For the second time in three years, Associate Dean John B. Vander Sande will serve as acting dean of the School of Engineering while a search committee seeks a permanent successor for Dean Robert A. Brown.
The appointment of Professor Vander Sande is effective August 1, when Dean Brown becomes provost, succeeding Professor Joel Moses. Professor Vander Sande served as interim dean in 1995 when Professor Moses became provost. Professor Brown, who came to MIT in 1980, has been dean since January 1996. He was head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1988-96.
Professor Vander Sande, a 1966 graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, earned the PhD from Northwestern University in 1970 and was a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University before joining the MIT faculty in 1971. He was named associate professor in 1975 and full professor in 1981. He has been the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering since 1991. Professor Vander Sande became associate dean of engineering in 1992.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on July 15, 1998.