Contact: Joseph Cecchi, 277-5522
Michael Padilla, 277-1816

May 25, 2001

CECCHI NAMED DEAN AT UNM SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Joseph L. Cecchi
Joseph L. Cecchi has been appointed University of New Mexico dean for the School of Engineering, effective immediately, said Brian L. Foster, UNM provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Cecchi has served as chair of the UNM Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department since 1994 and as interim dean of SOE since November 2000.

Cecchi was selected as dean through a national search process.

“Dr. Cecchi will do an outstanding job as dean at the School of Engineering,” Foster said. “Under his leadership, the School of Engineering will continue to expand and strengthen its degree programs and academic research activities.”

Cecchi said he looks forward to serving as dean at the School of Engineering.

“I am honored to be selected by Provost Foster to lead the School of Engineering,” Cecchi said. “This is a time of exceptional opportunity for engineering, particularly in collaboration with other UNM schools and colleges. I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff of the school to continue to enhance the educational experience of our students.”

Cecchi has been a professor of chemical and nuclear engineering at UNM since 1994. From 1991 to 1994 he served as director of the New Jersey SEMATACH Center of Excellence for Plasma Etching. From 1988 to 1994 he was lecturer with rank of professor with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Princeton University. He has served as director of the Graduate Program in Plasma Science and Technology of Princeton University. In addition, he has held numerous positions at Princeton, Harvard University, Argonne National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Cecchi’s current research includes plasma etching and deposition for silicon semiconductor devices and interconnects, low-pressure/high-density plasma etch tool development, plasma diagnostic development, micro-electro mechanical systems and chemical-mechanical polishing.

He earned his Ph.D. and master’s in physics from Harvard University and his bachelor’s in physics from Knox College.

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