Brian Fabien named new Dean of the Shiley School of Engineering

By Madison Pfeifer | March 31, 2020 3:48pm
Brian Fabien has been named the Dean of the Shiley School of Engineering. Photo courtesy of the University of Portland.

Brian C. Fabien has been appointed the new Dean of the Shiley School of Engineering. University President Fr. Mark Poorman made the announcement in an email sent to students, faculty and staff Monday morning. 

Fabien will begin work July 1, taking over for interim dean Matthew Kuhn and replacing previous dean Sharon Jones who left UP in June 2019.

“In my conversations with Brian, I am struck by several observations: his sharp intellect and administrative acumen; his commitment to UP’s Catholic and Holy Cross missions; his passion for engineering education rooted in the liberal arts; his advocacy on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and his genuine kindness, empathy, and enthusiasm,” Poorman said.

Fabien currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. He is a professor of mechanical engineering, an expert in dynamic systems modeling and has worked in the private sector. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. 

“I hope that you will join me in offering a warm welcome to Brian when he joins our community on The Bluff this summer,” Poorman said.

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