Senior Leadership Team

The senior leadership team at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering comprises the highest level administrators, deans, and academic department chairs of the College.

As of February 2024


Barry L. Shoop, Dean, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Lisa A. Shay, Associate Dean for Educational Innovation, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Ruben Savizky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Chemistry

Douglas Thornhill, Laboratory & Technician Manager, Office of the Dean

Academic Department Chairs

Benjamin J. Davis, Professor & Ensminger Chair of Chemical Engineering

Cosmas Tzavelis, Professor & George Fox Chair of Civil Engineering

Fred L. Fontaine, Jesse Sherman Professor & Chair of Electrical Engineering

Melody Baglione, Professor & George Clark Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Andrea Newmark, Professor & Chair of Chemistry

Mili Shah , Professor & Chair of Mathematics

Philip Yecko, Professor & Chair of Physics


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