Allen accepts deanship at UTexas-Pan American
David Allen has accepted appointment as dean of the newly formed College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas-Pan American. Allen recently resigned his post as dean of UNL’s College of Engineering effective June 30 wit the intention of rejoining UNL’s faculty. He has resigned from UNL effective July 31, and will assume the new post Aug. 1.
UTPA, with 18,340 students, is located in Edinburg, Texas, in the southern tip of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. Last year, UTPA split its College of Science and Engineering into two separate colleges, the one Allen will lead and a separate College of Science and Mathematics.
In a news release issued by UTPA, Allen said he was excited about developing a college “from the ground up,” and was looking forward to input from faculty and from local citizens about the future of the college. Allen said the UTPA job was attractive because the college is growing and its academic quality is increasing. He also looked forward to promoting engineering careers in the public schools.
Javier Kypuros, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, chaired UTPA’s search committee. He said Allen was chosen as one of the finalists “because of his experience, his personality and his excitement to serve the mission and advancement of the new College of Engineering and Computer Science.”
“In his interviews he seemed to truly grasp the potential and vision of this new college,” Kypuros said. “Dr. Allen is well-established and respected both as a researcher and administrator at the national level. His scholarly work, administrative experience, international programs and fundraising skills are quite noteworthy.”
Allen came to UNL in 2002 after serving as a faculty member at Texas A&M University. He is a professor of engineering mechanics. A Dallas native, he said he and his wife are excited to be returning to his native state.
Ellen Weissinger, UNL’s senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, congratulated Allen on the chance to launch a new college.
"I'm excited for David's new opportunity and wish him the best at UTPA."
View a tribute to former Nebraska Engineering Dean Allen.
From the Interim Dean
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering for the upcoming academic year. I have a long history with UNL being a member of the faculty for over 40 years. During that time I have served in a variety of positions, including dean of Teachers College for 21 years and five interim administrative assignments. I grew up in Blair, Nebraska and attended UNL for part of my college education (my parents both graduated from the University of Nebraska so I guess in some sense the connection goes back even further).
During the 2010-2011 year we want to maintain the positive direction established under Dean Allen for the College. Under his leadership the College grew significantly in research productivity, the quality of its student body and faculty, and its national and international stature. Aided by the strong support of our alumni, industrial partners, and College Advisory Board we intend to continue our efforts to become one of the top forty engineering education institutions in the country.
The national search for a new dean will be well underway by the time you read this. It is our hope to have a new dean in place no later than the summer of 2011. I look forward to meeting the students, friends, and alumni of the college in the months ahead.