UW News

November 12, 2009

Two new department chairs in College of Engineering

The UW College of Engineering named new chairs this fall to the departments of Chemical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Daniel Schwartz, Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He began on September 16. Read his faculty Web page here.

Schwartz’s research uses electrochemical methods to synthesize and improve materials for applications in energy, health, and information technology. He directs the UW’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program on Bioenergy, and served from 2005 to 2008 as the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for New Initiatives. Schwartz earned his doctorate at the University of California, Davis in 1989 and has been at the UW since 1991.

Professor Gregory Miller has been named chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. His appointment is effective December 1. Read his faculty Web page here.

Miller has research interests in computational mechanics and modeling as well as in engineering education. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the UW in 1980 and his doctorate from Northwestern University in 1983. He has been at the UW since 1983, and has served since 2007 as the College’s Associate Dean for Infrastructure.

“These two college members both have proven leadership skills,” said Matthew O’Donnell, dean of the College of Engineering. “I am confident they will lead their departments toward becoming true international players.”