New dean of engineering announced

As the summer progresses here at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, not much has changed. However, the School of Engineering has named a new dean, Shekhar Garde.

Garde joined the Rensselaer community as an assistant professor in 1999. He was appointed as the Elaine and Jack Parker Chaired Professor in 2006, and has been head of the chemical and biological engineering department since 2007. He earned his bachelor’s of science in chemistry in 1992 from the University of Bombay, and went on to receive his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware in 1997.

He was appointed the new dean of engineering on July 1. Dr. Garde’s research studies include molecular theory, simulations of biological systems, thermodynamics and protein hydration, to name a few, and has 85 papers published in leading scientific journals.

In addition to his research, Dr. Garde worked on the Molecularium Project, a project devoted to get elementary school children interested in atoms, molecules, and their interactions. Two animated movies have already come out of the Molecularium Project—Riding Snowflakes and Molecules to the MAX!

In the upcoming semester, be sure to look for more of Dr. Garde’s research and his work with the Molecularium Project and the School of Engineering.