Civil Engineering welcomes the new Dean

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | By Lindsay Cashin

The Department of Civil Engineering is pleased to welcome the new Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, Professor Marc Parlange. Dean Parlange officially  took the helm of the Faculty on September 1, 2013, for a five year term. He now leads the education of more than 5,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate  students, in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the School of Community and Regional Planning, the School of Nursing and of course, all  Engineering programs on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Prior to joining UBC, Professor Parlange served as Dean of the School of Architecture,  Civil and Environmental Engineering at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he helped lead the development and expansion of the school by recruiting outstanding faculty, establishing interdisciplinary academic programs, fundraising successfully and building institutional connections  throughout Europe. Before that, he was a professor at Johns Hopkins University with joint appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Earth and Planetary  Sciences. At Johns Hopkins, he served as chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering, and helped  establish a new undergraduate major in Environmental Engineering and a successful Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics. He has also  previously served as professor in the Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture at the University of California, Davis. Of special interest to the Department of Civil Engineering is the fact that Dean Parlange has been appointed as a professor in our own Department. An expert in water resources engineering, his extensive background in environmental fluid mechanics makes him an exciting addition to our faculty. Dr. Parlange will maintain a research office in the  Department of Civil Engineering, and we look forward to seeing him around our Department as often as possible. Welcome, Dean Parlange!

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