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Glass Named Senior Associate Dean for Education at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering

Professor Jeffrey T. Glass has been appointed Senior Associate Dean for Education, Dean Tom Katsouleas announced on July 1, 2008. He succeeds Tod Laursen, who served in that capacity since 2003 and will now become chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

“Jeff has the ideal background to help the faculty and the departments to develop innovative and exciting new educational programs that respond to the nation’s need for engineers that will be leaders of the 21st century global workforce,” said Katsouleas.

Jeffrey GlassGlass is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His formal academic training is in materials science. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Master of Business Administrations from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Global Executive (GEMBA) program.

Since joining Duke in 2003, Glass has served as the Hogg Family endowed chair in Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship, and Director of Pratt’s Master of Engineering Management program (MEMP) and will continue to hold these positions as Senior Associate Dean. Under his leadership, the enrollment of the MEMP has more than quadrupled over the past five years while simultenously increasing the average incoming GPA and GRE scores. Applications to the program have increased nearly tenfold.

Glass and his team have also greatly expanded the curriculum opportunities for MEMP students by significantly increasing course offerings, establishing new study tracks in response to student interest and launching a unique professional development workshop series within the MEM to better prepare MEMP students for industry. In addition, Glass led the development of joint professional degrees with the Duke School of Law and the Nicholas School of the Environment, and played a key role in establishing a small, selective consortium of Master of Engineering Management Programs with Stanford, Northwestern, Dartmouth and Cornell.

Glass both modernized and extended the administration and scope of the MEMP, making him an excellent and experienced choice to help Pratt's masters degree programs and shepherd Pratt's undergraduate curriculum through its next evolution.

As an educator, Glass has also distinguished himself. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Sigma Xi Research Award while on the faculty at North Carolina State University. He has been a short course instructor for several professional societies and companies and he has organized numerous conferences.

As a researcher, Glass has focused primarily on the growth and characterization of thin films and development of sensors with a focus on carbon-based materials, including carbon nanotubes, diamond, diamond-like carbon and silicon carbide. He has published over 135 papers and book chapters, co-edited six books and is a co-inventor on 11 patents, and is classified as an ISI Highly Cited researcher. A National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award winner, Glass has now given over 55 invited presentations in 12 different countries. He serves as an Associate Editor for Research Letters in Materials Science and the Journal of Diamond and Related Materials. He was also a member of a Presidential Science Advisor’s committee for the assessment of diamond technology in Japan.

Having previously served as the Vice President of Research and Development for Kobe Steel USA Inc., Glass brings a wealth of industry and academic experience to Pratt’s engineering curriculum development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He has held adjunct appointments at Case Western Reserve University and the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina where he has taught executive courses on Managing Innovation.

His paper entitled, “Managing the Ties Between Central R&D and Business Units,” received the 2004 Industrial Research Institute’s Maurice Holland Award given to the best paper published in Research-Technology Management in 2003.