James H. Garrett Jr. Named Dean of The College of Engineering
President Jared L. Cohon and Provost Mark S. Kamlet have announced that James H. Garrett Jr., the Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will become dean of the College of Engineering, effective January 1. He succeeds Pradeep K. Khosla, who left in August to be chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.
A member of the CIT faculty since 1990 and a Carnegie Mellon alumnus (CE '82, '83, '86), Jim has demonstrated leadership in research and education initiatives both with Carnegie Mellon and internationally. He is head of the top-ranked Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and co-director of the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator (PSII), which is a research center aimed at creating, applying and evaluating applications of sensing, data analytics and intelligent decision support for improving the construction, management and operation of infrastructure systems. Working closely with colleagues from IBM, Jim established the IBM Smarter Infrastructure Lab, a research facility within the PSII.
During his tenure as CEE department head, an excellent group of faculty and staff have been hired and well-mentored. The department successfully promoted all of its faculty up for promotion, major investments in the educational and research facilities were made, and the department rankings remained very strong. CEE has continued to enjoy robust undergraduate and graduate student enrollments. Jim also has been successful in adding significant endowment for several named graduate fellowships, graduate travel support, strategic initiatives and a faculty chair.
For many years, Jim has been a leader in research that has had an impact on the world we live in. He has been instrumental in launching research initiatives committed to creating fast, reliable monitoring systems to collect and process data about a myriad of complex network systems critical to both the nation's security and daily commerce. Jim's research and teaching interests are oriented toward applications of sensors and sensor systems to civil infrastructure condition assessment; application of data-mining and machine learning techniques for infrastructure management problems in civil and environmental engineering; and mobile-hardware software systems for field-based inspection applications. Jim has published his research in more than 60 refereed journal articles, more than 80 refereed conference papers, more than 90 other conference papers and 10 sections and chapters in books or monographs.
Prior to becoming department head in 2006, Jim served for six years as associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering. Elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2009, Jim has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research at Carnegie Mellon, and the 2006 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award. He also has received best paper awards in the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, the 1993 ASCE Wellington Prize and the 1990 ASCE Moisseiff Award. In 1994, he received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship allowing him to spend six months at the University of Karlsruhe and the Technical University in Munich, Germany, and in 2012 he was informed that he received the prestigious Humboldt Research Prize to support collaborations with Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany.
Jim and his family are a true Carnegie Mellon unit. Jim received his bachelor's degree (1982), master's degree (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon. He is married to Ruth Ann, a 1983 CIT alum and they have two children: a son, Patrick (E'12) and a daughter, Ellen (A'11).
Jim's broad experience in research, teaching and creating meaningful partnerships with business and industry make him an excellent choice to head the College of Engineering. Please join the CIT community in congratulating Jim Garrett as the next dean of CIT.