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UI appoints P. Barry Butler interim dean of College of Engineering
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has named mechanical engineering
professor P. Barry Butler to serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering,
effective Feb. 1. Butler, who came to the College in 1984, has served
as associate dean for academic programs since September 1997.
A nationwide search to select a permanent dean for the College of Engineering
will begin immediately.
Butler succeeds Richard K. Miller, who resigned, effective Jan. 31,
to become president of Franklin W. Olin College, a new engineering college
to be located in Needham, Mass.
UI Provost Jon Whitmore said that Butler's research, teaching and administrative
experience make him an excellent choice to lead the college.
"Butler has been serving in a major administrative position within
the College of Engineering. He has been directly involved with recruiting
and appointing faculty, handling student affairs issues and working on
curriculum changes. I consulted widely with faculty and administrative
leaders in the college and found very strong support for this appointment,"
Butler is a nationally recognized expert in thermal science and energetic
materials and has published extensively in the field. He earned his bachelor's
and master's degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1979
and 1981, respectively, as well as a doctorate in mechanical engineering
in 1984, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
One of 10 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of
Engineering has educational courses that date back more than a century.
Its six departments include: biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil
and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical
engineering. The college, ranked among the top 50 engineering schools
nationally, is recognized for its small size, personalized approach to
education and focused mission. Its location on a strong liberal arts campus
-- with natural strengths in writing and communications, health sciences,
business, law, and arts and humanities -- provides highly complementary
resources to build the type of broad technological education demanded in
a rapidly changing world.