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Truskey Reappointed as Senior Associate Dean for Duke Engineering

Priorities include first-year student learning, including innovative new courses in data, design and computing

George A. Truskey has been reappointed as senior associate dean of the Pratt School of Engineering for a four-year term, serving through June 30, 2021.

In this role, Truskey provides overarching leadership for research advancement and space planning at Pratt, while leading additional strategic initiatives in close partnership with the dean and other school leaders.

Current areas of focus include working with faculty to implement undergraduate curriculum revisions with a focus on first-year student learning, by way of innovative new courses in data, design and computing piloting during the 2017-2018 academic year; working with the Master’s Leadership Council to expand and integrate engineering master’s programs and enhance the student experience; and continuing to oversee design and development of the planned new building for Duke Engineering.

To further accelerate the school’s growing $70-million-per-year research enterprise, Truskey will also focus on expanding interdisciplinary research proposals for new projects and centers, supporting and evaluating existing school-based research centers and strengthening mentorship for junior faculty.

“We are fortunate to have a leader of George’s experience, wisdom and ability at Pratt,” said Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of Engineering. “I am particularly happy that his contributions to Pratt’s scholarship, mentorship, infrastructure and undergraduate education are going to be shaping Duke Engineering well into the future.  George is both contemplative and decisive, and he always listens, follows a fair process, but also does not hesitate to take bold positions.  He is a special scholar and leader.”

Truskey, who currently holds the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professorship in Biomedical Engineering, has been a member of the Duke engineering faculty since 1987. He served as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2003-2011, senior associate dean for research from 2011-2015, and interim dean from 2015-2016.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Heart Association, he leads research focused on microphysiological systems, cardiovascular tissue engineering and the role of physical forces in atherosclerosis.