Gregory Washington Named Dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake has announced the appointment of Gregory Washington as dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering effective August 1, 2011.

Professor Washington most recently served as interim dean at The Ohio State University College of Engineering, where he provided visionary leadership, oversight and management for one of the nation's largest and highest ranked engineering programs. Over the years Washington has also served as the college's Associate Dean for Research and led OSU's Institute for Energy and the Environment. He has been on the faculty of OSU's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since 1995, and received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Professor Washington has been involved in multidomain research for the last 20 years. His core area of interest lies in the area of dynamic systems, with an emphasis on modeling and control of smart material systems and devices. He has been involved in the design and control of mechanically actuated antennas, advanced automotive systems incorporating smart materials, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and structural position and vibration control with smart materials. He is the author of more than 140 technical publications in journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings.

The University extends its sincere appreciation to Professor Dimitri Papamoschou, who has served as interim dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering since September 2010. Papamoschou has provided outstanding leadership during this period, and we are immensely grateful for his contributions.

In addition, the School wants to thank the search committee, in particular chair Bruce Tromberg, for their outstanding efforts in this national search.