The dean is the administrative head, providing academic leadership, managing resources and representing the College of Engineering to the Chancellor, the Provost, UC Davis and wider communities. The dean is also a member of the faculty of the College.
Ph.D., Materials Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
M.S., Metallurgy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984
B.S., Solid Mechanics, Brown University, 1982
Enrique J. Lavernia returned as dean to the College of Engineering on January 1, 2011 after serving as provost and executive vice chancellor of the University of California, Davis, from January 2009–December 2010. He joined the campus in 2002 as dean of the College of Engineering, where he was also promoted to Distinguished Professor in 2007. Prior to his arrival to Davis in 2002, Lavernia served as Chair and Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Irvine. He was named the 1998 Biochemical and Biochemical Engineering Materials Science “Science Teacher of the Year” at UCI. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013, Lavernia is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000); a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2006); and fellow of ASM International (1998).
Dean Lavernia is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the ASM International, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Named Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation, Lavernia also received a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. In 2011 he received the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award (HEENAC) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Distinguished Scientist Award. Dean Lavernia is also the recipient of the 2013 Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship, and the 2013 ASM International Gold Medal Award.
Dean Lavernia’s research interests include synthesis of structural materials and metal matrix composites with particular emphasis on processing fundamentals; thermal spray processing of nano-structured materials; spray atomization and deposition of structural materials; solidification processing of metal matrix composites; synthesis and behavior of nano-crystalline materials; and mathematical modeling of advanced materials and processes. He has published 400 journal and 200 conference publications on topics ranging from nano-materials to aluminum alloys.
Dean Lavernia earned his B.S. with Honors in Solid Mechanics from Brown University in 1982, his M.S. in Metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in 1984, and his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from M.I.T. in 1986.
Kemper Hall 1042
Phone: (530) 752-3158
Since 2002, Jeff Lefkoff has served in a variety of administrative positions at UC Davis, working in central-campus units on budget and financial management, capital construction and facilities planning, and strategic planning and policy development. He joined the College of Engineering leadership team in February 2011. As Executive Assistant Dean, he is responsible for administrative operations and financial management to support the teaching, research, and service mission of the college. Prior to UC Davis, Jeff worked for 12 years as an environmental consultant, including six years as Managing Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a water-resources firm.
M.B.A., Organizational Behavior and Finance, University of California, Davis, 2002
Ph.D., Water Resources, Stanford University, 1988
M.S., Forest Hydrology, University of Georgia, 1981
B.A., Political Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern University, 1977
The associate deans, also faculty members, provide leadership in matters related to the academic mission, faculty, instruction and student services. They report to the dean of the College.
Phone: (530) 752-4075
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Phone: (530) 752-1979
Since 1993, Jim Schaaf has been a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering where he has been actively involved in curriculum development, program assessment, and undergraduate advising. Prior to returning to UC Davis, Jim was the first recipient of the Lee Hunter Assistant Professorship of Mechanical Design at the Washington University in St. Louis. In 1989-90, Jim spent a year as an NIDRR research fellow at MIT’s Newman Biomechanics Laboratory and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Biomechanics Laboratory. Jim’s primary teaching interests are in design and dynamics.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1988
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1983
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1981
Investigating a diverse array of biological systems to address relevant problems in fields such as plant biotechnology, biofuels, and pest management.
Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1997
M.S., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1994
B.S., Chemical Engineering, with Distinction, Syracuse University, 1991
Phone: (530) 754-7748
Harvesting to improve forest health and reduce fuel loadings; forest biomass for energy; minimum-impact harvesting methods; harvesting short rotation plantations; mechanics and dynamics of forestry equipment; modeling and systems analysis of forest operations.
Ph.D., Forest Engineering, Auburn University, 1986
M.S., Forest Engineering, UC Davis, 1983
B.S., Agricultural Engineering and Renewable and Natural Resources, UC Davis, 1976
Academic chairs are faculty members and have critical leadership roles in their units, acting as liaisons to higher administration and serving to advance the research, teaching and service missions of their departments.