Engineering Dean Named to NSF Engineering Panel

Joins leaders from academia and industry who provide advice on support for research, education

Kenneth R. Lutchen, dean of the Boston University College of Engineering. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Kenneth R. Lutchen, dean of Boston University College of Engineering, has been appointed to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Engineering, a panel of a dozen leaders from academia and industry that provides advice and recommendations on support for research, education, and related activities to the agency’s Directorate for Engineering.

“The NSF Engineering Advisory Committee provides a variety of perspectives and advice concerning research, education, innovation, and related activities in all fields supported by the NSF Engineering Directorate,” says Grace Wang, NSF acting assistant director for Engineering. “We welcome Dean Lutchen’s contributions to the important work of this committee.”

This committee of external experts reviews the directorate’s program management and performance, and provides advice on the impact of policies, programs, and activities in the engineering field. As a member of the committee, Lutchen will have a voice in determining how the NSF—one of the largest sources of engineering research funding—prioritizes investment areas.

The committee also advises the Directorate for Engineering on how best to promote quality undergraduate and graduate education in engineering, and how the directorate’s mission, programs, and goals can best serve the community. In addition, the committee advises on important issues in institutional administration and policy, among other areas.

“I am honored to be part of this important committee that plays such a large role in supporting the nation’s engineering education and research,” says Lutchen. “I look forward to contributing the perspectives I’ve gained as a dean, an educator, and a researcher to the committee.”

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