School of Engineering Names Charles Westgate Associate Dean
Dr. Westgate, 54, assumes his new position Sept. 15. He is replacing Ross B. Corotis, who is leaving Hopkins to become dean of engineering and applied sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Since 1966, Dr. Westgate has been a member of the Hopkins engineering faculty. He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and has a joint appointment on the principal professional staff of the university's Applied Physics Laboratory.
From 1983 to 1986, Dr. Westgate also served as director and associate dean for the part-time engineering graduate program at Hopkins. He was chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1987 to 1993.
"It was clear that Professor Westgate is the best choice for this position," said Dean Don Giddens. "I believe he will bring a strong and active commitment to undergraduate and part-time education that will be critically important to the Whiting School in the years ahead."
Dr. Giddens added that Dr. Westgate's "prior administrative experience as department chair and associate dean give him the background that will enable him to move quickly in assuming a leading role in academic affairs for the school."
Among Dr. Westgate's responsibilities as associate dean for academic affairs will be leadership and coordination in curricula development in the school's nine academic departments, as well as its part-time engineering program.
A 1962 graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor of electrical engineering degree, Dr. Westgate earned master's and doctorate degrees from Princeton University in 1964 and 1966. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and has earned numerous commendations for his teaching and research, including the Engineer of the Year Award from the Maryland Society of Professional Engineering.
Dr. Westgate has had a long-standing interest in encouraging women and minorities to pursue academic careers, and is director of a Hopkins-sponsored summer program that gives high school students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute the opportunity to do advanced work in engineering, science and mathematics.
Go to Headlines@HopkinsHome Page