New engineering dean at Penn

Vijay Kumar, a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering faculty since 1987, was named dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the university announced Tuesday.

Kumar, who has appointments in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering, will take the helm on July 1.

“Vijay is one of the most recognized figures in his field and has been instrumental in the development of extraordinary new technologies,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “That experience will be invaluable in leading the School through what we know will be dynamic years ahead.”

Kumar previously served as a deputy dean and a department chair and during a leave from 2012-14 was in the White House as assistant director for robotics and cyber physical systems in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the next dean of Penn Engineering,” Kumar said in a statement. “Technology will play a key role in addressing global challenges in the coming decade, from health care to security to sustainability and beyond. Penn Engineering, with a distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, is uniquely positioned to make the scientific advances required to develop these technologies and to train students to create innovative solutions to the problems confronting our society.…”

Kumar will replace Eduardo Glandt, who served as dean for 17 years.