College of Engineering

Dean Search

Michigan Technological University, a teaching and research state university located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Engineering. The successful candidate for this position will have an exciting opportunity to lead the continued growth of the College of Engineering as a national leader in engineering education and research. This site is meant to inform prospective candidates about the nature of the position and to give an overview of Michigan Tech.

Michigan Tech enrolls approximately 7000 students, of which approximately 4150 are in the College of Engineering, including 785 engineering graduate students. The COE has 10 ABET accredited undergraduate programs, and masters and doctoral programs in 16 disciplines. The College comprises 8 departments with 150 faculty members in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Fundamentals, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. In 2011, ASEE ranked Michigan Tech as the 31st largest school in the nation in engineering bachelor's degrees awarded, with about 15% going to women. Michigan Tech is home to the innovative student Enterprise Program, a multi-year industrial workplace-oriented elective experience that enrolls over 700 students. Graduate enrollment has seen a rapid expansion to over 785 student and US News & World Report ranks four Michigan Tech graduate engineering programs among the best in the country. The research & graduate programs are supported by over 30 separate research centers and institutes receiving funding from multiple federal (e.g., NSF, DoD, NIH, DOE, NASA), state, and private agencies. NSF-reported COE research expenditures were $39 million in FY2012. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds to support a commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. For more information about the College, see

The College has undergone significant growth in faculty as part of the University-wide Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative to enhance the undergraduate, graduate and research programs at Michigan Tech through the creation of new faculty positions each year for ten years in strategic growth areas. Past initiatives have included Sustainability, Computational Discovery and Innovation, Energy, Health, Transportation, and Water.

The College of Engineering at Michigan Tech is unique. For the past eight consecutive years, Michigan Tech has had more Peace Corps Master's International graduate students than any other college or university in the nation.  Peace Corp programs within the College of Engineering include Civil, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering.  Michigan Tech and the College of Engineering is home to the distinctive Enterprise Program where teams of students work together in industry-like settings, solving real-world problems while emphasizing innovation, creativity and teamwork.

Applications and Inquiries
Candidates must have an earned doctorate in a field relevant to engineering or science and a distinguished record of research, education, and administrative accomplishments, including evidence of an ability to generate funding and manage a complex organization. Scholarly products and activity appropriate for a tenured appointment as full professor in the COE are required. The candidate must be a visionary leader, recognized scholar, experienced manager, and strategic thinker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a commitment to diversity in all its forms. For more information visit:

Nominations or inquiries of a general nature may be directed to
Applicants should apply online with their vitae and cover letter that summarizes their qualifications at References will be requested at a later date with advance notice to the applicant. Review of applications will begin on 16 October 2013.

Dr. Stephen L. Kampe
Chair, Dean of Engineering Search Committee
Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Craig R. Friedrich
Associate Chair, Dean of Engineering Search Committee
Associate Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution / Equal Opportunity Employer