UT Engineering College Announces New Appointments

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee College of Engineering has made three administrative appointments.

Dr. Alberto Garcia was named associate dean for academic affairs and will start Aug. 1.

He comes from Texas A&M University, where he was professor and director of undergraduate programs in the Department of Industrial Engineering.

Garcia received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Industrial University of Santander, Colombia, and the master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He holds the 2003 Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching in the College of Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

The college also announced that Dr. Eric Drumm will be interim head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Drumm will fill in for longtime head Dr. Greg Reed, who was named interim dean of the College of Communication and Information in June 2005.

Drumm received the Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and is recipient of the College of Engineering’s Research Fellow Award in 2004 and 2005 and the Ferris Faculty Award.

UT biomedical engineering professor Richard J. Jendrucko was named the director of the Measurement and Control Engineering Center, effective Aug. 1. The MCEC’s program links UT faculty members from several engineering departments and the chemistry department to personnel and facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Garcia has agreed to join our college administration and look forward to working with him to achieve the significant goals that we have set for our college,” said UT Engineering Dean Way Kuo.

“Dr. Drumm and Dr. Jendrucko are outstanding faculty members and researchers, and I am confident that they will provide us with excellent leadership,” Kuo said.