Philippe Fauchet ScM '80 will be the new dean of the school of engineering at Vanderbilt University.
Fauchet, currently chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester, begins work at Vanderbilt July 1, pending approval by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust.
He graduated from Brown University in 1980 with a master’s in engineering. Fauchet earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University in 1984.
“This is an important moment of transition for the School of Engineering,” said Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.
“Philippe Fauchet is already well-known and respected at Vanderbilt
because of his accomplishments at the University of Rochester, and we
anticipate great success as he brings his dynamic leadership to our
Fauchet will succeed Dean Kenneth Galloway, who is returning to the faculty at the end of the current academic year after serving as dean since 1996.
“The engineering school is getting a visionary leader in Philippe
Fauchet to build on the impressive contributions of Dean Ken Galloway,”
said Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
“Philippe has broad experience as a researcher and he is a dedicated
teacher and university citizen. I look forward to his arrival on campus
with great excitement.”
Galloway disclosed to members of the engineering faculty last spring
that the 2011-2012 academic year would be his last as dean. Fauchet was
named his successor after a national search by a provost-appointed
During Galloway’s tenure, research expenditures from external sources
grew from less than $10 million to more than $60 million annually,
according to Art Overholser, senior associate dean and professor of
biomedical engineering and chemical engineering. The school has also
experienced a steady rise in national rankings, facilities have been
upgraded and outstanding faculty have been retained and recruited.
“I intend to build on the strong foundation laid by Dean Galloway and
help the School of Engineering become a national leader that attracts
the very best minds from the United States and abroad,” Fauchet said. “I
think Vanderbilt can have important impact on issues including
improving health for our aging population, energy production, the
environment and security.”
Fauchet, 56, is the founder of Rochester’s Center for Future Health,
where engineers and physicians work to develop affordable technology
that can be used in the home. He is also the founder of the Energy Research Initiative,
a university-wide effort at Rochester to coordinate and expand the
university’s research and educational activities in all areas related to
“With his considerable administrative experience and leadership
skills, Philippe Fauchet will be a great fit for our School of
Engineering and Vanderbilt University,” said M. Douglas LeVan, the J. Lawrence Wilson Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt and chair of the committee that recommended Fauchet. “The range of his research interests is extraordinary.”
Fauchet has been the primary adviser of Ph.D. students in six
different academic disciplines and is the author of 400 technical
articles. He became the chair of the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering at Rochester in July 2010.
“I have known Philippe for some 27 years,” said Dennis Hall, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School at Vanderbilt.
“His collaborative style, his record as a fine classroom teacher, and
his history of personal engagement with productive research related to
energy, health care, nanoscience and more, make him an excellent match
and catch for Vanderbilt.”
Fauchet and his wife, Melanie, a nurse practitioner, have 13 children
ranging in age from 2 to 22. Eight of their children are adopted and
five are biological.
The Vanderbilt School of Engineering, founded in 1886, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. It ranks No. 34 in U.S. News and World Report’s evaluations
of engineering programs nationwide. While retaining its strong focus on
teaching, leaders at the school have dramatically expanded its research
component, with an emphasis on the development of technology that is
useful and accessible to the general public.
“I am especially looking forward to working with other academic units
at Vanderbilt and also with the federal and state government, industry
and our alumni,” Fauchet said. “Together we can develop research and
educational initiatives that will contribute to solve the most pressing
societal problems the United States and the world are facing.”
- by Jim Patterson/Vanderbilt University News