Finalists for Engineering Dean Announced

January, 11 2018

The University of Louisville has announced four candidates for the position of dean of the J.B. School of Engineering. The finalists will each spend two days on campus meeting with administration, faculty, staff and students and touring engineering facilities on Belknap campus.

Dr. J. Cole Smith, Professor & Department Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University will visit UofL January 11 and 12.

The second candidate is Dr. Mei Wei, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Connecticut. She will be on campus January 22 and 23.

January 25 and 26 will bring Dr. Emmanuel G. Collins, John H. Seely Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, at Florida A&M University – Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering (COE). Collins also serves at Director, Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics.

The final candidate, Dr. Arvin Agah, will be in Louisville on January 30 and 31. Agah is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs for the School of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas.

The search committee, chaired by Dr. Robert Fox, University Libraries, and co-chaired by Dr. Kevin Walsh, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, consists of nine faculty members, representatives from Speed School staff, student body, alumni, the Commission for Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE), and a Provost designee.

For more information about the engineering dean search, visit