Engineering College Leadership

Below is contact information and biographies of all of Cornell Engineering's Deans, Associate Deans, and Department/School Chairs and Directors.


Lance Collins

Lance Collins
Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
242 Carpenter Hall

Lance Collins, who was named dean in 2010, joined Cornell in 2002 as a member of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty, following 11 years on the chemical engineering faculty at Pennsylvania State University. His research combines simulation and theory to study a variety of turbulent flow processes. He earned his B.S.E. in 1981 at Princeton University, his M.S. in 1983, and his Ph.D. in 1987 at the University of Pennsylvania, all in chemical engineering.

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development
Professor, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
146 Olin Hall

Professor Lewis received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Political Science from Eckerd College in 1992, his Master's degree in Theoretical Statistics from Florida State University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998. After receiving his doctorate, Lewis spent a year at the University of British Columbia as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Operations Excellence. He joined Cornell as an Associate Professor in 2005 after teaching Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.

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Erin Mulrooney

Erin Mulrooney
Associate Dean for Administration
249 Carpenter Hall

Erin Mulrooney joined Cornell in 2016 after leaving the University of Chicago where she served as the assistant vice president for strategic resources and chief operating officer for facilities services. Prior to the University of Chicago, she spent 16 years at the University of Pennsylvania, ultimately serving in an administrative and financial officer role. Mulrooney holds a Master of Science degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Miranda Swanson

Miranda Swanson 
Associate Dean for Student Services
170A Olin Hall

Miranda oversees the offices of undergraduate admissions, advising, engineering learning initiatives, the registrar and the career center. She works with the dean, associate deans and faculty to prioritize the college’s undergraduate goals, programs and initiatives. Miranda came to Cornell from the University of Chicago where she spent 16 years working in student affairs, most recently serving as Dean of Students in the Physical Sciences Division.  Miranda holds a Masters of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago.

David Erickson

David Erickson
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Sibley College Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
369 Upson Hall

David Erickson is the Sibley College Professor in Mechanical Engineering, and focuses his research on mobile health technology, microfluidics, photonics and nanotechnology. His role as associate dean for research and graduate studies includes supporting faculty research, identifying major funding opportunities, coordinating department reviews, administering fellowship funds and serving as a member of the senior leadership team of the college. He also helps faculty and graduate students bring their technologies to the world through entrepreneurship. He also oversees programs such as the Scale Up and Prototyping Awards and the Commercialization Fellows Program.

David is cofounder of several startup companies as well as Cornell’s Institute for Nutritional Sciences, Global Health and Technology (INSiGHT).

Mike Thompson

Michael Thompson
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
167 Olin Hall

Michael Thompson received his B.S. in Applied Physics from  CalTech in 1979 and M.S./Ph.D degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics  from Cornell.  For the past 28 years, his group's research has focused  on the behavior of semiconductor materials under pulsed and CW laser  exposure.   He is coauthor on more than 120 papers and over 20 patents.

Carol Ann Packard

Carol Packard
Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development
253 Carpenter Hall

Carol Packard was previously the director of development and alumni relations for Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Prior to 2012, Packard was the Director of Major Gifts and Associate Director of Development for Penn State's College of Liberal Arts, Director of Business Development for Snavely Associates and Senior Account Executive at AccuWeather. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University, and her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Penn State University.

John Marsh

John March
Chair and Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
104 Riley Robb Hall
(607) 254-5471

John March received his PhD in 2005 in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and joined the Cornell faculty that same year. His research in cell signaling is focused on reconfiguring biological systems for improved performance in the areas of biomedicine and sustainability.  He teaches molecular and cellular bioengineering, and stochastic modeling.  He received a Presidential Early Career Award in 2011 and was named a "New Innovator" by the NIH in 2010.  He is the recipient of the 2014 Fiona Ip Li '78 and Donald Li '75 Excellence in Teaching Award/  He has a BS and MS in Biological Engineering and a BA in English from the University of Georgia. 

Abe Stroock

Abe Stroock
William C. Hooey Director and Gordon L. Dibble '50 Professor, Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
260 Olin Hall
(607) 255-4276

After completing a bachelor's degree in Physics at Cornell, Abraham Stroock spent two years in France.  There he worked in the research division of Electricite de France and completed a master's degree at the University of Paris VI and XI in Solid State Physics.  He then returned to the US to pursue a PhD in the Chemistry department at Harvard University with George Whitesides.  In the winter of 2003, he joined the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University where he became a full professor in 2015.  In his research, he has focused on questions in transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and biophysics.  He has played an important role in the development of microfluidic technologies for applications in biomedical engineering, energy production, and sensing.  His research has been recognized with a variety of awards, including the MIT Technology Review's TR35 list of top innovators under 35 (2007) and the NSF CAREER Award (2008).  He has taught phenomena, bioprocess, and thermodynamics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

David Hysell

David Hysell
Director and Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
2116 Snee Hall 

David Hysell received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1992. He joined the Cornell faculty in 2002 after serving as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University. His research is in the area of upper atmospheric and space plasma physics. Since 2005, he has been the principle investigator of the NSF award supporting research at the Jicamarca Radio Observatory located outside Lima, Peru.

Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell
S.C. Thomas Sze Director and Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
208 Upson Hall
(607) 255-4268

Mark Campbell joined the Cornell faculty in 2001. He was an assistant professor at the University of Washington from 1997-2001. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.S.) and MIT (M.S., Ph.D.), he worked on MACE, a dynamics and control laboratory flown on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1995. He spent his 2005-06 sabbatical year as a visiting scientist at the Insitu group, maker of small autonomous UAV's for commercial and defense applications, and as an Australian Research Council international fellow. Campbell has been the recipient of several college and national teaching awards and several best paper awards. He received the Bennet Prize and is an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. He is currently an associate fellow of the AIAA and is serving as a member of the DoD's Defense Science Study Group, as well as an editor for several aerospace journals. 

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Alyssa Apsel
Director and Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
229 Phillips Hall
(607) 255-3962

Alyssa Apsel joined Cornell in 2002 and became Director of Electrical and Computer Engineering in July 2018. She received her B.S. from Swarthmore College in 1995 and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. She has authored or coauthored over 100 refereed publications in related fields of RF mixed signal circuit design, ultra-low power radio, photonic integration with VLSI, and circuit design techniques in the presence of variation resulting in five patents and several pending patent applications. The focus of Apsel's research is on power-aware mixed signal circuits and design for highly scaled CMOS and modern electronic systems.  Her current focus is on low power radio for IoT and reconfigurable multi-standard radio to extend the reach of wireless communications.

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Lois Pollack
Director and Professor, School of Applied and Engineering Physics
254 Clark Hall
(607) 255-8695

After receiving her Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from MIT, Pollack came to Cornell to work with the Low Temperature Physics group. She was a postdoctoral associate (1989-1991) and a research associate (1991-1997) in the Microkelvin Laboratory. In 1997, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Cornell Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP) Biophysics Group, she changed the focus of her research program to biophysics. In 1999 she became senior research associate in LASSP. She joined the faculty in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics in 2000. Her research focuses on developing and applying physics-based tools to gain insight into outstanding problems in molecular biology. She received the Swanson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003, and the Chau Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.

Bruce van Dover

Bruce van Dover
Director and Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
312 Bard Hall
(607) 255-3228

R. Bruce van Dover received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton in 1974 Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford in 1980. He then joined Bell Laboratories to conduct basic research on superconducting, magnetic, and electronic materials/devices, and left in 2002 as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff to join Cornell University as a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. His current research centers on discovery of materials for energy applications, including fuel cell catalysts and ionic conductors. He served as Director of Graduate Studies for MS&E from 2005-2015and is currently serving the university as a member of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Status., He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. 

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Kavita Bala
Chair and Professor, Department of Computer Science
07 Hoy Road 402A Gates Hall
(607) 255-1383

Kavita Bala is the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Cornell. She received her S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and her B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Bombay). Bala specializes in computer vision and computer graphics, leading research projects in perception, recognition and image understanding, and realistic rendering. She co-founded GrokStyle, and she is a faculty Fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.


Shane Henderson

Shane Henderson
Director and Professor, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
230 Frank HT Rhodes Hall
(607) 255-9126

Shane Henderson teaches courses in probability and statistics, simulation, and mathematical modeling. His primary research interests lie in the interplay between optimization and simulation. In particular, he is interested in structured simulation optimization, where the optimization problem enjoys certain properties, like convexity or quasi convexity, that one can exploit to develop algorithms that are robust and fast.

Linda Nozick

Linda K. Nozick
Director and Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
220 Hollister Hall
(607) 255-3690

Linda Nozick joined the faculty at Cornell in 1992 after completing her doctorate. She has also been a visiting associate professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a visiting professor in the General Motors Global R&D Center in Warren, Mich. Her fields of expertise is complex systems modeling with an emphasis on critical infrastructure systems and hazardous materials transportation. She earned a B.S. in systems analysis and engineering from The George Washington University in 1989 and M.S.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in systems engineering in 1990 and 1992, respectively.

Marjolein van der Meulen

Marjolein van der Meulen
James M. and Marsha McCormick Director of Biomedical Engineering and Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
219 Upson Hall
(607) 255-1445

Marjolein van der Meulen is a senior scientist in the Research Division of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Her research in orthopaedic biomechanics focuses on the interaction between mechanical stimuli and the skeleton, and the mechanical properties of musculoskeletal tissues. She received her S.B. (1987) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her M.S. (1989), and Ph.D. (1993) from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. She has been a member of the Cornell faculty since 1996

Oliver Gao

Huaizhu Oliver Gao

Director, Systems Engineering
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
313 Hollister Hall
(607) 254-8334

Dr. Gao is an Associate Professor in the graduate fields of 1) Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation Systems Engineering), 2) Systems Engineering, 3) Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA), and 4) Air Quality in Earth and Atmospheric Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on transportation systems, environment (especially air quality and climate change), energy, and sustainable development. He also studies sustainable food systems, quantifying and mitigating green-house gas emissions from food supply chains. He is a member of Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Air Quality (ADC20), a member of Transportation Research Board Committee on Maintenance Equipment (AHD60), an academic member on the FACA Committee of US EPA MOVES model development, and a member (invited) on the editorial board of the international journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Gao received his graduate degrees (Ph.D. in CEE, M.S. in Statistics, and M.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economics) from the University of California at Davis in 2004, M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1999, and duel undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science in 1996 from Tsinghua University, China. Before joining Cornell, Gao was a quant in the mathematical and econometrical modeling division at the Rohatyn Group, LLG, a Wall Street hedge fund specializing in emerging markets.