Penn State has selected the next dean of the College of Engineering, the university announced Wednesday.
Amr Elnashai will take over at Penn State starting Jan. 13. Elnashai will leave his role at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the head of the department of civil and environmental engineering, a position he has held since 2009.
At Penn State, Elnashai will succeed longtime college dean David Wormley, who is retiring. Elnashai’s appointment will be official once the Penn State board of trustees approves it at its Nov. 22 meeting.
“Penn State engineering is a premier college of national and international acclaim, and it is a huge honor for me to work with the faculty and staff to further its march of excellence,” Elnashai said in a statement released by Penn State.
Elnashai will take leadership of Penn State’s largest college in terms of the dollar amount of research expenditures and student population at University Park. The college had $145 million in research expenditures over the past fiscal year, and there are more than 7,000 undergrads at the campus here.
At Illinois, Elnashai was the director of a research laboratory funded by the National Science Foundation that is focused on minimizing the consequences of earthquakes in the eastern and central United States.
In news release from Illinois, engineering dean Andrea Cangellaris called Elnashai “an exceptional scholar” and an “inspiration and visionary leader.”
Before his tenure at Illinois, Elnashai was a professor of earthquake engineering at Imperial College London from 1985 to 2001.
In addition, Elnashai is the founder and co-editor of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering.