In an email sent to students on April 4, Provost Debra Liebowitz announced that Taskin Kocak has been appointed as the new dean of the School of Engineering and Computing.
Kocak joins Quinnipiac University of the University of New Orleans, where he is currently Dean from the dr. Robert A. Savoie College of Engineering and a professor of computer and electrical engineering.
Provost Liebowitz, describing Kocak’s time at the University of New Orleans, said, “Under his leadership over the past three years, the College of Engineering has brought together the two greatest gifts in its history, leading to the naming of the College of Engineering. and his School of Engineering, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, respectively.”
In 2020, among other achievements, the Robert A. Savoie College of Engineering received college and state approval for an undergraduate construction management course under the direction of Kocak.
Before moving to New Orleans, Kocak spent eight years at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey as a professor, department chair, and dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Before earning his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University, Kocak worked at Mitsubishi Electronic America’s Semiconductor Division as a design engineer in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
“He has supported and developed student success efforts that have increased retention and enrollment of domestic and international students while expanding available scholarships, diversity of student population, and experiential learning opportunities for students,” said Provost Liebowitz.
With more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, including 46 journal articles, his research interests and expertise are broad and range from machine learning to high-performance computing.
Provost Liebowitz expressed her thanks to the search committee in her email.
“I would like to thank the Search Committee for its extensive and successful search efforts, led by Matt O’Connor, professor of finance, with membership of Stefan Christov, associate professor of software engineering; Ruby ElKharboutly, associate professor of software engineering; Priscilla Fonseca, associate professor of civil engineering; John Greenleaf, associate professor of civil engineering and program director of civil engineering; Robert Jasek, Chief Information Security Officer; Jesse Kalinowski, assistant professor of economics and data science; Rachida Parks, associate professor of computer information systems; and Mary Phillips Ho, associate professor of mechanical engineering and interim program director of mechanical engineering.”
The interim dean Lynn Byers, appointed in 2021, will return to the mechanical engineering department. Kocak will join the university on June 30.