Published: Oct. 14, 2020

CU Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced four finalists for the position of dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

The finalists for the position are:

  • Samuel Mukasa, senior executive for global STEM initiatives and former dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
  • Alyssa Panitch, Edward Teller Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis. There, she is also the executive associate dean and the associate dean for academic personnel and planning.
  • Laura Schaefer, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Burton J. and Ann McMurtry Chaired Professor at Rice University.
  • Karen Thole, department head of mechanical engineering and distinguished professor at The Pennsylvania State University.

“The committee has selected four outstanding candidates for consideration to serve as dean for our world-class College of Engineering & Applied Science,” said E. Scott Adler, search committee chair and dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate affairs.

Finalist interviews will take place virtually in October and early November, including a virtual public session with each candidate. Final dates and times for these sessions are forthcoming. The goal is to name a new dean by the close of the fall 2020 semester.

“I’d like to thank Dean Adler and the committee for their work in selecting this top-notch group of finalists,” said Moore. “I’d also like to thank Keith Molenaar for his continued leadership as interim dean since last January.”