a worldwide search for a new leader. Shoup, a mechanical engineering professor and SCU engineering dean since 1989, plans to take a one-year sabbatical at the end of the 2001-2002 school year, then return to teaching at the University.

As an executive at Nortel Networks, Pitt established corporate best practices for comprehensive partnerships with leading universities, and developed architectures, advanced technologies, and product prototypes for Internet and voice-over IP products.

He helped found the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley. Pitt also served as an executive to the Fitzpatrick Center for Photonics and Communications at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, managed a technical staff in nine cities and five countries, including Europe and Asia/Pacific, and established a joint research lab at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

According to SCU President Paul Locatelli, Pitt "brings vision, enthusiasm, leadership experience, and a commitment to lead the school to a new level of quality."

Prior to Nortel Networks, Pitt served as vice president at Bay Networks, where he founded and built the Bay Architecture Lab, established an endowed chair at UC Berkeley, and sponsored joint research at leading universities including Harvard, Georgia Tech, and Lulea University in Sweden.

"As dean, I aim to create a richer dialogue between industry and academia, and to add a societal dimension to our scholarship and teaching," said Pitt. "Santa Clara's engineering school is ideal because the University's value system already embraces this notion." "The partnerships we intend to create with industry will enable us to achieve the impact we seek."

As a former employee of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, IBM, and ROLM, Pitt brings his expertise in broadband telecommunications, multimedia services, local area networks, and computer architecture to SCU.

For 10 years, Pitt served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina and Duke University and moved to the Bay Area in 1992 from the IBM Research Division in Switzerland. He has lectured around the globe and has over 50 publications to his credit.

Pitt earned his bachelor's from Duke University and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois.

He is a resident of Palo Alto, Calif. where he lives with his wife, professional violinist Claudia Bloom, and their two children. Pitt shares his wife's musical talents. He plays the mandolin and brass horns, performing locally with the Byron Street Big Band.


About Santa Clara University's School of Engineering

Founded in 1912, the SCU School of Engineering reflects this tradition in its implementation of selected, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The school's location in the heart of Silicon Valley, engaged and accessible faculty, and state-of-the-art equipment combine to create a powerful learning environment for engineering students.

Engineering disciplines in the School of Engineering include Applied Mathematics, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Management and Leadership. More information can be found at

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 7,400 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is on line at

<p>Daniel Pitt, appointed new engineering school dean, beginning July 2002.</p>

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