Aggie Ingeniero, May 2009

Engineering professor, Ken White. (photo by Darren Phillips)White to serve as interim dean for College of Engineering

Dr. Ken White will serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering beginning July 1.

Ken White, emeritus Regents’ Professor and civil engineering department head at the New Mexico State University College of Engineering, has been tapped to serve as the interim dean for the college. White will serve as interim dean while the university conducts a nationwide search to replace Dean Steven P. Castillo, who was recently named executive vice president and provost of the Colorado School of Mines. White’s term as interim dean will begin July 1.

“Dr. White is well versed in all matters relating to the College of Engineering. He is well respected throughout NMSU and in the engineering community nationwide. I am confident that he will do well,” said Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Bob Moulton.

“I will emphasis providing a quality education for all our engineering students, helping them begin their career and maintaining the great recruiting effort that has been developed over the past few years,” said White.

White retired as civil engineering department head this past spring—a position he held since 2003.  He began his career at NMSU in 1970 as an associate professor. During his tenure he was director of the Engineering Research Center from 1984 to 1988 and served as interim dean in 2002-2003.

White received his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees, all in civil engineering, from Texas Tech University. His teaching and research have focused on structural analysis related to inspection, maintenance and safety of bridges. He is a registered professional engineer and is a consultant to the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

White created the nation’s only Bridge Inspection Training Program that has been conducted at NMSU for nearly 30 years. White served on the National Transportation Safety Board investigative team for the I-35W Bridge in Minnesota that crashed into the Mississippi River in Aug. 2007.

Robert Rhodes, interim dean of the College of Health and Social Services, will chair the recruitment and screening committee that will assist in naming a new dean for the College of Engineering. It is anticipated that a new dean will be named by the end of the fall 2009 semester.

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