University of Vermont

Dr. Luis Garcia Appointed CEMS Dean

Luis GarciaUVM President Thomas Sullivan has announced the appointment of Dr. Luis Garcia as Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at The University of Vermont, effective August 15, 2013. In addition, Dr. Garcia has been named the Barrett Foundation Professor in the College. President Sullivan expressed his appreciation to Interim Dean Chip Cole for his dedication, leadership and service as Interim Dean since July 1, 2009.  Dr. Cole will return to his position as Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

“Dr. Garcia is an outstanding  scholar, an excellent teacher as well as a seasoned administrator and leader,” says Bernard “Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of CEMS.  “He inherits  an outstanding faculty and staff and a University  leadership committed to the success of the College.”  

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to join the UVM Community, and I look forward to working with UVM CEMS faculty and staff in this great college,” says Dr. Garcia.  

Dr. Garcia has been a member of the Colorado State University faculty since 1991, and has served since 2005as Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as the Director of the Integrated Decision Support Group in The Water Center at Colorado State University (a group that he created shortly after arriving at Colorado State University). In addition, he served as the Associate Director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station for five years.

Dr. Garcia is an accomplished researcher, with 54 refereed papers published or in press in the leading civil or environmental engineering publications and over 150 presentations at conferences, symposia or workshops. His primary area of research is Decision Support Systems, calculations of evapotranspiration (ET), remote sensing of ET, and spatial analysis in natural systems, specifically in applications for water resources and irrigation and drainage. He has been the single principal investigator on over 70 projects with a total funding of over $6 million. As Director of the Integrated Decision Support Group, he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 95 funded projects with total funding over $12 million.  He is an active member of the America Society of Civil Engineers and is an elected member of the United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage.

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