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Emily Carter, founding director of the University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, will serve as the new dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton, effective July 1.

In a press release, Carter noted that she is immensely grateful to her colleagues and the University administration for their faith in her ability to lead the prestigious School of Engineering and Applied Science to even greater heights.

Carter will replace H. Vincent Poor, professor of electrical engineering and dean of the engineering school since 2006, in the position. The press release indicated that Poor plans to return to full-time teaching and research.

A Princeton faculty member since 2004, Carter holds joint appointments as the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

According to her faculty page, Carter also serves as an associated faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.

Carter received her B.S. in Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987.

After completing a year of postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Carter spent 16 years on the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles as a Professor of Chemistry and and of Science and Engineering before coming to Princeton.

Shehas published over 330 works and has received many awards in her field, including, most recently in 2016, being elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

"I'm delighted that Professor Emily Carter has agreed to become the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science," University President Christopher Eisgruber '83 noted in the press release.

Eisgruber explained that he finds Carter to be not only a brilliant scholar but also a capable administrator and champion for engineering at Princeton.

“Emily's vision and leadership will make her a superb dean at a time when the University is planning major investments in its engineering school," he said.

In the release, Provost David Lee noted that Carter’s intellect as a distinguished scientist will be crucial to ongoing strategic thinking about investments in the engineering. Lee noted that he is eager to work with Carter in her new capacity.

Carter noted that having spent the last six years working to build the Andlinger Center has given her invaluable experience that she will use as Dean.

"I am excited to foster new fields of research central to 21st-century society, to educate students of all backgrounds as to the wonderful creativity and societal impact associated with being an engineer and to enhance the school's partnerships across the campus and beyond,” she said.

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