Search begins for dean of the College of Engineering

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State has announced a national search for the next dean of the College of Engineering. David Hall, dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, will chair the search committee.

David N. Wormley, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of the College of Engineering, has announced his retirement after 21 years of service to the University.

Penn State’s College of Engineering offers some of the most comprehensive engineering programs in the country, emphasizing technical expertise combined with innovation, leadership, teamwork, communication skills and a global perspective. The college is ranked 16th in the nation in research expenditures, drawing more than $137 million annually. The dean will lead faculty and staff who are committed to providing extraordinary education, creating research with impact, building a dialogue with society and fostering a community with distinction.

“The College of Engineering is a leader in engineering education, research and service to the profession and the world,” said Rob Pangborn, interim executive vice president and provost. “The engineers of today and tomorrow will be tasked with finding solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges. The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking, visionary leader capable of building upon the college’s growth and success in many fields, including energy and the environment, health care, aerospace engineering, new materials applications, cyber and civil infrastructure, and bioengineering.”

Established in 1896, the College of Engineering has a rich history and tradition. Each year, the college serves more than 9,000 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students.

Applications, nominations and inquiries should be emailed to or mailed to David L. Hall, chair, Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.

The search committee will review applications and nominations beginning May 20, and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the College of Engineering, visit

Members of the search committee are:

-- Sven Bilén, head and associate professor of engineering design, electrical engineering and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs;
-- Blannie E. Bowen, vice provost for Academic Affairs;
-- Fred S. Cannon, professor of environmental engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering;
-- Lee D. Coraor, associate professor of computer science and engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering;
-- Francesco Costanzo, professor of engineering science and mechanics, and mathematics, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics;
-- Cheng Dong, distinguished professor and head, Department of Bioengineering;
-- David L. Hall, committee chair and dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology;
-- Linda M. Hanagan, associate professor of architectural engineering, Department of Architectural Engineering;
-- Costas D. Maranas, Broughton Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering;
-- Theresa S. Mayer distinguished professor of electrical engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering;
-- Robert G. Melton, professor of aerospace engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering;
-- Harriet Black Nembhard, professor of industrial engineering, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering;
-- Virendra Puri, distinguished professor of agricultural and biological engineering, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering;
-- Mark Sharer, development officer, College of Engineering;
-- Kylie A. Sheplock, undergraduate student and president of the Society of Women Engineering;
-- Timothy W. Simpson, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering; and
-- Pamela J. Stauffer, manager of financial and administrative services, Department of Electrical Engineering.

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Last Updated April 29, 2013