Ray Vanderby to join the Graduate School as interim associate dean

August 31, 2015


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Ray Vanderby, professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics and rehabilitation, has been appointed interim associate dean of the Graduate School.

Vanderby joined the university in 1985 and currently directs the Orthopedic Research Laboratories.  His research focuses on orthopedic tissue engineering and regeneration, as well as ultrasound methods to assess the mechanical function of tissues, in vivo.

A long-standing advocate for graduate education, last year Vanderby served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate School Restructuring.  He was a co-founder of the Biomedical Engineering Department and comes with over 30 years of experience advising graduate students as well as leadership chairing graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science.

As associate dean Vanderby will provide direction for graduate education, overseeing resource allocation and using trends in graduate education to guide delivery of student services.  The role will touch on funding, professional development, recruitment, retention, and degree completion.  He will also be a member of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee.

Vanderby will serve alongside Associate Dean Daniel Kleinman, under the leadership of new Graduate School Dean William Karpus.

“The reorganization of the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education into distinct entities provided an opportunity to capitalize on the experience of Ray as both a School of Medicine and Public Health and College of Engineering faculty member,” states Dean Karpus.  “A second associate dean position will help launch our initiatives to enhance graduate student and research success across all divisions.”

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