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Leading Researcher in Computational Solid Mechanics Named New Dean of Newark College of Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Sunil Saigal, PhD, PE, has been appointed dean and distinguished professor with tenure in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Newark College of Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Saigal now serves as interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). His current tenured faculty appointment is as professor of civil and environmental engineering, with a joint appointment as professor in biomedical engineering. He served as chair of civil and environmental engineering at USF from 2002-2006. Before his position at USF, Saigal was appointed professor of civil and environmental engineering and of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Saigal has a variety of research interests ranging from early interests in computational mechanics and nanotechnology-composite structures to recent projects in computational cardio-mechanics and orthopedic biomechanics. A prolific researcher, he has received more than $4.3 million in funding from federal agencies, including National Science Foundation (NSF) from which he received a Presidential Young Investigator award in 1990. He has also supervised more than 20 PhD students, to date.

More than 110 refereed leading journal publications have published Saigal’s research. He also has five books and one patent to his credit and has taken on editorship responsibility for AIAA Journal, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and many others. In addition, he has completed proposal review assignments for NSF, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Army Research Office, both basic research programs of the US Department of Defense. He has done similar work for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed for the US Department of Energy by the University of Tennessee and Battelle Science and Technology International.

Saigal is active in professional societies and is an elected Fellow of American Societies of Civil Engineers, American Societies of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Saigal received his PhD degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 1985 from Purdue University.

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