The front exterior of the College of Engineering's H M Comer Hall

UA Opens Search for New Engineering Dean

The University of Alabama College of Engineering has launched a search for its next dean.

The college is seeking a strategic and collaborative leader with a high scholarly profile that will develop a future-oriented vision for the college and provide leadership on planning, curricular, research and budgetary decisions. The dean will also engage with alumni, the business community, and state and federal government officials to advance the goals of the college and University.

Dr. Mark Weaver, professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, is serving as chair of the search committee. Weaver is joined by committee members elected from the college including:

  • Paul Allison, associate professor and center director, mechanical engineering.
  • Travis Atkison, assistant professor, computer science.
  • John Baker, professor, aerospace engineering and mechanics.
  • Jason Bara, professor, chemical and biological engineering.
  • Mark. E. Barkey, department head and professor, aerospace engineering and mechanics.
  • Michael E. Kreger, professor and Garry Neil Drummond Endowed Chair, civil, construction and environmental engineering.
  • Andrew Lemmon, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering.
  • Beth Ann Todd, associate professor, mechanical engineering.

Committee members appointed by UA President Stuart R. Bell include:

  • Robin Boylorn, professor, College of Communication and Information Sciences.
  • Julie Ember, director of financial affairs, College of Engineering.
  • Amanda Holloman, PhD student in computer science, College of Engineering.
  • Joe Messina, dean, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Russ Mumper, vice president, Office for Research and Economic Development.
  • Richard Nail II, senior principal engineer, LBYD, Inc.
  • Katherine Ziska, undergraduate student in metallurgical engineering, College of Engineering.

The College of Engineering is one of the five oldest engineering institutions in the nation. There are approximately 4,750 undergraduate students and 650 graduate students pursuing one of 15 undergraduate or 14 graduate degrees spanning the engineering and computer science disciplines.

Faculty and students in the college are major participants in the University’s signature research institutes — the Alabama Transportation Institute, Alabama Water Institute, Alabama Life Research Institute and Alabama Cyber Institute. Cumulative new research awards to the college exceeded $60 million last year.

A full description of the position and information on how to apply is available online.


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,