Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

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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, practice-oriented and applied
education in a mutually supportive and collaborative

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 requested.

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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