Engineering and Applied Science dean candidate announced

Nael Barakat, candidate for the position of dean of the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science will make a campus presentation March 5.

Peter Braza, dean, College of Arts, Arts and Sciences, chairs a 12-member search committee charged with assisting in the selection of a replacement for R. “Dan” Dandapani. Dandapani served as dean for nine years before returning to the faculty in July 2017.

Barakat will present for 40 minutes followed by 20 minutes for questions from the audience. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are encouraged to attend and to provide candidate feedback.

Barakat will present at 1:45 p.m. in University Center 302. He is currently associate dean for research and graduate studies, and professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He has more than 11 years of combined academic and industry leadership and is a fellow with the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. His complete curriculum vitae is available here (.pdf).

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend candidate forums and provide feedback using the EAS Dean Candidate Evaluation Form (.docx).

In addition to Braza, members of the search committee are:

  • Michael Calvisi, associate professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Edward Chow, professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Laura Edwards, financial assistant, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Peter Gorder, associate professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Mary Hurless, human resources professional, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • KrisAnn McBroom, assistant dean, Graduate School
  • Courtney Sparks, assistant director, Development Office
  • Les Tekamp, senior instructor, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Jonathan Ventura, assistant professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Mark Wickert, professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Bob Witte, vice president of technology strategy, Keysight Technologies, and chair, College of Engineering and Applied Science Leadership Council

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