Welcome to the Office of the Provost at the University of Connecticut. As a world-class institution of higher education, UConn strives to improve the lives of its students and enhance the economic and social well-being of the state and its citizens.
We believe, that as a public institution, it is important to push the potential of the human mind and to ensure we continue to strive in becoming an institution that fosters collaboration to help advance the future of humanity.
The Provost is the University’s chief academic officer and is responsible for all academic programs at the main campus in Storrs, at the five regional campuses at Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury, the School of Law in Hartford, and the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.
The role of the Provost is to lead in the development of academic priorities for the institution and to work with the faculty and administration on the appropriate distribution of University resources in the achievement of the highest standard of excellence in all our areas of academic engagement.
I joined the University of Connecticut as Dean of Engineering and professor of Mechanical Engineering in 2008. After serving as interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs since June 1, 2012, I was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on December 10, 2012.
I served previously as Department Head of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research at Drexel University. Earlier in my career, I served as a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois (1994 to 2000).
I received my B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, and my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1989 and 1992, respectively. After earning my Ph.D., I was a NRC post-doctoral fellow at NIST from 1992 to 1993.
My current research effort is focused on advancing the understanding of sooting and radiation on droplet combustion and soot diagnostic techniques. My research is funded by various federal and industrial sponsors. I’ve worked closely with NIST and Sandia researchers to measure optical and physical properties of soot produced from various-scale flames. These studies have improved the ability to accurately interpret non-intrusive diagnostic data and the calculation of radiative heat transfer from flames and fires.
In addition, my work on spherically-symmetric droplet combustion (which can be produced in microgravity facilities) represents an ideal platform to study diffusion flames. This work has significantly improved the understanding of the influence of sooting and radiation on droplet burning behavior and its impact on the combustion efficiency and the environment. My NASA project on fire safety was performed aboard the International Space Station in 2009 and 2011.
During my academic career, I have developed numerous outreach and educational programs including an National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT, Department of Education GAANN Fellowships, and NSF Research Experiences for Teachers. Among my teaching and research awards are the SAE Teetor Award and the University of Illinois Foundation Scholar Award. In 2007, I was elected President of the International Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. I am an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and in 2011 I was appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy to serve on the Board of Directors of the reconstituted Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA).