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Assanis to Become ME Chair

Professor Dionissios (Dennis) N. Assanis has been appointed Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective January 1, 2002, subject to Regental approval.

Dean Stephen W. Director reached this decision after carefully reviewing the recommendations of the ME Department Chair Search Advisory Committee, as well as meeting individually with more than 40 members of the ME faculty.

Professor Assanis is currently serving as director, Automotive Research Center ( http://arc.engin.umich.edu/ ); associate director, General Motors Satellite Research Laboratory; and director, W.E. Lay Automotive Laboratory ( http://me.engin.umich.edu/autolab/ ). He also holds appointments as the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor.

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