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KNOXVILLE — Dr. Way Kuo, the Royce E. Wisenbaker Chair of Engineering in Innovation at Texas A&M University and former associate vice chancellor and executive associate dean of engineering at Texas A&M, has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee.

Kuo will be a tenured professor in the departments of industrial engineering and electrical and

Dr. Way Kuo

computer engineering. He replaces Dr. Fred D. Tompkins, who recently was named interim executive director of the UT Research Foundation.

“Dr. Kuo’s experience in teaching, research, administration and working with industry — particularly in electronics and software — will enable him to provide strong leadership for our College of Engineering,” Provost Loren Crabtree said.

Kuo, an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Republic of China’s National Academy of Sciences, served as associate vice chancellor for engineering and executive associate dean for Texas A&M’s Look College of Engineering from 2000-2002.

From 1993 to 2000, he was professor and head of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M. The National Research Council-Research Doctoral Programs and U.S. News and World Report both ranked the department among the nation’s best while under his direction.

Kuo, an Academician in the International Academy for Quality, has held appointments as an National Research Council senior research associate and senior Fulbright scholar. He has also worked for Bell Labs and Iowa State University.

Kuo is widely recognized for his work in nano-electronics and for developing methods to reduce infant mortality. Sponsors of his research include the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, IBM, Motorola, AT&T and Intel.

A co-author of five engineering textbooks, Kuo has been invited to speak at more than 100 conferences and symposiums.

He received his Ph.D. in engineering, and M.S. degrees in both industrial engineering and statistics from Kansas State University. He also has an M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from University of Cincinnati and a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan.

Kuo will begin phasing into his responsibilities at UT in July and will assume fulltime responsibilities in January 2004.