FAMU-FSU College of Engineering names new respected scientist, innovator

Suvranu De is the new Dean of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Florida A&M University and Florida State University today announced the appointment of Suvran De as the next dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. His first day is July 15th.

De is J. Erik Jonsson ’22 Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he is Head of the Department of Mechanical, Aviation and Nuclear Engineering and Director of the Medical Modeling, Modeling and Imaging Center.

“Congratulations to Suvranu De on FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, a unique partnership that is breaking new ground in science, research and technological innovation, while successfully recruiting and educating engineers from under-represented groups,” said Larry Robinson, Ph.D. . “Because of Dean De’s impressive experience, he is well placed to lead the way as we enter a new era of success in college.

FSU President Richard McCullough echoed Robinson’s comments.

“We are extremely excited to invite Dr. De to Tallahassee as the new dean of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering,” McCullough said. “Dr. De is a great scientist, leader and innovator who will drive the college’s mission to educate a new generation of engineers and prepare them to compete in an ever-changing workforce.

De was one of three finalists selected by a 14-member committee after a nationwide search. The presidents and pastors of the two institutions jointly carried out the final De.

As Dean, De will serve as the Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of the Joint College, overseeing academic affairs and research, including all centers, institutes, and academic services. In this role, he will work with the deans, faculty, and administrators of both universities to develop the college’s mission and strengthen the institution’s national, national, and international reputation.

“I am very honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve as Dean of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering,” De said. “The college is going up sharply – with exceptional teachers, students and staff; dynamic education and research programs; world-class research centers; and a commitment to diversity, justice and inclusion. I was impressed by the warmth and hospitality of the town. My wife Nilanjana and I look forward to becoming part of the FAMU-FSU family.

De replaces Murray Gibson, who joined the faculty after five years as dean. Farrukh Alvi has been acting interim dean since 2021. November

“Over the past five years, Dean Gibson has given the college exceptional leadership, and the college’s status and national rankings have grown significantly,” said Maurice Edington, FAMU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Dean De’s impressive record of success, ambitious vision and strong commitment to the college’s mission have made him the ideal choice for this important role.

The dean works at FAMU, but reports to the pastors of both institutions.

“Murray Gibson’s enthusiasm and dedication to the College of Engineering’s mission was unwavering, and we saw the college thrive under his leadership,” said Jim Clark, FSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We are delighted to have found the right candidate to build on this success with Drs. De. Due to his impeccable academic qualities, leadership experience, and bold vision, he excelled at the college and both universities.

Earlier this year, the Florida legislature allocated $ 6.6 million. premises for current and future research. De will focus on involving external resources and partnerships in the college.

De’s research interests include the development of new, reliable and dependable computing technologies to solve complex and high-impact engineering, medical and biological problems.

He was awarded the ONR Young Researcher Award (2005), the Rensselaer School of Engineering Research Excellence Award (2008), the James M. Tienen ’66 Early Career Award for Faculty (2009), and the Rensselaer School of Engineering Outstanding Research Team Award. (2012), J. Tinsley Oden Medal of the American Association of Computational Mechanics (2019) and Edwin F. Church Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2022).

De currently serves on the editorial boards of many journals, as well as on the scientific committees of many national and international conferences. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), serves as vice chairman (awards) of the IEEE Technical haptics Committee, and chairs / co-chairs several committees of the American Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. WISDOM). He is an elected member of four professional societies: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), and the United States Association of Computational Mechanics. (USACM).

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering De will be led by more than 300 faculty and staff, as well as 2,800 graduates and undergraduate students on campus. Over the past few years, the institution has enjoyed a dramatic rise in ratings, record research spending, and significant academic and research success. More than half of the patents (together) from FAMU and FSU were granted by the Joint College. Master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering accounted for half of all higher degrees produced by FAMU in the 2021–2022 academic year. The 11 doctoral degrees awarded to black engineers is a top-class HBCU record.

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is the only such joint engineering college in the country. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the facility has five departments and offers nine areas of study. The College’s faculty directs many prestigious research centers and is closely associated with the National Laboratory for Large Magnetic Fields. Learn more at www.eng.FAMU.FSU.edu.

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