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By Giovanni Ortiz
Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. announced Wednesday the departure of Provost Dennis N. Assanis, who was also the senior vice president for Academic Affairs and vice president for Brookhaven Affairs since October 2011. He will be the new president at the the University of Delaware, which specializes in federal research and development support for science and engineering.
Assanis received his Bachelor’s of Science in marine engineering from Newcastle University in 1980. He also got his Master’s in naval architecture and marine engineering in 1983, mechanical engineering in 1983 and management in 1986, along with his PhD in power and propulsion in 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Before coming to Stony Brook, he was the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Automotive Engineering from 1996 to 2002, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2002 to 2007, director of the Automotive Research Center from 2002 to 2009 and the founding co-director of the General Motors-University of Michigan Collaborative Research Laboratory for Advanced Engine Systems from 2002 to 2011.
As chief academic officer at Stony Brook University, he helped STEM disciplinaries, revived the role of arts, humanities and social sciences and strengthened the collaboration with Stony Brook Medicine and the Brookhaven National Laboratory. He also improved the student-to-faculty ratio and created some of the SUNY Korea academic progams, amongst many other things.
The university is now looking fora new provost, senior vice president for student affairs and vice president for Brookhaven affairs.