October 28, 2011

A Special Issue of Momentum

From Sabah Randhawa

Dear Readers,

Scott AshfordI am pleased to inform you that I have appointed Dr. Scott Ashford, Professor and Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering. It is anticipated that Scott's appointment will last for approximately one year, while the University searches for a permanent Dean.

Scott joined the University as School Head in 2007. He has focused on building a graduate program that enhances undergraduate education. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 after spending 7 years in private industry, most of it with CH2M Hill. Prior to joining OSU, he served on the faculties of the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok for two years and the University of California, San Diego, for 11 years. His research interests focus on enhancement of public safety and reducing potential economic loss worldwide from earthquake and coastal hazards through cross-disciplinary research. His latest efforts are targeted at improving the resilience of our lifeline systems in the Pacific Northwest to better withstand attack from the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

In addition to leading the College of Engineering, Scott will also work with Dr. Ilene Kleinsorge, Dean of the College of Business, to advance targeted areas within the Division of Business and Engineering. Ilene will serve as the Executive Dean of the Division.

Dr. Tammy Bray, Dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will chair the search committee for Dean of the College of Engineering. The search process will commence soon, and my office will provide updates along the way.

Please join me in congratulating Scott on his new role, and again acknowledging Ron Adams for his many years of excellence in leadership as Dean of the College of Engineering.

Sabah Randhawa
Provost and Executive Vice President
Oregon State University


University Press Release: Scott Ashford named interim engineering dean at OSU

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