Diane Sieber, a President’s Teaching Scholar and the director of the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers, has been appointed to serve as the next associate dean for education in the college.
She will take on her new responsibilities July 1, filling the gap left when Brian Argrow returned to his full-time teaching and research activities in the aerospace department in March. Argrow served nearly five years as associate dean.
Sieber has a diverse set of academic and research interests, ranging from 17th century Spanish drama, poetry, and fiction (Don Quixote is a favorite) to IT, cognition, and learning in higher education. Her recent work includes studies of learning through online social networks, the gamification of the educational experience, and addressing learner digital distraction―by laptops, tablets, and mobile phones―in classroom settings.
Although those areas may seem far afield, Sieber shares with her students her conviction that knowledge native to one field of study can lead to greater understanding in another. She sees the blending of technology, the arts, and humanities as “the key to a fulfilling life.”
Sieber was one of the leaders in launching the ATLAS (Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society) Institute at CU-Boulder, and she created its Technology, Arts, and Media interdisciplinary program. She has been a Carnegie Teaching Scholar and has won teaching awards from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the CU Alumni Association, and multiple honor societies.
She is leading a transformation of the engineering curriculum as she creates new applications for cutting-edge information technologies that enhance student learning and that engage a diverse and globalized student population.
She joined the College of Engineering and Applied Science in 2004, transferring her tenure from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is currently an associate professor and director of the Herbst Program of Humanities in engineering.
Associate professor of aerospace engineering Kurt Maute was selected last fall to serve as associate dean for research for two years, while former associate dean Marty Dunn is on leave serving as a program director at the National Science Foundation.
Maute holds the Joseph T. Negler Professorship and directs the Center of Aerospace Structures (CAS). He also is the CU-Boulder site director for the Center for Research and Education in Wind.
He received his bachelor’s and master’s in aerospace engineering, followed by his PhD in civil engineering, from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He joined the college as a post-doctoral research associate at CAS before starting his faculty position in January 2000.
His research is concerned with computational mechanics and design optimization methods, focusing on fundamental problems in solid and fluid mechanics and heat transfer as well as civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering applications.
Jeff Sczechowski has been promoted to the new position of assistant dean for research opportunities, where he will continue to help advance the college’s research enterprise. He was hired as coordinator for research opportunities in the Dean’s Office in 2008.
Sczechowski earned his PhD in chemical engineering at CU-Boulder in 1994, after receiving his master’s from North Carolina State University. Before joining the Dean’s Office, he was a program manager for STMicroelectronics, assigned to the Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona, and appointed as a visiting research scholar.
From 1999 to 2002 he worked for STMicroelectronics in the design and start-up of its 300 mm fabrication facility in Crolles, France. Before joining ST, he was an associate professor of environmental engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
The Office of the Associate Dean for Research has been expanded in recent years as the college’s research activity has grown. Other staff members are Linda Rose, coordinator for research facilitation, and Marissa Cannady, assistant to the associate dean for research. The college brought in a record amount of new grants—nearly $68 million—in fiscal year 2011.