Message from Dean Farris

Dear SoE Community:

This is a challenging time for each of us both professionally and personally as we work to safely move beyond the spread of the COVID-19 virus. I want to thank you all for your patience, cooperation, flexibility, and—most importantly—collegiality during these next few weeks. You have stepped up to the challenge in a very short period of time, and I am extremely grateful for your swift and efficient compliance in ensuring the school’s academic and business functions continue.

To help our faculty with the transition to online instruction, Rutgers has provided a number of resources and FAQs to address technology questions and instructional needs.  Information can be accessed via this link or visit

By now, faculty and departments will have been in contact with students about accessing lectures and classroom instruction as well as any other special requirements. As online learning begins, technical support can be found here.

With regard to Governor Murphy’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order as of this past weekend, information about traveling to campus, particularly as it relates to teaching and research, has been addressed in a letter from President Barchi.

All of the undergraduate deans and advisors have started to work with the students remotely.  Please direct students to visit for more information and to schedule appointments.

Our IT team has stepped up to help prepare us for this new period of virtual teaching and the school’s staff is continuing to support our operation remotely. I believe we are well equipped to continue to move the school forward thanks in part to their efforts.

I hope you will continue to support and rely on each other remotely, just as you do in person. I have great confidence in your professionalism and dedication as we work together to ensure the success of our students during this difficult time.

With good wishes,

Thomas N. Farris, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering
Rutgers University-New Brunswick