University of New Mexico Acting President Chaouki Abdallah and Acting Provost Craig White announced today the appointment of Professor Christos G. Christodoulou as the Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing, effective July 1, 2017.
“I am very pleased to have Christos join UNM’s senior leadership team. He is a highly accomplished scholar and distinguished professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a nationally recognized innovator in his field and most importantly, a talented administrator who cares deeply about UNM and the School of Engineering,” said Abdallah.
Christodoulou, the current associate dean for research in the School of Engineering, was selected following a comprehensive national search that attracted some of the best national talent and involved many UNM constituents.
“I am honored to be the next dean for the School of Engineering at UNM,” said Christodoulou. “I am excited about this opportunity and looking forward to working with the School’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni to continue our long tradition of commitment to excellence in research education, diversity, and entrepreneurship. I also look forward to build on the efforts of Dean Cecchi in creating new programs, fundraising, establishing new industry and government partnerships, and enhancing the national reputation of our School.”
Christodoulou received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1985. He served as a faculty member at the University of Central Florida (UCF) from 1985 to 1998. He also served as the associate chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the director of the Engineering Honors Program.
In 1999, Christodoulou joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNM, where he served as the chair of the department from 1999 to 2005. He also served as interim chair of his department from 2015 to 2016. He is one of the founders of COSMIAC (School research center for space electronics) and was director of the center from 2012 to 2014.
He has given numerous keynote and invited talks around the world, published over 500 papers in journals and conferences, written 17 book chapters, co-authored eight books, and has several patents. He served as a major advisor for approximately 100 students and has received over $42 million in funding as a principal investigator (PI) and co-PI.
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