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Vincent P. Manno, associate provost and professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts University, has been appointed provost and dean of faculty at Olin College of Engineering, where he will also serve as professor of engineering. The appointment is effective July 1.
"Dr. Manno was one of four finalists in a national search to fill this key leadership position at Olin," said Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College. "My personal interactions with him have convinced me that he brings to the position the right mix of senior academic leadership experience, passion for innovation in undergraduate education, personal academic achievement and exceptional interpersonal leadership skills."
Manno has served on the faculty at Tufts since 1984, and held appointments as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, associate dean of engineering for graduate studies and dean ad interim of engineering. He is currently associate provost with responsibility for cross-school and interdisciplinary programs and university-wide graduate programs. His administrative responsibilities include Graduate Diversity programs, the Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts Institute for the Environment and, together with the dean of engineering, the Water: Systems, Science and Society program.
He received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering Science from Columbia University, and his M.S., Engineer, and Sc.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from M.I.T. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a recipient of its 2002 Curriculum Innovation Award. He has won several additional awards, including the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from SAE, the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in the Physical Design of Electronics and the Henry and Madeline Fischer Award as Tufts Engineering Teacher of the Year.
The provost and dean of faculty serves as the chief academic officer of the college and is first in line to lead the college in the absence of the president. Manno succeeds Dr. Michael E. Moody, who served in a similar role from his appointment in 2007 until his death in January of 2010.