Tim Anderson, Dean of Engineering at UMass Amherst, Named a Distinguished Professor

AMHERST, Mass. – Tim Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor following approval by the UMass Board of Trustees.
Anderson was recommended for the honor by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Provost James V. Staros, who cited his “stellar record” as one of the entire field of chemical engineering’s most outstanding researchers, teachers, and university citizens.”
Their nomination of Anderson added, “He has pioneered the integration of the field of electronic materials processing with chemical engineering, improved on a national scale how engineering is taught and how engineering faculty are mentored, and helped lead important journals, institutes, and initiatives setting the course for the field’s future.”
Anderson joined UMass Amherst in March after 35 years on the faculty of the University of Florida, where he was appointed a Distinguished Professor in 2008. An elected fellow of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education, Anderson also directed 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.
Anderson’s research focuses on electronic materials processing and has principally focused on thin film deposition of a variety of materials, primarily by chemical vapor deposition. He holds nine 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.
Last month, he was awarded the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Chester F. Carlson Award, which recognizes an innovator in engineering education who, by motivation and ability to extend beyond the accepted tradition, has made a significant contribution to the profession.
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 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 to 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.