Russell Composto Appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

George PappasRussell Composto, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

"We are truly fortunate to have recruited Russ to this leadership position," said Penn Engineering Nemirovsky Family Dean Vijay Kumar. "Russ brings a wealth of experience and wisdom as we take on the challenges of the increased demand for engineering education and study abroad programs, and the opportunities with active learning and online education."

During the course of his 25 year career at the University of Pennsylvania, Composto has been described as a "selfless, patient and talented advisor willing to dedicate endless hours to educate, guide and mentor graduate students in his and other research groups."

Composto's distinguished record of awards and accomplishments includes the NSF Special Creativity Award in 2013, the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising and the Provost's Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring in 2014. He is internationally known for his work in polymer physics and biomolecular engineered materials, and is a co-founder of GSL Biologix, a company that develops antibacterial coatings. He has also served the School as both the undergraduate and graduate chairs for MSE.

As Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Composto will head Undergraduate academic affairs for the school, oversee educational programs and will chair the school's Undergraduate Affairs Committee.