College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

College of Engineering to recruit new faculty for second year under president’s hiring initiative

Arun Somani

New faculty positions are approved for funding

Arun Somani
Arun Somani, College of Engineering associate dean, says, “The hiring will enable us to train well and prepare them to lead and play major roles in addressing the challenges of the future.”

The Presidential High-Impact Hires Initiative is focused on hiring new tenured or tenure-track faculty in areas of strategic importance to the university and state of Iowa. The positions span many departments, from agronomy to statistics. Under the same initiative last year, Iowa State hired 20 new faculty.

As part of the Presidential High-Impact Hires Initiative, the College of Engineering is searching for several faculty tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at the assistant, associate or full professor ranks to begin in fall 2015.

The college’s undergraduate enrollment has been at record levels for several years now, and it ranks eighth in the country among all engineering schools. As the college’s student population grows, so does the need to recruit more faculty. During the last academic year, engineering added 22 diverse, high-quality faculty members, and the program expects to add just as many this year.

“The presidential hiring initiative provides a mechanism to allow a structured growth in focused research areas,” said Arun Somani, engineering’s associate dean for research and Philip and Virginia Sproul Professor. “Besides supporting our education needs, such growth helps us build new research areas where ISU can play a major role in advancing science and engineering. The hiring will enable us to train faculty well and prepare them to lead projects that address the challenges of the future.”