UD Engineering

Leadership Team


Babatunde A. Ogunnaike

Dean & William L. Friend Chaired Professor
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Babatunde A. Ogunnaike

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike was named dean of engineering in 2013. He joined UD in 2002 as a professor with dual appointments in the Department of Chemical Engineering (now the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute's Center for Systems Biology, following a 13-year research career with DuPont. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Lagos in Nigeria in 1976 and a master's degree in statistics and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1981. In 2012, Ogunnaike was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

Kristi L. Kiick

Deputy Dean & Associate Dean for External Relations
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Kristi L. Kiick

Kristi L. Kiick has served as Deputy Dean since 2011, representing the College in the Dean's absence. As Associate Dean for External Affairs, she focuses on developing external partnerships to elevate the College’s profile outside UD. Kiick, a professor of materials science and engineering, and biomedical engineering, is an internationally known scholar in the area of biomaterials design, synthesis and characterization. Her research currently focuses on the development of polymeric materials for cardiovascular, cancer and vocal fold therapies. A Fellow of the American Chemical Society, she has authored nearly 100 papers and book chapters, and holds 17 U.S. patents. She is actively involved in engineering and campus-wide activities aimed at improving the representation of female faculty in science and engineering, and recently completed organizational development training through Drexel University College of Medicine’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program. She also serves on the advisory and editorial boards for multiple journals and organizations.

Michael L. Vaughan

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
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Michael L. Vaughan

Michael Vaughan joined UD in 1992. As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, he manages the college's academic and educational infrastructure and support processes to foster successful student outcomes. He is principal investigator or supervisor of several programs aimed at helping traditionally underrepresented students succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, including the National Science Foundation funded Greater Philadelphia Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program; the NSF/AMP Bridges to the Doctorate Program; the Educational Advancement Alliance/UD Graduate Preparatory Summer Residential Program; and multiple summer residential and enrichments programs for high school and undergraduate students. Vaughan earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a PhD in civil engineering at UD.

Randall Duncan

Associate Dean for Faculty
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L. Pamela Cook

Pam Cook, who joined UD in 1983, currently serves as associate dean for faculty development in the College of Engineering and UNIDEL professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, where she served as chair from 1992-2000. She holds a secondary appointment as professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She is President-elect of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, becoming President January 2015-December 2016. In 2009, Cook received the University's E. Arthur Trabant Award for Women's Equity for her work as chair of UD's Commission on the Status of Women. In 2012, The Women in Engineering ProActive Network recognized her efforts to improve the representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields with the 2012 University Change Agent Award. Cook is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and recently became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In addition, Pam received the prestigious 2014 Torch Award from the UD Women’s Caucus.

Yushan Yan

Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship
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Yushan Yan

Yushan Yan joined UD in 2011 as Distinguished Engineering Professor. Known world-wide for using nanomaterials to solve problems in energy engineering, environmental sustainability and electronics, his work, which is widely cited in the scientific community, has received significant attention from media and technical magazines. He has published more than 150 journal articles with an h-index of 52, and is the inventor of numerous issued and pending patents, many of which were licensed to form technology startups including NanoH2O and OH-Energy. Yushan brings this vast experience in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to the position.

 Associate Dean for Diversity
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 Rachel Davidson

 Rachel Davidson is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a core faculty member in the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. After completing her B.S.E. from Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, Davidson spent two years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, then six years at Cornell University, both as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. Following a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University, she joined the faculty at the
University of Delaware and the Disaster Research Center in
2007. She was a Visiting Professor and Erskine Fellow at theUniversity of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand for the 2013-14 academic year. Davidson is a Fellow and Past-President of the Society for Risk Analysis, and past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE). She has been a mentor for the NSF-funded Career Enhancement of Academic Women in Earthquake Engineering (ENHANCE) program and the NSF-funded "Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disaster Researchers" program.

