Finalists Announced In CU-Boulder Engineering Dean Search

April 27, 2016 – University of Colorado-Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore announced yesterday the four finalists selected for the position of dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The candidates will be visiting campus in the coming weeks to meet with students, faculty and staff in the college and across campus.

The finalists are Robert Braun, director of the Space Systems Design Laboratory and founding director of the Center for Space Technology and Research, Georgia Institute of Technology; Charbel Farhat, chairman of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University; Margaret Martonosi, Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University; and Justin Schwartz, department head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University.

“We have an excellent group of finalists for dean of engineering and applied science, which is our second largest college on campus,” said Moore. “I have to commend the efforts of the search committee who worked long and hard over a short time period to screen a pool of more than 70 applicants, many of whom were exceptionally qualified.”

Open forums for two of the candidates will be held at the following times:

  • Justin Schwartz – Thursday, April 28, Discovery Learning Center (DLC) 1B70, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

  • Robert Braun – Monday, May 2 – Open Forum in DLC 1B70, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

  • The schedules for Farhat and Martonosi still are being developed, but they are expected to visit campus the week of May 16.

    Braun has nearly 30 years’ experience as a space systems engineer, technologist and organizational leader. He joined Georgia Tech in 2003 and has led the growth in the Institute’s space sector educational and research activities in the past decade, including founding an interdisciplinary research center to formally integrate Georgia Tech’s space science and space technology faculty, staff and students across the colleges of science, engineering, computing, liberal arts and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He holds a master’s degree in astronautics from George Washington University and a PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.

    Farhat is the Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures, chairman of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, professor of mechanical engineering, professor in the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, director of the Army High Performance Computing Research Center, and director of the King Abdullah City of Science and Technology Center of Excellence for Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He holds a PhD in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Martonosi is the Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. Martonosi holds affiliated appointments in Princeton’s electrical engineering department, its Center for Information Technology Policy, its Environmental Institute and its Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. From 2005-07, she served as associate dean for academic affairs for the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

    Schwartz served as one of the first Science and Technology Agency of Japan Fellows at the National Research Institute for Metals (Japan) before joining the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign as an assistant professor. In 1993, he joined the newly-formed National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University, where he served as the leader of the HTS Magnets and Materials Group. In 2009, Schwartz joined North Carolina State University as the head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor. Schwartz received a PhD in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Moore announced in December that Robert H. Davis, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, would step down as dean and return to the chemical and biological engineering faculty.