About the Provost

Kenneth Lutchen was named University Provost and Chief Academic Officer ad interim of Boston University in July 2023. He provides leadership for the University’s overall academic, budgetary, and planning processes and oversight of its academic programs, research, global programs, enrollment, student affairs, and library systems.

Provost Lutchen is the University’s 2nd-ranking officer and oversees the academic deans of BU’s 17 schools and colleges and the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences. His portfolio includes a vast range of offices and initiatives designed to enhance BU’s academic integrity and global competitiveness, including its divisions in undergraduate, graduate, and online education, faculty affairs, digital learning and innovation, and community and inclusion; ongoing efforts to assess the effectiveness of academic programs, develop and incorporate general education for all undergraduates, and promote student wellbeing; and implementation of BU’s latest 10-year strategic plan.

Prior to his appointment as University provost ad interim, Dr. Lutchen was dean of BU’s College of Engineering from 2006-2023, where he oversaw dramatic gains in the college’s national and global stature, including a rise from 54th to 36thin its national graduate ranking and an overall ranking of 16th among all private universities. He additionally oversaw the creation of new divisions in materials science and engineering and systems engineering, as well as construction of two major centers – the Engineering Product Innovation Center and the Bioengineering Technology and Entrepreneurship Center – designed to instill interdisciplinary product design skills throughout engineering education in partnership with industry.

Dr. Lutchen has advanced the concept of “Creating the Societal Engineer” as a foundational principle of engineering education to prepare students for life-long learning and impact. He has overseen innovations in engineering curricula, including successful collaborations with BU’s programs in data science, machine learning, and business to enable engineers to learn how successful product innovation occurs. He has published op-ed pieces on engineering education and technology transfer in Harvard Business Review, Forbes magazine, and Business Insider.

Among the world’s leading scholars in the field of respiratory mechanics, Dr. Lutchen is a professor of biomedical engineering and has been a member of the BU faculty since 1984. His research is driven to uncover the mechanisms that cause lung disease and to advance novel methods for diagnosing lung disease and treatment efficacy. It has resulted in over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters with 9500 citations. Dr. Lutchen is past president of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and has served on the board of directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society and on the Advisory Committee to the Directorate for Engineering of The National Science Foundation. He is currently on the Board of Directors of The Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard and is an elected fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. He has received many awards for his research and leadership, including the AIMBE Pierre Galletti Award, the institute’s highest honor.

Dr. Lutchen holds a PhD and MS in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a BS in engineering science from the University of Virginia. He and his family reside in Newton, MA.

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