AMHERST, Mass. – Christopher Hollot, head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering by UMass Amherst Provost James V. Staros.
Hollot’s appointment was effective Dec. 1 and he will serve until the arrival of a new dean, which is expected in spring 2013, said Staros.
A UMass Amherst faculty member since 1984, Hollot has served as department head since 2007. Hollot is an authority on the theory and application of feedback control and was recognized for his work by election as an IEEE Fellow in 2004.
Hollot succeeds Ted Djaferis, who was named interim dean in 2009.
“As Dean Hollot takes the reins of the college in this transition, I want to recognize the excellent service of Dean Djaferis during the past three-plus years,” said Staros. “It is a special challenge to maintain the momentum of a college during an extended interim period, and that he has done so is a tribute to his leadership. Please join Dean Hollot and me in wishing Dean Djaferis the best as he embarks on a well-earned—and much delayed—sabbatical year.”