Finalists announced for Dean of the College of Engineering at UH Manoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Michele Tom, (808) 956-9396
Executive Search Coordinator, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Posted: Mar 6, 2017

Three finalists have been identified for the position of Dean, College of Engineering (COE).  The three finalists are scheduled to participate over a two-day period of visits on the UH Mānoa campus.  The visits include department discussions; meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and internal and external constituents; and a public presentation.

Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend.

The campus visits of the three candidates have been scheduled as follows:

Dr. Alexander Smits, visiting March 20-21, 2017
Eugene Higgins Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace 
Engineering, Director, Gas Dynamics Laboratory
Princeton University
Public Presentation:  Tuesday, March 21, 3:00-4:15 p.m./Kuykendall 
Auditorium 101

Dr. Vimal Chaitanya, visiting April 6-7, 2017
Professor and Director, Energy Research Lab, College of Engineering
New Mexico State University
Public Presentation:  Friday, April 7, 3:00-4:15 p.m./Kuykendall 
Auditorium 101

Dr. Andrew Szeri, visiting April 10-11, 2017
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Public Presentation:  Tuesday, April 11, 3:00-4:15 p.m./Kuykendall 
Auditorium 101

For more information about the search process, including a list of the members of the search advisory committee, the campus visit daily schedule and the candidate biographies, see the search website at

For more information about the College of Engineering, please visit

For more information on this press release, including photos of the finalists, see the UH News story at