The College of Engineering welcomed Mark Van Dyke as the associate dean for research, with a joint appointment in biomedical engineering.
Van Dyke brings an extensive background in academic and industry research, at institutions including the Dow Chemical Company, Southwest Research Institute and Wake Forest School of Medicine. Most recently, he served as an associate professor and the director of the Industry Partners Program at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.
In his new role, he’ll be focused on executing research initiatives for the college, growing research expenditures and infrastructure, strategic planning and fostering industry collaborations. He was drawn to the position because it offered an opportunity to make a difference by positioning the college, faculty and staff as world leaders.
“I became even more interested in the UA position once I saw both the opportunity and challenge it offered,” he said. “Dean Hahn’s vision of where the college can go in the future was very compelling, and I realized that the job may be a once-in-a-career opportunity to shape the future of a dynamic, highly regarded, impactful, academic research enterprise.”