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College announces new associate deans

Dean Paul S. Peercy has announced the appointment of two new associate deans for the College of Engineering. Engineering Physics Professor Gerald L. Kulcinski will serve as associate dean for research, and Mechanical Engineering Professor Patrick V. Farrell will serve as associate dean for academic affairs.

Geral Kulcinski

Gerald Kulcinski
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Patrick V. Farrell

Patrick V. Farrell
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Kulcinski is Grainger Professor of Engineering Physics and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. For 22 years, he has been director of the Fusion Technology Institute, which has performed more than $43 million in research for federal, state and industrial organizations. He is a 1968 PhD graduate of the college in nuclear engineering and joined the faculty in 1971. Among his many awards are an American Nuclear Society Outstanding Achievement Award in 1980, and a NASA public service medal in 1993. His appointment begins July 1.

Farrell currently serves as director of the college's Engine Research Center. He was a member of the original team that developed EPD 160, also known as the Freshman Design Course, and has served as the course's coordinator. He is a member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy, and is a past recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and the Arch Colwell Merit Award, both from the Society of Automotive Engineers. He joined the faculty in 1982, after receiving his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He will begin his appointment in late May.

"I'm very pleased that two such respected faculty members have agreed to serve as part of the college's management team," Peercy said. "We'll be fortunate to have the benefit of their knowledge and experience as we continue to implement the college's new strategic plan."