By Chris Meiers, WSU Tri-Cities vice chancellor

IannelliRICHLAND, Wash. – After a national search, Washington State University Tri-Cities has appointed Joseph Iannelli executive director and CH2M Hill fellow of engineering and computer science.

As a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the School of Engineering at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, he led internationalization of the co-operative engineering program, which was recognized as one of 29 “Exemplars of Real-World Engineering Education” by the National Academy of Engineering. He placed undergraduate students in paid engineering internships in Europe and secured visiting-professor appointments in Germany and Switzerland for two former colleagues.

Iannelli has a 22-year career in higher education, including 16 years of leadership and managerial experience. He was head of engineering and coordinator of mechanical engineering at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh for four years, where he established a biomedical engineering program.

He held academic and leadership roles at City University in London, where he was director of the Centre for Aeronautics and established a master’s program in aeronautical engineering.

A fellow of the British Higher Education Academy, Iannelli earned his Ph.D. in engineering science, with a focus on aerospace engineering and computational fluid dynamics, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he also served as tenured faculty. He earned a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree, summa cum laude, in aeronautical engineering at the University of Palermo in Italy. He received a diploma in fluid dynamics from the Von Karman Institute in Belgium.

His professional interests include engineering and scientific computing, computational and theoretical fluid dynamics, propulsion, co-operative education, economic development and international initiatives involving universities, businesses and multinational corporations.

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