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Deans and Faculty Leadership

Vijay Kumar
Nemirovsky Family Dean, Penn Engineering

Role: oversees the School and reports to the University Provost.

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David Meaney
Senior Associate Dean

Role: responsible for space and infrastructure planning, facilities and research services, and the creation and cultivation of new inter-school partnerships at Penn; enhancing the impact of academic programs and advising at all levels.

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Kathleen Stebe
Deputy Dean

Role: responsible for oversight of doctoral education and postdoctoral training.

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Thomas K. Stump
Deputy Dean, Budget and Administration

Role: head of budget and fiscal matters for the School; oversees facilities, technology and operations.

Sue Ann Bidstrup Allen
Associate Dean, Educational Initiatives and Assessment

Role: responsible for educational initiatives and assessment, accreditation, records and data; oversees pre-freshman programs and the Engineering Summer Academy Program; manages diversity initiatives across all levels.

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Russell Composto
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education

Role: head of undergraduate academic affairs for Penn Engineering; oversees educational programs; chairs the Undergraduate Affairs Committee.

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Cherie Kagan
Associate Dean, Research

Role: head of research initiatives and ties with industry, champions faculty-friendly policies for research and innovation, and promotes inter-school collaborations, especially in energy science and technology.

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Boon Thau Loo
Associate Dean, Master's and Professional Programs

Role: responsible for all master’s programs.

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George Hain
Vice Dean, Development and Alumni Relations

Role: oversees all fundraising and alumni activities for Penn Engineering.


Senior Staff

(senior staff are listed alphabetically by last name)


Karen Brann
Director, Faculty Affairs

Role: manages all faculty administrative matters and Provost Staff Conference actions

Joan Gocke
Director, Communications

Role: head of school communications and publications; serves as a liaison with the University’s communications office

Rebecca Hayward
Director, Online Learning

Role: manages online initiatives

Chambrel Jones
Director, Administrative Operations

Role: head of the Dean’s office staff; manages School-level events and is a liaison to the Penn Engineering Board of Overseers

Laura Stubbs
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Role: directs School programs aimed at recruiting and retaining underrepresented minority (URM) faculty, students and staff

Kristofor Varhus
Director, Information Technology

Role: School computing, telecommunications, and information security programs.