Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and
Interim Mechanical Engineering Department Chair
Dr. Brian L. Davis
With Dr. Paul Lin retiring June 30, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Davis, Professor, and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, will assume the role as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. At the start of the fall semester, we will form a search committee to fill the position on a permanent basis. It will be an internal search. The goal is to have the Associate Dean starting January 1, 2020.
Dr. Davis will continue to serve as the department chair for mechanical engineering during the summer semester. At the start of the fall semester, Dr. Yong Tao, Betty Gordon Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering will serve as the interim chair for mechanical engineering.
Dr. Davis joined the College of Engineering in February 2019 to serve as the Department Chair for Mechanical Engineering. Before joining CSU, Davis served as the director of research of The University of Akron’s College of Engineering. Previously he was vice-chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and director of the medical device solutions team.
"Dr. Davis is an internationally known researcher, exceptional advocate for reaching out to under-represented communities and an engineer with vast experience working on technologies of interest to NASA, medical institutions and industry," said Dr. Anette M. Karlsson, Dean of the College of Engineering. "Throughout his career, he has demonstrated leadership, creativity, and ability to take new initiatives from a concept stage to successful implementation. With Brian leading our exceptional mechanical engineering faculty and staff, the department is well-positioned to continue the momentum we have created since the announcement of the Washkewicz College of Engineering. I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Davis to our faculty."
Most recently, Davis served as the director of research of The University of Akron’s College of Engineering. Previously he was vice-chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and director of the medical device solutions team. He played a key role in developing a partnership between the Cleveland Clinic and Parker Hannifin Corporation.
Dr. Yong Tao is joining the College at the start of the fall semester when he will assume the position as Betty Gordon Endowed Chair and Tenured Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Tao’s background includes an impressive career as an accomplished researcher within the area of clean and renewable energy. Furthermore, he has significant experience in administrative duties, including being the Department Chair of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the University of North Texas.
Please join us in thanking Drs. Davis and Tao for taking on these interim positions as we conduct the search for an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.