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Robert Briber, professor of materials science and engineering, will become interim dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering on April 1 after Dean Darryll J. Pines steps down to prepare to become the next University of Maryland president in July, Provost and Senior Vice President Mary Ann Rankin announced in an email yesterday to campus leaders.
Briber has served as the Clark School’s associate dean for research for the past five years, during which time the school’s research expenditures reached a record level, Rankin wrote. He expanded strategic partnerships with industry and government as well as the number of early career awards for junior faculty from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA and other federal agencies. He also oversaw all major renovation and capital projects in the college, including planning construction of the E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory and the new Interdisciplinary Engineering Building, she wrote.
Previously, Briber served as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, during which time undergraduate enrollment surged 250% and the department was ranked among the top 25 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Rankin wrote. More details of his career are available here.
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