Announcement: Dean of Engineering Search

October 4, 2021

Members of the Brown Community,

Following our September 16, 2021, announcement that Lawrence E. Larson will step down as inaugural Dean of the School of Engineering in June 2022 (, I write to share the membership of the search committee that will identify his successor. The new Dean will build on the School’s momentum and Dean Larson’s leadership to articulate a compelling vision for the future and take the School to the next level of distinction and growth.

I will chair the committee, which has the following members:

-- Alexander Zaslavsky, Professor of Engineering, Professor of Physics
-- Anita Shukla, Associate Professor of Engineering
-- Christopher Rose, Professor of Engineering, Associate Provost for STEM Initiatives
-- Gang Xiao, Professor of Physics, Chair of Physics, Professor of Engineering
-- Jill C. Pipher, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics, Vice President for Research
-- Linda Abriola, Joan Wernig and E. Paul Sorensen Professor of Engineering
-- Michael P. White, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
-- Patrick J. McHugh, Professor of the Practice of Engineering
-- Pradeep R. Guduru, Professor of Engineering
-- Rashid Zia, Dean of the College, Professor of Engineering, Professor of Physics
-- Ugur Cetintemel, Professor of Computer Science, Chair of Computer Science
-- Vicki L. Colvin, Vernon K. Krieble Professor of Chemistry and Engineering, Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering
-- Christopher J. Louzon, PhD student in Chemical Engineering, member of the Advanced Ceramics and Nanomaterials Laboratory
-- Maya O. Lewis, undergraduate student concentrating in Mechanical Engineering, Research Assistant in the Harris Laboratory

The committee will be staffed by James Rowan, Chief of Staff to the Provost and the Associate Provost of Strategy, and assisted by Isaacson, Miller, a leading executive search firm with deep experience in higher education and, specifically, engineering (

As the search gets underway, we encourage members of the Brown community — faculty, students, staff and alumni — to share nominations and suggestions with Isaacson, Miller directly through the firm’s website ( I also encourage you to email my office at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Richard M. Locke
Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
Brown University