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Gibala to head engineering in interim

Ronald Gibala, the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering, will serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering (CoE), pending approval by the Board of Regents. The president, provost and the Compensation, Personnel and Governance Committee of the board have recommended his July 1 appointment.
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"We are grateful to Professor Gibala for his willingness to interrupt his retirement to serve in this capacity," Provost Paul N. Courant wrote in a memo to CoE faculty and staff. "The college will be in very capable hands during this period of transition."

A member of the University faculty since 1984, Gibala served as chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department from 1984-94 and as a member of the CoE Executive Committee from 1994-98. He also was director of the Center for High Temperature Structural Metallic Materials from 1990-2000, an interdisciplinary program funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He served as director of the Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory from 2001-04.

Gibala received his bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1960, and his master's and doctoral degrees in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1962 and 1964, respectively. He taught on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University from 1964-84 and was the associate director and director of the university's Materials Research Laboratory during 1981-84. He served as a program director in the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1982-83. Gibala was a member and the chairman of the Materials Research Advisory Committee of the NSF Division of Materials Research from 1982-83.

Gibala also has served on numerous visiting and advisory committees for university, government laboratory and industrial organizations. He was chairman of the national University Materials Council during 1988-90. In addition to being president of the Materials Research Society in 1999, he has served in various capacities at numerous other organizations on the local and national levels.

Gibala's research activities primarily have been in the area of mechanical behavior of materials, principally inter-metallic alloys and other quasi-brittle materials. He is author or co-author of some 200 publications and has given more than 300 presentations at 200 venues on mechanical behavior of inter-metallics and refractory metals, defects in crystalline solids, hydrogen and hydrogen embrittlement in metals, oxides and oxidation, thin films, amorphous solids, polymer blends and composites, semiconductor hetero structures and internal friction of solids. AFOSR, NSF, the Department of Energy, NASA, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have funded the majority of his research.

Gilbala has received more than 20 honors for his research, teaching and professional service, including awards from the American Society for Metals and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

He will serve as interim dean until a permanent leader for the college can be identified.

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