Dr. Jerome Lavelle has been appointed associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Engineering. He had been serving in the position on an interim basis since 2008. In addition to leading the college’s Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Lavelle will be responsible for proposals and strategic work to improve pathways to engineering for students across the University of North Carolina system and the state community college system.
Lavelle joined the college nine years ago as assistant dean of academic affairs. He has played a significant role in developing programs such as the First-Year Engineering Program, the Engineering Transition Program, the Ben Franklin Scholars Program and the college’s ABET accreditation process. He received the 2007-08, American Council on Education Fellowship Award that provided him the opportunity to intern in an educational leadership role with the UNC General Administration.
His prior experience includes seven years on the faculty of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Kansas State University. He is a past member of the technical staff of AT&T Bell Laboratories and former intern at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio University and a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from NC State.