UI hires new dean for College of Engineering

UI hires new dean for College of Engineering

CHAMPAIGN — The head of one of the most prestigious engineering departments at the University of Illinois will be the next dean of the UI College of Engineering.

Andreas Cangellaris, head of the department of electrical and computer engineering, was named Thursday as the successor to Ilesanmi Adesida, who is now provost of the campus.

Cangellaris will be interim dean designate until trustees meet July 24 in Chicago.

Pending approval by the board, Cangellaris will then serve as interim dean before becoming dean when the academic year begins on Aug. 16.

“Andreas Cangellaris has shown exemplary leadership as head of his department, in addition to exceptional achievements in education and research,” Adesida said in a release. “I am confident that the vision and drive that he will bring as dean will enhance the interdisciplinary scholarship and innovation that characterize the College of Engineering.”

Adesida was dean from 2005 to August 2012. Michael Bragg, former executive associate dean under Adesida, had served as interim engineering dean since then but will take over next month as dean of the University of Washinton’s engineering college.

Cangellaris is broadly recognized for his research in applied and computational electromagnetics and its applications to the signal integrity of integrated electronic circuits and systems. His research has produced several design methods and computer tools that are used widely in the microelectronics industry.

He has written or co-written more than 250 papers and is affiliated with the UI’s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Coordinated Science Laboratory.

Cangellaris earned his doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of California Berkeley in 1985. He joined the UI faculty in 1997.

He is the M.E. Van Valkenburg Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has been department head since 2008. He was an Associate Provost Fellow on the Urbana campus from 2006 to 2008, a role in which he oversaw the review and revision of guidelines for recruitment, promotion and tenure; worked on campuswide interdisciplinary initiatives; and broadened campus outreach activities.


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basset wrote on June 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

This was the result of a national search in which the UI hired a search firm (for big bucks) and 3 of the 4 finalists were UI faculty, with whom the Provost is no doubt familiar.  Worthy of comments and conclusions on several fronts.

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

It's the U of I.  Remember when the Legislature were going to do something about state universities using search firms.  

Is there a "finder's fee" for picking search firms?

basset wrote on June 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

New law doesn't take effect until this July 1 - then UI will, with some exceptions, be forbidden to hire outside search firms.