lance-collins_Cornell.jpg Princeton Engineering alumnus Lance Collins has been named the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University.

Collins’s work on mechanisms of droplet breakup in turbulence was recognized with the 1997 Best Paper Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2007.

After earning his undergraduate degree from Princeton in 1981, Collins went on to get his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Like William A. Massey, a fellow Princeton grad who is now a professor of operations research and financial engineering at Princeton, Collins had a research fellowship at the legendary Bell Labs. Massey refers to Collins in this lecture on "Bell Labs and the Legacy of the Black Scientific Renaissance."

Other Princeton engineering alumni who are now deans of prominent schools of engineering include  Linda Abriola of Tufts, David Munson of the University of Michigan, Richard Benson of Virginia Tech, Leah Jamieson of Purdue, and of course H. Vincent Poor of Princeton.

In case you missed it the first time around, here is a spirited discussion of prominent engineering deans on the future of engineering education. The panel was part of the festivities surrounding the 2009 dedication of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education.

Photo courtesy Cornell University