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Engineering dean

Search committee named for College of Engineering dean


5:15 p.m., Nov. 19, 2012--Charles Riordan, vice provost for research, will chair the search committee to identify the next dean of the University of Delaware College of Engineering, Interim Provost Nancy Brickhouse has announced.

"I am grateful to the members of the search committee for the role they will play in the nationwide search for our next dean of the College of Engineering," Brickhouse said. "They bring to this task excellent resources as respected members of the national research community and are well connected to professional networks.

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"My thanks go to Babatunde Ogunnaike, as well, for his leadership as interim dean of the college during this search process."

In addition to Riordan, members of the committee are Paul D. Amer, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Sciences;  Nii O. Attoh-Okine, professor of civil and environmental engineering; Cole Galloway, professor of physical therapy; Javier Garcia-Frias, professor of electrical and computer engineering; John Gillespie, Donald C. Phillips Professor of Materials Science; Jill Higginson, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Terri Kelly, president and CEO of W.L. Gore and Associates, and a member of UD's Board of Trustees; April Kloxin, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Kelvin Lee, Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute; Darrin Pochan, professor of materials science and engineering; and Cathy Wu, Edward G. Jefferson Endowed Professor of Computer and Information Sciences.

The goal is to fill the position of dean after the next provost has been appointed. At that time, finalists identified by the search committee will be brought to the campus to meet with college faculty, staff and students and University administrators. 

The College of Engineering, with an enrollment of more than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students, is home to six academic departments. In 2011, the faculty, numbering 134, included 30 named professors, four National Academy of Engineering members, 36 NSF Career Award-winners and 11 UD teaching award recipients. Total sponsored expenditures last year exceeded $55 million. 

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