President's Report Masthead
September 30, 2018

Search for new dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science to begin

With the announcement by Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari that he will step down from his position as dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science in August 2019, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Donald Nieman has established a committee to coordinate the search for Srihari’s replacement.

The search will be led by Bahgat Sammakia, vice president for research and distinguished professor of mechanical engineering.

“I am grateful to my colleague, Bahgat Sammakia, for agreeing to chair the search,” Nieman said. “Bahgat’s reputation, sound judgment and collaborative spirit make him the perfect person to lead the search.”

Nieman expressed confidence in the committee as it begins its work.

“In the past decade, under the leadership of Dean Hari Srihari, the Watson School has grown in size and quality, making this one of the most attractive deanship opportunities in the country,” he said. “I know we will attract an outstanding pool of candidates and recruit an excellent dean.”

The committee includes:

• Bahgat Sammakia, chair
• Scott Craver, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering
• Kanad Ghose, professor of computer science
• Gretchen Mahler, associate professor of Biomedical engineering
• Weyi Meng, professor of computer science
• Louis Piper, associate professor of physics
• Mark Poliks, professor of systems science and industrial engineering
• Shahrzad (Sherry) Towfighian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering
• Vincent Brady, manager of engineering laboratories and learning environments
• Lisa Gallagher, assistant dean for research and graduate studies
• Ling Ling (Sally) Bishop, undergraduate student
• Mohammad Tradat, graduate student
• Kenneth Goldblatt, Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors
• Marilyn Gaska, Alumni Association Board of Directors

The search will begin immediately.