PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University has selected three finalists for the
position of dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture. Each of the candidates will be
available to the public through open seminar sessions televised to branch campus locations.
The candidates are John T. Jurewicz, dean of engineering at Florida Atlantic University;
Ravi K. Jain, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Cincinnati;
and Robert L. Reid, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Marquette University.
Jurewicz also has served as interim dean and as dean of graduate studies and research at
FAU. He is currently serving as interim director of south Florida’s economic development
initiative. His accomplishments include leadership in university capital campaigns and
development of distance learning programs. Jurewicz earned both his master’s and doctoral
degrees in mechanical engineering at WSU.
Jain currently serves as director of the Center for Environmental Assessment and Policy,
and as director of the Environmental Engineering and Management Graduate Program at the
University of Cincinnati. From 1992 to 1998, Jain was the associate dean for research and
international engineering, and executive director of the university’s Interdisciplinary Research
Centers. Jain’s academic background includes a doctoral degree in civil engineering from Texas
Tech University. He also holds a master’s of public administration degree in management and
public policy from Harvard.
Reid served as dean of the Marquette University College of Engineering from 1987 to 1998.
Among his accomplishments, Reid notes an increase in college research funding from $500,000 to
$5,000,000 a year with approximately one half from industry. Under Reid’s leadership, the college
became the number one ranked Jesuit college of engineering. Reid completed his doctoral degree
in mechanical engineering at Southern Methodist University.
Jurewicz will present the first open seminar on April 2. Jain will present his seminar on April
9, while Reid is scheduled for April 20. Each seminar is scheduled from 8:30-10:00 a.m., originating
at Murrow 53 in Pullman. The seminars can be seen at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri- Cities and WSU
Vancouver.
To see complete resumes for the candidates, check on the Web at about/dean.htm>.
The CEA vacancy was created when former dean Robert A. Altenkirch left in July 1998 to
become vice president for research at Mississippi State University. Anjan Bose, director of the
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has served as interim dean.
The new dean will become the ninth in the college’s 109-year history. The college has 120
faculty members and serves approximately 2,500 students at all WSU locations and levels.
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