Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Macari Selected as New UNO Engineering Dean

Emir Macari is selected as new dean of the UNO College of Engineering Emir Macari

University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that Emir Jose Macari has been selected as the new dean of the College of Engineering. Macari is currently a professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the director of the California Smart Grid Center at California State University, Sacramento.

Macari succeeds Norm Whitley, who has served as interim dean of the UNO College of Engineering since June 2012. Macari will begin his new role on January 15, 2015.

"Dr. Macari has a unique combination of skills and experience that led the search committee to recommend him for the position," said Kenneth Sewell, vice president for research and economic development, and chair of the search committee. "First and foremost, he has experience as an engineering dean at other universities. But beyond his proven abilities as a dean, he has extensive skills and infectious enthusiasm for helping the college to simultaneously grow its enrollment, its R&D portfolio and its partnerships with industry."

Macari previously served as the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento and the dean of the College of Science and Technology at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He was the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental engineering at LSU from 1999-2001. In 2004, he was honored by a joint session of the Louisiana State Legislature for "Outstanding Accomplishments and Contributions to Louisiana State University."

He has held previous academic positions at Georgia Tech and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He also spent two years as a program director at the National Science Foundation.

"I am looking forward to joining the University of New Orleans," Macari said. "I have always loved New Orleans; it is the city where my mother grew up and my parents met. I look forward to accomplishing great things in the College of Engineering while working closely with the faculty, students, alumni, administration and the broader New Orleans community."

Macari is a geotechnical engineer who researches disaster mitigation. He received the 2014 Jaime Oaxaca Award, given annually by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers to recognize "selfless and outstanding contributions to the fields of engineering and science to the Hispanic community over an extended period of time." Macari, a native of Mexico, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering of Mexico in 2004 and the Mexican Academy of Science in 2006.

Macari holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a master's and doctoral degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

UNO's College of Engineering offers the only mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil and environmental engineering degree programs in metropolitan New Orleans. Its School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is the only one in the region and one of only several in the nation. The college grants bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.


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