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Global Engineering Deans Council Taps Notre Dame’s Kilpatrick 
for Two-year Leadership Term

Nina Welding • DATE: September 15, 2014

Peter Kilpatrick, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected as chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

Kilpatrick’s two-year term officially begins at the GEDC 2015 Adelaide Conference, in Adelaide, South Australia, which is scheduled for November 2015, where he will be tasked with continuing to champion the mission of the GEDC and leveraging the capabilities of individual engineering deans, as well as the collective strength of the global network to advance engineering education and research. Currently, GEDC members represent more than 30 countries from all continents. They work to promote ideas, tools, and best practices leading to innovative leadership of engineering education, as well as the development of pioneering research and research collaborations.

In addition to his duties as dean of the college, Kilpatrick has taught a course on technology and ethics to graduate students. An accomplished researcher in the field of interfacial and molecular assembly phenomena, he is known for his work on asphaltene and surfactant self-assembly and aggregation, with particular application to biotechnology, membrane science, and petroleum science.

He has consulted for more than 15 global companies, published more than 90 papers, given more than 200 invited lectures and seminars, and holds 13 patents.

Under Kilpatrick's leadership, the College of Engineering, in collaboration with the College of Science and the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, has launched a new M.S. program — the Engineering, Science, Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master's Program. This program aims to teach students to innovate and develop entrepreneurial skills to be used in creating start-up businesses.  During his tenure, the College of Engineering at Notre Dame has expanded its annual research expenditures to nearly $44 million per year (an increase of nearly 70%), has grown its undergraduate enrollments by 50%, and has increased its graduate enrollments by more than 30%.

Kilpatrick joined the University in January 2008. He came to Notre Dame from North Carolina State University (NCSU), where he had served as chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering since 1999. He had been a member of the NCSU faculty for a total of 25 years.

He holds a B.S. in chemistry from Occidental College in Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota.