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International reseacher to take reins of WMU engineering college
by Cheryl Roland
January 13, 2015 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, will become the new dean this summer of Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The veteran academic leader and researcher will take on the mantle of dean at the start of the 2015-16 academic year July 1.
Before joining the Alabama-Huntsville faculty, Toutanji held a four-year faculty appointment at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and he held international visiting professor appointments at France's University of Cergy-Pontoise and Belgium's Ghent University. He also has served as a faculty fellow at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and a post-doctoral fellow at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. An accomplished researcher in such areas as concrete and composite structures, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern University in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and a doctoral degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1992. Read more.