Distinguished Engineer and Water Expert Jean Pierre Bardet Named Dean of the University of Miami College of Engineering

Aug 07, 2015, 10:15 ET from University of Miami

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CORAL GABLES, Fla., Aug. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A distinguished civil engineering professor who served as dean of the College of Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and now heads its Urban Water Institute has been named Dean of the University of Miami's College of Engineering (CoE). Jean-Pierre Bardet will join the University of Miami on August 15.

Bardet replaces James M. Tien, who served as dean of the CoE since 2007, and will step down to join the faculty.

"UM has experienced an incredible ascent as an institution," Bardet said. "Miami as a gateway to the Americas poses great opportunities for greater collaborations with students and academic institutions in the region. UM is a great place to be and it is the right time to be here."

Bardet also sees great opportunities in working closely with other UM schools in interdisciplinary projects to create "a nexus of engineering and other disciplines."

Educated in engineering in Lyon, France, Bardet received his M.S. and Ph.D from the California Institute of Technology. He worked at the University of Southern California (USC) for 28 years as a professor. There, he founded the Center on Megacities, a multidisciplinary center to prepare and sustain the world's largest cities for the future. He also served as Chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which was named after a $17 million gift from a real estate developer. 

Most recently, Bardet served as the director of the Urban Water Institute at UTA, a center with a mission to transform the water-related challenges of North Texas into opportunities by innovating sustainable solutions that affect the economy, people and environment. He sees the work he has done at the Institute as being very relevant to Miami water issues. Bardet's professional interests range from earthquake engineering, tsunamis, geomechanics, civil infrastructures systems and megacities.

"I am delighted to welcome Jean-Pierre Bardet to the University of Miami to lead one of our institutional pillars of excellence," said UM President Julio Frenk. "His extensive experience in engineering, academic administration, and community building will help to engage our students, faculty, and external partners in transformational learning and research with real-world applications."

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