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Samuel Graham Jr. | University of Md.

graham-jr-samuel-u-of-mdThe University of Maryland, College Park has named Samuel Graham Jr. dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, effective Oct. 1.

As dean, Graham will provide leadership and vision for the Clark School, while sharing the school’s mission with students, faculty, staff, alumni, public agencies, and supporters and fostering an environment of excellence in teaching and learning.

Appointed in 2018, Graham currently serves as the Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. Chair of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech and a joint appointment with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He joined the George W. Woodruff School in 2003 and was promoted to professor in 2013.

Graham’s research centers on the development of electronics made from wide bandgap semiconductors for a range of applications in communications, power electronics and neuromorphic computing. His research is focused on engineering the electrothermal response of the devices in order to enhance heat dissipation and improve device reliability. In addition, he is creating physics-based models and unique experimental tools for verification that will enable the optimization and digital engineering of these electronics. Through his work with DOE National Laboratories, he is also developing thermal storage materials for use in building energy systems.

Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, Graham was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, California. Over the years, he has served as a member of the Defense Science Study Group, a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and was the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Presently, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Engineering Science Research Foundation of Sandia National Laboratories and the Emerging Technologies Technical Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

To fill this critical position, a national search was launched after the school’s former dean Darryll J. Pines was appointed the 34th President of the University of Maryland. Robert Briber has since served and provided excellent leadership as interim dean of the Clark School.

Graham earned a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University as well as a Master of Science and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.