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James Garrett is the new Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon

James Garrett is the New Dean of the College of Engineering

Jim Garrett The Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, James Garrett, was appointed by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) dean of the College of Engineering, beginning his tenure earlier this month.

Garret, who will be replacing Pradeep Khosla, has been a member of the CIT faculty since 1990 and a Carnegie Mellon alumnus. He was head of the top-ranked Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and co-director of the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator (PSII). Garrett also established the IBM Smarter Infrastructure Lab, a research facility within the PSII. Prior to becoming head of department in 2006, Garrett worked for six years as an associate dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering. His curriculum includes numerous scientific awards.

During his tenure at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the department grew very successfully. Provost and executive vice president of CMU, Mark Kamlet, stated that Garrett was chosen due to his experience in research, teaching and connection to industry. “For many years, Jim has been a leader in research that has had an impact on the world we live in. He has been instrumental in launching research initiatives, committed to creating fast, reliable monitoring systems to collect and process data about a myriad of complex networked infrastructure systems critical to both the nation’s security and daily commerce,” Kamlet said.

In response to his nomination, James Garret vowed to continue strengthening the university. “I am honored and excited to have been selected. The College of Engineering is thriving,” Garret stated. “I greatly look forward to engaging with the entire CIT community in discussions of existing and new education and research initiatives in CIT. I also plan to explore the initiatives that will improve the quality of life for faculty, students and staff and strengthen the college and university. I look forward to working together with all of you to take us to a new level of success,” he added.


January 2013