Davis to step down as IT dean

IT dean H. Ted Davis will return to a faculty

position fall semester 2004. Davis, 66, was appointed dean in November

1995 and is the third longest serving dean in IT's history

and also the third longest serving among current deans on the Twin

Cities campus.

"I've had an incredible experience, but after nine years

as dean and 24 in administration, it's time to pass the torch,"

says Davis. "I am deeply grateful for the hard work and dedication

of our department heads and many others throughout the institute

who have helped us achieve success."

Among Davis's accomplishments as dean of the second-largest

undergraduate college at the University were raising $159 million

for Campaign Minnesota; developing the Digital Technology Center;

raising funds for the renovation of Walter Library, the new Mechanical

Engineering Building and the addition to Amundson Hall; increasing

diversity among faculty and students; and establishing the Department

of Biomedical Engineering and programs for working adults.

"Dean Davis leaves very large shoes to fill, and this is a

critical hire for the University," says Christine Maziar,

executive vice president and provost. "Under Ted's leadership,

the Institute of Technology has had many departments consistently

ranked among the very best nationally."

Maziar said that a national search for a replacement will begin

immediately and that she hopes to have a successor named by the

beginning of the 2004-05 academic year.

Davis, the author or coauthor of 500 papers and three textbooks,

holds the university's highest academic title of Regents Professor

and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research

and scholarship focuses on several areas related to the flow of

fluids, including investigations of the molecular mechanisms by

which fluid flows, with applications in industrial coating processes,

the flow of pollutants through groundwater, and oil recovery; and

nanotechnology. Davis came to the University in 1963 as an associate

professor of chemical engineering and materials science.

IT has 13 departments and seven major research centers, including

the National Science Foundation Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics

and the Army High Performance Computing Research Center. Each year,

IT awards approximately 850 bachelor's degrees, 400 master's

degrees and 150 doctoral degrees. There are 4,300 undergraduates

and 2,400 graduate students.