Katsouleas Reappointed Dean

2012-07-23 12:08

Thomas Katsouleas has been reappointed to a second five-year term as dean of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Peter Lange announced July 23, 2012.

Duke regularly conducts five-year reviews of deans and senior administrative positions, and Katsouleas' recommendation for reappointment follows an evaluation by a faculty committee.

Katsouleas, 54, now in the fifth year of his deanship, will begin his new term effective July 1, 2013.

"I am most pleased that Tom has agreed to a second term as Dean," Lange said. "Since coming to Duke Tom has proven himself an innovative and collaborative leader who has brought great new faculty to Pratt, built new and exciting interdisciplinary and inter-school programs and strengthened the financial standing of the school and hence its ability to reach its, and Tom’s high aspirations for the coming years."

During Katsouleas' first term, Pratt introduced a new master’s degree, the MEng, aimed at professionally bound engineers, and began offering its first online master’s degree. The school has risen in national rankings and seen strong growth in master’s enrollment, research funding and new endowments. Pratt also introduced a professional career and entrepreneurship preparation program for PhD students. Katsouleas teaches Biomedical Engineering 153 (circuits) and is known for holding open office hours in Twinnies Café every Friday morning.

Katsouleas also chaired the National Academy of Engineering's Advisory Committee on Grand Challenges, hosting the first national summit on the Grand Challenges and helping to create a national education program around them.

The review committee appointed by the Academic Council and the provost was chaired by computer science professor Pankaj Agarwal, and included Elizabeth Brannon, Psychology and Neuroscience; James Dobbins, Medical Physics Graduate Program; John Harer, Mathematics; Sally Kornbluth, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology; Lincoln Pratson, Nicholas School of the Environment; Benjamin Reese, Institutional Equity; and Kate Scholberg, Physics.

Katsouleas came to Duke in 2008 from the University of Southern California, where he had been professor of electrical engineering and electrophysics and the school's former vice provost for information services.

His primary research focus is applying plasma physics to improve and miniaturize particle accelerators -- devices that accelerate subatomic particles at high speeds in a controlled fashion. These devices have many applications, from beam therapy of cancer to unlocking clues on the origins of the universe. Katsouleas received the Plasma Science Achievement Award from the IEEE in 2011.