National search for College of Engineering dean begins

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National search for College of Engineering dean begins


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has officially launched a national search for its next College of Engineering dean.

A 16-member committee made up of faculty, staff, students and college stakeholders has been formed to guide the search.

Kathy Farrell

The group is chaired by Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Dean of the College of Business. Committee members include Dennis Alexander, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Milunka Brajic, administrative coordinator, civil engineering; Carrick Detweiler, associate professor of computer science and engineering; Ece Erdogmus, professor of architectural engineering and construction; Deepak Keshwani, associate professor of biological systems engineering; Dan Linzell, professor and chair of civil engineering; Alma Ramirez-Rodgers, senior assistant director of student involvement, engineering student services; Ravi Saraf, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Hamid Sharif-Kashani, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Luz Sotelo, graduate student, mechanical and materials engineering; Ben Stodola, undergraduate student, architectural engineering; Eli Sutter, professor of mechanical and materials engineering; Li Tan, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and faculty senate representative; Donald Voelte Jr., engineering advisory board; and Ken West, DLR Group, engineering advisory board.

The dean will join the university at a pivotal moment in the institution’s history and in the college’s trajectory. Nebraska Engineering, which will celebrate its 110th year in 2019, is undergoing an exciting period of growth, including 11 straight years of record enrollment. In the last three years, 56 new faculty positions have been added with 14 more positions in process.

A sample of signature Nebraska Engineering facilities and programs include world-class computational capabilities in the Holland Computing Center; the Nano-Engineering Research Core Facility, which positions the college at the forefront of global efforts on advanced manufacturing of materials, nanostructures and nanodevices; and the Complete Engineering Initiative, which enhances the essential non-technical skills needed for undergraduate engineers.

The dean will have the opportunity to define and implement a strategic vision for the college’s talented faculty, staff and student population. The dean will also play a key role in guiding the construction of a new engineering facility and renovation of existing spaces.

The dean reports directly to the executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. The search committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by noon, March 9. Nominations should be sent to Farrell. Learn more about the search.

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