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Syracuse University names Isik interim dean of College of Engineering & Computer Science

By Eric Reinhardt


Can Isik
Can Isik

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University announced professor Can Isik will become interim dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science (ECS), effective Jan. 1.

He’ll assume the role after Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg announced she will leave to become vice chancellor and provost at Texas Christian University on March 1.

“In the coming weeks,” Syracuse will convene a search committee to help identify the college’s next dean.

Isik had previously served as senior associate dean of ECS for more than a decade between 2004 and 2017 and stepped in as acting dean during a four-month period in 2008, Syracuse University said in a news release.

Isik is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

“We are fortunate to have Can Isik available, able and willing to provide a seamless transition in leadership,” Michele Wheatly, vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University, said. “Can is a highly respected leader, teacher and researcher whose organizational skills have been essential to the success of the college.”

Wheatly cited Isik’s leadership in coordinating the recent assessment and accreditation process that resulted in the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET awarding  accreditation for all eight engineering bachelor’s programs in the college.

Baltimore, Maryland–based ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology, per its website.

The accredited programs include aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering, the school said.

“I appreciate the provost’s confidence in me to lead the college during a time of transition and welcome the opportunity to serve once again,” Isik said in the release. “Dean Dahlberg has done an excellent job establishing clear goals relative to the student experience, diversity and inclusion, research and faculty development. I look forward to continuing this great work and advancing our goals as we begin the search for our next dean.”

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