Franzoni New Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Linda P. Franzoni, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, has been appointed associate dean for student affairs at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, Dean Kristina Johnson announced Aug. 22.

“Student-oriented academic services represent the bedrock of Pratt’s ability to provide a bold, personal engineering education, and Linda has a wonderful combination of teaching, practical and research experience to lead us in this important area,” Johnson said. “During this first year of her leadership, Linda will focus on undergraduate student aid and scholarships, liaison with the university’s Career Center, student recruiting initiatives and undergraduate advising procedures.”

Johnson said the position also includes oversight of course scheduling, responsibility for academic policy documentation, liaison with accrediting agencies and oversight of major school-wide engineering student organizations, including the Engineering Student Government and Society of Women Engineers.

Franzoni will report to Tod Laursen, senior associate dean for education. She succeeds Phillip Jones, who is returning to full-time teaching and research as associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science.

Franzoni joined Duke in 1998 after spending five years as an assistant professor at North Carolina State University. She served as a research assistant professor at Duke’s engineering school from 1991 to 1993.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale in 1980 and worked as an engineer for five years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech before going to graduate school at Duke, where she earned a Master of Science degree in 1988 and her Ph.D. in 1991.

Franzoni's research areas include acoustics, structural dynamics and vibration, and solid mechanics. Practical applications of this work include acoustics of enclosures (rooms or vehicle interiors) and underwater acoustics.