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About the Dean

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1998 and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 2006 to 2018, Thomas E. Fuja, interim dean of the College of Engineering brings many strengths to the position, which he assumed on August 1, 2018. An experienced administrator, accomplished researcher, and committed instructor, he has been tasked with continuing to build the research and educational missions of the College of Engineering as the University searches for a permanent replacement for outgoing dean Peter Kilpatrick.

Fuja’s research expertise is in digital communications generally and error control coding specifically. Error control coding involves methods for enhancing the reliability of digital communication and storage systems through the structured introduction of redundancy. His current research includes the design and performance of spatially-coupled low-density parity check codes and the use of coded polarization modulation in wireless communication systems.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the IEEE Information Theory Society, where he has served in a variety of roles, including its president. Fuja has received the John A. Kaneb Excellence for Teaching Award from Notre Dame and the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining the University, he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland and also served as program director for Communications Research at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Fuja received bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering from the University of Michigan and completed his master’s and doctorate (both in electrical engineering) at Cornell University.

Contact Info

Thomas E. Fuja
Interim Dean of Engineering
257 Fitzpatrick Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556