Provost Suzanne Ortega and School of Engineering Search Chair, Dean Doug Brown have announced four finalists for the position of Dean, School of Engineering. They include: Stefi Baum, Craig Benson, Richard LeSar and Gruia-Catalin Roman.

"This is a critical position at the University of New Mexico and the timeline to get these finalists interviewed will be aggressive," said Ortega.

Finalist Bio's...

Stefi Alison Baum


Stefi Baum
Baum, the Xerox chair director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), will be on campus Thursday-Friday, Dec. 9-10.  Baum joined RIT in 2004 as professor and director and chairperson of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.  The Center has research programs in remote sensing, sensor and detector development, algorithm development, vision and perception, computational photography, astrophysical science and technology, biomedical imaging, print science and engineering, cultural heritage imaging and color science.

Baum joined RIT after serving 18 months as an American Institute of Physics Science Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State where she worked to promote agricultural biotechnology in developed and developing countries.  Prior to that she spent 13 years at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) located at the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  Baum earned a B.A. in physics with honors from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland.  Her personal research focuses in two areas; the study of activity in galaxies and its relation to galaxy evolution and the development of image processing and statistical algorithms applied to functional magnetic resonance brain imaging for the diagnosis of schizophrenia.  Baum has published 175 papers in refereed journals.

Open forum with School of Engineering students
Thursday, Dec. 9, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Stamm Commons, Centennial Engineering Center

Open forum with School of Engineering staff
Thursday, Dec. 9, 4 - 5 p.m., Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium

Open forum with presentation for faculty, staff, students and community
Friday, Dec. 10, 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium

Baum's full Curriculum Vitae.

Craig Benson


Craig Benson
Benson, a Wisconsin Distinguished Professor and chair of Geological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be on campus December 6-7, 2010.  Benson also serves as director of the Recycled Materials Resource Center (RMRC) at the University of Wisconsin Madison and is on the management board of the Consortium of Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP).   RMRC is a research center focused on sustainable transportation infrastructure that is operated collaboratively by the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the University of New Hampshire for the U.S. Department of Transportation.   CRESP is a six-university consortium that facilitates cost-effective and risk-informed cleanup and management of the nation's nuclear complex for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management.

Benson has been leading experimental and analytical research teams for more than two decades, with a primary focus on sustainable geoengineering, environmental containment and beneficial use of industrial byproducts.  His scholarly activities include laboratory studies, large-scale field experiments, and development of computer models.

He was a co-director for U.S. EPA's Alternative Cover Assessment Program (ACAP), the landmark study on long-term closure of containment facilities, and is a co-director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Bioreactor Partnership, an academic-industry partnership to advance sustainable solid waste management.

His research fields of interest include geo-environmental engineering, landfill design and construction, remediation of hazardous waste sites, field testing and performance evaluation, transport of groundwater pollutants, statistical construction quality control, stochastic modeling of flow and transport and data sufficiency. Benson received his B.S. from Lehigh University, and  M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Open forum with School of Engineering students
Monday, Dec. 6, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Stamm Commons, Centennial Engineering Center

Open forum with School of Engineering staff
Monday, Dec. 6, 4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m., Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium

Open forum with presentation for faculty, staff, students and community
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium

Benson's full Curriculum Vitae.

Richard LeSar


Richard LeSar
LeSar, a professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, will be on campus Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 13-14.  LeSar went to Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow, was hired on the technical staff and remained at Los Alamos until 2006, where he served in a number of research and administrative roles.

At Iowa State he has been active in creating new educational opportunities in sustainability within and outside the College of Engineering.  His research focuses on the development and application of theory, modeling and simulation of materials structures and properties, with current interests spanning from the development of coarse-grained descriptions of biomolecules for simulating large-scale molecular processes to employing dislocation simulations to guide the development of new theories of plasticity.

LeSar is currently on the editorial boards of the "Annual Review of Materials Research" and "Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications" and is the former editor of "Computational Materials Science."  He is a recent past member of the United States Air Force Science Advisory Board (which advises the Chief and Secretary of the Air Force) and recently served as a member of the National Academy "Committee on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering."  LeSar received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and an A.M. in Physics and Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University.

Open forum with School of Engineering students
Monday, Dec. 13, 12 - 1 p.m., Stamm Commons, Centennial Engineering Center

Open forum with School of Engineering staff
Monday, Dec. 13, 4 - 5 p.m., Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium

Open forum with presentation for faculty, staff, students and community
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium

LeSar's full Curriculum Vitae.

Gruia-Catalin Roman


Gruia-Catalin Roman
Roman, the chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, will be on campus Thursday-Friday, Dec. 16-17.  Roman has been department chair since 1997 and has led the department through a strong period of growth. He is the Harold B. and Adelaide G. Welge Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research spans a broad range of computer science subfields including mobile computing, formal design methods, visualization, distributed systems, interactive high-speed computer vision, formal languages, biomedical simulation, computer graphics and distributed database.

His most ambitious undertaking to date focuses on the creation of a world market for wireless distributed applications, which he hopes will change fundamentally the way we live and work.

Roman has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.  During his career he has published 180 technical papers, graduated nineteen doctoral students and has secured strong levels of research funding.

Open forum with School of Engineering students
Thursday, Dec. 16, 12 - 1 p.m., Stamm Commons, Centennial Engineering Center

Open forum with School of Engineering staff
Thursday, Dec. 16, 4:10 - 5 p.m., Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium

Open forum with presentation for faculty, staff, students and community
Friday, Dec. 17, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m., Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium

Roman's full Curriculum Vitae.

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