Welcome from Dean Joseph L. Cecchi

Joseph L. Cecchi

Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing

Associate Provost for National Laboratory Relations
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Centennial Engineering Center, Suite 3071
Ph: (505) 277-5522
Fax: (505) 277-5521
Email: cecchi@unm.edu

Joseph L. Cecchi has been professor of chemical and biological engineering at UNM since joining in 1993. In addition, he holds the title of associate provost for national laboratory relations. From 2011 to 2012, while on leave from UNM, Cecchi held appointments as provost and professor of engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He was dean of the School of Engineering at UNM from 2000 to 2009. Cecchi is vice chair of STC.UNM, UNM’s technology transfer organization, and also served as chairman of the board of directors from 2004 to 2011. From 1972 to 1993, Cecchi was at Princeton University, where he held joint appointments in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and was director of Princeton’s Graduate Program in Plasma Science and Technology, and the New Jersey SEMATECH Center of Excellence for Plasma Etching.


  • Ph.D., Physics, Harvard University, 1972
  • MBA, Business Administration, University of New Mexico, 2011
  • MA, Physics, Harvard University, 1969
  • BA, Physics, Knox College, 1968

Teaching Interests

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Electronics

Research Interests

  • Nano fabrication of devices and structures
  • Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Plasma Activated ALD
  • Plasma deposition and etching