College Leadership



Anthony Atchley
Acting Dean

Learn more: College of Engineering names acting dean

Dean Atchley oversees the College of Engineering and leads the efforts to implement and execute the college’s Strategic Plan, which focuses on four cornerstones: excellence, equity, sustainability, and social mobility, as well as the capstone of impact.

Senior Associate Dean


Tonya Peeples
Senior Associate Dean

Learn more: Peeples named College of Engineering's inaugural associate dean for equity and inclusion

Senior Associate Dean Peeples provides considered, strategic, and inclusive leadership and advice in support of the Dean of Engineering. She will serves in capacity of the Dean of Engineering in the Dean’s absence and leads the college’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging activities.  

Associate Deans

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Eric Donnell
Associate Dean for Research

Learn more: Eric Donnell named college’s associate dean for research

Associate Dean Donnell promotes and coordinates support for research—from identifying opportunities to managing projects—including pre- and post-award research administration, cost share, IP, export control, data security, and other issues. Associate Dean Donnell is also responsible for those aspects of graduate student affairs and programs which are closely aligned with research, including recruiting and graduate faculty membership.


Vijaykrishnan Narayanan

Associate Dean for Innovation

Learn more: Vijaykrishnan Narayanan named college’s associate dean for innovation

Associate Dean Narayan leads major initiatives focused on faculty/team development and resource planning for research and entrepreneurship opportunities. This includes coordinating faculty and proposal development to increase extramural research funding, as well as developing seed grant programs, new faculty mentorship programs, and research centers. 


Robert Rabb
Associate Dean for Education

Learn more: Associate dean of education for the College of Engineering named

Associate Dean Rabb supports the college’s resident and online undergraduate and graduate educational programs and associated student academic support. Associate Dean Rabb is also responsible for charting strategic initiatives in the college around academic program development and assessment, innovative and inclusive pedagogies, initiatives to enhance curricular and co-curricular experiences, academic advising, interdisciplinary curricula, student success, accreditation, and continuous quality improvement of academic programs.


Shelley Stoffels
Associate Dean for Faculty

Learn more: Shelley Stoffels named associate dean of faculty

Associate Dean Stoffels has primary responsibility for tenure-line and professional track faculty affairs in the College of Engineering. Associate Dean Stoffels provides collaborative leadership for faculty development, assessment, support of faculty governance, and for proposing innovative and inclusive initiatives to advance faculty experiences. 

Assistant Deans

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Ivan Esparragoza
Assistant Dean for Curricular Innovation and Program Assessment

Learn more: College of Engineering names newly established assistant dean

Assistant Dean Esparragoza identifies opportunities and supports curricular innovations at the undergraduate and graduate levels through an in-depth assessment of current programs, coordinates and evaluates first-year seminars across the college, as well as assists departments in delivering high-quality first and second-year education to College of Engineering students. Assistant Dean Esparragoza also coordinates accreditation processes for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering and serves as the institutional representative during accreditation reviews.

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Christine Masters

Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Global Programs

Learn more: Christine Masters named assistant dean

Assistant Dean Masters leads the College of Engineering teams supporting academic advising, global engineering engagement, academic integrity, and undergraduate student records. Assistant Dean Masters guides collaboration among these teams and other units across the college to provide a comprehensive array of student support and engagement, with a focus on increasing equitable access and promoting an inclusive culture of belonging.

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Sarah Zappe

Assistant Dean for Teaching & Learning

Learn more: New Leonhard Center director, assistant dean in engineering named

Assistant Dean Zappe serves as director of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education and leads the efforts to maintain excellence and chart innovative directions in the educational experiences of undergraduate and graduate students and in professional development programs for faculty.

School, Department, and Program Heads



Andrew R. Barnard
Director and Professor

Learn more: New director of Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics named

Aerospace Engineering

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Amy Pritchett
Department Head and Professor

Learn more: Amy Pritchett appointed head of aerospace engineering 

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

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Suat Irmak
Department Head and Professor

Learn more: Irmak to lead Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 

Architectural Engineering

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James Freihaut
Interim Department Head


Biomedical Engineering

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Daniel Hayes
Department Head and Professor

Learn more: Alumnus and professor named new head of biomedical engineering

Chemical Engineering

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Michael Janik
Acting Department Head and Professor

Learn more: Interim associate vice president for research named 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Patrick Fox
John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and Department Head

Learn more: Fox named head of civil and environmental engineering

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Thomas La Porta
Evan Pugh Professor, William E. Leonhard Endowed Chair and Director of EECS

Learn more: La Porta named director of School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Madhavan Swaminathan
Electrical Engineering Department Head and William E. Leonhard Professor 

Learn more: Madhavan Swaminathan named new head of electrical engineering

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Chitaranjan Das

Computer Science Department Head and Distinguished Professor 

Engineering Design and Innovation

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David Mazyck
School Head and Professor

Learn more: Penn State engineering alumnus named head of SEDTAPP 

Engineering Science and Mechanics

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Vincent Meunier
P.B. Breneman Chair and Department Head

Learn more: Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics welcomes new head 

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


Steven Landry
Department Head and Professor

Learn more: New department head named to lead industrial engineering 

Mechanical Engineering


Mary Frecker
Riess Chair of Engineering and Department Head

Learn more: New department head to lead mechanical engineering 

Nuclear Engineering


Jean Paul Allain
Lloyd and Dorothy Huck Chair in Plasma Medicine and Department Head

Learn more: Head named for Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering