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Deans and Leadership

Vijay Kumar
Nemirovsky Family Dean, Penn Engineering

Oversees the School and reports to the University Provost

Administrative contact: Ryan Hampton

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David Meaney
Senior Associate Dean

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

Administrative contact: Alicia Pickul

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Mike Matthews
Vice Dean, Budget and Administration

Head of budget and fiscal matters for the School; oversees facilities, technology and operations

Administrative contact: Jessica Templeton

Sue Ann Bidstrup Allen
Associate Dean, Educational Initiatives and Assessment

Responsible for educational initiatives and assessment, accreditation, records and data; oversees pre-freshman programs and the Engineering Summer Academy Program

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Russell Composto
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education

Head of undergraduate academic affairs for Penn Engineering; oversees educational programs; chairs the Undergraduate Affairs Committee

Administrative contact: Kathryn Elliott

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Cherie Kagan
Associate Dean, Research

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

Administrative contact: Gregory Green

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Boon Thau Loo
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Responsible for oversight of doctoral education and all master's programs

Administrative contact: Jessica Templeton

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Camillo Jose Taylor
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Serves as the advisor, advocate, catalyst for change, and institutional resource for elevating the core values of diversity, equity and inclusion in our community

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Eleanor Brown Davis
Vice Dean, Development and Alumni Relations

Oversees all fundraising and alumni activities for Penn Engineering

Joan Gocke
Communications Advisor to the Dean

Senior Staff

(senior staff are listed alphabetically by last name)


Karen Brann
Director, Faculty Affairs

Manages all faculty administrative matters and Provost Staff Conference actions

Rebecca Hayward
Executive Director, Penn Engineering Online

Manages online education degrees and initiatives

Chambrel Jones
Chief of Staff, Office of the Dean

Head of Administrative Operations for the School and liaison to the Penn Engineering Board of Advisors

Evan Lerner
Acting Director, Communications

Head of school communications; serves as a liaison with the University’s communications office

Laura Stubbs
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

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

Kristofor Varhus
Director, Information Technology

School computing, telecommunications, and information security programs.