Engineeering Dean Search Starts
Acting Dean of the School of Engineering John B. Vander Sande
By David D. Hsu
The search committee for dean of the School of Engineering will make its recommendations in mid-November to ProvostJoel Moses PhD '67, who left the position in June to become provost.
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Jack L. Kerrebrock was named by Moses to chair the committee, which currently consists of 12 faculty members representing 10 departments and 3 schools.
Student members will be named later, Moses said.
The committee has met once so far to talk with the provost, Kerrebrock said. The committee will continue to meet once a week.
Starting Monday, the committee will also meet with faculty members to discuss two primary issues: the future of the School of Engineering and possible dean candidates, Kerrebrock said.
The dean appointment will likely be made this semester after Moses discusses the recommendations with President Charles M. Vest, Moses said.
Although the committee will consider outside candidates, there are no formal plans for an outside search, Kerrebrock said.
Funding, education changes seen
The new dean should be a leader at both the undergraduate and graduate level and have a vision for the future, Moses said.
As government research funding becomes more uncertain, the dean of engineering must find a balance of government and industrial sources of funding, said Professor of Materials Science and Engineering John B. Vander Sande, currently acting dean of the school.
At the same time, with the workplace demanding broader abilities from graduates, the School of Engineering must make the curriculum more practical, Vander Sande said. These aspects include leadership, teamwork, and a deeper appreciation of finance, law, and management.
Many of these demands overlap with the Sloan education, and the School of Engineering's "interactions with the Sloan School will continue to develop," Vander Sande said.
The School of Engineering will also have stronger relations with the School of Architecture and Planning, Vander Sande said. Both schools will work toward creating the design studio of the future, he said.