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Two Associate Deans Announced by College of Engineering

Shihab S. Asfour is named associate dean of faculty affairs and Derin N. Ural is named associate dean of student affairs.

University of Miami College of Engineering (CoE) Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet announced a reorganization of the Dean’s Office. Shihab S. Asfour, currently associate dean of academics, will be assuming the position of associate dean of faculty affairs. Derin N. Ural, recently  appointed professor of practice, will be assuming the position of associate dean of student affairs.

In making his announcement, Bardet noted Asfour’s accomplishments as associate dean of academics in the College of Engineering and his groundbreaking application of ergonomics and biomechanics in the industry, developing and implementing a large-scale ergonomics program at Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL).

Asfour, who is presently chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering, received his doctorate in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and since then has published more than 280 articles in national and international journals, proceedings and has authored two books. He is also director of the University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center, which has received close to $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2004, he received the Fellow Award of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the institute on a member. He is also a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor given at the University of Miami.

“In his new position,” explains Bardet, “Asfour will support faculty professional development programs, implement all Academic Senate policies, and represent faculty affairs on selected campus standing and ad hoc committees.”

In addition to his new position, Asfour will continue to serve as chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering, a position he has held since June of 1999.

Ural, as associate dean of student affairs, will provide leadership and management of academic programs and services that support the needs, goals and administrative requirements of education in the CoE. As a professor in practice, she also will teach courses in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.

Prior to joining the CoE, Ural served as a department chair in the Civil Engineering Department at MEF University in Turkey and as provost at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Turkey and country representative of the International Association of Emergency Managers.

“At UM, Ural has been instrumental in implementing the active-learning pedagogy and developing hemispheric educational exchanges. This role will further strengthen the CoE’s commitment to its strategic goals of redefining an engineering education and becoming the innovation hub of Miami,” Bardet says.