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April 18, 2001

VISITS SET FOR THREE CANDIDATES FOR UNM DEAN OF SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Three candidates for the position of Dean for the School of Engineering have been selected to participate in interviews and meetings during two-day visits to the University of New Mexico campus, announced UNM Provost Brian Foster.

An open forum for all faculty, staff, students and community members will be scheduled for each finalist.

The three candidates and their visitation dates are:

April 30 - May 1 — Joseph L. Cecchi, interim dean of the UNM School of Engineering and professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. Cecchi’s open forum will be held Monday, April 30 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in Mechanical Engineering room 218.

May 3 - 4 — David C. Hyland, professor and chair for the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. Hyland’s open forum will be held Thursday, May 3 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in Tapy Hall room 201.

May 7 - 8 — Subrahmanyam S. (Mani) Venkata, professor and chair of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. Venkata’s open forum will be held Monday, May 7 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in Mechanical Engineering room 218.

“We are looking forward to hiring a dean with a strong vision and leadership to continue the success of the programs of the School of Engineering,” Foster said. “The three finalists represent an excellent pool. Each would bring a unique set of strengths to position.”

Cecchi has served as interim dean of the School of Engineering since November 2000. Since 1994, he has been a professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and chair of the department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. From 1991-1994 he was the director of the New Jersey SEMATECH Center for Excellence for Plasma Etching. From 1988 to 1994, he was a lecturer with rank of professor for the Department of Chemical Engineering at Princeton University.

While at Princeton he also served as director of the graduate program in Plasma Science and Technology, head of the Plasma Processing Group, lecturer for the Department of Chemical Engineering, principal research physicist for the Plasma Physics Laboratory, head for the Materials Physics Group and research physicist for the Plasma Physics Laboratory. In addition, Cecchi was a teaching fellow at Harvard University and a research associate for the Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Cecchi received his Ph.D. and his A.M. from Harvard University, and his A.B. from Knox College.

Hyland joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1996. He is now professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. In 1983, he initially organized and subsequently led the Structural Control Group within the Government Aerospace Systems Division of Harris Corporation until 1994. In 1994, he was assigned to the Senior Staff of the Vice President of Engineering of the Aerospace Division. He has served as technical staff of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cambridge Collaborative, Inc. Hyland received his Ph.D., M.S., B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

Venkata has been professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University since 1996 and affiliate professor at the University of Washington since 1997. He was a professor at the University of Washington from 1979-96 and director of the Electrical Energy Industrial Consortium from 1993-1996. He has served as chair for the Electric Energy Group and Graduate Program Coordinator at the University of Washington for several years.

He has held positions in Universitat Duisburg in Germany, West Virginia University, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, University of South Carolina, Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India and Coimbatore Institute of Technology in India. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, his M.S.E.E. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India and his B.S.E.E. from Andhra University in Waltair, India.

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