"Professor Douglas is dedicated to providing faculty, students and administrators with the optimal academic environment within which to pursue the highest quality teaching, learning, mentoring and research," the dean said.
In his new post, Douglas will be responsible for undergraduate and graduate academic programs, student advising and the development of new educational programs. He will succeed Professor Tim Barbari, who is leaving Johns Hopkins to become chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at The University of Maryland, College Park.
Douglas earned his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering at the University of Cape Town in 1975 and 1977. At Brown University, he received a master of science degree in solid mechanics in 1979, followed by a doctorate in the same discipline in 1982. He spent two years as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Rice University before joining the faculty at John Hopkins in 1983. He attained the rank of professor of mechanical engineering in 1993 and became chair of the department in 1997.
His research focuses primarily on the mechanics of compliant materials. Since 1989, he has held a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Douglas resides in Baltimore.
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