Special meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) to elect Dennis Assanis, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Stony Brook University, as the next president of the University of Delaware. The unanimous vote by the board. Before joining Stony Brook University, Dr. Assanis had a distinguished career at the University of Michigan for 17 years. He was the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, as well as director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, founding director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Clean Vehicles and director of the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory. He has also served as the founding director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in automotive engineering (1996-2002), chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (2002-07), director of the Automotive Research Center (2002-09), and founding co-director of the General Motors-University of Michigan Collaborative Research Laboratory for Advanced Engine Systems (2002-11). Assanis started his academic career as an assistant and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. - (Evan Krape)
UD President Dennis Assanis

STAR Campus: a community of innovators
driven by cutting-edge discovery


Just a few years ago, the University of Delaware’s STAR Campus was a nearly blank canvas where we hoped to build the university of the future. Today, we are quickly realizing this bold vision.


The STAR Campus is a burgeoning community of innovators driven by cutting-edge discovery. It is integral to our mission as a 21stcentury research university, a place that is both intellectual intersection and economic engine fueled by an urgent commitment to advance knowledge in service to others.


At the STAR Campus — as throughout the University of Delaware — we are dedicated to providing our students with a top-notch education that enables their success. This means providing hands-on learning experiences in interdisciplinary labs, in our community health clinics, and in internships and research projects with our public and private partners. 


The possibilities for collaboration with UD are endless. The University’s students and faculty offer an immense talent pool in engineering, health sciences, financial technology, data science, the arts and humanities and so many other fields. We continually seek new ways to engage with our community for the benefit of all.


Come discover everything that makes the STAR Campus truly unique.


Dennis Assanis


Delaware Governor John Carney joins UD President Dennis Assanis and other elected officials, entrepreneurs, and business representatives for a signing ceremony of "HB170: the Angel Investor Job Creation and Innovation Act for Small Technology Companies." The bill  "creates an incentive for qualified angel investors to invest capital in qualified Delaware small technology companies." [delaware.gov] - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)
UD President Dennis Assanis (far right) and other dignitaries watch as Delaware Gov. John Carney sign the Angel Investor Job Creation and Innovation Act into law on UD’s STAR Campus.
Groundbreaking ceremony for the Chemours "Discovery Hub" building on the UD STAR Campus. The building will serve as a research and innovation center for Chemours while providing a hub for UD students and researchers to collaborate. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

Pictured (from left): Delaware Senior Senator Tom Carper, Chemours CEO Mark P. Vergnano, and UD President Dennis Assanis
Delaware U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (left), Chemours CEO Mark Vergnano (center) and University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Chemours Discovery Hub building on the UD STAR Campus.
Dean of the College of Health Sciences Kathy Matt leading representatives from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on a tour of the Health Sciences Complex at the Science; Technology; and Advanced Research Campus. The attendees included Dr. In Chul Kim, president of HUFS; Dr. Byong Man Ahn former Minister for Education for the Republic of South Korea; and Dr. Chong-Jin Oh, Dean of External Affairs for HUFS. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)
Members of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies delegation tour STAR Campus with UD President Dennis Assanis and Kathleen Matt, dean of the College of Health Sciences.

STAR Campus: A bold idea, an inspiring vision