Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering names new associate dean

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Steve R. Duke has been named associate dean for academics in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, effective June 15, announced by Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. Duke serves as undergraduate program chair and Alumni Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

In his new role, Duke will be responsible for overseeing the college’s academic programs, ensuring the quality of the engineering curricula and providing counsel to faculty, staff and students on a variety of academic issues.

“The College of Engineering is fortunate to have Dr. Duke’s guidance in this area, particularly given our emphasis on academic excellence,” said Roberts. “He is widely recognized as an advocate for student-focused engineering initiatives at Auburn and on the national level. His leadership will be critical to our ability to ensure the academic integrity of the college.”

Duke earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. He joined Auburn’s faculty in 1996. His research interests include flow and energy visualization, polymer and drug particle processing, alternative fuels development and technology education. He has served on the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Career and Education Operating Council and as faculty adviser for Auburn’s student chapter for more than 10 years.

Duke has served on Auburn’s Core Curriculum Oversight Committee and co-directs its National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Micro/Nano-Structured Materials, Therapeutics and Devices. He is currently the faculty adviser for the college’s study abroad technology partnership with Andean communities in Bolivia and for the student organization which is establishing a chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA.

“Auburn Engineering’s academic program should provide a superior education for our students, one that offers exceptional learning opportunities, coupled with high expectations,” Duke said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to help our students achieve at the highest levels, and move the college’s academic efforts forward.”

Duke has received the college’s prestigious Walker Superior Teaching Award three times, as well as the SGA Outstanding Faculty Award. He succeeds Joe Morgan who retired from the College of Engineering in 2011.

(Written by Beth Smith.)

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