NYU Poly appoints new president

April 10, 2013 From NYU Poly
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Dr. Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, a distinguished experimental physicist whose research focuses on the behavior of fluids and turbulence, has been appointed as President of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), effective immediately. 

NYU-Poly, one of the oldest engineering and technology schools in the US, has been affiliated with NYU since 2008, restoring engineering to NYU for the first time since the sale of NYU’s Heights Campus in the 1970s.  When the merger between the two institutions — which will make NYU-Poly New York University’s school of engineering – is completed in 2014, Dr. Sreenivasan will be Dean of Engineering at NYU.

“Sreeni came to NYU already possessing the respect of his colleagues in the scientific community for his scholarship, scientific accomplishments, and scientific leadership.  As a member of the NYU community, he has added to that reputation by proving himself such an effective leader and administrator, particularly in his assignments at NYU-Poly. He has brought great focus to the school’s advancement, and has set it on the right trajectory both in terms of its place in the field of engineering and within NYU,” said NYU President John Sexton.

As president, Sreenivasan will continue to build NYU-Poly as a leader in engineering and technology, and will oversee the school’s transition to NYU’s school of engineering.  In this capacity, Sreenivasan will focus on the development of faculty, research, and educational programs at NYU-Poly, all in partnership with other centers of scientific research throughout NYU.  He will also lead all aspects of engineering at NYU.

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Sreenivasan was appointed acting president of NYU-Poly in November 2012, following a 13-month term as the school’s provost. He joined NYU in 2009 from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, where he was director, and was concurrently on the faculty of the University of Maryland, where he was Distinguished University Professor, Glenn L. Martin Professor of Engineering and professor of physics, and director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology.  Prior to that, he was at Yale for 22 years, where he was the Harold W. Cheel Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 1988, with joint appointments in the Departments of Physics, Applied Physics, and Mathematics.  Between 1987 and 1992, he was the chair of Yale’s Mechanical Engineering Department.  

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