Dr. Judy Cezeaux, chair of biomedical engineering at Western New England University for the past decade, has been selected to become the next dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Pending approval by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees, Cezeaux will take office at ATU on Monday, June 18.
“Dr. Cezeaux emerged very early in our search as the leading candidate in a very strong pool of applicants," said Dr. Phillip Bridgmon, ATU associate vice president for academic affairs. "The search committee was very impressed by her diverse experiences and clear vision for leading our College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her campus visit was well received, and we look forward to the contributions she will make to interdisciplinary collaboration, extending the relationships of the college, shared governance and helping the college move forward in additional areas they have identified.”
A native of Houston, Texas, Cezeaux holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She began her career as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kentucky before serving as associate professor of mechanical and space engineering at the University of Tennessee from 1991-2000.
Cezeaux arrived at Western New England University in 2000 and assumed the duties of associate professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering. She was promoted to chair of biomedical engineering in 2008.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the next dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences," said Cezeaux. "I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and administration of the university to continue the tradition of educational excellence as we prepare students to meet society’s challenges in Arkansas and beyond.”
Cezeaux is slated to succeed Dr. Wayne B. Powell, who came to ATU on Nov. 1, 2017, to serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences for the balance of the 2017-18 academic year.