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Open Forums for Students, Faculty and Staff:
Finalists for the Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology


The entire campus community is invited to attend three public forums to meet the final candidates for Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. Please see the forum schedules below, as well as background information of each candidate.

Forum 1:
Finalist Dr. Emily Allen. The forum will take place Wednesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m., in King Hall: Lecture Hall 2.

Forum 2:
Finalist Dr. George Huang. The forum will take place Friday, Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m., in King Hall: Lecture Hall 2.

Forum 2:
Finalist Dr. Donald R. Peterson. The forum will take place Monday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m., in the Golden Eagle Ballroom.

About the finalists:

Photo: Dr. Emily Allen.

Dr. Emily Allen is associate dean and professor of materials engineering in the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San José State University (SJSU). Her administrative portfolio includes undergraduate programs and accreditation, student success programs, K-12 partnerships and community college outreach, as well as management oversight of college personnel, operations and infrastructure.

Dr. Allen has a strong record of initiating and managing research, curricular, and student success programs, including more than $8 million in funding from both corporate partners and federal sources. She has published more than 50 journal articles and conference proceedings in the areas of electronic materials and engineering education. Dr. Allen joined SJSU in 1992 as an assistant professor. She earned tenure in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, was elected department chair in 2001, and was promoted to full professor in 2003. She was appointed associate dean of the college in 2008.

Dr. Allen earned both her Ph.D. and M.S. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. She also received her B.S. in metallurgy and materials science from Columbia University.

Photo: Dr. George Huang.

Dr. George Huang is professor and chair in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Wright State University (WSU). Dr. Huang began his career at Michigan Technology University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

After three years, he moved to Stanford University and NASA-Ames to pursue his interests in high-speed flow research related to the National Aero Space Plane (NASP). Dr. Huang then joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky as an associate professor and was subsequently promoted to full professor. During this period, he was supported by NASA to pursue his research in modeling of low pressure turbine flows. He was also director of graduate studies of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky for four years.

In 2006, Dr. Huang joined WSU as chair of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department, where he initiated a very successful project-based learning (PBL) program for students and funded a number of research centers to support his PBL activities. Among them, the Ohio Center of Excellence for Micro Air Vehicle Studies has become a world-renowned center for unmanned aerial vehicle research and the vehicle designed by his students was cited as the drone of the future by the WIRED magazine. Dr. Huang earned his undergraduate degree from Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan, his M.S. from McGill University in Canada, and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in England.

Photo: Dr. Donald Peterson.

Dr. Donald R. Peterson is an associate professor of medicine and director of the Biodynamics Laboratory in the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He serves jointly as the director of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Undergraduate Program in the School of Engineering and as the interim head of Biomedical Engineering in the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Previously, he served as director of the Graduate Program and as chair of the BME Program.

In addition to his experience in biomedical engineering research, Dr. Peterson has 16 years of experience in biomedical engineering education and has taught graduate-level and undergraduate-level courses in the areas of biomechanics, biodynamics, biofluid mechanics, and ergonomics. His scholarly activities include more than 50 published journal articles, and 12 textbooks, including his new appointment as co-editor-in-chief for The Biomedical Engineering Handbook. Dr. Peterson is also the co-executive director of the Biomedical Engineering Alliance and Consortium, which is a non-profit entity dedicated to the promotion of collaborative research, translation, and partnership among academic, medical, and industry people to develop new medical technologies and devices.

Dr. Peterson earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from UConn, and a B.S. in aerospace engineering and a B.S. in biomechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


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