UC Riverside Associate Dean Named Interim Dean of Engineering


Mark MatsumotoMark Matsumoto has been named the interim dean of the UC Merced’s School of Engineering. Matsumoto will serve a one-year term and will take a leave of absence during that time from his duties as professor of environmental engineering and associate dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside.

UC Merced's search for a permanent dean is under way, and an appointment is expected later this year.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Matsumoto to UC Merced,” said Chancellor Steve Kang. “We will benefit enormously from his many years of experience and insights as we continue to expand and enhance our engineering programs to serve the critical needs of the state, the nation and the world.”

Matsumoto replaces Thomas Harmon, who served as acting dean for three months following the resignation in December 2009 of Jeff Wright, who was founding dean of the School of Engineering. Harmon, one of UC Merced’s founding faculty members, will return to his position as professor of engineering.

Matsumoto joined the faculty of UC Riverside as professor of environmental engineering in 1994, following 11 years as a professor or program director in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the State University of New York in Buffalo. At UC Riverside, he has served at various times as chair of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department; as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department; and twice as associate dean of the Bourns College of Engineering (once for student affairs and once for research and graduate affairs). He also served as interim dean of the Bourns College of Engineering during 2004 and 2005.

“Having been a part of the startup of the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside in a variety of roles, I see many parallels to the situation at UC Merced,” Matsumoto said. “I am looking forward to working together with everyone at this important stage of its growth and development.”