The UC Merced School of Engineering will have a new dean on Oct. 1, when E. Daniel Hirleman will take over for interim dean Mark Matsumoto.
Hirleman has served as the head of Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering since 1999. During that time, he's helped expand the school's faculty and student body, double its Ph.D. graduation rate and vastly increase its scholarship and fellowship distribution and put the school on a strong financial footing. He was also able to increase the quality of the school's undergraduate students while also expanding enrollment.
Matsumoto has served as interim dean since April, when he replaced Thomas Harmon, who served as acting dean for three months following the December resignation of Jeff Wright, founding dean of the School of Engineering.
Hirleman is the founding director of GlobalHub.org, an international cyber-community of students, faculty and practitioners interested in global engineering and global citizenship, and is chair of the Engineers for a Sustainable World advisory board. He founded the Global Engineering Program at Purdue in 2005, and he's been active in student advising and community service at all stops during his career.
He said he was inspired by UC Merced's signature commitment to sustainability — both in its faculty's research and in its own construction and operations — and to interdisciplinary research. He was also drawn by the university's unique challenge of building a research university worthy of the University of California name while creating a transformative, large-scale engineering education model uniquely targeted to the 21st century students and their needs.
"I'm thrilled to be joining a university system with such a remarkable history of academic achievement while also taking part in the inspiring growth of a new campus," Hirleman said. "My predecessors and the faculty at UC Merced have built a strong foundation for the School of Engineering, and I look forward to the exciting challenge of continuing in their footsteps."
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