David W. Hahn, an engineer with more than two decades’ experience in government, national laboratories and higher education, has been named dean of the UA College of Engineering. He joins the university July 1.
Hahn is a mechanical engineer specializing in thermal sciences and laser-based diagnostics, including renewable energy, biophotonics and general laser-material interactions. He has published more than 100 archival journal papers and holds 10 patents. Hahn joins the UA after a 20-year career at the University of Florida, where he has served as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since 2011.
"My vision is to proactively recruit and retain a diverse student body, faculty and supporting staff," Hahn said. "It is well established that diverse teams outperform nondiverse teams. For the UA College of Engineering to reach its full potential, it will require a workforce reflective of our nation. The college looks forward to strong collaborations with the other academic units across the UA campus on large interdisciplinary research initiatives."