University President John Garvey has appointed John Judge as the dean of the School of Engineering, effective June 1, 2017. Judge joined the University as assistant professor of mechanical engineering in 2004, became associate professor in 2009, and was granted continuous tenure in 2010. He has served as the associate dean of the engineering school since June 1, 2016. Judge succeeds Charles C. Nguyen, who has been appointed dean emeritus.
Judge has been the principal or co-principal investigator on research grants totaling approximately $1.8 million, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award for junior faculty and grants from the Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, and U.S. Department of State. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, a member of several technical committees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and was the program chair of the ASME 28th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise in 2016. Judge is a fellow of the ASME.
“I am pleased to appoint John Judge as the new dean of the School of Engineering,” said Garvey. “As associate dean and chair of the faculty senate, he has helped to shape the vision for how our University will continue to be a world-class research institution. I am confident that he will help our engineering faculty and students in that pursuit.”
Judge earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Cornell University and his Master of Science and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University, he held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory.
His expertise is in vibration and dynamics of complex systems, in particular near-periodic structures such as mistuned turbomachinery stages and arrays of micromechanical resonators used for signal processing or ultrasensitive mass detection. He has also conducted research in seismic/acoustic detection of landmines and improvised explosives, acoustic imaging and acoustic propagation, and experimental characterization of structures and systems using acoustics and vibration measurements.
"I’m very excited to work with my colleagues as their new dean,” said Judge. “The School of Engineering has outstanding faculty and staff who are very dedicated to our students and are making exciting contributions in engineering research. It has grown tremendously in the past decade — our aim going forward is to set an example of engineering excellence motivated by passion for serving humanity."
As the dean of the engineering school, Judge will report to the provost. He will provide academic and administrative leadership to the school, while representing the school to the University and those in the field of engineering. He will be responsible for leading its development, promotion, and growth.
The engineering school was established in 1930 and offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as master’s degrees in materials science and engineering and in engineering management.