Utah Valley University Selects New Dean for College of Technology & Computing

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 | LShumway@uvu.edu


Utah Valley University is pleased to announce that Saeed Moaveni has been appointed as the new dean of the College of Technology & Computing, effective May 1, 2017. Moaveni comes from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he has been serving as professor of mechanical engineering.

“Dr. Moaveni is an accomplished engineer and academic administrator with a commitment to addressing the workforce needs of Utah Valley’s technology sector from technicians to engineers,” said Jeffery Olson, UVU senior vice president of academic affairs. “He will be a valuable partner in the continuing expansion of opportunities in our community.”

Moaveni has held a variety of positions during more than 20 years of service at Minnesota State Mankato, including chair of the Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering and graduate coordinator. He also served as Dean of the David Crawford School of Engineering at Norwich University from 2010 to 2012. Moaveni has taught as a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Ghana, and Taiwan, and he has also held visiting roles at Yale University, East Carolina University, and Syracuse University.

He is the author of popular textbooks including “Engineering Fundamentals, An Introduction to Engineering” and “Finite Element Analysis, Theory and Application with ANSYS,” which have been translated into other languages including Chinese and Korean, and a recently published book entitled “Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.” He has taught engineering courses at Colorado State University, University of South Carolina, Syracuse University, Norwich University, and Minnesota State University.

Moaveni is the recipient of the Jack Cermak Distinguished Professor Fellowship at Colorado State University, the 2008 Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Advancement in Minnesota State Universities, the 2010 International Network for Engineering Education & Research (iNEER) Recognition Award, and the 2015 Global Citizen Award, which recognizes faculty and staff who have made a major contribution to globalization efforts at Minnesota State University. Moaveni has also served as a reviewer and a panelist for the National Science Foundation.

UVU’s College of Technology and Computing (T&C) is a diversified, dynamic, award-winning college offering over 100 degrees and certificates across nine departments comprising both trades and traditional academic training. Departments include Automotive Technology, Computer Science, Construction Technologies, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Engineering Design, Engineering Technology, Information Systems & Technology and Technology Management. There are a total of 108 faculty and 38 full-time staff who serve over 4,100 students in a wide variety of certificates, degrees, and diplomas.

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