Robert N. Pangborn
Dr. Pangborn, Professor of Engineering Mechanics, assumed responsibilities as Interim Executive Vice President and Provost of The Pennsylvania State University on November 15, 2011. As Provost, he is the chief academic officer of the University, responsible for the academic administration of the University's resident instruction, research, and continuing education, and for the general welfare of the faculty and students. In his role as Executive Vice President, he serves as the chief executive officer in the President’s absence, and is centrally involved in most operations of the University.
Dr. Pangborn previously served as Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education since 2006. In this position, he was responsible for providing leadership in undergraduate education, including support for general education, active and collaborative learning, student research experiences, internships, service learning, cross-campus curricular integration, and the development of facilities for technology-enhanced learning. He also oversaw the University's enrollment management (comprising Undergraduate Admissions, University Registrar, and Student Aid) across Penn State's 20 baccalaureate degree-granting campuses, a role he will continue as Provost.
Dr. Pangborn holds B.S. and B.A. degrees from Rutgers University in Civil Engineering and Economics/Business, respectively, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanics and Materials Science. He has taught and conducted research since 1979 in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the areas of engineering mechanics and structures, failure analysis and engineering materials, publishing over 90 papers. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1999, served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Management from 2006 to 2009, and is currently a Governor for ASME International.
As an associate dean in engineering for over 10 years, Dr. Pangborn provided oversight for the preparation for accreditation review of undergraduate engineering programs, curricular development and assessment, instructional services, student recruitment and retention, diversity programming, advising, cooperative education and international programs. He served as Chair of the Intercollege Graduate Program in Materials from 1993 to 1999 and as Interim Campus Executive Officer and Dean at Penn State Altoona in 1999-2000. Dr. Pangborn chaired the University Faculty Senate in 1993-94. He has led and/or collaborated on programs on educational innovation and assessment, reform of the University-wide general education curriculum, cross-disciplinary curricular initiatives and faculty development; been recognized by the Penn State Engineering Society for both outstanding advising and outstanding teaching; and won a Provost’s Award for Collaborative Instruction and Curricular Innovation and the McKay Donkin Award for service to the faculty.
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