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Finalists selected for dean of School of Engineering

September 2, 2022 - by Kim Delker

University of New Mexico Provost James Holloway has invited four finalists to campus for the position of Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing at the School of Engineering. Each candidate will meet with faculty, staff, students and community during their visit.

The finalists are Rakesh Nagi, Donna Riley, Anne Robinson and Iris Rivero. Each candidate will hold open forums for students, staff, faculty and also a presentation, which will be open to all.

The finalists are:

photo: Rakesh Nagi

Rakesh Nagi

Dr. Nagi is Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He served as the department head of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering from 2013 to 2019. He also served as the interim director of the Illinois Applied Research Institute from 2016-2018. In 2022, he was the recipient of IISE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award.

Campus Visit Dates: Monday-Tuesday, September 12-13
Open Presentation: Monday, September 12, 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Santa Ana A&B

photo: Donna Riley

Donna Riley

Dr. Riley is Kamyar Haghighi Head and Professor in the School of Engineering Education and Professor by courtesy in Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Riley joined Purdue in 2017 from Virginia Tech, where she was professor and interim head in the Department of Engineering Education. From 2013-2015, she served as program director for Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Campus Visit Dates: Thursday- Friday, September 15-16
Open Presentation: Thursday, September 15, 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Lobo B

photo: Anne Skaja Robinson

Anne Skaja Robinson

Dr. Robinson became the Head of Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Chemical Engineering in 2018 and Trustee Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2019. Prior to her current appointment, she served as chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Boh Professor of Engineering at Tulane University. In 2022, she was awarded the Marvin Johnson Award from BIOT division of the American Chemical Society.

Campus Visit Dates: Monday-Tuesday, September 19-20
Open Presentation: Monday, September 19, 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Santa Ana A&B

photo: Iris Rivero

Iris Rivero

Dr. Rivero is the Kate Gleason Professor and Department Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, she directs the iMED (Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Engineering and Design) laboratory. Prior to joining RIT, she was a member of faculty of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University.

Campus Visit Dates: Thursday - Friday, October 6-7
Open Presentation: Thursday, October 6, 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Santa Ana A&B

Information on student, staff and faculty forums, as well as CVs for each candidate, can be found on the Executive Search website.