|Vol. 17, No. 38||Aug. 6, 1998|
Andras Z. Szeri, chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Robert L. Spencer Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will become interim dean of the College of Engineering on Sept. 1, Provost Mel Schiavelli announced today.
Stuart L. Cooper, dean of the College of Engineering and H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Chemical Engineering since 1993, has been named vice president and chief academic officer of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) main campus in Chicago and Philip Danforth Armour Professor of Engineering. His appointment also is effective Sept. 1.
In making the announcement, Schiavelli said, "Stuart Cooper's contributions to UD are numerous. Over the past five years, he has worked hard to enhance and build upon the strengths of our College of Engineering, and those efforts are much appreciated. I congratulate him and wish him well on his new appointment.
"As we begin the search for a new permanent dean, Dr. Szeri has the knowledge, background and skills to see the college through this transition period."
A committee to search for the new dean will be appointed in the next month, Schiavelli said.
Szeri came to the University in 1994 as professor and chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, after serving as chairperson of the Mechanical Engineering Department, as the W.K. Whiteford Professor of Engineering and as professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of Pittsburgh, where his career spanned 27 years.
Szeri earned his bachelor's degree in engineering, with first class honors, in 1959, and his doctorate in engineering in 1962, all at the University of Leeds.
As vice president and chief academic officer at IIT, Cooper will be responsible for all academic and student service functions at the main campus, including the undergraduate and graduate colleges, Armour College (engineering, science and humanities), the College of Architecture and the Institute of Psychology; the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus in west suburban Wheaton; the Moffett Campus in south suburban Bedford Park, home of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology; and the Institute of Design in downtown Chicago.
IIT is a private, Ph.D.-granting university with programs in engineering, science, psychology, architecture, business, design and law.