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Dr. Marcus Santos – Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Student Affairs

Dr. Marcus Santos

Welcome. I’m Marcus Santos, and it’s been my honour to serve the Ryerson community since 1999 – first as Associate Professor and now as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Student Affairs. In my dual role, I’m committed to ensuring high-quality academic programming and the best possible university experience for students in the Faculty of Science.

Contribute to society. Be a better person. The best education accomplishes both.

As we move through the 21st century, education faces challenges of ever greater complexity.

  • How can students succeed in an increasingly competitive environment?
  • Do curriculums meet the demands of changing global realities.

These are just a few of the challenges I navigate as Associate Dean. My overarching goal: make education truly useful to students lives both as citizens and members of the workforce.

A foot in Computing. A heart in Science.

My career started in Computer Engineering. Later on, I learned about the scientific method. Now, my fascination is the real science behind Computer Science, with interest centred on:

  • Evolutionary computation
  • Genetic programming
  • Knowledge representation
  • Automatic reasoning

“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.”


I believe that education needs to recalibrate its focus on the fundamentals. I champion learning that’s practical, absorbing and fun — never boring.

With Ryerson’s Experiential Learning, my Office continues to search out new ways for students to integrate learning and doing.

As leaders, we need a good pulse on the student population

In my role of Associate Dean, I often mentor student leaders. It brings tremendous satisfaction and is one way I keep in tune with the student body.
I want each undergrad to be fully engaged in their program. To that end, my Office undertakes various initiatives to enrich student affairs and university life at Ryerson.