New Provost, Jobs, & New Dean (June 2017)

Jeffrey L. Duerk, Ph.D. (IN A ’81), has been named the new executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami. He will start this position on July 1, 2017. Since 2012, Dr. Duerk has served as the dean of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Duerk is one of the world’s leading experts in biomedical imaging, with emphasis on magnetic resonance imaging. He holds more than 30 patents and was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors in 2017. Click here to read more about Dr. Duerk.


Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Cyber Systems Engineer 4 with Northrop Grumman Corporation in Orlando, Florida
2. Senior R&D Scientist/Engineer at Waters Corporation in Milford, Massachusetts
3. Software Engineer at SoundHound Inc. in Santa Clara, California
4. Professor or Assistant Professor Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Southern University of Science & Technology in China
5. Senior Environmental Engineer at McHale and Associates, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee
6. Sr. Test Engineer with Raytheon in Aurora, Colorado
7. Specialist, Process/Packing Engineering at Merck & Co. in Wilson, North Carolina
8. Lecturer – Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley


East Carolina University (ECU) has selected Harry J. Ploehn, Ph.D. (TX G ’83), as dean for the College of Engineering and Technology. Currently, Dr. Ploehn is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of South Carolina (USC) and associate dean for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives in the College of Engineering and Computing.

According to the news article, he has been on the faculty as USC since 1995, served as vice provost and director of academic planning, and interim dean of the engineering college. Dr. Ploehn’s research focuses on nanotechnology.


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