Provost Martha Pollack has appointed an advisory committee to search for a new dean of the College of Engineering. The search process already has begun.

Jeffrey Fessler, professor of biomedical engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science, CoE; and professor of radiology, Medical School, is chairing the committee that has been charged with conducting a broad search and presenting a slate of recommended candidates.

In an email to faculty and staff at the college, Pollack wrote that Dean David Munson would step down June 30, 2016, after 10 years of service.

Additional members of the search committee include:

• Valeria Bertacco, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, CoE.

• Amy Cohn, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, associate professor of industrial and operations engineering, and associate director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety, CoE; and associate professor of health management and policy, School of Public Health.

• Samantha Daly, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and materials science and engineering, CoE.

• Michael Drake, senior director of research relations, CoE.

• Sherif El-Tawil, professor and associate chair of civil and environmental engineering, CoE.

• Nicholas English, undergraduate student, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, CoE.

• Zhong He, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, CoE.

• Douglas Noll, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Professor of Biomedical Engineering, co-director of the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Laboratory and professor of biomedical engineering, CoE; and professor of radiology, Medical School.

• Katie Reichl, Ph.D. candidate, graduate student research assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering, CoE.

• David Tarver, alumnus and founder of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative.

• Levi Thompson, Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, CoE.

• Mark West, Nippon Life Professor of Law, dean and professor of law, Law School.

In her February email, Pollack praised Munson’s “remarkable service to the college’s core mission to produce outstanding graduates and the technologies needed to improve society and shape the future.”

“Under Dean Munson’s leadership, the college has substantially grown its faculty and student body, and attained new heights for student selectivity, research volume, technology transfer and fundraising. He has championed diversity, and he has successfully broadened the scope of undergraduate engineering education to include entrepreneurship, international programs and multidisciplinary design.”

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