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Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Date Posted May 11, 2022
Title Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering
University Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department Head Position

The Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering invites applications for the position of Professor and Head of the
Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE) is one of ten academic departments in the College of Engineering at
Carnegie Mellon University and is ranked as a top ten department in both undergraduate and graduate education (US News &
World Report). MechE has a long and distinguished tradition in education and research, and today its 40 core faculty continue
to address the most important and challenging issues at the forefront of science and technology. As a highly interdisciplinary
department, several of our faculty share joint appointments in different departments within the Carnegie Mellon College of
Engineering, Mellon College of Science, and School of Computer Science. The student body includes 400 undergraduates
(sophomore - senior), 270 Masters, and 215 PhD students. Current research foci include Advanced Manufacturing,
Micro/Nano/Bioengineering, Robotics & Control, Energy and Environment, and Machine Learning.

An accomplished academic leader is sought to provide strategic vision, leadership and outstanding operational management,
to oversee world-class research and educational programs, and to guide the Department of Mechanical Engineering to the
highest level of accomplishment and impact. The Department Head will maintain and strengthen the culture of innovation in
education and research; expand the reputation of the department; lead the department in strategic planning; empower a diverse
community of socially conscious problem solvers to lead the world to a sustainable, resilient, equitable, and inclusive future;
demonstrate a commitment to high-quality administration; and empower students with flexible, interdisciplinary, practiceoriented and applied education in a mutually supportive and collaborative environment.

Individuals with expertise across a wide range of areas related to Mechanical Engineering will be considered. Applicants
must have earned a PhD in a field of engineering or science closely related to the disciplinary expertise of the department.
An internationally recognized record of research, education, mentorship, and leadership is essential. Applicants must be
qualified for an appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure.

Review of applications will begin on June 3rd, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Full consideration of
applications will be given until June 24th. E-mail inquiries concerning this position may be sent to the head of the search
committee, Professor Keith Cook, at

Interested candidates should submit applications electronically at, including a cover letter that
describes leadership experience and a vision addressing the future of Mechanical Engineering (US and global). This
application should also include a curriculum vitae and three statements: a statement of research experience and interests; a
statement of teaching experience and interests; and a statement describing how the candidate has contributed to, and plans to
contribute to, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The search committee will solicit names of references and their contact
information only for a subset of applicants after the initial review. Applicants will be notified in advance before letters are

  • Carnegie Mellon is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes we can increase the quality of our innovations by
    increasing the diversity of our community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon encourages
    applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching, and service, including women, members of
    minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways. Carnegie
    Mellon University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment
    Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.

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