IIT Provost, Pilani Distinguished Alumnus Award, & Valencia College Dean (July 2018)

The Illinois Institute of Technology has announced that Peter K. Kilpatrick, Ph.D. (IN G ’83), will join the school on August 1 as the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Currently, Dr. Kilpatrick is the Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and joined Tau Beta Pi as an eminent engineer in 2011. Read more about Dr. Kilpatrick in the news release.


The 2018 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) Distinguished Alumnus Award winner is Arun K. Somani, Ph.D. (IA A ’73), for “his outstanding contributions in academia and research.” Dr. Somani is associate dean for research and distinguished professor of engineering at Iowa State University.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from BITS Pilani in 1973. Dr. Somani was cited for making pioneering contributions through his research in the areas of System-Level Diagnosis, Fault Tolerant Computer System, Reliability Analysis Tools and Techniques, Managing Soft Faults in Computer Systems, and much more. Click here for the news article with more from BITS’ announcement.


Paul J. Wilder, Ph.D. (VT A ’86), has been named the new Dean of Engineering, Computer Programming and Technology at Valencia College (FL). Previously, Dr. Wilder was dean of Vincennes University’s (IN) College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

According to the announcement, he has also worked as a design engineer in orthopedic research and development.


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