AMHERST, Mass. – Tim Anderson, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, has been named dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His appointment is effective March 1.
UMass Amherst Provost James V. Staros, who made the announcement, said, “I am delighted to welcome Professor Anderson to our campus. An elected fellow of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education, he is an international leader in both engineering research and education.”
A member of the University of Florida faculty since 1978, Anderson also directs the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, which was created by statute to promote collaboration among the state’s 11 public universities and conduct energy research, education, outreach, and technology commercialization.
“The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in education and scholarly activities,” said Anderson. “The landscape for higher education is rapidly changing, motivating more efficient and effective approaches to student learning, as well as more collaborative knowledge creation, particularly at the systems level, and translating it to economic development. I look forward to helping the college take advantage of these future opportunities.”
Anderson’s research focuses on electronic materials processing, with current programs on thin film photovoltaics, gallium nitride (GaN) and related materials, barrier materials for copper metallization, and charge injection layers. He holds 11 patents and is the author or co-author of several books and book chapters and more than 225 scientific papers and journal articles.
He is editor-in-chief of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, associate editor of J. Energy Systems, editor of Chemical Engineering Education and associate editor of WIREs: Energy and Environment.
Anderson’s professional affiliations include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Association of Crystal Growers, American Vacuum Society, Council for Chemical Research, Council for Photovoltaic Research, and CALPHAD.
Anderson previously served at the University of Florida as associate dean for research and graduate programs (2003-08) and chair of the department of chemical engineering (1991-2003).
He was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Laboratoire de Thermodynamique et Physicochimie Métallurgiques in Grenoble, France, in 1985-86.
Anderson earned his B.S. at Iowa State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.
Staros added, “The success of the search that yielded us such an outstanding new dean is due to the hard work of the search committee, which had to carry out its mandate under difficult circumstances and for an extended period.” The search committee was chaired by Distinguished Professor James Kurose of the School of Computer Science.
The provost also expressed his thanks to Theodore Djaferis and Christopher Hollot, who served as interim deans of the College of Engineering while the search was underway.