Philippe Fauchet, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named dean of the school of engineering at Vanderbilt University. He assumes his new role on July 1 and will lead a school comprised of 118 faculty members and 1,600 students.
Fauchet came to Rochester in 1990 as an associate professor of electrical engineering and a scientist in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He is currently department chair, professor of materials science, professor of biomedical engineering, professor of optics, and senior scientist in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He was founding director of the Center for Future Health, which is a multi-disciplinary research laboratory that develops advanced medical technologies for use in the home, and a driving force behind the Energy Research Initiative, which coordinates energy research and educational activities at the University.
"The University of Rochester has been very good to me," said Fauchet. "The leadership has allowed me to develop a number of initiatives, sometimes with people of widely different disciplines and backgrounds. I enjoyed working together with very smart individuals, and there is no doubt I will miss them."
Fauchet earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University in 1984. He graduated from Brown University in 1980 with a master's degree in engineering.