Marisa Chrysochoou to be College of Engineering dean

The University has announced that Dr. Marisa Chrysochoou will be the new Dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Chrysochoou, a renowned expert in civil engineering, currently serves as the head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. She will begin her tenure as Dean on August 16.

Dr. Chrysochoou’s research focuses on the behavior and design of steel structures, with an emphasis on seismic design and retrofitting. She has published numerous papers on these topics and has received several awards for her work. In addition to her technical research, Dr. Chrysochoou has also investigated strategies for improving diversity and inclusion in engineering education.

As Dean, Dr. Chrysochoou plans to build on the College of Engineering’s strengths while also addressing emerging challenges. She aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, both within the university and with external partners. Dr. Chrysochoou is also committed to increasing diversity in the college and ensuring that all students feel welcome and supported.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the College of Engineering,” Dr. Chrysochoou said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and students to build on the college’s successes and to address the complex problems facing our world.”

Dr. Chrysochoou received her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on several national committees related to engineering education and research.

The university conducted a national search for the new Dean, considering several highly qualified candidates. Dr. Chrysochoou’s technical expertise, leadership experience, and commitment to diversity made her the ideal choice for the position.

“Dr. Chrysochoou’s background and vision make her a great fit for this role,” said the university’s Provost. “I am confident that she will be an excellent Dean and will help the College of Engineering continue to thrive.”