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May 23, 2001


CUA Names New Dean for the School of Engineering


The Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., President of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Professor Charles C. Nguyen, D.Sc., as dean of the School of Engineering, effective June 1, 2001.

A 1982 doctoral graduate, with honors, of George Washington University, Professor Nguyen joined the faculty of CUA's School of Engineering as assistant professor that same year. He received tenure and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1987 and to the rank of ordinary professor in 1992.

Professor Nguyen has published 65 technical and scientific papers in the field of electrical engineering and robotics and has also co-edited three books. His research interests lie, among other things, in the areas of time-varying control systems, control of large space structures, decentralized control and control of robot manipulators. His research has been funded by government agencies such as NASA, the U. S. Air Force and the Engineering Foundation. He has been the principal investigator in at least 15 different research projects.

Since 1997, he has served as chair of CUA's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked to facilitate the scholarly productivity of faculty, to raise the academic profile of his department, and to increase enrollment in the school. He is founder and editor in chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing and an associate editor of the International Journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering.

After making this appointment, Father O'Connell noted that "Dr. Nguyen's intense dedication to scholarly research and teaching have prepared him well for faculty leadership, as his service in the role of department chair attests. His loyalty and commitment to the university and the School of Engineering have been unswerving and have produced in this university citizen a real passion for which he is known and respected by the administration, his colleagues and students alike. I am grateful for his generosity in accepting this position. I know that he and the faculty will work well together as the School of Engineering moves forward."

Established in 1896, the engineering programs at CUA became the School of Engineering in 1930. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science and biomedical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as a doctorate in engineering.

For more information, contact Victor Nakas in the Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600.





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