Senior Business Officer
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Michael E. Matthews

Mike Matthews joined UD in 2010. He is responsible for all college administrative activities including human resources, budget & finance, information technology, facilities and research administration. He is also actively involved in shaping and executing the college’s strategic and business plans. Matthews previously worked for the UD Budget Office from 2010 to 2016 where he most recently served as Director. Amonghis chief responsibilities was to manage the process of developing, implementing and monitoring the University’s annual budget and four-year financial plan. He holds a master of public administration and a bachelor of arts from UD.


Dawn Elliott

Biomedical Engineering
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Dawn M. Elliott

Dawn Elliott joined UD in 2011 as director of the biomedical engineering program. A biomechanical engineer by training, she is internationally known for her research focused on low back pain and osteoarthritis, studying how and why the intervertebral spine and cartilage break down with aging and developing and testing therapeutics used in treatment. Elliott spent 12 years in the University of Pennsylvania’s Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where she has served on the Bioengineering Division executive committee and in 2012 chaired the Summer Bioengineering Conference in Puerto Rico. Elliott earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from University of Michigan, a masters of engineering mechanics from University of Cincinnati and a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University.

Abraham M. Lenhoff

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
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Abraham M. Lenhoff

Abraham Lenhoff joined UD in 1984. A seasoned researcher, he is known for applying principles of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, biophysics and colloid science to protein separations and phase behavior, especially chromatography and crystallization. Since 2000, he has directed a National Institutes of Health-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence at UD that focuses on membrane protein production and characterization. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society and the Protein Society. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from University of Cape Town, South Africa, and master's and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Harry W. Shenton III

Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Harry W. Shenton III

Harry "Tripp" Shenton is professor and chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focus includes structural health monitoring and condition assessment of civil infrastructure, and innovative systems and materials for low-rise construction. Shenton earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering at UD, and his doctoral degree in civil engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining UD in 1994, Shenton spent time as a research engineer at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and as a research structural engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Shenton is an affiliated member of the University's Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering, Center for Composite Materials, and Delaware Center for Transportation.


Computer & Information Sciences
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Kathleen McCoy

Kathleen McCoy, who joined the University of Delaware in 1985,is professor and chair of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. Her research focuses on computational linguistics/natural language processing (in particular, natural language generation) and accessibility for people with disabilities. McCoy earned her bachelor’s degrees in computerand information sciences from the University of Delaware. Shereceived her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer and information sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. McCoy served as director of UD’s Center for Applied Science and Engineering in Rehabilitation from 2000-2009. She has also been co-chair (2012-2013) and chair (2013-2014) of the College of Engineering Standing Committee on Diversity. McCoy is currently Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing(TACCESS).

Errol L. Lloyd

Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Kenneth E. Barner

Kenneth E. Barner who joined UD in 1993, is professor and chairman in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests includes signal/image processing and human computer interaction (HCI). His work addresses information extraction and display, medical imaging and surgery simulation, signal sampling, reconstruction and enhancement. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering (magna cum laude) from Lehigh University and master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at UD. A senior member of the IEEE, he has served as associate editor for numerous signal processing journals and was the Founding Editor in Chief of the journal "Advances in Human-Computer Interaction. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Phi Sigma Kappa.

Darrin Pochan

Materials Science & Engineering
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Darrin Pochan

Darrin Pochan is professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research expertise is in developing new nanostructures and functional soft materials through the assembly of polymers and biomolecules like peptides and proteins. Pochan, who joined the UD faculty in 1999, is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the American Chemical Society and an active member of the Materials Research Society and the Neutron Scattering Society of America. Pochan is also an associate editor for the journal Soft Matter. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a master’s degree and doctorate in polymer science and engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Suresh G. Advani

Mechanical Engineering
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Suresh G. Advani

Suresh Advani is George W. Laird Professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Composite Materials. Advani's research interests include uses for composite materials in the aerospace, automotive and wind energy industries. He currently conducts research on fuel cells, including new materials for use in them, and effective storage and generation of hydrogen. Advani, who joined UD in 1987, is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in mechanical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology and his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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