Harvard appoints UC Santa Barbara prof as dean of engineering school

University of California, Santa Barbara

Harvard University has appointed Francis Doyle, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara, as the dean of its School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Doyle will be taking over the role from Harry Lewis, dean and computer science professor, who was filling the role after Cherry Murray, a physicist who served as dean of the school for five years, announced her intention to step down in October last year. 

At UC Santa Barbara, Doyle led a biomedical engineering lab whose major projects included an artificial pancreas to treat pediatric diabetes.

Doyle also served as the associate dean for research at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering, and founded and served as director of the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, which forged research partnerships across major universities. He begins at Harvard on Aug. 1.

“Frank Doyle’s distinguished career in engineering and his leadership experience at UC Santa Barbara — where he helped develop a new intellectual vision for the school as well as a new physical home — make him the ideal choice to lead SEAS as it expands both its size and its importance in the years to come,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement.

Among Doyle’s tasks will be overseeing the school’s move to a new campus in Allston by 2019.

“I am excited to work with SEAS, in collaboration with the other schools at Harvard, as we chart the course for the future of engineering and applied sciences,” Doyle said in a statement.

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