Nahata Named Associate Dean for Academics

Ajay Nahata

Ajay Nahata, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Utah, has been named the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Academics effective March 1, 2013.

Nahata’s research interests include terahertz optoelectronics, plasmonics, metamaterials, nanophotonics, nanofabrication, nonlinear optics and ultrafast optics. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia.

Prior to joining the U, Nahata worked at Allied Signal and NEC Laboratories, and was a visiting researcher at Princeton. He served as associate chair of the ECE department, and is currently the associate director of the College’s MRSEC on next-generation materials for plasmonics and organic spintronics.

“I am certain that Ajay will effectively carry out the responsibilities of his new role, and will bring many good ideas to the College,” says Richard Brown, dean of the College of Engineering.

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Nahata will be replacing chemical engineering professor Milind Deo, who served as Associate Dean for Academics for nearly seven years. Deo will become chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the end of this semester after current chair JoAnn Lighty completes her service.

“Milind is a model faculty member, who has continued to be among the top teachers in the College while running a large and successful research program and very effectively managing the academic issues in the College,” says Brown. “He has been a wonderful partner in the dean’s office, and has had significant impact for good college-wide. Among Milind’s many accomplishments is the new engineering math sequence, which I believe will do more for student retention than any other single thing, while better preparing our students for their major courses.”

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