STUART APPOINTED DEAN OF THE FRANK BATTEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY AT OLD DOMINION …

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Norfolk, Va., Oct. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following an extensive national search, Old Dominion University announced that Ben Stuart has been named the eighth dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology.

Stuart, who has served as interim dean since June of 2019, will start his new appointment on Oct. 25. Under his leadership, while facing the challenges of the pandemic, the College has continued to build its research enterprise and revamped its academic programs to better serve the needs of students. The College also celebrated the appointment of five faculty as Fellows in their respective professional societies, and for the first time in the history of the College, the promotion of two women to the rank of professor.

“Ben Stuart is a thoughtful leader and distinguished scholar who cares deeply about engineering students,” President John R. Broderick said. “Under his leadership, I am confident that the College of Engineering and Technology will continue to experience tremendous growth in stature regionally as well as globally.”

Stuart has led or co-led more than $26 million worth of research projects funded by federal, state and industrial partners. His research in algal biofuels has led to three patents as well as his participation as CTO in ECO2Capture, a start-up company that develops and integrates technologies in algae cultivation and air pollution control markets. He is also the author or co-author of 50 peer-reviewed publications.

“Dr. Stuart has articulated a vision for the College that emphasizes faculty research and a focus on advancing student success, in particular for underrepresented student populations,” said Austin Agho, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are grateful for his continued leadership and selfless service. His longstanding academic career as both a scholar and an administrator will serve Old Dominion and the College well.”

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