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New Associate Deans

Three Engineering Professors Step Up

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Pamela Cosman

Associate Dean for Students
Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jan Talbot

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Welfare
Professor in the Department of NanoEngineering
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George Tynan

Associate Dean for Research
Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

"I'm working hard to get every aspect of the Jacobs School of Engineering moved up a notch. This place is great, but we need to become greater-and that's a big job. Within the Jacobs School, I work closely with the department chairs, the Center directors and now the associate deans. Each set of advisors provides a different set of perspectives-and together we are getting close to a comprehensive view of this wonderful, multifaceted machine called the Jacobs School of Engineering."

- Albert P. Pisano, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering

Pamela Cosman
Associate Dean for Students

Responsibilities include:
  • Management of student programs
  • Student diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Curriculum organization and content

"At various points during my undergraduate and graduate school years, I had a range of wonderful and miserable experiences related to advisors, to courses, and to extracurriculars. It can make such a big difference if a school is paying attention to the whole student experience. One related issue I look forward to raising is the incentive structure for faculty at the Jacobs School. I think we need to reorient incentives in order to better recognize faculty excellence in teaching as well as involvement in things like undergraduate research, student organizations and departmental service."

Jan Talbot
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Welfare

Responsibilities include:
  • Tenure and promotion cases
  • Faculty recruitment and retention
  • Faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion

"One of my priorities will be to help the Jacobs School recruit the best faculty-people who will bring the resources, students, and collaborators that will take us to the next level. Faculty equity and diversity are also under my purview-these are issues that the Jacobs School has struggled with. Our new dean has been successful in these areas in several different settings. Al knows how to make changes, and I will be working with him to do just that."

George Tynan
Associate Dean of Research

Responsibilities include:
  • New School-wide research opportunities
  • Management of research infrastructure
  • Build national and international research partnerships

"I think the biggest constraint on most faculty is time. One of my tasks is to facilitate discussions regarding collaborations and new centers that are compelling enough to get the attention of faculty, to get people to say, 'I'm willing to carve out some time and energy to try to see if we can make this happen.'"

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