Florida A&M University Provost Maurice Edington and Florida State University Provost Sally McRorie have announced that Farrukh Alvi will serve as interim dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering while a nationwide search is underway to replace J. Murray Gibson, who is returning to the mechanical engineering faculty at the end of calendar year 2021.
“I am very confident that Dr. Alvi’s experience and leadership skills will ensure that the college remains on track during the open search for my replacement, and I am grateful that he has agreed to take on this important responsibility,” Gibson said.
Alvi is the senior associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the college and has served in this role since 2016. He has shepherded the growth of the college’s external funding by almost 50 percent and graduate enrollment by 40 percent. Alvi, a professor of mechanical engineering, is internationally recognized as a leader in aerospace research, and was the founding director of the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP). Throughout his career at the college, he has taught and mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students.
“I am honored to be asked to lead this great college during a time of transition,” Alvi said. “Our faculty and staff are top-notch, and I’m confident they will continue to provide a world-class education and research atmosphere during this phase.”
You can find more information about the dean search process on our website at: https://www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/engineering-dean-search-committee-information