Dean Christophe Pierre leaves for new position in the U.S.

Fall 2011

Interim Dean Andrew Kirk (right) presents Christophe Pierre with a plaque announcing that our Faculty’s annual research prizes have been renamed in his honor. (Photo - Daria Marchenko)

A change in leadership is underway at our Faculty.

Dean Christophe Pierre stepped down at the end of September to become Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois.

Professor Andrew Kirk was named interim dean and a search committee has been struck to recommend a permanent successor.

Professor Kirk played an important role in our Faculty’s recent growth and development as a member of the outgoing dean’s management team.

He served as Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Education between 2006 and 2011, and this past June was appointed chair of McGill Engineering’s largest department, Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is an award-winning teacher, an accomplished researcher and, among his other responsibilities, director of the McGill Institute for Advanced Materials (MIAM).

Christophe Pierre was appointed dean in July 2005. A statement by McGill Provost, Anthony Masi, when Professor Pierre’s departure was announced, praised his many contributions to the Faculty during the past six years. He raised the standard of excellence at McGill Engineering, the provost said, and he leaves the Faculty in a strong position, well-placed for continued advancement.

Research support recognized

Educated at Duke, Princeton and the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures de Paris, Professor Pierre spent two decades as a teacher, researcher and university administrator in the U.S. before McGill lured him north. At the time he was Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives at the University of Michigan’s Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

His new position as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois includes responsibility for educational policy, academic programs, personnel actions and capital and operating budget items relating to academics on all three University of Illinois campuses: Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

At a farewell reception on Dean Pierre’s last day in office, Interim Dean Kirk announced that the Faculty of Engineering’s annual research prizes have been renamed the “Christophe Pierre Research Excellence Awards”. The recognition honors our former dean’s investment, support and promotion of the research enterprise at the Faculty of Engineering.

For more information. University of Illinois News Release; McGill News Release

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