Jon Kuhl, professor of electrical engineering and researcher at the UI Public Policy Center and the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, has been appointed interim associate dean for academic programs in the College of Engineering, effective January 1, 2017.

Kuhl replaces Keri Hornbuckle, professor of civil and environmental engineering, as she completes her term as associate dean.

"Professor Kuhl is a dedicated educator and skilled administrator who will bring a wealth of experience to this position," Alec Scranton, College of Engineering dean, said. "He has served as the departmental executive officer of electrical and computer engineering, and is extremely knowledgeable about the Engineering accreditation (ABET process.  He has been instrumental in the development of the new computer science and engineering program, and has created innovative new courses on topics ranging from agile computing to the Internet of Things.
 

After more than six years of distinguished service as associate dean for academic programs, Hornbuckle will return full-time to her role as a professor of civil and environmental engineering, effective December 31, 2016.

"Dr. Hornbuckle has demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedicated service as associate dean," Scranton noted. "She has left a lasting legacy during a time of unprecedented growth in our academic programs.  She has challenged us all to integrate effective new teaching methods in our courses, and has created forums and venues for us to share our best practices."

Hornbuckle led the charge to include the “Be Creative” art requirement in the college's curriculum, has led a successful accreditation cycle, and has structured the Student Development Center and Engineering Student Services team to maximize service and efficiency.

"Dr. Hornbuckle has worked tirelessly to advance the scope and impact of our academic programs," Scranton added. "She has my deep gratitude and appreciation for her dedication, achievements, and service as associate dean.  I know that she is looking forward to having more time to focus on her productive research and teaching activities, and I wish her much success."