Associate deans appointed for Ira A. Fulton College

Professors Larry Howell and Vincent Wilding have been named the new associate deans of the BYU Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. Their service will begin on July 1 when Michael Jensen, professor of electrical and computer engineering, begins his term as dean

Howell, professor of mechanical engineering, will oversee graduate programs and research throughout the college. Chemical engineering’s Wilding will direct undergraduate programs.   

“Both of these individuals are exemplary faculty members, with strong records in all areas of faculty responsibility," Jensen said. “I am grateful for their willingness to accept these assignments and enthused about the leadership they will provide to the college.”

Howell is a past chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining BYU in 1994 he was a visiting professor at Purdue University, a finite element analysis consultant for Engineering Methods, and an engineer on the design of the YF-22 (the prototype for the U.S. Air Force F-22). He received his PhD and MS degrees from Purdue University and his BS from BYU. His technical publications and patents focus on compliant mechanisms, including origami-inspired mechanisms, microelectromechanical systems, and medical devices. He replaces David Long, who will return to teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

Wilding joined the chemical engineering faculty in 1994 and served as department chair from 2001 to 2006. He has a PhD in chemical engineering from Rice University and his BS from BYU. After graduating, he worked at Wiltec Research Company, Inc. where he was research director before being appointed company president. Wilding conducts research in thermophysical property measurement and correlation, environmental engineering, and process design. He replaces Spencer Magleby, who has served as associate dean over undergraduate programs since 2005. Magleby will return to teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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