Candidates announced for engineering dean

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Three candidates for the position of dean for the College of Engineering and Applied Science will make campus presentations in late November and early December.

Peter Braza, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Science, chairs an 11-member committee of UCCS faculty and staff representatives, and community members. The committee is charged with reviewing candidates and recommending finalists. The position is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college, which includes approximately 1,700 students.

The finalists will present for 40 minutes followed by 20 minutes for questions. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are encouraged to attend and provide candidate feedback using the feedback form (.docx).

The finalists, presentation times and locations are:

  • Alexander Domijan, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Nov. 28, University Center 302. Domijan is a professor of electrical engineering and former founding dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education. See Domijan’s CV (.pdf).
  • Donald Rabern, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Dec. 3, University Center 302. Rabern is currently a visiting professor of engineering at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and was previously dean of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for eight years. His career includes a combination of both academic and industry experiences, with more than 12 years in academic leadership positions. See Rabern’s CV (.pdf).
  • Adam Fontecchio, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Dec. 6, University Center 302. Fontecchio is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence at Drexel University. He has 16 years of academic experience, with 14 years in administration including roles as vice dean of the Graduate College and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering. See Fontecchio’s CV (.pdf).

Xiaobo “Charles” Zhou, professor in the Department of Computer Science, started as interim dean July 1, 2017. He replaced R. “Dan” Dandapani, who served as interim dean or dean since 2008. Dandapani returned to the faculty in the 2017-18 academic year.

Braza’s committee members are:

  • Ellen Burkart, director, Student Retention and First Year Experience, and Parent and Family Programs (non-voting)
  • Laura Edwards, financial administrator, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Peter Gorder, associate professor and chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Leal Lauderbaugh, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Rory Lewis, associate professor, Department of Computer Science
  • John Lindsey, senior instructor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Sue McClernan, internship and outreach program director, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Brandon Runnels, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Charles Shub, professor emeritus, Department of Computer Science
  • Bob Witte, Keysight Technologies (retired)

The committee receives staff support from Mary Hurless, business and human resources professional in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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