Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Robert Clark was appointed Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in September of 2008. Clark spent the past 16 years of his academic career at Duke University where he served as Senior Associate Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and as Dean prior to his appointment at the University of Rochester. Clark believes that the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is very well positioned to prepare the next generation of leaders in engineering and to also enlighten broader populations of students about the important societal role of science and technology due to the curricular flexibility in the academic programs and the extensive collaborations between Arts & Sciences and Engineering in the College.
Clark received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1987 and an M.S in 1988 before joining Michelin Research in Greenville, SC. He later returned to pursue his Ph.D. which he received in 1992.
Clark is an expert in the science of acoustics and in bionanomanufacturing, and his current research focus is aimed at the development of new instruments for the exploration of single-molecule mechanics and for the deposition and control of materials at the nanoscale. His research in these areas has led to more than 100 journal publications and earned him awards including the R. Bruce Lindsey Award from the Acoustical Society of America, the National Science Foundation Career Program Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the NASA Group Achievement Award. He is a fellow of both the Acoustical Society of America and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.